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Koichiro Sato is a Visiting Foreign Attorney from Abe, Ikubo & Katayama, one of the leading intellectual property and corporate law firms in Japan. Koichiro is an Associate Attorney with Abe, Ikubo & Katayama, where he specializes in international legal matters. His practice focuses on a broad range of corporate matters, including restructuring and insolvency cases. Specifically, Koichiro handles bankruptcy, litigation and transactional work, and he has experience in major bankruptcy proceedings, high-stake litigation and IP licensing transactions that involve international parties.

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Koichiro began his career as an audit professional at KPMG Azsa LLC, after passing the CPA examination in 2008. He is licensed as an Attorney at Law and Certified Public Accountant in Japan, and a Solicitor in England and Wales.

Koichiro spent most of his childhood in Canada, and he reads, writes and speaks Japanese and English fluently.

Practice Areas


  • Stanford Law School, LL.M., Law, Science & Technology, 2020; Honors: Pro Bono Distinction; Gerald Gunther Prize for Outstanding Performance in Intellectual Property: Patent and Technology Licensing
  • Tokyo Institute of Technology Graduate School of Innovation Management (Tokyo, Japan), Master of Management of Technology, 2012
  • Keio University (Tokyo, Japan), Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), 2010


  • Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association
  • The Japanese Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • England & Wales
  • New York


  • Japanese
Professional Activities
Legal Updates/Client Advisories
Recovering Attorneys' Fees in Trademark Cases Made Easier in Tenth Circuit
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Complimentary Webinar: Opportunities for Foreign Investment in U.S. Distressed Assets and Adaptive Reuse (Webinar in Japanese)
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Complimentary Webinar: E Treaty Visa - Stories from the Trenches (Webinar in Japanese)
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Complimentary Webinar: Attacking the Post-COVID M&A Market: The Key Issues in Acquiring Divested Businesses in the U.S. and the Americas (Webinar in Japanese)
With large numbers of U.S. corporate groups indicating they intend to engage in divestiture activity in the post-COVID time period…
Complimentary Webinar: Brand Protection in the US 101 (Webinar in Japanese)
Brand protection is critical for businesses because you could lose all the investment that went into the creation and promotion of the…
Complimentary Webinar: Opportunities For Foreign Investment in U.S. Student Housing (Webinar in Japanese)
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Koichiro Sato Admitted to Practice Law in New York
Koichiro Sato, Visiting Foreign Attorney at Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell Ltd., has been formally admitted to practice law in the State…
Kenton Knop and Koichiro Sato Co-Authored an Article in Kokusai – Shoji – Homu
The article "An Overview of Data Breach Notification Laws in the U.S. and Japan" is featured in Kokusai - Shoji - Homu (International…
Masuda Funai Welcomes Visiting Foreign Attorney Koichiro Sato
Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd. welcomes Koichiro Sato as a Visiting Foreign Attorney in its Chicago office. Mr. Sato comes to…