Kozo Kawai is a senior partner at Nishimura & Asahi and renders a wide range of services to both domestic and overseas clients, covering every area of competition law. He represented the Japanese companies that filed the first and second leniency applications with the JFTC, and he represented foreign companies in connection with the first international cartel cases ever handled by the JFTC. Mr Kawai graduated from the University of Tokyo (LLB) in 1984 and earned a law master's from Columbia University School of Law in 1993 and an LLM in EC law from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in 1994. He also worked at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in Brussels from 1994 to 1995 and the Ministry of International Trade and Industry in Tokyo from 1995 to 1997, and has taught competition law at the University of Tokyo School of Law since 2006.