Nishimura & Asahi

FinTech Legal Department

Japan
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What the team is known for Nishimura & Asahi is a well-regarded provider of incisive legal advice in the domestic banking and finance, investment funds and corporate/M&A practice areas. Major corporations approach the firm for their FinTech acquisitions and investments, while startups employ Nishimura & Asahi to provide clarity on the regulatory uncertainty of their novel businesses. The firm provides legal advice on such FinTech mandates as the development of business models and negotiation with regulatory authorities.

Strengths"We asked them for advice on a potential ITO because we know that they're known as the expert in this field of financial services. They were very aware of the current legislation and compliance environment in Japan for a subject matter which was very novel."

"There are lawyers there who have backgrounds such as being seconded at the FSA, and they can point out what the FSA may point out. We feel very assured by their legal opinion and advice on capital regulations and banking laws."

Work highlights Advised Rakuten, Inc. on its acquisition of everybody's bitcoin, Inc., a cryptocurrency exchange, by Rakuten Card Co., Ltd.

Notable practitioners

Naoya Ariyoshi is well regarded for his previous experience of working at the Financial Services Agency of Japan and his knowledge of the FinTech industry, with a particular emphasis on cryptocurrencies. One client comments that "he and his team members are reliable lawyers for someone like us challenging new things," while another adds: "He is dedicated to objective and fair legal considerations while adhering to clients' needs with expertise and professionalism."