Daniel Brass
  1. Partner

Mr. Brass is a partner in Davis Polk's Corporate Department, practicing in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group. He advises U.S., U.K. and other international corporate and private equity clients on a full range of public and private transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, investments, joint ventures, collaborations, spinoffs, restructurings, special committee representations and defensive and corporate governance advice, with significant experience in multi-jurisdiction cross-border transactions.

Work Highlights

  • Clarivate on its:
    • $6.8 billion combination with CPA Global, an intellectual property software and tech-enabled services provider
    • $950 million acquisition of Decision Resources Group, a provider of data, analytics and insights to the healthcare industry
  • Natura on its $1.9 billion acquisition of Avon Products
  • VF Corporation on its:
    • $2.1 billion acquisition of Supreme
    • spinoff of its Jeans business
    • spinoff of its VF Outlet business
    • sale of the Reef Brand to The Rockport Group
  • Ferrero and its affiliates on its:
    • $2.8 billion acquisition of Nestlé's U.S. confectionery business
    • $1.3 billion acquisition of Kellogg Company’s cookie, fruit and fruit-flavored snack, ice cream cone and pie crust businesses
    • acquisition of Ferrara Candy Company from private equity firm L Catterton
    • acquisition of Kelsen Group A.S. from Campbell Soup Company
    • acquisition of Eat Natural
  • Stone, a leading provider of financial technology solutions in Brazil, on its $1.4 billion combination with Linx
  • Ocado plc on its:
    • $262 million acquisition of Kindred Systems, an advanced piece-picking robotics company
    • acquisition of Haddington Dynamics, a robotics-arm designer and manufacturer
  • GlaxoSmithKline plc on the divestitures of Thermacare's worldwide and U.S. businesses
  • Reckitt Benckiser plc on its:
    • $17.9 billion acquisition of Mead Johnson Nutrition
    • $4.2 billion sale of its food division to McCormick
  • Shire plc on its:
    • £46 billion acquisition by Takeda
    • $54.8 billion proposed acquisition by AbbVie
    • $5.2 billion acquisition of NPS Pharmaceuticals
  • Dufry on its approximately $311 million going-private acquisition of Hudson
  • Hudson Group on its:
    • acquisition of assets related to the operation of Brookstone stores in U.S. airports from Apex Digital
    • terminated transaction relating to the acquisition of acquisition of a controlling stake in the assets of OHM Concession Group LLC, a food and beverage concessions operator in North America
  • TiGenix on its $624 million acquisition by Takeda
  • Petrobras on its $892 million sale of its indirect stake in Petrobras Argentina to Pampa Energia
  • Advanced Semiconductor Engineering on its proposed combination with Silicon Precision Industries Co.
  • IHS Inc. on its:
    • CAD 650 million acquisition of CARPROOF Corporation
    • acquisition of Oil Price Information Service
  • Fibria Celulose on its approximately $14.4 billion acquisition by Suzano Papel e Celuose
  • Lydall on its acquisition of the industrial filtration businesses of Andrew Industries
  • Digicel on its initial joint venture in Myanmar and the subsequent sale of a controlling stake to edotco Group Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of the Axiata Group
  • Freeport-McMoRan on the:
    • sale of a 13% stake in its Morenci mine joint venture to Sumitomo Metal Mining Co. Ltd for $1 billion
    • sale of a $262.5 million stake in its Timok mine project in Serbia to Lundin Mining Corporation
    • amendment and restatement of its term loan facility and revolving credit facility
  • Cornell Capital on its $363 million convertible preferred investment in MRC Global Inc. and other private equity investments
  • First Wind on its $2.4 billion acquisition by SunEdison, Inc. and TerraForm Power Inc.
  • PartnerRe on its initial $11 billion merger of equals with Axis and subsequent acquisition by EXOR for $6.9 billion
  • Comcast Corporation on its acquisition of Icontrol Networks Inc.
  • Tailwind Capital on its acquisition of Lone Peak dental practices
  • The special committee of the board of SWS Group, Inc. on its acquisition by Hilltop Holdings Inc.
  • Bats Global Markets, Inc. on its acquisition of ETF.com
  • Various private equity transactions for Crestview and Goldman Sachs


  • Law360 – “Rising Star: Mergers & Acquisitions,” 2019
  • Euromoney Legal Media Group's Americas Rising Star Awards –  "Deal of the Year," 2019
  • LatinFinance's Deal of the Year Awards –  "Cross-border M&A Deal of the Year," 2021

Of Note

Drinks with The Deal Podcast: Davis Polk’s Daniel Brass,” The Deal, December 10, 2020

Professional History

  • Partner, 2017-present
  • Associate, Davis Polk, 2012-2017
  • Slaughter and May, 2006-2012

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York
  • England and Wales


  • M.A., Law, University of Cambridge, 2004
    • Magdalene College


  • French
  • German