Named one of the most influential people in Asian hedge funds by AsianInvestor magazine, Chris Wells has one of the leading international investment funds and financial regulatory practices in Japan. He focuses on establishing, operating, registering, and licensing investment funds and fund-related investment intermediaries in Japan, including banks, securities companies, asset managers, investment trust management companies, and moneylenders. Chris is admitted in California and is a Registered Foreign Lawyer in Hong Kong and a Registered Foreign Lawyer (#28) in Japan.
Additionally, Chris advises multinational financial groups on issues related to regulatory compliance and license qualification matters in Japan. He also represents companies in connection with forming and operating numerous multijurisdictional joint ventures and other investments in Japan.
Chris is ranked as a Band 1 leading individual for foreign investment funds and banking and finance regulatory work by Chambers Asia. He is currently a vice chair of the Alternative Investments Committee of the American Chambers of Commerce in Japan and a co-vice chair of the Executive Committee of the Japan Chapter of the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA-Japan). He served as the AIMA-Japan Chair from 2010 to 2013. Chris also led the Financial Services Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan from 1998 to 2007, where he coordinated various subcommittees covering the securities, banking and finance, investment management, insurance, private equity, real estate finance, pension and securitization, and ratings industries in Japan. Additionally, Chris was supervising editor of Japan Financial Translations, Inc., and he frequently speaks on investment topics in Japan.
University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 1979, J.D.
University of California, Los Angeles, 1979, M.B.A.
University of Rochester, 1975, B.A.
Japan (Registered Foreign Lawyer)
Hong Kong Registered Foreign Lawyer
US District Court for the Central District of California
US District Court for the Northern District of California
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Best ETF Law Firm, ETF Express US Awards (2021)
Recognized, International Business Transactions; Investment and Investment Funds, The Best Lawyers in Japan (2022)
Recommended, Banking and Finance: International Firms and Joint Ventures, Japan, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2019)