Professionals


Mr. Kimeda’s main areas of practice are Corporate Crisis Management and Litigation.
As for Corporate Crisis Management, he has extensive experience in corporate scandal cases including window-dressing, misrepresentation of financial statements, insider trading, antitrust (bid rigging, price cartels, and abuse of dominant position), product defects, misleading representations of products, divulging confidential information, bribery, political funding, money laundering, breach of industrial regulations, and factory accidents. In these types of cases he has high expertise on the issues of internal investigation, third party committee investigations, defending against criminal and administrative investigations, public relations, rebuilding compliance systems, reforming corporate governance, and handling the related civil litigation. He also serves as an outside whistleblower hotline channel for a number of companies. As for litigation, he has considerable experience in tax disputes, shareholders disputes, and other types of corporate litigation. He is the author of numerous legal articles and has also been involved in the process of making laws and regulations. He has been recognized as one of the “Most successful lawyers” by the NIKKEI for the last several years as below.

2018 Corporate Crisis Management category 2nd
2016 Corporate Legal Affairs category 10th
2015 Corporate Legal Affairs category 8th
2014 Corporate Crisis Management category 2nd (overall)
2013 Corporate Crisis Management category 2nd
2012 Corporate Legal Affairs category 4th
2011 Corporate Crisis Management category 3rd

Recent activities

12/2018

The NIKKEI "Most successful lawyers in 2018"

Awards

4/2018

UK Bribery Act: First Case on “Adequate Procedures” under the UK Bribery Act (April 2018)

Newsletter

12/2016

The NIKKEI "Most successful lawyers in 2016"

Awards

Education

1991
The University of Tokyo (LL.B.)

Professional experience

2019 -
Audit and Supervisory Board Member, KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
2015
Member of the Study Group on the Prevention of Bribery of Foreign Public Officials, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
2013 -
Outside whistleblower hotline channel for Yomiuri Shimbun Holdings
2011 -
Outside Director, Advance Create Co.,Ltd.
2007 - 2009
Outside Director, Rakuten Securities Holdings, Inc.
2007 -
Outside Director, Rakuten Securities, Inc.
2006 - 2013
Outside whistleblower hotline channel for Yomiuri Shimbun Tokyo headquaters
2005 - 2015
Outside Director, DAISYO CORPORATION
2005 - 2013
Visiting Professor, Toin University of Yokohama Graduate School, Law School
2001 - 2002
Assistant Division Chief, Planning and Legal Division, Financial Services Agency
1999 - 2001
Public Prosecutor, Criminal Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Justice
1998 - 1999
Visiting scholar, Notre Dame Law School, USA
1993 - 1998
Public Prosecutor, Tokyo, Urawa and Tsuchiura District Public Prosecutors' Offices