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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 banking institutions, asset managers and payment services 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 bank-affiliated financial institutions on U.S. financial services regulations including issues under the U.S. 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. federal policy and legislative 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
  • Columbia Law School Class of 2014 5th Reunion Co-Chair

Speaking Engagements

Ms. Sako regularly speaks at industry association meetings and conferences. Representative engagements include:
  • Panelist, “Big Data and AI - Is It Creating the Alpha?,” 14th AIMA Japan Annual Forum 2019, Tokyo, May 2019.
  • Panelist, “Raising Fund Assets in a Global Regulatory Environment,” K&L Gates, Boston, New York, March 2019.
  • Panelist, “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.
  • Panelist “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.

Additional Information

Publications
  • “CFIUS Reform: Impacts on Japanese Businesses’ Investments in the U.S. - Legislative Background, Key Changes and Issues to Consider in Analyzing Risks” NBL (Shoji Homu) No. 1138, January 2019.
Financial Services Regulations
  • Advises banking institutions, asset managers, payment services, insurance companies and other financial institutions on a number of Japanese regulatory issues including financial services regulations, privacy, anti-money laundering and anti-corruption compliance issues. She also counsels clients on offering and structuring various investment products and services including digitization and data use, and represents clients before Japanese regulatory agencies such as Financial Services Agency of Japan, Finance Bureaus and Bank of Japan.
  • Advises banking institutions, trust 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.
  • Represents investor clients in private equity or venture capital fund investments.
Public Policy
  • Assists various businesses in monitoring U.S. policy and regulatory developments and developing advocacy efforts.
  • Advises clients on U.S. federal political ethics compliance issues.
Complex Commercial Litigation, International Commercial Arbitration, and Criminal Cases in Japan
  • 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 complex cross-border commercial transactions.
  • Defended major airlines in various employee, damage and passenger claim cases.
  • Represented creditor 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
  • 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
  • Assists businesses on various investments, and economic development projects in the U.S., including negotiating economic incentives with state and local governments, and applying for federal assistance programs such as loan guarantee programs.
  • Represented businesses on acquisitions and developments of major hotel resorts, commercial complexes and renewable energy projects in Japan.