September 7, 2018 — Tony Andriotis’ panel discussion on Japan’s potential as a global alternative dispute resolution (ADR) hub drew coverage in the August edition of Eurobiz Japan magazine.

Andriotis, founder and president of the Greek Chamber of Commerce in Japan, organized the panel, held July 18 at the Thomson Reuters office in Tokyo. The event was co-sponsored by various professional and commercial organization, including the European Business Council in Japan and the Greek, Swiss and Netherlands chambers of commerce.

The moderators were Haig Oghigian of Squire Patton Boggs and Yuki Sakioka of Anderson Mori & Tomotsune. Other panelists included Michael Mroczek of Okuno & Partners and Yoshihiro Takatori of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe.

According to the article, Andriotis and the other panelists expressed their belief in Japan’s ability to become a major Asian ADR center. Andriotis noted that Singapore and Hong Kong, which share a common law system and a colonial history, are currently leading arbitration centers in Asia.

“Japan is a civil law jurisdiction, free from that history, and it could become a major destination for civil law arbitration,” he stated. “We can build something new here.”