Akihiro Hironaka

Akihiro Hironaka

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Akihiro Hironaka is a partner in the dispute resolution group of Nishimura & Asahi, the largest law firm in Japan. He has extensive experience in dealing with large-scale and complex disputes, representing pharmaceutical companies and vehicle manufacturers, among others, including high-profile product liability lawsuits. He also successfully represented a corporation in a case involving alleged defects in the design of a factory, and successfully represented a 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 Bar in Japan and in New York. He served as a Japanese district court judge from 1998 to 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, 3rd ed. (contributor, Juris Publishing, 2018). He is an individually ranked lawyer in the category of dispute resolution with Chambers Global/Asia-Pacific and The Legal 500 and in the categories of litigation/product liability defence/arbitration/life sciences (product liability)/professional negligence in Who’s Who Legal. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

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