Duck’s Substantial Background Executing Transactions in China and Japan
Will Enhance Firm’s Inbound and Outbound Work
Detroit – LAWFUEL Press Release Service – Foley & Lardner LLP announced today that B. Kenneth Duck has joined its Detroit office as a Senior Counsel in the Business Law Department. As a member of the firm’s International and Transaction & Securities Practices and Automotive and Life Sciences Industry Teams, he will focus his practice on corporate business in the Asian marketplace.
“We are pleased to add Ken’s experience with Chinese and Japanese companies to the firm’s bourgeoning efforts in Asia,” said Sharon Barner, leader of the firm’s China Expansion Team and chair of the Intellectual Property Department. “His extensive knowledge of transactional work will enhance client deliverables on both inbound and outbound work in a region that is vital to business in the global economy.”
Duck joins Foley from Butzel Long where he served as senior attorney with extensive work in establishing operations and structuring investments, joint ventures and mergers & acquisitions in China. Earlier in his career, he spent 18 months in Shanghai counseling clients while studying Chinese at East China University of Politics and Law. Duck has worked with clients doing business in Japan, as well as Japanese companies making direct investments in Asia. He has also counseled U.S. companies on private equity financing and intellectual property licensing.
“Ken’s knowledge of complex transactions in China and Japan will help us leverage the existing strengths of our International and Transaction & Securities Practices and our Automotive and Life Sciences Industry Teams,” said Steve Hilfinger, vice chair of the firm’s Transactional & Securities Practice and co-chair of the Automotive Industry Team “This will be of tremendous benefit to our clients, both nationally and in Detroit’s auto industry hub.”
Duck received a B.A. degree from the University of Vermont and a J.D. from Fordham University of Law. He is fluent in both Mandarin Chinese and Japanese.
As part of its global business efforts, Foley has represented clients ranging from privately held, emerging companies to Fortune 100 multinationals in their business dealings in China. The firm leverages experience working with Chinese firms by building strong relationships and customizing teams of U.S. and Chinese lawyers to achieve clients’ objectives. Foley’s extensive experience in China includes intellectual property enforcement and protection, international contracts, foreign direct investments and company structures, international trade, tax planning and governmental policy. The firm also has more than 25 years of experience in handling U.S. legal matters for major Japanese corporations and established a Tokyo office in 2002 to further expand the firm’s ability to represent clients in complex intellectual property and corporate legal matters.
Foley & Lardner LLP provides the full range of corporate legal counsel. Our attorneys understand today’s most complex business issues, including corporate governance, securities enforcement, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property counseling and litigation, outsourcing and information technology, labor and employment, and tax. The firm offers total solutions in the automotive, emerging technologies, energy, entertainment and media, financial services, food, golf and resort services, insurance, health care, life sciences, nanotechnology, and sports industries.