Nishimura & Asahi

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Nishimura & Asahi
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Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
No. of offices 10 (6 international)
No. of lawyers 407 (Oct. 2014)[1]
No. of employees 1,087 (Oct. 2014)[1]
Major practice areas General practice
Date founded 1966
Founder Toshiro Nishimura
Company type Consists of a Japanese partnership, Japanese professional corporation and Singaporean limited liability partnership

Nishimura & Asahi (西村あさひ法律事務所 Nishimura Asahi Hōritsu Jimusho?) is one of the "Big Four" law firms in Japan. As of July 2013, it is the largest law firm in Japan by number of lawyers.[2]

The firm was "founded" in 2007 by the acquisition of the Kokusai Bumon (International Division) of Asahi Law Offices (the former Asahi Koma Law Offices, itself a merger of the Masuda & Ejiri and Komatsu Koma law firms) by Nishimura & Partners (one of the "Big Four" and founded in 1966).[1] The firm is a member of the international legal networks Lex Mundi and Pacific Rim Advisory Council.[3]

In August 2012 it opened offices in Nagoya and Osaka to assist clients based outside of Tokyo.[4]

The Legal 500 ranks N&A as a top tier firm in the fields of antitrust and competition law, banking and finance, capital markets, construction, projects and energy, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, real estate and structured finance/securitisation.[5] Chambers & Partners ranks the firm as "Band 1" in banking and finance, securitisation and structured finance, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, real estate and restructuring/insolvency.[6]

N&A clients include América Móvil, Citibank, France Telecom, Fuji Fire and Marine Insurance, KDDI, Microsoft, Mizuho Securities, Nippon Steel, NTT, Oriental Land, Tokyo Broadcasting System and Universal Studios Japan.[7][8]

Nishimura is known for having a highly competitive internal culture, among both associates and partners. Lawyers are evaluated and ranked based on revenue generated, publication history and media exposure, and the ranking is reflected in their listing order on the firm's website.[9]


Nishimura is headquartered in Tokyo (Ark Hills) and has domestic branch offices in Fukuoka, Nagoya (JR Central Towers) and Osaka. It also has overseas offices in Bangkok, Beijing, Fukuoka, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Shanghai, Singapore and Yangon.[10]

Nishimura announced a tie-up with a Jakarta-based law firm in September 2014, making it the first major Japanese law firm to have an affiliated office in Indonesia. Nishimura also provides advice on Indonesian law to Japanese clients from its offices in Tokyo and Singapore.[11]


  1. ^ a b c "About the Firm". Nishimura & Asahi. Retrieved 17 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "2013年6月の法律事務所の弁護士数ランキング". BABELSTAFF K.K. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Merger creates new legal giant". The Japan Times. 3 July 2007. Retrieved 17 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "Japan law firms rush to set up in Asia". The Japan Times. 8 July 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2015. 
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  7. ^ "Nishimura & Asahi". IFLR1000. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Nishimura & Asahi". Asialaw Profiles. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "弁護士業界の最強集団"ブル弁"の生態とは?". Toyo Keizai. 24 July 2013. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 4大事務所の中でも最も弁護士の「稼ぎ」にシビアだと言われるのも西村あさひで、ウェブサイト上の掲載順は内部の人事上の順番になっている。現金の稼ぎ以外にも、メディアへの露出度、特に権威ある法律専門メディアへの露出度や、論文や書籍なども評価の対象になる。ただ、事務所内でのパートナー間の競争はかなり激しく、「アイツはメディアへの露出だけで評価されていて、ちっとも稼がない」などと陰口をたたく弁護士がおり、所内の階級闘争もシビアだ。 
  10. ^ "Offices". Nishimura & Asahi. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "西村あさひ、インドネシアに拠点 現地事務所と提携". Nihon Keizai Shimbun. 7 September 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 

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