Mr Thomson (pictured), who has resided in Japan since 2011, joined Lander & Rogers to assist the firm's prospective Japanese clients with their commercial strategies for entering the Australian market
"Andrew has lived and worked in Japan for many years now and understands the Japanese way of doing business,” said the head of Lander & Rogers' international practice, Derek Humphery-Smith.
“His background as a former Federal Government minister means that he is able to provide valuable insight into the workings of the Australian government to prospective Japanese clients that may be contemplating investment into Australia for the first time.”
Mr Thomson speaks Japanese and Mandarin fluently and has previously worked as special counsel at Minter Ellison, where he was responsible for partnerships in the UAE, China and Japan.
"Andrew will provide bilingual support on the ground in Japan, while we provide bilingual legal advice and representation here in Australia," said Mr Humphery-Smith.
Japan is Australia's third-largest source of foreign investment, according to Mr Humphery-Smith.
"With the Australia-Japan [Free Trade Agreement] having come into effect in January this year, we certainly expect the level of Japanese inbound investment into Australia to continue to grow," he said.