Nishimura & Partners and Kokusai Burmon of Asahi Law Offices will become Nishimura & Asahi on 1 July. The two firms confirmed their merger a year after they announced a plan to create a combined firm to counter the arrival of foreign firms launching in the jurisdiction. The combined firm will have more than 300 lawyers and will be housed in Nishimura's current building in Tokyo. Both firms say they agreed to merge in order to keep up with the current demand for skilled Japanese lawyers. They have a longstanding relationship, with many of their lawyers having worked together on a number of transactions in the past.