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Eric W. Sedlak

Fax +81.3.3597.6421

Mr. Sedlak is a cross border transactional lawyer with over 20 years practising in Asia. He concentrates his practice on projects and infrastructure, mergers and acquisitions, foreign investment and financial transactions, private equity and oil and gas.

Mr. Sedlak's clients include manufacturing companies, energy project developers, construction contractors, lenders and investors in property projects and a Floating Production, Storage and Offloading operator.

He also serves as a Vice President to the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, where he oversees the Chamber's advocacy work with the Japanese and U.S. Governments.

Professional Background

As a partner at a global law firm, Mr. Sedlak established and managed offices in Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore.

Mr. Sedlak has extensive cross-border experience, having handled transactions in Australia, Canada, China, Cyprus, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.


  • Recognized as a leading practitioner in Banking and Finance, Project Finance, Private Equity and Venture Capital, Corporate Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions by Euromoney, Asia-Pacific Legal 500, Asia Law & Practice and Asia Law, on many occasions since 1998

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Gaiben Kyokai, Co-Chair (current)
  • American Chamber of Commerce in Japan including Special Advisor to the Board (current), Vice President, Governor, External Affairs Advisory Council, Chair, Vice Chair and Internal Affairs Advisory Council, Chair
  • American Chamber of Commerce, Singapore, Board Member
  • American Chamber of Commerce, HCMC, Vietnam, Board Member then Chair

Speaking Engagements

  • Issues in North African Construction Projects, OCAJI, May 17, 2018
  • Bilateral Trade and Investment Developments, Keidanren North America Committee, February 20, 2018
  • Electronic Communications: Ethical Considerations, December 19, 2017
  • Disclosure Schedules: Risk Management in Outbound M&A, In-House Counsel Symposium, November 29, 2017
  • Investment Environment in Japan, NYU Pan-Asia Alumni and Investment Conference, December 2, 2017
  • A Solid Trade and Investment Relationship, Japan Institute for Overseas Investment, September 13, 2017
  • Japan Federation of Bar Associations Symposium on Administrative Investigation Procedures under the Anti-Monopoly Act in the Age of Globalization -- Comments on Attorney-Client Privilege and Right to Counsel, March 2, 2017
  • Trade Errors - Legal, Investment and Operational Challenges, June 20, 2016
  • TPP in a US Presidential Election Year -- Implications for Business and Legal Practice across Asia Japan In-House Counsel Network/American Chamber of Commerce in Japan/International Lawyers Network, April 1, 2016
  • M&A in the United States: Hart-Scott-Rodino and CFIUS Filings, Select USA, February 1, 2016
  • CFIUS Considerations in U.S. M&A Transactions, February 2016
  • Trade Errors, December 17, 2015
  • Trans Pacific Partnership and Abenomics: The Road Ahead for U.S. Companies in Japan, September 9, 2015
  • Strategic Diligence Planning, Select USA,  May 19 & 21, 2014
  • METI Power Purchase Agreement: Observations and Risk Management, Aon, February 27, 2014
  • Deconstructing Infrastructure Projects - Innovative Trends in Construction Disputes, HKIAC, February 19, 2014
  • India M&A Seminar, November 2013
  • U.S. Discovery Implications for Japanese Companies Involved in Insurance Coverage Disputes, November 2012
  • Commentary on Proposed Japanese Class Action System, US-Japan Business Council, November 2012
  • Disclosure Schedules in M&A Transactions, October 2012

Additional Information

Director Boot Camp, Board Director Training Institute, 2014
Core Course on International Oil & Gas Law, AIPN, 2010

  • Co-Author, Vietnam, Juris Publishing's International Joint Ventures (2011, 2012, 2016)
  • Key State and Federal Legal and Tax Points for US Investments by Japanese Companies (Shunkan Keiri Jyouhou), March 2017
  • Transparency and the Rule of Law, The Journal, February 2017
  • Investments in the U.S. Energy Sector: CFIUS and the Role of the CFIUS Process, AIPN Advisor, October 2015
  • 2015 ACCJ Advocacy Vision, The Journal, May 2015
  • Advised a U.S. private equity fund on its divestiture of strategic holding in Japanese manufacturer via TOB.
  • Advised Lehman Brothers Holdings in connection with assets in Japan and reorganization of Lehman Brothers Japan.
  • Advised Ajinomoto North America on its acquisition of Windsor Quality Holdings for US$800 million.
  • Advised Idemitsu Kosan on its acquisition of an interest in a Canadian oil and gas company Petrogas for US$400 million.
  • Advised SDS Biotech on its acquisition of 65% of Sree Ramcides.
  • Advised Idemitsu Kosan on its formation of Nghi Son Refinery & Petrochemical Limited Liability Company.
  • Advised Idemitsu Kosan on its establishment of a 50-50 partnership with AltaGas for exporting LNG and LPG.
  • Advised Nissin Foods on its acquisition of 33.5% stake in Russia's Angleside.
  • Advised Nissin Foods on its establishment of a Kenyan manufacturing joint venture with Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology.
  • Advised an offshore oil and gas industry contractor on its sale of 49% interest in PT Arah Prana to Blue Sky Energy and Power, Inc.
  • Advised Galileo Japan Trust on its acquisition of a twenty-one property portfolio.
  • Advised RHJ International on the sale of its 77.9% ownership of Niles Co. to Valeo for ¥15.4 billion (€135 million).
  • Advised Vestey Holdings on its sale of Classic Fine Foods Holdings to EQT Greater China and management.
  • Advised Shinsei Bank Limited on its acquisition of a 35% interest in Jih Sun Financial for US$382 million.
  • Advised a Japanese owner on its divesture of a U.S. insurance brokerage subsidiary to a global U.S.-based risk management firm.
  • Advised a Singapore-based financial institution on the financing of a JPY5.3 billion commercial building construction.
  • Advised a Singapore-based financial institution on a JPY3.1 billion financing for a residential property acquisition.
  • Advised a Singapore-based financial institution on a ¥41 billion term loan facility for real property investments.
  • Advised a Singapore-based financial institution on its refinancing of JPY12.3 billion CMBS and RMBS.
  • Advised Sumitomo Bakelite on its acquisition of Vaupell Holdings for US$269 million.
  • Advised a Japanese contractor in the construction of a transmission line in Vietnam.
  • Advised a Japanese investor in a wind power project and transmission line in California.
  • Advised a Japanese general contractor on incurance coverage and indemnity issue in California
  • Advised a Japanese FPSO biuilder and operator on a dispute involving a subsurface equipment failure and subsequent restructuring
  • Advised a Japanese FPSO operator o a dispute involving the the failure of turbine components and negotiations with a US manufacturer
  • Advised a offshore contractor on disputes with a US oil major on health and safety issues