Chuo Sogo Law Office June 2009 - at PresentInternational business matters, including (1) M&A transactions (corporate restructurings; asset/share purchase agreements, joint venture, and supply agreements), (2) IP law (licensing, publishing, distribution, and technology transfer agreements and patent assignments), (3) antitrust and competition law, (4) labor law (matters regarding reduction in force, termination and separation arrangements), (5) finance and asset finance related matters; advising on investing in a variety of investment funds; devising strategies in hedge-fund related cross-border litigation; reviewing and commenting on multiple ISDA Agreements; aircraft leasing, including issues under the Cape Town Convention), and (6) real estate transactions; supervising foreign counsel; advising on FCPA compliance; leading in-house study sessions on the U.N. Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods and contract drafting.
Prominent Global Law Firm with Offices in Tokyo April 2007 - January 2009Corporate and business law with a focus on M&A and IP transactions, including drafting and negotiating of stock and asset purchase, joint venture, strategic alliance, distributorship, licensing, assignment and other agreements for clients engaged in the electronics, computer, film, entertainment, hardware/software development and manufacturing industries; drafting standard forms of agreement for a global corporation; working on energy-development and large construction projects (including researching related U.S. laws such as Fly America Act and Buy America Act); supervising junior attorneys; drafting a Handbook on Intellectual Property Laws, including chapter on the experimental use exception to patent infringement; drafting memoranda of law on antitrust laws, the UCC and IP-related matters.
Deputy General Counsel
Major Japanese Trading House September 1998 - March 2007Corporate international law and cross-border transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and project finance transactions in the energy sector worldwide (extensive experience drafting and negotiating multiple EPC, O&M, concession, credit facility and related agreements); drafting, reviewing and negotiating licensing agreements for film and television industries and other IP-related agreements, drafting distributorship, supply, marketing, manufacturing, partnership/limited liability company agreements, nondisclosure agreements, letters of intent and memoranda of understanding, shareholders agreements, joint venture and other strategic alliance agreements, stock purchase agreements, distributorship, supply, purchase/sale agreements (including aircraft purchase and modification agreements); interacting with and supervising outside counsel; supervising junior members of the legal department; conducting risk management seminars and study sessions.
International Law Firm in Tokyo February 1996 - August 1998Japanese and international commercial law; drafting and reviewing contracts, including licensing, distributorship, manufacturing, stock and asset purchase, and employment agreements; establishing branch offices and subsidiaries; working on transnational arbitration.