Atsumi & Sakai

FinTech Legal Department

Japan
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What the team is known for Atsumi & Sakai is one of Japan’s foremost law firms. The firm’s multi-practice innovation group advises on a healthy range of complex and novel FinTech mandates for a diverse clientele. Its outstanding lawyers are well-versed in blockchain, banking API, data protection and e-payments, and are building notable InsurTech expertise. Atsumi’s partners frequently write for domestic, regional and international publications on such FinTech topics as artificial intelligence and cryptocurrency. In addition, the firm has organised seminars on various initiatives for realising a future cashless society.

Strengths"We're very satisfied with their services. They're lawyers with flexibility, and are interested in what we do as a new business."

Work highlights Assisted Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group as legal adviser supporting the MUFG Digital Accelerator programme to create innovation within financial services technologies.

Significant clients The Japan Blockchain Association, Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

Notable practitioners

Takafumi Ochiai has a strong grounding in regulatory matters, having formerly being employed at the Japanese FSA and currently acting as secretary of the FinTech Association of Japan. His clients praise his expertise in open banking and API issues, with one noting: "He is close to regulatory and very much familiar with what's going on in the market." He also possesses substantial experience acting for technology-based companies on IP rights, corporate group restructuring and litigation mandates.

Yuri Suzuki heads the firm's FinTech team, and is a secretary of the FAJ and legal adviser to JBA and the MUFJ Digital Accelerator programme. She also advises major financial institutions on various legal and regulatory matters related to FinTech businesses. One impressed client reports: "She is efficiently and accurately carrying out a wide range of operations, such as with associations, ministries and industry groups."