Akihiro Wani

Akihiro Wani

Senior Counselor


University of Tokyo (LL.B., 1975)
University of Tokyo (LL.M., 1977)
Columbia Law School (LL.M., 1982)

Bar Admissions

New York

Akihiro is a senior counselor of our registered associated offices of Ito & Mitomi. He has nearly 30 years of experience in the capital markets arena, with deep experience in the financial sector. Akihiro has represented a number of major domestic financial institutions on financial regulations and cutting-edge derivatives transactions, including advising on the first public offering of credit-linked securities in Japan and the establishment of new commodity funds. He has also advised on the establishment of head/branch offices of Type I financial instruments business operators, investment management companies, life insurance companies, and other financial institutions, as well as acting on a wide variety of matters involving cross-border financial trading, securities, insurance, and general corporate transactions.

Since 2004, Akihiro has been a professor of law at Sophia University Law School, where he writes and lectures on various legal issues relating to international capital markets. He is also counsel for the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) in Japan, a member of the Financial Law Board, and a Finance Expert of P.R.I.M.E. Finance in The Hague. In 2016, Akihiro was appointed Financial Policies Monitor for the Financial Services Agency (FSA) in Japan, and he has been the representative director and chairman of JBA TIBOR Administration since April 2014.

Akihiro is a bengoshi registered in Japan and graduated from the Legal Training and Research Institute of Japan in 1979.

Mr. Wani is ranked in Chambers Global and Chambers Asia Pacific as a Band 1 leading lawyer for Japan: Banking & Finance: Financial Services Regulation and is ranked Band 1 in Chambers Global for Japan: Capital Markets: Securitisation & Derivatives. He is also listed as a Leading Individual in Japan for Banking and Finance in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific and is recommended as an Expert Consultant in the 2019 edition of IFLR1000.

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