Freshfields Tokyo quartet leave to launch new firm in Japanese capital

Two Freshfields partners among lawyers leaving to set up Vanguard Lawyers Tokyo

A quartet of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Tokyo lawyers have left to form a new Japanese boutique, which will become part of the magic circle firm’s global relationship firms network.

Tokyo partners Akiko Yamakawa and Kazuki Okada have founded Tokyo boutique Vanguard Lawyers Tokyo with consultant Naoki Kinami, who will be a partner at the new firm, and associate Masahiko Kinoshita.

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