Brian J. Snyder
  1. Counsel - Registered Foreign Lawyer

Mr. Snyder is counsel in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, currently practicing as a Registered Foreign Lawyer in Hong Kong. His work focuses on M&A, strategic investments, joint ventures and general corporate and securities matters.

Work Highlights

Cross-Border M&A
  • CNOOC’s $17.9 billion acquisition of Nexen
  • Tencent’s $1.8 billion investment in Tesla
  • Tencent and Tencent Music Entertainment’s investments in Spotify, and Spotify’s investment in Tencent Music Entertainment
  • Uber’s sale of its China business to Didi Chuxing
  • Huatai Securities’ $780 million acquisition of AssetMark Financial
  • J.P. Morgan’s $1.3 billion sale of the portfolio investments of its Global Special Opportunities Group to Sankaty Advisors
Strategic Investments and Ventures
  • Brazilian ethanol producer Cosan’s $12 billion joint venture with Royal Dutch Shell
  • Far EasTone Telecommunications’ strategic alliance with Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia in connection with the proposed $2.3 billion acquisition of Taiwanese broadcaster China Network Systems
  • Shanda’s investment in, and governance agreement with, NYSE-listed Legg Mason
  • A recapitalization transaction for former ABA basketball team The Spirits of St. Louis involving the NBA and four of its teams – Indiana Pacers, San Antonio Spurs, Brooklyn Nets and Denver Nuggets
  • Minority investments by Temasek, Comcast, GS Capital Partners and Noble Group
Public Company Mergers
  • Acquisitions of U.S. public companies by Roche (InterMune), Smith & Nephew (ArthroCare), ExxonMobil (XTO Energy) and SS&C Technologies (Advent Software)
  • The Chinese buyer group’s take-private acquisition of NASDAQ-listed Synutra
  • NYSE-listed Maidenform in its $575 million acquisition by Hanes
Private Company Acquisitions
  • Shire’s acquisition of biotech firm SARcode Bioscience
  • Goldman Sachs’ merchant banking division in its joint acquisition, with Blackstone, of Ipreo from KKR
  • I Squared Capital’s $1.9 billion acquisition of the fixed-line business of Hutchison Telecommunications

  • Private company acquisitions by Campbell Soup, L Brands, Mobile Mini and BATS Global Markets

  • Acquisitions and dispositions by private equity firms, including Metalmark Capital and Tailwind Capital

Professional History

  • Davis Polk since 2008
  • Hong Kong office, 2015-present
  • New York office, 2008-2015

Practice Focus

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York
  • Hong Kong Law Society - Registered


  • B.A., English, University of Virginia, 2001
  • J.D., Columbia Law School, 2008
    • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
    • Senior Editor, Columbia Law Review


  • French