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Emma Kratochvilova


Emma leads the Tokyo construction and engineering practice. 



Emma leads the Tokyo construction and engineering practice, representing clients on all aspects of large-scale international construction projects.  She has particular experience advising on disputes involving major power and process plants, LNG, road, and rail projects, typically concerning delay and disruption, loss and expense, defects and performance failures and final account claims. Emma's experience includes international arbitration, litigation, expert determination and mediation. She also represents clients in negotiating and drafting a wide range of contracts for international construction projects. 

A specialist in construction and engineering law since 2000, Emma is consistently ranked as a leading individual for construction in Japan by both Chambers Asia-Pacific and Asia-Pacific Legal 500, and is the only lawyer ranked in Band 1 for construction work in Japan by Chambers Asia-Pacific.  Described as "brilliant" and "a definite inclusion" for construction work in Japan by Who's Who Legal, she wins praise from clients and peers for her "great expertise in construction law" and her "logical thinking and diligence in working with us to understand how we do our business – she helps us close deals" (Chambers Asia-Pacific, Asia-Pacific Legal 500).  

Her experience includes:

  • advising Japanese contractors in relation to expert determination and potential ad-hoc arbitration proceedings on claims arising under an EPC construction contract for a geothermal power station in New Zealand
  • representing a Japanese contractor in ICC arbitration in London concerning delay, defects and loss and expense claims arising from the construction of an Algerian power and desalination plant
  • representing a Japanese trading company as EPC contractor in ICC arbitration regarding the early termination of a multi-million Euro FIDIC Silver Book construction contract for a European rail project
  • advising Marubeni Corporation on drafting and negotiating contracts for the supply of 300MW pulverised coal boilers for the Nghi Son 1 and Thai Binh coal-fired thermal power plant projects
  • representing a Japanese manufacturer in US litigation proceedings arising out of an overheating incident at a US power facility


Emma has practised in Japan since 2006, the first two of which she spent on secondment to the international legal department of a major Japanese heavy industries contractor in Tokyo.

She is qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales, and licensed to advise upon English law in Japan as a Registered Foreign Lawyer (Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi).