Bird & Bird expands Asia network with new Japan outpost

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Bird & Bird to Open Tokyo Office
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Bird & Bird is set to launch an office in Tokyo before the end of the year with the hiring of Ashurst Tokyo’s head of UK and European Japanese practice Hiroyuki Iwamura as a partner.

Christian Bartsch, CEO of Bird & Bird, said: “Japan is a dynamic, tech-rich country, and as Japanese clients increasingly look to expand internationally, it’s right that we put down roots alongside them to help them achieve their international ambitions.”

The Tokyo office opening marks Bird & Bird’s first international part of its new five-year strategy, with the firm seeing an alignment between its strengths including technology, automotive and life sciences and key industry sectors for Japanese clients.

Iwamura, who has been appointed for the new office opening, is a registered foreign lawyer in Japan, qualified as a solicitor in the UK and an attorney in New York. He specialises in assisting Japanese companies in entering the UK and EU markets through M&A, joint ventures and the establishment of subsidiaries.

The new office will support Japanese clients with outbound cross-border work in Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific region in key sectors including renewable energy, life sciences, technology and media. It will also focus on cross-border transactional, intellectual property, dispute resolution and data protection work in the technology space from Japan to Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific.

Bird & Bird, which plans to recruit more partners and associates in Tokyo in key sectors that it operates, will not handle inbound transactions into Japan.

In Asia, it currently operates offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore.

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