Asia Practice

Active in major transactions in Asia for more than a century, Davis Polk is recognized as one of the preeminent global legal advisers to companies in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, India, Indonesia, Korea, Thailand and throughout Asia Pacific. We have more than 100 resident lawyers in Hong Kong, Beijing and Tokyo and includes 13 partners, 16 counsel and more than 80 associates, all of whom have extensive experience advising clients across Asia as well as global clients who have an interest in Asia. Our Asia practice draws upon the firm’s extensive resources worldwide to offer clients a combination of sophisticated experience in highly complex corporate transactions and a deep-rooted understanding of markets and business sectors across Asia. Key practice areas include capital markets, M&A/private equity and global enforcement and litigation.

Our Asia practice, among the largest of any U.S. law firm, is routinely ranked as the top international law practice in debt and equity offerings by Asian issuers. We are also a firm-of-choice for the largest and most significant public and private mergers and acquisitions transactions throughout the region. The launch of our global enforcement and litigation practice in Hong Kong greatly complements the firm’s established U.S., Hong Kong, English and French law practices, enhancing our ability to deliver the best lawyers and provide the most critical advice to our sophisticated clients in the world’s major financial centers.

Our clients in Asia include companies in all major sectors, governments and government-owned entities, and all of the leading international financial institutions that are active in Asia. With the rapid globalization of Asian markets and companies, we have worked hand in hand with our clients to help them establish, enhance and protect their business interests across the region and throughout the world.


  • Asia Legal Awards – "International Law Firm of the Year" and "Securities Firm of the Year," 2017
  • IFLR Asia Awards: 
    • "Most Innovative U.S. Law Firm in Asia," 2011, 2014-2016
    • "China Practice of the Year," 2016
    • "Financial and Regulatory Services Team of the Year," 2015 
  • FinanceAsia Awards – "Best Financial Law Firm," - the only non-Magic Circle Firm to have received this award, 2013 and 2016
  • Asian Mena In-House Counsel Survey – "Capital Markets Team of the Year," 2016
  • Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards – "Law Firm of the Year," 2015
  • Asian Lawyer Awards – "Disputes Firm of the Year," 2015
  • China Business Law Journal – "Best Overall International Law Firm for China Work," 2014