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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


  • Japanese
Professional Activities
Co-Authored "Trade Secret Protection in Japan and U.S.," The Invention, 2012, vol. 109, p.45-47
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…