September 2, 2013 Firm News

Opening of MHM Bangkok Desk

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto (“MHM”) is pleased to announce the opening of an MHM Desk in Bangkok, Thailand.

In recent years, rapidly-growing Asian countries have been recognized as strategic manufacturing hubs and important marketplaces for many Japanese companies, and the business activities of Japanese companies in Asia have grown in significance and diversity. MHM was among the first Japanese firms to expand its service into China (Beijing and Shanghai) and Singapore, and has been providing legal services to clients making use of its expertise relating to the varied issues specific to emerging countries in Asia and its accummulated experience in cross-border transactions. In order to further expand and improve these structures and to support Japanese companies doing business in Asia, MHM and Chandler & Thong-ek Law Offices Limited (“C&T”)* have agreed to open an MHM Bangkok Desk at C&T offices. This is based on the alliance between the two firms in Thailand, a country which is demonstrating remarkably rapid growth among the emerging countries in Asia.

The MHM Bangkok Desk will operate in the offices of C&T, and an MHM lawyer stationed in their office will work together with C&T to provide legal services for Thailand-related deals. Hidetomo Futami, an MHM lawyer stationed in C&T, has been MHM’s main source of support for Thailand-related legal matters. Now, with the strengthening of the alliance between MHM and C&T, he can take advantage of increased support from C&T and their formidable expertise, enabling MHM to provide even more comprehensive legal services in the Japanese language.

MHM will continue to encourage all lawyers working at the offices in Tokyo, Fukuoka, Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore, as well as the newly-opened MHM Bangkok Desk, to work together to provide better legal services to its clients.

Thank you for your support.

*Chandler & Thong-ek Law Offices Limited is a major law firm established in 1974. It currently comprises 42 lawyers (including 4 foreign counsel), and has received top rankings from various bodies in the industry, including Thai National Law Firm of the Year from International Financial Law Review (for 13 years in a row until 2013) and SE Asia Deal of the Year and Thailand Deal Firm of the Year from ALB. In addition, Chandler & Thong-ek Law Offices Limited has significant practical experience handling transactions, accummulated over many years for a broad range of Thailand-related deals, including investments in Thailand by Japanese companies.

Introduction of lawyer based in Bangkok

One of the firm’s lawyers will be based at the MHM Bangkok Desk and will provide legal support for the firm’s clients in connection with their cross-border business activities involving Thailand as well as other countries in Southeast and Southern Asia.

Hidetomo Futami



:+66-2-266-6485 ext.114


Hidetomo Futami joined the firm in 2002 having previously worked at law firms in Thailand and Myanmar and has continued to hone his particular expertise in cross-border transactions involving Southeast Asian countries, including direct investments, mergers & acquisitions and securities and finance matters. His expertise extends to laws and regulations relating to doing business in Thailand and Myanmar, such as corporate laws, the Alien Business Law, labor laws and arbitration laws. He has also broad experience involving other Southeast Asian countries including Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia.
※Languages: Japanese, English and Thai

Bar Admissions
admitted in Japan, 2002; New York, 2009
Daini Tokyo Bar Association


  • The University of Tokyo (LL.B., 1999)
  • Columbia University School of Law (LL.M., 2008)
  • with Holland & Knight LLP, Now York (2008)
  • with Chandler & Thong-ek Law Offices Limited, Bangkok, Thailand (2009)
  • with Chandler & Thong-ek Law Offices Limited, Bangkok, Thailand (2012 to date)
  • with Myanmar Legal Services Limited, Yangon, Myanmar (part-time) (2012 to date)

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