Yoshimi Ohara is a Partner at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, Tokyo office. Her practice focuses on international arbitration, litigation and mediation. She represents both domestic and foreign clients in international arbitration in various seats under the rules of the ICC, ICSID, SIAC, JCAA and AAA/ICDR. Before launching her international arbitration practice, she was active in the area of corporate transactions and IP disputes. With a strong corporate and IP background, she has extensive experience in dealing with disputes covering a wide range of subjects, including joint ventures, M&A, corporate alliance, infrastructure, energy, investment, insurance, technology transfer, intellectual property, sales and distribution. Ms. Ohara worked for the Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry (METI) in Japan in putting together the Investment Treaty FAQ and the Commentary on Investment Treaty Arbitration Award available on the METI website. Ms. Ohara also serves as chair arbitrator, co-arbitrator or sole arbitrator under the rules of the ICC, SIAC, JCAA, KCAB and UNCITRAL.
Ms. Ohara is currently serving as a Vice President of ICC Court, a Governing Board member of the ICCA and a board member of Swiss Arbitration Association and Japan Association of Arbitrators. She previously served as a court member of LCIA (2010-2015) and a Vice-President of LCIA (2013-2015). She is a frequent speaker and author on the subject of international arbitration. She teaches International Arbitration at Keio University Law School, LL.M program (2014-).
She received her LLB from the University of Tokyo and her LLM from Harvard Law School. She is admitted to practice law in Japan and New York.