Scott Sugino


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Scott Sugino is a corporate partner based in O’Melveny’s Los Angeles and Tokyo offices who specializes in technology-focused mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investments, strategic alliances, and IP transactions. He represents leading technology companies and technology-focused investors in their global business activities.

As part of O’Melveny’s Fintech Group, Scott advises project teams and investors building crypto companies, exchanges, and protocols. In Southern California’s burgeoning space technology sector, Scott works with companies and investors who are creating the next generation of commercial space technologies and businesses.

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


  • "Talkin' Tokens," Orange County Business Journal (October 17, 2022)


  • "Decentralized Automated Organizations (DAOs): Practical Applications and Legal Framework," Practising Law Institute (November 16, 2022)
  • Mitsui in numerous transactions in the space, life science, and renewable energy industries, including the acquisition of Spaceflight and investments in Axiom Space, BioAmber, and Hutchison China Meditech
  • Akamai Technologies blockchain joint venture with Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
  • Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) $185 million investment in the “Peanuts” brand
  • Cambridge Industries Group acquisition of Oclaro Japan’s optical transceiver business
  • Tokyo Ohka Kogyo investment in Pixelligent Technologies, an advanced materials manufacturer
  • Bourns acquisition of Komatsulite, a designer and manufacturer of mini-breaker safety devices for lithium-ion batteries
  • Fullscreen digital media joint venture with Sumitomo Corporation
  • Innovation Network Corporation of Japan investments in Treasure Data
  • IQP Corporation sale to GE Digital
  • Lockheed Martin space launch vehicle joint venture with IHI
  • QLogic sale of InfiniBand business to Intel
  • Skyworks Solutions acquisition of Panasonic's mobile communications device filter technology business
  • Western Digital US$4.8 billion acquisition of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies
  • Western Digital acquisition of Hoya Corporation's magnetic media sputtering business


Alerts and Publications

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

Current Status of Electronic Signatures Law and Presumption of Authenticity in Japan: Can a Handwritten Signature or “Hanko” Be Omitted?

March 10, 2021

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