March 15, 2023 Firm News

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto to open New York office

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is pleased to announce it will be opening an office in New York City.  Our new office is aimed to start operations in the fall of 2023.

Established through the merger of Mori Sogo and Hamada & Matsumoto in 2002, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto (MHM) is a full-service law firm group comprising 720 lawyers (including lawyers registered in jurisdictions outside Japan).  With our vision of being the “Firm of Choice” for our clients, MHM has grown its presence beyond Japan into the broader Asian region, including being the first Japanese law firm to open a Beijing office in 1998 and, more recently, merging with a major Bangkok law firm in 2017.

After many years of advising on cross-border deals and disputes between Asia and the Americas while maintaining close associations with major law firms in the region, MHM has now chosen New York — the center of global commerce and an important bridge between the Americas and Asia — as the firm’s first location outside Asia.  Through the New York office, MHM intends to further bolster relationships with local law firms and clients, while also enhancing our ability to serve the many and varied needs for cross-border legal services spanning the two regions.

Our New York office will be headed by Hideaki Umetsu, who has extensive international experience. He is joined by Aruto Kagami and Nobuhiko Suzuki, —partners with proven results in cross-border mandates. Hideaki Umetsu specializes in international trade, crisis management as well as ESG/SDGs. Aruto Kagami specializes in cross-border competition law matters, white collar investigations, crisis management, and disputes. Nobuhiko Suzuki specializes in cross-border M&A and corporate matters.

We believe that the Americas will continue to be an important market for our clients, and an especially large market from a legal point of view as well.  With the opening of its New York office, MHM looks forward to deepening its international presence while further enhancing the legal services delivered by the combined resources of our lawyers throughout the MHM group.


Please send any inquiry about this announcement to:
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, Public Relations
Tel: +81-3-6212-8330