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OVERVIEW

Japanese Services FAR AND WIDE

For more than 30 years, the Barnes & Thornburg Japanese Service Group has offered labor, employment, and human resources support to Japanese companies investing in the United States. Our history of creating and maintaining these dedicated relationships has given us the opportunity to advise numerous Japanese companies on a multitude of employment issues.

The Japanese Service Group is made up of a number of prominent individuals, including:

  • An executive committee member of the Japan-American Society of Indiana
  • The honorary Consul General of Japan
  • An executive board member of TerraLex, an international network of 10,000 attorneys
  • Lawyers fluent in Japanese, as well as many other Asian languages and dialects

Our lawyers provide a full range of legal services to clients in Japan, including training for Japanese executives on American legal and business practices.These sessions are conducted in Japanese. We also translate documents and help obtain visas and work permits for Japanese executives and their families.

Our lawyers also guide newly relocated executives through the process of obtaining housing, setting up bank accounts, finding good school districts and other relocation services at no charge. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in order to accommodate for the differences in time zones.

For additional information, visit Barnes & Thornburg's Japanese website.

Practice Leaders

Peter Morse

Peter A. Morse, Jr.

Partner
Global Services - General Co-Chair, Global Services - Japan Co-Chair

Indianapolis, Washington, D.C.

P 317-231-7794

F 317-231-7433

Mari Yanamoto Regnier

Mari Yamamoto Regnier

Partner
Global Services - Japan Co-Chair

Chicago

P 312-214-8335

F 312-759-5646

Chihiro Maeda

Chihiro Maeda

Staff Attorney

Chicago

P 312-214-2107

F 312-759-5646

EXPERIENCE
EXPERIENCE
  • Represented a Japanese automotive assembler in incentives negotiation, site acquisition, infrastructure development and other key matters in connection with the establishment of a U.S. motor vehicle facility
  • Assisted Japanese automotive joint venture partners with an investment that involved capital expenditures of $73 million and the employment of 195 associates. We were able to secure for the client $3.5 million in economic development and tax incentives from state and local authorities.
  • Represented Japanese automotive supplier in a $57 million investment in an incremental facility, which created over 100 new jobs and secured up to $1.1 million in conditional tax credits and training grants from the Indiana Economic Development Corp.
  • Represented Japanese manufacturer in establishing a manufacturing operation in Indiana, which created 25 immediate new jobs with the potential for a total of 70, and involved an investment of close to $5 million. We helped secure diverse incentives, including abatements on building and equipment, off-site infrastructure improvements and training dollars
  • Represented a Japanese cathode material manufacturer for ion lithium batteries for automotive in acquiring a $35 million federal grant from the Department of Energy to establish a new manufacturing plant in Battle Creek Michigan
  • Represented the largest dialysis equipment manufacturer in the world, which is based in Japan, to obtain the largest EDGE tax credit available under Illinois law. The incentive was a strong factor in the client locating its North American headquarters in the Libertyville/Mundelein area of Illinois. Wisconsin aggressively courted this company, and put together a competing incentive package with Kenosha County, WI.
  • Represented Japanese manufacturer in establishing a manufacturing operation in Kentucky, which created 50 new jobs and involved an investment of over $19 million. Through the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority, we helped secure up to $500,000 in incentives for the company. The performance-based incentives allow the company to keep a portion of its investment over the term of the agreement through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.
  • Represented the distribution subsidiary of a global Japanese machine manufacturer in its ongoing acquisitions of a material handling dealer/distributor and of a U.S. manufacturer of high-capacity tire and pneumatic forklifts, container handlers and reach stackers serving 13 separate and distinct industries
  • Represented Japanese chemical company in the sale of its U.S. battery manufacturing operations and established a joint venture with an international German corporation
  • Represented a Japanese company in its acquisition of the assets of the world's leading manufacturer of military grade video cameras, monitors, and digital video recorders
  • Represented a subsidiary of a publicly-traded (Tokyo Exchange) Japanese autoparts maker, in consolidating and merging certain operations in the United States, Mexico and Panama
  • Represented a Japanese supplier of metalworking fluids in a global strategic partnership with one of the fastest-growing metalworking fluids businesses in North America. This partnership will allow the two companies to leverage their respective product lines, R&D, supply chain, and manufacturing capabilities to expand each company’s technology, products and services to the global metalworking and water treatment markets.
  • Represented Japanese subsidiary in defending a putative collective action filed by a nationally renowned class action specialists from three different firms in a case involving FLSA violations and, specifically, donning & doffing violations. The case had national implications and high-damage potential, given the fact that it had more than 4000 potential class members. After effectively staying discovery and establishing a tactical proactive communication plan with employees and potential class members, Barnes & Thornburg assisted the client in reaching a favorable, court-approved settlement.
  • Represented a Japanese automobile parts manufacturer and its U.S. and Canadian subsidiaries in a global investigation of possible bid-rigging and price-fixing in the sale of auto parts to automobile manufacturers. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division, the Japan Fair Trade Commission, European Commission and the Canadian Competition Bureau were all involved in this investigation. After conducting a thorough internal investigation of relevant employees in the United States and Japan, and cooperating with the DOJ for more than two years, the DOJ closed its investigation of our clients in April 2013. The DOJ has obtained more than $2.4 billion in criminal fines as part of its auto parts investigations to date, and the clients successfully avoided paying any fines.
  • Asset purchase by Japanese manufacturer
  • Obtained not guilty verdicts for clients Tokai Kogyo Ltd., and its U.S. subsidiary, Green Tokai Co. Ltd., in a federal criminal jury trial in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio in Cincinnati. Tokai and Green Tokai were indicted in June 2016 for allegedly conspiring to fix the prices of automotive body sealing products sold to Honda Motor Co. Ltd in the United States and faced potential fines in the hundreds of millions of dollars. After a month-long jury trial featuring testimony from several Japanese witnesses from Nishikawa Rubber and Honda, the jury returned its verdicts after less than four hours of deliberation.
  • Represented a Japanese cathode material manufacturer for ion lithium batteries for automotive in acquiring a $35 million federal grant from the Department of Energy to establish a new manufacturing plant in Battle Creek Michigan
  • Represented a large Japanese automotive tier-one company to establish a holding company and reorganize entire subsidiary functions and loan structures. The lawyers worked closely with KPMG on the tax issues involved in this large scale reorganization
  • Represented PMP Pharmentation Products in connection with the sale of real estate to a biotechnology company. The transaction was very complex in that the real estate was broken into several pieces and new easements needed to be created. A TIF issue also needed to be sorted out.
  • Represented two Japanese education and learning centers in New York City to establish new education operations in the United States
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