Asian Legal Business (“ALB”) featured southgate in its 2017 “Firms to Watch” list. ALB selected law firms “that are small but are already making waves, and either challenging (or with the potential to challenge) much larger law firms for their share of the work”. southgate was one of only 15 law firms in Asia – and the only one in Japan – to be so honored. ALB highlighted southgate’s cross-border M&A and venture capital practices and its innovative approach to serving clients. ALB also described southgate as “a Japanese law firm offering a counter to the traditional law firm models”. Mr. Ranajit Dam, the managing editor of ALB, commented in ALB’s February issue that “[a]s for the small law firms rearing their heads and making their presence felt, including the 15 on the list, they might just be what tomorrow looks like”.

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