Nishimura & Asahi

Dispute Resolution Department

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Our client base covers all industries, and includes most of the major corporations in Japan. The firm is also a go-to Japanese law firm for non-Japanese clients.
We are known for our competence in cross-border and domestic litigation, covering various corporate activities. We pride ourselves on our collaborative team work in advising clients in disputes. With dispute lawyers taking the lead, lawyers from our Corporate, Finance, IP, Tax, Crisis Management, Labour and Insolvency & Restructuring practices provide the disputes team with invaluable professional insights and knowledge on the industry, law, and most importantly, the client. We have a strong policy of creating a team that knows the client, knows the industry, knows the law, and knows how to deal with disputes.

In particular, with over 30 years of experience, we are the best Japanese law firm for arbitration work. This can be seen from the number of cases and their value in our books. Our disputes team currently has on its books 16 international arbitrations cases (acting as counsel), totalling USD 8.5 billion in value. International arbitration is the key area of growth for the disputes practice. Noticing the growth in this area, we hired senior associate Natalie Yap, previously of Watson Farley and Williams (Singapore) in 2017. Lars Markert of Gleiss Lutz will be re-joining the firm as foreign law partner in April 2018.


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