S&K Brussels

Akihiro Kawashima

Partner, S&K Brussels LPC

Telephone +81 3 6429 8225 (Japan) / +32 2 550 3759 (Belgium)
E-Mail akihiro.kawashima@sandkbrussels.com
Akihiro Kawashima

Akihiro Kawashima is the founder and partner of the firm. Mr. Kawashima primarily advises multinational corporations, including Japanese companies, on global data protection projects and compliance. Mr. Kawashima focuses his practice on the EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR), the EU Electronic Privacy Regulation, the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR), the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), US federal data privacy law, China's Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL), Japan's Act on the Protection of Personal Information (APPI), and global data protection compliance. He is admitted to practice in Japan and New York, and is registered to practice before the Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the Brussels Bar Association (B-List) in Belgium.

Mr. Kawashima has represented clients across various industry sectors, including: automotive, automobile parts, chemical, cloud computing, electrical appliances, educational services, financial services, government agencies, insurance, human resources, information technology, social network services, textiles, legal services, and telecommunications. Multiple of his clients are listed on the Fortune 500.

Prior to establishing the firm, Mr. Kawashima accumulated over a decade of global data protection and privacy experience, including at the Brussels and Tokyo offices of several major international law firms.

2021-Current Specialist Member of the Legal Committee of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Dusseldorf
2020-Current Partner, S&K Brussels LPC
2020-Current Manager, Sugimoto & Kawashima PLLC
2019-Current Partner, New York Office, S&K Brussels
2019-Current Partner-in-Charge, Brussels Office, S&K Brussels BV
2019-Current Director, S&K Brussels BV
2018-2019 Counsel, Brussels Office, Bird & Bird LLP
2017-2018 Associate, Brussels Office, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
2016-2017 Attorney at Law (Japan), Mumbai Office, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co.
2009-2017 Associate, Tokyo Office, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Lawyer Registration

2019 Member of New York State Bar Association
2017 Member of Brussels Bar Association (B-List)
2009 Member of Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association

Main Practice Areas

  • EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • EU Electronic Privacy Regulation
  • UK General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • U.S. Federal Data Privacy Law
  • California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
  • California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA)
  • China Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL)
  • Japan Personal Information Protection Law (APPI)
  • Global Data Protection Compliance


Japanese & English


2016 New York University School of Law (LL.M.)
2015 University College London (LL.M.)
2008 The University of Tokyo School of Law (J.D.)
2005 Keio University, Faculty of Law (LL.B.)


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Akihiro Kawashima

Akihiro Kawashima

Attorney-at-Law, Partner, S&K Brussels LPC (Admitted in Japan, New York, Brussels (B-List))

Kaori Inui

Kaori Inui

Counsel, Attorney-at-Law (admitted in Japan (Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association)),
S&K Brussels LPC (Tokyo Office)

Kaori Inui
Minako Ito

Minako Ito

Senior Associate, Attorney-at-Law (admitted in Japan (Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association)),
S&K Brussels LPC (Tokyo Office)

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