In recent years more and more Japanese companies are expanding to the ASEAN countries and India to open new business paths such trend seems to be getting bigger.
Within the ASEAN countries and India, the laws and systems of each country vary widely depending on where the business is being conducted and on the nature of the business itself. Consequently the legal services required by our clients also vary widely.
Kitahama Partners has formed an ASEAN India Practice Team that mainly consists of attorneys with experiences in local law firm and accounting firms in ASEAN countries (Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines) and India, and those who can offer legal services in English (including a Registered Foreign Attorney whose native language is English) to support Japanese companies. We have been making great efforts to second our attorneys to local law and accounting firms in each ASEAN countries in order that they can learn local laws and legal practice and to form close relationships with such local firms. Furthermore, Kitahama Partners is an active member of the IPBA (Inter-Pacific Bar Association) through which we have managed to create networks with a variety of local law firms. Owing to such wide networks, we are able to collaborate with the law firm that suits the nature of our clients' needs best.
Attorneys who specialize in various fields such as M&A, intellectual property and conflict resolution participate in our ASEAN India Practice Team, and it is not only expanding but also active in a wide range of fields, including conflict resolution, withdrawal, review of contracts, and the investigation of laws and regulations where we can cooperate with local firms and provide a one-stop support for Japanese companies.
Moreover, in cases relates to ASEAN and India, we never leave everything to local law firms. Instead we will actively take initiatives based on our clients' needs to handle such cases in the most appropriate way possible, allowing us to provide a high-quality legal service to all of our clients.