Tax: International and Cross-Border

As a result of our extensive international and cross-border experience in M&A, capital markets and finance transactions, and our knowledge of legal and market practices, our tax lawyers excel at providing practical advice on complex matters involving:

  • Acquisition, disposition and integration planning
  • Spinoffs/spin-mergers and inversions
  • Reorganizations and recapitalizations
  • Equity and debt offerings
  • Group planning for multinationals
  • Inbound and outbound investments
  • Multinational compliance reviews
  • PFIC analysis and SEC Form 20-F review
  • Hybrid finance and derivatives transactions

Many of our tax lawyers are admitted to practice in multiple jurisdictions (United States, England and Wales, Israel, New Zealand) and fluent in multiple languages (English, French, Hebrew, Mandarin, Cantonese Chinese). Davis Polk is an international law firm that practices U.S., English, Hong Kong and French law.

Recent Recognition

  • Law360 – "Tax Practice Group of the Year," 2017
  • Global Law Experts – "Tax Law Firm of the Year in New York," 2015, 2017
  • Corporate LiveWire Awards – "Tax Law Firm of the Year," 2015
  • Chambers Global – Tax, Corporate and Finance: USA, Band 1
  • Chambers USA:
    • Tax, Corporate and Finance: Nationwide, Band 1
    • Tax, New York, Band 1
  • Legal 500 U.S.:
    • Tax, Non-Contentious, Band 1
    • Tax, Financial Products, Band 1
    • Tax, International, Band 1

Our tax practice continues to receive recognition for many of the successful representations completed on behalf of our clients, including:

  • "Tax Team of the Year" (Technip’s Combination with FMC Technologies) The American Lawyer Transatlantic Legal Awards 2017
  • "Americas Private Equity Tax Deal of the Year" (Pacific Exploration & Production Corp. Restructuring) – International Tax Review 2017
  • "Americas Capital Markets Tax Deal of the Year" (Fhipo's IPO) – International Tax Review 2015
  • "Americas Private Equity Tax Deal of the Year" (Acquisition of GE Capital real estate assets by funds managed by Blackstone) – International Tax Review 2015
  • "Americas Banking Tax Deal of the Year" (Sallie Mae’s Strategic Separation of Navient) – International Tax Review 2014
  • "U.S. Tax Court/Federal Claims Court Firm of the Year" – International Tax Review 2013
  • "Americas Capital Markets Tax Deal of the Year" (High-yield issuance by Linea Amarilla – Estudio Echecopar) – International Tax Review 2013
  • "Americas Media & Entertainment Tax Deal of the Year" (Sale to Comcast of GE’s remaining 49% stake in NBC Universal) – International Tax Review 2013

Recent Notable Transactions

  • BB Seguridade. Advised the company on its $5.7 billion IPO.
  • China Everbright Bank. Advised the company on its $3.4 billion IPO.
  • CNOOC. Advised the company on its $15.1 billion acquisition of Nexen.
  • Daiichi Sankyo. Advised the company on its $4 billion acquisition of Ranbaxy Laboratories by Sun Pharma.
  • H.J. Heinz. Advised the company on its $28 billion acquisition by an investment consortium comprised of Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital.
  • Ingram Micro. Advising the company on its $6 billion all­cash acquisition by Tianjin Tianhai Investment Company, Ltd.
  • Markit. Advised the company on its all-­share merger of equals with IHS, valued at more than $13 billion.
  • PartnerRe. Advising the company on its $6.9 billion acquisition by Exor.
  • Royal Mail. Advised the company on its $2.75 billion IPO – the largest IPO in London in 2013.
  • Shire. Advised the company on its proposed $54.8 billion acquisition by AbbVie.
  • Sinopec. Advised the company on its $5 billion notes offering – the largest global debt offering by a mainland Chinese corporate to date.
  • Solvay SA. Advising the company on its $6.4 billion acquisition of Cytec Industries Inc.
  • Syngenta. Advised the company on a $43 billion offer by ChemChina to acquire the company – the largest transaction ever by a Chinese company outside China.
  • Technip S.A. Advised the company on its $17 billion combination with FMC Technologies.
  • Warner Chilcott. Advised the company on its all-­stock $8.5 billion acquisition by Actavis.