Makoto Shimada, a partner at SAH & Co, is a lawyer admitted to the Bar in Japan in 1981. He majored in law at Keio University and obtained judicial qualification before studying at University College London, where he was awarded a master’s of law degree in 1986. Since 2004, he has been a professor of law at Keio University Law School where he teaches art business law, English commercial law, commercial arbitration and negotiation. He is also an honorary visiting professor at City Law School, University of London. Prior to the above appointment he practised international commercial law and dispute resolution at several law firms, including Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu in Tokyo (1981–1985) and Norton Rose Fulbright in London (1986–1989). He is a member of the Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association, the International Association of Lawyers, the Institute of Art and Law (diploma in art profession law and ethics) and the Chartered Institute of Arbitration. He is particularly interested in arbitration in art and cultural heritage.