Total Access Japan Webinar
European VC Landscape

Webinar | January.22.2021 | 6:00pm - 7:30pm (Tokyo Standard Time)

Webinar - Recording Available


With a record $40+ billion in investment, a robust unicorn pipeline and enhanced government support, the European tech market has remained incredibly resilient throughout 2020. Based on the report The State of European Tech published by Atomico in partnership with Orrick, Slush and with the support from Silicon Valley Bank, this session will focus on the European VC trends, as well as the upcoming challenges. With Hiroki Sugita as moderator, this webinar will feature Shawn Atkinson, partner in the London office, Benjamin Cichostepski partner in the Paris office, Sven Greulich, partner in the Dusseldorf office, and Attilio Mazzilli, partner in the Milan office, presenting the findings for each country. 

The webinar will follow an open discussion format between our presenters, with opportunities to ask questions.  We encourage you to submit questions ahead of time so our presenters can conduct any necessary research prior to the event. We look forward to meeting with you (virtually)!

To submit your question, please contact Tokyo Marketing.

Date & Time: Friday, January 22 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Shawn Atkinson, Partner, Orrick London Office
Benjamin Cichostepski, Partner, Orrick Paris Office
Sven Greulich, Partner, Orrick Düsseldorf Office
Attilio Mazzilli, Partner, Orrick Milan Office
Hiroki Sugita, Partner, Orrick Tokyo Office
Language: English (no simultaneous interpretation) *webinar may contain some explanations in Japanese

* Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is an accredited MCLE provider in the States of New York and California. This continuing legal education course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the Continuing Legal Education Board.

CLE Credits Available: Y



  • Technology & Innovation Sector
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Fintech

Shawn Atkinson Partner


In addition to sheer volume of deals, Shawn's incomparable market insight stems from his leadership roles at Orrick, the only global firm focused on technology, and his experience working throughout the UK & Europe, North America and Asia. Shawn leads Orrick's London Corporate practice, its Global Emerging Markets practice and co-leads the Global Fintech team and the Global Technology Companies Practice Group. These complement his practice serving public and private companies in UK multi-jurisdictional and complex corporate transactions, including countless acquisitions and disposals, cross-border mergers, bankruptcy infused asset sales, recapitalisations and reorganisations. He is also a recognised leader in late stage venture transactions and in early stage private equity transactions in Europe and the emerging markets.

Shawn also advises early stage businesses across a number of sectors – including insurtech, Fintech, Crypto, SaaS, EdTech, HRTech, Marketplace and EnergyTech. He assists them from incorporation through to M&A exit, initial public offerings and other growth opportunities. His participation in the private equity and venture capital sector spans his entire career - with time spent in private practice, in-house and advising investors as well as investor-backed businesses-and affords him a deep knowledge and understanding of the industry and client needs and expectations.

Among the leading investment funds he has represented are ABN Amro Ventures, Acton Capital Partners, ABRY Partners, Accel Partners, Apax Partners, Bain Capital, Balderton Capital, Battery Ventures, Beringea, Bessemer Venture Partners, Black Pearls VC, Black Sheep Ventures, BMWi Ventures, Coatue Management, Columbia Capital, CommerzVentures, Evolvence, FTV Capital, Golden Gate Capital, Stepstone Group, Headway Capital Partners, Innova Capital, Kinnevik, KPS Capital Partners, Marlin Equity Partners, Mangrove Capital Partners, M/C Partners, One Peak, Oxx, Pearson Ventures, Piper Private Equity, Piton Capital, Salesforce Ventures, Sprints Capital, Summit Partners, Updata Partners, VNV Global and VEF.



  • Technology & Innovation Sector
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Mergers & Acquisitions

Benjamin Cichostepski-Lesage Partner

Paris; Paris Tech Studio

Ben is the founding partner of Orrick's French Tech Companies Group. For more than 15 years, he has been advising high-potential innovative companies as well as venture and tech growth investors on all their corporate private equity and M&A transactions in France and globally.

As such, he is involved in every stage of their development, from incubation and fundraising to external growth and industrial exits as well as public offerings (IPO, secondary).

Ben has significant experience advising French companies expanding into the United States, and assists them over the full lifecycle of their overseas growth. He also counts a number of American investors and buyers among his clients.

From his first venture deal in 2006, where he represented Lightspeed Venture Partners in Wikio’s Series A, which became Teads, a company he then accompanied for 11 years until its sale to Altice, Ben has led more than 300 corporate tech transactions. He has been involved in the main exit transactions in recent years, particularly those with a franco-american element such as Neolane/Adobe, La Fourchette/TripAdvisor, Stupeflix/GoPro, eNovance/Red Hat, Regaind, Zenly/Snap, Teads/Altice, Getaround/Drivy, Glose/Medium, Sqreen/Datadog, Lalilo/Renaissance Learning, Tempow/Google, Context/Integral Ad Science, Monk/ACV Auctions, Cajoo/Flink, Shipfix/Veson Nautical.

Ben's leadership has contributed to placing Orrick as the #1 Venture Capital and Tech Growth practice in France (ranked #1 by Pitchbook in 2021, 2022, 2023 - CF News in 2022, 2023). 

Recognized as a key lawyer in the market in venture capital and tech growth, Ben was ranked No. 1 in the "Top 10 Influential French Venture Capital Lawyers in Private Equity 2023" by Business Today. He was named "Lawyer of the Year" in the 2023 edition of Best Lawyers France in the Venture Capital category. He is also ranked as a Leading Individual by The Legal 500 EMEA in Private Equity - Venture Capital/Growth Capital since 2020 and was voted as the most active tech lawyer in France in 2019 by transaction volume in CF News’ ranking.

Ben is the founder of Orrick Paris Tech Studio, a one of a kind office and working space created in June 2022 and located in the heart of the Paris Tech scene, which is the headquarters of Orrick's French Tech practice.


  • Technology & Innovation Sector
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Technology Companies Group

Dr. Sven Greulich, LL.M. (Cantuar), EMBA Partner


Sven Greulich berät junge Technologieunternehmen und ihre Investoren umfassend durch alle Wachstumsphasen. Gemeinsam mit einem internationalen und interdisziplinären Team begleitet er zudem Multinationals bei ihren Expansionsprojekten, Akquisitionen und Restrukturierungen in Europa und den USA.

Sven hilft seinen Mandanten, schneller und effizienter an ihr Ziel zu gelangen, und bietet ihnen einen zentralen Zugang zu den Ressourcen einer der weltweit führenden Technologiekanzleien und einem internationalen Netzwerk von Unternehmen und Investoren. Sein Ziel ist es, für seine Mandanten Brücken zwischen Deutschland, dem Silicon Valley und anderen internationalen Technologiezentren zu bauen. Sein besonderes Interesse gilt dabei Corporate Venture Capital und Corporate Innovation Projekten.



  • Technology & Innovation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions

Attilio Mazzilli Partner


His practice focuses on cross-border and domestic mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital transactions. He advises high growth technology companies and Venture Capital firms in several areas, including corporate and securities law, mergers and acquisitions, and listings. Several standout technology companies and their founders have turned to Attilio, who currently represents the same at all stages of their life-cycle.