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Vanessa L. Jackson


Advises lenders and borrowers in a broad range of finance transactions, including leveraged and investment-grade acquisition financings. A 2022 Law360 “Rising Star.”

Vanessa’s practice focuses on the representation of financial institutions and corporate borrowers in a broad range of corporate finance transactions, including leveraged and investment-grade acquisition financings, asset-based credit facilities, debt restructurings, spinoffs, working capital financings, debtor-in-possession financings, exit financings, and other secured and unsecured financings.

In 2022, Vanessa was named a “Rising Star” in banking by Law360. The Partnership for New York City named Vanessa to its 2022 Class of David Rockefeller Fellows and Crain’s New York Business named her to its 2022 “Notable Women in Law” list. She serves as co-chair of Davis Polk’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee.


Experience highlights

  • $38 billion investment grade public company bridge financing
  • $17 billion senior unsecured bridge credit facility for Philip Morris to finance its acquisition of Swedish Match
  • $9.5 billion senior unsecured bridge loan facility for Fidelity National Information Services to finance its acquisition of Worldpay
  • $6.81 billion in revolving credit facilities for DXC Technology Company
  • $3.8 billion 364-day revolving credit facility and $1.2 billion five-year revolving credit facility for Eli Lilly and Company
  • $2.7 billion revolving credit facility for General Mills
  • $2.5 billion bridge financing in connection with Xerox Corporation’s combination with Fuji Xerox, a joint venture of Xerox and FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation
  • $2.45 billion debtor-in-possession loan for LATAM Airlines
  • $2.25 billion senior secured credit financing provided by Walgreens Boots Alliance for VillageMD’s acquisition of Summit Health-CityMD
  • $2.04 billion first-lien credit facilities and $720 million unsecured bridge financing for Energizer Holdings in connection with Energizer’s acquisition of Spectrum Brands Holdings’ global battery, lighting and portable power business
  • $2 billion senior unsecured term loan credit facility for Everett SpinCo, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company, in connection with the tax-free spinoff and merger of Everett with Computer Sciences Corporation
  • $1 billion multi-tranche debtor-in-possession term loan facility for Aeroméxico
  • $850 million term loan facility and a $400 million revolving credit facility provided to Adtalem Global Education to finance its acquisition of Walden University
  • $275 million debtor-in-possession term loan credit facility for Arch Coal and its subsequent $326.5 million exit term loan credit facility
  • Advised financial institutions in the preparation and implementation of loan documentation for loans under the Main Street Loan program, created by the Federal Reserve in connection with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”)
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Banking & Finance 2022: USA



Crain’s New York Business“Notable Women in Law,” 2022

IFLR1000 – Women Leaders: United States, 2022

Law360 – “Rising Star: Banking,” 2022

MCCA  – “Rising Star,” 2022

Partnership for New York City – David Rockefeller Fellow, Class of 2022

Savoy – “Most Influential Black Lawyers,” 2022

J.D., Columbia Law School
  • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • Managing Editor, Columbia Journal of Race and Law
B.S., Economics, Duke University
Professional history
  • Partner, 2019-present
  • Davis Polk since 2012
Qualifications and admissions
  • State of New York
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