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Takahiro Saito
Partner
 
41st Floor 9-10, Roppongi 1-Chome
Ark Hills Sengokuyama Mori Tower
Minato-Ku, Tokyo 106-0032 JP
 
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Phone: +81-3-5562-6214
Fax: +81-3-5562-6202
Bilingual in English and Japanese, Taki Saito is a Partner in our Tokyo office, concentrating on capital markets and M&A transactions. He regularly advises issuers and underwriters on global securities offerings by Japanese issuers—including Rule 144A/Regulation S offerings and U.S.-registered offerings, as well as listings by Japanese issuers on U.S. securities exchanges. Taki’s IPO clients include Recruit Holdings in its $1.8 billion IPO and listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Regulation S/Rule 144A offering of common stock; and Seibu Holdings in its $438 million IPO and listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Regulation S/Rule 144A offering of common stock. On debt offerings, he has experience advising virtually all of the major underwriters in the market with respect to multiple senior and subordinated debt offerings.

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Work Highlights
  • Recruit Holdings in its $1.8 billion IPO and listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange
  • Skylark in its $698 million IPO and listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange
  • Seibu Holdings in its $438 million IPO and listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange
  • Mitsui Fudosan in its $3.6 billion global offering of common stock
  • SUMCO in its $557 million global offering of common stock
  • Otsuka Holdings in its $2.4 billion IPO and listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange
  • All Nippon Airways in its acquisition of Pan Am Holdings
  • Underwriters in the $1.3 billion subordinated notes offering by Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company
  • Mizuho Financial Group in its NYSE listing as well as its global equity and debt (both senior and subordinate) offerings
Education
  • Stanford Law School, 1998 J.D.
  • University of Tokyo Faculty of Law, 1991 LL.B.
Admissions
  • New York 1999

Takahiro Saito is a Partner in the Firm’s Corporate Department.  His practice focuses mainly on capital markets and merger and acquisition transactions. Taki regularly advises issuers and underwriters on global securities offerings by Japanese issuers, including Rule 144A/Regulation S offerings and U.S.-registered offerings, as well as listings by Japanese issuers on U.S. securities exchanges. The global initial public offerings by Japanese issuers that he has handled include representing:

  • Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd. in its $1.8 billion IPO and listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Regulation S/Rule 144A offering of common stock
  • Skylark Co., Ltd. in its $698 million IPO and listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Regulation S/Rule 144A offering of common stock
  • Seibu Holdings Inc. in its $438 million IPO and listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Regulation S/Rule 144A offering of common stock
  • Otsuka Holdings Co., Ltd. in its $2.4 billion IPO and listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Regulation S/Rule 144A offering of common stock. The IPO was the largest equity deal in the world for a pharmaceutical company
  • Underwriters led by Daiwa Securities SMBC and UBS Limited in the ¥110 billion IPO and listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Regulation S/Rule 144A offering of common stock by Idemitsu Kosan Co.
  • Elpida Memory, Inc. in its ¥102 billion IPO and listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Regulation S/Rule 144A offering of common stock
  • Underwriters led by Nomura Securities and UBS Limited in the ¥375 billion IPO and listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Regulation S/Rule 144A offering of common stock by Electric Power Development Co., Ltd. (J-Power)
  • Seiko Epson Corporation in its ¥132 billion IPO and listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Regulation S/Rule 144A offering of common stock

Taki’s representative equity offerings include advising:

  • Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd. in its $3.6 billion global offering of common stock pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S
  • SUMCO Corporation in its $557 million global offering of common stock pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S
  • Mizuho Financial Group in its global offerings of common stock in 2005, 2009 and 2010; and the $850 million offering of preferred securities pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S
  • Underwriters led by Nikko Cordial Securities Inc., Goldman Sachs International and Citigroup Global Markets Japan Inc. in approximately $10.6 billion offering of common stock pursuant to Rule 144A/Regulation S by Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc.
  • All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. in its ¥141.7 billion (approximately $1.5 billion) global offering of common stock pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S

Taki also represented Mizuho Financial Group in its listing on the New York Stock Exchange of American Depositary Receipts representing shares of its common stock.

Taki’s representative debt offerings include advising:

  • Initial purchasers led by Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Barclays Bank, Merrill Lynch and SMBC Nikko Capital Markets in the $3 billion senior debt offerings by Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
  • Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. in the Regulation S offering of $1.5 billion 4.2% Subordinated Notes due 2022 by Mizuho Financial Group (Cayman) 2 Limited, a wholly owned finance subsidiary of Mizuho Financial Group
  • Initial purchasers led by Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, Merrill Lynch and Nomura Securities in the $1.3 billion offering of 7.00% Step-up Callable Subordinated Notes due 2072 by Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company Limited pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S

Taki has also been active in significant merger and acquisition transactions in Japan, including representing:

  • All Nippon Airways in its acquisition of Pan Am Holdings
  • Pola Orbis Holdings in its acquisitions of H2O Plus and Jurlique
  • Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. in its acquisition of preferred stock of Orient Corporation

Taki joined the Firm in 1998 and became a Partner in 2008.  He received his LL.B. from Tokyo University in 1991 and his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1998.  He is bilingual in English and Japanese. He is recognized in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers: Japan/Capital Markets, Who's who legal and IFLR 1000 as a leading capital markets lawyer. 


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