Total Access Japan - Trends and Forecasts in Tech Company M&A and Venture Capital Deals in the US

Firm Event | September.09.2019 | 6:00pm - 7:30pm (Tokyo Standard Time)

Orrick Tokyo

日本語: Total Access Japan - 米国におけるテックM&Aとベンチャーキャピタル投資の最新動向

The ongoing growth of disruptive technologies has been remaking industries and altering markets. While large Japanese tech companies are accustomed to focusing on developing new technologies in-house, the trend is now moving towards acquiring startups based in Silicon Valley, actively investing in US startups, and establishing CVCs. 

Please join us for a panel discussion on the current trends and forecasts of tech M&A and venture capital deals featuring Richard Smith, partner in Orrick’s San Francisco office and Joseph Perkins, partner in the Silicon Valley office, with the participation of Orrick Tokyo partner Hiroki Sugita as moderator. There will be time for questions and answers and give you the opportunity to receive input on the current market from a Japanese and US perspective.

We hope you will be able to join this session. 

Date & Time: Monday, September 9 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Orrick Tokyo Offices (Map)
Richard Smith, Partner, Orrick San Francisco Office
Joseph Perkins, Partner, Orrick Silicon Valley Office
Moderator: Hiroki Sugita, Partner, Orrick Tokyo Office
English (no simultaneous interpretation)
RSVP by Friday, September 6
Fee: Free of charge

* 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 for a maximum of 1.5 credit hours, of which 1.5 credit hours can be applied toward the areas of professional practice requirement.



  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Japan
  • Taipei

Richard Smith Partner Mergers & Acquisitions, Technology Companies Group

San Francisco

Richard Vernon Smith, a partner in our San Francisco office and a member of our Global Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Group, has over 38 years of experience in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, securities law and corporate law.

Richard has advised on more than 500 M&A transactions and has represented clients in all aspects of mergers and acquisitions transactions involving public and private companies, including negotiated mergers, auction bid processes, cross-border transactions, distressed asset sales (including 363 sales), leveraged buyouts, tender offers and exchange offers, going private transactions, mergers of equals transactions, going dark transactions, hostile takeovers, proxy contests, takeover and activist defense, purchases and sales of divisions and subsidiaries and joint ventures.

Richard also has represented clients in a wide range of SEC-registered, underwritten and privately placed stock and debt offerings, and he has assisted companies in connection with issuer tender offers (both equity and debt), recapitalizations, restructurings and rights offerings. He regularly represents clients in the preparation and filing of periodic SEC reports, proxy statements and Williams Act reports. He also assists clients in compliance with the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 and Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002; Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; real time disclosure compliance; sales of restricted securities and sales of securities by insiders; disclosure issues, including with respect to Rule 10b-5 and Regulation FD; and NYSE/NASDAQ rule compliance and inquiries.

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

Joseph Perkins Partner Technology Companies Group, Japan

Silicon Valley

Joseph Z. Perkins, a partner in Orrick's Silicon Valley office, is a member of the Technology Companies Group, which advises emerging companies and venture capital firms.

Joseph focuses his practice on providing private venture financing and merger and acquisition services to Internet, high tech, and clean technology companies in the United States and Japan.

Prior to receiving his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, Joseph spent four years as an officer of a company that provides language and travel services to Japanese travelers.



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

Hiroki Sugita Partner Mergers & Acquisitions, Technology Companies Group


Hiroki Sugita is a partner in Orrick’s Tokyo Office and a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group. He works on a wide range of cross-border transactions including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, emerging companies and venture capital transactions, and private equity investment especially in Japan, the United States, Europe and Asia.

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.