- Labor and Employment
- M&A / Corporate Reorganization
- Litigation and Dispute Resolution
- Corporate Rehabilitation / Bankruptcy / Debt Collection
- Real Estate
- Antitrust / Competition
- Crisis Management
- Intellectual Property
- Life Sciences
- Digital & Information Technologies
- Ventures and Startups
- New Financial Products and Services
- Asset Finance
- Regulatory Matters
Banking and finance law is a core practice for our firm. We are engaged by financial institutions to advise on all aspects of their business, including commercial lending, retail banking, foreign exchange, and financial product transactions. For credit transactions, we provide legal analysis and advice, as well as documentation for syndicated loans and subordinated loans, taking security interests (including atypical collateral), and other credit-related transactions. Likewise, for deposit transactions. we handle a broad range of matters, including advice on contract terms, attachments on accounts, inheritance/succession, and handing of claims under the Depositor Protection Act. Our firm has extensive experience in resolving disputes relating to transactions in financial products, such as derivatives and investment trust interests.
Insurance law has a complex regulatory structure with different types of insurance coverage often demanding distinctive legal approaches. Based on our extensive experience in this field, particularly in the areas of life insurance and general insurance, we provide a broad range of legal services for all segments of the insurance industry. Moreover, as the barriers between financial service sectors continues to recede, we ensure that our insurance law practice is informed by our wealth of know-how and experience in the financial services industry more broadly.
We provide comprehensive trust law services, from traditional services for trustees, to legal diligence with respect to structures for asset financing activities, etc. that utilize trusts, as well as advice on new structures made possible by legal reforms and industry innovations.
Capital markets in Japan are governed chiefly by the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act (FIEA). The purpose of the FIEA is to ensure the soundness of capital markets and protect investors. To this end, the FIEA and related Cabinet Orders impose disclosure regulations, business operator regulations (registration requirements, etc. and conduct rules), and regulations on unfair trade practices, etc. These regimes are technical and complex, and frequently revised in response to changes in socio-economic conditions. In interpreting and applying financial laws and regulations, it is necessary to employ a comprehensive approach that takes account of the supervision guidelines of the Financial Services Agency, and the rules of the Japan Securities Dealers Association. Our firm has extensive knowledge and practical experience in the securities industry and provides a broad range of advice in this field.
New Financial Products and Services
Where new financial services are concerned (involving, for example, fintech or trade in crypto-assess), there is a need to consider both the conventional legal issues that arise in the provision of financial services generally, and the evolving landscape of laws/regulation specific to these newer areas. Our firm provides advice on a broad range of legal issues in this field, including scheme formation, drafting terms and contracts, and managing interactions with regulators.
Our firm provides a comprehensive range of services for asset finance projects, from analysis of legal issues to documentation. We act on behalf of lenders, borrowers, and sponsors, leveraging the know-how and experience we have accumulated in our broader financial law practice.
Financial regulation is a primary specialization for our firm. Our clients include Japan’s leading financial institutions, and many of our attorneys undertake secondment at banks, regulatory bodies, and similar organizations. We draw on this experience to provide services and advice for financial institutions on an everyday basis, backed by in-depth expertise regarding Japanese laws,