In this chapter, we highlight Japan’s 26 leading arbitration practitioners. They excel across in domestic and cross-border commercial and investor-state arbitration proceedings.
Most highly regarded
Nishimura & Asahi stands out with four listings.
Lars Markert* sits among the very best arbitration specialists in Japan, with sources saying he is “an extremely smart lawyer who knows the international market very well”.
Akihiro Hironaka is lauded by peers as “an excellent and very experienced arbitration practitioner”.
Hiroyuki Tezuka is “renowned in Japan” for his profound expertise in international arbitration.
Yutaro Kawabata receives plaudits as “a smart, hard-working and likeable individual” who excels in pharmaceutical and franchise disputes.
Yoko Maeda with City-Yuwa Partners comes highly recommended for her enviable arbitration practice which encompasses a broad range of commercial and cross-border disputes.
Aoi Inoue at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is held in high esteem as “an excellent arbitration practitioner" who is "efficient, diligent and great to work with".
Yoshimasa Furuta possesses "in-depth knowledge of Japanese law" and "always considers the commercial aspects of disputes".
The “excellent” Yoshimi Ohara at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu is a highly accomplished disputes specialist with vast experience in international arbitration.
Douglas Freeman of the Law Offices of Douglas K Freeman is singled out as “an excellent and very well-experienced arbitration practitioner”. He is “brilliant as arbitrator and counsel” according to impressed peers.
David Gilmore* of Herbert Smith Freehills is a go-to for cross-border disputes involving commercial agreements, insurance contracts and trade issues.
Momo-o Matsuo & Namba’s Junya Naito earns praise as “a great advocate and well-regarded arbitrator” who is “fantastic with international clients”.
Tsuyoshi Suzuki is “a well-reputed young arbitrator” who excels in shareholder conflicts, sports arbitration and financial services disputes.
Teppei Mogi at Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners possesses more than 30 years of experience in resolving sophisticated construction, energy and pharmaceutical disputes.
Mugi Sekido of Mori Hamada & Matsumoto wins plaudits for his extensive experience advising on high-profile construction and bankruptcy disputes.
Yoshihiro Takatori with Kasumigaseki International Law Office, International Arbitration Chambers is heralded as “an important figure in the Japanese arbitration market” thanks to his significant experience handling a broad range of commercial disputes.