Attorney Profiles
Attorney at Law, Certified Public Accountant
Koichiro Sato
Biography

Koichiro specializes in international legal matters, and handles bankruptcy, litigation and transactional work. He has experience in major bankruptcy proceedings, high-stake litigation and IP licensing transactions that involve international parties.

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 and certified public accountant in Japan, an attorney and counselor at law in New York 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.

Memberships

Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association International Arbitration Committee

Japanese Association of Turnaround Professionals

Professional Experience

2020-2021
Visiting Foreign Attorney, Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell (Chicago)

 

2016
Associate, Abe, Ikubo & Katayama

 

2015-2016
Legal Apprentice, Legal Research & Training Institute of Japan

 

2013-2015
Independent Accounting Consultant

 

2008-2013
Audit Professional, KPMG Azsa LLC

Education

2020
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

 

2012
Master’s Degree in Management of Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology Graduate School of Innovation Management

 

2010
LL.B., Keio University

Language

English, Japanese

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) ~)