So & Sato Law Offices > Minato-ku, Japan > Firm Profile

So & Sato Law Offices
Akasaka Vetro, 4th Floor, 7−9−4, Akasaka
Tokyo 107-0052

Japan > Fintech - Independent local firms Tier 3

Japan > Investment funds: Independent local firms Tier 3

So & Sato Law Offices' funds team is ‘distinctive in its expertise in venture capital finance‘ and is able to offer advice to funds throughout the life cycle of a project. The group is instructed by a range of clients, in particular domestic venture capitalists, which the group assists with fundraisings and investments, both in Japan and internationally. Practice head Yuki Sato ‘has good knowledge and experience of the investment business‘ and is noted for her technological knowledge, while counsel Chiho Saito is particularly active in matters related to real estate investment funds.

Practice head(s):

Yuki Sato

Other key lawyers:


‘The firm’s team is distinctive in its expertise in venture capital finance, with additional activity in impact investing.’

‘This firm has two different strengths. One is the technological knowledge of Yuki Sato, the other is its investment management business knowledge. Both lawyers are unique and creative in each field.’

‘Yuki Sato has good knowledge and experience of the investment business. We rely on her a lot, especially setting up a new fund or building a creative structure. She delivered very quick and solid advice to us.’

Key clients

Academia Industry Alliance Capital

All Kochi Allaince Capital

Asahi Media Lab Ventures, Inc.

Dawn Capital No.1 Investment Limited Partnership

Emoote Pte. Ltd.

Fujiwara Capital Advisors Pte. Ltd.

GLIN Impact Capital Investment Limited Partnership

Idaten Ventures

Miyabi Ventures Co., Ltd.

MUFG Innovation Partners

Shochiku Ventures Fund

Social Innovation and Investment Foundation

Startup Debt Fund I Investment Limited Partnership


Toparz Regional Partners

UIG Asset Management Co.,Ltd.



LCN Partners

The firm started out in 2015 as So Law Office before expanding into So & Sato Law Office in 2019. It is a boutique firm that is uniquely positioned to advise international and domestic corporate clients on complicated matters, especially new business involving technologies.

The firm’s lawyers have backgrounds working at one of the biggest Japanese law firms and a reputable global law firm, and have extensive experience handling transactions in the areas of finance, funds, M&A, joint venture and crisis management.

It offers high-quality advice in the above areas coupled with tailored service to deliver the best results to its clients. Furthermore, the firm has deep knowledge in the area of advanced technologies and cutting-edge business models, such as blockchain, virtual currency, artificial intelligence and robotics.

Department Name Email Telephone
So Saito +81 3-5545-1820
Photo Name Position Profile
Shinpei Asano photo Mr Shinpei Asano Associate
Kazuki Imanari photo Mr Kazuki Imanari Associate
Yu Mizushima photo Mr Yu Mizushima Associate
So Saito photo Mr So Saito Partner