20JAPAN LAWYERS GUIDE 2018/19Providing Unparalleled, Irreplaceable and Global-Minded Legal Services to Our ClientsHistory Since its establishment in 1990 with ten lawyers and one patent attorney, TMI Associates has experienced rapid growth in both numeric and geographic terms. As of August 2018, TMI has grown to become the second largest law rm in Japan. Geographical Expansion In order to better serve client interests, TMI is con-tinuing its process of geographical expansion, both do-mestically and worldwide. In this regard, TMI has be-come the rst of the Big Five Japanese law rms to open oces in Silicon Valley and London. TMI has also taken the unprecedented step of having its member attorneys reside in Nairobi, Kenya for more than three years and Sao Paulo, Brazil for more than ve years .Pracce AreasCorporate/M&A TMI provides highly professional advice for a wide range of corporate/M&A related matters, including large-scale cross-border transactions, going-private transactions, private equity investments, venture capital investments, joint ventures, responding to activist shareholders and for-mulating takeover defenses. TMI’s M&A team regularly handles the most complex and high-stakes transactions, thereby contributing to the development of innovative TMI AssociatesTMI NetworkNumber of AttorneysAttorneys6005004003002001000199020002005201020152018(Aug., 2018)PatentAttorneysForeignAttorneys3947931504Growth

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