Orrick Library Seminar Series: French Legal Developments Under Macron and Their Impact on Japanese Companies

Seminar | November.29.2017 | 9:00am - 10:30am (Tokyo Standard Time)

Orrick Tokyo Office オリック東京オフィス

日本語: 仏マクロン政権における経済改革と法改正-日本企業への影響

Orrick’s Global Japan Practice is hosting a series of “Orrick Library” seminars to explore legal issues in various fields in Japan as well as the United States, Asia and Europe. The next seminar will be held on Wednesday, November 29 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am. George Rigo, a partner in our Paris Office, will join us in Tokyo for this event.

With several important measures announced by President Macron already being adopted and implemented and changes in labor law and significant tax measures pending, the changes in the French administration will most likely have a big impact on investment in France. This seminar will focus on the numerous reforms being carried out in France and how it will influence Japanese clients. It will also touch upon the recent M&A trends of Japanese companies acquiring French companies and how the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), to go into force in May of next year, will influence M&A and investments in France, including so called "Compliance Due Diligence".

Our 90-minute long seminar will cover the following topics:

  • Recent Trends and Strategic Tips in Acquiring French Companies
  • French Law Developments Under Macron and EU Compliance Issues
  • Compliance Due Diligence in M&A transaction, including GDPR and FCPA

There will be time set asides for questions and answers.

Date: November 29 (Wednesday) 9:00 am – 10:30 am (Registration from 8:45 am)
Place: Orrick Tokyo Law Office (Map)
George Rigo, Partner, Paris office
Mark Weeks, Partner, Tokyo office
Yoshihiro Takatori, Partner, Tokyo office
Hiroki Sugita, Partner, Tokyo office
Language: English
Fee: No charge
Registration deadline: November 27 (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 for a maximum of 1.5 credit hours, of which 1.5 credit hours can be applied toward the areas of professional practice requirement.

For questions, please contact Aya Mori .

CLE Credits Available: Y



  • Energy & Infrastructure Sector
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Restructuring
  • Risoluzione contenziosi e vertenze complesse
  • Japan
  • China

George Rigo Partner


George also has experience on acquisition finance and restructuring matters. 

George has a very strong proficiency in the renewable energy sector, working alongside major players in the market and advising on key projects in France. George mainly advises on the financing and acquisition of windfarm and solar projects, lately he has counseled 123 Ventures, Impax, Nord LB and EOS Holding on different transactions.

George’s extensive experience on cross-border transactions includes negotiating and drafting international contracts or commercial partnerships with an emphasis on litigation issues succeeding the implementation of such agreements. Recently, George has advised Biostime, a Chinese manufacturer of nutritional and baby care products, listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange, regarding the signature of an industrial and commercial cooperation agreement with a French dairy cooperative.

Before joining Orrick, George was an associate with Watson, Farley & Williams. He previously worked for Fidal Peat International Paris and the Paris office of Proskauer Rose.



  • Life Sciences Sector
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • IP Counseling e due diligence
  • Japan

L. Mark Weeks Senior Counsel

New York

He concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, clean technology, life sciences, IT and telecommunications asset transfers, strategic investments, and general corporate representation for U.S., Japanese and other Asian companies.

Mark speaks, reads and writes fluent Japanese.



  • Life Sciences Sector
  • Mergers and 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.