lawyer

principal

So Saito

Education

1997 The University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law(B.A.)
2005 New York University, School of Law(LL.M.)

Work Experience

1999 Admitted to the bar in Japan.
Joined Nishimura & Partners (now Nishimura & Asahi)
2005 – 2006 Employed by Debevoise & Plimpton, New York
2008 Partner / Nishimura & Asahi
2011 – 2012 Member of Workshop on Construction Contract Management held by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
2012 – Lecturer / the Chuo Graduate School of Accounting, specifically the MBA Program in International Accounting & Finance
2013 – Attorney Director / Cedyna Servicer Co., Ltd.
2014 – 2015 Compliance Officer / Funds(Type2 FIE Operator, Investment Advisor, Investment Manager)
2014 – Legal Advisor / Japan Blockchain Association (Formername:Japan Authority of Digital Assets)
2015 Resigned / Nishimura & Asashi
2015 Founder / So Law Office
2015 – Corporate Auditor / Topaz Capital, Inc.
2015 – Director / bitFlyer, Inc.
2016 – Supervisory Director / Mitsubishi Estate Logistics REIT Investment Corporation

Professional Affiliations

Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association (1999)
Securitization Forum of Japan Member of various committees (2005 – 2015)
Association of Japanese Consulting Engineers (AJCE)(Currently, Engineering and Consulting Firms Associations, Japan(ECFA)) / Individual Supporting Member / Official Member (2011 – )
JJapanese Conference on Overseas Development of Eco-Cities (J-CODE) Vietnam Working Group (2012 – 2015)
FinTech Association Japan Individual / Supporting Member (2015 – )
Japan UAS Industrial Development Association(JUIDA) / Individual Member (2016 – )
Japan Association of the Law of Finance / Member (2016 – )

Publications

April 2017 Articles “Effects of Payment Services Act, as amended”, Nikkin Journal No.732 May 2017 issue
October 2016 Articles ”Virtual Currencies, Blockchain and their Financial Practices”, Financial Law Journal No.2051 (October 10th 2016 issue)
July 2015 Articles ”Answers to the Seven Most Frequently Asked Questions on Bitcoins”, Nikkin Journal No.708 (July 2015 issue)
June 2015 Articles ”Recent trends in regulation of cryptocurrencies in Japan and other countries”, Kinzai Weekly No.3123 (June 15th 2015 issue)
July 2014 Books Islamic business law and practice, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry
March 2014 Articles ”Regulations under Existing Laws on Bitcoins”, Weekly Financial Affairs (March 31, 2014 edition)
February 2013 Articles Vietnamese Real Property Law for Vietnam’s Urban Development, Shin-Toshi Vol.67 No.2 (February 2013 edition)
October 2011 Articles Foreign national debt default and bond essentials, CDS, credit ratings and other legal complications, The Turnaround & Credit Management Quarterly No.134 (October 5th 2011 issue)
October 2011 Articles The opinions of large law firm attorneys regarding intermediate summary of issues of Civil Code (concerning credit) revision, Brief Summary of the opinions of Nishimura & Asahi Law Office Attorneys, NBL No.962 (October 1st 2011 issue)
June 2011 Articles Effects of the Basel 2.5 Accord on the Securitization Schemes, Kinzai Legal issue No.1924 (25th June 2011 issue)
June 2011 Articles Tax reforms for Japanese Sukuk, Islamic Finance news
May 2011 Articles Nuclear power operators’ damage compensation obligations, Business law July 2011 issue
May 2011 Article 2011 edition of Q&A regarding credit derivatives, Tokyo Financial Exchange J-CDS (Website), Japan Securities Clearing Corporation (JSCC)(Website)
May 2011 Articles The Great East Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Power Damage Compensation System, Kinzai Weekly No.2930 (May 16th 2011 issue)
February 2011 Articles Islamic Finance and the 2011 Tax Reform, Kinzai Weekly No. 2918 (February 14th 2011 issue)
September 2010 Articles Financial Regulation and Side Effects – Credit Rating Firms in Focus, (Nishimura & Asahi Legal Outlook Vol.10) Website Law and Finance Journal, Asahi Judiciary
July 2010 Articles ADR and CDS Business Revitalization – The Issue of Relevance to Credit Events and Acquiring Public Information, Kinzai Legal issue No.1902 (25th July 2010 issue)
June 2010 Books (New Practical Finance Introduction Series) Liquidization and securitization of assets and credit (2nd Edition), Kinzai Institute for Financial Affairs, Inc .
March 2010 Articles Islamic Finance in Japan, Islamic Finance News Guide 2010
July 2009 Books Latest Financial Regulation, Commercial Law
May 2009 Articles Effects of the Basel II Accord Revision on Securitization Exposure, Kinzai Weekly No.2835 (4th & 11th May 2009 joint issue) p.84-88
March 2009 Articles CDS and the Counterparty Risk, Kinzai Weekly No.2829 (23rd March 2009 issue) p.60-61
February 2009 Articles Q&A Regarding Credit Derivatives, Tokyo Financial Exchange J-CDS (Website) (co-author)
January 2009 Articles Operation Managed by Banking Groups after the Lifting of the Islamic Banking Embargo, Banking Law Journal 21 No.697 (January 2009 issue)
December 2008 Articles Bankruptcy of Securitized Products and Restructuring of Applicable Credit, Servicer Quarterly No.15 (December 25th 2008 issue)
November 2008 Articles Recent changes to the Japanese banking regulations on Islamic financeComplinet.com (Website)
June 2008 Articles Japanese Legal Issues Regarding the Entry of Domestic Financial Institutions into Islamic Financial System, Business Law August 2008 issue p.100-107
March 2008 Articles Securities with Links to Insurances and Japanese Legal Considerations, Aioi Basic Research REVIEW 4th issue
March 2008 Articles Recent regulatory topics on Islamic finance in JapanAsian-Counsel
February 2008 Articles The Use of Trusts in Regards to Corporate and Company Law, Citizens and Law No.49 (February 2008 issue) p.24-33
July 2007 Articles The Extent of Regulated Transactions as Clarified by Cabinet and Cabinet Office Directives, Japan Compliance Officer Association July 2007 issue
March 2007 Articles Asset Liquidization Law (SPC law) and Trust Finance and Commerce, Precedent No.1261 (March 2007 special issue)
December 2006 Articles The Legal System of Securitization and Liquidization, Regional Banking December 2006 issue
February 2006 Books The Complete Finance Law Update, Commerce Law
October 2003 Books The Complete Finance Law, Commerce Law last volume
August 2003 Books The Complete Finance Law, Commerce Law first volume
July 2002 Articles Practice of Securitization and Liquidization by Pertinent Asset, The Turnaround & Credit Management Quarterly Special Feature summer issue
July 2001 Articles Outline of the Securitization Scheme of Housing Loan Credit, The Turnaround & Credit Management Quarterly 93rd issue
2001年 Articles Outline and Practical Consideration of Asset Liquidization Law, 2000 Investigation Report on Asset Liquidization and Investor Protection

Seminars

October 2017 Lecturer “ICO and Japanese Law”/Financial Facsimile News Seminar – [Handouts in Japanese]
October 2017 Lecturer “Legal Framework for ICO”/ICO Conference – [Handouts in Japanese]
September 2017 Lecturer “Bitcoin and its criminal use – criminal cases”/Gunma prefectural police headquarters
September 2017 Lecturer “Summary of Japanese laws applicable to ICO” / Japan Blockchain Association Meetup VOL.2
August 2017 Lecturer Study Sessions “Bitcoin and related criminal cases”/National Consumer Affairs Center of Japan
April 2017 Lecturer Results of public comments: Virtual Currencies Act – [Handouts in Japanese] at Japan Blockchain Association Virtual Currencies Sector regular meeting
June 2017 Lecturer Legal issues of Blockchain technology which is of current interest as a new IT infrastructure/Financial Management Forums
January 2017 Lecturer Cabinet Order, Cabinet Office Ordinance and the Guidelines of the Virtual Currency Law/at Japan Blockchain Association Virtual Currencies Sector regular meeting [Handouts in Japanese]
November 2016 Lecturer Study Sessions of Investment Contract for Entrepreneurs “Funding, Investment Contract and Shareholders’ Agreement of Startups” / Fin Book Camp [Handouts in Japanese]
October 2016 Commentator “Comments on New Virtual Currency Regulation and Treatment
of Bitcoin in Bankruptcy Proceedings” [Handouts in Japanese]
September 2016 Lecturer Latest Trends Surrounding Virtual Currency and Its Legal System / JIPDEC [Handouts in Japanese]
August 2016 Lecturer Current Situation, Specific Cases and Legal Issues of FinTech and Blockchain Businesses / Seminar-info [Handouts in Japanese]
July 2016 Lecturer Current situation and Legal issues of FinTech Businesses/Nagano Employers’ Association [Handouts in Japanese]
June 2016 Lecturer Legal issues of Blockchain technology which is of current interest as a new IT infrastructure/Financial Management Forums
June 2016 Lecturer Current situation and future regulation of virtual currency/Chubu Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry
June 2016 Lecturer Bitcoin, Blockchain and Japanese Law/The Japanese Institute of Certified Public Accountants
May 2016 Lecturer New regulation of virtual currency in Japan/Monthly Party With Mrs And Miss Bitcoin [Handouts in Japanese]
April 2016 Lecturer New regulation of virtual currency in Japan/Japan Authority of Digital Assets Workshop [Handouts in Japanese]
March 2016 Lecturer Legal issues of Blockchain technology which is of current interest as a new IT infrastructure/Financial Management Forums [Handouts in Japanese]
March 2016 Lecturer Current situation and legal issues of FinTech and Blockchain businesses/Tokyo Risk Manager Association Seminar [Handouts in Japanese]
January 2016 Lecturer Prospective expansion of Drone business and legislative issues in Japan/Financial Facsimile News Seminar
January 2016 Lecturer Current situation and legal issues of FinTech business/Financial Management Forums
July 2015 Panelist Legislation and Infrastructure in Need of Fintech Reform – Trends and Prospects Surrounding Virtual Currency / GMS Forum 2015
July 2015 Lecturer
Panelist
Current State of Digital Currency Regulation in Japan, Regulation Panel/The New Context Conference 2015 Tokyo
February 2015 Panelist The Rise of Bitcoin / Rakuten Financial Conference 2015
January 2015 Panelist Inside Bitcoins Singapore
September 2014 Lecturer Bitcoin Regulation and Activities of the Japan Authority of Digital Assets/Bitcoin Center NYC
June 2014 Lecturer Bitcoin business and the Japanese law / Financial Facsimile News Seminar
April 2014 Lecturer Overview of Bitcoins and Handling under the Japanese Law / Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Seminar
February 2014 Lecturer Outline of Bitcoins and Position under Japanese Law
March 2013 Lecturer Practical Operation of Contract Management and Disputes for “New Managers” in Overseas Construction Businesses
December 2012 Lecturer Vietnamese Law, Vietnamese Real Property Law and Urban Development Law for Vietnam’s Urban Development
October 2012 Lecturer Capital Procurement (Contingent Capital) under Basel III
May 2012 Lecturer Case Examples of Losses Suffered / Overseas Construction Projects Contract Management for “New Managers” in Overseas Construction Projects
March 2012 Lecturer Legal Issues relating to the Default of Sovereign Debt
October 2011 Lecturer Case Examples of Failures and Disputes of Overseas Construction seen in Publically Announced Materials and Future Risk Management
September 2011 Lecturer Methods of Capital Procurement under Basel III
July 2011 Lecturer Legal Issues and Future Corporate Responses relating to Reconstruction following the Great East Japan Earthquake
January 2011 Lecturer Various Issues of CDS Practice and Credit Event Assessments
December 2010 Panelist Japan and the Islamic financial markets
November 2009 Lecturer Islamic Finance and the Japanese Legal System
September 2009 Lecturer Investments in Securitization / Bundled Products and Risk Management / Dispute Responses
April 2009 Lecturer Financial Strategies Moving One Step Forward
April 2009 Lecturer Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy (ICS) Endowed Class “Pratical Aspects of the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act”
February 2009 Lecturer Islamic Finance and Japanese Legal System
February 2009 Panelist The financial crisis and practical remedies to the financial and economic situation in local areas
January 2009 Lecturer The Emissions Trading System and Legal Points of Note as seen from the Perspective of Finance
November 2008 Lecturer Issues under Japanese Law accompanying the Issuance, Composition and Investments of Sukuk
November 2008 Lecturer The Collapse of Originator / Securitized Products and Opportunities for Servicers’ Activities
October 2008 Lecturer Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy (ICS) Endowed Class “Practical Aspects of the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act”
October 2008 Lecturer Status of the Development of the Legal Infrastructure for Emissions Trading and Future Outlook
September 2008 Lecturer Self-Procured Capital through Tier 1 Preferred Securities / Tier 2 Subordinated Bonds and BIS Regulations
July 2008 Lecturer Self-Procured Capital through Tier 1 Preferred Securities / Tier 2 Subordinated Bonds and BIS Regulations
June 2008 Lecturer Legal Issues of CDO, Synthetic CDO and Dealing with the Subprime Problem
June 2008 Lecturer Islamic Finance and Project Financing
May 2008 Lecturer Islamic Finance and Issues under Japanese Law
March 2008 Lecturer Islamic Finance and Points to Consider under Japanese Law
December 2007 Lecturer Islamic Finance and Considerations under Japanese Law
December 2007 Lecturer Legal Considerations on Risk Management Financial Products such as Cat Bonds and Life Insurance Risk Securities
December 2007 Lecturer Legal Issues relating to CDO, Synthetic CDO
September 2007 Lecturer Issues on Japanese Law relating to Cat Bonds and Life Insurance Risk Securities
April 2007 Lecturer Handling of Insurance Linked Securities under Basel II
February 2004 Lecturer Legal Issues of Balance Sheet Type Synthetic CDO’s
February 2004 Lecturer New Trends in Securitization Schemes
July 2003 Lecturer Legal Issues relating to CDO, CLO and Synthetic CDO
May 2003 Lecturer Sorting Out Legal Issues relating to CDO, CLO and Synthetic CDO

Media Appearances

October 2017 Magazine / Comments Weekly Toyo Keizai No.6758, November 4, 2017
September 2017 Newspaper / Comments Nikkei Sangyo Shinbun(Nikkei Industrial Journal), September 20, 2017
September 2017 Magazine / Comments AERA No.40, September 18, 2017
September 2017 Magazine / Comments Nikkei Business No.1907, September 11, 2017
August 2017 Magazine / Comments Nikkei Business No.1905, August 28, 2017
August 2017 Newspaper / Comments Sankei, August 18, 2017
August 2017 Newspaper / Comments Nikkei Online, August 18, 2017
August 2017 Internet / Comments Asialaw Profiles, August 15, 2017
August 2017 Newspaper / Comments Nikkei, August 4, 2017 Page 7
July 2017 Internet / Comments Reuters News, July 21, 2017
July 2017 Newspaper / Comments Nikkei, July 17, 2017 Page 11
June 2017 Newspaper / Comments Nikkei Online, June 27, 2017
January 2017 Newspaper / Comments Nikkei Sangyo Shimbun(Nikkei Industrial Journal), January 6, 2017 Page 2
February 2016 Newspaper / Comments Nikkei, February 17, 2016 Page 3
January 2016 Newspaper / Comments Nikkei, January 25, 2016 Page 15
December 2015 Newspaper / Comments Nikkei, December 7, 2015 Page 15
May 2014 Television / Comments “World Business Satellite” TV Tokyo aired on May 12, 2014
February 2014 Newspaper / Comments The Wall Street Journal, February 18, 2014 Pages 15 and 23
April 2011 Internet / Comments Reuters News UK Electronic Version April 4, 2011

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