Akira Kawamura

Of Counsel
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Akira Kawamura is a partner at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, and has an extensive general corporate and litigation practice with numerous large multinational domestic and foreign clients. He specializes in corporate, M&A, intellectual property, international trade, entertainment, publication, energy and real property law. He is a corporate auditor and board member of a number of Japanese companies, and is also an experienced arbitrator/mediator. He is also an influential member of the Japanese Bar, having served as Executive Vice President of the Dai-ni Tokyo Bar Association, Executive Director of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations (Nichibenren) and Chairman of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations' Foreign Lawyers and International Legal Practice Committee. He was a Visiting Professor at Kyoto University's Faculty of Law. Mr. Kawamura has made a significant and lasting contribution to the operation of the International Bar Association and he presently serves as the President.


"More for less: efficiency, charging structures and client relationship management," attended as speaker for the Annual Conference of the International Bar Association 2014 in Tokyo organized by IBA (October 2014)
European Lawyer Reference "Corporate Governance" (First Edition) (2013) (general editor)
"Who wants to be an ambassador?," attended as speaker for the Annual Conference of the International Bar Association 2013 in Boston organized by IBA (October 2013)
"The Need for a Global Legal Profession," attended as speaker for the Global Legal Profession conferende organized by Harvard Law School (April 2012)
"Human Rights and International Politics - IBA/HRI Justice for Burma Campaign," Lectured for the seminar organized by Human Rights Now (HRN)(January 2012)
"The Emergence and Evolution of Law Firms in Japan" (Shoji Houmu 2011)(co-author)
"Concept of Prosecutor and Corporate Legislation during the Globalization era," Lectured for the seminar organized by Japan Independent Directors Network (April 2011 )
"Managing Legal Service Procurement," Business Homu (February 2011)
"Interim Report: Preliminary Views on the Financial Crisis" (International Bar Association, Financial Crisis Task Force) (2010)(co-author)
"Reexamining the Nurture of the Legal Profession and the Lawyer's Evolution in Japan," Hougaku Seminar (June 2009)
"First M&A Lawyer from Asia to Lead the "U.N." of the Bar Association," MARR (February 2009)
"Globalization of the Judiciary System and IBA," RULE OF LAW No.151 (October 2008)
"Return to Irresponsible Horizontal Structure in Society - Corporate Soundness in LTCB's Supreme Court Decision, " The Lawyers (September 2008)
Law and Business in Japan (1982) and Law and Business in Japan - New Edition (2000) (editor-in-chief/author)
Australia Law and Business (1979) (editor-in-chief/author)
Speaker/Panelist to international conventions including the OECD Workshop/Law Conference


・Kyoto University (LL.B., 1965)
University of Sydney (LL.M., 1979)
Trained at a law firm in Australia

Professional Admissions

・Japan (1967)

Professional and Academic Associations

・Dai-ni Tokyo Bar Association (Executive Vice President, 1986)
・The Japan Federation of Bar Associations (Executive Director, 1987; Chairman of the JFBA Foreign Lawyers and International Legal Practice Committee, 1996-1998)
・Visiting Professor (Kyoto University, Faculty of Law, April 1998 - March 2002, April 2004 - March 2006)
・Lecturer (Chuo University, Graduate School of Law, April 2004 - March 2006)
・Japan Arbitrators Association, Executive Director
・Secretary General, International Bar Association (January 2007 - December 2008)
・Member of the Ethics Committee, The Japanese Cancer Association (2007 - present)
・Vice President, International Bar Association (January 2009 - December 2010)
・Arbitrator, China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission
・Auditor, the Japan Branch of the International Law Association
・Member, the Board of Directors of McDonalds' Holding Japan, Ltd. (2002 - present)
・President, International Bar Association (January 2011 - December 2012)
・Decorated by the Order of the Rising Sun (November 2012)
・Councilor, Japanese Society of International Law (July 2011 - June 2015)
・President, Japan Association of Arbitrators (March 2013 - present)
・Expert Panel, P.R.I.M.E Finance (January 2014 - present)
・Member of the Ethics Commission of the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federation)


・Japanese (first language)