Ed leads an exceptional team ready to collaborate with one another on a moment’s notice to solve problems, answer questions, and give clear guidance and counsel to clients.
—Jerry Witkow, General Counsel, Shapco Inc.

Ed Perron is Pillsbury's firm-wide managing partner. 

Ed advises clients on legal issues arising in connection with mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, strategic investments and the distribution of products in the U.S. Past and current Japanese clients include Sumitomo, Imagica Robot Holdings, Cool Japan Fund, Zensho, Hitachi Transport, Mitsubishi, Isuzu and Suntory. He served as outside general counsel to more than 20 U.S. subsidiaries of Sanyo from 1987 until the completion of Sanyo’s acquisition by Panasonic in 2011. Ed has advised numerous other corporations, including MP Biomedicals, Shapco, DirecTV, In-N-Out Burger, Textron, Bell Helicopter, Cessna, Xerox and Tesco.

Representative Experience

Represented ICS International, a joint venture of Imagica Robot Holdings, Cool Japan Fund and Sumitomo, in the acquisition of SDI Media Group, a provider of dubbing, subtitling and media localization services.

Represented MP Biomedicals Holdings LLC in the sale of its subsidiary MP Biomedicals LLC and 14 worldwide affiliates to a subsidiary of Valiant Co. Ltd., a China state-owned enterprise.

Represented Shapco Inc. in the sale of subsidiary Kelly Pipe Co. LLC, a multi-national supplier of carbon steel pipe and fittings and related services, to JFE Shoji Trade America Inc.

Professional Highlights

Formerly lead Director of Pillsbury’s 13-member Board that is responsible for management of the firm

Past chairman and current director of the Japan America Society of Southern California

Co-authored Distributing Foreign Products in the United States, Juris Publishing Inc., 2000 (with the late David L. Hayutin).


  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1979
    Editor, Harvard International Law Journal, 1977

    B.A., Economics and East Asian Studies, Harvard College, 1975
    magna cum laude


  • California

    District of Columbia

    New York


  • Japanese