Christopher has practiced in Japan since 2008, before which he worked in London. He specialises in international arbitration, and advises on complex commercial disputes, and compliance matters such as sanctions and anti-bribery and corruption.
Christopher has represented clients in arbitrations conducted under numerous institutional rules, with arbitral seats across the world. Christopher has particular expertise in resolving disputes in the pharmaceutical sector and leads the firm's practice in Asia (ex. China). In addition, he has significant experience advising clients across the TMT, infrastructure and energy sectors. This understanding of sectors and ability to quickly grasp the key issues has led to his strong track record of winning and successfully settling disputes. He has been consistently recognised as a leading lawyer in Japan for both Arbitration and Construction by Who's Who Legal.
Christopher is also dedicated to enhancing the client experience and plays an active role in helping client and firm personnel grow and develop, as the head of the firm's Learning & Development function in Japan.
Christopher is licensed to advise on the laws of England and Wales in Japan as a Registered Foreign Lawyer (Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi).
Christopher's experience includes:
Pharmaceuticals: advising on disputes concerning co-promotion agreements; development and commercialisation agreements; and license agreements
TMT: advising on disputes concerning the performance of a submarine telecommunications system; operator call quality; and cyber-security incident response
Infrastructure: advising on disputes concerning the installation of offshore oil facilities; defects in wind turbines; and construction of an FPSO
Compliance: advising on international sanctions, anti-bribery and corruption, and developing compliance programmes
Public international law: advising on rights under public international law and/or national and international investment law, including in Sudan, Iran, Western Africa and the East-Indian Archipelago