On January 1, 2000, the law firm Nagashima & Ohno and the law firm Tsunematsu Yanase & Sekine, with full participation of all lawyers from both firms, established the Law Offices of Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu in order to meet the legal problems arising out of the increasingly complex global business community by combining the individual talents of the lawyers from both firms to offer legal services of the highest quality.
In recent years, the legal needs of both domestic and foreign businesses have grown tremendously in complexity. In addition, the frequency of large-scale, global transactions which demand cutting-edge legal advice and broad experience in multiple practice areas is also increasing. The traditional Japanese system of business management based on advance governmental administrative guidance is no longer the norm. Businesses are now required to assume responsibility for their decisions based on their own independent interpretation of existing law. In order to meet the many and varied needs of our clients in such an environment, the ability to flexibly organize teams of lawyers possessing both knowledge and experience in the various legal specialty areas necessary to deal with each of our client's needs and the ability to work swiftly and efficiently to address the same is critical.
In order to offer high quality legal services, the nurture and development of lawyers with the skills necessary to meet our clients' needs in every specialized legal field is very important. Maintaining a critical firm size is also indispensable in order to be able to provide our clients with a comprehensive range of legal services. Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu was the first law firm in Japan to surpass the 100-lawyer milestone. Since then, we have continuously striven to ensure the highest caliber of lawyers and other human resources. As a result, as of January 2013, we have approximately 350 lawyers (inclusive of foreign-licensed lawyers).
At Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, we are continuously striving to improve the skills of our firm's members through various generous educational arrangements, while at the same time, support and enhance their level of performance through the use of cutting-edge information management infrastructure utilizing the latest technology to centralize and share our members' collective knowledge, experience, skills and databases. We are uncompromising in our requirement that all firm members demonstrate the highest standards of professional ethics in their pursuit to consistently provide top quality legal services.
We are confident that we have succeeded in building an organization capable of placing talented and recognized experts in every major practice area of business law, from dispute resolution (such as litigation and mediation) to finance and M&A. Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu will, now and into the future, continue to strive to recruit, train and nurture the very best legal talent in order to always be perfectly positioned to provide our clients with the very best legal services to meet their every business need.