Kenichi Tanizaki

Atsumi & Sakai - Japan

Senior partner



Highly regarded




Practice areas:

Project finance

Kenichi Tanizaki is a Senior Partner at Atsumi & Sakai; he is qualified as an attorney (Bengoshi) in Japan and is also admitted in New York. He currently co-heads the firm’s Project Finance Team and Derivatives Team. He has experience advising major banks and financial institutions, fintech companies and venture capitalists on a wide range of banking and finance matters, including (i) API deployed by a banks, securities firms, and insurance companies, (ii) cashless settlement, (iii) money transfer services, (iv) regulatory, compliance and AML/CFT issues and (v) other innovative services (e.g., emerging technologies, digital economy, AI, data protection, data usage). Prior to joining Atsumi & Sakai, he worked at one of Japan’s major banks, where he handled a wide range of banking transactions and services.

Mr Tanizaki has presented seminars on financial regulations, fintech and financial transactions at domestic and international financial institutions, as well as at seminar companies. He holds an LL.B. degree from Kyoto University, an LL.M degree from Northwestern University School of Law and a J.D. from Omiya Law School.

  • Advised a Japanese bank on a project financing for the construction and operation of a sewage treatment plant in the Gulf Cooperation Counsel (including Qatar and the UAE).
  • Advised on what licenses are required and what activities are permitted for a global bank based in the Netherlands to conduct various financial transactions with Japanese customers in the Japanese market.
  • Conducted a review of financial regulatory laws and fund-related contracts when a Japanese bank established a fund in the EU and invested in various infrastructure and digital assets through the fund
  • Advised fintech companies on the development of factoring services for future receivables, both from regulatory and transactional law perspectives.

  • Banking
  • Capital markets: Derivatives
  • Financial services regulatory
  • Private equity funds
  • Project finance


  • Banking
  • Energy
  • Financial services
  • Investment management
  • Natural resources


  • Japan
  • New York


  • Daini Tokyo Bar Association


  • Kyoto University (LL.B., 1994)
  • Northwestern University School of Law (LL.M., 2003)
  • Omiya Law School (J.D., 2008)