Kazuya Yamashita

Associate
  • Lawyer (Tokyo office)

Kazuya Yamashita’s main areas of practice are maritime law, M&A, insolvency (including civil rehabilitation, private restructuring and acting as bankruptcy trustee), advising on the conduct of shareholders’ meetings, and corporate litigation. He also has experience being seconded to the Civil Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Justice, where he was involved in drafting legislative amendments to the Companies Act (2014), Limitation of Shipowner Liability Act (2015), the Commercial Code and the International Carriage of Goods by Sea Act (2018). Using this experience and his experience gained from studying and training in the United Kingdom, Kazuya provides advice on the specialist areas of maritime law and international trade.

Professional History

1987 Born in Osaka Prefecture, Japan
2008 Passed Bar exam
2009 Graduated from Kobe University faculty of Law
2010 Completed legal training; registered as a lawyer; joined Higashimachi LPC
2014〜2016 Seconded to the Civil Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Justice (engaged in the amendment of the Commercial Code)
2017〜2018 Member, standard transportation contract review committee, Maritime Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport
2017〜 Examiner, Civil Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Justice (Commercial law group)

Publications

“Q&A: Revised Commercial Code” (co-author) (edited by Nobukazu Matsui and Akihiro Ono) Shoji Homu 2018
“Summary of the Commercial Code (Transportation and Maritime) Revisions” (co-author with Akihiro Ohno et al.) Shoji Homu Vol. 2177, 2018
“Explanation of the Commercial Code and Carriage of Goods by Sea Act Revisions” (Parts 1 & 2) (co-author with Akihiro Ohno et al.), NBL Vol. 1129 & 1130, 2018
“Overview of the Commercial Code and Carriage of Goods by Sea Act Revisions” (Parts 1 & 2) (co-author with Akihiro Ohno et al.), Horitsu no Hiroba, September 2018 issue
“An Act for Partial Revision of the Commercial Code and Carriage of Goods by Sea Act (Law No.29 of 2018), major revision of the transportation and maritime portions of the Commercial Code and restructuring of the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act” (co-author with Akihiro Ohno et al.), Toki no Horei No. 2060, 2018
“Submission of the Commercial Code and Carriage of Goods by Sea Act revision bill to the National Diet”, Kaiun, Vol. 1075, p. 52, 2017
“Effects of the Amendment of the Commercial Code (Transportation and Maritime) on business practices” Business Homu, February 2017
“Law for Partial Amendment of Act on Limitation of Shipowner Liability-Enforcement on the 8th of June, 2015-” Kaiun (Japan Shipping Exchange), No.1053, 2015
“Guide to Law for Partial Amendment of Act on Limitation of Shipowner Liability” Kinyuhomujijo, No.2019, 2015
“Guide to Law for Partial Amendment of Act on Limitation of Shipowner Liability” NBL, No.1052, 2015
“Overview of the Interim Proposal concerning the Amendment of the Commercial Code (Transportation and Maritime)” Kinyuhomujijo, No.2019, 2015
“Summary of the Interim Proposal concerning the Amendment of the Commercial Code” Horitsunohiroba, No.68-6,2015

Seminars and Presentations

“Effects of the Civil Code and Commercial Code revisions of shipping practice” Japan Shipping Exchange, May 2018
“Effects of the maritime law revisions on domestic shipping” Japan P&I Club, December 2017
“Points of the Amendment of the Maritime commercial law and Practical considerations” Amakusa Marine Doshikai, August 2017
“Points to be grasped by lawyers about the Amendment of the Commercial Code (Transportation and Maritime)” Daini Tokyo Bar Association, July 2017
“Guide to the bill of Partial Amendment of the Commercial Code and the Act on International Carriage of Goods by Sea” JAPAN P&I CLUB, June and July 2017
“Guide to the bill of Partial Amendment of the Commercial Code and the Act on International Carriage of Goods by Sea” Japan Shipping Exchange, November and December 2016, February 2017
“Guide to the outline of the Amendment of the Commercial Code (Transportation and Maritime)” Nagai seminar in Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd., September 2016
“Information session of the Interim Proposal concerning the Amendment of the Commercial Code (Transportation and Maritime)” as a Ministry of Justice official, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, April 2015
“The situation for reviewing the Transport and Maritime Law” as a Ministry of Justice official, KEIDANREN (Japan Business Federation), March 2015

Memberships

The Inter-Pacific Bar Association
Japan In-House Lawyers Association (JILA), 4th Division (Administrative and Regional Government Entities)