Maritime & Logistics

As well as being one of the few Japanese firms that are active in the field of maritime and logistics law, we are also able to provide a full range of legal services to clients operating in these industries through cooperation with our lawyers who are experienced in other areas of law that are relevant to our clients’ business needs, including corporate, insolvency, finance and labour law.

Our strength in the field of maritime and logistics comes from the fact that:

  • Several of our lawyers have studied and gained practical experience in the United Kingdom, so we can provide our services in both Japanese and English
  • Our lawyers have experience as maritime arbitrators, administrators in shipowner liability limitation procedures, maritime counsellors, maritime judicial scriveners and working on legislative committees that have prepared amendments to Japan’s maritime and transportation laws
  • Our team operates from our Kobe, Tokyo and Imabari offices, so we can respond to incidents anywhere inside or outside of Japan
  • We have lasting relationships with specialists all over the world, including in the United Kingdom, Singapore, China, Panama and the Marshall Islands

Our services

Within the field of maritime and logistics law, we provide services to clients who are involved in the industry as shipowners, shipping companies, marine brokers, shipbuilders, fleet management companies, trading companies, manufacturers, energy companies, P&I insurance clubs, insurance companies, banks, leasing companies, port operation companies, terminal operators, warehousing companies, land and air transport companies, freight forwarders, passenger transport companies, and government agencies, in relation to the following matters:

  • Dry shipping (cargo claims, charterparties, bills of lading, waybills, arrest of vessels, litigation, arbitration and negotiation)
  • Wet shipping (collision, vessel loss, oil spills and other incidents, salvage, wreck removal, limitation of liability actions and accident investigations)
  • Ship financing
  • Sale and purchase of vessels and escrow agency
  • Shipbuilding contracts
  • Maritime industry M&A
  • Registration of shipping companies
  • Insolvency (acting for both debtors and creditors in private rehabilitation, bankruptcy, civil rehabilitation and corporate restructuring)
  • Crew manning issues
  • Marine insurance and contracts
  • Anti-monopoly law
  • Port cargo transport, terminal operations, warehousing
  • Land, sea and international intermodal transportation
  • Passenger transportation


Yoshihiro Uetani

Managing Partner
Kobe and Tokyo offices

Yousuke Tanaka

Tokyo office

Shohei Tezuka

Kobe,Tokyo and Imabari offices

Shinya Yoshida

Kobe office

Makoto Matsumiya

Kobe and Imabari offices

Takashi Aihara

Tokyo office

Kazuya Yamashita

Tokyo office

Tatsuya Sasaki

Imabari office

Peter Cassidy

Registered Foreign Attorney
Kobe office