Australian law firm Blake Dawson has opened a Tokyo office, the firm announced Monday.It is the first Australian firm to be licensed to practice in Japan.

The new office will be led by relocated Melbourne partner Natsuko Ogawa. It is intended to funnel business to Blake Dawson’s energy and natural resources practices. (The firmwide Japan team continues to be led by Sydney-based partner Ian Williams and Perth-based partner Rupert Lewi, both leading specialists in cross-border resources transactions.) Though Chinese state-owned enterprises (SOEs) have been the highest-profile investors in Australian iron ore and natural gas assets in recent years, Japanese companies have long been highly active Down Under.

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