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Alexander W. Simmonds


Advises on public and private M&A, joint ventures and strategic transactions, including corporate finance transactions. Experienced in cross-border matters.

Alexander advises corporate and investment banking clients on a variety of significant M&A matters, including public and private mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, minority investments and other strategic corporate transactions, as well as on debt and equity capital markets transactions. He is experienced in cross-border transactions in a variety of industries, including in the healthcare, technology, financial institutions and energy sectors.

In addition, Alexander regularly counsels clients on corporate governance, U.S. securities law compliance, SEC reporting and disclosure, and general corporate matters.

Alexander has worked in both the New York and London offices of Davis Polk.

Experience highlights

Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Centogene on its joint venture with and convertible debt investment by Lifera
  • Cadeler on its $597 million combination with Eneti
  • Viessmann on the carve-out and €12 billion sale of the Viessmann Climate Solutions business to Carrier Global
  • Firmenich on its €41 billion merger with DSM
  • Maersk Drilling on its $3.4 billion merger with Noble
  • TP Global Operations on its acquisition of Truphone’s non-Russian business and assets
  • Reliance Industries on:
    • Capital raisings for Jio Platforms totaling over $20 billion from strategic and financial investors including Google, PIF, Mubadala, ADIA, KKR, Intel and Qualcomm
    • Capital raisings for Reliance Retail Ventures totaling over $5 billion from investors including ADIA, Mubadala, General Atlantic, KKR and Silver Lake
    • Establishment of its 51%/49% joint venture with BP for petroleum retail in India
  • Reliance New Energy Solar on its acquisition of REC Solar
  • Celonis on its acquisition of Integromat
  • Mereo BioPharma on its combination with OncoMed Pharmaceuticals
  • Aetna on its $77 billion acquisition by CVS Health
  • HSN on its $2.6 billion sale to Liberty Interactive
  • Tailwind Capital Partners on various acquisitions and investments
Capital Markets and Corporate Finance 


  • SEC-registered offerings by ING Groep (including multiple AT1 offerings), Deutsche Bank, OeKB, Equinor, Suncor Energy and Diageo totaling more than $25 billion
  • Rule 144A offerings for Israel Discount Bank (issuer side) and Crédit Agricole, BPCE, Yara International, National Grid, Gold Fields, Anglo American and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (underwriters side) totaling more than $16 billion
  • High-yield notes offering for Ocado
  • Liability management transactions for Gold Fields and Reliance Holding USA


  • Cadeler on its NYSE listing
  • Membership Collective Group (now Soho House) on its U.S. IPO and NYSE listing
  • Mereo BioPharma on its Nasdaq listing
  • Trifork on its Rule 144A IPO and Nasdaq Copenhagen listing
  • Rights offering by NKT and private placements by NKT, Pandora and Gofore
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J.D., Harvard Law School
  • cum laude
  • Editor in Chief, Harvard National Security Journal
B.A., History and Political Science, Columbia University
  • summa cum laude
  • Phi Beta Kappa
Professional history
  • Counsel, 2023-present
  • Davis Polk since 2016
  • New York office, 2016-2018
Qualifications and admissions
  • State of New York
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