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 and Acquisitions
  • Capital Markets
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Japan
  • Taiwan

Richard Smith Partner

San Francisco

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, SPACs and reverse mergers, 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. He co-authored a1,500-page book by Bloomberg, Mergers and Acquisitions of Privately Held Companies: Analysis, Forms and Agreements.

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, share repurchase programs, and rights offerings. He regularly represents clients in the preparation and filing of periodic SEC reports, proxy statements and Williams Act reports. He also advises clients on compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 and JOBS Act; reporting under and compliance with Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; disclosure and reporting issues; sales of restricted securities and sales of securities by insiders; universal proxy cards; and NYSE/NASDAQ rule compliance and inquiries.



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

Joseph Perkins Partner

Silicon Valley

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 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.