In the area of financial regulations (e.g., the Banking Act, the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act, the Insurance Business Act, the Law Concerning Investment Trusts and Investment Corporations), we advise and represent domestic and foreign banks, trust banks, securities companies and insurance companies (including those that will newly enter the Japanese market). In addition, even non-financial companies need legal assistance when their activities are subject to financial regulations.
Frequent revisions have been made to financial regulations due to the deregulation trend of the financial industry that began in the 1990s, and this was followed by a tightening of the regulations after the so-called “Financial Crisis” that followed Lehman’s Collapse in 2008. Also, the position of the regulatory authorities has changed from time to time and the regulations, guidelines, inspection manuals, etc. have been amended accordingly.
On the other hand, complex and technical regulations still exist. In this area, not only are we required to have knowledge of the latest laws (and in certain cases, to provide advice in light of the past history and/or future trend of revisions), but also it is essential to know practical trends and regulatory authorities’ policies, since there are few judicial precedents in this field.
Our firm has ample experience in the financial regulations area through our long-term involvement in such matters. Further, our firm has seconded attorneys to the financial regulatory authorities, and they have obtained practical knowledge and experience through such secondment. Taking advantages of such resources, we strive to present our clients with the optimal solutions to respond to their practical needs based on our thorough legal research.