YOSHIKI SHIMADA is a partner in Sidley’s New York office. Mr. Shimada received his A.B. (Phi Beta Kappa) from Cornell University in 1982 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1985. He joined the firm in 1985 and has been a partner since 1994.
Mr. Shimada has a diversified practice covering a wide range of work for blue chip Japanese corporations and financial institutions – corporate debt offerings, global equity offerings, global credit facilities, J-REITs, offshore investment funds and government regulatory investigations. He serves as special securities counsel to Japanese companies in connection with their capital-raising activities in the U.S. (Euro medium-term note programs, U.S. commercial paper programs, revolving and line of credit facilities, American depositary receipt (ADR) facilities and private placements) and their filings of annual and periodic reports and other submissions with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Mr. Shimada regularly advises clients with respect to the 1933 Securities Act, the 1934 Securities Exchange Act disclosure requirements, corporate governance matters, the 1940 Investment Company Act and investment advisory matters.
Among the matters he has advised on are the first medium-term deposit note program established by a Japanese bank, the first listing by a Japanese bank on a U.S. national securities exchange, the first cross-border Japanese asset securitization launched and completed, the first 144A global offering by a Japanese company, and the first global IPO by a Japanese real estate investment trust. Mr. Shimada has advised a major Japanese bank in connection with its successful application to become the first Japanese bank to be qualified as a financial holding company (FHC) under the U.S. Bank Holding Company Act. He has advised a major Japanese manufacturer with preparing its primary U.S. operating subsidiary for an initial public offering in the U.S. capital markets. As adviser to one of Asia’s leading theatrical companies (Shiki Theatrical Company), Mr. Shimada has negotiated cross-border production/licensing agreements with major Broadway producers, including Walt Disney Theatrical Productions, to bring Beauty and The Beast and The Lion King musical productions to Japan.
In addition, Mr. Shimada has been advising Japanese corporate clients in criminal and civil government investigations launched by U.S. government enforcement agencies. His primary focus is on crisis management for Japanese companies and executives facing side-by-side criminal and civil investigations, as well as complex civil litigation commenced by private litigants in parallel with such investigations. In recent years, Mr. Shimada has advised Japanese corporate clients and executives before such U.S. government enforcement agencies as the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
He is fluent in English and Japanese.