We recognise 298 of the world’s leading commercial mediators, and each should be considered to be among of the outstanding experts in their jurisdiction. Our listing encompasses sole practitioners, barristers, boutique firms, former judges and non-lawyers.
We also select the 10 most highly regarded commercial mediators in the world.
The economic upheaval of recent years has prompted altered practices across the commercial world, not least a hardening of attitudes in boardrooms towards legal spend, which has direct ramifications on the resolution of disputes. With clients more than ever looking for cost-effective ways to resolve – or avoid – such conflicts, an opportunity has arisen for the world’s leading commercial mediators to further establish mediation as a viable, attractive and effective method of addressing these concerns worldwide.
In this chapter we list the leading aviation, and shipping and maritime practitioners based in Japan. The sector continues to provide lawyers with an active workload – one that is only expected to increase as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics approach. Thirteen “impressive” individuals are recognised for their transport expertise.
Revised Japanese patent, utility model, design and trademark laws are expected to be effective from early 2015 and lawyers in this field can expect a busy 12 months advising on the amendments. Under the revisions, new types of marks will be protected including colours and sounds. We recognise 17 individuals in this chapter.
International trade law is gaining importance in other areas of corporate law due to the increase in the number of related treaties and developments in domestic legislation over the last decade. The country has adopted an increasingly international outlook in recent times in an attempt to revive the economy. Entering negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership last year was one notable example. With the evolving and increasingly important nature of trade-remedy work, excellent counsel is more important than ever. We have selected eight of the most highly regarded trade and customs lawyers in Japan.
The Japanese telecoms, media and technology sector is vibrant and expanding. Over recent years the government has been particularly active in regulating its telecommunications industry, ensuring the mobile industry has advanced technologies and developing sophisticated and advanced broadband technology, resulting in healthy competition between service providers and driving revenue and profitability. We identify 12 leading players who are “exemplary” in this growing practice area.
The Japanese sports legal market is relatively small in comparison to other developed markets, and there is little in the way of established statutory sports law. However, there is significant movement in this area of late due to a surge in popularity on a cultural level of football and baseball, as well as the 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Olympic Games. Lawyers are optimistic that the field will expand within the next decade. At present, we recognise three outstanding lawyers.
Negotiations are still ongoing regarding an EU–Japan free trade agreement. One of the primary concerns of European companies is the non-tariff barriers that are encountered on arrival in Japan. It is hoped that these negotiations will conclude in an agreement which will further open the Japanese public procurement market, particularly in the railway and urban transport sector. In this chapter we single out the 16 most highly regarded practitioners in this field.
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