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Leading Firms

In this first edition of Who’s Who Legal: Japan we identify the five most highly rated firms. The diversity of the legal services on offer is reflected in our research, as the Japanese legal market has slowly become an interesting mix of both domestic and foreign law firms. Homegrown firm Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu leads our research with more listings than any other firm, closely followed by fellow domestic firms Nishimura & Asahi and Anderson Mori & Tomotsune. Mori Hamada & Matsumoto of local origin is also singled out. Morrison & Foerster is the only international firm to make it into our top five. To view the results of our research please click here.

Practice Areas

This publication covers 31 different practice areas and recognises 282 individuals. The largest chapter is competition, which singles out 26 first-class practitioners. Stricter enforcement of antimonopoly laws have led to increased complexity and therefore greater activity in this arena. Twenty-five lawyers stand out for their M&A know-how. The depth of expertise in this sector is not surprising given the size of the country’s economy. With more domestic M&A deals expected through to 2015 there is no doubt that those individuals highlighted will continue to have a busy practice. Our patents section has 22 practitioners singled out, with the intellectual property sector generating significant amounts of work. The capital markets have regained their popularity as investors look for opportunities in the domestic and international financial markets. We recognise 21 individuals in this first edition. We also feature two practice area overviews written by leading experts. Yoshio Shimoda of ILS Shimoda Office takes an in-depth look at developments in Japanese corporate immigration policy over the past few years and the debate surrounding foreign workers. Tomoki Debari of Anderson Mori & Tomutsune analyses the options available to foreign insurers who wish to enter the Japanese insurance market. To view the results of our research please click here.

Marketplace Overview

The Japanese government has permitted foreign law firms to establish offices in the country since 1987, but it was only in 2005 that it became possible for foreign lawyers to practise alongside local lawyers. The liberalisation of the market in response to globalisation also coincided with a new era of openness towards foreign investors by the government. To read more please click here.

Berry Appleman & Leiden hires immigration specialist in Texas

Noah Klug

Australian corporate immigration lawyer Noah Klug has joined the Dallas, Texas office of Berry Appleman & Leiden. He arrives from Nevett Ford in Melbourne, Australia, where he was a senior practitioner.

An Interview with Nick Cray, COO and Steve Immelt, CEO of Hogan Lovells


Who’s Who Legal recently attended Hogan Lovells’ Africa-themed annual press party celebrating the firm’s recent establishment in Johannesburg. The office is the result of a combination with firm Routledge Modise, which took place on 1 December 2013, broadening the firm’s sub-Saharan Africa capabilities and adding to its global platform. Following the party, Who’s Who Legal spoke to Nick Cray, chief operating officer, and Steve Immelt, chief executive officer, to find out more about the firm’s recent developments and strategy.

Quinn Emanuel opens its seventh office with five-strong white collar team

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has merged with Houston, Texas based Gerger & Clarke adding five criminal investigations lawyers to its roster.

Hogan Lovells BSTL to be launched in August

International law firm Hogan Lovells has announced a merger with Mexico’s Barrera Siqueiros y Torres Landa (BSTL). Scheduled to take place in August, the merger will create one of the largest firms in Mexico with 70 lawyers split between offices in Mexico City and Monterrey working under the name Hogan Lovells BSTL.

Haynes and Boone boost mining practice with team of three in Mexico

Jorge Sánchez-Dávila, former senior partner at Goodrich Riquelme y Asociados, has joined international law firm Haynes and Boone in Mexico City. He arrives with two associates

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