Europe Practice

Davis Polk has long had a significant presence in Europe advising on a broad range of international transactions through our offices in London, Paris and Madrid. We combine top-tier English, French, Hong Kong and U.S. law capabilities to provide our clients with consistently excellent advice and service in each of the world’s primary listing venues.

Our clients include leading European companies, financial institutions and governments from across all areas of finance and business, and we are regularly involved in the largest and most important securities offerings and M&A transactions in Europe.

We provide cost-efficient, effective advice and representation in all areas important in today’s international business environment – from relatively straightforward issuances of equities or debt to complex global mergers or offerings.

Our European offices draw on the firm’s resources and experience in other key financial centers in Asia, Latin America and the United States, and frequently advise on the most ground breaking transactions in the market.


  • 1st among U.S. firms as issuers counsel on EMEA IPOs – Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg

  • 1st among U.S. firms as issuer's and managers counsel on EMEA equity and equity-related offerings – Thomson Reuters

  • 1st among U.S. firms as managers counsel on international bonds – Thomson Reuters

  • 1st in EMEA equity and equity-related offerings among U.S. firms (2nd overall) as managers’ counsel (by deal count) – Thomson Reuters

  • Chambers Europe – Ranked among the leading law firms in Capital Markets: Debt and Equity, 2014

  • 2nd in completed European M&A – Thomson Reuters

  • 2nd among U.S. legal advisers in announced U.K. M&A – Thomson Reuters