ProfessionalsMarc E. Perlmutter
Marc Perlmutter has been practicing law at Paul, Weiss for nearly 40 years and is currently Of Counsel in the Corporate Department after retiring as a partner of the firm in August 2016. Marc was a partner in New York before relocating to the firm’s Hong Kong office in 1986 and then moving to Tokyo during the summer of 1987 to open the firm’s Tokyo office. He spent six years in Tokyo, where he was registered as a gaikokuho jimu bengoshi (foreign law consultant), before returning to New York in 1993. Since then, Marc has returned to Asia on a regular basis each year in connection with his work for a number of clients in Japan, Korea and other countries in the region.
During his many years practicing corporate law in New York and Asia, Marc has gained extensive experience in a broad range of transactional matters including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, license agreements and other complex commercial contracts. He also has performed more general corporate advisory work and, with support from the firm's Litigation Department when necessary, has represented his corporate clients in a variety of successful dispute resolution proceedings.
Representative matters that Marc has handled include:
- the ongoing representation of a group of Japan’s leading heavy industrial companies for more than 25 years in their contract negotiations with Boeing involving “life of the program” contracts signed in 1991, 2005 and 2015, respectively, for the design and production of the 777, 787 and 777X commercial aircraft;
- negotiations and settlements involving the creation, extension and termination of various license agreements for power systems and other technology;
- acquisitions, investments and other contract negotiations in Romania, the Czech Republic, the UK and elsewhere in Europe, as well as in the United States, for Doosan Heavy Industries, one of the leading heavy industrial companies in Korea;
- the corporate restructuring of Fast Retailing USA, Inc., the holding company for the U.S. operations of a leading Japanese-owned fashion retailer and the owner of the Theory and Uniqlo brands; and
- the representation of Japan’s leading agricultural cooperative and three other Japanese companies in the first major joint venture between Japanese and Jordanian companies in the Middle East.
Although Marc has devoted much of his time to working with clients based in Asia, a significant portion of his practice has involved a variety of transactional and advisory matters in the United States and Europe for other domestic and international clients.
Marc also managed the firm’s Visiting Lawyers Program for visiting lawyers from both companies and law firms around the world for nearly ten years until his retirement as a partner last year.
Since January 2016, Marc has acted as a supervising attorney for law students in the Business Law Transactions Clinic at the New York University School of Law. He also is an active supporter of the Arts at Brown University and established in the fall of 2016 the Sue E. Perlmutter Fund for Dance, the first endowment fund formed specifically to support the Dance Program at Brown.