About Us



Shiro Kuniya

Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners
Tokyo Office
2F Kishimoto Building
2-2-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 100-0005 Japan

 81-3-5224-5562 81-6-6208-1402
 81-3-5224-5565 81-6-6226-3055


Shigehiko Ishimoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Marunouchi Park Building
2-6-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 100-8222


Leng Sun Chan

Baker & McKenzie Wong and Leow
8 Marina Blvd,
#05-01 Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1,
Singapore 018981

 65 6434 2703

Raj Bhala

Kansas University
1450 Jayhawk Blvd,
Lawrence, KS 66045
United States


Wang Zhengzhi

Beijing Globe-Law Law Firm
19F Golden Land Building
No 32 Liangmaqiao Road Chaoyang District
Beijing 100016


Special Advisor

Lee Suet-Fern

Stamford Law Corporation
10 Collyer Quay Level 27
Ocean Financial Center
Singapore 049315


Gerald Sumida

Carlsmith Ball LLP
ASB Tower, Suite 2200
1001 Bishop Street
Honolulu, HI 96913 USA


Nobuo Miyake

Miyake & Yamazaki
Sogo Nagatacho Bldg. 5F
1-11-28 Nagatacho, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 100-0014 Japan


The APEC Committee

The APEC Ad Hoc Committee was officially established in 2010 at the Mid-Year Council Meeting in Stuttgart through the efforts of Nobuo Miyake to establish a formal relationship between the two entities. This is the first time for APEC to formally sign an agreement of cooperation with an association such as IPBA.

The Friendship Agreement between IPBA and APEC was signed at the Annual Meeting and Conference in Kyoto/Osaka, 2011.

The agreement outlines points of mutual cooperation between the two associations.

Mission Statement

The mission of the APEC Committee of the IPBA is to promote international trade and investments in the Asia-Pacific region by developing cross-border legal practices through the cooperation between APEC and IPBA. With this overall mission, the Committee will lead and assist IPBA and its members in various activities, including the following:

  • Cooperation with APEC in promoting sustainable economic growth and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region using the expertise of IPBA members.
  • Exchange of information between IPBA committees and the various committees and working groups of APEC.
  • Collaboration on seminars, workshops, fora and other events and projects organized, sponsored or supported by IPBA and/or APEC.
  • Cooperation and collaboration with ABAC (APEC Business Advisory Council) concerning various business sectors.
  • Use of a database for attorneys to better facilitate access to proessional legal services.

Activities to date include:


  • Establishment of a databank of lawyers to enable persons in need of legal advice in the Asia Pacific Region.
  • Signing of the Friendship Agreement between APEC and IPBA at the IPBA 21st Annual Meeting and Conference in Kyoto/Osaka.
  • Participation of 5 IPBA members (Shiro Kuniya, Miyuki Ishiguro, Shigehiko Ishimoto, Eriko Hayashi, and Tatsuki Nakayama) as observers in the working session of APEC for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in St. Petersburg, Russia (August 2012).
  • Participation of IPBA members Shigehiko Ishimoto and Tatsuki Nakayama in the SMEs working session in Manila (March, 2013).


IPBA Japan members also have an APEC Committee (Chair: Nobuo Miyake; Vice-Chairs: Shiro Kuniya, Miyuki Ishiguro, Shigehiko Ishimoto).

IPBA members attend the working session for Small and Medium Enterprises at the APEC Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, 2012.