8 ASIAN LEGAL BUSINESS – JULY 2023 WWW.LEGALBUSINESSONLINE.COM BRI EFS APPOINTMENTS ANDREW BATTISSON LEAVING Norton Rose Fulbright JOINING Linklaters PRACTICE International Arbitration LOCATION Singapore ROGER CHENG LEAVING Securities and Futures Commission JOINING Linklaters PRACTICE Corporate/M&A LOCATION Hong Kong YUKO INO LEAVING Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe JOINING Greenberg Traurig PRACTICE Real Estate LOCATION Tokyo ANGELIA CHIA LEAVING Mayer Brown JOINING Simmons & Simmons PRACTICE Trade Finance LOCATION Singapore VANESSA DUFF LEAVING Withers JOINING Charles Russell Speechlys PRACTICE Family Law LOCATION Hong Kong EIJI KOBAYASHI LEAVING Greenberg Traurig JOINING Mayer Brown PRACTICE Corporate/M&A LOCATION Tokyo AFRIYAN RACHMAD LEAVING Roosdiono & Partners JOINING Nusantara DFDL Partnership PRACTICE Corporate/M&A LOCATION Jakarta TARUN WARRIAR LEAVING Varde Partners JOINING Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld PRACTICE Insolvency & Restructuring LOCATION Hong Kong RADEN AJI WIBISONO LEAVING Kuncie JOINING FKNK Law Firm PRACTICE Corporate/M&A LOCATION Jakarta JAPAN’S ANDERSON MORI & TOMOTSUNE EXPANDS IN VIETNAM BY OPENING HANOI OFFICE Anderson Mori & Tomotsune has opened an office in Hanoi, its second in Vietnam after Ho Chi Minh City. The Hanoi office will be led by cross-border M&A partners Yasufumi Miki and Kazuhiro Fukuda, who were based in HCMC earlier. With the new office, Anderson Mori joins the ranks of other Japanese law firms that have offices in the Vietnamese capital, including Nishimura & Asahi, TMI Associates, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto and Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu. The opening comes when Vietnam is recovering rapidly from the COVID pandemic. Its GDP in 2022 grew by 8.02 percent, the highest annual increase in the last ten years. Japan is currently the third-largest source of FDI in Vietnam, and a Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) report earlier this year found that 60 percent of Japanese investors in the APAC region were keen to expand their business in the Southeast Asian country. “The further expansion and diversification of Japanese companies’ business in Vietnam” has “led to an increase in the need to hold talks with government agencies and the State Bank” based in Hanoi, AMT said in a statement. With travel restrictions having eased in the past few months, several Japanese law firms have opened new overseas offices. In March, TMI Associates opened an office in Paris, while Miura & Partners expanded its overseas presence by establishing new offices in Jakarta, London and San Francisco. Anderson Mori opened its Ho Chi Minh City office in May 2015.