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Nancy Yamaguchi


Practice Overview

Nancy Yamaguchi focuses her practice on cross-border mergers and acquisitions involving technology companies, in particular those in the semiconductor, mobile communications and software industries. Having had many years of business experience, Nancy is able to provide customized legal advice and negotiate transactions that are specific and relevant to the technology industry. She also handles technology transactions, including wafer supply agreements, probe and test services agreements, technology license agreements, software agreements (including CAD, NRE, VAR and others) and R&D agreements. Before entering the business world, Nancy was an associate in the Private Equity practice at the international law firm of Jones Day.

Representative Transactions

  • Represented a semiconductor company in its $82 million sale and disposition of its fabrication facilities £21 million sale of and real estate in the U.K.

  • Represented a semiconductor company in its $58 million (subject to contingent payments) sale of its SMS business to a French fabless semiconductor company

  • Represented a German semiconductor company in its $70 million acquisition of a fabrication facility and real estate in Italy

  • Represented a Japanese software company in its $30 million venture capital financing with various U.S. and Japanese strategic and financial investors

  • Represented a microcontroller company in its acquisition of intellectual property assets from a Russian software company

  • Represented a Japanese conglomerate in its sale of telecommunication assets to a U.S. networking company

  • Represented a semiconductor company in its pre-closing restructuring and sale and disposition of its fabrication facilities in Germany and France

  • Represented an Internet company in its sale of assets to a Japanese trading company through Section 363 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code

  • Represented venture capital funds in their portfolio investments in technology startups and acted as general corporate counsel to those startups


“License Agreements in M&A Transactions: Why Licenses May Not Vest in the Surviving Entity,” The M&A Lawyer, June 2005

Speaking Engagements

Originally from Japan, Nancy is fluent in Japanese and often gives presentations in Japanese or English on U.S.-Japan relations. She has been a guest lecturer at Georgetown University and Stanford University.



Nancy is a member of the Business Law and Intellectual Property Law Sections of the Bar Association of the State of California.


Languages spoken: Japanese

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Practice areas


  1. M & A: 50%
  2. Venture Capital: 20%
  3. Intellectual Property: 20%
  4. Business: 10%



Hourly ($450/hour)

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Contact info

Hoge Fenton Jones & Appel

60 S Market St Ste 1400
San Jose, CA, 95113-2396


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Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
FellowAmerican Association of University Women1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of CounselHoge Fenton Jones & Appel2013 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of CaliforniaN/A2001 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationN/A2000 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
The M&A LawyerLicense Agreements in M&A Transactions: Why Licenses May Not Vest in the Surviving Entity2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard UniversityN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
Northwestern University School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Georgetown University Law School Alumni AssociationJapanese Feminist Movements1993