Bradley K. Edmister represents US, Japanese, and other Asian clients in cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and capital markets transactions. Fluent in Japanese, Bradley handles a range of public and private M&A matters for both strategic and private equity clients, cross-border joint ventures, and global equity and debt capital markets transactions, including American depositary receipts and global depositary receipts. He also works on Japanese real estate investment trusts and ongoing listing and US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) compliance matters for foreign private issuers.
Bradley has worked on high-profile deals in Australia, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand, as well as throughout Europe and Latin America. He also advises clients on the cross-border securities aspects of public M&A transactions and advises investment banks with respect to fairness opinions. He also coordinates general advice to US subsidiaries of non-US companies and their parents.
Bradley leads Morgan Lewis’s Japan capital markets practice. He has advised on numerous recent global equity offerings, as well as debt offerings, involving well-known Japanese companies and financial institutions. He is one of the preeminent advisors to J-REITs and listed Japanese infrastructure funds, regularly advising issuers and underwriters in global offerings for such entities.
An Ohio native, Bradley learned Japanese at Harvard University and has a deep affinity for Japanese culture. He has been a member of the Asian Affairs Committee of the New York City Bar Association, the Japan Society of New York, and the America-Japan Society in Tokyo. A frequent traveler to Japan, Bradley teaches US securities law at Keio University Law School in Tokyo.
Bradley practiced in Tokyo for 10 years before returning to New York to join Morgan Lewis in 2011.
Mergers and Acquisitions
Japan Retail Fund Investment Corporation and its external asset manager, Mitsubishi Corp.-UBS Realty (MCUBS), in the approximately $11 billion merger of Japan Retail Fund with MCUBS MidCity Investment Corporation, a Japan REIT
Asahi Kasei in the approx. $1.3 billion public acquisition of Veloxis Pharmaceuticals
Tadano, Ltd. in the carve-out acquisition of the German-based Demag Mobile Cranes business from NYSE-listed Terex Corporation for an enterprise value of approx. $215 million
H.I.S. Hotel Holdings in the acquisition of a hotel in Times Square, New York
Tadano, Ltd. in its acquisition of a 14.9% stake in NASDAQ-listed Manitex International, Inc. (Nasdaq: MNTX)
Sumitomo Corporation in the formation of the U.S. Prime Office (USPO) Fund II, an approximately $425 million closed-end private real estate fund for Japanese institutional investors to invest in specified real estate in the United States, and the acquisition by the fund of the Atlanta Financial Center in Atlanta, Georgia and related financing
Sumitomo Corporation in its over $1.6 billion 50-50 joint venture with Michelin North America Inc. combining Sumitomo’s subsidiary, TBC Corporation, with the wholesale tire distribution business of Michelin’s subsidiary, Tire Centers, Inc., to form the second-largest wholesale tire distribution business in the United States
Sumitomo Corporation in its approximately $802 million public acquisition of Fyffes plc
Nomura, Mizuho, Citi and Daiwa, the financial advisors to JX Holdings, in the announced integration of JX Holdings with TonenGeneral
Kenedix Asia in its sponsor participation in AmanahRaya REIT in Malaysia, through the acquisition of 15% of the units of Malaysia-listed AmanahRaya REIT (AARET:MK) and 49% of the shares of AmanahRaya-REIT Managers Sdn. Bhd., the asset manager of AmanahRaya REIT
Owl Creek Asset Management in the purchase by Comcast NBCUniversal of an initial 51% interest in Universal Studios Japan and subsequent purchase of the remaining 49% interest from Goldman Sachs, MBK, Owl Creek and management, valuing USJ at $7.4 billion
TBC Corporation, a subsidiary of Sumitomo Corp, in its approximately $310 million acquisition of NYSE-listed Midas, Inc. through a tender offer
NASDAQ-listed Chelsea Therapeutics in its sale to Lundbeck through a tender offer
Asahi Kasei Medical in an approximately $45.2 million PIPE investment in NASDAQ-listed NxStage Medical, through a debt-equity swap, and collaboration arrangements
Nomura Securities as financial advisor to Nippon Oil in its approximately $8 billion integration with Nippon Mining that won Asian Counsel's "Asian Deal of the Year 2010"
Mitchell International Inc. in the following:
Mitchell’s acquisition of a stake in GT Motive Einsa, S.A.U. in Spain and related joint venture arrangements
Mitchell’s strategic alliance with Guidewire Software, Inc. to co-develop an advanced level of integration between Guidewire’s core claims management system and Mitchell’s expert adjusting and workflow solutions in North America
CKE in its joint venture with SGX-listed BreadTalk Group to develop Carl’s Jr. restaurants in the People’s Republic of China
Calamos Investments in the acquisition of Black Capital LLC, a hedge fund group owned and managed by Gary Black
Sumitomo Corporation in the announced acquisition of a 20% stake in Upsher-Smith Laboratories from Sawai Pharmaceutical
the underwriters, led by Mizuho and Macquarie in the global IPO of Canadian Solar Infrastructure Fund, Inc., an infrastructure fund investing in primarily solar energy projects approved for listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. This was the first global offering and first global IPO of an infrastructure fund on the Tokyo Stock Exchange’s new market
the underwriters, led by SMBC Nikko, Mizuho, Daiwa and Goldman Sachs, in a ¥18.3 billion global offering of investment units of Japan Hotel REIT Investment Corporation, a Tokyo Stock Exchange-listed J-REIT sponsored by RECAP (SC Capital Group)
Tokyo Stock Exchange-listed J-REIT, Kenedix Retail REIT Corporation, in a ¥18.9 billion global offering of its investment units underwritten by SMBC Nikko, Nomura, and UBS Investment Bank
the underwriters, led by SMBC Nikko, Goldman Sachs, Daiwa and Mizuho, in a ¥34.9 billion global offering of investment units of Japan Hotel REIT Investment Corporation, a Tokyo Stock Exchange-listed J-REIT sponsored by RECAP (SC Capital Group
the underwriters, led by SMBC Nikko and Morgan Stanley in a ¥33.3 billion global offering of investment units of United Urban Investment Corporation, a Tokyo Stock Exchange-listed J-REIT sponsored by Marubeni Corporation
Tokyo Stock Exchange-listed J-REIT, Kenedix Retail REIT Corporation, in a ¥16.4 billion global offering of its investment units underwritten by SMBC Nikko, Nomura, and UBS Investment Bank
Jones Lang LaSalle as selling shareholder in a ¥16.4 billion global offering of its investment units of LaSalle LOGIPORT REIT, a Tokyo Stock Exchange-listed J-REIT, underwritten by Nomura, Morgan Stanley and Mizuho
Tokyo Stock Exchange-listed J-REIT, Kenedix Retail REIT Corporation, in a ¥19.2 billion global offering of its investment units underwritten by SMBC Nikko, Nomura, and UBS Investment Bank
the underwriters, led by SMBC Nikko, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Daiwa in a ¥37.8 billion global offering of investment units of Japan Rental Housing Investments Inc., a Tokyo Stock Exchange-listed J-REIT and former portfolio company of Oaktree Capital
Kenedix Retail REIT Corporation, a Japanese real estate investment trust (J-REIT) in a ¥59.8 billion global formation IPO and listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. SMBC Nikko, Nomura, and UBS Investment Bank were the international joint lead managers and joint bookrunners
Merrill Lynch Japan Securities and SMBC Nikko as underwriters to Kenedix Residential Investment Corporation, a Tokyo Stock Exchange listed J-REIT, in an approximately ¥34.6 billion global equity offering
Tokyo Stock Exchange-listed J-REIT, Kenedix Office Investment Corporation, in a ¥29.2 billion global offering of its investment units underwritten by UBS Investment Bank, Nomura, and SMBC Nikko
Tokyo Stock Exchange-listed J-REIT, Kenedix Office Investment Corporation, in a ¥10.2 billion global offering of its investment units underwritten by UBS Investment Bank, Nomura, and SMBC Nikko
Kenedix, Inc, a Tokyo Stock Exchange listed real estate investment and asset management company, in an approximately ¥18.1 billion global equity offering
Mitsubishi Estate and its wholly owned finance subsidiary, MEC Finance USA, in respect of its US$4,000,000,000 Medium Term Note Programme
Harvard Law School, 1999, J.D.
Harvard University, 1996, B.A., magna cum laude
Awards and Affiliations
Ranked, Capital Markets (Expertise Based Abroad), Japan; Capital Markets: Debt & Equity (Foreign Expertise), USA, Chambers Global (2012–2014, 2016–2020)
Notable Practitioner, IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate (2019–2021)
Notable Practitioner, IFLR1000 United States (2018, 2020)
Recommended, Mergers and Acquisitions, The Legal 500 US (2014)
Ranked, Chambers Asia: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (2010, 2011)
Asian Affairs Committee Member, New York City Bar Association (2012–2014)
Member, New York State Bar Association
Member, New York City Bar Association
Member, American Bar Association
Part-time Lecturer (Hijoukin Koushi), Keio University Law School in Tokyo