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Practice Areas

Technology Companies Group

The Tokyo office’s Technology Companies Practice is part of Orrick’s global Technology Companies Group, which has a history of representing start-ups in the Silicon Valley and throughout key markets of the U.S., Europe and Asia for over 25 years. As is the case in Silicon Valley, we have both corporate and IP/IT transactional capability locally, ready to work with clients 24/7. We advise local Japan start-ups on corporate formation and structure, financing, founders’ agreements, employment law, stock options, executive compensation, intellectual property, data privacy, best practices for working with boards of directors and other aspects of corporate governance, and exit transactions.

We represent the founders of technology companies in various fields, including cloud computing, digital media and advertising, social media, enterprise software, gaming, internet, mobile and wireless, semiconductor, energy and cleantech, life sciences and healthcare, as well as the venture capital and investment banking firms supporting them. Through providing unique tools and references and offering high quality legal services supported by our broad experience, we help start-ups to evolve their ideas and make their vision a reality.

In addition, the Technology Companies Practice works closely with the firm’s extensive M&A and capital markets practitioners network across global offices to evaluate, devise and carry out seamlessly the transactions that may come to form the next steps of corporate strategy in the salient jurisdictions and locales.

Network with Investors and Financing Sources

Orrick’s relationships, which span all participant groups within the industry, create a strong network of resources for clients. Our lawyers have relationships with venture capital firms that have funded our clients across all stages of growth. For starting companies, we help provide introductions to the right investors for the initial launch. For growing clients, we leverage our network to help our clients advance from one stage to the next. Orrick lawyers have strong ties with many investment banks and accounting firms, national laboratories, universities, private equity funds and public companies and regularly provide referrals to such financing sources.

In this regard, for instance in the key markets of Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York, the firm hosts its TOTAL ACCESS Event Series, which provides entrepreneurs not only legal information but also business and tactical education through complimentary breakfast panels and lunch seminars presented by experienced industry CEOs and venture capitalists in addition to Orrick lawyers. The TOTAL ACCESS Event Series function to serve as resources of significant and timely legal and business issues as well as networking opportunities with leading professionals closest to the companies’ immediate industries and markets.

Technological Expertise for your Intellectual Property Protection

Throughout all phases of a company’s life cycle, strategies in maintaining and deploying intellectual property portfolios are essential. The Tokyo office prides itself on having one of the strongest Intellectual Property practices in Japan, with a true linkage between Tokyo and our global technology and IP lawyers. Led by David Case on the Tokyo front, we are capable of providing advice regarding patents, trademarks, technology transactions and IP protection strategies form the viewpoint of the venture capitals that are evaluating start-ups, helping emerging companies distinguish themselves in the global market and leverage their key intellectual property effectively and safely.

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Key Contacts

David Case
Partner

Intellectual Property
dcase@orrick.com
+81 3 3224 2090

Edward 'Ted' Johnson
Partner

M&A and Private Equity
esjohnson@orrick.com
+81 3 3224 2940