Mergers and Acquisitions

Davis Polk is regularly involved in the largest and most complex mergers and acquisitions of the day. Clients engage us when the strategic importance, regulatory or tax complexity, or global scope of a transaction calls for our lawyers.

Clients benefit from Davis Polk's long history of innovation and creative problem-solving. Sophisticated judgment, commercial awareness and excellent client service are brought to our clients on the full range of strategic, private equity and commercial transactions.

Seamlessly integrated with our transactional capabilities are unparalleled tax, executive compensation and regulatory practices, including antitrust and competition, CFIUS, data privacy and cyber-security, and FCPA expertise.


  • According to Thomson Reuters, in 2018, Davis Polk ranked:
    • 1st in announced global M&A
    • 1st among U.S. advisers in announced European M&A

    • 1st among U.S. advisers in announced Latin American M&A
  • Law360 – Among the "M&A Practice Groups of the Year" 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
  • Chambers USA, Legal 500 and IFLR1000 – 1st tier among law firms in U.S. M&A
  • "Global M&A Deal of the Year" – by American Lawyer for our representation of Syngenta on its takeover by ChemChina
  • Chambers USA – Clients say: “‘Their work is excellent. I go to them for complicated matters. They are thoughtful and their drafting is strong.’ ‘A phenomenal firm, very good technical lawyers.’”
  • Legal 500 U.S – “Davis Polk’s supreme financing and capital markets expertise and its strong presence in the key global financial centers make it a leader for complex and cross-border mega deals.”

·         1st among U.S. advisers in announced European M&A


Notable Matters

Davis Polk has long been the firm of choice for many of the world’s leading blue chip companies and financial institutions.

  • $81 billion merger with Mobil – creating the world’s largest integrated oil company
  • $41 billion stock acquisition of XTO Energy
  • $6.6 billion acquisition of Bass Family assets in the Permian Basin
  • $2.5 billion acquisition of InterOil, an independent oil and gas business with a sole focus on Papua New Guinea
  • $53 billion acquisition of AT&T’s broadband business
  • $37 billion NBCUniversal joint venture with General Electric
  • $30.8 billion pending offer to acquire the entire share capital of Sky plc
  • $16.7 billion acquisition of GE’s 49% common equity stake in NBCUniversal
  • $3.8 billion acquisition of DreamWorks Animation
  • $77 billion pending acquisition by CVS Health
  • $7.3 billion acquisition of Coventry Health Care
  • Formation of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, and Citi's subsequent sale of its interest in MSSB to Morgan Stanley
  • $4.25 billion sale of OneMain Financial to Springleaf
  • Defense of an unsolicited $119 billion acquisition proposed by Pfizer
  • $15.6 billion acquisition of MedImmune
  • $8.5 billion strategic oncology collaboration with Merck
  • $7 billion expansion of its diabetes alliance with Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) through BMS' acquisition of Amylin Pharmaceuticals
  • $2.7 billion acquisition of ZS Pharma
  • $46.8 billion acquisition of the public minority in Genentech – the largest-ever completed going-private transaction
  • $8.3 billion acquisition of InterMune
  • $5.3 billion acquisition of Foundation Medicine
  • $3.4 billion hostile acquisition of Ventana Medical Systems
  • $1.9 billion acquisition of Flatiron Health
  • $45 billion acquisition by ChemChina – the largest Chinese outbound M&A transaction ever
  • Successful defense of an unsolicited bid from Monsanto
Lockheed Martin
  • $9 billion acquisition of Sikorsky Aircraft from United Technologies 
General Electric
  • $11.1 billion merger of GE Transportation, a supplier of equipment, services and digital solutions to the rail, mining, marine, power and drilling industries, and Wabtec
  • $25.6 billion acquisition of Phelps Dodge
  • $6.9 billion acquisition of Plains Exploration & Production Company
  • $3.4 billion acquisition of McMoRan Exploration Co.
Reckitt Benckiser
  • $17.9 billion acquisition of Mead Johnson Nutrition
  • $4.2 billion sale of its Food Division to McCormick & Co.
  • $15.1 billion acquisition of Nexen – the largest completed foreign acquisition by a Chinese company
  • $18.5 billion proposed acquisition of Unocal
Morgan Stanley
  • $9 billion investment by Mitsubishi UFJ Financial
  • Joint venture with Mitsubishi UFJ Financial that integrated their securities operations in Japan
  • $1.5 billion disposition of Van Kampen Investments
Baker Hughes
  • $25 billion combination with GE’s oil and gas business
  • divestiture of a North American land pressure pumping company to and joint venture with CSL Capital Management and Goldman Sachs’ Merchant Banking division
  • defense of a hostile bid by Halliburton and proposed merger
IHS Markit
  • $13 billion merger of equals with IHS to create IHS Markit, a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions
  • $1.855 billion acquisition of Ipreo
Tyson Foods
  • $8.55 billion acquisition of all the outstanding shares of Hillshire Brands
  • $4.2 billion acquisition of AdvancePierre Foods
  • $13 billion combination with FMC Technologies, a global market leader in subsea systems
  • $4 billion sale of its Network Power division to Platinum Equity
  • $3.15 billion acquisition of Pentair’s Valves & Controls business
  • £997 million unsolicited acquisition of Chloride Group
  • $1.44 billion sale of its Power Transmission Solutions business unit to Regal Beloit Corporation
  • $1.2 billion sale of Leroy-Somer and Control Techniques to Nidec
  • $1.2 billion acquisition of Avocent
SS&C Technologies
  • $5.4 billion acquisition of DST Systems
  • $2.7 billion acquisition of Advent Software
  • $425 million acquisition of Citigroup’s Alternative Investor Services business