Orrick Library Seminar Series: “Drafting an Effective Arbitration Clause”

Seminar | October.17.2016 | 6:00pm - 7:30pm (Tokyo Standard Time)

Orrick Tokyo


Orrick’s Tokyo Office Litigation Group is hosting a series of monthly “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 Monday, October 17, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

This seminar will be presented by Bob Sills, litigation partner in Orrick’s New York office and the co-head of the firm’s international arbitration and litigation practice who will discuss the issues to consider when drafting an effective arbitration clause including the venue, jurisdiction, governing law, and other strategic considerations. This session will also feature Vanessa Liborio, partner in Orrick Geneva office and member of the International Arbitration practice group, who will be joining by video conference to explain the benefits and considerations for arbitration in Europe for Japanese companies.

Some of the topics to be covered in this seminar will include:

  • Selecting the location of the arbitration and other strategic considerations
  • Negotiation concerning jurisdiction and governing law
  • Issues faced by Japanese companies doing cross-border business in Europe and the U.S.

There will be time set aside for questions and answers.

Date: October 17, 2016 (Monday) 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm (Registration 5:45 pm)
Place: Orrick Tokyo Law Offices (Map)
Speakers: Bob Sills, Partner, Orrick New York Office, and Vanessa Liborio, Partner, Orrick Geneva Office
Language: English
Fee: No charge
Registration deadline: October 14, 2016 (Friday)

*Tokyo Litigation Partners Yoshihiro Takatori, David Case and Shinsuke Yakura from the Tokyo office 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 合伙人


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.