Koichiro advises various international and domestic fund managers for private equities, hedge funds, and real estate funds in the registration of funds for distribution in Japan and frequently provides advice on the structure of both domestic and offshore funds to be distributed to Japanese investors. He also advises Japanese trust banks and pension funds on their investments into foreign funds and foreign investment regulations.
Koichiro advises clients on various financial regulatory matters, such as Japanese capital markets regulations including the Financial Instruments and Exchange Law, the Investment Trust Management Law, the Banking Law and the Insurance Business Law. He also represents foreign clients in applying for financial business licenses in Japan, such as Type 1 securities broker/dealer licenses, investment manager licenses and financial instrument exchange license. Recently he frequently advises global Fintech companies on Japanese Fintech regulations.
Koichiro also represents various clients in corporate matters, especially mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate restructuring transactions. Due to his client base, he frequently represents private equity clients in merger transactions. Also, because of his expertise in Japanese laws and regulations governing the financial industry, he has represented foreign clients in acquiring Japanese financial institutions (such as licensed investment managers, brokers and FX brokers). He has also represented creditors in major Japanese insolvency cases in Japanese insolvency proceeding and U.S. Chapter 15 proceeding.
Recognition & Leadership
Awards & Accolades
•Listed, The Best Lawyers in Japan, 2016-2018
•Capital Markets Law, 2017-2018
•Investment and Investment Funds, 2016-2018
•Listed, Chambers Global, Capital Markets: Domestic (Japan), 2014-2016
•Listed, Chambers Asia-Pacific Guide, Band 3 - Capital Markets: Domestic (Japan), 2017
•Listed, The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific Guide, Structured Finance, 2014
•Listed, The Best Lawyers International, 2009
Professional & Community Involvement
•Member, Daini Tokyo Bar Association
•Board Member, Futures Industry Association-Japan, Representative Board
•Board Member, NPO HumanRights Now, Advisory Board
•Member, ACCJ (The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan)
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