S&K Brussels

Akihiro Kawashima

Partner-in-Charge, Brussels Office, S&K Brussels

Partner, Tokyo & New York Office, S&K Brussels

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

Akihiro Kawashima is a founding partner of S&K Brussels, the Partner-in-Charge of the firm's Brussels office, and a Partner of its Tokyo and New York offices. Mr. Kawashima provides global data protection regulatory advice and compliance support to Japanese companies and their overseas subsidiaries and branch offices. He specializes in EU and US data protection regulations, and his main areas of practice are: the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), EU ePrivacy Regulation, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) and global data protection compliance. Mr. Kawashima is qualified to practice law in Japan and New York, and is a member of the Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the Brussels Bar Association (B-List).

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 S&K Brussels, 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.

2020-Current Partner, Tokyo Office, S&K Brussels
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
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 Regulations (GDPR)
  • EU Electronic Privacy Regulations
  • California Consumer Data Privacy Act (CCPA)
  • California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA)
  • Global Data Protection Compliance

Languages

Japanese & English

Education

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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Major Seminars & Webinars

June 29, 2021 S&K Brussels Webinar "Various Issues on Data Transfer Restrictions under the GDPR such as new SCCs (Standard Contract Clauses) adopted by European Commission" (S&K Brussels LPC)
19 March 2021 Online Seminar "Most Recent Developments in EU Regulations on the Areas of Data Protection & Digital and Japanese Companies Responses to those Developments" (Japanese Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Dusseldorf, Germany)
November 17, 2020 Online Seminar "Comprehensive Review - GDPR Compliance System and its Operation" (held by Japanische Industrie - Und Handelskammer zu Dusseldorf e.V. (Japanese Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Dusseldorf, Germany)
November 8, 2019 Seminar "California Attorney General's CCPA Regulations and their Impact on CCPA Compliance" (jointly held by Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York and JETRO New York, USA) (New York, USA)
November 6, 2019 Seminar "California Attorney General's CCPA Regulations and their Impact on CCPA Compliance" (jointly held by Keidanren USA)
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October 18, 2019 Seminar, "Enforcement Trends of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by Data Protection Supervisory Authorities and Legislative Trends of the EU e-Privacy Regulation regulating Email Marketing" (held by Japanese Association Hamburg) (Hamburg, Germany)
July 24, 2019 Seminar "Roadmap on the CCPA Compliance Responses and Improvement Measures of the GDPR Compliance Mechanism which should be implemented now for the avoidance of any imposition of fining decisions in violation of the GDPR" (held by S&K Brussels BV ) (Osaka, Japan)
July 17, 2019 Seminar "Roadmap on the CCPA Compliance Responses and Improvement Measures of the GDPR Compliance Mechanism which should be implemented now for the avoidance of any imposition of fining decisions in violation of the GDPR" (held by Bird & Bird LLP) (Tokyo, Japan)
March 2019 Seminar "Trends in GDPR Enforcement by EU Data Protection Supervisory Authorities" (held by Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dusseldorf, Germany) (Dusseldorf, Germany)
February 2018 "Learning the Basics: the EU General Data Protection Regulation" (held by Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Brussels Office) (Brussels, Belgium)
January 23, 2019 "Practical Seminar on EU GDPR and Dutch Data Protection Law and e-Privacy Law" (jointly held by JCC Holland, JETRO Amsterdam Office, and Bird & Bird LLP) (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

Major Publications

June 28, 2021 Co-Author, JETRO US Division & JETRO San Francisco Office, JETRO Research Report "Overview of U.S. Federal Data Privacy Bills" (JETRO, June 2021)
April 13, 2021 Co-Author, Future of Privacy Forum - "A New Era for Japanese Data Protection: 2020 Amendments to the APPI" (Future of Privacy Forum - blog)
June 1, 2019 Co-Author, "A Consideration concerning Fining Decision based on the GDPR and their Impacts in Practice" (An article published in the June 2019 edition of the Journal, "KOKUSAI - SHOJI - HOMU"(International Business Law and Practice), Vol. 47, No. 6, pp. 780)
April 2019 Co-Author, "European Data Protection Compliance for Person in Charge of the Compliance Work - from the GDPR to the E-Privacy Regulation" (the special New Business Law No. 168, Shouji Homu Co., Ltd. April 2019)
March 19, 2018 Co-Author, JETRO - "Comparison of the Contents of Proposed Amendments to Swiss Federation Data Protection Law and EU General Data Protection Regulations" (JETRO Geneve Office, Overseas Research Europe and Russia CIS Department (March 2018))
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February 1, 2018 Co-Author, "The European Commission's upcoming action plans towards the start of the implementation of the GDPR" (An article published in the February 2018 edition of the Journal, "KOKUSAI - SHOJI - HOMU" (International Business Law and Practice), Vol. 46, No. 2, pp. 276)
February 2018 Co-Author, JETRO, "Data Protection Officer" in Practical Handbook for EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Ed. Article 29 Data Protection Working Party, Feb 2018) (JETRO)
February 2018 Co-Author, JETRO, "Right to Data Portability" in Practical Handbook for EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Ed. Article 29 Data Protection Working Party, Feb 2018) (JETRO)
February 2018 Co-Author, JETRO, "Identification of Lead Supervisory Authority for Controller and Processor" in Practical Handbook for EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Ed. Article 29 Data Protection Working Party, Feb 2018) (JETRO)
January 1, 2018 Co-Author, "A Consideration concerning appointment of data protection officer under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (3)" (An article published in the January 2018 edition of the Journal, "KOKUSAI - SHOJI - HOMU" (International Business Law and Practice), Vol. 46, No. 1, pp. 116)
December 1, 2017 Co-Author, "A Consideration concerning appointment of data protection officer under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (2)" (An article published in the December 2017 edition of the Journal, "KOKUSAI - SHOJI - HOMU" (International Business Law and Practice), Vol. 45, No. 12, pp. 1800)
November 1, 2017 Co-Author, "A Consideration concerning appointment of data protection officer under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (1)" (An article published in the November 2017 edition of the Journal, "KOKUSAI - SHOJI - HOMU" (International Business Law and Practice), Vol. 45, No. 11, pp. 1655)
October 1, 2017 Co-Author, "Draft Regulation concerning Foreign Direct Investment Review in the EU by the European Commission" (An article published in the October 2017 edition of the Journal, "KOKUSAI - SHOJI - HOMU" (International Business Law and Practice), Vol. 45, No. 10, pp. 1500)
September 1, 2017 Co-Author, "Developments in the Amendment to the UK Data Protection Act towards Adequacy Decision by the European Commission" (An article published in the September 2017 edition of the Journal, "KOKUSAI - SHOJI - HOMU" (International Business Law and Practice), Vol. 45, No. 9, pp. 1360)
August 1, 2017 Co-Author, "Overview of the Amended German Federal Data Protection Act" (An article published in the August 2017 edition of the Journal, "KOKUSAI - SHOJI - HOMU" (International Business Law and Practice), Vol. 45, No. 8, pp. 1121)
August, 2017 Co-Author, JETRO "Practical Handbook for EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Practical Edition)"
July 1, 2017 Co-Author, "Status of Legislative Procedures of the EU Electric Communication Privacy Regulation which can impose administrative fine which is equivalent to one under the EU General Data Protection Regulation" (An article published in the July 2017 edition of the Journal, "KOKUSAI - SHOJI - HOMU" (International Business Law and Practice), Vol. 45, No. 7, pp. 1044)
Takeshige Sugimoto

Takeshige Sugimoto

Managing Director, S&K Brussels

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Partner, Brussels Office, S&K Brussels

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Tobyn Aaron

Senior Associate, Tokyo Office, S&K Brussels

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