Akihito ("Aki") Nakamachi

Akihito ("Aki") Nakamachi


Mr. Nakamachi is a fully bilingual and bicultural attorney, fully admitted to practice in Japan, New York and California. He has the rare distinction among Japanese lawyers of having served as a partner both in the United States and in Japan, and possesses over 30 years of solid experience as a practicing lawyer. He has special expertise in intellectual property/technology transactions for technology-driven clients, ranging from young start-ups to fully-matured global enterprises. Aki represents clients operating in a wide range of industries, including software, Internet, e-commerce, computer gaming, computer equipment, telecommunications, automobile, semiconductor, pharmaceuticals, biotech and medical devices. With over 10 years of work experience at first-tier national U.S. law firms across the United States, Aki has acquired exceptionally deep and practical knowledge of not only the laws but also the "business culture" of both the United States and Japan, and utilizes his expertise to assist clients in achieving successful outcomes in cross-border commercial transactions and dispute resolution matters.

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Practice Areas

Practice Groups

  • Life Sciences and Health Care Practice Group


Mar 1991 Kyoto University (LL.B., A.B.)
Apr 1993 The Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan, Associated with Mori Hamada
May 1997 New York University School of Law (LL.M.)
1998 California Bar Association/New York Bar Association
Sep 1997 - Aug 1998 Morrison & Foerster LLP
Oct 1998 - Sep 1999 Kirkland & Ellis LLP (Chicago office)
Oct 1999 - Sep 2003 Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati P.C.
Oct 2003 - Jun 2009 Kirkland & Ellis LLP (San Francisco, Palo Alto and Los Angeles offices)
Jan 2005 Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Jul 2009 - Partner, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Apr 2016 - Mar 2021 Professor, Kobe University Graduate School of Science, Technology and Innovation



Role of Start-ups in Innovation~Comparative Analysis Between Silicon Valley and Japan~ Licensing Executive Society(LES), Japan Chapter: Monthly Seminar
Mar 2010
Keys to Success for International Technology Transfer by Japanese Universities Hokkaido University: International University Technology Transfer Seminar
Dec 2008
Recent U.S. Case Law Affecting International Patent License Practice Licensing Executive Society (LES), Japan Chapter: Monthly Seminar
May 2008
Incorporating International Business Strategies into Collaboration Agreements ~ Japan-Related Issues & Considerations American Conference Institute (ACI): “Advanced Forum on Structuring, Negotiating and Managing Pharma/Biotech Collaboration Agreements” Conference
Apr 2008
Recent Major Developments and Trends in Intellectual Property Law and Corporate Law in Japan U.C. Hastings College of the Law: Guest lecturer at Prof. Setsuo Miyazawa’s Japanese law seminar
Mar 2008


Professional Admissions

  • Japan (1993)
  • California and New York (1998)

Professional and Academic Associations

  • Tokyo Bar Association
  • California Bar Association
  • New York Bar Association


  • Japanese (first language)
  • English