Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

FinTech Legal Department

Japan
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What the team is known for Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is an illustrious Japanese law firm with extensive and decorated capabilities. Many of the firm’s lawyers are former employees of the Financial Services Agency (FSA) and their intimate understanding of applicable regulations in the FinTech sector is highly valued by startups and incumbents alike. The mandates handled by the firm are manifold and include RegTech, InsurTech, digital banking, e-payments and cryptocurrency elements. Partners of the firm are thought leaders in their fields who actively participate in the ecosystem and contribute to its growth.

Strengths"The firm has many lawyers who are familiar with the FinTech field and not only do they provide us with legal advice, but also support us considering our business."

"They're excellent and motivated. It's not like they want to just get things done and get out of it - they're there to support the FinTech market for the better."

Work highlights Advised Marui Group on the establishment of its new securities firm Tsumiki Securities and assisted them with licensing strategy and internal policy documentation.

Significant clients Facebook; BASE, Inc.; Fnality International, Inc.

Notable practitioners

Masakazu Masujima is highly reputed in the market for his expertise in advising clients on FinTech matters, with a particular emphasis on the payment services, crowdfunding and InsurTech fields. He serves as director at Japan Crowdfunding Council, and legal adviser at JCBA, JBA and Blockchain Collaborative Consortium. He receives praise from clients and is recognised by sources as "the most visible lawyer across the market." One impressed client notes: "He has a wealth of knowledge and deep knowledge of society, and provides us with highly intelligent advice."

Takane Hori is a director of the FinTech Association Japan and currently advises Facebook on Japan regulatory aspects of the launch of their Libra cryptocurrency built on blockchain. One satisfied client appreciates her legal support and her attitude towards "what she's pursuing across the area," saying that "on top of her excellent services, her personality, character and perspective towards this field are always cheerful. She has a strong mindset and is protectively changing things for better regulatory system for the industry. I cannot emphasise her excellence enough." Clients, including financial institutions, credit card companies and payment service providers, greatly benefit from her previous experience at the Japanese FSA in responding to financial regulations.