Attorney profiles

Hirokazu Honda


1995 LLB, Tokyo University, Law Faculty
Entered the Legal Training and Research Institute (49th graduating class)
1997 Admitted to the bar (Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association)
Joined Abe, Ikubo & Katayama
2002 LLM, University of California, Davis School of Law
2004 Admitted to the New York Bar
Returned to Japan and resumed practice at Abe, Ikubo & Katayama (August)

Main Areas of Practice

Hirokazu Honda deals with matters for corporations by providing legal advices, drafting contracts and conducting negotiations on intellectual property licenses, joint research and development, M&A, international transaction, business consignment and alliance and leasing. He provides advices in matters on corporate law and matters extending from specific ones to creating and operating of systems for corporate compliance and internal control, on his experience of the research and dispute settlement in corporate scandals and his work as an outside auditor for several companies and an outside director for a loan servicer. With respect to banking and securities business, he deals with consulting on, as well as civil lawsuits with regard to, Bank Law, Financial Instruments and Exchange Law and any other laws and regulations relevant to them, and also has many works and lectures on compliance in finance field and Financial Instruments and Exchange Law. In the field of IP law, he handles matters on litigations such as patent infringement litigations and appeals against the JPO’s decision, expert opinions on patent infringement in such fields as pharmaceutical and chemical industries, contracts such as license agreements. He also has experiences in many patent lawsuits brought by overseas clients. Utilizing the above experience, he further has given many lectures and presentations on the practice for license agreements, the cases on the US patent lawsuits and Japanese patent law at the meetings held oversea, and taken in charge of an instructor of “Workshop for Patent Attorneys for Ensuring Skills in the Practice of Counsel for Specific Infringement Lawsuits”, Japan Patent Attorneys Association. He has furthermore experienced such bankruptcy cases as civil rehabilitation cases and corporate reorganization cases.

He intends to provide appropriate advice by precisely understanding the needs of his clients, based on understanding of business activities in wide range of areas as lawyer, and his two year experience of studying and training in Europe and America. He solves complicated cases by through tenacious and detailed investigations. His motto is "Being calm" and "Logical arguments".