Attorney Profiles
Attorney at Law
Rikita Karakawa
Career

2008

University of Tokyo (LL.B.)

 

2010

University of Tokyo Law School (J.D.)

 

2011

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

 

2018

University of Chicago Law School (LL.M.)

 

2018-2019

Kirkland & Ellis LLP (San Francisco), Visiting Attorney

 

2019

Admitted in the State of New York

 

2019

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.