Japanese law firm Nishimura & Asahi has opened an office in Shanghai.

Two of the firm’s lawyers—partner Toshihiro Maeda and counsel Takashi Nomura—will be resident in Shanghai. Maeda is a finance specialist with a focus on China, while Nomura works on China-related intellectual property matters, as well as mergers and acquisitions.

Nishimura, which has around 500 lawyers, is largest of Tokyo’s Big Four corporate law firms, who also include Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune and Mori Hamada & Matsumoto. In a statement, Nishimura said the new office would help it support Japanese clients doing business in China. The firm has had an office in Beijing since 2010.

Nishimura opened a number of new offices last year, including one in Myanmar in May and another in Thailand in July. The firm last July also launched its third domestic office in Fukuoka, Japan’s six-largest city.

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