Firm profile submitted by Nishimura & Asahi
Managing Partner: Mr Masaki Hosaka
Number of partners: 131
Number of lawyers: 568
Languages: Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, Japanese
Offices: Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong*, Jakarta*, Yangon, Singapore, Bangkok, Dubai, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi
Nishimura & Asahi is one of Japan’s premier full-service law firms, covering all aspects of domestic and international business and corporate activity. Due to the scale of the firm, it is able to share expertise and assist clients cost effectively in all areas of legal services, and provide an unprecedented level of service in highly specialised and complex areas of commercial law.
The firm advises on complex international transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, reorganisations, and distribution and licensing arrangements. The firm also advises on compliance, start-up businesses, tax, labour law, and real estate/environmental law matters.
The practice advises on banking, capital markets, asset management, structured finance/securitisation, asset finance, acquisition finance, insurance and project finance (PFI).
The firm provides a full range of legal services related to restructuring, bankruptcy and liquidation.
The firm has significant experience in counselling business enterprises and has a number of lawyers who have engaged in international trade law practice in ministries within the Japanese government and international organisations, including the WTO.
The firm formulates settlement strategies and provides representation in litigation and arbitration. For example, the firm provides advice on civil and commercial disputes, transnational disputes, tax disputes, IP disputes and administrative disputes.
The firm’s IT/IP practice includes advice on IP disputes, IP licences, venture capital/IP finance and telecommunications/media.
Corporate Crisis Management:
The firm advises on corporate crises, including cases where corporations detect, or are investigated by government authorities for securities and financial fraud, foreign corrupt practices and white-collar crime.
The firm handles international cartel cases for domestic and international corporate clients and provides advice on submitting prior notifications and/or ex post facto reports to the Japan Fair Trade Commission. The firm also undertakes compliance investigations and advises on corporate compliance.
The firm provides tax-related services and analyses transactions from a tax law perspective at the planning stage, including drafting and reviewing contracts. N&A also advises on tax dispute procedures and strategies, including tax investigations, and represents clients in tax dispute litigation.
Trusts & Estates:
The firm handles family law matters, especially divorces and separations. The firm also specialises in drafting and probating wills and inheritance planning.
Natural Resources & Energy:
The firm provides legal services for the natural resources and energy fields, including, oil and gas, the electricity business and renewable energy.
With offices in China, Hong Kong, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, and its considerable experience in the region, N&A can handle all of its clients’ legal needs throughout Asia.
Middle East/Latin America/Africa:
The firm’s practice teams, have strong relationships with leading firms in the Middle East, Latin America and Africa providing strategic legal services to clients, both on a domestic and overseas basis.
Public Interest Activities:
N&A lawyers are involved in presenting policy proposals as members of government study groups, assisting in negotiations relating to trade friction, and serving as a proxy to the government in administrative litigation.