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Shohei Tezuka

Lawyer (Hyogo Bar Association member / Kobe Office)
Marine Counselor

Shohei was seconded to a law firm in Shanghai in 2006, where he co-operated with Chinese lawyers on some specific cases, for both his and their Chinese clients, and he devoted himself to deepening Higashimachi's relationship with China. He also contributed to the launch of our Imabari branch, and served as the representative of the branch from its establishment in January until June 2011. He then moved to London and read International Commercial Law in the Master’s course at University College London in 2011-2012. After being awarded an “LLM International Commercial Law” from the university, Shohei was seconded to several leading shipping and insurance law firms and a P&I club in London before returning to Higashimachi in December 2012.In 2014, Shohei was seconded to a Hong Kong law firm as an intern of the exchange programme between Hong Kong Law Society and Japan Federation of Bar Association.

Shohei has a wide range of experience in charterparty, MoA, and other shipping contract disputes, ship finance and casualty works, including primary responses and the limitation procedures. He also has some experience in insurance, employment, bankruptcy and other corporate disputes, as well as in negotiations, drafting of documents for a variety of international transactions, and attendances at closings for contracts of sales of ships, for both foreign and Japanese clients.

Shohei speaks fluent English, as well as basic conversational Chinese.

Career history

1978 Born Tokyo, Japan
2002 Graduated from Keio Gijuku University Faculty of Law; passed Bar exam
2004 Completed legal training; registered as a lawyer; entered Higashimachi Law Office
2005 Adjunct instructor Kansai University graduate school faculty of law *
2008 Registered as Marine Counselor
2012 University College London, LLM International Commercial Law,
Seconded to shipping and insurance law firms and a P&I club
2014 Seconded to W.K. TO & Co (Law Firm in Hong Kong)
2016 Became Higashimachi Law Office partner
* retired


  • Co-editor-in-chief of "The Elements of the Tramper Shipping Business" by Shigeru Tamura; 2009, Inui Steamship Co., Ltd.
  • "Judgment: Japanese court jurisdiction over its insolvency law issues despite London arbitration clause" British magazine "Wave Length (JSE Bulletin No. 61)"

Main maritime law cases handled

  • Limitation of liability case (A multiple collision in Akashi Channel / Kobe district court, 2008)


  • Kobe Keio Club member
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