Latin America has long been highly regarded by Japanese companies as a rich source of natural resources such as energy and food, as well as being a huge market and hub for North American businesses. Although challenges remain, including political stability and public security issues, increases in economic growth and market liberalization are expected in the medium- to long-term, and it is anticipated that the region will draw more interest from Japanese companies, causing more of them to enter Latin American markets, or expand their business there.
We, along with our Latin America Practice Team, have long supported business activities in Latin America by Japanese companies. We have strong relationships with many leading firms in Latin American countries, some of which are supported by personnel exchanges and secondments. We also participate in world-wide networks of law firms such as Lex Mundi, in which we are particularly active, and have built close relationships with member firms in Latin American countries. In addition, we are intent on gathering information on countries in which Japanese companies will be interested in the future, as well as those in which many Japanese companies already have business, taking advantage of our intelligence collection know-how and abovementioned relationships. Our lawyers who have experience working for Latin American firms, and other Latin America Practice Team members with strong connections with domestic and overseas professionals, are well-placed to support Japanese companies acting in Latin America.
Further, we regularly provide our Japanese clients with information regarding Latin American legal practice through articles in legal periodicals and our newsletters.