Japan firm focuses on foreign input

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Anderson Mori & Tomotsune has appointed four senior foreign counsel into partnership, and hired a new senior foreign counsel in Tokyo, following the launch of its foreign law joint enterprise that was effective from 1 January 2021.

The appointed partners are Len Matsunaga (qualified in the US), Vassili Moussis (qualified in the UK), Teruma Naito (qualified in the UK), and Tu Jinning (qualified in China).

Arbitration lawyer David MacArthur also joined as a senior foreign attorney from Bae Kim & Lee in Seoul, where he was a senior foreign attorney for more than 14 years. MacArthur is qualified in the US and will jointly lead the firm’s international arbitration team with partner Aoi Inoue.

The firm’s joint enterprise programme enables Japanese lawyers and registered foreign lawyers to establish an equal partnership at the firm. The arrangement is regulated within the Act on Special Measures Concerning the Handling of Legal Services by Foreign Lawyers, which was amended in May last year to promote the use of international arbitration in the country, and to meet the increasing demand for foreign law services.

Anderson Mori also recently promoted 12 lawyers to partners, namely: Itaru Onozuka, Masaki Fujita, Norihiro Ubukata, Takeshi Nagase, Yoshitaka Sakamoto, Tomoyuki Tanaka, Wataru Ishii, Tsunemichi Nakano, Takahiro Hayase, Ryuichi Shiomi, Satomi Umezu and Ryoichi Kaneko.