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As an experienced lawyer who has transacted and resolved disputes in Europe, Asia and the U.S.A., Jonathan is highly qualified for mediation in a wide range of areas including:

  • Intellectual Property (including patent licensing, Trademark and copyright issues)

  • Workplace and Employment (including collective bargaining and senior management exits)

  • Commercial transactions (especially cross-border)

  • Sales and Marketing

  • Anti-trust (including private / civil actions)

  • Information Technology (including Information Security and Personal Data & Privacy issues)

  • Manufacturing and Engineering issues

Jonathan  is also an experienced non-executive director (NED) contributing to organisations in the areas of technology, education & legal services. 

Expertise

Corporate: trusted senior adviser enabling top multinationals to understand & navigate legal and external political context; and mitigate risk & realise opportunites. Company secretarial and governance.

Geographical and sector: understanding of Asia (especially Japan) EU and USA. In-depth exposure to a wide range of high-tech product and service sectors from broadcast, television, semi-conductors. Experience of cross-border M&A deals from small to large.
Negotiation: successful advocate, influencer and negotiator in Asia, EU, US and elsewhere.
Dispute Resolution: experienced in facilitating complex multi-party international dispute resolution in Asia, EU and elsewhere.
Analysis, strategy and execution: comfortable with broad scope. Strong in analysing complex situations, flexible in devising practical strategies and implementing them.
Relationships and communication: builds strong relationships and powerful networks.
Complex Projects leadership: leader of large multi-disciplinary teams working complex projects including crisis response. Accomplished mentor and developer of talent.

Awards and Testimonials

Legal 500 - Technology In-House Lawyer of the Year (2014)

 

“Jonathan worked for me twice: during the late 1990s-early 2000s, when I was running Sony’s European components & semiconductor business; and more latterly then when I was COO & President of Sony Electronics North America. We collaborated on numerous complex international transactions, business re-engineering, and commercial and HR-related disputes. Jonathan is pragmatic, business-minded, customer focused, an exceptional commercial lawyer. I would strongly recommend him.”

 

Phil Molyneux, President Freeman, Inc.

 

“Top Notch head of legal. Very competent supporting business .My very best recommendation.”

 

Bert Nordberg, Chairman Vestas, non-exec Director Hewlett Packard.

 

“I worked with Jonathan for 15 years from when he joined Sony UK until I left Sony Ericsson in 2007. Jonathan is simply the best commercial lawyer that I have ever worked with. His great ability is to help get a deal done or to solve a problem without putting the company or its management at undue risk. I recall several cases of extraordinary complexity where Jonathan brought clear thinking and a determined persistence to achieve the right outcome. Joining a 50:50 JV such as Sony Ericsson from one of the parent companies requires building relationships and trust with the other parent and gaining their trust. Jonathan achieved this quickly. It comes as no surprise that over the ten years since we last worked together he went on to hold senior legal responsibilities for Sony in Japan, the USA and Europe.” 

 

Miles Flint, former-CEO, Sony Ericsson, ex-Chairman, Skype.

 

“I worked with Jonathan Pearl during the time he was the Corporate Vice President and General Counsel of Sony Ericsson. We also served on the Executive Management Team of Sony Ericsson . My interaction with Jonathan involved his advice and counsel on complex and global negotiations involving advertising and media agencies, sports marketing and sports personality contracts plus advice on global consumer marketing law around the 53 markets that we were operating in around the world. Jonathan always understood need to balance commercial opportunities and risk and I would judge him to have one of finest and sharpest legal minds and capabilities, that I have privilege to work alongside. He also understood the need to move fast when we needed to capture opportunities or suggest patience when we felt that taking our time would realise a better contract. Not only was he fun and possessed a great sense of humour he was a great corporate colleague for a me as a CMO and my team in providing candid, sound and thought through advice.”

 

Dee Dutta PhD., former-CMO Sony Ericsson