Haig Oghigian has joined the Tokyo offices of Paul Hastings as a partner. In his new role he will draw on his 25 years experience in international litigation and commercial arbitration and respond to the growing demand of Japanese corporations for representation for arbitration clauses and cross-border dispute resolution.

Most recently, Oghigian was a member of Jones DayÆs Tokyo team, where he held the role of of counsel. Throughout his tenure at Jones Day, he specialized in cross-border transactions such as joint ventures, licensing & distribution agreements, and mergers & acquisitions. He also practices in the field of international commercial arbitration.

Oghigian has also served the Canadian embassy in Tokyo as a diplomat in the Canadian Department of External Affairs for five years. The fluent English, French and Japanese speaker has also contributed and edited The Law of Commerce in Japan: A Collection of Introductory Essays.

Oghigian has also served as adjunct professor and taught international law at the University of British Columbia and as a visiting professor at Rikkyo University, Japan.

According to Paul Hastings, the decision to poach Oghigian was prompted by a slew of inquires by Japanese corporations for arbitration clauses in M&A and joint venture agreements and the anticipation for further arbitrations to brought before Japanese and international arbitration institutions.