Sakon Kuramoto is a managing associate in Orrick's Tokyo office and a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group.  Sakon has used his experience residing in the United States and Singapore to provide practical advice to emerging and established companies on a wide range of matters involving domestic and cross-border investment/M&A, compliance, finance, venture capital transactions, dispute matters and crisis management.  His comments have often been introduced in legal articles of the Nikkei Newspaper, a high prestigious business paper in Japan.  He received the 6th Shinnippon-Hoki Inc. Foundation Incentive Award (Award of Excellence).   He is one of the Candidates for Advisory Panel Membership in the Grievance Mechanism for the Tokyo 2020 Sustainable Sourcing Code.  He is also a Fellow of the Business Ethics research Center in Japan.

He also has extensive experience in finance and day-to-day legal matters, giving practical advice to emerging companies which are engaged in AI, IoT, Fintec and tourism businesses including vacation rental business.  Additionally, he has been responding to the needs of Japanese companies advancing overseas by giving advice on the establishment of a corporate governance structure, the enhancement of global compliance system and ESG related legal matters.  He is familiar with various countries' regulations aiming to rectify supply chains, international rules and standards regarding corporate governance/CSR including “Business and Human Rights” issues and related ILO Conventions.  He is familiar with the ESG investment such as green bond and social bond.

  • Sakon’s engagements include the representation of:

    • Rakuten, Inc. in connection with its US$100 million participation in the $350 million Series C financing round of Rakuten Aspyrian, Inc.;
    • WHILL, Inc. in connection with the US$45 million Series C financing round;
    • Ascent Robotics with the US$10 million Series A financing round;
    • FRONTEO, Inc. with its US$22 million issuance of bonds with stock acquisition rights; 
    • Zensho Holdings Co., Ltd. in connection with its acquisition of Long John Silver’s franchise from Asia Pacific Food Pte. Ltd.;
    • BlackRock Japan Co., Ltd. and BlackRock Securities Co., Ltd. in connection with a group restructuring project consisting of merger transaction and capital increase;
    • Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Limited in its acquisition of a 51% equity interest in Air Tiger Express Companies, Inc.;
    • Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc. in connection with M&A transaction between Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Nikko Cordial Securities Inc. and Nikko Citigroup Ltd.;
    • MSK Corporation in connection with Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd.'s acquisition of a two-thirds equity interest in MSK Corporation; and
    • UFJ Holdings in connection with its subsidiatires' merger and corporate split transactions with Mitsubishi Tokyo Financial Groups' subsidiaries.

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