For over twenty-five years, Dayne Kono has represented and advised foreign-based and multinational companies operating in the U.S. in virtually every stage of their operations. He counsels clients on corporate structure, strategic alliances, formations and buyouts of joint ventures, and the mergers and acquisitions of multi-million dollar operations and corporate assets. He also counsels clients on commercial transactions, including technical licensing agreements, import/export agreements, distributorship and sales representative agreements, security agreements and original equipment manufacturer agreements.
Mr. Kono has a unique understanding and extensive experience in advising companies regarding critical employment and labor laws impacting the company's ability to do business in the U.S., as well as advising companies on business immigration and visa matters. He collaborates with companies to identify risk and liability exposure and assists them in managing those risks through the establishment of policies in areas such as privacy, solicitation, technology, e-mail and Internet use. He also assists clients with the use of formal agreements, such as non-disclosure and non-compete, assignment of inventions, independent contractor agreements, payroll agent and third-party outsourcing and management agreements.
Proficient in Japanese, Mr. Kono conducts seminars and client tutorials in both Japanese and English on legal issues affecting Japanese-owned businesses in the U.S. His recent presentations include a tutorial on the formation and structuring of joint ventures, and a presentation on the government's role in global business and foreign direct investment.
Mr. Kono is a board member of the U.S.-Japan Council and Secretary and founding board member of The Garden of the Phoenix Foundation. His professional affiliations include the Japan America Society of Chicago, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Chicago, the Midwest-U.S. Japan Association and the Midwest High Speed Rail Association.