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Robert E. Melson, Jr.

Robert Melson is a partner and practice area leader for the firm's Finance practice. He works extensively with clients doing business across Asia. Robert's practice focuses on corporate and international finance, especially in the areas of aircraft and equipment leasing, equipment finance, project finance, mergers and acquisitions, real estate finance, sovereign lending, and high tech ventures.

Robert is recognized as a leading lawyer for asset finance in Chambers Asia-Pacific and has been since 2008. He has also been recognized in Chambers Asia-Pacific banking and finance since 2009 and is currently recognized in band 1 for Japan, Banking & Finance: International Asset Finance in addition to being recognized for Aviation Finance since 2015. According to Chambers Asia-Pacific, Robert is described by one peer as “very much a leading player for aviation finance.” He has over two decades of experience in asset finance, frequently acting for major clients on cross-border deals. Chambers Asia-Pacific states that he “is appreciated for his ‘wealth of experience’ in cross border asset finance deals and ‘meticulous attention to detail’ in complicated cases.” He has also been listed as a leading aviation lawyer in Expert Guides - Aviation since 2013 and received an "Individual All-Star” award in the Transportation sector at The Asian Lawyer All-Star Awards 2014.

  • Recognized by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific as a Leading Individual for Banking and Finance: International firms and joint ventures, 2024
  • Recognized by Chambers Asia-Pacific
    • Aviation: Finance, 2015-2024
    • Banking & Finance: International Asset Finance in Japan, 2014-2024
  • Recognized by Chambers Global
    • Banking & Finance: International Firms: Asset Finance in Japan, 2013-2024
    • Aviation: Finance in Asia-Pacific Region, 2015-2024
  • America Japan Society, Member of the Council; Sports Committee Chairman
  • American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, Chair of Special Events Committee
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
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