Ryu Fukuyama
Senior Associate

Two Embarcadero Center Suite 1900, San Francisco, CA USA 94111


Ryu Fukuyama focuses his practice on venture capital and growth equity investment transactions, both on the investor-side and the company-side, in a wide range of business sectors, including, energy, clean-tech, SaaS, med-tech, health-tech, life science, and other high-growth sectors. In addition, a significant part of Ryu’s practice consists of advising start-ups and emerging growth companies through all stages of their lifecycle, including formation, pre-seed and venture capital financings, private placements, joint ventures, and mergers and acquisitions, as well as day-to-day operational matters such as employment and consulting agreements, commercial contracts, and incentive compensation for service providers and employees.

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 New York venture capital firm for a Series A financing for a California-based legal tech company.

Represented a New York venture capital firm for a Series B financing for an insurance tech company and associated recapitalization.

Represented a clean-tech company in its debt financing from an institutional investor.

Represented a Georgia company for a Series C financing for an EdTech company.

Represented a New York venture capital firm for a Series Seed financing for a logistics tech company.

Represented a Washington-based environmental clean-up company in the sale of the company to a private equity buyer.

Represented a Georgia-based private equity fund in its add-on acquisitions of Georgia and South Carolina storage design companies.

Represented a Colorado proptech company in its Series A financing and associated recapitalization and secondary transactions.

Represented a Michigan company providing AI-powered workforce training platform in its Series A financing.

Represented Swedish geothermal investment fund in its U.S. joint venture with a large oil company.

Represented a Georgia healthtech company in its growth equity investments from strategic and private equity investors.

Represented a German company in its U.S. real estate joint venture with a Georgia-based real estate investment and management firm.

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

Represented a California MedTech 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 and associated equity recapitalization for a commercial drone and data company.

Represented a Georgia healthtech 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


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

U.S.-Japan Council (USJC), Emerging Leaders Program, Participant (2023)

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