Damien Arthur


Team Leader

Legal & Compliance

Damien is the team leader of our legal and compliance division. He manages a team of legally qualified consultants and he introduces legal and compliance professionals to corporations, law firms, and financial institutions. He is often invited to work difficult-to-fill positions on a retained search basis and he has been recruiting in Tokyo for more than 10 years.

Damien received his LLB, LPC, Diploma of law and from the University of Law (London, UK).  He was invited to build the legal recruitment practice for a global recruitment firm before joining Specialized Group, and he is in a strong position to provide market insights to new companies entering Japan as well as search and identify the right legal professionals for foreign companies operating in Japan and north-east Asia.

In addition to his legal education, Damien holds a master’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in education and a bachelor’s degree in theology. He is actively involved in his Church community where he runs an education program for children and adults and in his free time he enjoys yoga, hiking, martial arts and riding his motorcycle.

To speak to Damien about the legal and compliance sector or for assistance with a new opportunity, contact him today.

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An increase in global and local M&As, as well as improvements to corporate governance, means, an increased demand for lawyers and compliance professionals. Compliance is needed as laws and regulations change, as these changes require companies to have accurate and diligent corporate legal departments to mitigate business and governance risks, to improve transparency, and to encourage institutional investment. Changes to asset managers’ investments – including diverse Alternative Investment Markets coming to Japan – means due diligence in management. Companies need a robust legal team and the use of external law firms for inorganic growth and expansion.

Damien's Market Insight

Latest Roles

Corporate Legal Counsel

Permanent, Tokyo


Intellectual Property Specialist

Permanent, Tokyo



Promotion to Team Leader

Promotion to Team Leader

February - 2016