In 1999, when Italian lawyer Adriano Villa set up for Pavia e Ansaldo, the first-ever Italian law firm in Japan, he had already accumulated over 13 years of local experience between postgraduate studies and legal practice with major Japanese law firms.

When the Japanese government relaxed the regulations for the provision of legal services by foreign lawyers in the late 1990s, Pavia e Ansaldo and Villa were ready to take advantage of that decision and opened an office in Akasaka, in the heart of Tokyo.

Venturing beyond Italy’s borders and engaging in international business are not new to Pavia e Ansaldo. Since 1961, it has assisted Italian and foreign clients in all areas of business law. With offices also in Rome, Moscow, St. Petersburg and Barcelona, the law firm’s approach of putting culture and in-depth local knowledge first has allowed it to excel in the international arena.

This year, Pavia e Ansaldo celebrates its 20th year in Japan. As the only Italian law firm in the country, it has played a key role in facilitating business relations between Japan and Italy.

“The Japanese are serious and competent. They evaluate their investments carefully. We uphold this approach, backed by our lawyers who have remarkable knowledge of both cultures and markets. We want to build and maintain long-term, fiduciary relationships with clients and reputable Japanese law firms,” Pavia e Andaldo Managing Partner Stefano Bianchi stressed.