David Azcue is Counsel in the Firm’s Asia Private Funds Practice, located in the Tokyo office where he co-leads our Private Funds Practice in Japan. He has spent most of the past 30 years in Japan, as a student, entrepreneur, employee in the legal team of a high-tech Japanese manufacturing company, professional translator and interpreter, and for over a decade as a private funds attorney in the Firm's Tokyo office. David has been recognized as a leading private funds lawyer by numerous authorities including Chambers Asia-Pacific and IFLR1000, and brings to his practice a deep understanding of Japan and broad experience in global fundraisings for private investment funds.
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- Advantage Partners Fund IV (¥215 billion - the largest Japan-focused fund raised to date), Fund IV-S (¥20 billion) and Fund V (¥60 billion)
- Affinity Asia Pacific Fund V ($6 billion)
- Integral Fund III (¥73 billion)
- J-Star Fund III (¥32.5 billion)
- New Horizon Fund III ($750 million) and Fund IV ($1.1 billion)
University of Michigan Law School, 2003 J.D.
Michigan Law Review, Editor (2001-2003)
University of Pennsylvania, 1993 B.A.
David Azcue is Counsel in the Firm’s Asia Private Funds Practice, located in the Tokyo office where he co-leads our Private Funds Practice in Japan. His practice focuses on fundraisings for Asia-focused private investment funds, particularly in Japan, as well as representation of Japanese investors and asset managers investing internationally. David has been recognized as a leading private funds lawyer by Acritas, Chambers Asia-Pacific, IFLR1000 and LawDragon Insights: Private Funds, where clients have described him as “meticulous” and “renowned and respected within the Japanese market for his experience dealing with Japanese managers.” The 2017 edition of IFLR1000 quotes a client as saying “David truly stands out from his peers.”
Simpson Thacher’s Asia Private Funds Practice is ranked Band 1 by Chambers Global and Chambers Asia-Pacific, where it has been singled out as “a top player for funds work” in Japan, and is ranked Tier 1 by IFLR1000 and Legal 500. IFLR1000 has quoted a client as lauding the Firm’s practice as “one of the few groups” that can “adapt the legal perspective to the commercial” in Japan. The Firm’s Asia Private Funds Practice has also won numerous awards including, most recently, “Investment Funds Firm of the Year” at the 2017 Asia Legal Awards.
David’s recent representations include Advantage Partners, Diamond Realty Management, Integral, J-Star, Nissay Asset Management, Polaris and Unison in Japan, as well as Yunfeng Capital in China, and Affinity Equity Partners and other regional and pan-regional sponsors and investors.
David joined the Firm’s Tokyo office in 2006 and worked in the Firm’s Beijing office from 2013 to 2015. He has spent most of the past 30 years in Japan and is fluent in spoken and written Japanese. He also speaks Spanish and is proficient in spoken Mandarin and written Chinese. David holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was an editor of the Michigan Law Review. He received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania with distinction.