Japan’s largest law firm Nishimura & Asahi has continued its global expansion push after entering into a new formal law alliance (FLA) in Singapore with local practice Bayfront Law. 


This agreement makes Nishimura & Asahi the first Japanese law firm to enter into a Singapore FLA.

Practically, this will allow Nishimura & Asahi’s lawyers who are qualified in Singapore — Masato Yamanaka, Masataka Sato, Yuji Senda and Tomoro Yoshimoto — to practice under the alliance name Nishimura & Asahi-Bayfront-Law Alliance.


Bayfront Law began operations in 2017 and has twelve Singaporean lawyers, including six directors. It is led by managing director Kesavan Nair. 

Nishimura & Asahi’s Singapore office was established in 2012. It is led by co-representatives Masato Yamanaka and Shintaro Uno. The firm has twelve lawyers, of whom eight are Japanese.

Dominant in its domestic market, Nishimura & Asahi has launched offices and alliances in Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, Taiwan, China and New York. This year, the firm became the first Japan Big Four firm to establish offices in Europe.


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