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Edward is the managing partner of Freshfields' Tokyo office. A fluent Japanese speaker, he has extensive experience advising Japanese corporate and financial institutions on cross-border M&A transactions. Edward has been the lead partner on many of Japan's high-profile M&A transactions including the privatisation of New Kansai International Airport and Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance's acquisition of the significant Lloyds' insurer Canopius. Edward is also our country partner for Australia.

Professional Memberships

Solicitor (England & Wales), Gaikokuho-Jimu-Bengoshi (Japan).


Edward has been a partner since 2007.


Edward was educated at the Australian National University and Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo.