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.

CLE Credits Available: Y



  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Capital Markets
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Japan
  • Taiwan

Richard Smith 合伙人



Smith律师曾代表客户处理涉及美国证监会注册登记、承销及私募股票和债券发行等交易,并协助公司处理有关发行人的股权和债务要约收购、资本调整、重组和供股等事务。他经常代表客户编制和储存定期向美国证监会提交的报告、股东委托书及威廉姆斯法案(Williams Act)报告。另外,他还协助客户处理有关合规事宜,包括在2010年通过的多德-弗兰克法案(Dodd-Frank Act)和在2002年通过的萨班斯法案(Sarbanes-Oxley)的合规事宜、1934年证券交易法案第16条、实时披露规定合规、出售限制性证券和内幕人士出售的证券、有关10b-5规定和FD法规的披露事宜以及纳斯达克和纽约证券交易所的合规和调查等方面的业务。





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

Joseph Perkins 合伙人


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 Sector
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Fintech

Hiroki Sugita 合伙人


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.