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Practice:

  • Technology Sector
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Mergers & Acquisitions

Benjamin Cichostepski-Lesage Partner Technology Companies Group, Mergers & Acquisitions

Paris

Benjamin Cichostepski-Lesage leads Orrick’s Technology Companies Group in the Paris office.

For nearly 15 years, Benjamin 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 worldwide.

As such, he is involved in every stage of their development, from incubation and fundraising to external growth and industrial or stock market exits.

Benjamin has notably a recognized experience in assisting French companies seeking to establish themselves in the United States. Co-head of Orrick’s French Desk located in the heart of the Bay Area (San Francisco and Silicon Valley), he assists French start-ups throughout their growth overseas as well as a clientele of American investors or buyers.

From his first venture deal at Orrick in 2006, where he represented Lightspeed Venture Partners in Wikio’s Series A, which became Teads, a company that he then accompanied for 11 years until its sale to Altice, Benjamin has led more than 170 Corporate Tech transactions and has been involved in the main exit transactions in recent years, particularly Franco-American ones (Neolane/Adobe, La Fourchette/TripAdvisor, Stupeflix/GoPro, eNovance/Red Hat, Regaind/Apple, Zenly/Snap, Teads/Altice, Getaround/Drivy). Benjamin has thus contributed to placing Orrick’s Tech practice in the Top 3 most active law firms in France (Capital Finance’s ranking of “the 20 most important law firms in French venture capital in 2019”, January 2020 – Capital Finance is the weekly business newsletter of Les Echos, the French equivalent of FT and WSJ).

Recognized each year as one of the best lawyers in the market in Venture and Tech Growth, Benjamin is ranked as the most active tech lawyer in France in 2019 by transaction volume in CFNews’ ranking (February 2020 – CFNews is the French equivalent of PitchBook and focuses on private equity data). He is also ranked by Chambers Europe in the Private Equity category in 2020.

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Practice:

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

Minako Wakabayashi Partner Renewable Energy, Infrastructure

Tokyo

Minako plays a vital role in the rise of Japan’s renewable energy market.

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.

Backed by her experience in her prior career as a public prosecutor in Japan, she also serves as a member of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Supervising Committee for Public Bidding (Tokyo-to Nyusatsu Kanshi Iinkai) which advocates public rights to the fairness and adequacy of the public bidding procedures of the government. Minako practiced at Orrick's New York office in 2004-2005.
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Practice:

  • Energy & Infrastructure Sector
  • Renewable Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Energy
  • Project Finance
  • Solar Energy
  • Wind Energy
  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Japan

Yuko Inui Of Counsel Renewable Energy, Infrastructure

Tokyo

Yuko is a member of the Energy and Infrastructure Group. Her practice mainly focuses on M&A, project financing, and permits and authorizations of renewable energy projects. She also handles real estate transactions, environmental conservation and fintech matters.

As of February 2020, Yuko has conducted legal due diligence for clients on 33 solar projects (total 1221MW) and 18 wind projects (total 1115MW) in Japan, including Japan’s largest solar project (235MW) and Japan’s largest wind project (121.6MW).

Yuko has been appointed as special member of the Environmental Preservation Committee of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations every year since 2006.

In 2020, Yuko was recognized as a Rising Star for Japan in Projects and Energy: International Firms and Joint Ventures category by Legal 500 Asia Pacific.

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Practice:

  • Energy & Infrastructure Sector
  • Renewable Energy
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Wind Energy
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Japan
  • Africa

Yoichi Katayama Partner Renewable Energy, Energy

Tokyo

Yoichi represents multinational developers and financial institutions in international power, telecommunications and other infrastructure projects.

Prior to joining Orrick, Yoichi served as a general counsel for Tomen Power Corporation. He was also an associate general counsel at Tomen America Inc. in New York.

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Practice:

  • Technology Sector
  • Life Sciences Sector
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Patents
  • Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising
  • Intellectual Property
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Mass Torts & Product Liability
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Japan

Shinsuke Yakura Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Patents

Tokyo

Shinsuke Yakura is the Office Leader of Orrick's Tokyo office and a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group. He has broad experience in handling cross-border litigation, arbitration, intellectual property and compliance matters.

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.