Partner Kazuhiro Kobayashi

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


Location : Osaka Office

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)

1994-2011
Kikkawa Law Offices

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

1991-1992
Legal Department, Toshiba Corporation

1991
Kyoto University (LL.B.)

Activities

- Arbitrator of The Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (2010-)
- International Arbitrator of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (2018-)
- Specialist Mediator of Singapore International Mediation Centre (2018-)
- Secretary General of Kansai Branch of Japan Association of Arbitrators (2010-)
- Inter-Pacific Bar Association At-Large Council (2018-)
- Director of Licensing Executives Society Japan (2007-2017)
- International Bar Association
- Chairperson of International Committee of Osaka Bar Association (2010-2012)
- Vice-chairperson of International Committee of Osaka Bar Association (2008-2010)
- Adjunct Instructor at Kansai University School of Law (2012-), International Contract Practice
- Part-time Instructor at Osaka Prefecture University (2011-), International Legal Strategy
- Adjunct Instructor at Kansai University School of Law (2009), Economic Law (Antimonopoly Law) Seminar
- Academy for International Business Transactions

Seminars/Lectures Archives

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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