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Office Openings: Blake Dawson Opens Tokyo Office

by on April 15, 2010

Blake Dawson has officially opened a Tokyo office, becoming the Australian firm to obtain a license to practise from its own office in Japan.  From the firm’s official press release:

“The move is an exciting step in the firm’s international strategy and will create greater opportunities to deliver the best in legal and business services to its clients across the Asian region.

The new office, located in the centre of Tokyo’s busy CBD, is the culmination of many years of focus by Blake Dawson’s Japan team led by Ian Williams, Rupert Lewi and new resident partner Natsuko Ogawa.

It will further strengthen the firm’s North Asian practice which has a market leading reputation and longstanding client relationships with many of Japan’s foremost trading houses, financial institutions, energy and resources, infrastructure, and consumer products companies.

Blake Dawson’s managing partner John Carrington said: “Attaining the licence represents not just a major step for Blake Dawson but for the Australian legal profession. It follows extensive discussions and engagement with the Japanese regulatory authorities and adds to the firm’s Asian presence that now spans Shanghai, Singapore, Jakarta and Port Moresby.”

Partner Natsuko Ogawa said: “Our new Tokyo office will offer our Japanese clients a richer service offering through an on-the-ground presence, bringing an even greater focus and depth to these relationships while opening up new opportunities for the firm and our legal staff with an interest in Japan.'”

To learn more about Blake Dawson, please visit their home page. And to learn about open positions with the firm, as well as other in Tokyo, please visit us at

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