About the Office

Davis Polk has practiced in London for over 40 years, advising on the majority of marquee capital markets transactions in Europe, including the U.K. Government’s privatizations in the 1980s, technology-related IPOs in the 1990s and recapitalizations of numerous financial institutions in the 2000s.

Our London-based team practices English and U.S law, and consists of over 50 lawyers representing corporate, private equity and investment banking clients on a wide range of international and cross-border corporate finance transactions.

Our focus is on providing sophisticated, innovative, solutions-driven advice across a wide range of equity and debt capital markets, private and public M&A, and finance and restructuring transactions. Our corporate and finance teams are supported by first-rate corporate tax, financial regulatory and antitrust experience and have extensive experience of advising on all aspects of U.K. corporate and securities law, including the U.K. Listing, Prospectus, Disclosure and Transparency Rules and the U.K. Takeover Code.

We are frequently involved in many of the most complex corporate finance transactions in Europe and on international transactions with a European component. As a result, our U.K.-based capital markets, M&A and finance practices are all ranked by the major legal directories. We regularly work on transactions opposite the U.K. magic circle firms and the elite firms in the United States, and consistently appear among the top five firms in European corporate finance league tables.

For further information about our Europe practice, please visit our Europe practice page.

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  • “They are always on top of their game, professional and provide excellent advice.” 
    – A client quoted by Chambers UK
  • “They have a very strong US practice and global presence, and the partners are very involved in the deals themselves.” – A client quoted by Chambers UK


  • London

    Davis Polk & Wardwell London LLP
    5 Aldermanbury Square


    United Kingdom
    EC2V 7HR
    P: +44 20 7418 1300
    F: +44 20 7418 1400

    Davis Polk & Wardwell London LLP is a limited liability partnership formed under the laws of the State of New York, USA, and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority with registration number 566321.

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