Akihiro Hironaka is a partner in the dispute resolution group of Nishimura & Asahi, the largest law firm in Japan. He has extensive experience dealing with large-scale and complex disputes representing pharmaceutical companies and vehicle manufacturers, among others, including high-profile and important product liability lawsuits. He also successfullyrepresented a foreign corporation in a case involving alleged defects in the design of afactory, and successfully represented a foreign corporation in a cross-border M&A disputeinvolving a breach of representations concerning numerous product defects. Mr Hironaka isa graduate of the University of Tokyo (LLB, 1993) and Harvard Law School (LLM, 2003),and is admitted to the Bar in Japan and in New York. He served as a Japanese district courtjudge from 1998 until 2000 and worked at Arnold & Porter (Washington, DC) from 2003to 2004. Mr Hironaka has authored numerous publications concerning dispute resolution,including Yasuhei Taniguchi, et al. (eds.), Civil Procedure in Japan, 3rd ed. (contributor, JurisPublishing, 2018). He is an individually ranked lawyer in the category of dispute resolutionwith Chambers Global/Asia-Pacific and in the categories of litigation/product liability defence/arbitration/life science (product liability) in Who’s Who Legal. He is a Fellow of the CharteredInstitute of Arbitrators.