Attorney Profiles
Attorney at Law
Rikita Karakawa


University of Tokyo (LL.B.)



University of Tokyo Law School (J.D.)



Admitted to the Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association, joined Abe, Ikubo & Katayama



University of Chicago Law School (LL.M.)



Kirkland & Ellis LLP (San Francisco), Visiting Attorney



Admitted in the State of New York



Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek PartGmbB (Düsseldorf), Visiting Attorney

Steptoe & Johnson LLP (Brussels), Visiting Attorney

Main Areas of Practice

Rikita Karakawa has been involved in wide variety of domestic and international cases, including cases relating to restructuring, intellectual property, competition law and corporate law. He also has extensive experience in dispute resolution such as negotiation and litigation.


With regard to restructuring, Mr. Karakawa has been engaged in cases of in-court procedure and out-of-court private rehabilitation, representing industry-leading companies as well as middle-sized enterprises as clients, which has given him abundant experience in this area. Also, as for intellectual property, Mr. Karakawa has been representing domestic and international clients in patent infringement litigation as well as patent invalidation trials. In addition to patent law, he also advises clients on copyright and trademark law on a daily basis.


Recently, Mr. Karakawa has been focusing on competition law. Through secondment to international construction machinery manufacturer and law firms abroad, he has been involved in competition law cases such as international merger filing as well as international cartel investigation and class action lawsuits.