Private Equity Funds

Our firm has been a leading adviser on private equity fund formation matters since the sector’s earliest stages in the mid-1980s. Our deep experience across all aspects of the private equity spectrum gives us unusually keen insight into the needs and optimal strategies for our clients in this area, which include leading stand-alone firms, as well as the private equity groups within a number of the world’s largest banks. We have significant experience in structuring and organizing employee securities companies.


  • Chambers USA – Davis Polk ranked among the top law firms nationwide in private equity fund formation. Clients note: "They're a world-class firm. They're very impressive and extraordinary on the deal side." 
  • IFLR1000 – Davis Polk was also ranked among the top law firms in private equity fund formation: “In addition to forming and registering U.S. and non-U.S.-based investment advisers and their funds, Davis Polk is particularly strong with regulatory and compliance issues." 
  •  IFLR Americas Awards – Davis Polk was named “Private Equity Team of the Year.” 2014