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Vanessa L. Jackson


Advises lenders and borrowers in finance transactions including leveraged and investment-grade acquisition financings. Ranked by Chambers and a Law360 “Rising Star.” 

Vanessa represents 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.

Vanessa is recognized as an Up and Coming lawyer and a Next Generation Partner by Chambers USA and Legal 500 U.S., respectively. In 2022, she was named a “Rising Star” by Law360. The Partnership for New York City named her a 2022 David Rockefeller Fellow. Also in 2022, she was listed among Crain’s New York Business’s “Notable Women in Law,” Savoy’s “Most Influential Black Lawyers,” IFLR1000’s “Women Leaders” and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s “Rising Stars.”

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
  • $500 million credit facilities for Wheels Up provided by Delta, Certares, Knighthead and Cox Enterprises
  • $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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USA: Trends and developments



Chambers USA – Banking & Finance, New York, Up and Coming

Legal 500 U.S. – Commercial Lending, Next Generation Partner

Law360 – “Rising Star: Banking,” 2022

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

IFLR1000 – Banking, United States, Highly Regarded

MCCA  – “Rising Star,” 2022

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

Savoy – “Most Influential Black Lawyers,” 2022

IFLR1000 – “Women Leaders,” 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

  • Davis Polk since 2012

Qualifications and admissions

  • State of New York
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