Japan: Shipping 2018

In this chapter, we highlight nine impressive lawyers who are recognised for their strong expertise advising clients on financing, logistics, transactions, insurance and crisis management across the shipping sector.

Yoshida & Partners sees two lawyers recognised for their excellent work in the shipping space.
Sotaro Mori is an internationally renowned shipping expert who is commended for his expert handling of collisions, cargo claims and shipbuilding contracts.
Tetsuro Nakamura is a well-established figure in the Japanese market and impresses market sources with his strong expertise in cargo claims, piracy and hijacking matters and wreck removal.

Okabe & Yamaguchi achieves two nominations here.
Hiroki Okabe is recognised for his first-rate shipping practice that encompasses a wide range of matters from wreck removal and collision claims to cargo disputes.
Shuji Yamaguchi wins praise from international sources for his expertise in the shipping sector, most notably when it comes to charterparty disputes and insurance claims.

At Hiratsuka & Co, Makoto Hiratsuka is “a very active and senior figure in the market” who peers note they “come across frequently as a strong counterparty”.

Yutaka Tsurusaki at Tsurusaki & Kobayashi (T&K Partners) Law Offices is “a remarkable lawyer” who is respected for his exceptional expertise when it comes to shipping disputes.

Abe & Sakata’s Akiyoshi Ikeyama is known for his “great practical working experience in the industry and his deep knowledge of the laws and regulation of the shipping world”. Sources are “impressed by his endless driving power and focus”.

At Max Law Office, Taka Matsui is recognised internationally for his vast experience in the maritime sector, as well as his impressive expertise handling collisions and salvage claims.

Kosuke Shibukawa at Nishimura & Asahi draws high praise from market sources for his strong transactional and financial expertise, handling matters across the transport sector.

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