Japan: Transport 2017

In this chapter, we highlight 17 of the country’s leading transport lawyers. These practitioners excel in aviation and shipping law, advising clients on financing, logistics, transactions, insurance and crisis management.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Tetsuro Nakamura Yoshida and Partners, Tokyo
2. Katsu Sengoku Nishimura & Asahi, Tokyo
3. Makoto Hiratsuka Hiratsuka & Co, Tokyo

NISHIMURA & ASAHI is a leading Japanese firm with an excellent reputation in transportation financing. The firm achieves three listings in this chapter.
Katsu Sengoku is a top name in the market for aviation financing thanks to his wealth of experience and enviable list of clients.
The “excellent” Kosuke Shibukawa regularly advises major international banking clients in significant asset financing transactions, notably involving shipping vessels.
Kentaro Miyagi wins praise from international sources for his expertise in aviation finance.

Shipping boutique YOSHIDA & PARTNERS boasts an excellent reputation on a full range of maritime law issues, from transactions and cargo claims to insurance matters. The firm sees two distinguished practitioners highlighted in the following pages.
Tetsuro Nakamura is a market-leading shipping specialist known for handling the full gamut of wet and dry shipping matters. He is particularly well versed when advising on casualty issues and piracy cases.
Sotaro Mori is a seasoned shipping lawyer with over 35 years’ experience advising domestic and international hull underwriters, P&I clubs and shipping companies on a variety of matters.

OKABE & YAMAGUCHI is another local maritime law firm that impresses in this year’s research, achieving two listings in this chapter.
Name partner Hiroki Okabe is a longstanding fixture in the market known for his impressive casualty disputes practice.
Fellow founder and cargo team leader Shuji Yamaguchi draws praise for his considerable experience handling high-profile disputes for both shipping and aviation clients.

US-based international law firm K&L GATES’ Tokyo team regularly handles cross-border matters for both domestic and foreign clients. The firm has two nominees in this chapter.
Takahiro Kawaguchi is an accomplished practitioner with a well-established asset financing practice, particularly involving aircraft and shipping vessels.
The “superb” Robert Melson Jr*, a recognised player in the market, regularly advises international clients on aircraft and equipment leasing.

Makoto Hiratsuka at HIRATSUKA & CO emerges as one of the most highly regarded lawyers in this chapter. A prominent litigator and arbitrator, Hiratsuka regularly represents underwriters, insurers and operators in significant shipping disputes.

* foreign-qualified lawyer

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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