Welcome: Atsumi & Sakai

Written by BCCJ
January 23, 2017

Written by BCCJ
January 23, 2017

***Delighted to welcome Atsumi & Sakai as the newest Corporate Member of the BCCJ***

The Firm
Atsumi & Sakai is a multi-award-winning, full-service Tokyo law firm, and is the only independent Japanese law firm with a London office. The firm operates as a foreign law joint venture, which enables it to admit foreign partners and so offer its clients the quality of service that the modern international business community demands. Expanding from its highly regarded finance practice, the firm now acts for a wide range of international and domestic companies, banks, financial institutions and other businesses, offering a comprehensive range of legal expertise.

An International Practice
Atsumi & Sakai has an outward-looking approach to its international practice, and has several foreign lawyers and consultants with extensive experience from leading international law firms, so providing its clients with the benefit of both Japanese law expertise and real international experience. Through its London office, it can also provide real-time advice on Japanese law to clients in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and a more convenient service to clients in the Americas.

In addition to its core Japanese law practice, the firm can also advise on the laws of England & Wales, New York, California, the People’s Republic of China, Queensland (Australia), and US and Australian federal law, as well as the laws of the Federal Republic of Germany (in collaboration with Janssen Foreign Law Office).

As a member of a number of global legal networks, and having had many years’ experience in working with international law firms, the firm is able to assist clients in the selection of overseas counsel and to work on cross-border transactions with foreign lawyers it is familiar with.

Innovation & Value
The firm constantly seeks to anticipate its clients’ needs for new legal services, most recently by bringing together lawyers from various areas of expertise across the firm as a practice group to address issues arising from the rapid technological developments in the financial services industry, the Internet of Things (IoT), big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud computing.

Atsumi & Sakai is also conscious that, in a very commercially-focused business environment, clients look to their legal advisers not only for expertise, but also for value-for-money, and they are happy to discuss both constructive fee arrangements and added-value services, such as secondments, helplines and legal updates.

With its close ties to the UK, Atsumi & Sakai is delighted to have become a member of the BCCJ and look forward to meeting other members at future events.