Partner Kazuhiro Kobayashi

Osaka Bar Association, Japan Federation of Bar Associations (1994)
New York (2001)


Location : Osaka Office

Practice Areas

      Professional Summary

      Mr. Kobayashi has wide-ranging experience in corporate, M&A, compliance, intellectual property, antitrust, international transactions, product liability and dispute resolution. Mr. Kobayashi has handled MBOs and corporate reorganizations of listed companies. He has represented directors in shareholder’s derivative actions and has won a case. As defense attorney for pharmaceutical companies, he has handled many cases of alleged contaminated medicines.

      Mr. Kobayashi has assisted Japanese listed company in receiving subscription of equities and bonds from foreign companies. He has filed a petition for commencement of rehabilitation proceedings, which is similar to Chapter 11 proceedings, for Japanese listed company having a branch in Singapore and subsidiaries in Malaysia.

      Mr. Kobayashi has handled establishing foreign capital’s entities and advising on their operations in Japan. He has also handled dispute resolutions in which foreign companies are involved.

      Education & Professional Experience

      2000-2002
      Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP (New York)

      2000
      University of Michigan Law School (LL.M.)

      1994-2011
      Kikkawa Law Offices

      1991-1992
      Legal Department, Toshiba Corporation

      1991
      Kyoto University (LL.B.)

      Activities

      - Director of the Japan Association of Arbitrators (JAA)(2020-)

      - Mediator of the Japan International Mediation Center in Kyoto (JIMC-Kyoto)(2018-)

      - Specialist Mediator of Singapore International Mediation Centre (2018-)

      - International Arbitrator of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (2018-)

      - Inter-Pacific Bar Association At-Large Council (2018-)

      - Adjunct Instructor at Kansai University School of Law (2012-), International Contract Practice

      - Part-time Instructor at Osaka Prefecture University (2011-), International Legal Strategy

      - Secretary General of Kansai Branch of Japan Association of Arbitrators (2010-2020)

      - Arbitrator of The Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (2010-)

      - Chairperson of International Committee of Osaka Bar Association (2010-2012)

      - Adjunct Instructor at Kansai University School of Law (2009), Economic Law (Antimonopoly Law) Seminar

      - Vice-chairperson of International Committee of Osaka Bar Association (2008-2010)

      - Director of Licensing Executives Society Japan (2007-2017)

      Publications Archives

      2020.08
      Global Legal Insights to: Pricing & Reimbursement 2020(Third Edition) Japan Chapter
      2020.05
      Legal Challenges Magazine: Doing Business in Japan
      2019.12
      International Legal Practice
      2019.08
      Global Legal Insights to: Pricing & Reimbursement 2019(Second Edition) Japan Chapter
      2019.08
      Arbitration Clauses under New JCAA Arbitration Rules
      2016.09
      Protecting Personal Information Beyond the Borders of Japan
      2015.06
      Q&As on the Business Legal Practice: Business Expansion to Overseas Markets by Small and Medium-Sized Companies (1)
      2015.05
      Joint R&D Agreement Handbook- Practices and Examples of Japanese-English Provisions
      2013.10
      Special Issue to Indonesian Business Law Commentary, Franchise Regulation - Service Industry with more Restrictions on Foreign Investment than Manufacturing -
      2012.11
      Product Recall, Liability and Insurance
      2012.05
      First Special Topic: Points of Review of English Agreements - Distributorship or Agency Agreement -
      2012.02.20
      US Bankruptcy Law Part II
      2012.02.15
      Commentary on United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sales of Goods Vol.8
      2011.12
      Practical Guide to the CISG: Through a Comparison with Japanese Civil and Commercial Law
      2011.01.21
      US Bankruptcy Law Part I
      2007.01
      The Japanese Language Translation of IBA Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration
      2006.12
      Japan Corporation Law Guide
      2006.10
      International Distributorship/Agency Agreement
      2006.04
      Confidentiality Agreement
      2006.04
      Guide to International Legal Practice (1) to (11)

      Seminars/Lectures Archives

      2021.02.16
      【Online Seminar】International Legal Practice Seminar (3): International Trade and Prevention of Foreign Corrupt Practices
      2019.04.19
      【Osaka】Choice of Arbitration Rules and Drafting Arbitration Clauses in light of the Amendment of the Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA) Rules
      2019.01.24
      IPBA Dubai Regional Conference "Agency Agreements: The commercial and contractual relationship issues of doing business in the Middle East"
      2018.05.21
      The Latest Trends in International Arbitrations and Mediations in Singapore: Effective Use of Alternative Dispute Resolution
      2018.05.03
      DOING BUSINESS in HONG KONG and JAPAN
      2018.02.07
      Legal Issues under Korea's New Administration - Particularly on Labor Law, and the Improper Solicitation and Graft Act (the Kim Young-ran Act)
      2017.12.06
      Latest Trends of Arbitration Practices in China and Hong Kong - Learning from Experiences Arbitrating at the HKIAC -
      2017.10.24
      Basic Practical Issues of International Technology License Agreements - Essential Knowledge for Understanding and Drafting Agreements
      2017.09.20
      Use of International Arbitrations - Learning from Experiences Arbitrating at the SIMC
      2017.07.06
      Current Updates on Arbitration in China: Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards in Mainland China and Recent Practices in Hong Kong and Shanghai
      2017.05.31
      International Arbitration Trends in Korea
      2017.03
      Lawyer Advises, "It's risky, Mr.President"(6) : Pitfalls in International Trade, Learned through Quizzes and Actual Examples
      2017.02
      4th Seminar on Indonesia (held in Japan): "Problems on Indonesian Laws and Regulations from the Perspective of Japanese Investors"
      2016.10
      International Dispute Resolution Seminar: Latest Updates on Arbitration in Korea - Practical Differences between the KCAB and the JCAA
      2016.10
      Overseas Business Development Seminar in Osaka
      2016.10
      Knowhow to Avoid Failures in Overseas Joint Ventures for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises - A Seminar Focusing on Key Clauses of JV Contracts
      2016.03
      Business Expansion and Corporate Governance (mainly focusing on the business expansion to Asian countries)
      2015.12
      International Commercial Mediation Seminar: "Promotion of International Commercial Mediation"
      2015.11
      Let's Start Now: Introduction to Overseas Joint Venture Agreements - Risk Management for a Successful Joint Venture
      2015.10
      Basics of the Legal Practice on Cross-border M&As/Joint Venture Agreements
      2015.10
      Strategy for Asia and Risk Management by Global Enterprises - with an Eye to the Establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)
      2015.09
      Corporate Law Systems in India, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia, and Legal Compliance Practices for Japanese Companies
      2015.09
      Kroll Ontrack Seminar in Osaka: "Before Your Company is Ruined"Regulations Against the Bribery of Foreign Public Officials, including the FCPA, and Prevention Mechanisms Therefor
      2015.09
      The Realities of Arbitration between Japanese and Chinese Parties as Explained by the Staff of Arbitral Institutions - To Learn About the Arbitral Proceedings of SHIAC
      2014.10
      Issues on Combatting Bribery of Foreign Public Officials such as FCPA
      2014.07
      International Arbitration in Japan
      2014.01
      How to Give Advice to Small and Medium Enterprises on their Business Development in ASEAN Countries
      2013.11
      Points to Consider in Negotiating Joint Venture Agreements
      2013.01
      Anti-Bribery Regulations and Specific Anti-Bribery Measures
      2013.01
      Overseas Development of Service Industry (Especially in Asian Countries)
      2012.06
      Recent Corporate Crime
      2011.12
      International Jurisdiction - The Amendment of the Civil Procedure Act in 2011

      Languages

      Japanese and English

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