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Practice:

  • Technology Companies Group
  • M&A and Private Equity

Benjamin Cichostepski-Lesage Partner Technology Companies Group, M&A and Private Equity

Paris

Benjamin Cichostepski-Lesage is an experienced lawyer advising technology and Web companies as well as venture and growth capital investors on corporate transactions for more than 10 years.

Based in Orrick’s Paris office, Benjamin has strong ties with the Silicon Valley, San Francisco, New York and London offices.

Passionate about entrepreneurship and shaping the success of early ventures, Benjamin leads Orrick’s Technology Companies Group in France. He advises companies and investors at various stages from incubation and equity financings to external growth transactions and exits (M&A, IPO), all with deep French-U.S. cross-border expertise. Representative clients include Alan, Algolia, Botify, Comet, Fretlink, LaFourchette, Klaxoon, Neolane, Payfit, Teads.tv, Tempow, Side, Sqreen, Stupeflix, Zenly, as well as Atomico, Battery Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Cathay Capital, Creandum, Idinvest Partners, Iris Capital (Orange Publicis Venture), Lightspeed Venture Partners, Partech Ventures, Raise Capital and XAnge Private Equity. 

Orrick’s Technology Companies Group is frequently praised for its high-level expertise, locally and as regards to cross-border operations (“Orrick, the law firm “builder” of Tech Companies”, Capital Finance Groupe Les Echos, May 4, 2015).

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Practice:

  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Cyber
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Mass Torts & Product Liability
  • Intellectual Property
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Japan

Yoshihiro Takatori Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution

Tokyo

Yoshi Takatori is head partner of Orrick's Global Japan practice and Tokyo's Litigation Group. His practice focuses on cross-border dispute resolution including multi-jurisdictional litigation and international arbitration on intellectual property, product liability, anti-trust, FCPA and UKBA and compliance investigation and disputes involving labor laws. Yoshi has been recognized by numerous international publications such as being ranked Band 1 as a Dispute Resolution lawyer in Chambers Asia Pacific and recognized as a leading individual for Dispute Resolution and Intellectual Property for Asia Pacific Legal 500. He has also been recognized by the Financial Times as a Top 10 Legal Innovators for Asia-Pacific in 2019.

Yoshi has an active practice advising and counseling multi-national Japanese companies and the Japanese Government, on proactive cybersecurity program development and strategy. He also advises on cybersecurity issues in the context of adversarial proceedings and dispute resolution. He is an Editor and Co-author of “Cyber Security Strategy for Litigation and Compliance,” which is the first book in the Japanese legal marketplace discussing multi-stakeholder risk management strategies relating to external cyber-attacks and insider cyber trade secret theft. He is regularly consulted by leading media outlets, including TV and newspapers, and quoted, in major business publications on cybersecurity issues and insights.

Yoshi's previous experience includes:

  • representing several Japanese companies in the Cresvale Securities (Princeton Bonds) incident, which victimized over 150 Japanese companies, and played a central role in the trial and settlement procedures in Japan and New York;

  • successfully representing clients in a number of IP-related dispute resolutions involving trademark, counterfeit and patent issues in U.S., Asian and EU jurisdictions. In recent years he has gained attention for victories in compensation for damages of trademark infringement in foreign countries through application of foreign law and Japanese law through the Act on General Rules for Application of Laws; and

  • numerous achievements in cross-border enforcement, trial and international arbitration such as obtaining a temporary restraining order in Japanese court based on the certified decision in California that includes JPY280 billion in punitive damages.

In addition, Yoshi is listed as a recommended arbitrator for the Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA) and listed on SIAC's Panel of Arbitrators and KCAB’s Panel of Arbitrators and as a Specialist Mediator at Singapore International Mediation Center (SIMC). He is a qualified FCIArb and serves key positions in the international arbitration field such as being the executive director for the Japan Association of Arbitrators, and co-convener of the Japan Chapter of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb.).

Prior to joining Orrick, he was chair of the litigation department at the Tokyo office of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP.

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Practice:

  • 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:

  • Renewable Energy
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Wind Energy
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • 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:

  • Corporate
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • China

Dr. Hang Xu Foreign Counsel Corporate, M&A and Private Equity

Düsseldorf; Munich

Dr. Hang Xu is a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity and Corporate practices groups and is based in our Düsseldorf office.

Hang has a broad experience in advising Chinese investors doing outbound investments in Europe. Furthermore, he focuses on advising German as well as European investments in China, both, by way of M&A transactions, of joint ventures and wholly foreign owned enterprises. He also has significant experience in advising clients during the post-merger/post-acquisition integration. Hang is heading, together with Dr. Wilhelm Nolting-Hauff, Orrick’s China Desk in Germany

Prior to joining Orrick, Hang worked at several major international law firms in Munich and Shanghai.