Yoichiro Taku

Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC

Yoichiro Taku

Yoichiro Taku

Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC

Biography

YOICHIRO TAKU

Partner

Corporate Finance
Corporate Law & Governance
Entrepreneurial Services
Mergers & Acquisitions
Venture Capital
EXPERIENCE:

Yoichiro (Yokum) Taku is a corporate and securities partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Yokum represents technology and growth companies at all stages of development, through private financings, strategic transactions, public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions. He also represents investors in venture capital financings. Yokum has advised numerous entrepreneurs from initial company formation to liquidity event. At any time, Yokum typically represents several start-up companies seeking venture financing, private companies that have received financing, and publicly traded companies.

Yokum also leads Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's Japan practice. He advises U.S. companies on their transactions in Japan, and Japanese companies on their transactions in the United States. Yokum also advises numerous companies with operations in Asia. Yokum worked at the Tokyo law firm of Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu in 1994 and 1995.

SELECT CLIENTS:

Alchip Technologies (semiconductor design)
Chemoil (marine fuel)
Chomp (iPhone app recommendations)
Clixtr (mobile photo sharing)
DeNA (mobile e-commerce)
GCA Savvian (investment bank)
Moonshoot (virtual world)
Namesake (social network)
Private Access (healthcare information)
SK Telecom Americas (telecommunications)
TheFunded Founder Institute (entrepreneur education)
VantagePoint Venture Partners (venture fund)
Yoics (remote access)
Zenshin Capital Partners (venture fund)

SELECT TRANSACTIONS:

Represented companies that have been sold to Access, Cadence, EA, Earthlink, Fox Interactive Media, McAfee, Microsoft, Namco, Novellus, Nvidia, RockYou, Winbond, Yahoo!, Zynga, and many others
Represented issuer or underwriter in IPOs for Biopsys, Blaze Software, broadcast.com, Chemoil Energy, Convergent Group, Corsair, Ditech, drugstore.com, First Virtual, Hambrecht & Quist Group, Newgen Results, Packeteer, PeoplePC, Ramp Networks, Terayon, and Xylan.

EDUCATION:

J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 1993
B.A., Political Science, University of Minnesota, 1990

ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:

Chairman, Angel Venture Financing Subcommittee of the American Bar Association Business Law Section Committee on Venture Capital and Private Equity
Advisor, Strategic Venture Association
Advisor, Stanford Asia-Pacific Student Entrepreneur Society
Board Member, Asian Law Alliance
Board Member, Japanese American Chamber of Commerce of Silicon Valley
Secretary, N! Leadership Network

ADMISSIONS:

State Bar of California

Overview
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Number of Boards

3

Number of Awards

1

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Founding Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC

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Managing Partner, Georgetown, Delaware at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC

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General Counsel at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC

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Chief Legal Officer at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC

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Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC

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Education
JD
Class of 1993

University of Chicago Law School is the graduate school of law at the University of Chicago. It was founded in 1902 by a coalition of donors led by John D. Rockefeller, and is consistently one of the highest-rated law schools in the United States. The U.S. News & World Report ranks it fourth among U.S. law schools, and it is noted particularly for its influence on the economic analysis of law.

BA in Political Science
Class of 1990

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (Minnesota, U of M, or The U) is a public research university located in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, United States, with the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses being approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) apart. It is the oldest and largest campus within the University of Minnesota system and has the sixth-largest main campus student body in the United States, with 51,853 students in 2012–2013. The university is broadly organized into 19 colleges and schools, and it has sister campuses in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester.

Memberships
Member

American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Career History
Partner
Current

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC is the premier legal advisor to technology and growth enterprises worldwide, as well as the investment banks and venture capital firms that finance them. Over the past five decades, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has established its reputation by having an unmatched knowledge of its clients' industries and deep and long-standing contacts throughout the technology sector.The firm's legal expertise serves clients at all stages of growth, from venture-backed start-up companies to multibillion-dollar global enterprises. The firm's clients include some of the most recognized names in the technology, retail, life sciences, venture capital, and finance sectors.Their broad range of services and legal disciplines are focused on serving the principal challenges faced by management and the boards of directors of business enterprises. The firm is nationally recognized as a leader in corporate governance, public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, mergers and acquisitions, securities class action litigation, intellectual property litigation, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and technology licensing and other intellectual property transactions.The firm has offices in Austin, Georgetown, DE, Hong Kong, New York, Palo Alto, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Shanghai, and Washington, DC.

Attorney
1994 - 1995

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu is widely known as a leading law firm and the foremost provider of international and commercial legal services in Japan. They represent domestic and foreign companies and organizations involved in every major industry sector and in every legal service area in Japan.

Boards & Committees
Council Member
Current

U.S.-Japan Council is a nonprofit company headquartered in Washington, DC. The firm operates as a platform for events, news and media. Suzanne Basalla is the current CEO, occupying that position since 2020.The company says this about itself: The U.S.-Japan Council is a Japanese American-led organization fully dedicated to strengthening ties between the United States and Japan in a global context. By promoting people-to-people relationships through its innovative programs in networking and leadership, the Council serves as a catalyst to inspire and engage Japanese and Americans of all generations. The Council was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Washington, DC with staff in California, Hawaii and Tokyo. In 2012, the U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) was created to support the administration of the TOMODACHI Initiative, and in 2013, it became a Public Interest Corporation (Koeki Zaidan Hojin). The U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) maintains an office in Tokyo, Japan.

President, Board of Directors
Prior
Member, Board of Advisors
Prior

ASES was founded at Stanford University in 1989 with the goal of connecting student entrepreneurs all over the world to create a global network of innovators. Decades later, ASES has many active branches and counting globally. We challenge our members to expand outside the Silicon Valley and solve the world's problems for billions of everyday people.

Political Donations
$1,000
2009

Chief Financial Officer at Asian Health Services Foundation

Transactions
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Twitter, Inc. purchases MoPub, Inc. from Accel Partners LLC, Icon Ventures LLC, Iris Capital Management SAS, Grasshopper Escapement LLC, AngelPad LLC

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DeNA Co., Ltd., DeNA Global, Inc. purchase ngmoco, LLC

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eBay, Inc. purchases GMarket, Inc.

Awards & Honors
Admitted to the California Bar
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