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Masuda Funai Hosted Legal Symposium for General Counsel


On June 9, 2016, Masuda Funai hosted a Legal Symposium for General Counsel from across the country at The Glen Club in Glenview, Illinois. The Symposium was focused on issues facing U.S. subsidiaries of Japanese multinationals. Several General Counsel participated in each of the three one-hour panels, which were moderated by a Masuda Funai attorney.

Panel 1: Compliance Concerns; Business Ethics
Michael E. Fox, Screen GP Americas
Diane Knox, Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas)
Helen Reetz, Sysmex America, Inc.
Moderated by Steven L. Katz, Masuda Funai

Panel 2: Governance and Parent-Subsidiary Matters
Jerome E. Barnett, Marubeni America Corporation
Edmund Baumgartner, Valent U.S.A. Corporation
Richard O. Briggs, Kubota Tractor Corporation
Moderated by Mary W. Shellenberg, Masuda Funai

Panel 3: Protection of Intellectual Property
Yuichiro Takayanagi, Panasonic Intellectual Property Corporation
Blake Thatcher, Omron Management Center of America 

"Our panelists provided outstanding insights and comments, drawing on their experiences as General Counsel for some of the county's most prominent Japanese companies," said Masuda Funai President, Thomas McMenamin. "We had a wonderful group of clients and guests, and the Symposium exceeded our expectations."

Following the panels, James J. Grogan, Deputy Administrator and Chief Counsel for the Illinois Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois, reviewed current professional responsibility issues.