Derek Dostal
  1. Partner

Mr. Dostal is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, practicing in the Capital Markets Group. He has worked on a wide variety of both public and private capital markets transactions, including IPOs and other equity offerings, investment-grade and high-yield debt financings, private placements and mandatory and optional convertible securities offerings, by issuers in various industries. His practice also includes advising U.S. public companies on general corporate, securities law and governance matters. He also has particular experience in equity derivatives, including in the context of financing, repurchase and other over-the-counter transactions.

Work Highlights

Mr. Dostal’s recent experience includes the following representations:

Acquisition Financing
  • Tyson Foods in connection with its equity, equity-linked and debt securities to partially finance its acquisitions of AdvancePierre Foods and The Hillshire Brands Company
  • The underwriters for Discovery Communications' offerings of debt securities to fund its proposed acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive
  • Hearthside Group Holdings in connection with its debut high-yield debt offering to fund the acquisition of Hearthside by private equity investors
  • The underwriters for Black Hills Corporation’s offerings of equity, equity-linked and debt securities to finance its acquisition of SourceGas Holdings
  • The underwriters for NorthWestern Corporation’s offerings of common stock and first mortgage bonds to partially finance the acquisition of 11 hydroelectric facilities located in Montana
  • The initial purchasers for Zebra Technologies Corporation’s high-yield debt offering to partially finance its acquisition of Motorola Solutions’ enterprise mobility business
IPOs and Other Equity Offerings
  • Calyxt, REV Group, AC Immune and IHS Markit in connection with their IPOs and/or subsequent follow-on or secondary offerings
  • The underwriters in connection with IPOs by Capital Investment Corp. IV, Regalwood Global Energy Ltd., Mersana Therapeutics, Galapagos, Coty and Taminco
  • The underwriters in connection with follow-on or secondary offerings by Tellurian, Oxford Immunotec, Acadia Healthcare, South Jersey Industries, SRC Energy, Black Hills Corporation, Spectrum Brands, Umpqua Holdings, Taminco, Integra LifeSciences, Tower International and Quality Distribution
High-Yield and Investment-Grade Debt
  • The initial purchasers in connection with high-yield debt offerings by PDC Energy, AmeriGas, Acadia Healthcare, HRG Group, Spectrum Brands, Pilgrim’s Pride, Roundy’s Supermarkets, NANA Development Corporation, Taminco, Prince Minerals, Nuance Communications and Hologic
  • IHS Markit, Indianapolis Power & Light Company and Murphy Oil in connection with their debt offerings
  • The underwriters or initial purchasers in connection with investment-grade debt offerings by Arrow Electronics, Xylem, Wyndham Worldwide, Black Hills Corporation, General Mills, Columbia Property Trust, Legg Mason, Continental Resources and Energizer Holdings
Convertible Securities and Equity Derivatives
  • The underwriters or initial purchasers in connection with optional convertible debt offerings by Silicon Laboratories, Kaman Corporation, Veeco Instruments, Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Titan Machinery, The Medicines Company, Lennar, Sunrise Senior Living, Ares, Quantum, Microsoft and Knight Capital Group
  • McMoRan Exploration, Synovus Financial, Alliance Data Systems and a large U.S. financial institution  in connection with their offerings of convertible debt, convertible preferred securities or tangible equity units
  • The counterparties to call spread or capped call transactions with NuVasive, Integra LifeSciences, Lam Research and Medicis Pharmaceutical

Professional History

  • Davis Polk since 2006
  • Partner, 2016-present

    Practice Focus

    Bar Admissions

    • State of New York


    • B.B.A., Finance, Loyola University Maryland, 2001
    • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2006