Japanese Law Firm Nishimura & Asahi To Open New York Office

Leading Japanese law firm Nishimura & Asahi (“N&A”) is pleased to announce the continued expansion of its international presence to the US, with the opening this autumn of an office in New York. The New York office will be led by senior corporate partner Katsuyuki Yamaguchi.

“Our expansion to New York underlines our commitment to our Japanese clients, and to our international clients who are taking advantage of increasing opportunities to invest in Japan,” said N&A Managing Partner Masaki Hosaka. “With our firm’s expansion in Asia already well developed, the time has come for us to go to the US. The US is the top destination for Japanese foreign direct investment, while the US is the largest investor in Japan. Our goals for New York include providing seamless support, a closer and more convenient presence and a coordinating point for our large number of Japanese clients as they do business in North America and Latin America.”

N&A has a long history of advising clients in the US, working closely with top-tier American law firms, and the new office will enable closer collaboration, faster response times and even more efficient services for our existing Japanese clients. “We continue to value highly our relationships with such firms, and we see the opening of our NY office as a further step to deepen our strong and friendly connections with them in the mutual service of our clients,” said Hosaka. The focus of the new office on large, complex, cross-border matters, regulatory investigations and on disputes aligns with the firm’s international growth strategy.

New York office head Katsuyuki Yamaguchi added: “Our New York office will focus on supporting our clients’ transactions, disputes and regulatory matters. The office will advise on Japanese law on a wide range of transactions involving Japanese, US and international businesses, assets and clients. Our operation in New York will be supported by N&A lawyers in our Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai offices, among others. Our clients in the US, Canada, and Latin American countries will enjoy top-quality services, the convenience of having prompt, direct communication with the attorneys at N&A NY, and 24-hour capabilities provided by a team of attorneys from N&A NY and N&A’s Tokyo base. Our presence in the US will ensure that we can service the needs of our clients across most major time-zones in real time.”

“Our New York office will not practice law domestically but rather will give access to highly experienced Japanese advisers who can provide an unrivalled offering to Japanese, US and multinational companies doing business in and from Japan. When necessary, N&A NY will draw upon and make use of the unparalleled expertise of the attorneys at N&A in specific areas of Japanese law, and its resource of over 600 attorneys. N&A NY will constantly strive to serve as the most attractive gateway to Japanese legal services.”

Practice Areas of the New York Office

N&A NY will provide legal services across all aspects of Japanese law, including cross-border transactions, business formations, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, licensing of intellectual property, real estate, banking and finance, as well as dispute resolution, including complex, large-scale and highly specialized litigation and arbitration. N&A NY will also advise on issues involving governmental investigations, white-collar crime, labor and employment, and insolvencies.


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