Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is to integrate with Thailand’s Chandler & Thong-ek Law Offices in a process that will be completed by January 2017. The new operation in Thailand will be called Chandler MHM Limited. Satoshi Kawai, a partner who specializes in cross-border M&A and international trade, and Niwes Phancharoenworakul, the managing partner of C&T, will lead the new practice, according to MHM’s head office.
MHM has advised Japanese clients in Thailand for many years via its own Bangkok office, staffed with five lawyers, but increasing Japanese investment interest in Thailand and Myanmar has reportedly prompted the marriage with C&T, with its compliment of 45 lawyers. MHM opened a desk at AKSET Law in Jakarta earlier this year and has offices in Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore and Yangon.