Ken Kawai has extensive experience advising financial institutions, FinTech startups, investors and corporate clients on complex finance and financial regulatory matters.
Ken focuses primarily on the FinTech industry, and regularly advises FinTech companies, financial institutions, international organisations and self-regulatory organisations on legal issues surrounding FinTech, including the complex legal framework governing cryptocurrencies, initial coin offerings and blockchain.
Ken also specialises in derivatives, and has counseled global banks, broker-dealers and investors on regulatory matters and best practices in respect of derivatives and related products. He derives his deep and practical knowledge in this area from his 17-year career at MUFG Bank, Ltd (formerly known as the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi and, prior to that, the Bank of Tokyo Ltd), where he was involved in derivatives trading and marketing.
Ken’s practice also extends to corporate bankruptcy, insolvencies and reorganisations, in respect of which he has represented debtors and creditors in several complex multijurisdictional insolvency cases. He also advises several global systemically important institutions and related institutions on bank recovery and resolution regimes.