Simmons & Simmons and leading Japanese law firm TMI Associates established a joint venture in 2001, forming the market-leading alliance between a major Japanese law firm and a major international firm. Through our unique pooling of specialist resources both in and outside Japan, we provide clients with seamless, multi-jurisdictional, full-service legal support in Japan and internationally.

In practice this means: 

  • specialist advice across all areas of law – both Japanese law and international 
  • a clear understanding of the legal and business cultures in which both Japanese and international companies operate
  • fully bilingual English and Japanese language capabilities.

Our market-leading joint venture has combined legal staff resources of over 360 in Japan and over 800 outside Japan.  Through our unique combination, we pool TMI’s full service Japanese law capabilities (both lawyers (bengoshi) and patent attorneys (benrishi)) with the multi-jurisdictional and sectoral expertise of Simmons & Simmons to deliver first-rate legal services across disciplines, jurisdictions and languages.