Mr. Banno has been practising in the fields of corporate and commercial law since 1970. He combines his expertise in these areas for the benefit of Japanese and First Nations clients. He has advised a number of Canadian subsidiaries of Japanese companies on corporate governance, commercial matters and financing matters. His work has involved the purchase of interests in mining projects and the financing of mining projects and pulp mills. He has also advised a number of First Nations on corporate governance and land development matters, including the development of shopping centres on Indian reserve lands and the structuring of business ventures. Mr. Banno has been active in advising clients, including a major participant, potential lenders and First Nations in a proposed British Columbia liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry. He is recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada for Aboriginal law, 2011–2016 and is rated BV Distinguished by Martindale-Hubbell. He is recognized in the Legal 500 Canada (Energy – Oil and Gas), 2016 and by Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Aboriginal Law), 2015. He is also listed in Lexpert® Special Edition — Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining, 2014/2015. In 2013, Robert was appointed Queen’s Counsel (QC) in British Columbia.