Reiko Yoshida

  • Practice Areas
  • Professional Background / Education
  • Publications / Presentations
  • Professional Activities / Accolades

Practice Areas

Reiko Yoshida focuses on domestic and cross-border finance, financial regulation, maritime law, derivatives, asset management, joint ventures, inbound and outbound transactions, restructuring, and general corporate. She has twenty years of experience in shipping finance and with her experience and knowledge, she provides comprehensive legal support in a wide range of practice areas including non-recourse based overseas project finance such as LNG vessels, lease transactions and domestic transactions. She also handles vessel registration and mortgages on Japanese vessels. As the first Japanese lawyer admitted in the Republic of Marshall Islands, she advises on corporate and maritime law for overseas companies and assists in developing financial instruments and project transactions using companies registered overseas.

General Corporate Corporate Governance / Shareholders Meeting Venture Capital / Private Equity Regulatory Tax Maritime Banking and Other Financial Transactions Structured Finance, Acquisition Finance and Securitization Asset Management, Funds, Investment Trusts, J-REIT and Private Placement REIT Asset Finance Derivative Transactions Insurance Mergers and Acquisitions Cross-Border Transactions Foreign Direct Investment Asia Marshall Islands

Professional Background / Education

Professional Background

Nishimura & Asahi (formerly, Asahi Law Offices)
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, New York
TMI Associates
Atsumi & Sakai
Maritime Judicial Scrivener
Attorney and Counselor of the Courts of the Republic of the Marshall Islands
2021 to Present
City-Yuwa Partners


The University of Tokyo (LL.B.)
Legal Training and Research Institute
University of Chicago Law School (LL.M.)

Publications / Presentations

  • "Tax havens' economic substantive law and its impact on ocean-going shipping" (in Monthly Magazine March 2021 No. 604, Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Singapore, 2021) (in Japanese)(PDF)
  • “Marshall Islands Corporate Law Q&A” (International Registries (Far East) Limited, Japan, 2020) (in Japanese)(PDF)
  • "Manual for Drafting Syndicated Loan Agreements New Edition-Practical Know-how in Domestic and Overseas Joint Financing -Third edition" (co-author, Chuokeizai-sha, Inc., 2018) (in Japanese)
  • "A Brief Summary of the Companies Act, Vol. 6: Drafting and Amending Company By-laws" (co-author, Shojihomu Co., Ltd., 2016) (in Japanese)
  • "(CDS) Credit Default Swap - Q&As (revised version)" (co-author, Japan Securities Clearing Corporation, 2015) (in Japanese)(PDF)
  • "Impact of Bankruptcy Proceedings on Ship Finance Transactions" (edited and co-authored in "Aspects of Ship Finance Law -Festschrift Dedicated to Ryuji Hori on the Occasion of His 70th Birthday", Seibundo Publishing, Co., Ltd., 2014) (in Japanese)
  • "The first Commercial Code (Maritime Commerce) amendment in 115 years and its possible impact on international maritime business" (in Euromoney Yearbooks - Shipping Finance Review 2014/15, Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, 2014)
  • "Protecting ship finance receivables from bankruptcy claims - practical considerations specific to shipping" (in NBL No. 1023, Shojihomu Co., Ltd., 2014) (in Japanese)
  • "Collection of ship finance loan claim: Recent laws and practices in Japan" (in Euromoney Yearbooks - Shipping Finance Review 2013/14, Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, 2013)
  • "Overview of Freight Derivatives and Recent Practice" (in Banking Law Journal (Kinyu home jijyo) No. 1941, Kinzai Institute for Financial Affairs, 2012) (in Japanese)
  • "Growth Strategies for Companies Aiming for an IPO: A Handbook for Companies to Progress by Listing Stocks" (co-author, Jiyukokuminsha, 2009) (in Japanese)
  • "Collective Investment Schemes under the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act: 100 Q&A" (co-author, Chuokeizai-sha, Inc., 2009) (in Japanese)
  • "Legal and Tax Practices for Trusts" (co-author, Zaikei Shoho Sha, 2008) (in Japanese)
  • "Taxation on Leasing or Lending a Real Estate in Japan from Foreign Entit" (in Business Homu January 2004, Chuokeizai-sha, Inc., 2004) (in Japanese)
  • "New Law in Japan - Personal Data Protection Law" (in Asian Legal Business, Thomson Reuters, 2003)
  • "Accountability in Promotion of Investment Trusts" (in Junkan Keirijoho No. 1003, Chuokeizai-sha, Inc., 2003) (in Japanese)

Professional Activities / Accolades

- Professional Organizations-
■Subcommittee, Commercial Code (relating to bills of lading, etc.) of the Legislative Council of the Ministry of Justice (April 2022-)
■ Auditor, Women's International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) Japan (November 2017-)
■ Adjunct Researcher, Institute of Maritime Law, Waseda University (October 2012-)

- Seminars-
■ "Civil Code Amendment and the Impact on Maritime Business Practice," hosted by The Japan Shipping Exchange, Inc., August 10, 2017
■ "Basics of Ship Finance and Bankruptcy Remoteness" (Maritime Business Practice Training Seminar No. 25), hosted by The Japan Shipping Exchange, Inc., February 16 and 17, 2016
■ "Ship Finance Deals - Recent Trends and Practical Considerations" (Maritime Business Practice Training Seminar No. 29), hosted by The Japan Shipping Exchange, Inc., March 5 and 6, 2015
■ Facilitator on a panel discussion entitled "What is Needed For Development of the Marine Industry in Japan?" at the symposium entitled "Ship Finance Law Research Symposium 2012 -Development of the Marine Industry in Japan and Ship Finance," hosted by Institute of Maritime Law, Waseda University, June 15, 2012
■ "Basic and Important Points on Derivatives Transaction Agreements," hosted by Financial Facsimile News, organized by FN Communications, February 16, 2012
■ "Basics to the Latest Legal Information on Freight Derivatives," hosted by Keiei Chousa Kenkyukai, January26, 2012
■ "The Legal Framework and Practices of Shipping Finance ̶ Focusing on Collateral Agreements," hosted by Kinyu Zaimu Kenkyukai, July 29, 2010 and August 25, 2010

- Awards-
■ Legal 500 (Leading Lawyer): Shipping (2021-2022)
■ IFLR 1000 Financial and Corporate: M&A (2018-2022), Banking (2018-2022)
■ Experts Guide: Shipping (2015-2019, 2021), Women in Business Law (2015-2021)


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