Opening of Brussels Office

We are pleased to announce that Anderson Mori & Tomotsune (“AMT”) has decided to open an office in Brussels. The new office is scheduled to commence operations in early 2024.

Brussels is the regulatory as well as political centre of the EU and the place where the European Commission is seated. As such, it is attracting leading law firms from not only Europe but also from all over the world. With its superior access to major European cities such as London, Paris, Amsterdam, and Frankfurt, our Brussels office makes it possible for us to promptly provide practical and strategic Japanese law advice to European companies and investors regarding investment projects in Japan, alliances with Japanese companies, and entry into the Japanese market. We will also provide advice on a wide range of legal issues relating to existing businesses and investments in Japan, including day-to-day corporate matters, labor issues, and disputes.

The Brussels office will be headed by Ko Hanamizu, who has been the head partner of AMT’s Singapore office since 2013 and has extensive experience in international legal affairs, as well as Ryoichi Kaneko, who is a partner with experience working in Europe (London, Brussels, Madrid) and is familiar with cross-border M&A/investment and competition law matters. In addition, our Tokyo based partner, Vassili Moussis, who was born and raised in Brussels, will be providing support to the Brussels office and spending some time there. The Brussels office will provide our clients with the highest quality legal services in accordance with the latest laws, regulations and transactional practices by leveraging on the close network of relationships that we have established with various leading firms in Europe over the past decades.

【 Brussels Office 】

Registered Name Anderson Mori & Tomotsune EU
Representative Ko Hanamizu / Ryoichi Kaneko
Address (to be opened) 6th floor, Nordic House, Rue du Luxembourg 3, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

【 Ko Hanamizu 】

Mar 1999 Keio University (LL.B.)
Apr 2001 – Oct 2002 The Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan
Jul 2005 – Jun 2006 Worked for the Financial Markets Division, the Planning and Coordination Bureau of the Financial Services Agency
Jul 2008 Graduate study, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Sep 2008 – Feb 2009 Associated with Mannheimer Swartling, Stockholm
Mar 2009 – Aug 2009 Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Sidney

【 Ryoichi Kaneko 】

Mar 2008 The University of Tokyo (LL.B.)
Mar 2010 The University of Tokyo School of Law (J.D.)
Dec 2011 The Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan
May 2017 Graduate study, University of California, Berkeley (LL.M.)
Sep 2017 – Oct 2018 Associated with Slaughter and May, London
Dec 2018 – Feb 2019 Associated with Uría Menéndez, Spain

【 Vassili Moussis 】

Jun 1989 European School, Brussels I (European Baccalaureate (EB))
Jun 1994 Catholic University of Louvain (Licence en Droit)
Sep 1995 University College London (LL.M.)
Sep 1995 – Aug 1996 Internship at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition
Jul 1997 College of Law, London (Common Professional Examination)
Jul 1998 College of Law, London (Legal Practice Course)
Nov 2003 University College London (Ph.D.)
Jan 2010 Registration as a Gaikokuho-Jimu-Bengoshi

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