Nobuhiro Kotou

  • Lawyer (Kobe and Osaka offices)

Nobuhiro Kotou’s practice is centred upon corporate law. In addition to providing legal advice and representation in contract, trade and labour disputes (including the protection of personal information), he also provides clients with advice in relation to internal control systems (beginning with the establishment of a compliance system that incorporates internal procedures and a whistleblowing system) and corporate governance matters such as the operation of shareholders’ meetings and directors’ meetings. He also has experience with risk management and incident response within corporations as well as M&A practice.

Professional History

1970 Born in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
1996 Graduated from Tokyo University Faculty of Law
2002 Passed Bar exam
2004 Completed legal training; registered as a lawyer; joined Higashimachi Law Office
2006〜2008 Adjunct instructor, Kwansei Gakuin University Faculty of Law
2008 Registered as Maritime Counsellor
2014〜2014 Assistant to a Third-Party Committee (Company listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange)
2016 External director and auditor, Kawanishi Warehouse Co. Ltd.


“Corporate Misconduct Index” (co-author) Shojihomu Co., Ltd., 2015 (1st Ed.), 2019 (2nd Ed.),2024(3rd Ed.)
“Practical business law – experience the cutting edge of corporate legal affairs” (coauthor) Kwansei Gakuin University press, 2007