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David A. Sneider
Partner
 
41st Floor 9-10, Roppongi 1-Chome
Ark Hills Sengokuyama Mori Tower
Minato-Ku, Tokyo 106-0032 JP
 
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Phone: +81-3-5562-6211
Fax: +81-3-5562-6202
David Sneider, the Head of the Tokyo office, is a leading authority on cross-border transactions involving Japan. Major U.S. and Japanese corporations and financial institutions turn to David for guidance on M&A and capital markets transactions, and he has advised on many prominent global IPOs by Japanese issuers as well as a broad range of debt, equity and hybrid capital securities offerings. David, who is fluent in Japanese, has represented the Firm in Tokyo since 1994 and has helped establish Simpson Thacher’s Japan Practice as a leader among international law firms. In addition to his law practice, David is a Commissioner of the Japan-United States Friendship Commission.

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Work Highlights
  • KKR’s acquisition of Pioneer Corporation’s DJ equipment business
  • Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd.’s acquisition of NASDAQ-listed Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. for $465 million
  • Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation in its acquisition of the Butterfield Fulcrum Group
  • Monex Group in its acquisition of NASDAQ-listed TradeStation Group
  • AIG in its $4.8 billion sale of AIG Star Life and AIG Edison Life to Prudential Financial and its approximately $1.4 billion sale of the AIG Otemachi Building to Nippon Life Insurance
  • Citigroup Capital Partners in its $1 billion sale of Bellsystems24 to Bain Capital
  • Mitsubishi Motors Corporation in its $2.2 billion global offering of common stock
  • Sharp Corporation in its $1.2 billion global offering of common stock
Accolades
  • Legal Media Group’s The Best of the Best
  • International Financial Law Review’s Guide to the World’s Leading M&A Lawyers
  • Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Capital Markets Lawyers
  • Legal 500 Asia Pacific
  • Asia Law’s Guide to Asia’s Leading Lawyers
  • Global Counsel 3000
Education
  • Harvard Law School, 1984 J.D.
    cum laude
  • Yale University, 1979 B.A.
    summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa
  • University of Tokyo, 1979–1980
Associations
  • American Bar Association
Admissions
  • New York 1985

David A. Sneider is a Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in the Firm’s Corporate Department. David is Head of the Firm’s Tokyo office, where he has been based since 1994. David advises both Japanese and multinational clients in cross-border transactions involving Japan, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions. His clients include many of the leading Japanese and U.S. financial institutions in Tokyo. In David’s capital markets practice, he regularly advises issuers and underwriters in Japan in connection with global securities offerings.

David has been ranked as one of the leading U.S. corporate finance lawyers in Japan in a number of recent surveys, including Legal Media Group’s The Best of the Best, International Financial Law Review’s Guide to the World’s Leading M&A Lawyers, Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Capital Markets Lawyers, Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Asia Law’s Guide to Asia’s Leading Lawyers and Global Counsel 3000. He was named International Dealmaker of the Year for Japan by Asia Legal Business in 2005 and 2006.  Chambers Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers included David among its “Global 100 Lawyers in 2000, and has consistently ranked him as one of the leading individuals among foreign lawyers in Japan for capital markets (Senior Statesman) and corporate/M&A (Band 1).

David was appointed in 2014 as a Commissioner of the Japan-United States Friendship Commission, an independent U.S. federal agency established by Congress in 1975 to strengthen the U.S.-Japan relationship through educational, cultural and intellectual exchange.

David joined Simpson Thacher in 1992 and became a Partner in 1994. He received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Yale University in 1979, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1984. He also studied at Tokyo University from 1979 to 1980.

David’s recent representative M&A transactions include representing:   

  • KKR’s acquisition of Pioneer Corporation’s DJ equipment business
  • Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd.’s acquisition of NASDAQ-listed Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. for $465 million
  • KKR in its acquisition of Panasonic Healthcare for approximately ¥165 billion ($1.67 billion)
  • Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation in its acquisition of the Butterfield Fulcrum Group
  • A consortium of Japanese and Korean companies, including JFE Steel Corporation and Nippon Steel Corporation, in a $1.95 billion minority investment in Brazil’s Campanhia Brasileria de Metalurgi e Mineracao
  • Monex Group in its acquisition of NASDAQ-listed TradeStation Group
  • KKR in its acquisition and sale of Intelligence Ltd.
  • Blackstone in its investment in eAccess
  • Toys “R” Us in its take private of Toys “R” Us Japan
  • AIG in its sale of AIG Star Life and AIG Edison Life to Prudential Financial for $4.8 billion
  • Citigroup Capital Partners in its $1 billion sale of Bellsystems24 to Bain Capital
  • Shinsei Bank in its $5.5 billion acquisition of General Electric’s consumer finance business in Japan

David’s experience in global IPOs by Japanese issuers includes representing:

  • Underwriters in Japan Airlines ¥663 billion (approximately $8.5 billion) IPO on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and global offering, the second largest IPO globally in 2012
  • Sony Financial Holdings in its ¥320 billion IPO on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and global offering
  • Universal Studios Japan in its ¥28 billion IPO and listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and global offering 
  • SUMCO Corporation in its ¥144 billion IPO and listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and global offering
  • Elpida Memory, Inc. in its ¥102 billion IPO on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Reg S/Rule 144A offering of common stock
  • Daido Life Insurance in its ¥161.5 billion IPO on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and global offering
  • Underwriters led by Nomura Securities and UBS Limited in the ¥375 billion IPO on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and global offering by Electric Power Development Co., Ltd. (J-Power)
  • Underwriters led by Daiwa Securities SMBC, Goldman Sachs, Nikko Citigroup and Nomura Securities in the ¥160 billion IPO on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and global offering by INPEX Corporation

David has also participated in a broad range of debt, equity and hybrid capital securities offerings by Japanese financial institutions, including representation of:

  • Aozora Bank in its $1.3 billion global offering of common stock in 2013
  • Shinsei Bank in its international equity and debt capital markets financings

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