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LL.M., University of Hawaii, Richardson School of Law, 2008
LL.M., Queen Mary and Westfield College, 1996
LL.B., Waseda University, 1988
Japan (Tokyo Bar Association)
Eiji Yamahara is counsel in the firm’s Tokyo office. In addition to his time at law firms in the US, UK and Japan, he served as in-house counsel for more than 10 years in leading financial institutions and a Japanese trading company. His primary focus is on shipping and maritime law. He also has experience representing clients in defending their interests in insolvency cases, in particular ship-arrests. In the financial sector, he has handled syndicated loans, asset-financing, derivatives, and acquisition and term loan financings. He has worked on a wide range of project financings, including water-treatment businesses, hospitals, subsea–development deals, and coal-fired power projects.
Tokyo Bar Association (a vice-chair of its International Committee since 2011)
Maritime counselor registered at the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism of Japan.
Association of Average Adjusters of Japan (associate member)
Participation as observer in the legislative council, the Ministry of Justice of Japan, for amendment of the Commercial Code (trading and maritime) of Japan (2014 – 2016).
Engaged in information provision work to refugees from the Fukushima nuclear power generator malfunction, appointed by the Nuclear Damage Compensation Facilitation Organization, established by the Japanese Government (2012).
Legal concierge, appointed by Japan Federation of Bar Associations, for its pilot business to support overseas business development by small and middle size Japanese enterprises (2012).
Business study council member for Okinawa’s financial special district, appointed by Mr. Yonamine, then-Okinawa-governor (2004).
“Maritime insolvency special seminar – maritime insolvency and ship-arrest: in the context of 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).
“Prosperity and decline of port cities from a historical viewpoint.” (January 2012, Kobe, presented by the Japan Shipping Exchange, Inc.).
Attendance to English Legal Methods Summer Program, University of Cambridge, 1995
The Legal Training and Research Institute of Japan, 1992
In addition to his working career as in-house counsel, Mr. Yamahara has advised on, among others, the following cases and transactions:
Advised a creditor with respect to Sanko Steamship Co., Ltd., before and after Sanko’s corporate reorganization filing in 2012.
Advised a client with respect to the OW Bunker group’s insolvency.
Advised a cargo-owner in defending the cargo-owner’s interest in the cargo when the ship was arrested by the ship’s creditors.
Advised a Japanese client with respect to vessel sale to an Indian buyer.
Advised an internationally-acting overseas container carrier regarding regulations applicable to port businesses in Japan.
Appointed by a Japanese district court as an agent for the bankruptcy trustee for the maritime-related assets of an entity.
Advised financial institutions and insurance companies on several asset-backed finance deals.
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