K&L Gates > Tokyo, Japan > Firm Profile

K&L Gates
TOKYO 100-0013

Japan > Labour and employment: International firms and joint ventures Tier 1

The K&L Gates employment and labour team provides advise to multinationals, private and public employees and local corporates on a range of issues in industries such as technology, aerospace, pharmaceuticals, energy, and financial services. Specifically known for its reputation in assisting its clients in contentious employment issues, the firm is adept at collective bargain, compensation and wage disputes, terminations, and workplace injuries/deaths. The Team is co-led by Takahiro Hoshino and Ryan Dwyer, with Hoshino being an experienced litigator and Dwyer advising on the employment issues in connection with corporate work and related regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Takahiro Hoshino; Ryan Dwyer

Japan > Banking and finance: International firms and joint ventures Tier 3

K&L Gates’s is best known for its specialist asset financing practice in the aviation, shipping, rail, real estate, container and telecoms equipment industries. Regularly instructed by Japanese and foreign banks, leasing companies and trading houses, the team advises on cross-border financing deals, mezzanine loans, and security arrangements. Led by aircraft finance expert Robert Melson, the team has a wealth of experience in JOL/JOLCO structures, with Sebastian Smith supporting this in this area. Takahiro Kawaguchi and counsel Eiko Grieger are also names of note.

Practice head(s):

Robert E. Melson

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Fuji Trading Co., Ltd.

JP Lease Products & Services Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Acted on the negotiated repossession of an Airbus A330 aircraft from Air Asia X and then advised on the subsequent structuring of the naked aircraft along with the freighter conversion.

Japan > Corporate and M&A: International firms and joint ventures Tier 3

Ryan Dwyer leads the K&L Gates corporate and M&A practice which over the past year has continued to work on domestic commercial transactions and cross-border Asia-Pacific region matters. The team focuses on assisting companies with Japan- based operations and international companies looking to expand their operations in Japan in the banking, energy, finance, TMT, and transportation industries. Eric Sedlak concentrates his practice on infrastructure M&A in the oil and gas sector, and Tsuguhito Omagari and Dale Araki are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Ryan Dwyer


I have worked with K&L Gates for four years, since Eric Sedlak joined. I have been working with Eric Sedlak for about 15 years on several joint ventures. The firm has a strong reputation for corporate work and handling complex investment situations. We rely heavily on Mr. Sedlak and he brings responsive, well-qualified lawyers in when we need them.’

Mr Sedlak and the lawyers in the other offices took quick action. They were very effective. Mr Sedlak moved quickly and recommended solutions, or helped us save time or protect our interests. The lawyers at K&L Gates are responsive. They understand what we need to do and how to be careful with our resources. All law firms are expensive, but the rates and the time spent at K&L Gates are usually more reasonable than others at the same level. They don’t use too many associates billing time for not much results.’

Our main contact is Mr Sedlak. He knows our business well and explains things in a way that make it easier for us to explain the situation to our top management. We think very highly of Mr. Sedlak. He reviews proposed courses of action quickly and sometimes comes up with new approaches. He understand that legal constraints well but also gives us a practical “reading” of the situation and tries to suggests solutions that fit what the commercial team is trying to do. Our commercial teams trust his judgment. We need someone like Mr. Sedlak who thinks through problems carefully and understands which solutions will ultimately be possible for us. Flexibility and creativity are important for us.’


Key clients

Arconic Corp

Fujitsu Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Fujitsu Limited in connection with a strategic alliance with Palantir Technologies, a large (2,500 employees) privately held Palo Alto (US) company specializing in big data analytics.
  • Representing a major Japanese automobile manufacturer in connection with an equity investment in, and formation of strategic alliance with a major South American manufacturer.
  • Advised a major Japanese chemical company on a joint venture and strategic alliance to construct, own and operate a chemical complex in the United States.

The Firm: K&L Gates has seven offices that are strategically located in major financial and commercial centers across Asia. Our full-service Asia-based team is closely integrated with the firm’s offices in Australia, Europe, South America, and the United States. The collaboration across our global platform, coupled with our focus on long-term relationship building, allows us to effectively advise our clients on a national and global basis.

We established our presence in Asia by opening our Hong Kong office in 1996. Today, we are strategically located in key financial and commercial centers throughout Asia. We have lawyers on the ground in Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei, and Tokyo. In 2019, we further expanded our capabilities in Singapore by combining with Singapore law firm Straits Law Practice LLC, creating K&L Gates Straits Law LLC and becoming one of a few international law firms in Singapore with the capability to advise clients on Singapore law and cross-border legal issues. The combined firm has bolstered our disputes, corporate, funds, and banking and finance service offerings and further opened our global platform to clients across Southeast Asia. We also have designated India, Indonesia, and Malaysia practices, allowing our capabilities to span beyond our physical office locations.

Through our integrated network of offices, we are positioned to advise both domestic and international clients throughout Asia Pacific and beyond. Our lawyers understand the legal challenges that clients face today, and they have the experience to respond to those needs creatively and efficiently. Our on-the-ground experience, knowledge, and networks in each market enable us to give clients valuable insights into local policies and practices. We have advised local and multinational companies at every stage of their development in Asia, from local start-ups, to mid-sized overseas companies looking to enter the market or mid-sized regional companies looking for outbound opportunities, to experienced global businesses with well-established operations in the region. We also regularly advise local governments, NGOs, educational institutions, financial institutions, and other key market players. To learn more about our service offerings, visit klgates.com/services.


Asia: Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo. Australia: Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney. Europe: Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Milan, Munich, Paris. Middle East: Doha, Dubai. United States: Austin, Boston, Charleston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Fort Worth, Harrisburg, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, Newark, Orange County, Palo Alto, Pittsburgh, Portland, Raleigh, Research Triangle Park, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Wilmington. South America: Sao Paulo.