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Akihiro Hironaka is a partner in the dispute resolution group at Nishimura & Asahi, the largest law firm in Japan. Mr Hironaka is renowned for his successful representation of clients in large-scale and complex disputes. For example, he succeeded in defending a client in six large, extraordinary parallel lawsuits with total damages claims amounting to Y48.3 billion, where claimants included an affiliate company of a US-headquartered investment bank and a US hedge fund. He also has a remarkable record of achievements in complex product liability lawsuits, cross-border disputes relating to M&A transactions and terminations of distribution agreements, and construction and tax disputes. 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 New York. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He has served as a judge of the Yokohama District Court (1998–2000), and worked as a foreign attorney at Arnold & Porter, Washington, D.C. (2003–2004). Mr Hironaka has authored numerous books and articles, including Yasuhei Taniguchi et al. eds, Civil Procedure in Japan (contributor). He is an individually ranked lawyer with Who’s Who Legal, Chambers and Legal 500.
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