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J. Ryan Dwyer, III

Ryan Dwyer concentrates his practice on cross-border M&A for Japanese clients investing outside of Japan, foreign direct investment into Japan by U.S. and other non-Japanese companies, and international joint ventures involving Japanese parties. He is the managing partner of the firm’s Tokyo office and a member of the firm’s global advisory council. He is a past member of the firm’s global management committee and also served as one of the firm’s global coordinators of its M&A practice. He has extensive experience advising non-Japanese companies on the corporate, regulatory, employment, and commercial aspects of transactions and investing in Japan and setting up and operating businesses in Japan. He has worked across a number of industries on Japanese and complex cross-border deals, with particular focus in the technology sector, advising companies in relation to licensing and distribution agreements, and regulatory issues. Ryan has been ranked in several legal publications including Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2016 and Chambers Asia 2008-2009.

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K&L Gates exclusively represents employer clients; private and public employers, multinational companies and local corporates instruct the Tokyo-based team on the full spectrum of employment issues. The team particularly stands out for contentious matters. Former Tokyo District Court judge and experienced international labour litigator Takahiro Hoshino co-heads the practice alongside Ryan Dwyer, who focuses on labour issues arising from cross-border M&A. Nobuki Wada is a key contact for contentious work including restructuring claims, dismissals, mental health cases and overtime pay litigation.

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021

K&L Gates fields a corporate and M&A practice, which focuses on assisting companies with Japan-based operations and international companies seeking to expand operations in Japan on a range of domestic and cross-border deals, including corporate, commercial and venture capital transactions and private equity fund investments. Ryan Dwyer is a co-founding partner of the Tokyo office and leads the practice, with a particular focus on the technology sector. Eric Sedlak has notable expertise in M&A in the oil and gas sector. Dale Araki and Tsuguhito Omagari are also key contacts to note.

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021
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