Joint Ventures

In Japan, a joint venture is the structure permitted under Japanese Law that enables Japanese and foreign law firms to combine their knowledge and resources to work as a single team.

Since its establishment in 1990, TMI Associates has constantly focused its efforts on globalization. In 1995, pursuant to the Special Measures Law Concerning the Handling of Legal Business by Foreign Lawyers (also known as the “Foreign Lawyers Law”), TMI Associates established a qualified joint venture (“tokutei kyodo jigyo”) with the French law firm, Gide Loyrette Nouel. In 1999, it was succeeded by a joint venture with the Laurent Dubois Foreign Law Office, mainly to support companies involved in business transactions between Japan and France, and this joint venture continued until March 2007. In 1998, TMI Associates opened a branch office in Shanghai principally to support Japanese companies conducting business in China. Subsequently, in September 2001, TMI Associates formed an alliance with the UK international law firm, Simmons & Simmons, by establishing a first-of-its-kind qualified joint venture in Japan with the partners on equal footing. Next, in September 2005, we established another joint venture with the American law firm, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, forming Morgan Lewis-TMI. More recently, in December 2006, we formed a joint venture with Wakely Foreign Law Office, and in January 2009, with the German law firm ARQIS, allowing us also to provide expertise about Canadian Law and German Law respectively.

Through its joint ventures, TMI Associates plans to continue promoting and contributing to globalization to become a true example of an international law firm.

Simmons & Simmons
Morgan Lewis-TMI
Wakely Foreign Law Office
ARQIS Foreign Law Office
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