Tokyo-based Nishimura & Asahi, Japan’s largest law firm, has announced plans to open its first additional domestic offices in Osaka and Nagoya.
Though 500-lawyer Nishimura & Asahi has recently opened a number of overseas offices, Japanese law bars law partnerships from having more than one office in Japan. To open its new offices, the firm is therefore launching a legal professional corporation that will work in tandem with its main partnership.
Osaka and Nagoya are the country’s biggest economic centers apart from Tokyo and senior partner Masakazu Iwakura says there has been much demand from clients to open there.
The Osaka office will have two partners – Yuichiro Hirota and Hiromune Usuki – and up to four associates. The Nagoya office will have one partner – Tsuyoshi Ito – and two associates. All the lawyers will be transferred to their new respective locations from Nishimura & Asahi’s head office in Tokyo.
The firm, one of Tokyo’s Big Four corporate firms along with Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, and Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, also has offices in Beijing and Ho Chi Minh City. Last year, it launched a second Vietnam office in Hanoi and one in Singapore.