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Paul Lee


Associate in our Corporate practice, based in Tokyo.

Paul is a native English speaker and fluent in Japanese. He joined our Tokyo office in 2020. Previously, he worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets and Financial Institutions practices in our New York office.

Experience highlights

Capital Markets
  • The initial purchasers in PHC Holdings’ ¥82.6 billion IPO and TSE listing
  • Money Forward in its ¥32 billion follow-on offering
  • The initial purchasers in Visional’s ¥68.2 billion IPO and TSE listing
  • The initial purchasers in Recruit Holdings’ ¥373.9 billion secondary offering
  • PLAID in its ¥24.1 billion IPO and TSE listing
  • The initial purchasers in the concurrent $8 billion and €2 billion offerings of senior notes by NTT Finance, guaranteed by Nippon Telegraph and Telephone
  • The initial purchasers in the concurrent $8 billion and €2 billion offerings of senior notes by Nissan Motor
  • The underwriters in SEC-registered offerings of TLAC senior notes and Tier II subordinated notes by Mizuho Financial Group
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank in establishing its global MTN program and multiple drawdowns of senior notes, including its inaugural issuances of green bonds and SOFR-linked bonds

Other representations include: a Japanese issuer on the solicitation of consents from its senior noteholders, a Japanese issuer in its SEC-registered offering of senior notes, the underwriters in follow-on offerings by Editas Medicine and Kinsale Capital Group, the underwriters in the offering of senior notes by Mastercard, a US biotech issuer in its PIPE placement of stock and warrants and advice relating to ongoing SEC reporting obligations.

M&A / Private Equity
  • A Ferrero affiliated company on its acquisition of Ferrara Candy Company Holdings
  • ABB on its $2.6 billion acquisition of GE Industrial Solutions
  • NBCUniversal Media on its acquisition of SportsEngine
  • Anacor Pharmaceuticals on its $5.2 billion acquisition by Pfizer

Other representations include: a major investment bank on its financial advisory roles in Japan, Atairos Group on its acquisitions of Bowlmor AMF and Learfield Communications, Metalmark Capital on its minority investment in preferred interests of Reliance Gathering and various Japanese clients in the reorganization of their US operations.

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