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
    • $950 million acquisition of Decision Resources Group
  • Natura on its $1.9 billion acquisition of Avon Products
  • Dufry on its going-private acquisition of Hudson
  • VF on its:
    • $2.1 billion acquisition of Supreme
    • spinoff of its Jeans 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’s cookie, fruit and fruit-flavored snack, ice cream cone and pie crust businesses
    • acquisition of Ferrara Candy
    • acquisition of Kelsen Group from Campbell Soup
    • acquisition of Eat Natural
  • Stone on its $1.4 billion combination with Linx
  • Ocado on its:
    • $262 million acquisition of Kindred Systems
    • acquisition of Haddington Dynamics
  • Reckitt on its:
    • acquisition of Biofreeze
    • $17.9 billion acquisition of Mead Johnson Nutrition
    • $4.2 billion sale of its food division to McCormick
  • Hudson Group on its acquisition of assets related to the operation of Brookstone stores in U.S. airports
  • GlaxoSmithKline on the divestitures of Thermacare's worldwide and U.S. businesses
  • Shire on its:
    • £46 billion acquisition by Takeda
    • $54.8 billion proposed acquisition by AbbVie
    • $5.2 billion acquisition of NPS Pharmaceuticals
  • TiGenix on its $624 million acquisition by Takeda
  • Petrobras on its $892 million sale of its indirect stake in Petrobras Argentina to Pampa Energia
  • Fibria Celulose on its approximately $14.4 billion acquisition by Suzano Papel e Celuose
  • 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 for $1 billion
    • sale of a $262.5 million stake in its Timok mine project in Serbia to Lundin Mining
  • Cornell Capital on its $363 million convertible preferred investment in MRC Global and other private equity investments
  • First Wind on its $2.4 billion acquisition by SunEdison and TerraForm Power
  • PartnerRe on its initial $11 billion merger of equals with Axis and subsequent acquisition by EXOR for $6.9 billion



  • Law360 – “Rising Star: Mergers & Acquisitions,” 2019
  • Euromoney Legal Media Group - Americas Rising Star Awards, "Deal of the Year," 2019

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