Scott Sugino


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Scott Sugino is a corporate partner based in O'Melveny's Los Angeles and Tokyo offices. Specializing in technology-focused mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investments, and business structuring in the highly regulated fintech industry, Scott is a trusted advisor to leading technology companies and technology-focused investors. Scott’s clients range from early stage-startups to large public companies across a number of important technology sectors.

As part of O'Melveny's Fintech Group, Scott advises project teams and investors building crypto companies, exchanges, and protocols. He advises a wide spectrum of fintech companies from household names like Coinbase, Ripple, and Binance to founders launching their first projects.

In the burgeoning space technology sector, Scott works with companies and investors who are creating the next generation of commercial space technologies and businesses. Scott has led investments into industry leaders such as Axiom Space, Atlas Space Operation, and Spaceflight Industries.

Having spent a significant part of his two-decade legal career in O’Melveny’s Tokyo office, Scott is recognized leader in cross-border investment transactions between Japan and the US.

Scott has been recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the “Most Influential Minority Attorneys.” Internationally, he is recognized in leading legal publications/rankings including:

  • Corporate and M&A in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
  • Intellectual Property in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
  • M&A in The International Financial Law Review 1000


  • Japanese

Honors & Awards

  • Corporate and M&A in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
  • Intellectual Property in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
  • M&A in The International Financial Law Review 1000
  • "Up-and-coming practitioner" for Corporate and M&A in Asialaw Profiles


Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Registered Foreign Lawyer in Japan


  • University of Chicago, J.D.: with honors; Member, University of Chicago Law Review 
  • Hitotsubashi University, M.A. 
  • Harvard University, A.B: cum laude

Professional Activities


  • "Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs): Overview," Thomson Reuters Practical Law (November 29, 2022)
  • "Talkin' Tokens," Orange County Business Journal (October 17, 2022)


  • "Decentralized Automated Organizations (DAOs): Practical Applications and Legal Framework," Practising Law Institute (November 16, 2022)

Alerts and Publications

Crypto Crackdown: Regulating a Post-FTX World

February 14, 2023

Insights 2023

January 31, 2023

NFT: A Token of Corporate Affection

January 25, 2023

The Corporate Transparency Act Treasury’s New Beneficial Ownership Information Reporting Regime

December 22, 2022

Takeaways from the Second (Proposed) Rule on Access: Who’s in the BOIs’ Club?

December 22, 2022

FTX Bankruptcy: Tax Implications of Vanishing Customer Deposits

December 9, 2022

New York State Seeks to Raise the Bar on Cybersecurity for Financial Services Providers, Including Certain Fintech and Cryptocurrency Companies

November 21, 2022

The ABCs of NFTs

August 17, 2022

What the DAO?: A Series on the Legal Issues Raised by the Latest Crypto Trend

July 18, 2022

DAOs: Looking for Limited Liability & Legal Personality

July 11, 2022

DAOs and Bankruptcy

May 24, 2022

After President Biden’s E.O. on Digital Assets, Top Regulators Hit the Road, Painting a Picture of the Digital Asset Regulatory Landscape To Come

April 13, 2022

What the DAO? Why Everyone Is Talking About Decentralized Autonomous Organizations

April 11, 2022

What the DAO? Breaking Down the Latest Blockchain Craze

March 8, 2022


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