Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

International & Cross-Border Capabilities Department

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What the team is known for Davis Polk's London team has kept its focus within a clearly defined scope, typically advising on complex, high-value capital markets and M&A matters. Within that remit, the firm's London office has built a strong reputation for providing a high level of quality equal to the firm's stellar New York practice, with sources praising the firm's impressive overall package for global transactions.

The London team impresses with its contribution to high-profile global transactions, both when acting on transatlantic matters which are led from New York, and when showing the capacity to take a lead in complex capital markets work. The latter typically sees the firm advising on a mixture of equity and debt capital transactions and high-yield debt matters, acting for UK-headquartered companies on US listing and collaborating with the firm's Paris office on French and European stock exchange work.

Strengths Clients say the business skills demonstrated across the firm make Davis Polk a strong choice from cross-border transactions. One remarks: "In the UK market we wouldn't work with anyone but this team. We have used others firms in Europe for M&A work in the past who have also been excellent but the approach of Davis Polk in providing a personalised service tailored to the specific client is second to none."

Another says the team is "always spot-on, knows what the market standard is and best practices. It is able to explain consequences and results in terms of what things mean for that business, in particular if it is expanding internationally."