Squire Patton Boggs and Mamiya Law Offices, a five lawyer Tokyo-based corporate and transactional practice, have announced today a combination that will strengthen the firm’s already robust presence in Asia Pacific. This combination comes approximately one month after the combination of Squire Sanders and Patton Boggs, which created one of the world’s most comprehensive legal platforms, with over 1,500 lawyers spanning 44 offices in 21 countries.
Mamiya Law Offices was founded in 2008 by Jun Mamiya and specializes in domestic and international transactions, including M&A, corporate governance, corporate restructuring and reorganizations, joint ventures, private equity, securities, together with expertise in international trade, litigation and international arbitration.
Squire Patton Boggs’ Asia Regional Coordinator and Office Managing Partner in Tokyo, Ken Kurosu, said: “We have developed a strong relationship with Mamiya-sensei, having first worked together almost 20 years ago. Not only do we share a number of major public institutional clients, but there are synergies with our financial services and intellectual property practices in Tokyo, which will lead to new and exciting opportunities in Japan as well as elsewhere around the world.”
Steve Mahon, Global Managing Partner – Clients & Strategy, said: “Our combination with Mamiya-sensei and his team supports our strategy to enhance our position as the leading legal service provider across the Asia Pacific region, to augment our market-leading Tokyo presence, and to strengthen our Japanese law expertise in key areas such as securities and corporate governance.”
Mr. Mamiya is a graduate of the Law Faculty of Kyushu University, and Japan’s Legal Research and Training Institute. He was admitted to practice law in Japan in 1988 and was formerly a partner at Hashidate Law Offices and Atsumi & Partners.
Squire Patton Boggs was one of the first US law firms in Asia, with a presence in Tokyo dating back to 1955. At the beginning of 2014, the firm was recognized as one of the fastest growing law firms in Asia Pacific by Asian Lawyer, and was recently rated “Highly Commended” for international strategy by the Financial Times at its inaugural Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards 2014.
In commenting on the appeal of Squire Patton Boggs over other international law firms, Jun Mamiya said: “Squire Patton Boggs presents a leading global platform and depth of experience in countries where our clients seek to do business. As part of a global practice we will now be able to offer clients considerable added value and leverage our presence to support our clients on significant international projects.”
With the addition of this five-lawyer team, the firm now has nearly 40 lawyers in Tokyo and over 140 lawyers in the Asia Pacific region.
As part of the Squire Patton Boggs Asia Pacific strategy, the firm recently appointed corporate partners Kenji (Ken) Funahashi from Jones Day and Hiroki Suyama from Pillsbury in Los Angeles, who both have strong client portfolios spanning the US and Asia. Corporate and competition lawyer Li Hua also recently joined the firm’s Beijing office from Gide Loyrette Nouel.