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Paul Lee


Associate in our Corporate practice, based in Tokyo.

Paul is a native English speaker and fluent in Japanese, with significant experience advising Japanese and international clients on their cross-border corporate transactions, focusing on M&A and capital markets. Before relocating to Tokyo in 2018, he worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets and Financial Institutions practices in our New York office.

Experience highlights

M&A / Private Equity
  • KOITO on its preferred stock investment in Cepton
  • Relo Group on the business combination of BGRS with SIRVA
  • A Ferrero affiliated company on its acquisition of Ferrara Candy Company Holdings
  • ABB on its $2.6 billion acquisition of GE Industrial Solutions
  • Comcast on its acquisition of SportsEngine
  • Anacor Pharmaceuticals on its $5.2 billion acquisition by Pfizer
  • Atairos Group on its acquisitions of Bowlmor AMF and Learfield Communications
  • Metalmark Capital on its minority investment in preferred interests of Reliance Gathering

Selected M&A matters before joining Davis Polk:

  • Eppendorf on its acquisition of the centrifuge business of Japan’s Koki Holdings
  • Toray Industries on its acquisition of Alva Sweden
  • Knorr-Bremse on its acquisition of Hitachi’s integral power steering business for commercial vehicles
  • Seiyo Food-Compass Group on the spinoff of its catering operations at sports and leisure facilities
Capital Markets

The issuer in:

  • Mitsubishi HC Capital and Mitsubishi HC Finance America’s senior notes offerings
  • Money Forward’s follow-on offering
  • PLAID’s global IPO
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank’s GMTN program and offerings of senior notes, including its inaugural issuances of green bonds and SOFR-linked bonds
  • SEC-registered offerings of senior notes by a Japanese issuer
  • A solicitation of noteholder consents by a Japanese issuer
  • A PIPE of stock and warrants by a US biotech issuer

The initial purchasers/underwriters in:

  • Global IPOs by Noile-Immune Biotech, TMS, Net Protections, PHC Holdings and Visional
  • Recruit Holdings’ ¥373.9 billion secondary offering
  • Olympus’ debut senior notes offering
  • NTT Finance’s concurrent $8 billion and €2 billion offerings of senior notes guaranteed by Nippon Telegraph and Telephone and offering of unguaranteed green bonds
  • Nissan Motor’s concurrent $8 billion and €2 billion offerings of senior notes
  • SEC-registered offerings by Mizuho Financial Group, Editas Medicine and Kinsale Capital
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IFLR1000 – M&A – Foreign, Japan, Rising Star

J.D., Harvard Law School
  • cum laude
B.M., Composition, Economics and Philosophy, University of British Columbia
Professional history
  • Davis Polk, 2015-2017 and 2020-present
  • Tokyo office, 2020-present
  • New York office, 2015-2017
  • Freshfields (Tokyo), 2018-2020
Qualifications and admissions
  • Japan, Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi, Dai-Ni Tokyo
  • State of California
  • State of New York
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