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Sole practitioner and boutique law firm panel event at Amazon Japan

Date : May 30, 2018
Time : 18:00 to 20:45
Cost : JPY5,000
The topic will be Working as a Sole Practitioner in Tokyo. Angela Krantz, the Legal Director and Associate General Counsel of Amazon Japan will moderate an amazing panel of Tokyo’s sole practitioners who will share their unique experiences and answer questions in what promises to be a very informative and interesting event.

Angela Krantz

Angela joined Amazon Japan in May 2016 as the Japan Legal Director. She is also on the management team. Previously Angela was a Managing Director at Accenture, where she was the Director of Legal Services for Japan and South Korea.

Before joining Accenture, Angela was the Director of Legal Services for Mitsubishi UFJ Merrill Lynch PB Securities Co ., Ltd. (Tokyo), formerly Merrill Lynch Japan’s private banking business. Angela also spent more than a decade in private practice in the Tokyo offices of Clifford Chance and Morrison & Foerster.

Angela has over 20 years experience in private practice and as a general counsel in-house, providing legal and business advice to Japanese and non-Japanese companies acros.s a broad range of areas, including M &A,joint ventures, private equity, general corporate, consulting, systems integration, business process outsourcing, complex commercial transactions, govermnent contracts, compliance and regulatory matters, risk assessment and management, disputes and litigation, employment law and other daily and complex legal ma tters. Angela has served as a member of several Board of Directors and management committees. She has lived in Japan for more than 20 years and speaks English and Japanese.


Akiko Yamakawa

Akiko specialises in employment law, dispute resolution and financial regulatory matters. She provides day-co-day employment advice to various multi-national clients, and her litigation experience includes employment litigation and general commercial litigation. She has also led numerous teams as they conduct internal and regulatory investigations. Akiko’s clients hail from a broad range of sectors including financial services and multi-national corporations. Akiko currently serves as a member of the Basic Sub-committee of the government’s Labour Policy Council.

Admitted as a Japanese bengoshi in 1999, Akiko is a member of the Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association and the New York Bar. She was educated at the University ofTokyo (LLB, 1997) and the Legal Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court ofJapan (1999). She completed an LLM at Harvard Law School in 2003 and is fully bilingual.

Catherine O’Connell

CLO is the commercial/corporate legal practice of Catherine 0’Connell, a New Zealand-licensed attorney based in Tokyo, Japan. Catherine has a breadth of experience advising public and private Japanese and New Zealand companies on international corporate and commercial matters.

CLO advises public and private Japanese and New Zealand companies on a variety of corporate and commercial matters, such as international commercial transactions, compliance, and in house legal department advisory services. Catherine combines a dedication to diem service with the unique combination of years of in house legal counsel experience in Japan, complemented by corporate law practice experience in New Zealand, and London as well as Japanese language fluency, to offer a porrfolio of services that is diverse to those available from large international law firms.

Catherine is also Vice-Chair of the Ausrralian & New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan, and Vice Chair of the Legal Services Commirree of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

John Y. Sasaki

John Y. Sasaki is the principal of JSV Foreign law 0ffice, a solo practice in Tokyo. John’s practice at JSV consists of serving as the de facto in-house counsel for several Japanese companies, in addition to a transactional practice focused on the Japanese venture community, in particular, venture capital financing and M&A. John is formerly a partner in the Tokyo 〇伍ce of Morgan Lewis & Bockius, and was previously in Silicon Valley with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he was the operational head of the firm’s Japan-related practice. In addition to his legal practice, he is an adjunct lecturer at Keio University’s law School, where he co-teaches a class entitled “Drafting International Agreements”. John is a 1991 graduate of Berkeley law at the University of California, and has a BA. in psychology from Cornell University. He is a frequent speaker on venture capital financing, and is fluent in Japanese.

Keiko Ohara

Keiko Ohara is a partner ofKamiyacho International Law Office, a boutique firm in Tokyo she co-founded in 2000 which specializes in advising clients on cross-border commercial transactions, M&Aand regulatory laws. Her firm has broad experience in assisting Japanese operations of many foreign businesses. Keiko was formerly a partner at Komatsu, Koma & Nishikawa, a Tokyo based international law firm, and also worked at Weil, Gotshal & Manges’ New York office. In addition to her legal practice, she is an adjunct lecturer at Keio University’s Law School, where she co-teaches a class entitled “Drafing International Agreements.” She is also active in bar association activities and currently serves as chair of the Committee on Foreign Lawyers and International Legal Practice of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations. Keiko is a graduate of Harvard Law School (LLM) and Keio University.

Mangyo Kinoshita

Mangyo Kinoshita is the founding partner of Southgate, a boutique M&Alaw firm in Tokyo. Mangyo’s practice focuses primarily on cross-border and domestic M&A,joint ventures, strategic alliances, private equity and venture capital. Mangyo started his career in 2001 at Paul Hastings (then Taiyo Law Office in association with Paul, Hasting, Janofsky & Walker). After graduating from Duke University School of Law with an LLM in 2005, Mangyo joined O’Melveny & Myers’ New York office. He became a partner of O’Melveny in 2012, leading their corporate practice team in Tokyo. Immediately before founding Southgate in January 2016, Mangyo practiced at White & Case Tokyo where he worked on transactions and projects in over 70 jurisdictions.

Reid Monroe-Sheridan

Reid Monroe-Sheridan is a New York-licensed registered foreign lawyer (gaikokuhoujimubengoshi) with a solo practice based in Tokyo. Since starting Monroe-Sheridan Foreign Law Office in 2014, Reid has advised public and private Japanese and American companies on a wide variety of corporate and commercial matters, including cross-border M &A,venture financings, international technology licenses and other cross-border commercial transactions, corporate governance issues, and U.S. securities law matters.

Prior to Monroe-Sheridan Foreign Law Office, Reid worked at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York and Tokyo. Reid is also an Assistant Professor at Keio University Law School, teaching courses on American law, comparative corporate law, and start-up and venture capital law, among other topics. Reid graduated from Harvard Law School in 2009.

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