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Morgan Lewis Adds Corporate, Technology Transactions Veteran Nancy Yamaguchi as Partner

April 10, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO, April 10, 2017: Morgan Lewis today welcomes Nancy Yamaguchi, a mergers and acquisitions veteran who also handles technology transactions, as a partner in its Corporate & Business Transactions practice. She will be resident in the firm’s San Francisco office.

Ms. Yamaguchi is known for her strong cross-border practice concentrating on Japan and the Silicon Valley. In addition to mergers and acquisitions, she supports technology companies in corporate and technology transactions that include corporate formations, venture capital, debt financings, strategic partnerships, and joint ventures. Ms. Yamaguchi has practiced for the last 16 years in Northern California, advising clients worldwide on strategic acquisitions, investments, and other aspects of their business operations. Her clients include global companies in the semiconductor, software, manufacturing, automotive and FinTech industries.

“Having Nancy on our team is an important step as we continue to grow our technology practice globally and our corporate practice in Northern California,” said Firm Chair Jami McKeon. “Her addition further enhances our firm’s ongoing expansion in Asia and strengthens our ability to serve clients across the globe in this challenging sector where technology and corporate transactions intersect.”

Ms. Yamaguchi, who is fluent in Japanese, advises Japanese, US, and other companies on investments and operations of technology businesses and assets around the world. Her major engagements include advising on the sale of $30 million of common stock in a Japanese mobile communication company to numerous multinational investors; the sale by a major Japanese public company of telecommunications assets to a US technology distributor; and the strategic investment and technology alliance between a leading financial institution in Japan and a California-based FinTech start-up. She also advised backers in Shanghai as they invested in a semiconductor start-up in Silicon Valley for technology development in China, and worked on a private label technology development and licensing partnership between a Silicon Valley semiconductor company and its strategic partner in China.

Ms. Yamaguchi has handled technology and content license agreements, manufacturing services agreements, and joint development agreements, as well as international supply-chain transactions, including supply agreements, distribution agreements, and contract manufacturing and toll manufacturing agreements. Formerly the director of mergers and acquisitions for a public company and chief legal officer for a technology company, Ms. Yamaguchi is a frequent author and speaker on a variety of legal topics.

“Nancy is a veteran of Northern California who brings to our practice an impressive background in technology and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, particularly in Japan and throughout Asia,” said Morgan Lewis partner Charles Engros, head of the firm’s Corporate & Business Transactions practice. “She strengthens our presence in this epicenter of technology while boosting our expansion in Asia, and with support from our firm’s broad practice scope and global reach, she will be an essential resource to our technology clients.”

Morgan Lewis’s Corporate & Business Transactions practice provides corporate, finance, and investment management counsel to a diverse clientele of Fortune 500 companies and public and privately held businesses of all sizes. Firm lawyers from offices in the United States, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East represent clients in a range of sectors including technology, financial services, life sciences, healthcare, media, telecommunications, transportation, energy, and retail.

Lawyers in the firm’s San Francisco office advise clients across various industries and specialties on issues such as financial and environmental regulations, class actions, privacy and security, and protection of intellectual property.