Dayne Kono counsels business clients on corporate formation, governance and structure, strategic alliances, joint ventures, M&A, post-merger integration, licensing, and commercial transactions. He is a trusted advisor who consistently navigates clients’ business plans through the complexities of cross-border investments. Dayne is often asked to meet with top executives to discuss strategic, sensitive and high-risk issues. With his broad, practical experience and network, which includes 10 years as President and Managing Director of Masuda Funai, he is appreciated for his clear communication, personal commitment and acute focus on each client’s specific needs.
Dayne is regularly retained to review business strategies, identify potential legal risks and implement governance and compliance policies to ensure that clients can succeed in changing markets and regulatory environments. Recently, Dayne has been asked to manage post-merger integration assignments for several acquisitions in North America by major Japanese corporations. He has also been instrumental in negotiating strategic alliances for Japanese-based multinationals that have expanded and are competing in the global marketplace.
Dedicated to promoting stronger ties between the U.S. and Japan, Dayne is a Council Leader and former Board Member of the U.S.-Japan Council and currently serves as President of The Garden of the Phoenix Foundation. He was recently listed in Crain’s Chicago Business as one of the Most Influential Minority Lawyers in Chicago.