Robert E. Melson

Practice Area Leader - Finance

Toranomon Hills Mori Tower 28F
1-23-1 Toranomon, Minato-ku


Mr. Melson works extensively with clients doing business across Asia. Mr. Melson’s practice focuses on corporate and international finance, especially in the areas of aircraft and equipment leasing, equipment finance, project finance, mergers and acquisitions, real estate finance, sovereign lending and high tech ventures.

Mr. Melson is recognized as a leading lawyer for asset finance in Chambers Asia-Pacific and has been since 2008. He has also been recognized in Chambers Asia-Pacific banking and finance since 2009 and is currently recognized in band 1 for Japan, Banking & Finance: International Asset Finance in addition to being recognized for Aviation Finance since 2015. According to Chambers Asia-Pacific, Mr. Melson is described by one peer as “very much a leading player for aviation finance.” He has over two decades of experience in asset finance, frequently acting for major clients on cross-border deals. Chambers Asia-Pacific states that he “is appreciated for his ‘wealth of experience’ in cross border asset finance deals and ‘meticulous attention to detail’ in complicated cases.” He has also been listed as a leading aviation lawyer in Expert Guides - Aviation since 2013 and received an "Individual All-Star” award in the Transportation sector at The Asian Lawyer All-Star Awards 2014.


  • B.A., Yale University (1994)
    (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)
  • J.D., Harvard Law School (1997)
    (cum laude)


Bar of Hawaii (Inactive), Bar of Massachusetts (Inactive), Bar of New York, Japan (Dai-ni Tokyo Bar Association (Gaikokuho-Jimu-Bengoshi - registered foreign lawyer))
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