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  • Lawyer on Air - where I pour you a glass of wine at my favorite virtual wine bar in Tokyo while you listen to inspirational inside stories from my guests, as we relax and talk about what it’s like in life, and in the law, for women lawyers in Japan.
    Catherine O'Connell
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  • Combining engineering and Japanese with law to create a unique lawyer career with Celeste Koravos

    Oct 24 2021

    If you have ever wondered how your interests might intersect with a legal career, then this is the episode for you. My guest is Celeste Koravos, not only is she a lawyer but a certified engineer and skilled Japanese linguist. How did she create a unique career with her varied interests and talents? Listen to find out!

    If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Head over to Apple Podcasts to leave a review and we’d love it if you would leave us a message here!

    In this episode you’ll hear:

    • How Celeste combined law with engineering and Japanese to become a uniquely skilled lawyer
    • How she used her maternity leave to experiment with combining a “real life MBA” with her love of coffee
    • How Celeste  took responsibility for her career by asking for and getting an international placement that was not on the list
    • The differences in the legal systems and laws in Japan and Australia
    • The importance of contributing to your community in any way you can even when you are “busy”
    • Celeste’s top tips for your legal career
    • The importance of horizontal versus vertical relationships
    • Her favourite podcasts, books and other fun facts

    About Celeste

    Celeste Koravos is a Senior Commercial Counsel, Asia-Pacific, at Maxeon Solar Technologies. As President of Australia Japan Society of Victoria she is also passionate about contributing to the bilateral Australia-Japan relationship, building relationships, connecting people and creating new value.

    In early 2021, Celeste worked as the Director, Directions at COVID-19 Legal at Victorian Government Department of Health. Prior to that she was Legal Counsel at Mitsui & Co. (Australia) Ltd, advising various business divisions and group companies in Australia and New Zealand. She also has extensive private practice experience in leading Australian and international law firms in Melbourne and Tokyo where she advised on complex construction, engineering and large-scale infrastructure projects.

    Celeste is also a qualified civil engineer (first class honours) with industry experience including BHP Billiton (coal bed methane), Exxon Mobil (gas and power marketing) and ARRB Group (traffic and transport). Celeste enjoys interfacing technical, legal and commercial aspects of projects.

    Connect with Celeste

    LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/celestekoravos/

    Website: https://ajsvictoria.org.au/

    Links

    T-Site Bookstore https://store.tsite.jp/daikanyama/

    Seven types of ambiguity by Elliot Perlman https://www.amazon.co.jp/Seven-Types-Ambiguity-Elliot-Perlman/dp/1594481431

    Connect with Catherine

    Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/oconnellcatherine/

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lawyeronair

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/catherine.oconnell.148

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/oconnelllawyer

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    1 hr and 11 mins
  • Boost your law career through adventure and seizing opportunities to become a top level M&A lawyer with Pavitra Iyer

    Oct 10 2021

    What do sailing the seven seas for many months, learning Japanese from scratch and working at the top law firm in two different countries have in common? My guest Pavitra Iyer has done them all! If you believe there is only one path to being a top level lawyer, then her story will definitely show you otherwise! Pavitra will show you that truly anything is possible with her fascinating lawyer life as an M&A lawyer in both India and Japan.

    If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Head over to Apple Podcasts to leave a review and we’d love it if you would leave us a message here!

    In this episode you’ll hear:

    • How Pavitra overcame the expectations of her family to become a lawyer
    • Her life changing experience of living abroad in London and studying at the London School of Economics & Political Science
    • How Pavitra came to be working at one of the most prestigious law firms in India
    • The fabulous life lessons from her mentor Zia Mody
    • Why Pavitra left the law to sail around the world with her husband
    • How Pavitra found herself in Japan and was hired at a top Tokyo law firm
    • Being a parent and a high flying legal eagle in Tokyo
    • Pavitra’s ideas for the future in her career
    • Her favourite books and other fun facts

    About Pavitra

    Pavitra is a multi-jurisdictional transactions lawyer with over ten years of experience in leading law firms in India and Japan. Eight of these years were spent with one of the top Japanese firms, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto. Before relocating to Japan in 2010, Pavitra worked for the Mumbai office of AZB & Partners, one of India’s premier law firms. Her practice areas are M&A, Private Equity, Corporate Compliance and General Corporate Advisory.

    Pavitra is admitted in India and as a Solicitor of England & Wales, in addition to being a registered foreign lawyer in Japan. Her core work involves advising clients on various aspects of cross-border investments. In Japan, this has largely taken the form of advising Japanese clients investing in India and overseas,  and advising on local compliance matters and other queries that arise in the context of doing business in India. Pavitra uses not just her legal skills and expertise, but also her first-hand knowledge of Indian culture and the related nuances that come necessarily bundled with doing cross-border business, to help her clients successfully implement their business needs.

    Pavitra completed her undergraduate degree in law from the University of Pune and developed a love for corporate law during her post-graduate days at the London School of Economics & Political Science, where she graduated with a Masters degree in Corporate and Commercial laws.

    Being a mother to a very active 4-year old, she says spare time is mostly a fond memory, but on the occasions that she can lose herself in a book, or her music, she is content.

    Connect with Pavitra

    LinkedIn

    Website

    Links

    Bagus Bar https://www.bagus-bar.jp/english.html

    Hannah Ken, Burial Rights: https://www.amazon.co.jp/Burial-Rites-Hannah-Kent/dp/0316243922

    Khalil Gibran, The Prophet https://www.amazon.co.jp/Prophet-Kahlil-Gibran/dp/0394404289


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    1 hr and 8 mins
  • From General Counsel to CEO of an international organisation with Mitsuru Claire Chino

    Sep 26 2021

    Becoming CEO of an international organisation is probably not on young lawyer’s minds as they graduate from law school and find their first law job. Mitsuru Claire Chino shares with us her path from working in a law firm to General Counsel to CEO. She has some absolute nuggets of wisdom that you won’t want to miss on how she sees that anyone can be their best, and it might surprise you some of the people she looks up to!

    If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Head over to Apple Podcasts to leave a review and we’d love it if you would leave us a message here!

    In this episode you’ll hear:

    • How Claire came to be in the law and dealing with challenges in her early years as an associate were
    • Why Claire chose to leave private practice to work  in house despite leaving behind a high salary and  glamor
    • Mentors and sponsors who helped Claire to leverage her skills as a lawyer and how to find  your own mentors and sponsors
    • What to look for when applying for General Counsel positions
    • Why lawyers make great CEOs
    • The magical things that happen when brilliant minds come together across disciplines
    • Her favourite books and other fun facts

    About Claire

    Claire is Managing Executive Officer of ITOCHU Corporation, a Fortune Global 500 company headquartered in Japan, and President & CEO of ITOCHU International Inc., a subsidiary of ITOCHU  in New York, overseeing North America. Before assuming her position in New York, he was General Counsel of  ITOCHU, and prior to that, a partner with an international law firm.

    In 2013, Claire became the first female executive officer of any major trading company in Japan. Claire has received several recognitions, including from the World Economic Forum (Young Global Leader), Yale University (Yale World Fellow), Asia Society (Asia 21) and the U.S. Japan Foundation (USJLP Fellow).

    Claire has also been recognized in the legal community as a “Top 25 In-House Counsel in Asia” (Asia Legal Business), “Asia Pacific’s Innovative Lawyer” (Financial Times), and “FT Global General Counsel 30” (Financial Times), and has received a “Transformative Leader” award (Inside Counsel). In 2018, the California Lawyers Association recognized her as the 8th Annual Warren M. Christopher International Lawyer of the Year.

    Most recently, she became the recipient of the Smith Medal from Smith College. She is a graduate of Smith College (B.A. cum laude) and Cornell Law School (J.D.), where she serves on the advisory board. She is a classically trained singer and gives solo performances from time to time.

    Connect with Claire

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mitsuru-claire-chino-10ba6930/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/login/?next=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fitochuinternational%2F

    Links

    On Borrowed Time by Graham Hall https://www.amazon.co.jp/Borrowed-Time-Graeme-Hall/dp/1527271374

    Connect with Catherine

    Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/oconnellcatherine/

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lawyeronair

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    1 hr and 15 mins

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