Rapid Rise in Caseload throughout Asia Drives Demand for Greater Capacity
DENVER-Dec. 20, 2011-Responding to rapid growth of its Asia division, Catalyst today announced the relocation of its Tokyo offices to larger space in a more central location and the hiring of another three professionals in the office to help meet the expanding demand for project consulting, data processing and network engineering.
The Tokyo expansion reflects the success Catalyst has achieved throughout Asia since formally establishing its Catalyst Asia division just 18 months ago. Headquartered in Hong Kong and with operations throughout the region, Catalyst Asia is led by Asia e-discovery and forensics veteran Richard Kershaw. Earlier this year, Catalyst further strengthened its Asia operation with the opening of its Asia data center—a full-featured, high security facility located in Tokyo.
With this latest move, Catalyst relocates its Tokyo offices to the prestigious Nishi Shinjuku district, near to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government buildings. The new offices provide space for expansion now and into the future. The move will also allow the installation of additional IT infrastructure to provide a more robust connection to the data center and more options for data handling.
To help meet the increasing demand for its services in Asia, Catalyst added three professionals to its Tokyo staff, all highly experienced and knowledgeable in their respective specialties:
Etsuko Akimoto is a lawyer who joins Catalyst as a project consultant. She comes to Catalyst from the Tokyo office of the international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. A member of the New York bar, Ms. Akimoto is a graduate of Tokyo University.
Gaby Banda joins Catalyst as a specialist in processing and productions. An experienced data processing technician, Ms. Banda formerly worked for Document Technologies Inc. in San Diego, Calif.
Luca da Col joins Catalyst as a network engineer in the infrastructure group. Formerly employed by Eire Systems in Tokyo, he has substantial experience as a data center network engineer in the telecommunications industry.
“We are growing to support the increasing range of projects we are being entrusted with by our clients,” said Catalyst Asia Managing Director Richard Kershaw. “Starting from a core business of litigation and regulatory investigations involving Japanese companies, we are now seeing an influx of arbitration, litigation, and investigation work from clients in South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and elsewhere.”
“Even though we had long worked with clients and partners in Asia, we established Catalyst Asia so that we could better serve companies and law firms facing large-scale e-discovery involving multi-language documents,” said John Tredennick, Catalyst founder and CEO. “Our success in Asia demonstrates that we are filling a need and is a testament to our dedicated and talented staff and partners.”
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