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Jun 08, 2014

Sciaroni & Associates Officially Launches Its Japan Desk

Bretton G. Sciaroni, Senior Partner of Sciaroni & Associates, is pleased to announce that the firm has added a Japan Desk offering experienced legal and investment advice to clients in the private and public sectors.

Mr. Sciaroni welcomed His Excellency the Ambassador of Japan to the Royal Kingdom of Cambodia Mr. Yuji Kumamaru and leaders of the Japanese business community highlighting the firm’s commitment. " With Japanese business surging into Cambodia in recent years, the creation of a Japan Desk is recognition that trade and investment needs to be encouraged. Given Japan’s historic connection with the Kingdom of Cambodia, Japanese business is helping to grow and diversify our economy. With Jim Mallory’s legal and Japanese language skills, we hope to help this dynamic development."

Japanese Ambassador to Cambodia, Mr. Yuji Kumamaru and Sentor Partner, Mr. Brett Sciaroni

Sciaroni & Associates’ Japan Desk, headed by James A. Mallory in the Phnom Penh office, is the focal point for our Japanese clients and coordinates work for our Japanese clients across multiple practice groups.  As all members of the Japan Desk team are fluent in Japanese and have years of experience addressing the legal needs of Japanese clients, the Japan Desk ensures that the business and investment considerations of our Japanese clients are understood, articulated and subsequently met by the firm.  Investment and legal advisory services are  increasingly important in the rapidly changing business and regulatory environment of Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar.

Sciaroni & Associates
leverages its depth of experience to provide succinct business advice to our international  clients considering expansion into Southeast Asia.  Our three country offices are staffed by international and local lawyers ensuring  a depth of experience diverse matters across multiple practice areas - Banking & Finance, Corporate & Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Due Diligence, Labor, Mining & Oil and Real Estate & Property.  Furthermore, Sciaroni & Associates is one of very few foreign law firms staffed by  Japanese speaking lawyers.

We look forward to assisting and supporting our Japanese clients to meet their business objectives by providing insightful expertise and in-depth local knowledge for our clients following strict international ethical standards.

Max Howlett, Legal Director, Sciaroni & Associates Jim Mallory, Head of Japan Desk, Sciaroni & Associates Sam Britton, Head of Myanmar Office, Sciaroni & Associates
As Sciaroni & Associates Legal Director, Max Howlett works in tandem with the Japan Desk Head to ensure the appropriate assignment of all legal matters to their respective practice areas.  A seasoned lawyer, he has held multiple esteemed positions, including Solicitor in Australia and Legal Adviser in Cambodia with various non-government organizations, the United Nations and on bilateral law and justice programs.  A member of the of the International Bar Association (IBA) and the Law Association for Asia and the Pacific (LAWASIA).Max has a Master of Laws from Melbourne University. The Japan Desk is headed by James Mallory, an American attorney fluent in Japanese who brings a wealth of experience as the Japan Desk Head of an English law firm.. Jim assists Japanese attorneys advise their corporate clients in overseas legal matters. In addition to heading the Japan Desk, his practice focuses on Cambodian contract law and labor law. A graduate of Fordham Law School and member of the New York bar, Jim completed a master’s degree in Japanese history at Ryukoku University where he wrote his thesis in Japanese and has worked for a Tokyo investment bank. Head of Sciaroni & Associates Myanmar office, Sam Britton is an American attorney with extensive experience in the US and Asia including Japan, Thailand, Dubai, Hong Kong and China. Prior to joining the firm he worked for Baker & McKenzie in Bangkok. Sam’s expertise includes drafting, negotiation and analysis of various business transactional documents with specific focus in joint ventures, sales and purchase, real estate and IP matters. Sam is a member of State Bar of California. He reads and speaks English and Japanese.
Miki Ueda, Representative of the Japan Desk, Sciaroni & Associates
  Representative of the Japan Desk, Miki Ueda has experience as a development worker in Cambodia. A Japanese national, her focus is solely to introduce prospective clients to the legal team at Sciaroni & Associates. Miki holds an undergraduate degree from Hunter College of the City University of New York and a Master Degree in Development from Sussex University, UK. She speaks Japanese, English, and Khmer.  


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