Masuda Funai's Board Elects New President and Chairman

The Board of Directors of Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd. elected Colin Hara as President and Managing Director and Thomas P. McMenamin as Chairman of the firm. Masaru Funai, founding member and former Chairman, will continue with the firm as Chairman Emeritus.

In his role as President and Managing Director, Business Development, Colin Hara serves as a member of the Management and Compensation Committees, in addition to overseeing the firm's business development efforts and initiatives.

Mr. Hara's practice spans more than 30 years, primarily focused in the areas of corporate, employment and immigration law. He has been a Director of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Chicago (JCCC) and the JCCC Foundation. Mr. Hara is a frequent speaker on employment and personnel issues affecting Japanese and other foreign companies conducting business in the U.S. He has also presented at several annual State of Illinois foreign direct investment seminars, and he has been a presenter on similar topics several times at JCCC seminars in Chicago.

Thomas P. McMenamin will serve as Masuda Funai's Chairman, focusing his efforts on fostering and developing relationships with organizations and networks that enhance the profile and reach of the firm.

Mr. McMenamin's corporate and finance practice has served both domestic and foreign companies in diverse industries participating in in-bound and out-bound investments, acquisitions and financings in the United States, Mexico, Japan and other parts of the world.

After serving as President of the Japan America Society of Chicago for five years, Mr. McMenamin continues as a Governor of the Society. He also serves as an officer of the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association, the leading U.S.-Japan business network in the Midwest. Mr. McMenamin's civic involvement includes service as a Director of the Lake County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Chicago Community Trust, and as former Director and Honorary Chairman of the Friends of the Benjamin Marshall Society, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the role of architecture in a civic society.