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Yohei Shigihara

Attorney at law in Japan/Singapore Office and Tokyo Office

Profile and Expertise

After being admitted to the bar association, he worked as a associate in the law firm in Tokyo for five years, specializing mainly in M&A and business-related legal affairs and moved to another firm in Ginza, Tokyo and worked as a partner for two years.
He provides strategic legal advice and deals with litigations in relation to Japanese laws, engages in legal affairs across throughout Asia, and advises on cross-border M&A, entering, developing and managing a business in Asia, including Japan, China, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia.
He holds the license of the First class boat operator, registered himself as Maritime Counselor, handles a marine accident, provides continuous advice on marine advice, and responds to the authorities.

  • Experience
  • Publications
  • Seminars
  • Newsletter
  • Restructuring, Mergers and Acquisitions Practice
    • Advice on sales of shares of Japanese construction company by Japanese Major construction company
    • Advice on transfer of business against Japanese solar power company by German solar power company
    • Advice on sales of shares of Japanese construction company by Japanese construction company
    • Advice on sales of shares of Singapore construction company by Japanese construction company.

    Labor Law Practice

    • Advice on labor practice, litigation, mediation procedure of Labor Standards Inspection Office in Japan.
    • Advice on termination of employees and directors(Acted as a counsel of Japanese real estate company)
    • Advice on mental health, power harassment and sexual harassment (Acted as a counsel of Japanese consultant company)
    • Advice on labor practice in merger and business transfer (Acted as a Japanese trading company)
    • Drafting and advice on employment related contracts

    Other General Corporate Matter
    • Advice on how to take visa overseas for Japanese companies
    • Advice on shareholders meetings
    • Advice on merger, capital reduction and stock option
    • Drafting due-diligence reports
    • Drafting corporate documents
    • Drafting compliance manuals
    • Having lectures about compliance matters

    Dispute Resolution
    • A dispute in Japan over the lease agreement between Japanese individual and German individual governed by JCAA Rule involving issues of complicated procedure (Acted as a counsel of the Japanese company)

    Maritime Case
    • Dispute resolutions relating to ship accidents (including handling of procedure of marine accident in Japan)
    • Dispute resolutions of claims for damages in relation to ship charter contracts.
    • Registration Procedures of Small Ships in Japan.


2011 Graduated Yokohama City University International College of Arts and Sciences
2013 Graduated Hitotsubashi University Faculty of law
2015 Admitted to the bar in Japan
2016 Registered as Maritime Counselor
2019 A part-time lecturer at Yokohama City University
2021 Obtained the license of the First class boat operator
2022 Admitted as a foreign lawyer in Singapore(tentative)

Admitted/Professional Experience

    2015 Admitted to the Tokyo Bar Association
    2016 Registered to the Japan Maritime Counselor Association 
    2019 A part-time lecturer at Yokohama City University
    2022 A lecturer of Top Lawyers Program at Kobe University(tentative)


English, Japanese


+65-8183-5114 (Singapore desk)
+81-3-6550-9000(Japan desk)