Orrick Advises WHILL on $45 Million Series C Financing Round
On a daily basis, our 40-lawyer team in the Tokyo office seamlessly cooperates with our other global offices to provide the best and most responsive legal solutions and services for our clients. Our Japan-qualified bengoshi, educated and with practice experience in Japan and abroad, work closely with our Japanese-speaking U.S.-qualified lawyers to provide legal services with an invaluable cross-cultural perspective.
Our team of lawyers leverage a deep knowledge of local laws and business practices and our global network to provide Japanese multinationals with comprehensive legal services in all relevant languages and jurisdictions on a range of matters, including corporate and M&A transactions, intellectual property, dispute resolution, infrastructure and energy projects, real estate and real estate finance, and help to Japanese technology startups in their financing and expansion abroad.
We have a long history of helping clients with cross-border M&A, joint ventures and other commercial transactions. With offices in key jurisdictions around the world, we are particularly adept in transactions that span multiple jurisdictions. We also advise global investors with Japan-based interests.
In some recent notable transactions, we advised:
Our Japan Technology Companies Group advises local and global technology-driven ventures at all stages of growth on a wide range of legal and strategic matters, including corporate formation and structure, corporate governance, financing activities, employment law, employee compensation and benefits, IP, data privacy, and exit and other strategic transactions. As one of the only full-service technology companies practices with a significant presence in Japan, Silicon Valley and other key markets in the U.S., Europe and Asia, we are uniquely positioned to provide services that can scale with our clients’ global growth.
We are one of the most active and successful firms in representing Japanese multinationals in sensitive patent infringement cases before U.S. district courts, the Federal Circuit and the International Trade Commission (ITC). Our team is also known for handling complex disputes in Japan involving patents, copyrights and trademarks, as well as unfair competition and trade secret actions.
Recently, we helped:
We help our clients navigate complex multijurisdictional commercial disputes on product liability, antitrust, FCPA, UKBA, cybersecurity issues and compliance investigations. Our Employment Law team represents global companies in dispute resolution cases in Japan, also advising on all legal aspects of their employment and HR strategies in Japan.
Recently we acted for:
Moreover, our lawyers have served as lead counsel in major international arbitrations arising from commercial and investment disputes, and have handled ad hoc and institutional arbitration proceedings in multiple languages and under a variety of arbitral rules and governing laws.
As the leading renewable energy practice in Japan, we play an active role in the reinvigoration of Japan’s green sector. Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry relied on our team for help in structuring Japan’s feed-in tariff policy, designed to accelerate investment in renewable energy.
We also helped:
Our team advises global investors on their cross-border joint ventures, acquisitions of real estate assets, property developments and complex financing transactions.
Among others, we advised:
Our team collaborates on a range of community responsibility projects. For example, we represented the Wild Salmon Center and the Sarufutsu Itou no Kai to protect the endangered Itou, often referred to as Japan’s "legendary fish." We advised on a groundbreaking agreement to create the Sarufutsu Environmental Conservation Forest, said to be the first protected area established on privately owned lands in Japan for the express purpose of aquatic biodiversity conservation. Our team also helped in the development of a legal framework for regulating recreational fishing and promoting ecotourism in the area.