Asia Law Talk: Dialogue on Practicing Law in a Global Law Firm in Japan

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 (All day)

Mr. J. Ryan Dwyer and Mr. Robert E. Melson will discuss what it is like to practice law in a global firm in Tokyo and offer tips on what firms are looking for when hiring.

When: October 9, 2012
Where: Room 254
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Presented by: Pacific-Asian Legal Studies Program (PALS) and co-sponsored by the Pacific-Asian Legal Studies Organization (PALSO)
Lunch will be provided

J. Ryan Dwyer, III (WSRSL ‘96)
Administrative Partner (Tokyo), K&L Gates

Mr. Dwyer is a partner in the firm's Tokyo office. His practice focuses on cross-border M&A, private equity, domestic and international joint ventures, foreign direct investment both into Japan and by Japanese companies overseas, private placements, asset finance (with an emphasis on aircraft and real estate) and general corporate and employment matters for the Japan affiliates of the United States and other foreign companies. He has worked across a number of industries on Japanese and complex cross-border deals, with particular focus in the technology sector, advising companies in relation to licensing and distribution agreements, and aircraft finance and equipment leasing. In connection with his Japan FDI work, Mr. Dwyer frequently advises on a broad range of employment issues including executive and employee employment agreements, redundancies, transfers of employees, work rules issues, protection of company proprietary information and other proprietary rights, and employee compensation issues and incentive compensation plans.

Robert E. Melson, Jr.
Partner (Tokyo), K&L Gates

Mr. Melson is a partner in the firm’s Tokyo office and works extensively with clients doing business in Japan. Mr. Melson’s practice focuses on corporate and international finance especially in the areas of aircraft and equipment leasing, equipment finance, project finance, mergers and acquisitions, real estate finance, sovereign lending and high-tech ventures. Mr. Melson is recognized as a leading lawyer for Asia-wide asset finance in Chambers Asia 2008 and 2009 guides and for banking and finance in the 2009 and 2010 guide. Chambers Asia 2009 states that “he is appreciated for his ‘wealth of experience’ in cross-border asset finance deals and ‘meticulous attention to detail’ in complicated cases.”