Total Access Japan ‐ Energy Tech: A New Wave of Investment and Innovation

March 1 (Wednesday) 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm (PT time) // 3月2日(木) 9:00 am – 10:15 am (日本時間)

Webinaire | March.02.2023

Webinar - Recording Available

日本語:Total Access Japan - 環境・エネルギー分野の先端技術: 投資とイノベーションの新潮流

Significant amounts of new capital are being invested in companies working to decarbonize the world’s energy sources and uses. Startups and established energy companies are using a wide range of methods of raising capital to bring innovative technology online quickly.

This webinar will be presented by Zac Padgett, a U.S. partner at Orrick who co-leads the firm’s EnergyTech Team, and will be moderated by Yuko Inui, partner in Orrick Tokyo’s Energy & Infrastructure Group. Minako Wakabayashi, partner in Tokyo’s Energy & Infrastructure Group, and Hiroki Sugita will also be joining the session.

During the webinar, our partners will exchange view on the following topics, from both the U.S. and Japan perspectives:

  • Market trends surrounding energy tech companies
  • How investments are made into capital-intensive energy tech startups
  • Opportunities to improve outcomes for energy tech companies in this decade

To submit any question, please contact Tokyo Marketing.

Date & Time:

Thursday, March 2 from 9:00 am – 10:15 am (Japan time)

Wednesday, March 1 from 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm (PT time)


Zac Padgett, Partner, Orrick Portland Office


Yuko Inui, Partner, Orrick Tokyo Office

Other Orrick Participants:

Minako Wakabayashi, Partner, Orrick Tokyo Office

Hiroki Sugita, Partner, Orrick Tokyo Office

Language: English and/or Japanese (no simultaneous interpretation)

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.

Participation from competitors is discouraged.

CLE Credits Available: Y



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

Minako Wakabayashi Partner


Minako has significant experience advising international and domestic sponsors and developers on complex and innovative projects. She was called upon by the Japanese government in structuring the renewable Feed-in-Tariff scheme in Japan and prepared the government’s model contracts for specific contracts (power purchase contract/interconnection contract), which are a key component of the Feed-in-Tariff scheme in Japan. Recently, she has also been handling numerous corporate PPA projects.

She was appointed as Auditor of the Japan Wind Power Association (JWPA) in May 2022.

Minako practiced at Orrick’s New York office in 2004-2005. She also worked as a public prosecutor in Japan for four years and served as a member of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Supervising Committee for Public Bidding (Tokyo-to Nyusatsu Kanshi Iinkai) for eight years. She is serving as Audit of Veritas In Silico Inc since March 2022.


  • Life Sciences 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.