As a member of the firm's Business Group, Robert W. Karr, Jr. (Bob) advises clients on the development and implementation of their global strategic plans through a broad range of transactions, including the formation of new entities, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and strategic alliances. In this capacity, he negotiates, prepares and reviews a wide array of transactional agreements, including acquisition, joint venture, sales, distribution, and licensing agreements.
Prior to joining Masuda Funai, Mr. Karr spent five years as Of Counsel at a global law firm, where he represented companies in the aviation, chemical, manufacturing, technology and transportation industries. During that time, he served a two-year secondment in Tokyo, where he was in-house counsel at a Japanese Fortune Global 500 client, working with senior management to expand business in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Before attending law school, Mr. Karr was the first American employee of a major Japanese construction company in Tokyo and was assigned to its general affairs, personnel and sales divisions.
A fluent Japanese speaker, Mr. Karr attended the Japanese Language and Business Studies Exchange Program at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan, and the Japanese Language Summer Program at Middlebury College in Vermont. He also attended Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan as part of their Japanese Law Summer Program.
Mr. Karr is an avid speaker and serves on the board of a number of professional and civic organizations, including the Japan America Society, The Garden of the Phoenix Foundation, the Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization, and The Creative Visions Foundation. Mr. Karr has served as a chairman of the board of the Chicago Sister Cities International Program and was a member of the Chicago 2016 Olympic Committee. He is a former board member of the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association and the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust.