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Richard D. Truesdell, Jr.
Partner
Mr. Truesdell is co-head of Davis Polk’s global Capital Markets Group. The Financial Times identified him as one of the 10 most innovative individuals nationwide in its 2011 “U.S. Innovative Lawyers” special report. He was also named one of the country’s 3 “Most Influential Lawyers” in Finance and Capital Markets by The National Law Journal, which credited him with helping “hoist the economy back to its feet.”

Mr. Truesdell represents clients in U.S. and international capital markets transactions and advises on corporate governance and securities market regulation. He has represented investment banks, including Banc of America/Merrill Lynch, Barclays Capital, Citi, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley, as well as a variety of corporate clients. He has extensive experience with a wide variety of both public and private debt and equity offerings by U.S. and non-U.S. issuers, including initial public offerings, convertible offerings and high-yield debt financings.

Work Highlights

  • Completed more IPOs by US companies than any other lawyer in each of 2013, 2010 and 2009 including in 2013: Agios Pharmaceuticals, Ardmore Shipping, Chimerix, Cvent, Enanta Pharmaceuticals, Mavenir Systems,  Norcraft Companies, Ophthotech, Prosensa, PTC Therapeutics, Springleaf Holdings and Zoetis
  • Represented the U.S. Treasury in connection with the $8.7 billion "re-IPO" of AIG
  • Completed the largest convertible offering in history ($6.9 billion offering of perpetual convertible stock by Bank of America Corporation)
  • Completed the largest high-yield offering in history ($6 billion offering of high-yield notes by Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold) 

Recognition

  • Listed as a leading lawyer in several legal industry publications, including:
    • Star Individual, Nationwide: Capital Markets: Debt & Equity – Chambers USA 2013
    • Band 1, USA: Capital Markets: Debt & Equity – Chambers Global 2013
    • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 
    • Practical Law Company’s Cross-border Capital Markets Handbook and Cross-border Finance: Secured Lending Handbook
    • Legal Media Group’s Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Capital Markets Lawyers
    • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
    • Law Business Research’s Who’s Who Legal–International Who’s Who of Capital Markets Lawyers
    • Legalease’s The Legal 500 U.S.–Capital Markets  


  • Recognized as a “BTI Client Service All-Star” in a BTI Consulting Group survey of corporate counsel at Fortune 1000 organizations

Professional History

  • Partner, 1993-present
  • Associate, 1986-1993

Contact

  • 450 Lexington Avenue
    New York, NY 10017
    P: 212-450-4674
    F: 212-701-5674

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York

Education

  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1983
  • J.D., Columbia Law School, 1986
    • James Kent Scholar
    • Executive Editor, Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems