The Firm

Davis Polk is one of the world’s premier law firms. Known for our skillful work in highly complex matters that are critical to our clients, we offer high levels of excellence and breadth across all our practices.

Our clients, many of them industry and global leaders, rely on the exceptional, collaborative service we deliver through our 10 offices worldwide. Their success is our core focus. Following is a sampling of feedback from our clients about our work with them.

Client Service

  • Capital Markets: Derivatives & Structured Products: Nationwide

    “The team knows its clients’ businesses extremely well and is quick to give us the benefit of the whole firm’s resources.”



  • Corporate/M&A: The Elite: Nationwide

    “Efficient, experienced and really good at providing advice you can act on.”



  • Financial Services Regulation: Nationwide

    “I have been consistently pleased by the team’s ability to provide timely and useful legal services on short deadlines.”



  • International Trade

    “They are leaders in the area of economic sanctions: exceptionally knowledgeable on the topic and very commercially sound.



  • Investment Funds: Hedge Funds: Nationwide

    The lawyers are incredibly thoughtful, very thorough and have a remarkable amount of knowledge. The firm has consciously built a client-oriented service.”



  • Private Equity: Buyouts: Nationwide

    “The lawyers really think ahead and anticipate issues so their clients are never caught off guard. The team is more loyal to its clients than any other leading firm.”



  • Litigation: Antitrust

    “I am convinced they have some of the finest lawyers in the country from partner down to associate level. They possess the combination of relevant experience, sheer brilliance and hard work.”



  • Litigation: General Commercial: The Elite

    “They are stellar as a firm and they know exactly how to treat a client. One of their standout strengths is their commercial awareness – in terms of strategy and tactics, they are among the best and they have all the right tools in place.”



  • Litigation: Securities

    “They're really smart, they have the subject matter expertise. They stand out in that there are many different levels of seniority and they all have wonderful judgment.”



  • Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations

    "[F]antastically strong white collar, regulatory and internal investigation practice houses a deep bench of criminal defense lawyers.”



  • Securities Regulation

    “I rely on them for their internal investigations and regulatory compliance. They've got great legal minds and are all very practical. They understand how companies work – what our challenges and sensitivities are.”



Commercial Awareness

  • Capital Markets: Derivatives & Structured Products: Nationwide

    “Davis Polk is the market. The attorneys won't miss any issues."



  • Financial Services Regulation: Nationwide

    “It is a class act. The lawyers understand both the legal issues and market factors.”



  • International Trade

    Davis Polk is “[c]alled upon to advise major corporations on issues relating to economic sanctions. Significant experience of civil and criminal investigations.”



  • Investment Funds: Private Equity: Fund Formation: Nationwide

    “An extremely impressive team; it has a no-nonsense approach and provides very practical advice.”



  • Litigation: Antitrust

    “Davis Polk is a “[h]igh-quality firm with significant hubs on both coasts, capable of undertaking the full range of antitrust work. Excels in domestic and international transactions, and also comes recommended for its expertise in criminal investigations and government enforcement actions.”



  • Litigation: General Commercial: The Elite

    “[Davis Polk’s] preeminence across a broad range of litigation types continues to impress in securities, complex commercial, white-collar criminal cases and investigations.”



  • Litigation: Securities

    Davis Polk has a “[m]arket-leading practice with a stellar reputation in the New York litigation arena. Recognized expertise across the full gamut of disputes including complex commercial matters, securities litigation and white-collar work. A go-to firm for an impressive portfolio of clients, housing impressive multijurisdictional capabilities boosted by a strong international presence.”



  • Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations

    “Standing at the vanguard of the white-collar bar for many years, ‘wonderful firm’ Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP is justifiably regarded as ‘one of the pre-eminent criminal defense and investigations practices in the US’.”


Source: Chambers USA