Strengthening FBT’s business relations in Japan

Client: Anonymous
Open date: October 12, 2015

Over the past year, Kenjiro (Ken) LeCroix, senior associate and the chair of the Japan Desk at Frost Brown Todd, has made significant strides in improving relations between FBT and Japan. After meeting with 20 companies last fall in a one-week span, Ken spent more than two weeks in May, 2015, traversing Japan to meet with multiple existing and prospective clients. 

During his latest trip, Ken presented to more than 40 companies at a seminar in Tokyo regarding product safety issues in the U.S. The seminar was sponsored and hosted by Nikkei, one of the largest media companies in Japan (details about the seminar, in Japanese, can be found here). Attendees at the seminar appreciated Ken’s ability to provide practical advice, to present on a difficult topic in a concise and simple manner, and to do all of this in Japanese.

Ken visited Tokyo, Nagoya, Toyota City and Osaka on this trip and met with several important FBT clients, including Toyota’s legal team at its global headquarters. For some clients, Ken’s role as their outside general counsel for U.S. matters requires constant communication and interface with the management in Japan. Among the topics that Ken discussed were international commercial matters, corporate reorganization and expansion strategies, and antitrust issues. However, the most important aspect of the trip was to continue strengthening the relationship between FBT and each client.

Frost Brown Todd’s Japan Desk combines a group of attorneys from different practice areas with a particular focus on the Japanese market. This combined skill set allows FBT to handle a wide range of legal issues that may arise during the startup and day-to-day operations of international companies in the United States, Japan and other parts of the world. As chair of the Japan Desk, Ken combines his international experience and his language abilities to advise Japanese businesses in corporate and commercial matters. He will continue his travels to ensure that the relations between the firm and its Japanese clients remain strong.

Additional information about the Japan Desk can be found here.

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