Tokyo Partners and Counsel

Alan G. Cannon - Partner - Headshot
Alan G. Cannon - Partner Alan Cannon, based in the Firm’s Tokyo office, has extensive experience in advising Japanese and international financial institutions on a wide range of capital markets transactions. His experience includes securities offerings registered in the U.S., global IPOs by Japanese issuers and international debt offerings by Japanese financial institutions. Alan also works on cross-border merger and acquisition transactions. Alan has been cited by Chambers Global, Chambers Asia and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, among others, for his capital markets expertise.
Takahiro Saito - Partner - Headshot
Takahiro Saito - Partner 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.
David A. Sneider - Partner - Headshot
David A. Sneider - Partner 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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David Azcue - Counsel

As a member of our Private Funds Practice, David Azcue represents sponsors and managers of private investment funds, focusing on the structuring, formation, fundraising, compliance and ongoing operations of their funds, co-investment vehicles and other alternative investment products. He also advises sponsors on carried interest planning, management company structuring and internal governance matters. Additionally he represents investors making substantial investments in private funds and other collective investment schemes.

David has worked on some of the largest fundraisings in Asia, including Yunfeng Capital Limited in connection with their $1 billion Fund II and Advantage Partners in connection with their ¥215 billion Fund IV Series Funds. He has represented Advantage Partners since 2007, advising with respect to their IV-S and InfleXion series funds in addition to the Fund IV Series Funds. David has particular experience in Japan, assisting offshore sponsors and managers seeking to admit Japanese investors, Japanese investors seeking to invest in offshore investment funds, and offshore investors seeking to invest in Japan-focused funds, including representation of Nissay Asset Management in connection with offshore investments, Mizuho Bank, Ltd. and Unison Capital in connection with “Volcker Rule” and other regulatory matters, and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority and other offshore investors in connection with investments into onshore private funds.