Nancy Yamaguchi advises global technology companies on cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&A), strategic and venture capital investments, joint ventures, strategic alliances, technology transactions, and licensing. With more than 20 years of experience, Nancy is a trusted advisor to private and public multinational companies, especially those based in the United States, Japan and Taiwan, on all aspects of their corporate legal needs, including inbound and outbound M&A transactions. Her clients include companies in the semiconductor, automotive, banking and fintech, IT and software, biopharmaceutical and medical technology (medtech) industries.
Nancy is ranked Band 1 for Corporate/M&A: Deals in Asia by Chambers and recognized by clients as having “a business mind and tremendous attention to detail." They commend her for being “excellent and speaking fluent Japanese but also able to translate the cultural context and is amazing when dealing with the Japanese government.” In addition, they note that “she is great at negotiation and everything legal and is extremely helpful in concluding multinational deals."
Nancy also advises clients on operations of technology businesses and technology assets around the world, including intellectual property, labor and employment, and litigation matters, collaborating with specialists in these areas.
Nancy is a member of Morgan Lewis's Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) working group. CFIUS is a US government body composed of nine cabinet-level Executive Branch agencies reviewing foreign investments in US companies, especially from technology and data security perspectives. Nancy has experience advising both US and non-US technology companies with respect to their legal and regulatory compliance related to technology transfers, export controls, economic sanctions, data privacy, and cybersecurity. She is also a member of the firm’s Autonomous and Connected Vehicles Working Group and works closely with automotive OEMs and suppliers to support them on buy-side, sell-side and joint venture deals.
Before joining Morgan Lewis, Nancy was a partner at another global law firm, where she served as the head of its technology practice worldwide. Before that, she was the director of M&A for a public company and chief legal officer for a technology company, both based in Silicon Valley. Nancy’s combined business and legal involvement 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.
Top 10 Firms in Japan for Cross Border M&A, Asia Legal Business Japan (2022)
Band 1, Corporate/M&A: Deals in Asia, California, Chambers USA (2021–2023)
Ranked, Corporate/M&A, California: San Francisco, Silicon Valley & Surrounds, Chambers USA (2021–2023)
Board member, The Japan America Society of Southern California
Member, Business Section, American Bar Association
Board member and member of the MedTech Council, The Japan Society of Northern California
Co-chair, Women’s Leadership Counts, 2021, The Japan America Society of Southern California
Member, The Japan America Society of Southern California
Member, Innovation Advisory Council, Japan - U.S. Innovation Awards Symposium, Japan Society of Northern California and US – Asia Technology Management Center, Stanford University