As Northeast Asia’s influence expands, Japan and Korea’s developed markets continue to draw in companies across industries. In Japan and Korea, McLarty Associates works with multinational companies in sectors ranging from telecommunications and transportation to retail and construction. We assist corporate headquarters with a range of concerns, including market-entry strategy, merger and acquisition questions, and market access.
Our Japan and Korea team includes diplomats and business leaders who have operated at the top levels of those countries for decades and are fluent in the region’s languages, business environments, and political cultures. We are well-placed to help clients from both sides of the Pacific: Our team in Washington, DC, is led by a former ambassador to South Korea with 40 years of diplomatic experience managing relations with Korea and Japan; and our senior advisor in Tokyo has served in top diplomatic positions dealing with Japan. We have advised American companies working in Japan and Korea as well as Japanese and Korean companies invested globally. Our leaders maintain close ties with the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan and The Korea Society in New York.
HELPING CLIENTS SUCCEED
Maximizing Trade Negotiations: The recent Korea-US Trade Agreement and ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations present exciting opportunities for companies of all kinds. We have guided and supported clients in sectors such as financial services, auto, energy, and transportation as they seek to influence and benefit from market opening agreements.
Opening the Financial Sector: We helped a major insurance company develop a government relations capacity, following its takeover of a major insurer in Japan. This included recruiting a senior, full-time government relations staff to manage the firm’s operations in Japan and throughout Asia.
Removing Regulatory Barriers: Our team worked closely with a prominent US Internet technology company’s government relations staff and local lawyers to resolve legal issues and build a more favorable regulatory framework for freer flow of information in Japan and Korea.
Developing Commercial Real Estate: We assisted a US real estate developer in every stage of a major, multifaceted urban development project in Korea to create a new city featuring an international business center and extensive residential and recreational facilities.
Protecting Intellectual Property Rights: We helped a leading association of Internet technology companies resolve issues impeding IPR enforcement in Korea.
OUR JAPAN & KOREA TEAM
Thomas C. Hubbard was US Ambassador to the Republic of Korea and lead negotiator with North Korea. He served in Japan for seven years and was also Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific affairs.
James Keith, the head of our Asia practice, served a four-year tour of duty at the US Embassy in Seoul during his 31-year foreign service career and was raised in East Asia.
Christopher LaFleur was Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Tokyo and is currently President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan.
David Shear is former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs and served in Sapporo and Tokyo. He speaks Japanese.