International Exchange Counsel

LawyersPolicy and RegulatoryWashington, DC

Job Description

At K&L Gates, we are looking for smart, imaginative and hard-working people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and ideas to join us.  Perhaps our search for talented visionaries and your search for important and impactful work lead to the same place.

We are seeking an International Exchange Counsel to join the Washington, DC office. 

The Position requires a Master of Law and Japanese law degree. Must be licensed to practice law in Japan and New York or Washington, DC. Any suitable combination of experience of education, training, or experience is acceptable.

Travel: Position requires 2-3 trips to Japan for 1-2 week for each trip. 5-6 trips within the US for 1-5 days each for conferences and client meetings in various locations. Monthly travel to New York, NY. 

Language Requirement: Must be fluent (reading, writing, and speaking) in Japanese.
SOC Code: 23-1011
SOC Occupation Title: Lawyers 
Duration:  Regular Hire  
Work week:  Full-time

Experience: Must have 4 years of experience with Japanese financial services regulations dealing with international clients or related. Requires skills and experience to involve: 4 years of experience in US banking law dealing with US and international clients; Experience and knowledge of Japanese financial services regulations related to offering and structuring various investment products and services; Experience of representing international clients before Japanese regulatory agencies such as Financial Services Agency of Japan, Bank of Japan, Ministry of Finance and Finance Bureaus; Experience and knowledge of U.S. federal financial services regulations including U.S. federal banking laws; Experience of representing clients before U.S. federal financial services regulatory agencies; Experience of representing foreign investor clients on various investment opportunities and projects in the U.S. including investments in development projects such as building facilities or expansion of their operations in the U.S.

Job duties: Interview clients and analyze their needs. Develop strategies to achieve the clients’ objectives. Conduct legal and factual research. Draft memorandum, correspondence, agreements, and filings with local, state and federal governmental agencies and courts in Japan and US. Represent clients before local, state and federal governmental agencies and courts. Advise Japanese clients on various aspects of America law. Advise American clients on various aspects of Japanese law. Send resumes by mail to Susan Schoner at



K&L Gates is a fully integrated global law firm with approximately 2,000 lawyers across five continents. We have experienced dramatic growth in the past decade and now rank among the largest U.S. based law firms in the world.  We take pride in constantly striving for innovation, imagination and an entrepreneurial spirit. We come up with big ideas and then roll up our sleeves to get the job done, guiding our clients through their most complex issues in a variety of industry sectors and across multiple regions of the world.

The industry recognition the firm has garnered in the past five years emanates from the foundation of a global community aligned on behalf of our clients. The people at K&L Gates are committed to working together to create a legacy for each other, the firm, our clients, and the communities in which we serve. We thrive in an inclusive and socially conscious environment that embraces diversity and takes a holistic approach to the career evolution of all our professionals.

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We offer a dynamic work environment and excellent benefits.


The Firm is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of the Firm that employment decisions shall be based on merit, qualifications and competence. Employment practices shall not be influenced or affected by virtue of a person’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, military status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. This policy governs all aspects of employment including, without limitation, recruiting, hiring, compensation, benefits, promotion, assignment and dismissal. In addition, it is the Firm’s policy to provide an environment that is free of unlawful harassment of any kind including, without limitation, that which is sexual, racial, age-related, disability-related or ethnic background-related.