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Yuki Sako

Associate
+1.212.536.3943
Fax +1.212.536.3901
+81.3.6205.3622
Fax +81.3.3597.6421
Ms. Sako advises global financial institutions and other businesses on a number of Japanese financial services regulatory and compliance issues. She counsels clients on offering and structuring various investment products and services, and represents clients before Japanese regulatory agencies.

She also advises banks and other financial institutions on U.S. financial services regulations including issues under the federal banking laws involving various deposit and investment products and services such as sweep programs and advisory services.

She assists various businesses in monitoring U.S. policy and regulatory developments and developing advocacy efforts, and advises U.S. federal political ethics compliance issues.

Professional Background

  • Court Secretary at Kyoto District Court (2004 - 2007)

Professional/Civic Activities

 
  • Dai-ni Tokyo Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “High Speed Trading – How Fast Is Fast?,” 13th AIMA Japan Annual Forum 2018, Tokyo, May 2018.
  • Speaker, “Opportunities and Challenges in Doing Business with the United States: the View from Washington D.C. - Recent Developments in U.S. Trade, Foreign Investment, Sanctions, and Energy Policy and the Impacts on the Business Environment,” Japan Institute for Overseas Investment, Tokyo, September 2017.
  • Speaker, “A Time of Change: How the Regulatory Framework for Japanese Alternative Asset Managers is Evolving,” 12th AIMA Japan Annual Forum 2017, Tokyo, June 2017.
  • Speaker, “Business Risks and Mitigation Strategies for Japanese Companies in an Era of Increased Antitrust Enforcement,” Japan Institute for Overseas Investment, Tokyo, September 2016.
  • Financial Services Regulations
    • She advises hedge funds, private equity funds, asset managers, broker-dealers, insurance companies and other financial institutions on a number of Japanese regulatory issues including financial services regulations, privacy and anti-corruption. She counsels clients on offering and structuring various investment products and services, and represents clients before Japanese regulatory agencies.
    • She also advises banking institutions, trust companies, broker-dealers, insurance companies and other financial institutions on U.S. regulatory and compliance issues under the federal banking laws including operational issues and issues related to various deposit and investment products and services such as sweep programs and advisory services.
  • Public Policy
    • She assists various businesses in monitoring U.S. policy and regulatory developments and developing advocacy efforts.
    • She also advises clients on U.S. federal political ethics compliance issues.
  • Ms. Sako has represented clients in complex commercial litigation, international commercial arbitration, and criminal cases in Japan. Her experience includes:
    • Defended clients in various commercial disputes involving fiduciary duties, corporate governance and appraisal rights actions.
    • Represented clients in litigation, injunction and other court proceeding and international commercial arbitration on disputes involving various commercial transactions including M&A.
    • Defended major airlines in various employee, damage and passenger claims.
    • Represented financial institutions in bankruptcy/civil rehabilitation proceedings.
    • Defended the chief of staff of a leading Member of the Japanese Diet against criminal charges involving political ethics violation.
  • Compliance/Internal Investigation
    • She has investigated whistleblower complaints, and conducted numerous internal investigations for public and private companies involving violation of U.S. and Japanese anti-corruption or anti-trust laws.
  • Real Estate and Economic Development Projects
    • She assists businesses on various investments, and economic development projects in the U.S., which includes negotiating economic incentives with state and local governments.
    • She has represented businesses on acquisitions and developments of major hotel resorts, commercial complexes and renewable energy projects in Japan.