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Freshfields has acquired a small Japanese law firm in a bid to become the first UK firm to practice Japanese law in its Tokyo office. The firm has hired Naoki Kimani, a senior bengoshi (Japanese lawyer) and his team of two paralegals and two assistants.
Kinami, who has practiced international law for 20 years, has worked for a number of major Japanese commercial banks, insurance companies, and US/UK investment banks.
Freshfields joins other firms in Tokyo which have gone down this route after Japan changed its rules on hiring local lawyers.