We no longer live in a time when international legal practice is categorized as a specialized field. At present, most Japanese corporations have expanded their businesses overseas or, at least, have regular transactions with foreign companies. In addition, foreign investment into Japan by major multi-national corporations continues to increase. At Kitahama Partners as well, the previous boundaries between domestic and international matters continue to disappear, with an increasing number of our attorneys becoming licensed to practice in the United States or other foreign countries in addition to Japan, and handling cross-border legal matters on a daily basis. Our legal practice covers a wide range of countries, including matters involving North America, South America, Europe, China, Taiwan, South Korea, India, Southeast Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and Russia. In order to meet the specific needs of both our domestic and international clients, we have established specialized practice groups, which include highly skilled attorneys who have experience working and residing such geographic areas. Our firm also provides a wide range of international legal services, from commercial transactions, such as the import and export of commercial products, the drafting and negotiating of commercial agreements, and legal issues relating to the establishment of local corporations and factories, to M&A, large-scale financing, intellectual property transactions, technology transfers, antitrust matters, tax issues, and international disputes. In order to be able to provide such services in an effective and efficient manner, our firm continues to reinforce and expand our network and cooperative relationships with overseas law firms and also promote internationalization within our firm, thereby further establishing our firm as having one of the leading teams of international legal specialists in Japan.