Cryptoassets and Blockchain

Regulatory support and ongoing assistance for the development of cryptoassets and digital tokens, services involving blockchain technology and cryptoasset exchanges, including broad support for the building and operation of platforms

Market Developments

A feature of blockchain technology (distributed ledger technology) is its ability to enable secure, low-cost global management and trading of data without the need for a “reliable third party,” such as a bank or government.

The use of blockchain technology is spread across a wide array of financial fields, including: artwork traceability, electric power, etc.; small-lot investments in real estate; development of novel financial instruments; fund-raising by regional governing bodies aimed at economic revitalization; and other areas requiring settlement of funds using digital currencies such as fan-targeting businesses and game content and the use of blockchain in security tokens.

The use of blockchain technology has made possible a diverse range of products and services featuring dynamic innovation which makes comprehension of the complex array of relevant laws, regulations and rules difficult if viewed only through the perspective of the pre-existing framework.

Our Services

The firm has supported numerous blockchain-related projects going back to the inception of the technology. We have also been involved in the development of new regulatory frameworks geared to the new economic realities generated by blockchain technology. Our experts are well-versed in the legal, technological and business aspects of the field and support blockchain-driven services. We offer support for the following: compliance with applicable legal frameworks; administrative support for licenses, permits and registrations; compliance and internal control frameworks; and the drafting and review of terms of use and other contract-related documentation.

Cryptoassets and Blockchain:People

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Cryptoassets and Blockchain:Newsletters

FTX Chapter 11 from Japanese Law Perspective (2)
FTX Chapter 11 from Japanese Law Perspective (1)
Publication of draft amendment to money laundering regulations

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Cryptoassets and Blockchain:News

Top rankings received from Chambers FinTech 2024
Public Service
Masafumi Masuda becomes a member of the Study Group on the Realisation of a Safe and Secure Metaverse, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications
Top Ranking Received From Chambers FinTech 2023
Public Service
The "Guidelines on Random-type Sales of NFTs," whose formulation included the involvement of Masafumi Masuda, are released
Public Service
The "Guidelines for NFT Businesses 2nd Edition," in which Masafumi Masuda was involved in the formulation as Legal Counsel of the NFT Subcommittee, is released by Japan Cryptoasset Business Association (JCBA)

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Cryptoassets and Blockchain:Seminars

Feb. 2, 2024External Seminars
"Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI) Roadshow to Asia"
Mar. 30, 2023External Seminars
"4th Asia-based International Financial Law Conference 'Session two: Fintech’s impact on Asian financial markets I: the regulatory and legislative developments in STO and digital exchanges' "
Nov. 3, 2022External Seminars
"Policy Trend and Current Discussion on Metaverse in Japan"
Sep. 7, 2021External Seminars
"Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT) Challenges"
Jan. 31, 2018External Seminars
"Blockchain and its Application to IP Management"

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Cryptoassets and Blockchain:Publications

Magazine Article
"Legal Issues Regarding DAO"
Magazine Article
"Regulatory Trends Concerning Stable Coins in the US, UK, Europe, and Singapore"
Magazine Article
"Legal Issues Concerning NFT"
"Cryptoassets Law (2nd ed.)"
Magazine Article
"Global Legal Insights - Fintech 2023 - Vietnam Chapter"

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