Tokyo-based TMI takes one giant step to Silicon Valley

California’s Silicon Valley remains the Holy Grail for tech titans, for Tokyo’s rising number of start-ups as well as those on the West Coast. Which explains why this week, Tokyo’s TMI Associates has become the first Japanese firm to plant a base in Silicon Valley.

Despite being one of Japan’s faster-growing firms, this is a giant leap for TMI’s overseas expansion plans, given that its other office openings have been in Asia.

TMI was the first Japanese firm to open in Vietnam, with bases in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, while in 2012 it opened an office in Singapore and in Yangon. It also has joint venture offices in Japan with US firm Morgan Lewis and German firm ARQIS.

As TMI heads towards America, another giant leap for lawyer kind is going on over at Nasa, where in the space agency’s legal department, deputy general counsel Sumara Thompson-King has just taken on the chief legal role.

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