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 cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investments, joint ventures, strategic alliances, and IP transactions. He represents leading technology companies and technology-focused investment funds in their Asia and US investments.

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific has described Scott as “hands down the best outside counsel for a US company to work with in Japan,” “extremely responsive, creative, hardworking,” and “has an excellent knowledge of business culture in the US and Japan.” He is recognized in leading international 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
  • “Up-and-coming practitioner” for Corporate and M&A in Asialaw Profiles


  • 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


  • The University of Chicago, J.D.: with honors; Member, University of Chicago Law Review 
  • Hitotsubashi University, M.A. 
  • Harvard University, A.B: cum laude 
  • Mitsui in numerous transactions in the technology, life science, and renewable energy industries, including acquisition of Spaceflight and investments in BioAmber, Hutchison China Meditech, OSIsoft, and Quest Aircraft
  • 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
  • Akamai Technologies blockchain joint venture with Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
  • 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