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Boutique firm Hiratsuka & Co specialises in international shipping and insurance and is experienced in handling contentious cases in Japan, particularly for non-Japanese clients. Maritime and shipping law expert Makoto Hiratsuka leads the department and has extensive knowledge of collisions, fire-related matters and other marine incidents, and cargo claims. The group handles high-value matters for international clients with notable experience in dispute resolution including arbitrations.

Hiratsuka & Co - Japanese translation: Hiratsuka & Coは国際貨物および保険を専門とする海事法律事務所であり、特に海外のクライアントに対する日本での係争案件の対応経験が豊富です。 海事法、海上運送法のエキスパートである平塚眞氏が同事務所を率いています。同氏は船舶衝突、火災、その他の海難事故や貨物損害請求などの海事事故に関する広範な知識を有します。同事務所は海外のクライアントの高額案件を取り扱い、仲裁などの紛争解決に定評があります。

Boutique firm Max Law Office specialises in marine casualty issues as well as shipping disputes for international P&I clubs and shipping companies. Takayuki Matsui leads the team, which includes three master mariners as consultants, giving it the ability to investigate a variety of ship casualty incidents. Shigeru Akachi is head of the casualty investigation team, which recently handled a large collision and oil spill claim totalling $100m following the 2014 collision of vessels Beagle III and Pegasus Prime in Tokyo Bay.

As one of Japan’s leading firms in maritime law and related international issues, Okabe & Yamaguchi draws upon a wide range of skills and experience including maritime accident research and investigation expertise led by a former master mariner. Founding partners Hiroki Okabe and Shuji Yamaguchi lead the practice, which has in-depth industry knowledge combined with extensive global experience and an international network of correspondent firms, with a notable emphasis on the Pacific and Indian Ocean regions.

Okabe & Yamaguchi - Japanese translation: 海事法および関連国際問題における日本最高位の法律事務所の一つであるOkabe & Yamaguchiは、海上事故調査や元船長による調査活動など幅広い技術と経験を有しています。 同事務所を率いるのは、豊富な業界知識と幅広い国際経験、連携先事務所との国際ネットワークを併せ持つ設立者である岡部博記氏と山口修司氏の両氏で、太平洋・インド洋領域での取り組みに定評があります。

Experienced in ship finance transactions, Atsumi & Sakai acts primarily for financial institutions, with other clients ranging from domestic local institutions and shipowners, to international banks and general trading companies. Yutaka Sakai is a key name to note and has extensive experience in project finance, ship finance, aircraft leasings, syndicated loans and environmental law.

TMI Associates' shipping team is led by Jumpei Osada, a banking & finance expert who focuses on high-value ship finance matters. The department assists with domestic and cross-border mandates, finance lease and Japanese Operating Lease with Call Option (JOLCO) matters.

Specialising in wet shipping cases and casualty matters, Law Offices of Toda & Co also handles ship arrest proceedings and limitation of shipowners’ liability issues. The practice is headed by Mitsuhiro Toda.

While collisions are traditionally the key focus of Yoshida & Partners, the group also handles matters across the sector including trade, commerce and logistics issues assisting international and domestic businesses including shipowners, P&I clubs and hull underwriters. The team includes the highly experienced Sotaro Mori, who excels in dry matters and also handles collisions, salvages, oil pollution work, personal injury matters, ship sales and shipbuilding contracts.

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