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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

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Managing Partner: Neil Barr
Number of partners worldwide: 157
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 860
Languages: Collectively, Davis Polk lawyers speak more than 45 languages

Firm Overview:
Davis Polk is an elite global law firm with world-class practices across the board. Industry-leading companies and global financial institutions know they can rely on Davis Polk for their most challenging legal and business matters. The firm’s top-flight capabilities are grounded in a distinguished history of 170 years, and its global, forward-looking focus is supported by 10 offices strategically located in the world’s key financial centers and political capitals. Approximately 1,000 lawyers collaborate seamlessly across practice groups and geographies to provide clients with exceptional service, sophisticated advice and creative, practical solutions. Lawyers in the firm’s corporate practice advise companies and financial institutions on the full range of domestic and global transactions. Litigation has been a cornerstone of Davis Polk’s practice since the firm’s inception, and the firm’s litigators have a long track record of success for clients. Lawyers in the tax practice work on intricate and novel taxation issues associated with transactions and corporate structures, as well as all types of tax controversy matters.

Main Areas of Practice: 

Davis Polk’s corporate lawyers advise on landmark transactions and complex business matters on behalf of leading companies and financial institutions around the globe. The firm’s corporate department, widely recognized as being among the preeminent law practices worldwide, includes capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, finance, restructuring, intellectual property and technology, investment management, private equity, financial regulatory, fintech, derivatives and structured products, corporate governance, executive compensation, environmental and real estate. The firm has extensive experience in cross-border transactions and other engagements that draw on the combined strengths of lawyers in multiple practice areas and offices. Davis Polk lawyers provide sophisticated advice that reflects a deep understanding of clients’ businesses and objectives as well as the full legal landscape.

Companies from around the world in every industry, as well as their executives and directors, retain Davis Polk lawyers for their most significant litigation matters. The firm’s approximately 300 litigators, based primarily in its New York, Washington DC, Northern California and Hong Kong offices, routinely represent clients in trials, criminal and regulatory investigations, congressional inquiries, arbitrations, hearings, appeals and crisis management situations. Davis Polk’s broad-based practice encompasses matters involving securities litigation, antitrust and competition, global enforcement and investigations, anti-corruption and FCPA, commercial dispute and contract, intellectual property litigation, mass torts and products liability, M&A-related litigation, bankruptcy litigation, professional liability, cybersecurity and data privacy, international arbitration, and tax litigation. Davis Polk’s litigators are recognized for their experience, creativity, integrity and strategic approach. As courtroom lawyers, they have earned the respect of the judiciary, prosecutors, regulators and the bar across the nation. They concentrate on streamlining complex cases and developing strategies that win.

Davis Polk’s tax practice remains at the helm of innovation, working closely with clients on sophisticated transactions and corporate structures, as well as first-of-their-kind derivatives and other financial products. The firm’s tax lawyers have played determinative roles in many US, international and crossborder mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, spinoffs, leveraged and acquisition financings, restructurings and capital markets transactions. In addition to these transactional matters, Davis Polk is frequently sought out by companies to handle their most sensitive tax disputes, representing clients in connection with multibillion-dollar tax litigation at the federal and state levels, as well as internal risk assessments, audits and investigations.


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