Total Access Japan – U.S. Trends in ESG Management and Finance, and Suggestions for Japanese Companies

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Webinar | May.25.2022 | 10:00am - 11:15am (Tokyo Standard Time)

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日本語: Total Access Japan – 米国のESG経営・ESGファイナンスの動向と、日本企業への示唆

With the investment in ESG (Environment, Society, Governance) rapidly increasing in the United States and Europe, the appropriate management of ESG is becoming a major concern worldwide. Currently, the investment in ESG is on the rise in Japan, and its management has also become a growing concern for Japanese companies with not enough practical experience acquired in this area yet.

This webinar will feature Ashley Walter, partner in Orrick’s Seattle Office and and Jennifer Poh, counsel in Orrick’s New York Office, both with experiences in ESG related matters, will explain the trends in ESG management and investment in the United States. In addition, Sakon Kuramoto and Gohshun Kawamura, senior associate and managing associate in the Tokyo office will also discuss the current state of ESG in Japan and will be moderated by Joseph Perkins, partner in our Silicon Valley office and Hiroki Sugita, partner in our Tokyo Office.

The webinar will follow an open discussion format among our presenters with opportunities for participants to ask questions. We encourage you to submit questions ahead of time so our presenters can conduct any necessary research prior to the event.

To submit your question, please contact Tokyo Marketing.

Date & Time: Wednesday, May 25 from 10:00 am – 11:15 am (Japan Time)
Ashley Walter, Partner, Orrick Seattle Office
Jennifer Poh, Counsel, Orrick New York office
Sakon Kuramoto, Senior Associate, Orrick Tokyo Office
Gohshun Kawamura, Managing Associate, Orrick Tokyo Office
Joseph Perkins, Partner, Orrick Silicon Valley Office
Hiroki Sugita, Partner, Orrick Tokyo Office
Language: English (no simultaneous interpretation) *webinar may contain some explanations in Japanese
Registration: RSVP by May 23 (Monday)

* 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.

Participation from competitors is discouraged.



  • Energy & Infrastructure Sector
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Renewable Energy
  • Japan

Gohshun Kawamura Senior Associate


He focuses on the development, acquisition and financing of solar, wind and other renewable energy projects in various regions of Japan. He has experience related to the FIT/FIP system and other laws and regulations related to the electric power industry, as well as negotiations with relevant government agencies, and the preparation and negotiations of related contracts.

In addition, he is involved in establishing schemes and negotiating contracts for the corporate PPAs of non-FIT renewable energy projects, as well as preparing on-site PPAs and general terms and conditions for electricity retailers.

He is the co-author of Orrick’s “Japan Renewables Alert".

Prior to joining Orrick Tokyo Office, he was an assistant judge at the Tokyo District Court and the Matsuyama District Court, where he gained experiences in a variety of cases, including civil, administrative and criminal matters.



  • Technology & Innovation Sector
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Blockchain and Virtual Currency
  • Japan
  • Mergers & Acquisitions

Joseph Perkins Partner

Silicon Valley

In the fast-paced and unprecedented blockchain and cryptocurrency markets, Joseph helps companies develop innovative and comprehensive legal strategies to achieve their goals of bringing to market disruptive and transformative technologies. From DAO and NFT creation, general corporate and fundraising strategies, to navigating complex and changing regulatory regimes, Joseph has become a go-to advisor for companies in the blockchain and virtual currency ecosystem.

As a member of Orrick’s Technology Companies Group, Joseph assists cutting-edge technology companies and investors with general corporate counseling, private venture capital financing, and M&A services. Joseph has had the opportunity to work with some of the most iconic companies in Silicon Valley, advising on corporate strategy and fundraising matters.

Joseph also leads Orrick's international Technology Companies practice connecting Silicon Valley with Japan. He represents a number of technology companies and investors based in Japan, bringing his Silicon Valley experiences to assist founders and corporate venture capital funds. Joseph is fluent in Japanese and retains a strong connection to Japanese companies and our Tokyo practice.



  • 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.