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Chihiro Sasaki


An experienced and trusted adviser on a broad range of Japan equity and debt capital markets transactions.

Chihiro has extensive experience in representing leading companies and investment banks on capital markets transactions, particularly in Tokyo Stock Exchange IPOs and global offerings. He has advised issuers and underwriters on a number of high-profile TSE IPOs and follow-on offerings across various sectors, including technology, healthcare and consumer products. He also has deep experience with offerings of debt and registered capital securities, including SEC-registered and exempt offerings by some of Japan’s leading companies and banks.


Experience highlights

Equity Securities
  • PLAID on its global IPO and TSE listing
  • Sushiro Global on its global IPO and TSE listing
  • Nippon Paint on its secondary offering
  • Money Forward on its follow-on common stock offering
  • Tokyu Fudosan on its follow-on common stock offering

The initial purchasers on:

  • The IPO and TSE listing by Appier, ARTERIA Networks, Macromill, Net Protections, Noile-Immune Biotech, SBI Sumishin Net Bank, Simplex, Skymark Airlines, PHC, SoftBank, TMS, TRYT and Visional
  • The global IPO of investment units by LaSalle LOGIPORT REIT under Rule 144A / Regulation S
  • Follow-on equity offerings under Rule 144A / Regulation S by ANA, Asahi, Hulic, Invincible Investment, Industrial & Infrastructure Fund Investment, Nissin Foods, Park24 and SBI Shinsei Bank
Debt/Hybrid Securities
  • The Metropolis of Tokyo on its multiple offerings of bonds under Rule 144A / Regulation S

The initial purchasers on:

  • Multiple offerings of TLAC senior debt securities by Mizuho Financial Group
  • SEC-registered offerings of debt securities by Honda Motor and Toyota Motor
  • The debt offerings under Rule 144A / Regulation S by Central Japan Railway (debut), Denso (debut), Nissan Motor, Norinchukin Bank (Debut), NTT Finance, Olympus (debut) and Toyota Industries (follow-on)
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Legal 500 Asia Pacific – Capital Markets: International Firms and Joint Ventures, Japan, Rising Star


LL.M., Duke University School of Law
LL.B., Keio University

Professional history

  • Davis Polk since 2015
  • Linklaters (Tokyo), 2006-2015

Qualifications and admissions

  • Dai-Ni Tokyo
  • State of New York
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