DeFi and the Law – LIDO and Liquid Staking under Japanese Law

This paper describes the structure of liquid staking and its largest LIDO, which has been expanding rapidly in recent years among DeFi, and a discussion of Japanese law.

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RWA Tokens under Japanese Law

Schemes using tokens (RWA tokens) tied to the value and ownership of real world assets (Real World Asset, RWA) will be discussed, with examples such as whiskey and physical gold, and the regulations and substantive law that may apply.

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DAO Token Sales under Japanese Laws

A DAO is a decentralized autonomous organization that drives a business or project forward using smart contracts without a specific owner or manager. Overseas clients sometimes ask our firm whether they can sell DAO tokens in Japan.

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Combining years of experience in the field of corporate deals and capital markets with an in-depth understanding of new technologies we are uniquely positioned to develop innovative solutions for our clients.


The FinTech industry is without doubt one of the most dynamic industries globally. Sitting at the intersection between traditional finance and technology it is also one of the most complex regulatory areas. We enjoy working in this environment and are consistently ranked among the top FinTech lawyers in Japan.

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Mergers and acquisitions are key strategies for companies to stimulate growth, gain a competitive advantage and increase their market share. We assist our clients in structuring their deals, setting up joint ventures and help them with their general corporate matters. Our clients range from early stage start-ups to established national and international players.

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Our lawyers have worked for leading law firms in the US, UK, Hong Kong and Singapore for many years and have a wealth of experience in debt and equity issues, derivatives and structured products. Having a strong foothold in FinTech, we are further ideally positioned to help our clients to stay ahead of the curve and to drive financial innovation.

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Our services cover the whole lifecycle of funds and range from the structuring and formation to capital raising, investment, operation management, and liquidations. We further assist foreign funds with their regulatory matters and portfolio investments in Japan.

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Companies developing or deploying cutting-edge technologies do not only require specialized knowledge of the respective technologies but also an in-depth understanding of the legal risks and the regulatory environment. Our lawyers constantly expand their knowledge to stay ahead of the curve and advise clients on matters relating to product regulation, IP and personal data protection.

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Our firm was highly recognized in the “FinTech” and “Investment funds” categories of the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022-2023.
Also we were selected as a Leading Individual, So Saito was recognized in the “FinTech” category, and Yuki Sato in the “Investment funds” category.

Chambers & Partners ranks So Saito top FinTech lawyer 2019-2024.

Best Lawyers recognizes So Saito for  Financial Institution Regulatory Law and FinTech Practice  for 2021-2023.
Best Lawyers recognizes So Saito for  Banking and Finance Law, Financial Institution Regulatory Law and FinTech Practice  for 2024-2025.
Best Lawyers recognizes Yuki Sato for Corporate and Mergers and Acquisitions Law for 2022-2025.

Our firm was selected as “Technology, media & telecommunications” in the 2023 Japan Law Firm Awards by Asia Business Law Journal.



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