Our global transport practice is comprised of 400 lawyers who deliver in-depth knowledge of the global aviation, rail and shipping industries. As one of the leading full-service legal practices in the transport sector, our lawyers provide clients with a comprehensive understanding of how transportation industries operate on a local and global scale.

Our world-class lawyers have a longstanding track record of innovation in the transport sector, with experience in all forms of finance and leasing structures, litigation and dispute matters and corporate dealings spanning M&A, private equity, joint ventures, strategic alliances and other forms of cooperation.

With lawyers in every major global financial center, our transport law team also works in close collaboration with our lawyers in energy, infrastructure, mining and commodities, financial institutions and technology, enabling us to provide support on any issues affecting our transport clients.

Our team in Tokyo provides clients operating in the aviation, rail and shipping sectors with in-depth knowledge and unique industry insight, gained from experience of working on all sides of major transactions. Our team is able to draw on support, as required, from our global network to deliver seamless advice on all aspects of legal issues faced by clients in the transportation industry.

In addition, we have a dedicated team of shipping lawyers who advise leading Japan-based and international financial institutions and shipping companies on the full range of cross-border shipping and offshore transactions, including ship financing and other maritime-related investment activities such as loan book acquisitions and maritime contract work, including time charter negotiations. The team also works with our global colleagues to advise on issues arising from ship management documentation, charters, shipbuilding and conversion contracts.

Our areas of work include

  • Antitrust and competition, including international regulatory systems and controls
  • Asset finance
  • Bankruptcy, financial restructuring and insolvency
  • Crisis management, including global emergency response
  • Health and safety
  • Islamic finance
  • Litigation and disputes, including multi-jurisdictional litigation (MDL)
  • M&A, strategic alliances and other forms of cooperation
  • Planning
  • Private equity and venture capital
  • Sustainability and climate change, including carbon finance and environmental law

Awards and accolades

  • Chambers Asia-Pacific, Asia-Pacific Region: Aviation Finance, Chambers and Partners, 2021
  • Chambers Asia-Pacific, Asia-Pacific Region: Shipping Finance, Chambers and Partners, 2021




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