Reed Smith today announced the addition of Shigehito (Shig) Onimura as counsel in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Onimura joins the firm from Lamb & Kawakami LLP, where he was a partner.

“Shig has substantial experience in international business and compliance, further strengthening the firm’s corporate capabilities for its Japanese contacts and clients,” said John Iino, Global Co-Chair of Reed Smith’s Japan Business Team and Managing Partner of the Los Angeles office. “We are delighted to have him join our team.”

Onimura has 10 years of experience working primarily with Japanese manufacturers, suppliers, servicers, developers, and investors in the United States. He has an extensive background representing Japan-based Tier 1 and Tier 2 automotive parts suppliers and electronics manufacturers in multijurisdictional contract and warranty disputes, supply and facilities regulation and disputes, corporate restructurings, real property transactions, and other cross-border transactions. He also serves as corporate counsel for JETRO (the Japanese External Trade Organization), and as outside general counsel for a number of multinational corporations, advising on a broad range of litigation and business transactions.

“The firm’s years of work in the Japanese corporate environment, and the personal, long-term relationships it develops with its clients, makes it an excellent fit for my practice,” said Onimura. “I’m excited about the reach Reed Smith’s global platform provides.”

Onimura speaks Japanese fluently, at a native level; earned his Bachelor of Laws at Kobe University in Japan, his Master of Laws from University of Iowa College of Law, and a Masters of Arts in Journalism from University of Texas at Austin; and has admissions to three U.S. bars and numerous U.S. courts. He is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and is also a frequent speaker at seminars on financially distressed businesses, cross-border supply issues, and compliance with government regulations for Japanese-based businesses; as well as on related purchase order terms and conditions, antitrust laws, license agreements, trade secrets, bankruptcy, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

Onimura strengthens an already strong Japan Business Team (JBT), which serves Japanese clients in the global marketplace as well as American, European and other Asian clients who do business in Japan. Recently, members of the JBT — William Howard, Richard Gunn, Paul Alfieri, Joe Armao, and John Iino — traveled to Tokyo, where the firm co-sponsored a seminar entitled “Navigating the U.S. Regulatory Landscape: Antitrust and Anti-Corruption.” More than 140 guests from 90 major Japanese companies attended.


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