In this chapter, we feature 23 impressive individuals for their outstanding work as arbitrators and counsel in complex domestic and international disputes.
Most Highly Regarded
Nishimura & Asahi performs well with four listings in this chapter.
Lars Markert* is a “world-class lawyer” with a “splendid international reputation” for his “impressive grasp of complex technical, legal and accounting issues” in multi-jurisdictional disputes.
The “excellent” Akihiro Hironaka is highlighted for his strong expertise in product liability cases and tax disputes.
Hiroyuki Tezuka is lauded as “one of the best-known names in Japanese arbitration” thanks to his long-standing practice encompassing domestic and international disputes.
Yutaro Kawabata is “extremely hard-working and knowledgeable” with considerable experience representing clients in the franchise, pharmaceutical, retail and automobile industries.
Herbert Smith Freehills stands out with three nominations.
Christopher Hunt* is a “brilliant lawyer” with a stellar track record representing clients in the construction, pharmaceuticals and telecoms sectors.
David Gilmore* stands out as an “excellent advocate” with strong international commercial arbitration expertise.
Ben Jolley* is highlighted for his “extensive experience and knowledge of EPC contracts, international arbitration proceedings and complex engineering disputes”.
Yoshimasa Furuta of Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is a “top-notch name for arbitration” whose “high level of intelligence sets him apart from competition”.
Aoi Inoue is a “superb and ambitious lawyer” who multinationals rely on for complex business disputes.
Yoko Maeda with City-Yuwa Partners is a “star in arbitration” who is “extremely bright and well-balanced” in domestic arbitrations.
At Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, Mugi Sekido is a “go-to lawyer for commercial disputes” and has an “encyclopaedic understanding of international arbitration proceedings”.
Junya Naito at Momo-o Matsuo & Namba is a “well-reputed arbitrator” who is “highly competent and simply brilliant in his approach”.
Tsuyoshi Suzuki is renowned for his “highly impressive work as counsel” in international arbitration proceedings.
Christopher Bailey* of King & Spalding is a “famous name in the arbitration space” thanks to his “excellent relations with Japanese clients” and “significant oil and gas experience”.
Yoshihiro Takatori with Kasumigaseki International Law Office is a “market-leading professional”, highly esteemed for the breadth of his experience in commercial arbitration proceedings.
* foreign-qualified lawyer