Japan’s Anderson Mori & Tomotsune has formed a formal law alliance in Singapore, becoming the second major Japanese law firm to gain access to local law practice in the city-state.

The alliance, which goes live July 1, is with Singapore’s DOP Law Corp., a boutique firm previously known as David Ong & Partners. The seven-lawyer firm is led by managing director David Ong, who founded the firm in 1996. Ong, who speaks Japanese, has advised Japanese multinationals on transactions and disputes in Singapore and across Southeast Asia.