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Akira Moriwaki

Akira Moriwaki

Partner
Chief Representative of Shanghai Office
TEL:
81-3-6775-1043 (Tokyo)  
86-21-6160-2311 (Shanghai)
FAX:
81-3-6775-2043 (Tokyo)  
86-21-6160-2312 (Shanghai)

Akira Moriwaki's legal practice in China first began in 1998, back when doing so was still a relatively rarity amongst Japanese lawyers. He continued to practice in Beijing until 2007, during which time, he dealt with a large variety of legal issues encountered by Japanese companies then entering into the Chinese market. Although the main focus of his work continues to remain in China related business matters, since returning to Japan he has used his unique experiences to widen his areas of interest to include other Asian jurisdictions, such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Korea, Singapore and Myanmar. Akira is highly experienced in a wide range of fields, such as green-field direct investment into Asian jurisdictions, M&A, private equity and Competition law. Through over a decade of experience, he has come to be recognized as one of the foremost and most experienced Japanese lawyers in international trade issues, such as anti-dumping and countervailing duty. For over 3 years, Akira has provided invaluable support to Japan's ODA project relating to the promulgation of Chinese Company law, Competition law and other distribution regulations, and he was also involved in the promulgation of Tort Law of China.
Since 2009, he has been conducting lectures in Mandarin Chinese as a visiting professor at Renmin University of China (RUC) Law School.
In December 2012, he was ranked first in the "overall ranking" and second in the "companies choice ranking" under the Foreign Law division of the Nihon Keizai Shimbun "Most active lawyer of the year" awards.

Moriwaki Akira

Practice Areas

Key Practice Areas

Related Practice Areas

Practice Groups

  • Asia and Emerging Countries Practice Group
  • Competition Law Group
  • Financial Restructuring & Insolvency Group

Background

Mar 1992 Keio University (LL.B.)
Apr 1995 The Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan, Joined Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Sep 1998 - Sep 1999 Beijing Language and Cultural University (Language Training), China University of Political Science and Law (non-degree graduate course)
Oct 1999 Resume work at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
May 2000 - Sep 2000 Worked for Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman (formerly Winthrop, Stimson & Putnam Roberts) (New York Office)
Oct 2000 Resume work at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Jan 2002 Became Partner of Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Jun 2002 - Dec 2007 Appointed as Chief Representative of Anderson Mori & Tomotsune Beijing Office
Dec 2004 - Jan 2005 Adjunct Lecturer (Graduate School of Business Sciences, University of Tsukuba)
Jan 2007 - Feb 2007 Adjunct Lecturer (Graduate School of Business Sciences, University of Tsukuba)
Mar 2008 Adjunct Lecturer (Graduate School of Business Sciences, University of Tsukuba)
Jan 2009 - Feb 2009 Adjunct Lecturer (Graduate School of Business Sciences, University of Tsukuba)
Apr 2009 - Present Visiting Professor, Renmin University of China Law School
Sep 2013 - Present Appointed as Chief Representative of Anderson Mori & Tomotsune Shanghai Office
Dec 2014 - Present Appointed as Arbitrator, Shanghai International Economics and Trade Arbitration Commission (Shanghai International Arbitration Center)
Apr 2017 - Present Part-time Lecturer, Keio University, Law School
Apr 2018 - Sep 2018 Part-time Lecturer / Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Law, Kobe University

Publications

Outline of FTA/EPA MUFG BK China Monthly (Jun 2019)
Jun 2019
Nov 2017
Jul 2017
Introduction to Chinese Law Koubundou Publishers, Inc.
Oct 2013
Jan 2012
Oct 2011
Japanese Law Firm in Asian Legal Market The Lawyers (March 2011)
Mar 2011
Jul 2008
Feb 2008
Anti-Trust Bill of P. R. China (Draft as of June 22, 2006) ---Overview and Possible Corporate Risk Management--- Kokusai Shoji Homu, Vol. 34, No., 9-11 (September, October and November 2006)
Sep 2006
Provisions for Anti-Dumping Cases in P.R. China (I)~(II) Japan Commercial Arbitration Journal,  No. 538 (April 2002), No. 540 (June 2002)
Apr 2002
New Developments of the Anti-Dumping System in P.R. China Japan Commercial Arbitration Journal, No. 535 (January 2002)
Jan 2002
Internet Law Encyclopedia for Businessman Nikkei Business Publications, Inc., February 2001
Feb 2001
Enforcement of International Commercial Arbitration Awards in P.R. China Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA), Publishers, February 2000
Feb 2000
A New Interpretation on Chinese Contract Law International Business Law, Vol. 28, No. 2 (February 2000)
Feb 2000
Dec 1999

Lectures

Key Points for Risk Management in China ―Case Studies of Business Risks in Chinese Subsidiaries Grant Thornton China/ Grant Thornton Taiyo, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, The Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Company (China) Limited
Jun 14, 2019
How to Manage Investment Project into Japan Shanghai Association of International Economic & Technological Cooperation, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, Shanghai Nonlocal Enterprises Federation, Shanghai Yishi Law Firm
Dec 27, 2018
Blockchain World Forum: The Latest Trends of Virtual Currency Exchange Business Registration System of Japan Block Chain World Forum Executive Committee, Nomura Securities Co., Ltd., Financial Services Agency
Aug 30, 2018
TGV Disruption in Financial Services, Shanghai 20th -21st June 2018 True Global Ventures、XNode (sponsor) AXA Lab Asia、Ningbo FuLi Insurtech Lab、Anderson Mori & Tomotsune (cosponsor)
Jun 21, 2018
2018 TokenSky Blockchain Conference Seoul Session “Global Digital Asset Exchange Alliance Round Table Seoul Consensus” Pacific Blockchain Association (APBA), TOKENSKY Organizing Committee and Participating Partners
Mar 15, 2018
Jan 2017
Nov 2015
The Current Status of Crowdfunding in Japan Guiyang Municipal People's Government and China Banking Association
Oct 26, 2015
Current Status of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone –Expansion and the New Policy- The Japanese Institute of International Business Law, Inc. the 141th IBL Chinese Lawyers Club
Jan 2015
Growing businesses in the Chinese and the ASEAN market Asia Innovators' Initiative (AII), Asia Innovation Forum (AIF) 2013
Dec 2013
Jurisdiction of Cross-border-case East Asian Association of Insolvency & Restructuring
Oct 19 - 20, 2013
China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone (The 128th IBL Chinese Lawyers Club) The Japanese Institute of International Business Law, Inc.
Oct 2013
Bribery Risks Overseas Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Nov 2011
3rd East Asia Symposium on Business Restructuring & Insolvency Law and Practice The East Asian Association of Insolvency & Restructuring
Oct 2011
Legal Risks and Countermeasures for doing business in China AIG General Insurance Company,Ltd. (old AIU Insurance Company, Ltd.)
Apr 2011
Chinese Anti-Monopoly Law - Recent trends in concentrated business regulations- Competion Law Sub-Committee of Committee on Economic Law, Keidanren
Dec 2010
Product Liability and Countermeasures in relation to the Expansion of Chinese Corporations AIG General Insurance Company,Ltd. (old AIU Insurance Company, Ltd.)
Jun 2010
Recent Developments in the Japanese Anti-monopoly Law Economic Law Institute of Renmin University of China, Economic Law Institute of Beijing Law Society, Economic Law Institute of Shanghai Law Society
Jun 2009
Development and Vision for the Japanese Antimonopoly Law China Society for World Trade Organization Studies
Mar 21 - 22, 2009
The Japanese Antimonopoly Law: Development and Prospects China Society for World Trade Organization Studies
Mar 2009
US, EU and China Competition Law Seminar Japan Institute for Overseas Investment
Feb 2009
Dec 2007
JICA Chinese Economic Laws and Enterprise Law Legislation Project - Antitrust Law in P.R. in China JICA China office, JETRO Beijing Office, Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China Department of Treaty and Law
Dec 2007
Apr 2006
Disclosure Regime Considerations for Japanese Listed Companies Dalian Municipal Office of Financial Service, Tokyo Stock Exchange, Inc., Daiwa Securities Capital Markets Co.Ltd. (old Daiwa Securities SMBC Co.Ltd.)
Jul 2005
Nov 2004
The Role of Lawyers in Listing Projects in Japan Henan Provincial Commerce Department, The People's Government of Zhengzhou
Oct 2004

Achievements

Professional Admissions

  • Japan (1995)

Professional and Academic Associations

  • Daini Tokyo Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Inter-Pacific Bar Association

Languages

  • Japanese (first language)
  • English
  • Chinese (Mandarin)