Advances in hardware and software have led to substantial progress in the field of autonomous driving, drones, robotics, AI, IoT, VR/AR and genetic engineering in recent years. Companies seeking to deploy state-of-the-art technologies do not only require specialized knowledge of the technology but also an in-depth understanding of the legal risks and the regulatory environment. Further complexities come from the fact that many laws were drafted, when the respective technologies did not exist and could not be anticipated.

Our lawyers constantly collect information on new technologies to expand their knowledge and to analyze it legally. As such we are perfectly positioned to navigate the complexities resulting from the application of old laws to new technologies and to react to changes in regulation and advances in technology promptly.

In addition to legal services directly related to the use of cutting-edge technologies, we support companies in negotiations with regulators (including using the gray zone resolution system) and represent them in other matters, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, IPOs, capital and business alliances, and dispute resolution.


  • Advised multiple FinTech, real estate tech, VR/AR, drone, and AI start-ups on the structure and set-up of their business in Japan.
  • Liaised with and educated regulatory bodies about innovative businesses and business models of various FinTech, real estate tech, VR/AR, drone, and AI companies to ensure compliance with the laws and regulations in Japan and no-action by the regulator.