Mayer Brown will open an office in Tokyo in the first half of 2018 in response to the firm’s growing Japanese client base.
The Tokyo office, anticipated to initially house between five and 10 lawyers, will be led by partner Rupert Burrows, who recently joined Mayer Brown from Ashurst, and is highly regarded in Japan for his experience in projects and energy work, including corporate M&A transactions and finance. Burrows is also fluent in Japanese and practised in Tokyo for the past 20 years.
The new office will focus on projects work, including related M&A and financing. The office team will function as part of an integrated structure with partners from around the firm to leverage on behalf of Japan-based clients the firm’s global strengths in finance, M&A, insurance, mining and infrastructure, intellectual property, international arbitration, disputes and regulatory matters, and private investment funds and real estate.
“In the past few years, we have focused on building our relationships with Japanese corporations, banks and trading houses,” said Paul Theiss, the chairman of Mayer Brown. “They have been telling us that, to continue to develop those relationships and expand them across the Mayer Brown platform, we now need a presence in Tokyo.”
“Consistent with the firm’s wider strategic goal to be present in all of the major financial centres of the world and with our client-led initiative in Japan, we intend to open in Tokyo in the first half of 2018.”
Terence Tung, the firm’s senior partner in Asia, said opening in Tokyo was an important step in enhancing Mayer Brown’s platform in the Asia-Pacific region. “We are excited by the opportunities this provides, particularly in joining up with our strong and developing projects capability in Southeast Asia through our growing office in Singapore,” said Tung.
Mayer Brown already serves an impressive roster of Japan-based banks and multinational companies. Having a base of operations in Tokyo has been on the firm’s management committee radar for several years.