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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
  • Nuvei Corporation in connection with its $889 million recommended public takeover offer of SafeCharge International Group Limited
  • Comcast on its £30.6 billion public takeover of Sky plc
  • Technip on its $17 billion merger with FMC Technologies
  • Liberty Global plc on its $8.2 billion public takeover of Cable & Wireless Communications plc*
  • Fairfax Financial Holding, as a member of a consortium, on the £165 million public takeover of APR Energy plc*
  • Mandated lead arrangers, on the £303 million public takeover offer of Prezzo Plc*
  • Qatar Investment Authority in connection on the £2.6 billion public takeover of Songbird Estates plc and mandatory follow-on £4.1 billion offer for Canary Wharf Group plc*
  • Liberty Global Inc on the $23.3 billion stock and cash merger with Virgin Media Inc.*
  • African Barrick Gold on its possible public takeover by China National Gold*
Private M&A and Joint Ventures
  • Reliance Industries Limited in connection with its agreement to establish a joint venture to be held 51% by RIL and 49% by an affiliate of BP plc
  • 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 the derivatives and spot natural gas business of APX-ENDEX*
Capital Markets and Capital Raising
  • Gyroscope Therapeutics on its $148.0 million Series C equity financing
  • Royalty Pharma on its $2.5bn initial public offering, $6bn senior notes offering and $728m secondary offering
  • Freeline Therapeutics Holdings plc on its $158.8m initial public offering
  • ContourGlobal plc on its £441 million IPO and London premium listing
  • The joint book-running managers in connection with the SEC-registered offering by Ensco plc
  • An ad hoc group of prepetition senior secured lenders in connection with the successful chapter 11 restructuring of Expro International Group Holdings Limited
  • A bondholder committee on the £1.5 billion financial restructuring by scheme of arrangement of the Co-operative Bank p.l.c*
  • Liberty Global plc 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
  • Counsel, 2018-present
  • European Counsel, 2016-2018
Qualifications and admissions
  • England and Wales
  • State of New York
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