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Eiji Yamahara

Eiji Yamahara is counsel in the firm's Tokyo office. In addition to his time at law firms in the United States, UK, and Japan, he served as in-house counsel for more than 10 years in leading financial institutions and a Japanese trading company. He has advised clients on a wide range of projects, including water-treatment businesses, hospitals, subsea development deals, and coal-fired power projects, currently supporting Japanese sponsors globally investing in renewable energy projects. He focuses on energy, shipping and maritime law, including charterparty, ship trading, shipbuilding license documentation, and traditional B/L and L/C disputes. He has represented clients in litigation and arbitration related to maritime disputes. He also has experience representing clients in defending their interests in insolvency cases, ship-arrests in particular. In the financial sector, he has handled term/syndicated loans, asset financing, derivatives, and aircraft/ship financing.

  • Auditor of a public interest incorporated association established to support engineering study (February 2020 - ). 
  • Acted as a judge playing a role of an arbitrator in the 2020 Inter-University Negotiation Competition (also, gave advice regarding carriage by air to the University of Tokyo team, the winner in the category of arbitration (Japanese language)).
  • Tokyo Bar Association - Chairman of its International Committee (2017 - May 2020).
  • Maritime counselor registered at the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism of Japan.
  • Association of Average Adjusters of Japan (associate member).
  • Observer in the legislative council, Ministry of Justice of Japan for amendment of the Commercial Code (trading and maritime) of Japan (2014 – 2016). 
  • Engaged in providing information to refugees from the Fukushima nuclear power generator malfunction; appointed by the Nuclear Damage Compensation Facilitation Organization, established by the Japanese Government (2012). 
  • Appointed legal concierge by Japan Federation of Bar Associations for its pilot business to support overseas business development by small and middle size Japanese enterprises (2012).    
  • Appointed a member of the business study council of Okinawa's financial special district by Mr. Inamine, then governor of Okinawa (2004).
  • Presentation “The First Civil Code of People’s Republic of China, enforced on January 1st, 2021 - analysis by a Japanese lawyer” (The Japanese Council on International Trade, June 2021)
  • Lecturer of Video Seminar on "How to Read Legal Opinions," hosted by Japan Institute of Business Law (December 2020).
  • “Unique legal issues found in a bankruptcy case of “Hanjin” as a container carrier.“ (October 2017, Kyoto University, presented by the Maritime Law Association of Japan).
  • “Maritime insolvency special seminar – maritime insolvency and ship-arrest: in the context of the amendment of the Commercial Code (trading and maritime) of Japan (March 2016), Shanghai. Joint seminar with Wang Jing & Co.
  • “Our role in disaster – update of Japanese bar associations’ disaster relief to victims in the Eastern Japan Great Earthquake and Fukushima Shock.” (World City Bar Leaders in Philadelphia, September 2014).
  • “History of the prosperity and decline of port cities.” (January 2012, Kobe, presented by the Japan Shipping Exchange, Inc.).
  • English Legal Methods Summer Program, University of Cambridge, 1995
  • The Legal Training and Research Institute of Japan, 1992
Additional Thought Leadership Pages
  • “Arbitration Under the Rules of the Tokio Maritime Arbitration Commission (TOMAC) of the Japan Shipping Exchange” K&L Gates Arbitration World (the 34th Ed.), May 2017
  • “How to read legal opinions,” Shojihomu, July 2013
  • “ROSE FUND STRUCTURE – an English bank loan asset securitization” Contributing Author, New Business Law, BL No. 618, 1997
  • “Creation of the Euro – legal issues with Japanese companies in the UK.” International Business Law, September and October 1997
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