Anderson Mori & Tomotsune (AMT) is set to become the first Japan Big Four to allow foreign lawyers to become equity partners after it launched a foreign law joint enterprise.

This move is now legally possible after the joint enterprise was launched under the Act on Special Measures concerning the Handling of Legal Services by Foreign Lawyers. Following this, the official firm name in Japanese will change to Anderson Mori & Tomotsune Gaikokuho-Kyodo-Jigyo, while the name in English will remain unchanged

In a statement, the firm said it was “committed to actively recruit talented foreign qualified lawyers who are passionate about building bridges between Japan and the rest of the world.”

According to the ALB Top 50 rankings for 2020, AMT was the third-largest law firm in Japan, with 476 lawyers, and the 47th largest domestic law firm in the Asian region.


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