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川合 弘造
川合 弘造


  • Partner
  • Tokyo
  • "Kozo Kawai has long been called upon for his sector-leading knowledge of non-contentious and contentious antitrust issues, including those relating to M&A transactions, cartels and unilateral behaviour. "Mr Kawai is the doyen of the competition Bar, with an incredible amount of knowledge and experience in the field. He is a true force to be reckoned with whom you want to have on your side," says one client."  

    Chambers, Competition/Antitrust - Japan (Asia-Pacific 2022)
  • Kozo Kawai focuses on anti-dumping investigations, often representing Japanese government bodies and local industry as petitioners or targets of foreign investigations. Kozo also handles matters pertaining to export tariffs. He is known for his experience and knowledge in both international trade and competition laws, one source explaining: "Kozo Kawai is a pioneer of international trade law in Japan and has a strong policy and industry background."

    Chambers, Competition/Antitrust - Japan (Asia-Pacific 2022)

Kozo focuses on anti-trust/competition matters and international trade affairs. He has handled merger regulations and international cartel cases, as well as large scale dispute cases and domestic and foreign regulatory investigations.

Kozo’s anti-trust/competition practice covers every area of the practice, i.e., violation cases such as cartel and unilateral conduct, merger regulations, and compliance to prevent violations of Japanese and foreign competition laws. Kozo continues to be recognized by international law journals as one of the top practitioners in Japan in the area of competition law. He has handled large scale international cartel cases and has contributed to the realization of prominent merger regulations. In the area of international trade law, Kozo is widely recognized as a pioneer of trade law practice in Japan and has advised both the private sector and governmental agencies. He has been involved in most of the trade remedy investigations, such as those for the imposition of anti-dumping duties and subsidy countervailing duties as counsel to Japanese and foreign clients, and in some overseas trade remedy investigations to defend Japanese clients. In addition, Kozo’s practice covers international disputes, corporate crisis management, and regulatory investigations.

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Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (LL.M., EC Law, magna cum laude)
Columbia University School of Law (LL.M.)
Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan
The University of Tokyo (LL.B.)

Professional Experience

Member, Meeting to Discuss Policy Measures Aimed at Regions 
Bar Examiner of the National Bar Examination Commission (Competition Law) 
Lecturer, University of Tokyo, School of Law 
Ad hoc Member of Industrial Structure Council 
Ad hoc Member of Industrial Property Council 
Deputy Director, Trade Agreement Administration Division, WTO Affairs, Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Tokyo 
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Brussels 
Research Associate (Joshu) of The University of Tokyo