Christopher Kodama
  1. Counsel

Mr. Kodama is counsel in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, practicing in the Tokyo office. Proficient in Japanese, he regularly advises major Japanese and international companies and financial institutions on a broad range of global capital markets transactions including SEC-registered and exempt offerings of debt, equity, equity-linked and hybrid securities. He also advises Japanese companies in connection with their SEC and stock exchange reporting obligations and corporate governance requirements and on strategic corporate transactions, including cross-border tender offers, share exchanges and other business combinations.

Work Highlights

Mr. Kodama has advised clients on a wide variety of securities offerings, including the following representations:

DEBT/HYBRID SECURITIES
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, ORIX Corporation and Roper Industries on their SEC-registered offerings of senior debt
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group on its SEC-registered and Rule 144A/Reg S offerings of Tier 2 subordinated debt
  • Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, The Metropolis of Tokyo and Japan Finance Organization for Municipalities on their Rule 144A/Reg S offerings of senior debt
  • Nippon Life Insurance and Sumitomo Life Insurance on their Rule 144A/Reg S offerings of subordinated debt
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation on its establishment of a GMTN program and its Section 3(a)(2) offerings of senior debt securities thereunder
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank as co-guarantor in connection with the establishment of a guaranteed secured obligation programme and Rule 144A/Reg S offering of covered obligations thereunder
  • The underwriters on SEC-registered offerings of senior debt by Mizuho Financial Group, Toyota Motor Corporation, NIKE, NetApp and Allergan
  • The initial purchasers on Rule 144A/Reg S offerings of senior debt by Seven & i Holdings, Toyota Industries Corporation and Central Japan Railway
  • The initial purchasers on Rule 144A/Reg S offerings of subordinated debt by Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance and Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance
  • The initial purchasers on convertible debt offerings by Infinera and JDS Uniphase, and a high-yield debt offering by Brocade Communications 
EQUITY SECURITIES
  • ORIX Corporation on its SEC-registered offering of common stock/ADSs
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group on its NYSE listing
  • Sushiro Global Holdings on its Rule 144A/Reg S global IPO and TSE-listing
  • Tokyu Fudosan Holdings on its debut Rule 144A/Reg S global follow-on equity offering
  • The underwriters on SEC-registered IPOs and exchange listings by Splunk (NASDAQ) and Cvent, Inc. (NYSE)
  • The underwriters on SEC-registered follow-on equity offerings by Splunk, Sterling Financial and Onyx Pharmaceuticals
  • The initial purchasers on Rule 144A/Reg S global IPO and TSE-listings for Softbank Corporation, Macromill, KATITAS, Arteria Networks, Forum Engineering
  • The initial purchasers on Rule 144A/Reg S global follow-on equity offerings by Shinsei Bank, NanoCarrier and Sosei Group

Professional History

  • Counsel, 2013-present
  • Davis Polk since 2006
  • Tokyo office, 2007-2011; 2013
  • Northern California office, 2011-2013
  • New York office, 2006-2007

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York
  • Japan, Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi, Dai-Ichi Tokyo
  • State of California

Education

  • B.A., Sociology, University of Arizona, 1999
  • J.D., University of Washington School of Law, 2006

Languages

  • Japanese