Linklaters Tokyo partner Matthew Bland has left the firm to join listed holding company Jardine Matheson as group legal counsel.

Bland, who has moved to Hong Kong for his new role, succeeds former Linklaters partner and global head of corporate practices Jeremy Parr, who took on the internal role in 2015 after three decades at Linklaters. Parr will soon be retiring.

Bland spent over 24 years at Linklaters, first as an intern in the firm’s London office in 1998. He moved to Tokyo as a partner in 2002 and became a partner in 2008.

His practice has focused on public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate restructurings and equity market transactions. He has particular experience in advising clients doing business in the financial services sector.

Earlier this year, Bland advised US home appliance company Carrier Global on a $900 million acquisition of Toshiba’s stake in Toshiba Carrier, an air conditioning joint venture between Carrier and Toshiba established in 1999.

Jardine Matheson is listed in London, Singapore and Bermuda. His former general counsel before Parr was also a Linklaters veteran. Giles White was Linklaters’ Asia managing partner and global head of the firm’s finance and projects practice until 2009 when he left for Jardine.

Linklaters advised on several of Jardine Matheson’s key transactions, including its $1 billion subscription to shares in Chinese supermarket operator Yonghui Superstores through its Asian retail subsidiary, Dairy Farm International, in 2015.

In 2019, the firm also advised its investment holding subsidiary, Jardine Strategic Holdings, on forming a joint venture to create a virtual bank in Hong Kong.

Linklaters has confirmed Bland’s departure and reappointment. A Linklaters spokesperson added that the firm is “extremely pleased for Bland on his very prestigious appointment.”

Bland’s departure leaves Linklaters with 24 lawyers including seven partners in Tokyo.