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Nishimura & Asahi and Atsushi Mizushima selected for Startups’ Reliable Law Firms and Lawyers in The Nikkei NEXT Unicorn Survey 2023

We are pleased to announce that Nishimura & Asahi and Tokyo partner Atsushi Mizushima have been selected for the NEXT Unicorn Survey 2023: Startups’ Reliable Law Firms and Lawyers by Nikkei Inc.

The Nikkei, formally known as Nihon Keizai Shimbun, is Japan’s flagship newspaper. The NEXT Unicorn Survey is a survey of startups aiming to become unicorns, unlisted companies with an enterprise value of USD 1 billion (approx. JPY 150 billion) or more, and independently estimates their enterprise value and ranked them by sector. In this survey, leading unlisted companies were questioned about lawyers and law firms that are active or reliable in advising startups, and the responses from 160 companies were compiled by Nikkei Inc.


水島 淳

Atsushi combines his experience as an entrepreneur in Silicon Valley and his broad experience as a business attorney to provide solutions to tech companies and startups, including the design of transaction flows and contractual frameworks in business model creation, fundraising, various types of business collaboration with large corporations, IP strategy building, global business expansion, and strategic M&A and joint venture deals. For larger corporations, he advises on business collaboration with companies in other industry domains and on investments in and business collaborations with startups as well as on their new business model creation.