Japanese law firm Atsumi & Sakai has added partners Go Fujimoto (L)  and Kenta Nobe to its Tokyo-based corporate practice, making it five lateral hires to its partnership in its headquarters this year.

Atsumi, Japan’s sixth-largest law firm, added transactions lawyer Aoi Koyanagi from White & Case as a partner in July, finance partner Taku Sonoura from rival firm Nishimura & Asahi in March, and corporate in-house pro, Fumiyo Doi, from GE Healthcare in February.

The firm also added three partners in Tokyo last year to expand its data protection, risk advisory and ESG offerings.

Fujimoto, who joins Atsumi as a senior partner, was previously a corporate partner at Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners. He rejoins Atsumi, having previously spent five years at the firm from 2017 to 2022. Fujimoto specialises in general corporate compliance, corporate governance, and data protection law.

Nobe was previously an attorney at global law firm Baker McKenzie’s Japan outpost and specialises in labour and employment law and corporate governance, focusing on sports law.

Atsumi also saw the departure of two senior partners in January. Corporate specialist Go Hashimoto moved to Oh-Ebashi as a foreign law partner and litigator Yoko Atsumi left to start her own firm, Atsumi Law Office.


Related Articles

RANKINGS: ALB Asia Top 15 In-house Teams 2024

Traditionally, corporate legal departments have been asked to do much but given little. But, the era of heightened productivity has arrived with technology transforming how legal work gets done.

ALB Conversations: Richard Kurniadi, General Counsel, Kimberly-Clark Softex

by Mari Iwata |

Richard Kurniadi, general counsel of Indonesia’s Kimberly-Clark Softex, talks about why sometimes the legal function needs to push the boundaries without breaking the limit, how he wants his team to “play to win” instead of just "playing not to lose,” and why he’s a big fan of external lawyers who also have experience as in-house counsel. 

Ashurst hires, loses partner in Papua New Guinea

by Mari Iwata |

Ashurst has hired projects and corporate expert Tureia Sample as the managing partner of its Port Moresby office in Papua New Guinea, and also seen the exit of disputes partner Jason Brooks to Dentons.