Orrick Library Seminar Series: Litigation and Arbitration in Europe after Brexit

Seminar | April.11.2018 | 6:00pm - 7:30pm (Tokyo Standard Time)

Orrick Tokyo Office

日本語: ブレグジット後のヨーロッパにおける訴訟と仲裁

Orrick’s Global Japan Practice is hosting a series of “Orrick Library” seminars to explore legal issues in various fields in Japan as well as the United States, Asia and Europe. The next seminar will be held on Wednesday, April 11 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

The presentation will focus on the current status of the negotiations regarding the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. We will dare to take a glance into the crystal ball to see what may happen with respect to the regulatory framework governing cross-border litigation and arbitration between the UK on the one hand, and continental Europe on the other hand – represented by Germany as Europe’s current economic powerhouse. In the course of the seminar, we will address, inter alia, issues such as establishing jurisdiction, serving process abroad, the taking of evidence abroad and in particular the recognition and enforcement of judgments. Fundamental changes are likely to occur. The discussion will then investigate what the effects of the Brexit may be on cross-border arbitrations and if the latter are a possible solution. It will be presented by Nicholas Kessler, partner in Orrick’s Dusseldorf Office and member of the International Arbitration group.

Topics that will be discussed:

  • State court jurisdiction under the Brussels 1a-Regulation before and after Brexit
  • Service of process under the European Service Regulation before and after Brexit
  • Taking of evidence under the European Evidence Regulation before and after Brexit
  • Recognition and Enforcement under the European Regime before and after Brexit
  • Changes to the regulatory framework for cross-border arbitrations?
  • Substantive law disputes resulting from Brexit

This seminar will be presented by videoconference. There will be time set asides for questions and answers.

Date: Wednesday April 11, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm (Registration from 5:45 pm)
Place: Orrick Tokyo Law Office (Map)
Speakers: Nicholas Kessler, Partner, Düsseldorf Office
Language: English
Fee: No charge
Registration deadline: April 9 (Monday)

* Tokyo Litigation Partners Yoshihiro Takatori, David Case and Shinsuke Yakura will join and offer additional perspectives in Japanese.

* * Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is an accredited MCLE provider in the States of New York and California.  This continuing legal education course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the Continuing Legal Education Board for a maximum of 1.5 credit hours, of which 1.5 credit hours can be applied toward the areas of professional practice requirement.

CLE Credits Available: Y



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Shinsuke Yakura Partner


His practice focuses on intellectual property, antitrust, product liability, medical and pharmaceutical, and other commercial disputes for both domestic and foreign companies. He actively engages in cross-border litigation and arbitration, and draws on his extensive knowledge and experience from various countries.

In regards to intellectual property, Shinsuke has represented numerous companies in patent infringement litigation involving a wide range of technologies related to electric devices and industrial machinery. He has also handled other IP-related issues such as trademark, copyright and right to publicity. He is a qualified patent attorney (Benrishi) in Japan.

Recently, he has been involved in business and legal issues related to artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), and big data; he also acts as the Asia representative of Orrick’s Global AI Working Group.

Consistently providing strategic advice from a global perspective, he is also actively involved in bribery regulations including FCPA and UKBA, antitrust and competition law, cartel, fraud and compliance investigations.

He also advises in mergers and acquisitions, licensing and other transactional matters.