Nancy Yamaguchi advises technology companies across the world on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, strategic and venture capital investments, joint ventures, strategic alliances, and technology transactions. Her clients include companies in the semiconductor, automotive, banking, IT, and software industries, among others. She also advises clients on operations of technology businesses and technology assets around the world.
Nancy also has a focus on settlement of disputes, including litigation, and she has successfully settled complex disputes involving technology and intellectual property rights, executives departures, key employees, founders, and equity compensation issues. She counsels clients on best practices on handling legal matters with a view to circumventing litigation or other legal disputes.
Before joining Morgan Lewis, Nancy was a partner at another global law firm, where she served as the head of its technology practice. Before that, she was the director of M&A for a public company and chief legal officer for a technology company based in Silicon Valley. Nancy’s combined business and legal experience in the technology industry allows her to provide practical business solutions and customized legal advice and negotiate transactions that are specific and relevant to companies in that space.
Sale of $30 million of common stock in Japanese mobile communication company to H&Q Asia Pacific, Goldman Sachs, Sony, Motorola, Tokyo Electric Power, NTT DoCoMo, and other US and Japanese investors
Technology collaboration and equity investments between a Japanese public company and Motorola/Freescale
Strategic investment and technology alliance between leading financial institution in Japan and a FinTech startup based in San Francisco
Strategic investment and an acquisition of a minority stake by a major Japanese company in a privately held Singapore company
Joint venture between a major Japanese industrial company and a strategic partner in Italy
Sale by major Japanese public company of certain telecommunication assets to US technology distributor
Series A investment in an artificial intelligence company and acquisition of a Japanese robotics company
Principal US corporate counsel to several Japanese technology companies
Investment by investors in Shanghai, China in semiconductor startup based in Silicon Valley for technology development in China
Private label technology development and licensing partnership between Silicon Valley based semiconductor company and its strategic partner in Zhuhai, China
Approx. $100 million sale to major Taiwanese buyer of semiconductor assets, real property and entities located in North Tyneside, United Kingdom
Spin off of high voltage power device business by Silicon Valley based semiconductor company
Represented majority shareholders in its minority buyout of an automotive company based in San Diego, California
Series of private equity acquisitions and consolidations for micro-cap private equity firm based in San Francisco
Lead investor counsel for reorganization, bridge loan and investment in biotech/medical company
Acquisition of technology assets and real estate from semiconductor R&D company through the assignment for the benefit of creditors process under California law
Acquisition of LED company for a public company based in Silicon Valley
Equity investments by Silicon Valley venture capital firm in several US Internet and eCommerce companies and biotech/medical companies based in San Diego and Silicon Valley
$62 million acquisition of Italian entity located near Rome, Italy from US seller, and related technology agreements with Silicon Valley-based image sensor company
Acquisition of technology startup specializing in automotive applications for a German investor
Sale of WiMax business of US public company to major German technology company
Sale of German automotive business by US technology company based near Stuttgart, Germany to UK purchaser
Purchase of operational semiconductor fabrication facility and related assets by technology investor and purchaser based in California
Tax-driven restructuring of two business lines for German semiconductor and technology development company
Sale of French entity by US technology company to German technology company and related pre-deal restructuring
Approximately $58 million sale (subject to earn-outs) of SMS business by US technology company to a French fabless company and equity investment for financing involving investors from France, Belgium, and the US
Purchase by US technology company of aerospace business from French technology company in bankruptcy
Northwestern University School of Law, 1998, J.D., cum laude
Harvard University, 1993, A.M.
Georgetown University, 1989, B.A.
Registered Foreign Lawyer in the United Kingdom
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Business Section, American Bar Association
Member, Northwestern University Alumni Association
Board Member, The Japan Society of Northern California