JSV Forei Law Office

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John Y. Sasaki

  • JSV Foreign Law Office, Tokyo, Japan
    Attorney-at-Law (Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi)
    October 2006 to present
  • Morgan Lewis & Bockius, Tokyo, Japan
    Partner, Business and Finance
    February 2002 to October 2006
  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Palo Alto, California
    Associate, Corporate and Securities
    August 1997 to January 2002
  • Anderson Mori, Tokyo, Japan (now Anderson Mori & Tomotsune)
    Foreign Attorney
    November 1995 to June 1997
  • Komatsu & Koma, Tokyo, Japan
    Foreign Attorney
    July 1994 to October 1995
  • Whitman Breed Abbott & Morgan, Los Angeles, California (formerly Whitman & Ransom; now Holland & Knight)
    October 1991 to June 1994
Bar Admissions:
  • Japan (Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi), 2003
  • U.S.A., State of California, 1991
  • Boalt Hall, University of California at Berkeley, J.D., 1991
  • Cornell University, School of Arts and Sciences, B.A., Psychology, 1987, with distinction
  • "Start-Up Financing Documents: Annotated Model Contracts", Shouji Houmu, 2020
  • Round-Table Discussion: "What do Foreign Lawyers Do?", Liberty and Justice, Japan Federation of Bar Associations (Vol. 69, No. 10, October 2018)
  • “Law and Finance of Venture Companies in Japan”, Shouji Houmu, 2010
  • “The New Corporation Law: An Executive Summary of Major Revisions with Highlights for Litigators” (co-authored with Kiyoshi Takahashi of TMI Associates), ABA Litigation Quarterly, Spring/Summer 2006
  • “Japan: Start-ups increasing but structure still unresolved” (co-authored with Tatsuhiro Takahara of TMI Associates), The 2006 Guide to Private Equity and Venture Capital
Public Speaking:
  • Adjunct Lecturer, Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of Law, "Start-Up Law and Practice: The Silicon Valley Model”, Fall 2020-present.
  • Adjunct Lecturer, Keio University, "Drafting International Agreements", Fall 2011-Winter 2020.
  • Keynote Speaker, “Venture Business Support Symposium - Searching for a New Japanese Business Model beyond the Silicon Valley Model”, Tokyo, Japan, March 2000, co-sponsored by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Inc.
  • English (native)
  • Japanese