Emi is a partner and head of the firm’s Japan Practice. She has over 17 years of experience advising and representing clients throughout Asia on complex commercial litigation and international arbitration proceedings. Her experience includes advising clients across a wide range of industries, including financial institutions, energy corporations and global manufacturers. She has represented clients in arbitrations under the ICC, LCIA, SIAC and TAI rules. Emi’s expertise in dispute matters covers advising on commercial contracts, shareholder and joint venture disputes, employment, investigations (corruption, fraud and corporate governance) and competition law.

Emi is half Japanese and is fluent in both reading and writing in Japanese.


    • English
    • Japanese



    • LL.B., Bristol University, UK
    • PCLL, Hong Kong University, HK
    • M. Couns., Monash University, Australia


Professional Qualifications

    • Member of HKIAC’s List of Arbitrators, 2023
    • Member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb), 2022
    • Accredited Civil/Commerical Mediator (ADR ODR International), 2022
    • High Court of Hong Kong, 2001


Seminars/Speaking Engagements

    • Opening remarks at “Interview with SIAC Registrar Kevin Nash, Thai-related International Arbitration at SIAC: Trends and Practical Insights” organized by CIArb Thailand Branch, 6 October 2022
    • Moderator at “Successful Startups – how to avoid common pitfalls and manage disputes in Thailand” hosted by THAC, MDD and Kudun and Partners, 30 November 2022
    • Panelist at THAC Academy Launch Event, 19 December 2022


Recent Awards and Rankings

    • Thailand’s Top 100 lawyers in Asia Business Law Journal, 2021– 2022

A selection of matters in which Emi has been involved include:

    • advising a large Japanese retailing company on customs issues in Thailand
    • advising an Israeli company regarding land ownership dispute in Phuket
    • advising a large telecommunications company in Thailand regarding termination of a senior employee
    • acting for a leading Japanese trading house in contentious employment litigation in Thailand*
    • representing a leading Japanese company in TAI proceedings relating to an incident in Thailand *
    • representing a Malaysian financial institution in relation to former employees setting up competing businesses and commencing employment litigation in Thailand *
    • advising a Japanese automotive company in relation to employment and competition law in Thailand *
    • representing a major Japanese trading house in an LCIA arbitration relating to a dispute over a natural resources project *
    • representing a major Chinese energy company in a SIAC arbitration concerning a multi-million dollar JV dispute*
    • acting for a high net worth individual in Hong Kong in an ICC arbitration over a family shareholder dispute*
    • representing a leading financial institution in a Hong Kong High Court litigation involving misappropriation of funds by a former employee*
    • acting for a major television station in Hong Kong concerning a shareholder dispute*
    • advising a major international hotel chain in reviewing agreements, contracts and other legal documents*
    • advising an American bank in relation to any potential regulatory issues concerning the recruitment of certain high profile individuals in Japan*
    • advising an American multinational energy corporation concerning their contracts and various potential disputes*

*Denotes experience at a previous firm

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