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Most awards and most nominations at ALB Women in Law Awards 2023

Most awards and most nominations at ALB Women in Law Awards 2023

We are pleased to announce that Nishimura & Asahi won the most awards at the ALB Women in Law Awards 2023, held by Asian Legal Business / Thomson Reuters on March 2, 2023.

These prestigious awards recognize the exceptional performance of women lawyers in law firms and in-house counsel across Asia.

Our lawyers received the following awards:
Arbitration Lawyer of the Year: Chie Nakahara
Litigator of the Year, North Asia: Masako Yajima
Woman Lawyer of the Year, North Asia: Maya Ito

Nishimura & Asahi also received the most nominations at the awards. Our lawyers and our firm were selected as a finalist for the following categories: 

Advocate of the Year: Yuri Sugano
Dealmaker of the Year, North Asia: Asa Shinkawa
Dealmaker of the Year, SE Asia: Miriam Andreta (Walalangi & Partners in association with Nishimura & Asahi)
Legal Trailblazer of the Year: Hikaru Oguchi
Private Practitioner of the Year, North Asia: Madoka Shimada
Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year: Mikiko Soga
Diversity and Inclusion Law Firm of the Year
Diversity and Inclusion Project of the Year


矢嶋 雅子


  • Partner
  • Tokyo

In addition to corporate disputes such as shareholder derivative actions and share purchase demands, she has numerous experiences in technology disputes related to plant accidents, product accidents, patent infringement, system development troubles, etc., soil contamination disputes, insurance disputes including reinsurance, labor disputes, and consumer disputes. Her main publications include "International Arbitration and Corporate Strategy: Bridging Theory and Practice" (Auther, Yuhikaku, 2014), "Current Status of Litigation Procedures and Defense Practice Issues Associated with Corporate Activities in the United States" (co-author, Jurist No. 1474, December 2014), "Overview of Intellectual Property Law (5th Edition)" (co-editor, Kobundo, 2013), "Judgments Concerning M&A, etc. and Directors' Duty of Care in Good Faith" (Jurist supplement, May 2013), "M Judgment on M&A, etc. and Director's Duty of Care" (Juristo, May 2013 issue, "Selection of M&A Reorganization Precedents Effective in Practice"), "Commentary on Appeal Court Decision in Fukuoka Fish Market Shareholders' Representative Suit Case - Parent Company Director's Responsibility for Subsidiary Management and Relief" (co-author, Junkan Shoji Homu No. 1970, July 5, 2012 issue), etc. No. 1970, July 5, 2012), etc. 

伊藤 真弥

Maya has extensive experience advising international investors on cross-border renewable energy projects, as well as advising both borrowers and lenders on financing for renewable energy projects in Japan. She previously worked in the cross-border project finance team of a Japanese megabank, handling matters relating to natural resources, power and energy, and infrastructure. Maya has also provided banks, financial institutions, and other corporate clients, most of which operate their businesses globally, with compliance and regulatory advice, as well as advice on a variety of governance matters. She is actively involved in D&I projects aimed at promoting the active participation of women, and has organized numerous D&I seminars and other similar events for corporations.

中原 千繪

Chie Nakahara specializes in international litigation and arbitration. The disputes she typically handles relate to M&A, distributorship, licensing, franchising, and the termination of such continuous contracts, construction, product liability, corporate governance, intellectual property, finance and other commercial matters. She has acted in a large number of complex and high profile litigations and arbitrations.
 She serves as a panel of arbitrators at Korean Commercial Arbitration Board International, Singapore International Arbitration Centre, and also as a registered arbitrator at the Daiichi Tokyo Bar Arbitration Center.