Nishimura & Asahi (Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo) is one of Japan’s premier full-service law firms, covering all aspects of domestic and international business and corporate activity.

Nishimura & Asahi is the largest law firm in Japan, and currently has more than 450 Japanese and foreign lawyers. It employs over 500 support staff, including tax accountants, and has one of the largest teams of paralegals in Japan. The firm is able to share expertise and assist clients cost effectively in all areas of legal services and provide an unprecedented level of client service in highly specialized and complex areas of commercial law.

Nishimura & Asahi understands its clients’ growing needs, and its fully integrated team of professional staff and lawyers proudly share the same fundamental philosophy: an uncompromising commitment to quality. Nishimura & Asahi has established relationships with most major foreign investment banks with a presence in Japan. It has also long served prominent companies in traditional manufacturing, distribution and retail industries, as well as serving clients in the growing communications, information technology, e-commerce and service industries. The firm’s clientele extends to companies in emerging industries, with their often novel businesses and cutting-edge legal issues.

The firm has experienced, multilingual lawyers with specialized training, including advanced international law degrees from law schools in the United States or the United Kingdom and secondments to firms in non-Japanese jurisdictions, including the U.S., the U.K., Europe, Australia, Latin America and countries throughout Asia. The firm recently acquired SCL Group, one of Thailand’s leading local firms. The deal created one of the largest, well-resourced and most diverse international business law practices in Southeast Asia. Following the acquisition, our firm in Thailand will operate under the name “SCL Nishimura”, starting from October 2019.

Areas of Practice

  • M&A
  • Venture capital
  • Corporate
  • Finance
  • Real estate
  • Environment law
  • Restructuring & insolvency
  • Dispute resolution
  • IP
  • Corporate crisis management
  • Competition law/antitrust law
  • Tax
  • Labor
  • Consumer law
  • International trade
  • Cross border practice
  • Wealth management
  • Trust & estate
  • Public interest activities
  • Natural resources and energy
  • IT/media/entertainment
  • Life science/health care
  • Technology