Akihiro Hironaka has been a partner of the dispute resolution group of Nishimura & Asahi since 2007. He has extensive experience dealing with large-scale and complex disputes, including representations of foreign and Japanese vehicle manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies in defending important product liability lawsuits. Mr Hironaka also successfully represented a foreign corporation in an international arbitration involving an alleged defect in the design of a foreign factory. Further, he successfully represented a major foreign corporation in a cross-border M&A dispute involving a breach of representations concerning numerous product defects. Mr Hironaka is a graduate of the University of Tokyo (LLB, 1993) and Harvard Law School (LLM, 2003), and is admitted to the Bars of Japan and New York. He served as a Japanese district court judge from 1998 until 2000 and worked at Arnold & Porter (Washington, DC) from 2003 to 2004. Mr Hironaka has authored numerous publications concerning dispute resolution, including Yasuhei Taniguchi et al. (eds.), Civil Procedure in Japan (contributor, Juris Publishing) and International Arbitration and Corporate Strategy (co-editor, Yûhikaku). He is an individually ranked lawyer in the category of dispute resolution with Chambers Global 2018/Asia-Pacific 2018 and in the category of litigation/product liability defence in Who’s Who Legal: Japan 2017.