find the latest legal job
Corporate Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Highly-respected, innovative and entrepreneurial Not-for-Profit · Competency based Board
View details
Chief Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Dynamic, high growth organisation · ASX listed market leader
View details
In-house Projects Lawyer | Renewables / Solar | 2-5 Years PQE
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: All Australia
· Help design the future · NASDAQ Listed
View details
Insurance Lawyer (3-5 PAE)
Category: Insurance and Superannuation Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Dynamic organisation ·
View details
Legal Counsel
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: North Sydney NSW 2060
· 18 month fixed term contract · 3-5 years PQE with TMT exposure
View details
Allens forms alliance to enter Japan

Allens forms alliance to enter Japan

Allens Arthur Robinson has entered into a strategic alliance with a Japanese firm instead of opening their own office in the region in order to form a more "credible" Japanese presence,…

Allens Arthur Robinson has entered into a strategic alliance with a Japanese firm instead of opening their own office in the region in order to form a more "credible" Japanese presence, according to the Allens partner leading the new relationship.

The alliance with the Tokyo-based Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu (NO&T), announced today (1 October), is built off a cooperative framework developed by the two firms to service two-way trade and transactions between Australia and Japan. Both firms will retain their existing structures and financial independence.

According to Tim Lester, the Perth-based partner heading up the Allens Japan practice and the cooperative alliance, it made more sense for Allens to form an alliance instead of opening a Japanese office as NO&T could offer the scale and reputation needed to be successful in the region.

"You need to be credible in each market in which you operate and to be credible, you need to have appropriate size and you need a credible mass," said Lester.

"If you open up, especially as an Australia-based law firm, with just one or two partners and a few associates, it's really difficult to effectively service clients appropriately ... We think this is a much better way for an Australian firm - especially a firm with our footprint in Asia - to enter the Japanese market."

Lester said the alliance comes off the back of a desire by both firms to take advantage of "changing circumstances in the region and greater opportunities", recognising that although the Chinese export market is still growing for Australia, Japan will be remain an important trading partner long into the future.

The alliance includes a structured committee to assist with support arrangements the two firms have put in place for service delivery, as well as a structured secondment program.

Australian law firms have progressively been extending their reach and presence in Japan, with Blake Dawson opening a Tokyo office earlier this year.

NO&T boasts 330 Japanese lawyers in Tokyo as well as a small New York office, alongside 11 foreign-licensed lawyers.

Lester joined Allens in 2008, following a stint as managing partner of the Lovells Tokyo office. He said he worked extensively with NO&T during his time in Japan.

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Allens forms alliance to enter Japan
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
LCA president Fiona McLeod SC
Aug 17 2017
Where social fault lines meet the justice gap in Aus
After just returning from a tour of the Northern Territory, LCA president Fiona McLeod SC speaks wit...
Marriage equality flag
Aug 17 2017
ALHR backs High Court challenge to marriage equality postal vote
Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has voiced its support for a constitutional challenge to ...
Give advice
Aug 17 2017
A-G issues advice on judiciary’s public presence
Commonwealth Attorney-General George Brandis QC has offered his advice on the public presence of jud...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...