Nishimura & Asahi – A Leading Law Firm
Countries throughout Southeast Asia are becoming increasingly important consumer markets for Japanese companies. As Southeast Asia continues to show signs of robust growth, Singapore is continuing to attract Japanese companies, and regional investors are keen to invest in Japanese companies with an international presence.
Masaki Hosaka, Managing Partner & Attorney-at-Law, Nishimura & Asahi
To better serve Japanese and non-Japanese clients, law firm Nishimura & Asahi, has been actively expanding its international presence in recent years. The firm provides a full range of legal services relating to business activities and has grown into the largest law firm in Japan. “We regard Singapore as a very important destination”, says Masaki Hosaka, Managing Partner and Attorney-at-Law of Nishimura & Asahi. “Considering its role as a regional hub, we made the decision to open our office in Singapore in early 2012”.
In addition to their office in Singapore, the firm has strengthened their inter-regional network by opening offices in Beijing, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Bangkok and Yangon to provide local support to clients. “We regard ASEAN as a single market and our strategy is to establish a presence in each country and integrate ourselves within the region,” says Hosaka.
While the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) intends to become an integrated community by 2015, each country’s judicial system currently varies greatly. Companies with investments in multiple markets across the region require legal services that provide seamless integration and knowledge of cross border cases involving both Japanese and non-Japanese law.
“As a law firm representing market leading clients in their respective industries, we understand the legal landscape of each country and aim to be experts in the intricacies of each culture,” explains Hosaka. “We have increased our presence in the region and by maintaining good relationships with respected local law firms, we are now in a position to offer our clients a ‘one-stop’ system of integrated services”.
Another emerging market with significant Japanese investment is India, which Nishimura & Asahi covers from its Singapore Office.
“We provide our clients across the Asian region with efficient, highly valued legal services”, says Hosaka. “Through the combined expertise of our Tokyo headquarters, foreign branches and regional network, we will build on our reputation as a leading law firm within the region”.
Nishimura & Asahi is also the only Japanese member law firm of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading network of law firms covering over one hundred countries and legal jurisdictions.