Attorney profiles

Rikita Karakawa


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- Kirkland & Ellis LLP (San Francisco), Visiting Attorney
2019 Admitted in the State of New York

Main Areas of Practice

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

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

Recently, Karakawa has been focusing on competition laws. Through the 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.