Yoshimi Ohara is a partner in Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu’s 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, SIAC, ICSID, JCAA KCAB, 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, technology transfer, intellectual property, sales and distribution. Ms Ohara worked for the Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry 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 an arbitrator in international arbitration.
Ms Ohara is currently serving as a vice president of the ICC and a board member of the Swiss Arbitration Association and Japan Association of Arbitrators. Before then she 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 at the LLM programme of Keio University Law School. She has contributed to shaping soft law in international arbitration as a member of the IBA Task Force on Professional Conduct of Counsel in International Arbitration and the IBA Conflicts of Interest Subcommittee (2013-2014).
She received her LLB from the University of Tokyo and her LLM from Harvard Law School. She is admitted to practise law in Japan and New York.