DFDL’s Japan Desk expands with hire of two senior Japanese legal advisers

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Screen Shot 2013-08-10 at 10.27.46 PMWe are pleased to announce that Ms. Ayako Tamiya and Ms. Akemi Kishimoto have recently joined DFDL’s Japan Desk. Both will have a regional role with Ayako being based in Cambodia and Akemi based in Vietnam.

About Ayako 

Ayako brings 12 years of professional experience in the legal field. Prior to joining DFDL, Ayako worked for two years in Cambodia at the Ministry of Justice in Cambodia as a Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) expert.

Ayako is a senior adviser on the Japan Desk. Her experience and expertise includes general banking and finance, real estate and general commercial law. She completed a Master of International Development Studies (GRIPS, Tokyo, Japan), Legal training (Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan) and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Economics (Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan). She speaks Japanese and English.

About Akemi 

Akemi brings with her five years of professional experience in the legal field. She began her career in 2002 as an analyst in the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley in Tokyo, Japan, worked at Linklaters for 2. years and worked for the government of Japan as Deputy Director, International Financial Markets, Financial Services Agency, her last position prior to joining DFDL as a legal adviser.

Akemi is a qualified Japanese lawyer and a CFA® charterholder. Her wide ranging international areas of expertise and experience include cross-border financial and corporate transactions involving derivatives, investment funds and restructuring, etc. She holds a Juris Doctorate (Keio Law School, Tokyo, Japan), a Master of Science in Management (HEC School of Management, Paris, France) and a Bachelor of Law (Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan). She speaks Japanese, English, French and Spanish.

According to Patrick Smith, Head of the Japan Desk:

“We are very excited to welcome Ayako and Akemi to our developing and expanding Japan Desk. We believe that their addition to the firm will lead to further improvements in the way we provide legal and tax services to our Japanese clients.” 

About DFDL’s Japan Desk 

Japanese corporations, financial institution and NGOs have a long history of investment in the region DFDL covers, and we have had the privilege of working with such entities to provide solution-oriented legal and tax services.

With its international experience, coupled with local knowledge and its depth of experience in advising Japanese client and understanding of both the Japanese legal system and business culture, DFDL is ideally situated to assist Japanese client on their investments in the frontier markets of Asia. For our Japanese clients, the Japan Desk serves as the most extensive and developed conduit to the jurisdictions we cover. DFDL is unparalleled in the region in terms of resources, market knowledge and breadth of experience.

The advisers that comprise our Japan Desk have substantial experience working with Japanese clients and have almost three decades of experience of working in Japan. Patrick Smith, Yuri Sato and Ayako Tamiya have worked for Japanese law firms in Tokyo. In addition to providing legal and tax services to Japanese clients, we are able to assist Japanese clients with translations to and from Japanese and several of our Japan Desk advisers are able to speak Japanese.

About DFDL 

Founded in 1994, DFDL is the first leading international law firm specialized in emerging markets with pan-regional legal and tax expertise developed throughout the Mekong region (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam), Indonesia, Singapore, and Bangladesh, with a dedicated focus on ASEAN and the Middle East.

With a team of over 250 staff, including 120+ lawyers and advisers, working closely together within a fast growing network of 12 offices in Asia, we provide personalized and cost-effective legal, tax and consulting services and solutions with particular expertise in:

  • Energy, Mining & Infrastructure
  • Real Estate & Construction
  • Taxation
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • English Law governed transactions

Since its foundation, DFDL has acquired an outstanding reputation for providing seamlessly integrated and solution-oriented legal and tax services to establish, structure and protect our clients’ business interests. DFDL is also actively involved, in tandem with local jurisdiction stakeholders, in developing the legal and regulatory environment of the emerging markets in which we operate. Our experts are committed to providing international standard, state of the art legal and tax solutions throughout the ASEAN region and beyond.


Laurent Tam Nguyen
Regional Marketing Director
[email protected]