Total Access Japan Webinar
Blockchain and Cryptocurrency:
Overview of Current Market Trends
(in Japan, Singapore and the U.S.)

Webinar | April.23.2021 | 9:00am - 10:15am (Tokyo Standard Time)

Online Webinar


Blockchain technology, originally considered as the founding technology of virtual currency Bitcoin, is expected to be used not only in virtual currency transactions but also for various other services and industries.

While many institutional investors and companies from overseas have entered the recent crypto asset market leading to a fluctuation in prices, Japanese investors are not yet active compared to those overseas due to a lack of legal framework and varying accounting issues.

In this webinar, Yuko Ino, partner in our Tokyo office experienced in fintech, will discuss the current and upcoming trends related to the May 2020 amendments of the Payment Service Act and the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act, and other regulations related to crypto assets in Japan.

In addition, Ben Spitz and Linli Kwek, Chief Legal Officer and Legal Counsel at Liquid Group and its subsidiary Quoine, and Jake Chervinsky, General Counsel at Compound will also join this session as guest speakers to discuss the current situation in Singapore and the U.S.

The webinar will follow an open discussion format between our presenters, with opportunities to ask questions. We encourage you to submit questions ahead of time so our presenters can conduct any necessary research prior to the event.

To submit your question, please contact Tokyo Marketing.

Date & Time: Friday, April 23 from 9:00 am – 10:15 am
Jake Chervinsky, General Counsel, Compound
Ben Spitz, Chief Legal Officer, Liquid Group / Quoine
Linli Kwek, Legal Counsel, Liquid Group / Quoine
Yuko Ino, Partner, Orrick Tokyo Office
Hiroki Sugita, Partner, Orrick Tokyo Office
Joseph Perkins, Partner, Orrick Silicon Valley Office
English (no simultaneous interpretation) *webinar may contain some explanations in Japanese
RSVP by April 21

* 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



  • 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.



  • 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.