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Simon J Little


Advises clients on public and private M&A, capital raisings, restructurings and corporate law, particularly in a cross-border context.

Simon has many years’ experience of advising on M&A, capital markets and restructuring matters, particularly with a cross-border element, as well as on English corporate law. He has been recognized as a rising star in M&A by several publications and is ranked “Highly Regarded” for M&A by IFLR1000. Simon is admitted to practice both English and New York law, having spent several years of his career working in the United States.

Experience highlights

Public M&A
  • Tencent on its £919 million takeover of Sumo Group
  • Nuvei Corporation on its $889 million takeover of SafeCharge
  • Comcast on its £30.6 billion takeover of Sky
  • Technip on its $17 billion merger with FMC Technologies
  • Liberty Global on its $8.2 billion takeover of Cable & Wireless Communications*
  • Fairfax Financial Holding on the £165 million takeover of APR Energy*
  • Mandated lead arrangers on the £303 million takeover offer of Prezzo*
  • Qatar Investment Authority on the £2.6 billion takeover of Songbird Estates and £4.1 billion takeover of Canary Wharf Group*
  • Liberty Global on the $23.3 billion stock and cash merger with Virgin Media*
  • African Barrick Gold on its possible takeover by China National Gold*
Private M&A, Joint Ventures and Private Capital
  • TP Global Operations acquisition of Truphone’s non-Russian business and assets
  • Gyroscope Therapeutics on its $148 million Series C equity financing and its Series C3 equity financing
  • Reliance Industries Limited on its agreement to establish a joint venture with BP
  • Genuine Parts Company on its $2 billion acquisition of Alliance Automotive Group from Blackstone
  • Natura Cosméticos on its €1 billion acquisition of The Body Shop from L’Oreal
  • Citi on its acquisition of ING’s Custody and Securities Services across Central and Eastern Europe*
  • Intercontinental Exchange on its acquisition of a majority stake in APX-ENDEX*
Capital Markets
  • Royalty Pharma on its $2.5 billion IPO, $6 billion senior notes offering and $728 million secondary offering
  • Freeline Therapeutics Holdings on its $158.8 million IPO
  • Comcast on its $27 billion notes offering in connection with its offer for Sky
  • ContourGlobal on its £441 million IPO and London premium listing
  • The joint book-running managers in connection with the SEC-registered offering by Ensco
  • An ad hoc group of investors on Avianca’s $1.05 billion DIP-to-exit financing
  • An ad hoc group of prepetition lenders on the restructuring of Expro International Group
  • A bondholder committee on the £1.5 billion financial restructuring of the Co-operative Bank*
  • Liberty Global on the reclassification of its share capital to create tracking shares*

* Before joining Davis Polk

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IFLR1000 – M&A, United Kingdom, Highly Regarded

Financier Worldwide – “M&A Future Star,” 2020

Expert Guides – M&A, Rising Star

IFLR Europe – “Rising Star: M&A,” 2014


LL.M., Corporation Law, New York University School of Law
Jurisprudence, University of Oxford
  • St John's College

Professional history

  • Davis Polk since 2016

Qualifications and admissions

  • England and Wales
  • State of New York
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