Japanese outbound push continues as TMI Associates to open in Silicon Valley

Tokyo-based TMI Associates is to become the first Japanese firm to launch in Silicon Valley with an office opening planned in the global technology hub in July.

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Yun Kriegler

The US launch follows a year of expansion into South East Asia by some of the largest Japanese firms. The list includes Mori Hamada & Matsumoto and Nishimura & Asahi, which have opened in Myanmar’s largest city Yangon in recent months.

The push into foreign markets by Japanese firms has been driven by an increase in demand from domestic clients for cross-border legal support. Last month, for example, Mori Hamada acted for Japanese group Mizkan in its $2.15bn acquisition of Unilever’s North American pasta sauce businesses.

The global race has started for leading firms in Japan and China.

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