Mr. Yutaka Akatsuka



Academic background

April 2002-March 2006 Keio University, Bachelor of Law
April 2006 -March 2008 Keio University Law School, Juris Doctor
September 2016-December 2017 Southampton University Maritime Law LL.M.

Work experience

January 2010 -December 2012 Associate Lawyer and handled commercial matter at Japanese law firm
January 2013 – June 2022 Okabe & Yamaguchi Law Office
September 2017 OJT in London (at English Maritime Law firms.)
November 2017 OJT in Singapore (at English Maritime Law firm Singapore branch.)
December 2017 OJT in Shanghai (at Chinese Maritime Law firm.)
April 2018 – March 2019 Seconded to Japan P&I as claim handler
July 2022 Founder of Sago & Co.

・“Commentary on Practice of Bill of Lading”(Co-author, Seizando, 2016)
・“The governing law of Maritime Lien under Japanese practice” (Wave Length No.64, Japan Shipping Exchange, Inc, 2019)
・“Maritime Law under COVID-19 crisis” (Symposium Panelist at annual conference of The Maritime Law Association of Japan, 2021)

Specialized Area and past cases
・Maritime related area (including Maritime causality, Charterparty Dispute and bankrupt case)
・International corporate legal matters, commercial contracts, intellectual property law, labor law, tax, domestic and international dispute resolutions, and cross-border investment transactions.
・He has experience to handle one of the biggest Container Vessel causality cases and oil pollution cases in Japan. Further, he handled Vessel fire cases and other emergency cases.
・He has good command of Kendo (Japanese Fencing).

Our People

  1. Mr. Teruyuki Sago
  2. Mr. Yutaka Akatsuka
  3. Mr. Shinji Asano