Japan: Private Funds 2018

In this chapter we identify nine of the foremost practitioners operating in Japan’s private funds market, advising clients on a range of complex funds and finance matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Ken Miura Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, Tokyo
2. Yasuzo Takeno Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, Tokyo
3. Kei Ito Nishimura & Asahi, Tokyo

Full-service firm Mori Hamada & Matsumoto sees two of its practitioners nominated this year for their outstanding work in the private funds market.
Ken Miura boasts “an excellent reputation” in the market for his leading expertise on private funds matters and is “very well known” for his impressive work on asset management and financial regulation.
Yasuzo Takeno is praised by sources for his “outstanding technical knowledge and experience” within Japan’s asset management sector. He gains recognition for his “reliability and precision” and is regarded as a “go-to” funds lawyer in Japan.

Morgan Lewis & Bockius sees two of its practitioners nominated this year.
Christopher Wells* is lauded as “one of the leaders” in Japan’s private funds market. His expertise is focused in the establishment and management of investment funds in Japan and advising on regulatory compliance matters.
Tomoko Fuminaga is regarded as an “exceptionally analytical” practitioner who boasts considerable experience advising clients on the structuring and registering of investment funds in Japan.

The “excellent” Kei Ito of Nishimura & Asahi is “famous in the industry” according to peers. His expertise has been built over 20 years and runs across a broad spectrum of areas, from traditional asset management matters to alternative investment funds.

Kunihiko Morishita of Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is a “big name” in Japan’s investment fund space whose first-rate work and experience in domestic and international banking has made him “very famous” in the market.

Mark Davies* at King & Spalding Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi Jimusho is identified as a standout private funds practitioner who is well known for his impressive work on related regulatory matters.

Koji Yamamoto of DT Legal Japan gains recognition from peers for his excellent work representing hedge funds and private equity funds in Japan on a wide range of investment matters.  

Etienne Gelencsér* at Shearman & Sterling is a widely recognised name in the Japanese market and wins high praise for his expert handling of fund formation and investment matters.


*foreign-qualified lawyer

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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