Europe Practice

Davis Polk represents leading companies, financial institutions, private equity sponsors and governments across all major European jurisdictions, and the Middle East and Africa. The firm has a long-established presence and track record in Europe. We also maintain strong relationships with leading counsel in supporting practice areas or in jurisdictions where we do not have a physical presence. 

Our Europe practice consists of a combined team of English, French-and U.S. qualified lawyers, which enables us to efficiently and effectively advise on complex cross-border deals. 

To provide our clients worldwide with consistently excellent legal and commercial support, the lawyers in our European offices:

  • Offer top-tier English, French and U.S. law capabilities
  • Seamlessly coordinate with colleagues in the United States and Latin America and Asia, working globally on transactions as one integrated team

Our Europe-based lawyers advise on the matters that matter – groundbreaking securities offerings, complex financing transactions and industry-shifting mergers and acquisitions. We are frequently involved in many of the most complex corporate finance transactions in Europe and on international transactions with European components. 

Our advice is sophisticated and practical, and we continually seek innovative solutions to our clients’ most challenging business and legal needs. Our corporate and finance lawyers are supported by first-rate corporate tax, financial regulatory and antitrust lawyers.

As a globally diverse team, many of our Europe-based lawyers are dual-qualified, are citizens of nearly 20 countries with extensive language skills and all are highly accomplished practitioners who bring integrity, responsiveness and diverse backgrounds to their practice.

Approximately half of our deals are in non-U.S. jurisdictions and involve a cross-border element, making multijurisdictional work a strength of our firm. Our Europe-based lawyers have advised on transactions for companies in more than 30 countries over the past three years.

For further information regarding the work that our Europe-based lawyers have recently handled, please visit our London, Madrid and Paris pages.

Recognition

  • Financial News Legal Services Europe Awards – "Deal of the Year," 2017
  • IFLR European Awards – "Equity Deal of the Year," 2017
  • American Lawyer Transatlantic Legal Awards – "Tax Team of the Year," 2017
  • Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg – 1st as issuer’s counsel on EMEA IPOs by volume, 2016
  • Dealogic – 1st by value for U.K. M&A, 2016
  • “Great knowledge and insight. Blend technical skills with a good sense of what the client needs. Deliver to tight deadlines and give sound, thoughtful advice.” – IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate 2017
  • “Known for skillful work in highly complex matters that are critical to clients, the firm offers substantial breadth and depth across all of their practices.” – Chambers Europe 2016
  • “Top US practice with good links in Europe. Drawing strength from impressive teams in the New York and London, the firm's capabilities in large ECM, DCM and high-yield transactions are far-reaching, with the London office regularly acting as lead counsel on pan-European deals.” – Chambers Europe 2016
  • “Outstanding reputation for SEC-registered transactions and European rights issues for investment banks and listed companies. Comprehensive support from its global network. Houses a combination of UK and US-qualified capital markets practitioners.” – Chambers Europe 2015