Recognition

The firm, all of our practice groups and many of our individual lawyers are routinely ranked among the small handful of leaders across the variety of league tables and legal industry publications that track the profession. 

Following is a sample of the recent rankings and honors that we have received:

Capital Markets

  • Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg – 1st in more global and U.S. capital markets league table categories than any other U.S. firm

  • Chambers Global – Debt and Equity, Band 1 – one of only four firms worldwide ranked Band 1 in both Debt and Equity

  • Chambers USA – Debt and Equity, Band 1

  • Chambers USA – Derivatives, Band 1

  • Law360 – “Capital Markets Practice Group of the Year,” 2015

  • IFLR Americas Awards – “Debt and Equity-Linked Team of the Year,” 2014 – first firm to win this award in three consecutive years

  • Global Capital Derivatives – “Law Firm of the Year,” 2014 

  • Risk magazine – “Law Firm of the Year,” 2014  

M&A

  • Law360 – “M&A Practice Group of the Year” for the past three years

  • Dealogic – 1st in Global M&A Representations through 3Q 2016

  • Chambers USA – Corporate/M&A: The Elite: Nationwide, Band 1

  • Chambers USA Awards – “Corporate/M&A Team of the Year,” 2015

  • Legal 500 U.S. – M&A: Large Deals, Band 1

Credit

  • Chambers Global – Banking and Finance: USA, Band 1

  • Chambers USA – Banking and Finance: Nationwide, Band 1

  • Chambers USA Awards – "Finance Team of the Year," 2016

  • Chambers Latin America – Banking and Finance: Latin America-wide, Band 1

  • Legal 500 U.S. – Commercial Lending: Advice to Lenders, Band 1

  • Thomson Reuters LPC – Davis Polk advised on over 50 deals totaling close to $110 billion in 1H 2016, ranking the firm as the top legal adviser in Overall Acquisition volume, Overall Lender-Side Acquisition volume and Overall Borrower volume

Litigation

  • Chambers USA and Benchmark Litigation – General Commercial Litigation, Band 1

  • Chambers USALegal 500 U.S. and Benchmark Litigation – Securities Litigation, Band 1 

  • Chambers USALegal 500 U.S. and Benchmark Litigation – White Collar Crime and Government Investigations, Band 1
  • Benchmark Litigation – “New York Law Firm of the Year,” 2014

  • The American Lawyer – “Global Dispute of the Year: Investigations,” 2013

  • Law360 – “Securities Group of the Year,” 2013

  • Law360 – “White Collar Group of the Year,” 2013 

Antitrust

  • Chambers USA and Benchmark Litigation – Antitrust, Band 1

  • Legal 500 U.S. – Antitrust Merger Control, Band 1

  • GCR – "Global Elite" 2016

  • Law360 – “Competition Group of the Year,” 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016 

Financial Institutions

  • Chambers USA – Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Compliance), Band 1

  • Chambers USA – Financial Services Regulation: Broker-Dealer (Compliance and Enforcement), Band 1

  • Chambers USA – Securities: Regulation, Band 1

  • IFLR1000 – Tier 1, Financial Services Regulatory Advice

  • IFLR1000 – “Financial Regulation Team of the Year,” 2012-2015

  • Law360 – Banking: "Practice Group of the Year," 2013-2015

Insolvency and Restructuring

  • Chambers Global – Bankruptcy/Restructuring: USA, Band 1

  • Chambers USA – Bankruptcy/Restructuring: Nationwide, Band 1

  • Legal 500 U.S. – Restructuring (including bankruptcy): Corporate, Band 1

  • Corporate INTL Awards – "Bankruptcy and Restructuring Law Firm of the Year": New York, 2016

Investment Management

  • Legal 500 U.S. – Ranked among the top law firms nationwide in various Investment Fund and Management categories including mutual/registered funds, alternative/hedge funds and private equity funds

  • Chambers USA – Ranked among the top law firms nationally in hedge funds, registered funds and private equity fund formation

  • IFLR1000 – Ranked among the top law firms in hedge funds and private equity fund formation 

Tax

  • Corporate INTL Legal Awards – "Tax Law Firm of the Year in New York," 2016 and 2015 

  • Corporate LiveWire Awards – "Tax Law Firm of the Year" (New York), 2015 

  • Chambers Global – Tax, Corporate and Finance: USA, Band 1

  • Chambers USA – Tax, Corporate and Finance: Nationwide, Band 1

  • Legal 500 U.S. – Tax, Financial Products, Band 1

  • Legal 500 U.S. – Tax, International, Band 1

  • Legal 500 U.S. – Tax, Non-Contentious, Band 1 

Americas

  • Americas Structured Products & Derivatives Awards – “Best Law Firm in the Americas,” 2016

  • GlobalCapital Americas Derivatives Awards – “U.S. Law Firm of the Year (Transactions),” 2016

  • IFLR Americas Awards – “High-Yield Team of the Year,” 2016 

Asia

  • Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards – “Law Firm of the Year,” 2015

  • Asian Lawyer Awards – “Disputes Firm of the Year,” 2015

  • IFLR Asia Awards – “Financial and Regulatory Services Team of the Year,” 2015

  • Chambers Asia-Pacific – Asia-Pacific Capital Markets (ECM, DCM and High-Yield), Band 1 – only firm to be so ranked across all three categories 

Europe

  • 1st as issuer’s counsel on EMEA IPOs by volume − Thomson Reuters

  • 1st as issuer’s counsel on EMEA equity and equity-related offerings by volume − Thomson Reuters

  • 5th by value for U.K. M&A − Mergermarket 2015 year-end league tables

  • “Tier 1 Capital Deal of the Year" and "Tier 2 Capital Deal  of the Year” − GlobalCapital FIG "Deals of the Year" Awards 

Pro Bono

  • Davis Polk was recognized by the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) as the NYSBA’s Gold Supporter of the 2015 Empire State Counsel Program, awarded to the firm at the New York State Bar Association’s 15th Annual Justice for All Luncheon.

  • Our lawyers devoted 39,341 hours on 500 pro bono matters in 2015. 

Diversity

  • Davis Polk consistently ranks in the top 20 firms among all AmLaw 100 and 200 firms in The American Lawyer “Diversity Scorecard.”

  • From 2012 through 2015, Davis Polk has been named a “Gold Standard Firm” by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum in recognition of the firm’s commitment to integrating women into leadership positions.

  • The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) honored Davis Polk for the firm’s extraordinary contributions to the advancement of transgender rights at its 2015 Freedom Awards.

  • Davis Polk received the award for “Best Gender Diversity Initiative by an International Firm” at the 2014 and 2013 Euromoney LMG Americas Women in Business Law Awards.