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Atsumi & Sakai

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Yuri Suzuki

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Atsumi & Sakai

Work Department

Finance PG, Fund PG, International PG,  Innovation PG


Senior Partner (Banking & Finance, Financial Services Regulation, Fintech, M&A, Capital Markets, Securitization, Structured Finance, International Trade)


Kirkland & Ellis LLP (2005 – 2006), Trustee of Japan Institute of Life Insurance (2015 –), Member of the Individual-type Pension Policy Formulation Committee of the National Pension Fund Association (2016 –).


Japanese, English and Chinese.


Daini Tokyo Bar Association,
Daini Tokyo Bar Association International Committee (2010-, Vice-Chairperson 2012-)
JFBA Center for Promotion of International Legal Service (2014-)
Designated by the JFBA as a support attorney under the system to introduce support attorneys for small and medium-sized enterprises doing business in overseas countries/regions 
The Japan Association of International Economic Law
Trustee of Japan Institute of Life Insurance
Member of the Individual-type Pension Policy Formulation Committee of the National Pension Fund Association
Member of a Tokyo Metropolitan Government led study group on attracting foreign finance related corporations  
Legal adviser to the Japan Blockchain Association
Member of the Registered Foreign Lawyers Disciplinary Actions Committee of the JFBA 
Member of the International Bar Association
Member of the study group "Innovation and Laws" (February 2017-)
Vice-Chair of the Banking, Finance & Securities Committee, the Inter-Pacific Bar Association
Japan Association of the Law of Finance
Temporary Special Advisor (part-time) to the Minister’s Secretariat, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (September 2018-)
Supporter of "Fintech Business Camp Tokyo" and "Tech Business Camp Tokyo", Tokyo Metropolitan Government Accelerator Program


Waseda University (LL.B., 1997), The Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan(2001), New York University School of Law (LL.M. in Corporation Law, 2005).

Japan: Banking and finance

Banking and finance ‚Äď Independent local firms

Within: Leading individuals

Yuri Suzuki (Bengoshi) - Atsumi & Sakai

Within: Banking and finance ‚Äď Independent local firms

Atsumi & Sakai has been advising startups, IT vendors and financial institutions on the increasing presence of new technologies in the banking and insurance sector, while also maintaining a strong traditional financing, lending and asset finance practice. The team continued to expand its ranks with the addition of Akimoto Kawamura from Citigroup and Michiro Suenaga from Sidley Austin Nishikawa Foreign Law Joint Enterprise, as well as the promotion to partner of Kenichi Tanizaki. The Fintech Association of Japan recently appointed the group to assist with the drafting of an agreement on the use of a bank API with a software vendor, and Takafumi Ochiai teamed up with Yuri Suzuki to provide ongoing counsel the Japan Blockchain Association with regards to virtual currency exchange regulations. In further highlights, Bonnie Dixon oversaw a high-value senior secured asset-based revolving credit facility in connection with a corporate acquisition, and Ochiai represented a bank in the creation of distributed securities using block chain and ICOs.

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Japan: TMT

TMT ‚Äď Independent local firms

Within: TMT ‚Äď Independent local firms

The ‚Äėprompt and responsive‚Äô Atsumi & Sakai¬†fields¬†experienced¬†domestic and international¬†lawyers, and¬†includes¬†an¬†innovation¬†practice¬†group¬†which focuses on the key emergent areas of¬†fintech, Internet of Things (IoT) and¬†artificial intelligence¬†(AI).¬†Yuri Suzuki, who heads the fintech team, is¬†assisting Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group with the business plans, prototypes, alliances and roll out process¬†for the company‚Äôs Digital Accelerator Program, while the IoT and AI team is jointly led by Masataka Hayakawa, Hiroyuki Sanbe¬†and Takafumi Ochiai.¬†The ‚Äėapproachable, supportive and knowledgeable‚Äô Chie Kasahara¬†leads the TMT department, which also¬†handles¬†the¬†registration, protection, use and licensing of patents, model utility rights, design rights, copyrights and trade marks.

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