16JAPAN LAWYERS GUIDE 2018/19Building a new international law rmJapan’s Leading Law Firm Nishimura & Asahi (“N&A”) has a proud record of innovation and a pioneering spirit that has resulted in it being a leader in the markets and areas of practice in which it operates. is same spirit informs our desire to be at the forefront in Japan of many of the technologies and innovations that are changing the way businesses in-teract and, with that, the way advisers can most eective-ly support their clients. Tracing its origins back to the establishment of Nishimura Law Oce more than half a century ago, to-day’s rm comprises over 700 legal professionals based across a network of 14 oces, both domestic and over-seas. Such scale allows a deep focus on multiple areas of practice and a level of expertise that supports the most complex business needs of our clients, but also ensures that the rm’s mindset is one of collaboration across ju-risdictional boundaries. With a mix of foreign lawyers who hold qualications in both civil as well as common law traditions working alongside their Japanese qualied colleagues, the rm is ideally placed to provide our cli-ents with a global perspective. Most recently, Lars Markert joined the partnership as a foreign law partner in our international dispute reso-lution department in August 2018. In his time at inter-national and national law rms in Stuttgart, Düsseldorf, New York and Tokyo, Lars has advised German, Asian, Japanese and other large corporations as well as states in international commercial and investment arbitrations, complex litigations and internal investigations. Also in 2018, N&A was named the leading Japanese legal brand in the Asia Pacic region, in the Acritas Asia Pacific Law Firm Brand Index 2018. Our rm ranked highly for key index measures, including multi-juris-dictional litigation, multi-jurisdictional deal work and overall M&A. We were also ranked highly for awareness, favourability and high-value legal work. In addition, over the past year we have been proud to act as global lead counsel for Toshiba Corporation during its restructuring, Nishimura & Asahi

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