Mr Makoto Hiratsuka > Hiratsuka & Co > Tokyo, Japan > Lawyer Profile

Hiratsuka & Co
9TH FLOOR, KAIUN BUILDING, 2-6-4 HIRAKAWA-CHO
CHIYODA-KU
TOKYO 102-0093
Japan

Position

Senior partner
Since founding Hiratsuka & Co. in 1976, I handled a large number of cases in the fields of maritime, shipping and insurance laws for foreign (English, Russian, Chinese, Korean, Israeli, etc.) clients as well as for Japanese clients. These include, but not limited to, collisions, fires, explosions, grounding, charterparty disputes, cargo claims, disputes between insurers and reinsurers cases.
On a number of occasions, I provided expert advices on the position under Japanese law with respect to cases pending before foreign courts / arbitration tribunals.

Career

Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan (1964-1966)

Languages

Japanese and English

Memberships

First Tokyo Bar Association,
Private International Law Association of Japan,
Japanese Maritime Law Association,
International Academy of Trial Lawyers

Education

Faculty of Law, Tokyo University (LL.B., Private Law Course, 1963; Public Law Course, 1964);University of London (U.C.L., Graduate School; Diploma in Shipping Law, 1972).

Leisure

Reading, playing the piano, gardening, traveling, golf, swimming, tennis

Lawyer Rankings

Japan > Shipping: Independent local firms

(Hall of Fame)

Makoto HiratsukaHiratsuka & Co

International shipping and insurance boutique Hiratsuka & Co offers a full range of maritime legal services. Known for its dry and wet shipping practices, the firm has extensive expertise in maritime disputes relating to contracts (shipbuilding, sale, affreightment), product liability, collisions, salvage and groundings. Practice head Makoto Hiratsuka is hailed as a ‘legend’ in the industry and leads an ‘exceptional’ team with industry and legal experience of both the Japanese and English legal system for domestic, cross-border, and multi-jurisdictional issues. Names of note are Shinichiro Yamashita , and Yuji Miyazaki .