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Japan Investment Funds

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Our Japanese funds practice is based out of our representative Tokyo office and advises a Japanese and international client base on the structuring, establishment, launch and maintenance of Cayman Islands funds that are offered to Japanese and foreign investors whether by way of private placement or public offering.


Our team has extensive experience advising in respect of the full complement of Japanese offshore fund matters, including mutual funds, hedge funds and private equity funds.

Harneys Japanese funds team is one of the most experienced offshore funds teams in the industry. The team includes 6 senior lawyers who have previously held senior roles at leading offshore firms, including Maples and Calder, Walkers and Ogier, and who have advised Japanese government and financial institutions, start-up and established fund managers and promoters on Japanese fund formation matters.

Our Experience

  • We have extensive experience advising on in-bound and out-bound funds targeted specifically at Japanese and foreign investors.
  • Our team has significant experience advising a range of market participants ranging from market leading institutions, to start up and boutique funds so we understand well the requirements of clients ranging from simple to complex fund products and have been involved in the structuring of innovative solutions.
  • Our team regularly works with Japanese law firms and has excellent relationships with a number of firms ranging from the major Japanese law firms to boutique firms.
  • We have advised in respect of umbrella and standalone Cayman Islands unit trusts, segregated portfolio companies, exempted companies, limited partnerships, securities reports, ISDA transactions, fund restructurings and innovative funds products.

Why choose Harneys

  • We are dedicated to providing accurate and pragmatic advice, highly responsive service and cost effective solutions for our clients.
  • We deliver accurate, highly responsive service – in particular, we strive to be easily accessible to discuss any questions or issues with clients.
  • Our team is the only offshore funds team with a native Japanese offshore lawyer who can assist clients in Japanese and English.
  • Unlike some of our competitors, we do not offer fund administration services and so do not compete with administrators looking to refer work.
  • We offer a flexible and competitive pricing structure.
  • We visit Japan regularly and can travel to Japan quickly if required.
  • If required and for optimal cost-efficiencies, we can offer independent trustee solutions to our clients through our affiliate services company, Harneys Trustees (Cayman) Limited.



Lisa Pearce
Lisa Pearce

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Junko Shiokawa

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