Rika, known for her sunny disposition and infectious laugh, thinks of herself as an ordinary kid from southern Yokohama, raised as a slightly rebellious middle child of a Japanese salaryman and stay-at-home mother. Quietly but fiercely proud of her normal upbringing, little did she know that, while her fellow university classmates were joining Japanese companies as “sougou-shoku (professional career track)” or “ippan-shoku (administrative career track)”, she would blaze a trail that few had followed before her.
Rika is an international corporate M&A lawyer with over 20 years’ experience of working in London and Tokyo, is currently partner with the international law firm Squire Patton Boggs. She is an active leader and connector for Women in Law Japan, Lawyers for LGBT & Allies, European Business Council Legal Services Committee, Ashoka Foundation and Asia Society.
Please join us to hear of her journey and fight for racial and gender equality in the workplace and be inspired to “be the change you wish to see”.
About the Speaker:
Rika Beppu has over 20 years’ experience as a corporate M&A lawyer working in international law firms in London and Tokyo advising many of Japan’s most prominent multinational companies in their overseas transactions. She recently led a USD 1 Billion transaction for a leading multinational corporation headquartered in Japan that specializes in industrial materials. She is also active in many of the business and legal associations in Japan. She currently serves as Chair of the Legal Services Committee of the European Business Council in Japan, is a founding member and chair of Women in Law Japan and is also a Director of LLAN (Lawyers for LGBT & Allies Network).
Rika graduated from Sophia University's Faculty of Foreign Languages and Studies, English Language Department, studied and trained in the United Kingdom, and obtained her qualification as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 1994. After joining a London HQ’d international law firm, she returned to Japan in 2001 and was the founding managing partner of that firm's Tokyo office. She joined the Tokyo office of Squire Patton Boggs in October 2017 as their first-ever English law corporate M&A partner. She is married to a former ad agency executive-turned entrepreneur and has two boys.
Ryann Thomas, Chair
Elizabeth Handover, Deborah Hayden, Jiana Leung, Tomoka Miho, Makiko Tachimori (Fukui), Sayaka Takahashi, Yoshiko Zoet-Suzuki, Zane Zumbahlen, Vice Chairs
ACCJ Women in Business Committee
C. Christian Jacobson, Catherine O’Connell, Co-Chairs
Nels Hansen, Vice Chair
ACCJ Legal Services Committee
Anna Maruyama, Chair
ACCJ Young Professionals Forum
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