Orrick Library Webinar: Transactions in Germany ‐ Antitrust and Foreign Direct Investments Issues

Webinar | November.12.2020 | 5:00pm - 6:15pm (Tokyo Standard Time)

Webinar - Connection details will be presented upon registration.

日本語:ドイツでの取引 - 独占禁止法および外国直接投資に関する問題

Orrick's Global Japan Practice is hosting a series of "Orrick Library" offline and online events to explore legal issues in various fields in Japan as well as the United States, Asia and Europe. The next webinar will be held on Thursday, November 12 from 5:00 pm to 6:15 pm.

Presented by Lars Mesenbrink, partner in Orrick’s Düsseldorf Office, this session will introduce important regulatory issues to be taken into account for M&A deals in Germany. It will cover merger control issues and topics to keep in mind when planning and negotiating a transaction from an antitrust perspective, as well as how to deal with foreign direct investment control issues that are particularly important in Japanese undertakings.

This webinar will cover the following:

  • Dos and don’ts during M&A deals from an antitrust law perspective
  • Merger control in Germany and Europe – procedural and substantive issues
  • Foreign direct investments in Germany – implications for Non-EU acquirers and recent development due to COVID-19

We look forward to seeing you in this informative discussion.

Date: Thursday, November 12, 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Speaker: Lars Mesenbrink, Partner, Düsseldorf Office
Language: English
Fee: No charge
Registration deadline: November 10 (Tuesday)

* Tokyo Litigation Partner Shinsuke Yakura (Dai-Ichi Tokyo Bar Association), Tokyo M&A and Private Equity Partner Hiroki Sugita (Dai-Ichi Tokyo Bar Association), and Tokyo Litigation Of Counsel Kazuo Isshiki (Dai-Ichi Tokyo Bar Association) will also join and offer additional comments and perspectives 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
  • Life Sciences & HealthTech Sector
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Patents
  • Trademark, Copyright & Media
  • Intellectual Property
  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Mass Torts & Product Liability
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Japan

Shinsuke Yakura Partner


His practice focuses on intellectual property, antitrust, product liability, medical and pharmaceutical, and other commercial disputes for both domestic and foreign companies. He actively engages in cross-border litigation and arbitration, and draws on his extensive knowledge and experience from various countries.

In regards to intellectual property, Shinsuke has represented numerous companies in patent infringement litigation involving a wide range of technologies related to electric devices and industrial machinery. He has also handled other IP-related issues such as trademark, copyright and right to publicity. He is a qualified patent attorney (Benrishi) in Japan.

Recently, he has been involved in business and legal issues related to artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), and big data; he also acts as the Asia representative of Orrick’s Global AI Working Group.

Consistently providing strategic advice from a global perspective, he is also actively involved in bribery regulations including FCPA and UKBA, antitrust and competition law, cartel, fraud and compliance investigations.

He also advises in mergers and acquisitions, licensing and other transactional matters.



  • Life Sciences & HealthTech Sector
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Fintech

Hiroki Sugita Partner


He also has extensive experience in fund formation, real estate and various types of finance transactions.

Hiroki has a deep understanding of clients’ needs from his secondment experience with a U.S. investment bank in 2005 and a Japanese major trading house from 2012 to 2014.

Prior to joining Orrick, Hiroki worked at O’Melveny’s Tokyo office as a counsel where he mainly worked on cross border M&A.