Grant Tanabe

Grant Tanabe

Partner

Grant Tanabe’s practice focuses on corporate and commercial transactions, including strategic transactions and relationships such as joint ventures, cross-border M&A, and private equity investments as well as technology licensing and servicing agreements. Grant also supports clients on labor and employment matters, including appropriately terminating employees, preventing and resolving harassment issues, and drafting HR company work rules.

Profession

Attorney at Law

Admissions

State of Hawaii, U.S.A. (1997)
Japan (2011) as Gaikoku Jimu Bengoshi (Registered Foreign Lawyer)

Memberships

Hawaii State Bar Association
Dai-ni Tokyo Bar Association
American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (2004 to present)
U.S.-Japan Council (2015 to present)
European Business Council (2004 to 2008)

Professional Experience

2015 – present

Sonderhoff & Einsel, Law and Patent Office

2010 – 2015

K&L Gates Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise

2008 – 2010

PricewaterhouseCoopers Co., Ltd.

2004 – 2008

Aflac International

Education

2003

University of Hawaii (M.B.A.)

1997

Willamette University College of Law (J.D.)

1992

University of Hawaii (B.A.)

Publications

“Understanding the Business Culture as well as the Legal Issues for a Successful M&A Transaction in Japan” (Lexis Nexis Japan Lawyers Guide, 2016/17) 2016
“Against the Odds” (Asian-Mena Counsel) 2011

Lectures

>“Workplace Harassment Comes in Many Forms: How Can You Help Your Company Prevent and Deal with Harassment in the Workplace?” (The Japan In-House Counsel Network, JICN) February 2018
>“The Application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its IP Law Aspects in Japan” (EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation) September 2017
> “Japan’s Labor Officials Newly Aggressive Actions To Enforce Overtime Regulations – Overview of the MHLW’s Team to Eliminate Excessive Work and Practical Ways Companies Can Deal with Overtime Issues” (Asian Legal Business, Japan In-House Legal Summit) May 2017
> “Power Harassment: What is it? How should your Company prevent it? What should you do if it happens?” Japan In-House Counsel Network (Tokyo, 2014)
>“Proposed New Amendments to the Company Act: Will these Amendments Change the Landscape of Corporate Governance in Japan?” Japan In-House Counsel Network, (Tokyo, 2012)

Languages

Japanese, English