Moto, a senior associate in our Paris office, specialises in international arbitration and public international law. He has represented corporate and sovereign entities in investment arbitration and commercial arbitration proceedings under ICC, ICSID, and UNCITRAL Rules in a range of sectors, with a particular focus on natural resources and financial services. He has also advised corporate and sovereign entities on international law issues and represented governments in cases before the International Court of Justice.
Moto’s recent experience includes:
- Representing Bahrain in proceedings commenced before the International Civil Aviation Organization by Qatar that relate to the boycott imposed since 2017, and in the related appeals before the International Court of Justice
- Advising a State in potential dispute relating to the interpretation and application of long-term agreements between State entities on transboundary water resources
- Advising a State in a matter involving a dispute on a segment of the land boundary with its neighbouring State as well as the definition of a permanent and all-purpose maritime boundary between those two States
- Representing Chile in Maritime Dispute (Peru v Chile) before the International Court of Justice
- Advising the banking authority of a European State in a contractual dispute with a commercial bank
- Representing two separate consortia of oil majors regarding multi-billion-dollar disputes with the same host State under different Production Sharing Agreements and in parallel settlement negotiations
- Representing European investors in separate investment-treaty cases against an Eastern European State
- Representing Greek investors an investment treaty case against Cyprus arising from the resolution of Laiki Bank, the second largest bank in the country at the time
- Advising a client on termination of a concession agreement with an Eastern European State for the construction and operation of hydropower plants and potential claims against that State
Moto previously worked in the legal division of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and advised clients on international environmental law.
Moto studied law at Kyoto, Japan and Cambridge. He speaks English and Japanese and reads French and Spanish.