Europe Practice

Our European practice consists of a combined team of over 75 UK, US and French qualified lawyers with offices in London, Madrid and Paris.

We advise on corporate finance transactions for corporate, private equity and investment banking clients, with the support of first-rate tax, financial regulatory and antitrust lawyers.

We also provide strategic advice on all aspects of corporate governance, help clients prepare for and respond to activism, and handle sensitive internal investigations, regulatory matters and securities litigation.

We work across borders throughout Europe, partnering with leading local counsel in supporting practice areas or in jurisdictions where we do not have a physical presence.

For further information regarding the work our Europe-based lawyers have recently handled, please download our Davis Polk Europe brochure.

 

Europe brochure  Download our Davis Polk Europe brochure.

 

  • “They are always on top of their game, professional and provide excellent advice.”
    – A client quoted by Chambers UK
  • “They have a very strong US practice and global presence, and the partners are very involved in the deals themselves.” – A client quoted by Chambers UK

Recognition

  • “Finance Team of the Year” – Legal Business Awards, 2019
  • “M&A Deal of the Year” “M&A Law Firm of the Year” – IFLR Europe Awards, 2019
  • “Transatlantic M&A Team of the Year (Mega Deals)” – Transatlantic Legal Awards, 2019
  • 1st by value for European M&A – Refinitiv, H1 2019
  • 1st among US firms in European M&A – Refinitiv, Q1 2018 - H1 2019
  • “Tax Team of the Year” – Transatlantic Legal Awards, 2017
  • “Equity Deal of the Year” – IFLR Europe Awards, 2017
  • Refinitiv and Bloomberg – 1st as issuer’s counsel on EMEA IPOs by volume, 2016
  • “Competition Group of the Year” – Law360, 2016
  • M&A and Commercial Litigation:
    • Band 1 – Legal 500 France
    • Excellent – Leaders League/Décideurs
  • Stock Market Litigation:
    • Band 1 – Legal 500 France
    • Excellent – Leaders League/Décideurs

Capital Markets

  • Aedas Homes on its €667.3 million IPO and Spanish Stock Exchange listing.
  • AstraZeneca on multiple notes offerings with an aggregate value of $5 billion.
  • Boozt on its SEK 1.85 billion IPO and Nasdaq Stockholm listing.
  • Banco Santander on its €7.07 billion rights issue on the Spanish Stock Exchange.
  • Charles Taylor on its £30.6 million rights issue on the London Stock Exchange.
  • ContourGlobal on its £441 million IPO and London Stock Exchange listing.
  • The sponsor and underwriters on the £220 million IPO and London Stock Exchange listing of Charter Court Financial Services.  
  • Dong Energy on its DKK 17.1 billion IPO and Nasdaq Copenhagen listing, the largest-ever IPO in Denmark as of 2017.
  • Dufry on multiple high-yield notes offerings with an aggregate value of $1.9 billion.
  • The underwriters on the Emirate of Abu Dhabi’s $10 billion notes offering.
  • Eramet on its €500 million high-yield notes offering and concurrent cash tender offer.
  • The underwriters on the £143 million Ocado placing on the London Stock Exchange.

Finance

  • The joint lead arrangers and bookrunners on the $1.36 billion financing for Apollo’s acquisition of Lumileds.
  • Comcast on its £30.6 billion bridge and term loan financing for its takeover of Sky.
  • The joint lead arrangers and bookrunners on the $4 billion bridge financing for CF Industries’ acquisition of certain subsidiaries of OCI.
  • Dialog Semiconductor on its $4.6 billion bridge financing for the proposed acquisition of Atmel
  • eDreams ODIGEO on its €600 million high-yield notes offering, revolving credit facility and bank guarantee facility.
  • The joint lead arrangers and joint bookrunners in respect of multiple TLB’s, TLA and revolving credit facility and initial purchasers of senior notes Garrett Motion in connection with its spin-off from Honeywell for €1.86 billion aggregate.
  • The lead arrangers and underwriters of debut TLA, TLB and high-yield bond offerings for Inovyn for €1 billion.
  • Noble Clean Fuels on its $1 billion commodities-based credit facility.
  • The joint lead arrangers and bookrunners on the $725 million financing for Roark Capital’s acquisition of International Car Wash Group.
  • Technicolor on its $1.4 billion aggregate financing.
  • Temenos on its $1.9 billion aggregate bridge financing for its takeover offer for Fidessa.
  • Verisk Analytics on its $2.8 billion financing for its acquisition of Wood Mackenzie.

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • The lead financial adviser to Anheuser-Busch InBev on its £79 billion takeover of SABMiller.
  • Comcast on its £30.6 billion competitive takeover of Sky.
  • ARM on its £24.3 billion takeover by SoftBank.
  • The financial advisers, sponsors and underwriters to Ladbrokes on its £2.3 billion merger with certain businesses of Gala Coral.
  • Delonex Energy on its $1.4 billion entry into consortium to acquire Petrobras Oil and Gas.
  • Genuine Parts Company on its $2 billion acquisition of Alliance Automotive Group from Blackstone and others.
  • Heineken on its €1.03 billion acquisition of Brasil Kirin Holding from Kirin.
  • Maersk on its $7.45 billion sale of Maersk Oil to Total and its $100 million sale of 50% of EDC to EGPC.
  • Markit on its $13 billion merger with IHS.
  • Natura on its €1 billion acquisition of The Body Shop from L’Oréal.
  • Nets on its $5.3 billion takeover by Hellman & Friedman.
  • Nuvei on its $889 million takeover of SafeCharge.
  • Solvay on its €1.6 billion sale of Polyamides Business to BASF and Domo Chemicals and its $6.4 billion acquisition of Cytec Industries.
  • Renault Board of Directors on the €33 billion proposed merger of equals between Renault and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
  • Technip on its $17 billion merger with FMC Technologies.
  • Temenos on its £1.4 billion takeover offer for Fidessa.