Financial Times Names Orrick’s Yoshihiro Takatori One of the 10 Most Innovative Lawyers in Asia


Yoshihiro Takatori is recognized for his pioneering work to build international arbitration centers in Japan, and Orrick is recognized as one of the 20 most innovative international law firms in the region, in the 2019 Financial Times Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Report.

In honoring Yoshi, who heads Orrick’s Japan practice, FT singled out his pioneering work establishing the first international arbitration and mediation centers in Japan last year in Kyoto and Osaka. “One of Japan’s most experienced arbitration and mediation lawyers, he is an innovator in a conservative market,” FT wrote in this profile.

Yoshi is one of six Orrick lawyers who have been selected as leading innovators by FT, including John BautistaWendy Butler Curtis, Doug MealJosh Rosenkranz and Mitch Zuklie.

FT also cited our Asia Energy & Infrastructure team for work on behalf of Green Power Investment Group and Pattern Energy in building the largest wind facility in Japan, the Tsugaru wind project. Led by partners Yoichi KatayamaMinako Wakabayashi and Chris Moore, the effort introduces the first equity-backed leveraged project financing transaction in Japan. It will also be the first large-scale wind-power operation on agricultural land and the largest wind facility in Japan.

In addition, FT recognized the firm’s global pro bono effort documenting war crimes against the Rohingya in Myanmar. Led by Pro Bono Counsel Rene Kathawala, 100 lawyers across 13 offices worked with the Public International Law & Policy Group and the U.S. State Department to assemble a comprehensive report, which prompted the U.S. Congress to declare the Rohingya had been subject to genocide by the Myanmar military.

FT has recognized Orrick as North America’s Most Innovative Law Firm for the past three years.