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43 visiting delegates, together with 24 companions, attended the LEI Spring Conference, hosted by Japanese member firm Uchida & Samejima Law Firm, on 23-26 April 2016.A full working agenda included guest speakers Mr Akira Kurabayashi and Mr Kei Sugawara, who gave papers on Japanese Start-Up Investing, Risk Management for law firms and the hiring and retention of lateral partners.Co-founding Partner, Masahiro Samejima said “My partners and I very much wanted to welcome all our colleagues and friends in LEI to Tokyo.   It was a particularly appropriate time for us to do so, as my firm had recently moved to new offices, which we were able to show to visiting delegates.” Chris Lovell, the new Chairman of LEI, said:  “This was a great Conference;  it was the first occasion on which LEI has met in Japan and reflects the importance we attach to business in the Asia-Pacific region.   We are extremely grateful to the Partners of Uchida & Samejima Law Firm for their great organisation which made the Conference a productive and hugely enjoyable occasion.”  

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