The history of Davis Polk dates back to 1849 with its founding in New York. Over 170 years later, the firm has grown to 10 total offices spanning four continents. In the United States, Davis Polk has offices in New York, Washington DC and the Silicon Valley. It has standout practices in banking, capital markets, regulatory financial services, M&A and restructuring and insolvency.
In addition to its standout work nationwide in banking, capital markets, M&A and restructuring and insolvency, the firm does notable work in project finance, hedge funds, registered funds and private equity. Notably, the New York office is one of the best in the region for financial and corporate practice areas.
The banking team works on commercial and leveraged matters, representing borrowers and lenders in acquisition, DIP and corporate financings, in addition to refinancings. In regulatory financial services, the firm provides advice to banks, trade associations and financial institutions regarding M&A acquisitions, capital markets trading and US monetary legislation such as Dodd-Frank, the Volcker Rule and Basel III. It also advises clients on fintech, blockchain and cryptocurrency matters.
The firm represents issuers and underwriters in all areas of capital markets. On the debt capital markets side, the team advises clients in high value convertible, investment grade and high yield bond offerings. On the equity capital markets side, the firm advises on IPOs, private placements, follow on offerings, secondary offerings, direct listings and common share offerings. In derivatives and structured products, the team represents clients in the banking and financial institution industry on structured products issuance programs, forwards, options, swaps and margin loan facilities. The registered funds practice advises banks and financial institutions regarding compliance, structuring and implementation of ETFs, hedge funds, mutual funds, private equity funds and other types of funds.
The M&A team represents strategic acquirers and sellers in high value acquisitions, mergers, privatizations and joint ventures across a wide array of industries. The firm also has a separate private equity practice dedicated to advising private equity firms in acquisitions, sales, investments and portfolio restructurings. The private equity practice also works on funds matters, representing private equity funds in formations and fundraising.
In restructuring and insolvency, the team represents debtors, creditors and trustees in out of court financial restructurings and Chapter 11 bankruptcy and restructuring cases.
Key clients for the firm include HSBC, BNP Paribas, BBVA, Comcast, Texas Instruments, Tyson Foods, Credit Suisse, Natixis, Goldman Sachs, PIMCO, General Electric, Heineken, Purdue Pharma and Citibank.