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SERVICES for Investment Mangement and Financial Services Companies

Overcome the challenge of market entry and sustainable growth with our specialized professional services.


To cultivate Japan's investor capital base requires understanding of the local rules and standards, and ability to execute and maintain best practices within the local framework.

Under the supervisory authority of Financial Services Agency ('FSA'), Japan overhauled its securities rules as the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act of 2007 ('FIEA') by renaming the Securities Exchange Act of 1948, consolidating 4 laws, and revising 89 laws.

This reform created the most comprehensive coverage of investment asset classes and enhanced the integrity and efficiency of the country's financial market. 


March 2016 was the last major change in FIEA for entities including exempt, non-registered businesses, requiring them broader documentation, information disclosure, and a designated Japan contact person or agent.

The information on this website is provided solely for informational purpose and does not constitute legal advice.





What are your options for entering Japan?


Japan's revised FIEA (effective March 2016) preserved valuable options for entities wishing to enter Japan and operate as exempt, non-registered businesses called Specially Permitted Operators ('SPO').


This provision is particularly useful for foreign fund companies such as Private Equity ('PE'), Private Debt, Real Estate, Hedge Fund, and other Alternative Fund or private multi strategy managers. Two types of SPOs are:


  • Specially Permitted Business Operators for Qualified Institutional Investors (SPBQII)

  • Specially Permitted Investment Management Business Operators for Qualified Investituional Investors


We provide agency support services to help manage your document preparation, filing, reporting, and ongoing communications contact person / liaison requirement.



What are your market goals?

Establishing a new legal status in Japan? 

Raising capital for new funds?

Maintaining existing investors?

Managing ongoing reporting responsibilities?


Of course, you have your legal department and external counsel to secure necessary legal advise. But then, how do you execute your plans if you do not necessarily wish duplicating the time and cost of building the whole team or managing the process from thousands of miles away? 


Our professional outsourcing and support services are customized to your plans in investor relations ('IR'), business development, marketing, and compliance. It is typically positioned as a strategic add-on to your internal capability and resource, so that you can leverage our local market knowledge and expertise. 


Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.