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Theodore A. Paradise

Theodore A. Paradise

Davis Polk & Wardwell

Tokyo, Japan, JPN

A member of Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, Mr. Paradise is the head of the Tokyo office. Fluent in Japanese, he has practiced in the Tokyo office since 1991. His primary practice areas include capital markets, dispute resolution, and mergers and acquisitions, including joint ventures. He also regularly advises on banking, credit, fund formation and private equity. Mr. Paradise regularly advises Japanese companies listed in the United States in connection with their SEC and exchange reporting obligations. In 2010, he advised Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group and Chuo Mitsui Trust Holdings in connection with their respective SEC registrations.

Business Combinations

Mr. Paradise concentrates on mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures, particularly cross-border transactions involving Japanese parties, as highlighted by his role as counsel to Nikko Cordial Corporation (now SMBC Nikko Securities Inc.) in a share exchange with Citigroup Inc. involving the first-ever use of a triangular merger structure by a foreign firm in Japan. More recently, Mr. Paradise has advised on cross-border transactions involving Daikin Industries, NEC, Toyo Seikan and Chuo Mitsui Trust Holdings.

Capital Markets

Mr. Paradise advises clients on a broad array of corporate finance transactions, including privatization and IPOs, representing issuers, underwriters and governments in global and U.S. targeted securities offerings, both SEC-registered and exempt, by Japanese issuers. His capital markets clients have included: The Japanese Ministry of Finance, ACOM, Aiful, Aozora Bank, Canon, Cybird, Dai-ichi Mutual Life, Fuji Television Network, Hitachi, Konami, Millea (now Tokio Marine Holdings), Nippon Life Insurance, ORIX, Promise, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group and Taiyo Life Insurance. He has worked on other capital markets transactions for Bank of Yokohama, Chuo Mitsui Trust Holdings, JR West, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, NEC, Nippon Commercial Investment, NS Solutions, NTT, Oracle Corporation Japan, Plat’Home, RHJ International, Shinsei Bank, Sony and Usen.

Dispute Resolution

Mr. Paradise has represented Japanese companies in SEC investigations, and securities litigation, among other matters. He also regularly advises on antitrust, bank regulatory matters and FCPA compliance.

Dodd-Frank Act

Mr. Paradise advises on the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”) as well as the developing body of regulations thereunder.

Bar Admissions
  • State of New York 
  • Japan, Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi 
  • B.A., Indiana University, 1979 
  • J.D., Yale Law School, 1982 
  • Articles Editor, The Yale Law Journal

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