May 3, 2013

Japanese law firm to solicit business in Myanmar

Japan’s largest law firm, Nishimura & Asahi, announced on Tuesday that it will establish an office in Yangon this month.

In a statement released by Nishimura & Asahi, Myanmar is attracting attention as an emerging market and the firm aims to respond to its clients’ needs in Asia as more companies continue to expand into the country.

“We will advise mainly on Japanese business and investment in Myanmar,” Erina Yoshiki, Nishimura & Asahi’s spokesperson in Tokyo, told Mizzima on Wednesday.

“We plan to hire local lawyers and staff as necessary for our Yangon office.”

The office will be led by Yusuke Yukawa, a Stanford Law graduate who worked in New York prior to joining Nishimura & Asahi. It is currently registered to a space on the 12th floor of Yangon’s premier Sakura Tower, one of the city’s most expensive office blocks.

The firm also announced that it will establish an office in Bangkok in July.

Nishimura & Asahi is headquartered in Tokyo. It is one of Japan’s oldest law firms, employing some 500 attorneys across practices in Asia.

Source: Mizzima