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
Davis Polk is one of the world’s preeminent law firms, advising industry-leading companies and financial institutions on their most challenging legal and business matters. Its top-flight abilities are grounded in a distinguished history of 170 years, and its global, forward-looking orientation is supported by offices strategically located in the world’s key financial centres and political capitals. The firm delivers first-class counsel and service across the entire range of its practice, which spans such areas as capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, finance, antitrust and competition, litigation and enforcement, private equity, tax, financial regulation, investment management, restructuring, executive compensation, fintech, intellectual property and technology, real estate, and trusts and estates.
The firm has a leading US law practice in each of its non-US offices and has top-rated local law capabilities in London, Hong Kong and Paris. Approximately 1,000 lawyers — including more than 70 in Europe and 100 in Asia — collaborate seamlessly across practice groups and geographies to provide clients with exceptional service, sophisticated advice and creative, practical solutions. In London, the firm operates as Davis Polk & Wardwell London LLP; in Hong Kong, as Davis Polk & Wardwell, Hong Kong Solicitors; and in Brazil, as Davis Polk & Wardwell, Consultores em Direito Estrangeiro/ Norte-Americano e Inglês.
Main Areas of Practice:
Davis Polk’s capital markets group is one of the world’s most experienced in advising issuers and underwriters on a wide range of debt, equity and structured product transactions throughout Europe and around the world. The group operates across all major industries. The firm’s lawyers regularly work on transactions involving companies with or seeking a stock listing on the London Stock Exchange, Frankfurt Stock Exchange, Euronext Amsterdam, Euronext Paris, Nasdaq Stockholm, Nasdaq Copenhagen, the Spanish Stock Exchange and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, among others, as well as advising European companies with or seeking a listing on the New York Stock Exchange or Nasdaq. The debt capital markets team in Europe has been advising on debt issuances throughout Europe for over 30 years and has completed debt transactions for issuers from over 20 European countries.
Mergers & Acquisitions:
Davis Polk regularly advises companies, financial sponsors and financial advisers on major European transactions. These include mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures in a wide range of industries. The European M&A practice consists of a team of English, French and US qualified lawyers, which enables the firm to efficiently and effectively advise on complex cross-border deals. Many of the firm’s deals are in non-US jurisdictions and involve a crossborder element. Davis Polk’s Europe-based lawyers have advised on transactions for companies in more than 30 countries in recent years.
Davis Polk regularly advises banks, other financial institutions, credit funds and borrowers on leveraged and investment-grade acquisition financings, issuances of high-yield debt, structured financings, debt restructurings, bridge loans and recapitalisations. The firm can seamlessly execute leveraged finance transactions involving any combination of debt products available in the market.
The firm’s European tax practice focuses on corporate tax and corporate tax planning. Davis Polk advises on tax aspects of corporate finance and private equity transactions, public and private mergers and acquisitions, demergers, joint ventures, reconstructions and equity and debt capital markets transactions.
Davis Polk’s regulatory lawyers focus on the supervision and regulation of banks, investment firms, insurance companies and asset managers, including in connection with new authorisations, changes of control, corporate governance, remuneration in financial institutions, market conduct and regulatory investigations. The firm’s lawyers also have extensive experience of advising on matters relating to antimoney laundering, anti-bribery and corruption, and fraud.
Antitrust & Competition:
Davis Polk’s antitrust lawyers advise clients on a wide variety of European, US and cross-border transactions. They have extensive experience with all aspects of US and EU antitrust law, covering complex mergers and acquisitions in the UK and throughout Europe.
Litigation & Enforcement:
Davis Polk offers clients seamless and fully integrated transactional and litigation experience on corporate-related matters as part of its strategic advice. Davis Polk’s litigators have extensive experience handling high-profile corporate litigation and also assist clients in connection with inquiries brought by regulators. The firm’s global enforcement and litigation practice — anchored by teams in New York, Hong Kong, London, Northern California, Paris and Washington DC — offers clients a unique platform that combines experience and reputation in cross-border regulatory enforcement and complex litigation with an integrated team to support clients around the globe.