Attorney Profiles
Attorney at Law
Koichiro Sato

Koichiro specializes in international legal matters, and handles bankruptcy, dispute resolution and transactional work. He has experience in major bankruptcy proceedings, high-stakes litigation, international commercial arbitration, and cross-border commercial and IP licensing transactions.

Koichiro began his career as an audit professional at KPMG Azsa LLC after passing the Japanese CPA examination. He is licensed as an attorney at law in Japan, an attorney and counselor at law in New York and California, and a solicitor in England and Wales.

Koichiro spent most of his childhood in Canada and later spent two years in the United States studying at Stanford Law School and working as a visiting foreign attorney at a Chicago based law firm. He is both bi-lingual and bi-cultural, and is uniquely well positioned to serve international clients as a link to doing business in Japan.

  • Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association International Arbitration Committee
  • The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb)
  • Japanese Association of Turnaround Professionals
Professional Experience

Associate, Abe, Ikubo & Katayama


Visiting Foreign Attorney, Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell (Chicago)


Associate, Abe, Ikubo & Katayama


Legal Apprentice, Legal Research & Training Institute of Japan


Independent Accounting Consultant


Audit Professional, KPMG Azsa LLC


LLM in Law, Science and Technology, Stanford Law School
– Gerald Gunther Prize for Outstanding Performance in IP: The Business & Law of Technology & Patent Licensing
– Pro Bono Distinction


Master’s Degree in Management of Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology Graduate School of Innovation Management


LL.B., Keio University


English, Japanese

  • Japan (Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association)
  • England & Wales (Solicitor)
  • New York
  • California
Publications and Articles

Co-author, “An Overview of Data Breach Notification Laws in the U.S. and Japan” (Kokusai- Shoji-Homu = Journal of the Japanese Institute of International Business Law, 2021, Volume 49, No. 3)


Co-author, “Current U.S. Bankruptcy Cases” Series (Kinyu-Houmu-Jijou = Banking Law Journal, 2021, Volume 69(1) ~)


“Arbitrability of Patent Validity in International Arbitration” (Patents & Licensing Vol.51 No.5 (Issue No.297))