Positions at Offices in Japan (Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya)
Foreign Legal Associate Positions
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune ("AMT") hires non-Japanese attorneys to work as "Foreign Legal Associates" ("FLAs") in our Tokyo office. Typically, FLAs have been admitted to practice in their home jurisdictions for a minimum of two years, and wish to add a Japanese component to their professional experience. FLAs have come to us from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, New Zealand, Ireland and China. In some cases, FLAs are seconded to us for specified periods from firms in their home jurisdictions, and return to those firms after their time with us.
FLAs are offered exposure to a broad range of international transactions in a rather unusual context. In many cases, these call into play the FLA's expertise in the law of his or her home jurisdiction; while in others, home jurisdiction law is not in issue, but advanced drafting and analytical skills are required. Many former FLAs have used their experiences with us as a springboard to successful Japan and Asia-related practices.
(It is important to note that Japanese law prevents AMT from allowing its non-Japanese attorneys to provide direct and primary advice to clients on matters of Japanese law. Accordingly, FLAs work cooperatively with our Japanese attorneys, assisting them in providing client advice.)
Professional Support Lawyer Positions
AMT also hires professional support lawyers ("PSLs") to work in our Tokyo office. Our PSLs are native speakers of English who have been admitted to practice law in an English speaking, jurisdiction for at least two years, and who have substantial legal drafting experience in M&A, corporate, finance, capital markets or other commercial transactions.
The work of the PSLs focuses almost exclusively on ensuring that our firm's English work product, including advice, correspondence and transactional documentation, meets the highest standards of international legal practice. Work product will most commonly focus on M&A, corporate, financing and capital markets transactions, but may include other areas as our clients' needs dictate.
Compensation and Other Benefits
Compensation for both FLAs and PSLs is commensurate with background and experience. Calendar year bonuses may also be paid, as determined based on the work quality and gross productivity of the particular FLA or PSL.
In the case of FLAs relocating from overseas, we are able to provide certain benefits to assist in the transition, such as roundtrip airfare to Tokyo (covering a spouse, if accompanied), a moving allowance and a short-term hotel allowance to allow for residence-hunting upon arrival in Japan. PSLs are generally hired from among candidates already located in Japan or relocating to Japan for other reasons, and accordingly these relocation benefits do not apply.
Both FLAs and PSLs are enrolled in the Japanese national medical and dental insurance program.
Each FLA and PSL will be required prior to commencement of work (in the case of any FLA relocating from overseas, prior to arrival) to obtain a visa permitting him or her to work in Japan. Our firm will assist in the preparation of most of the relevant documentation.
Application Requirements and Process
The preferred FLA or PSL candidate is a highly qualified attorney or solicitor who has graduated with academic distinction from a top law school, and has a minimum of two years of experience with a first tier law firm in his or her home jurisdiction. Strong corporate or finance background and transactional experience are preferred. In the case of FLAs a current license to practice law in the FLA's home jurisdiction is required; while in the case of PSLs a current license is not a requirement. In both cases, superior drafting and analytical skills are preferred.
Our FLAs perform most of their work in English. Accordingly, native speaker-equivalent fluency in written and spoken English is a requirement for all FLAs. In the case of PSLs, due to the nature of their work, only true native speakers of English with practice experience in an English speaking jurisdiction will be considered. In both cases Japanese proficiency is welcome, but not required.
Interested applicants for positions in our Tokyo and other domestic offices should click "Tokyo and Other Domestic Offices" below and fill in the application form and upload a resume and a legal writing sample in English.
Positions at Overseas Offices
AMT also hires non-Japanese lawyers to work in its overseas offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh, Bangkok and associated firms in Hong Kong and Jakarta.
Lawyers in overseas offices are involved in the full range of international deals and cross border transactions, and also assist international and Japanese clients on specific legal issues, including M&A, corporate, restructuring, disputes, finance, crisis management, regulatory, competition law, labor, bankruptcy and insolvency, IP, and trade.
Applicants for a position in our overseas offices should be an experienced attorney who has graduated with academic distinction from a premier law school. He/she preferably has work experience in a first-tier law firm in his/her home jurisdiction. Japanese proficiency is welcomed, but not required.
For applicants to the Singapore office; Applications should generally have 3-8 years PQE in a reputable Singapore law firm, with corporate law experience.