The “excellent” Christopher Wells is a leading figure in the Japanese market and commands respect for his experience on fund formation and regulatory work.
Named one of the most influential people in Asian hedge funds by AsianInvestor magazine, Chris Wells has one of the leading international investment funds and financial regulatory practices in Japan. He focuses on establishing, operating, registering and licensing investment funds and fund-related investment intermediaries in Japan, including banks, securities companies, asset managers, investment trust management companies, and moneylenders. Chris’ Japan investment management practice group, based in Tokyo, represents over 80 asset managers and investment fund intermediaries from North America, Europe and other Asian jurisdictions in all of their establishment, registration, reporting and documentation needs in Japan.
Additionally, Chris advises multinational financial groups on issues related to regulatory compliance and licence qualification matters in Japan. He also represents companies in connection with forming and operating numerous multi-jurisdictional joint ventures and other investments in Japan. Chris leads the firm’s Japan investment management practice group and also helps coordinate the firm’s Asia-wide investment management resources, which constitute a unique investment management “platform” in Asia providing regulatory support and fund formation services across the private equity, hedge fund, infrastructure fund, real estate fund and venture capital markets in Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and China markets.
Chris is ranked as a Band 1 leading individual for foreign investment funds, and banking and finance regulatory work by Chambers Asia. He is currently a vice chair of the alternative investments committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, and a member of the executive committee of the Japan chapter of the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA-Japan). He served as the AIMA-Japan chair from 2010 to 2013. Chris also led the financial services committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan from 1998 to 2007, where he coordinated various subcommittees covering the securities, banking and finance, investment management, insurance, private equity, real estate finance, pension and securitisation, and ratings industries in Japan. Chris also speaks frequently on investor stewardship and other investment topics in Japan.