Ryu Fukuyama focuses his practice on advising entrepreneurs and emerging growth companies through all stages of their lifecycle, including formation, financings, and exit transactions, as well as day-to-day operational matters such as employment and consulting agreements, commercial contracts, and incentive compensation for service providers and employees. He also assists venture capital investors in financing transactions.

In addition, a significant part of Ryu’s practice consists of advising companies on mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures, including cross-border transactions.

Prior to joining the firm, Ryu was an associate in the Chicago, Illinois office of a boutique law firm where he focused his practice on mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters. While attending law school, Ryu served as Technical Editor of the Santa Clara Law Review.

Ryu is fluent in Japanese.


Represented a Montana venture capital firm for a Series Seed financing for a company providing payment management system.

Represented a California healthcare startup for its Series Seed financing.

Represented a healthcare technology company in its growth equity investment into a company providing healthcare staffing platform.

Represented a robotics company in connection with a convertible note financing round.

Represented a California-based biotech startup for its Pre-Seed preferred stock financing round.

Represented a New York venture capital firm for a late-stage preferred stock financing for a commercial drone and data company.

Represented a Georgia healthcare company in its private placement of debt and equity offerings.

Represented an Austrian technology company in connection with its joint venture with a Japanese venture capital fund.

Advised a corporate venture capital investor in connection with a bridge note financing for a technology company providing certain music platforms.

*Represented the sole shareholder of a North American franchisor of supermarket-based food service counters in the sale of the company to a publicly-traded Japanese food service company for $257 million.

*Represented a Japanese aluminum manufacturer in its carve-out acquisition of a U.S. subsidiary of a Japanese aluminum manufacturer.

*Experience gained by attorney prior to joining Kilpatrick Townsend


Santa Clara University School of Law J.D. (2016) High Tech Law Certificate – Corporate Specialization, with honors, Emery Merit Scholarship

Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan LL.B., Law (2013)


California (2021)

Illinois (2016)

Professional & Community Activities

American Bar Association, Member

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