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A quartet of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Tokyo lawyers have left to form a new Japanese boutique, which will become part of the magic circle firm’s global relationship firms network.

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      /uploads/sites/378/2017/10/shibuya-tokyo-Article-201710040942.jpg" alt="" width="620" height="372" /></a> A quartet of��Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Tokyo lawyers have left��to form a new Japanese��boutique, which will become part of the magic circle firms��<a href="https://www.freshfields.com/en-gb/what-we-do/working-globally/strongertogether/">global relationship firms network</a>. Tokyo partners��Akiko Yamakawa and Kazuki Okada have founded Tokyo boutique��<a href="http://www.vl-tokyo.co.jp/en/">Vanguard Lawyers Tokyo</a>��with consultant Naoki Kinami, who will be a partner at the new firm, and associate��Masahiko Kinoshita. Litigation partner��<a href="https://www.freshfields.com/ja/contacts/find-a-lawyer/o/okada-kazuki/">Okada</a>, who��focuses on employment��and intellectual property disputes and international arbitration, previously led the firms disputes practice in the Japanese capital. Yamakawa, a disputes specialist with a particular focus on employment,��<a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/akikoyamakawa/?ppe=1">joined Freshfields</a>��in 2007 and��<a href="http://news.freshfields.com/zh/China/r/2156/freshfields_further_strengthens_its_japan_dispute">made partner in 2015</a>, while Kinami ��� who in 2002 became the��<a href="https://www.thelawyer.com/issues/8-april-2002/freshfields-appoints-bengoshi-to-top-spot/">first Japanese lawyer</a>��to lead Freshfields Tokyo office ��� advises banks, financial institutions and insurers on Japanese regulatory matters. The new firm will work with Freshfields as part of its non-exclusive StrongerTogether network, which comprises more than 300 firms around the world. The departures leave Freshfields��with three partners in Tokyo, including��Kaori Yamada, a competition specialist who��<a href="http://news.freshfields.com/zh/China/r/1896/freshfields_elects_18_new_partners">was made up��this May,</a>��and about 25 other lawyers. M&amp;A partner Edward Cole manages the office, while the other resident partner is M&amp;A lawyer Takeshi Nakao. Disputes partner Nicholas Lingard also supports the office, splitting his time between Singapore and Tokyo. <


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