International law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP announced this week the opening of a new office in Tokyo, Japan. The Tokyo office is the firm’s third in the Asia region and will work collaboratively with existing teams in Shanghai, China and Seoul, Korea. As Greenberg Traurig’s 37th office worldwide, Greenberg Traurig Tokyo Law Offices will be operated by Greenberg Traurig Horitsu Jimusho, an affiliate of Greenberg Traurig, P.A. and Greenberg Traurig, LLP.
The Tokyo office will be led by an award-winning team of English-speaking Japanese lawyers. Shareholder Koji Ishikawa, managing shareholder of the new office, joins from DLA Piper, and shareholders Yuji Ogiwara and Koichiro Ohashi, co-chairs of the firmwide Japan Practice, join from White & Case.
The office opening is responsive to client needs and the global business community’s growing interest in Japan. Against the backdrop of the questionable viability and time horizons of various so-called “emerging markets” and major investments therein, the long-term strength and stability of the Japanese economy, government, and culture paint a compelling picture for Greenberg Traurig and its client base.
The attorneys opening this office are experienced practitioners in their fields and licensed in both Tokyo and New York. Ishikawa advises clients on corporate finance and capital markets transactions. Ogiwara focuses on Japanese employment litigation, labor negotiations, and compliance matters. Ohashi is an expert in the world of investment funds and also specializes in advising financial institutions, both Japanese and international, on a variety of financial matters, particularly M&A transactions.
While the team will pay particular attention to helping clients navigate their needs outside Japan by utilizing the firm’s expansive resources and platform elsewhere in Asia and in the United States, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East, they will also help clients navigate Japanese opportunities, with a particular focus on corporate & securities, capital markets, fund & invest management, dispute resolution, labor & employment, intellectual property, energy and infrastructure.