Akihiro Wani has almost 30 years of experience in the capital markets arena and is widely renowned as an expert in the financial sector. Throughout his extensive career, he has acted for 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. Mr. Wani 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.
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.
Mr. Wani has been a professor of law at Sophia University Law School since 2004 and has written and lectured on various legal issues relating to international capital markets. Mr. Wani is 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. He was appointed Financial Policies Monitor for the Financial Services Agency (FSA) in Japan in January 2016, and Representative Director, Chairman of JBA TIBOR Administration in April 2014. Mr. Wani is a Bengoshi and a member of the Dai-ni Tokyo Bar Association.
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