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OVERVIEW

Mari Yamamoto Regnier
Partner

Chicago

One North Wacker Drive
Suite 4400
Chicago, IL 60606-2833

P 312-214-8335

F 312-759-5646

OVERVIEW

Mari Yamamoto Regnier
Partner

Chicago

One North Wacker Drive
Suite 4400
Chicago, IL 60606-2833

P 312-214-8335

F 312-759-5646

Chair of the Japanese Services group, Mari Yamamoto Regnier represents public and privately held Japanese businesses in the U.S. and their parent companies and affiliates in Japan. Mari offers a unique ability to navigate the differences between Japanese and American business, along with bilingual language skills and a multicultural background that allow her to provide solutions that are actionable for both paradigms.

OVERVIEW

Mari Yamamoto Regnier Partner

Chicago

One North Wacker Drive
Suite 4400
Chicago, IL 60606-2833

P : 312-214-8335

Chair of the Japanese Services group, Mari Yamamoto Regnier represents public and privately held Japanese businesses in the U.S. and their parent companies and affiliates in Japan. Mari offers a unique ability to navigate the differences between Japanese and American business, along with bilingual language skills and a multicultural background that allow her to provide solutions that are actionable for both paradigms.

With the know-how and resources to serve as trusted legal counsel for Japanese companies doing business in the U.S., a large part of Mari’s practice focuses on clients in the manufacturing sector, including automotive, steel, machine tools, petroleum, chemical and other industrial products, as well as clients in the banking, trading and service industries. Her work spans the full range of corporate law matters, such as mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, supply chain management, business transactions, management counseling, human resources, and antitrust and competition law.

Mari understands, from first-hand experience over decades of working with Japanese companies, the challenges they face when seeking to enter and thrive in the U.S. Mari’s clients appreciate her judgment and practical approach to advising on important business decisions.

A native of Japan, Mari began her career as the firm’s first Japanese services coordinator; she was instrumental in locating industrial sites for major automotive plants, acquiring real estate, and hiring a workforce to build and expand Japanese businesses across the country.

Known and appreciated for her outstanding service and ability to provide value and support that goes beyond the law, Mari’s unique language skills and knowledge of the Japanese business environment are instrumental to providing clients with effective counsel and representation. Mari is responsive and adapts to multiple times zones and management styles efficiently and with ease.

She is a frequent speaker for the Japan External Trade Organization, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Chicago and the Indiana Japan Chamber on foreign companies doing business in the U.S. She has also been a featured speaker for the Women’s Symposium and Workshop for the Chicago-Osaka Sister Cities Committee.

Mari also provies in-house training for management both in Japan and the U.S on such topics as “U.S. Litigation Trends and How to Prepare Your Companies at Both Parent and Subsidiary,” “E Discovery and How to Prepare Your Companies for Effective Documentation and Retention,” and “Antitrust and Competition Law in the U.S. and Recent Trends involving Japanese Companies.”

Professional and Community Involvement

Executive vice president, Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Chicago

Board member, Japan America Society of Chicago

Advisor, Indiana Japan Chamber

EXPERIENCE
  • Asset Purchase by Japanese manufacturer.
  • Barnes & Thornburg 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.
  • Barnes & Thornburg 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.
  • Barnes & Thornburg 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.
  • Barnes & Thornburg 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.
  • Barnes & Thornburg represented two Japanese education and learning centers in New York City to establish new education operations in the United States.
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