Major, Lindsey & Africa has worked in the Tokyo market since 2001. Recognizing that the unique market required on-the-ground experts, MLA opened a local office in 2007. US and UK law firms continue to expand their operations in Tokyo and require our assistance in finding bilingual qualified candidates who can build their local practice. Multinational companies seeking lawyers who know Japanese law and can fill key roles in global legal teams look to MLA to execute its proven targeted search strategy on their behalf.
MLA’s Tokyo consultants serve private practice, corporate and financial services clients while offering career advice and representing individual lawyers in their search. They advise candidates and clients on the rules for registration of foreign lawyers and their impact on both hiring and career planning decisions.
As a member of a large global firm, we are uniquely positioned to execute cross-border assignments. Leveraging our relationships with clients in the US and the UK allows MLA to serve our candidates and clients to a degree unmatched by our competitors.
To provide our clients and candidates with the greatest possible depth and breadth of service, MLA is the only legal search firm that maintains over twenty local offices around the world, making us uniquely positioned for truly global legal recruitment. The recruiters at each of our offices have their fingers on the pulse of the local legal marketplace – the area’s leading and up-and-coming lawyers, the most attractive opportunities, plus current and future business trends.
But these local specialists also have the unique advantage of being plugged into MLA’s connected and collaborative network of offices around the world, enabling us to serve a legal profession that grows more global every day. This combination of local expertise with global collaboration gives us a distinct advantage as international legal recruiters.
Whether you’re a lawyer looking for opportunities overseas, a multinational in need of top in-house lawyers or a firm planning to expand your international capabilities, you can count on MLA to identify the best candidate – or the best job – quickly and efficiently. We are fully able to provide you with international legal recruiting consultation that is equally sophisticated and knowledgeable about multinational corporations and law firms based in the U.S. and Latin America, as well as the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions. We are also prepared to help you resolve complex issues surrounding cross-border placements, foreign re-qualification and expatriates in legal roles. We can even familiarize your staff with customs, cultures and legal environments around the world.
It’s a level of expertise and capability in international legal recruitment you don’t usually associate with a recruiting firm. But it’s what you can expect from an ongoing professional advisor and partner like MLA, and what makes us the most qualified international legal recruiters in the industry.
Laurie Lebrun is a Partner and the Representative Director in the Tokyo office of Major, Lindsey & Africa. Laurie specializes in placing associates and partners in international law firms in Tokyo, whether it is their first time living in Japan or they are looking to move laterally within the market. In addition to her private practice work, Laurie also places in-house counsel within the Tokyo market.
Noriko Kuge is a Consultant in the Tokyo office of Major, Lindsey & Africa. She specializes in legal search and recruitment with a focus on placing Bengoshi (Japanese-qualified) associates into law firms and multi-national companies in Japan.