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Hiroyuki Sanbe   (Partner)

中文日本語
Admitted Japan (2003) and New York (2012)
Bar Association Daini Tokyo Bar Association
Education Waseda University (LL.B., 2002)
The Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan
Columbia Law School (LL.M., 2010)
Background Mitsui Company (formerly Mitsui Yasuda Wani & Maeda) (2003-2006)
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu (2006-2012)
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP (New York) (2010-2011)
Member Member of a project run by the Council on Competitiveness-Nippon (COCN) entitled “Negotiation, Cooperation and Coordination Between AI Systems” (July 2016-)
Member of the subcommittee on AI R&D Principles of the "Conference toward AI Network Society" of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (October 2016-November 2017)
Member of the subcommittee on AI Utilization Environment of the "Conference toward AI Network Society" of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (November 2017-)
Member of the Committee on International Relations of Japan Federation of Bar Associations (December 2017-May 2018)
Member of the "Innovation Platform for Society5.0 (iPLAS 5.0)" of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (March 2018-)
Member of the Committee on AI Governance of the "Conference toward AI Network Society" of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (November 2018-)
Practice Areas M&A and Corporate (including Domestic and Cross-Border Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Group Restructuring and TOB); Domestic and International Dispute Resolution (including Disputes related to Hostile Takeovers or corporate matters); Corporate and Financial Regulatory Compliance and Investigations; Corporate Risk and Crisis Management; Corporate Governance; Labor and Employment; Cross-border Transactions (including Project Finance and Merchandise Trade); International Trade; Insolvency and Corporate Restructuring; Finance (including Banking, Capital Markets, Securitization and Project Finance); Real Estate Transactions; IoT/AI; FinTech; Data Protection; Indian Law Practice
Languages Japanese and English
 

 

Tel +81-(0)3-5501-2276

Recommendations and Awards

Publications

  • “Tatsuya Kurosaka’s Neo Business Mining vol. 62: Is AI really a threat? Global debate on issues of AI and ethics,” Monthly Cyzo (March, 2019)
  • Getting the Deal Through - Fintech 2019, Japan Chapter, Law Business Research Ltd. (2018) [Co-author]
  • "Research Study on Recent Trends of Data Protection Acts in Other Countries,” Personal Information Protection Commission (2018) [Co-author]
  • "Fintech, LegalTech, AI, GDPR," LAWYERS GUIDE ~Trends in Innovation~, Business Law Journal No.125, LexisNexis Japan (2018) [Co-author]
  • Final Report entitled “Negotiation, Cooperation and Coordination Between AI Systems,” as a member of a project by the Council on Competitiveness-Nippon (COCN) (February, 2018) [Co-author]
  • 5000 Legal Countermeasures for Financial Institutions Vol.3: Lending, Management, and Guarantees, Kinzai Institute for Financial Affairs (2018) [Co-author]
  • 5000 Legal Countermeasures for Financial Institutions Vol.2: Exchange, Bills and Checks, Electronically Recorded Monetary Claims, Auxiliary Business, and Peripheral Business, Kinzai Institute for Financial Affairs (2018) [Co-author]
  • "The Entire Picture of the "Global Financial City: Tokyo" Vision――Global Financial City in Asia Revealed by the Project Team of Tokyo Metropolitan Government," Banking Education Co., Ltd. (2017) [Co-author]
  • Medium-term Report entitled “The Coming Ultra-Smart Society through Negotiation, Cooperation and Coordination Between AI Systems,” as a member of a project by the Council on Competitiveness-Nippon (COCN) (October, 2017) [Co-author]
  • Getting the Deal Through - Fintech 2018, Japan Chapter, Law Business Research Ltd. (2017) [Co-author]
  • "Doing Business in India - A Perspective from Japan," India Unleashed 2017 Legal and Investment Guide, Global Legal Media in association with Legally India (2017) [Co-author]
  • "Fintech: Business Strategies and the Law," Kinzai Institute for Financial Affairs, Inc. (2017) [Co-author]
  • "Current Status of Autonomous Driving Technology and Future Outlook of Car Insurance," KINZAI Financial Plan No. 386, Kinzai Institute for Financial Affairs, Inc. (April, 2017) [Co-author]
  • Final Report entitled “The Coming Ultra-Smart Society through Negotiation, Cooperation and Coordination Between AI Systems—Achieving Respective Purposes Smoothly and Forming Reciprocal Relationships,” as a member of a project by the Council on Competitiveness-Nippon (COCN) (February, 2017) [Co-author]
  • Medium-term Report entitled “The Coming Ultra-Smart Society through Negotiation, Cooperation and Coordination Between AI Systems—Achieving Respective Purposes Smoothly and Forming Reciprocal Relationships,” as a member of a project by the Council on Competitiveness-Nippon (COCN) (October, 2016) [Co-author]
  • Getting the Deal Through - Fintech 2017, Japan Chapter, Law Business Research Ltd. (2016) [Co-author]
  • "Financial Institutions' Use of Artificial Intelligence and the Law: the Protection of Personal Information and Intellectual Property Rights, etc.," Weekly Financial Affairs (Kinyu Zaisei Jijyo) No. 3184, Kinzai Institute for Financial Affairs (September, 2016) [Co-author]
  • "Practical Implications of the 2016 Amendments to the Banking Act and Payment Services Act, etc.—With a Focus on Fintech," Junkan Shoji Homu No. 2108, Japan Institute of Business Law (August, 2016) [Co-author]
  • "Some Commonly Overlooked but Important Viewpoints on M&A――From Practical Perspectives Concerning Stakeholders, IR, Risk Management, Global Impact, etc.," in the book "Issues in Modern Business Law: A Festschrift in Honor of Professor Masao Kishida’s 70th Birthday," SEIBUNDOH Publishing Co., Ltd. (2016)
  • "FinTech for Beginners Part 2: Asset Management Services (Investment Support) by Robo-advisor", Ginko Homu 21, Economic Legal Research Institute (July, 2016) [Co-author] 
  • “Insurance × Technology = “InsTech”: Trends and Legal Considerations“, Weekly Financial Affairs (Kinyu Zaisei Jijyo) No. 3170, Kinzai Institute for Financial Affairs (June, 2016)
  • "Innovation by Banks and FinTech Companies――A Summary of FinTech Issues from the Perspective of Financial and IT Law", Financial Law Journal, Kinzai Institute for Financial Affairs, Inc. (February, 2016) [Co-author]
  • "How to Restore Business Value at an Early Stage When Dealing with a Corporate Crime or Scandal," The Lawyers, ILS Publications, Inc. (October, 2015) [Co-author]
  • Project Finance Jurisdictional Comparisons First Edition 2012, Japan Chapter, Thomson Reuters (Professional) UK Limited (2012) [Co-author]
  • "Recent Amendment to the Substantial Shareholding Reporting Requirement", The Asialaw Japan Review, Asia Law & Practice (April, 2007)
  • "Limited Liability Companies" (Special Topic "Companies Act Q&As from the M&A and Restructuring Point of View") (85 Questions)), the Turnaround & Credit Management, Vol.110, Kinzai Institute for Financial Affairs (2005)

Web Articles

  • “A Financial Services Agency and Nikkei Sponsored FinTech Event with Many Sessions on AI (Artificial Intelligence), until the 22nd,” ZUU online (September, 2017)
  • "Know the Risks and Build Preparedness", Kinyu Facsimile News website, FN-Web (March 24, 2014) [Interview]

Seminars

  • Speaker and panelist at the presentation entitled "Consideration of ‘AI & Ethics’ in Corporate Management," at the event entitled "ABEJA Colloquium: How Should Companies Approach Expanding Data Regulations," hosted by ABEJA, Inc., April 25, 2019
  • Panelist at the panel discussion entitled "Technology & Data Privacy: A Global Perspective," at the event entitled "Tokyo Summit 2019," hosted by CJK Global, April 18, 2019
  • Panelist at the panel discussion entitled "Can GDPR be a Catalyst for Innovation?," at the event entitled "Sansan Innovation Project 2019," hosted by Sansan Inc., March 14, 2019
  • "International Symposium: Image of Human Being in the Age of Artificial Intelligence," organized by the Artificial Intelligence Ethics and Society Team, RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project (AIP), co-sponsored by the International Institute for Advanced Studies, and supported by the Kyoto Univ. Center for the Promotion of Interdisciplinary Education and Research, Artificial Intelligence Research Unit, and the Center for Legal and Political Practice, Graduate School of Law and Politics, Osaka Univ., December 15, 2018
    -Report entitled "Issues to Be addressed for Social Implementation of AI – from a Business Law Perspective, and Based on My Experiences for Conducting Research in Some European Countries"
  • Panelist at the panel discussion entitled "When and how to comply with the GDPR? What is the biggest enforcement risk for Japanese companies under the GDPR? What is the solution for it? – Big Law Firms' and GDPR Specialists' Perspectives," at the event entitled "Pressing Symposium: The Global Frontline of Privacy Protection Talked by Top of European Regulators," hosted by Internet Initiative Japan Inc. and Bird & Bird LLP, International Privacy and Data Protection Group, November 21, 2018
  • Panelist at the panel discussion entitled "Making our lives better with AI〜Towards the Social Implementation of AI realizing SDGs・Society 5.0〜," at the event entitled "Measurement and Control Show Osaka 2018," hosted by the Japan Electric Measuring Instruments Manufacturers' Association (JEMIMA), November 9, 2018
  • Panelist at the panel discussion entitled "AI Brings Prosperity to the People -Toward the Social Implementation of AI for the Realization of SDGs Society 5.0," at the event entitled "CEATEC JAPAN 2018," hosted by The Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA), The Communications and Information Network Association of Japan (CIAJ), and The Computer Software Association of Japan (CSAJ), October 17, 2018
  • Speaker at a workshop entitled "Innovation through Data Utilization: Legal practice dealing with GDPR, cross-border transfers of personal data, AI, data agreements, Amended Unfair Competition Prevention Act, and Open API, etc.," at an event entitled "FIN/SUM × REG/SUM 2018," co-hosted by Nikkei Inc. and the Financial Services Agency, sponsored by Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd., September 26, 2018
  • "Trends of Law and Policy on AI and the Utilization of Data," hosted by NEC Corporation, July 30
    -Presentation entitled "Legal Issues and Corporate Measures towards the Social Implementation of AI"
    -Panel discussion entitled "Required Corporate Behavior for AI Society"
  • "Outline of Possible Measures on Legal Issues and Risks Affecting AI: Based on Certain Assumed Cases considering Discussion in Japan and Abroad," hosted by Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association, June 26, 2018
  • "2018 Annual Conference" hosted by American Bar Association, Section of International Law(ABA SIL), April 17-21, 2018
    -Speaker and panelist at a session entitled "What will be the ethics and other impact of AI on Legal Practice and Law Practice Management?""
  • “2017 2nd Joint Conference by the AI Network Laws and Policies Study Group and the Information and Communication Economic Laws Study Group,” hosted by The Japan Society of Information and Communication Research’s (JSICR), March 23, 2018
    -Report entitled "Matters yet to be studied in relation to AI – Based on matters learned in practice regarding domestic and international trends on AI"
    -Panel discussion entitled "Suggestions gained from trends of laws and policies concerning AI networking"
  • "JEITA Technology Strategy Symposium 2017――AI Societal Implementation and Realization of SDGs and Society 5.0," hosted by Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA), December 22, 2017
    -Presentation entitled "Legal Issues on AI Implementation"
    -Panel discussion entitled "AI Societal Implementation and Realization of SDGs and Society 5.0"
  • Speaker at a workshop entitled "NEC presents "AI will bring Changes to Valur Chain and Money Flow"," at an event entitled "FIN/SUM WEEK 2017," co-hosted by Nikkei Inc., the Financial Services Agency, and the Fintech Association of Japan, sponsored by Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd., September 20, 2017
  • Panel Discussion entitled "Unmanned Transportation/Distribution," at the AIJA 55th Annual Congress in Tokyo, hosted by AIJA, August 30, 2017
  • "Doing Business in India - Key Consideration and Solutions," hosted by Yokohama India Centre, July 20, 2017
  • "Doing Business in India - Key Consideration and Solutions," hosted by Atsumi & Sakai and Japan Institute for Overseas Investment (JOI), July 11, 2017
  • "Transparency in Automatic Decision-Making and the 'Right to Explanation,’” a Paper from the Alan Turing Institute at Oxford University, and how the British Parliament is Reacting," at a conference entitled "The 5th Conference toward AI Network Society," hosted by the subcommittee on AI R&D Principles of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, May 30, 2017
  • "Transparency in Automatic Decision-Making and the 'Right to Explanation,’” a Paper from the Alan Turing Institute at Oxford University, and how the British Parliament is Reacting," at a conference entitled "The 4th Conference toward AI Network Society," hosted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, April 27, 2017
  • Panel Discussion entitled "Management of Risks Brought about by AI Networking," at an international symposium entitled "International Forum Toward AI Network Society," hosted by Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), March 14, 2017
  • “Developments in InsTech and the Use of AI: Trends in Finance and Industry Related to AI and Some Potential Risks,” hosted by Seminar-Info, February 21, 2017
  • "Artificial Intelligence, Social Change and the Legal Issues it Poses: A look at What the Future Might Hold and Some Potential Risks," hosted by Financial Facsimile News, organized by FN Communications, January 26, 2017
  • "FinTech Japan 2016: Future of FinTech," hosted by the FinTech Association Japan, December 1 and 2, 2016
    -Talk Session entitled "AI & its Implications on the Finance Industry"
  • "Recent Developments in FinTech in the UK, Singapore, Japan," hosted by Atsumi & Sakai and Japan Institute for Overseas Investment (JOI), September 6, 2016
  •  "FinTech in Japan: an Overview of Current Innovations and Regulatory Developments," hosted by International Bankers Association of Japan (IBA JAPAN), July 7, 2016
  • "A to Z to Work on FinTech," co-hosted by Atsumi & Sakai, Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co., Ltd., and Adobe Systems Software Ireland Ltd., June 6, 2016 and June 27th, 2016
    -Fintech Strategies and the Impact of Legislation: A Legal Perspective on Industry Needs and Business Opportunities
  • "Learning from Cases of Fraud and its Impact on Corporate Value—Recent Trends in Fraud Prevention Frameworks," hosted by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE JAPAN), December 16, 2015
  • "Tsinghua University Seminar for Chinese Company CEOs," hosted by Tsinghua University and Atsumi & Sakai, 21 April, 2015 
    -Part 1: Examples of M&A between Japanese and Chinese Companies and Growth in Chinese Investment in Japan
    -Part 2: Legal Considerations when Investing in Japan
  • "Risk Management Seminar - 'How to Deal with Corporate Scandals/Crises’: Recent Cases including Personal Information Leakage, Taking into Consideration Issues Related to IR/PR and Control of Subsidiaries,” hosted by Kinyu Zaimu Kenkyukai, October 21, 2014
  • "Risk Management and Corporate Scandals: Spotting a Potential Crisis, Dealing with the Aftermath and Learning from Past Mistakes," hosted by Financial Facsimile News, organized by FN Communications, July 31, 2014
  • "Risk Management Seminar - 'How to deal with corporate scandals/crises’: Expertise of an experienced lawyer shared, with emphasis on issues related to IR/PR, stock exchanges and regulatory agencies," hosted by Kinyu Zaimu Kenkyukai, May 22, 2014
  • "Risk Management Seminar - 'This can't be happening to our company!': Fictional Case Study Dramatized Based on Lecturer's Various Experiences - Countermeasures and Prevention," hosted by Atsumi & Sakai, February 7, 2014