Tackling the Gender Gap: Finding Your Niche

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March 25th @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM (JST)

In March, the FEW Monthly meeting will have a special guest, Hitomi Komachi, a rising star female lawyer, and a mother of a newborn baby balancing her career and family life. The legal sector is traditionally male dominated and within it she specialises in the energy and natural resources sector, another male dominated field. Hitomi regularly advises government agencies, financial institutions and developers on large-scale energy and infrastructure projects, like the construction of new power stations and natural resource assets. She grew up in Japan, Hong Kong and Switzerland and developed her legal career in London, Paris and Tokyo. With her diverse background, Hitomi will share her view of the gender gap in Japan and talk about how she built a career in sectors facing a major gender imbalance.

Hitomi says the key to success in any environment, particularly in a male-dominated environment, is being clear about what you want and how to get there. Often we are consumed by day-to-day tasks and it feels like there is not enough time to ponder the “how”; Hitomi will share some tools she found useful to address this. 

We may not be sure about what we want and it can change from one day to the next or as you make progress. Hitomi’s proposition is that there is value in considering what might be your niche. This may come from within you, some role models, or even feel imposed by external factors at first!  She will share some tools she found helpful in finding her own niche and stories from her career path in the hope that they may trigger reflection or discussion amongst the FEW members and guests.     

If you are interested in how to find your niche, be empowered by another woman’s life story or simply want to enjoy meeting people for a chat, please join the event.

We look forward to seeing you in March.

About Hitomi Komachi

Hitomi is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science (Bsc. International Relations, 2006). She is also an England & Wales Solicitor (registered in 2010) and a Foreign Law qualified lawyer (registered with the Tokyo Bar Association in 2020). Hitomi works on energy and natural resources transactions globally, including project finance, acquisition finance and restructuring.  She started her career at the Allen & Overy London office, and after 2 years, spent 4 years in the Paris office. She has client secondment experience at the Japan Bank for International Cooperation. From 2016, she joined Allen & Overy’s Tokyo Banking Team as Senior Associate. Today, Hitomi currently is a leading member of the firm’s hydrogen interest group. In 2020, she was awarded the “Rising Star: Gaiben” by Legal 500. She is also a trilingual, speaking English, French and Japanese.

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