Dan Hirschovits
  1. Partner

Mr. Hirschovits is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, practicing in the London office. He advises companies, investment banks, private equity sponsors and investors on a wide range of corporate finance and capital markets transactions, including IPOs, secondary offerings, private placements and other equity and debt financing structures, as well as public and private acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures.

He has extensive experience of advising on the rules and market practice relating to UK listed company transactions, securities offerings and corporate governance.

In addition, he also represents companies, shareholders and placement agents on early stage financings and investments, such as private funding round transactions, for start-up and growth companies, with a particular focus in the technology, healthcare and financial services sector.


Work Highlights


Recent transactions have included advising:

  • The sponsors and underwriters to Hammerson plc on its £552 million rights issue and Class 1 disposal of its interest in Via Outlets
  • Royalty Pharma plc on its $6 billion senior notes offering
  • Comcast Corporation, Sky Limited and Sky Group Finance plc on consent solicitations by Sky Limited and Sky Group Finance plc as issuers of 13 series of outstanding debt securities listed on the LSE
  • The underwriters on Zegona Communication's £100.5 million placing of new ordinary shares 
  • ContourGlobal Power Holdings S.A., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of ContourGlobal plc, in connection with its offering of €750 million in aggregate senior secured notes
  • ContourGlobal plc on its £1.7 billion IPO and London premium listing
  • The sponsors and underwriters on the IPOs and London premium listings of Charter Court Financial Services Group plc, Wizz Air Holdings plc and OneSavings Bank plc
  • Ferguson plc on its $750 million senior notes offering 
  • The joint bookrunners to Ocado Group plc on its respective £143 million and £36 million accelerated bookbuild placings of ordinary shares
  • The sponsor and underwriters to Just Retirement Group plc on its £150 million standby underwriting arrangement and £101.1 million placing and open offer
  • The joint bookrunners to Ladbrokes PLC on its £115.5 million placing of new ordinary shares
  • Charles Taylor plc on its:
    • £17.6 million accelerated bookbuild placing of ordinary shares in connection with the acquisition of Inworx
    • fully underwritten £30.6 million rights issue
  • UBM plc on its £565 million rights issue in connection with its Class 1 acquisition of Advanstar Communications
  • The sponsor and bookrunner to Tullett Prebon plc on its $160 million acquisition of PVM Oil Associates Limited and the related £32.1 million vendor placing of new shares
  • Selling shareholders and underwriters on numerous secondary sale block trades

Recent transactions have included advising:

  • Ocado Group plc on its $262 million acquisition of Kindred Systems, an advanced piece-picking robotics company, and acquisition of Haddington Dynamics, a robotics-arm designer and manufacturer
  • Reliance Industries Limited in connection with its agreement to establish a joint venture to be held 51% by RIL and 49% by an affiliate of BP plc relating to their petroleum retail business in India
  • Charles Taylor on its £261 million takeover by Lovell Minnick
  • Tailwind Capital on its acquisition of Ventiv Enterprises Ltd
  • The private placement agent on the Series E funding round by Trustpilot
  • Temenos on its £1.4 billion takeover offer for Fidessa
  • ContourGlobal plc on its €806 million Class 1 acquisition of Acciona Termosolar
  • A lead investor on Series A and subsequent investment rounds by a leading AI and data analytics solutions business focused on the financial services sector
  • A lead investor on the Series A investment round by a leading cryptocurrency market maker
  • Cell Medica Limited on its Series B and Series C investment rounds
  • Dai-ichi Life Holdings, Inc. in connection with the $6 billion merger of Janus Capital Group, Inc. and Henderson Group plc and its strategic partnership with the combined group
  • MasterCard Incorporated on its £700 million acquisition of 92.4% of VocaLink Holdings Limited
  • Temenos Group AG in connection with its €235 million acquisition of Multifonds from Summit Partners and others
  • MSCI Inc. in connection with its $125 million acquisition of IPD Group Limited
  • The financial adviser(s) to:
    • Anheuser-Busch InBev on its £71 billion takeover of SABMiller
    • Ball Corporation on its £4.3 billion offer for Rexam
  • The financial adviser(s) and sponsor(s) to:
    • Just Retirement Group plc on its proposed £1.7 billion merger with Partnership Assurance Group plc
    • Ladbrokes PLC on its proposed £2.3 billion merger with certain key businesses of Gala Coral Group Limited


  • "40 Under 40 Rising Star" in Legal Services – Financial News 2015

Of Note

  • Co-Author, “Underwriting Practice and Procedure,” Chapter 8, European Securities Law, 2ed., Oxford University Press
  • Co-Author, Acquisitions and Disposals by Listed Companies, published by the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) in October 2013

Professional History

  • Partner, 2017-present
  • Associate, Davis Polk, 2012-2017
  • HSBC, 2011-2012
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, 2005-2011

Bar Admissions

  • England and Wales


  • M.A., History, University of Cambridge, 2000