Davis Polk Names New Counsel

Davis Polk has announced that 12 lawyers have been promoted to counsel, effective December 1, 2018: Sarah DeBergalis, Yunpeng Fan, Ran Li, Simon Little, Karen Pelzer, Patrick Sigmon, Marc Tobak, William Tong, Natasha Tsiouris, Vidal Vanhoof, Alexandre Vermynck and Xuelin (Steve) Wang.

Ms. DeBergalis is counsel in Davis Polk’s Trusts and Estates Department in New York. Her practice concentrates on estate planning for high-net-worth U.S. and international individuals, trust and estate administration, and charitable giving, including the administration of charitable organizations.

Mr. Fan is counsel in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, currently assigned as a Legal Manager in Beijing. He has extensive experience representing corporate clients, private equity firms and sovereign wealth funds in a wide range of M&A transactions, including strategic investments, pre-IPO investments, acquisitions of public companies, joint ventures and cross-border acquisitions. He also regularly advises clients on securities law issues, corporate governance and general corporate matters.  

Mr. Li is counsel in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, currently practicing as a Registered Foreign Lawyer in Beijing. His practice focuses on representing both issuers and underwriters on capital markets transactions, including U.S. and Hong Kong initial public offerings. He has also advised clients on private equity and mergers and acquisitions transactions in Asia.

Mr. Little is counsel in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, practicing in the London office. He is admitted to practice both English and New York law, and has extensive experience advising clients on public and private mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and general corporate law, particularly in a cross-border context.

Ms. Pelzer is counsel in Davis Polk’s Financial Institutions Group in New York. Upon joining the firm in 2008, she was a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions Group and provided corporate advice on public and private M&A transactions. In 2011, she joined the Financial Institutions Group, where she provides U.S. bank regulatory advice. Her practice focuses on the impact and implementation of financial regulation, including financial services reform, and the preparation of living wills. She also advises on M&A transactions involving financial institutions. Her clients include many of the largest U.S. and foreign financial institutions.

Mr. Sigmon is counsel in Davis Polk’s Tax Department in New York. He represents publicly traded and privately held companies and private funds with respect to U.S. federal income taxation in domestic and international contexts, including domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, restructurings and reorganizations, spinoffs and splitoffs, and the formation and operation of joint ventures, private equity funds, hedge funds and REITs. He also works in the areas of bankruptcy, corporate finance and securities offerings.

Mr. Tobak is counsel in Davis Polk’s Litigation Department in New York. His practice focuses on bankruptcy litigation and complex civil litigation. He represents investment funds, financial institutions and creditor groups enforcing and defending claims in restructuring litigation, and provides litigation advice in restructuring transactions. He also represents clients in a variety of complex civil matters, including securities and shareholder derivative litigation, and represents investment funds and managers in regulatory examinations and investigations.  

Mr. Tong is counsel in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, practicing in the London office. He advises private equity, corporate and investment banking clients on a wide range of transactions, including public and private mergers and acquisitions, early stage financings and investments, joint ventures and restructuring matters. He also has extensive experience advising on transactions involving fintech and insurance companies, as well as Chinese outbound investments into Europe.

Ms. Tsiouris is counsel in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, practicing in the Restructuring Group in New York. She regularly represents hedge funds, creditors, banks and other strategic parties in a wide range of corporate restructurings and bankruptcies in connection with pre-packaged and traditional bankruptcies, out-of-court workouts and risk management transactions. Ms. Tsiouris also has substantial experience advising on credit risks involved in cross-border derivatives and other complex financial transactions.

Mr. Vanhoof is counsel in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, practicing in the Derivatives and Structured Products Group in New York. He advises financial institutions and other market participants in connection with offerings of a variety of structured products and other domestic and international capital markets transactions. He has extensive experience developing new financial products and negotiating distribution agreements.  He routinely advises on SEC, FINRA and other regulatory and transactional matters related to structured products, new product development and financial benchmarks, including benchmark reform.

Mr. Vermynck is counsel in Davis Polk's Litigation Department, practicing in the Paris office. He has extensive experience representing companies in commercial and corporate litigations and arbitrations. He also advises individuals and companies in criminal matters.

Mr. Wang is counsel in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, currently practicing as a Registered Foreign Lawyer in Hong Kong. His practice focuses on the areas of securities offerings as well as mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Wang has represented issuers and underwriters in a wide range of international capital markets transactions, including initial public offerings and follow-on equity offerings, investment-grade and high-yield debt offerings, and liability management transactions. He has a Ph.D. in cell biology and frequently works on corporate financing transactions for companies in the pharmaceutical sector.