Jeffrey R. O'Brien
  1. Partner

Mr. O’Brien is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department and co-head of the firm's European practice, practicing in the London office. He advises companies, financial intermediaries and private equity sponsors on their most complex M&A, leveraged finance (including high-yield and loans) and other capital markets transactions.

He has worked in our London, New York and Madrid offices and has been based in the London office since 2005.

Work Highlights

  • A private equity portfolio company on the sale of its operations in a Latin American jurisdiction
  • Delonex Energy in connection with:
    • a $600 million investment from an investment group led by affiliates of Warburg Pincus
    • its entry into and exit from a consortium with Vitol Investment Partnership and Africa Oil to acquire a 50% ownership interest in Petrobras Oil and Gas for $1.41 billion
  • DONG Energy in connection with an equity capital injection from Goldman Sachs and other investors
  • EQT on its DKK12.8 billion sale of Dako, a Danish healthcare equipment manufacturer, to Agilent Technologies
  • Julius Baer on its CHF 5.6 billion acquisition of three private banks and an asset manager from a leading global bank
  • Morgan Stanley:
    • in connection with its participation in a consortium acquiring HSBC Rail
    • on the $2.5 billion sale of its aircraft leasing business to Terra Firma
  • Novo Nordisk on numerous strategic transactions including numerous licensing transactions and asset acquisitions in the U.S.
  • Tele2 on its $2.4 billion sale of its Russian operations to VTB Group
  • Telia in connection with its:
    • $1.03 billion sale of its 60.4% interest in Nepalese telecom operator Ncell to Axiata
    • $215 million sale of Ucell to the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for Assistance to Privatized Enterprises and Development of Competition
    • sale of its 60% interest in Tajik mobile operator Tcell to AKFED
  • 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
  • Reliance Industries Limited and Jio Platforms Limited in connection with an unprecedented series of capital raisings from world leading strategic and financial investors amounting to over 20 billion USD in investments into Jio Platforms Limited:
    • Facebook, Inc’s Investment of ₹43,574 crore and associated commercial arrangements
    • Google’s Investment of ₹33,737 crore and associated commercial arrangements
    • Vista Equity Partners' Investment of ₹11,367 crore
    • PIF’s Investment of ₹11,367 crore
    • KKR’s Investment of ₹11,367 crore
    • Silver Lake's Investment of ₹10,202.5 crore
    • Mubadala’s Investment of ₹9,093.60 crore
    • General Atlantic's Investment of ₹6,598 crore
    • ADIA’s Investment of ₹5,683.50 crore
    • TPG’s Investment of ₹4,546.80 crore
    • L Catterton’s Investment of ₹1894.50 crore
    • Intel Capital’s Investment of ₹1,894.50 crore
    • Qualcomm’s Investment of ₹730 crore
  • Reliance Industries on its agreement to acquire wireless infrastructure assets from Reliance Communications
  • Royal Caribbean on its acquisition of Pullmantur, a Madrid-based cruise and tour operator, for €430 million in cash and the assumption of €270 million of net debt
  • A leading global hedge fund on its approximately $100 million credit facility
  • Cairn India on an equity private placement
  • Codere on five high-yield notes offerings, entry into, and amendments and extensions to, its senior credit facilities and its IPO
  • Netcompany on its DKK 7.75 billion IPO and Nasdaq Copenhagen listing 
  • Ocado on a consent solicitation in respect of high-yield notes
  • ODIGEO on three high-yield notes offerings, its IPO, a consent solicitation in respect of two series of high-yield notes and a cash tender offer for one series of high-yield notes
  • ISS on several concurrent tender offers for, and partial redemptions of, high-yield notes 
  • Leading hedge fund and private equity fund jointly in connection with a $300 million recapitalization of a portfolio company with operations in Latin America by way of the issuance of convertible senior notes and subsequent consent solicitations and tender offers for such notes
  • Reliance Industries on several Yankee bond offerings, a senior perpetual bond offering, a Formosa bond offering and a consent solicitation in respect of three series of Yankee bonds 
  • Technicolor on its comprehensive balance sheet restructuring, several term loan facilities and working capital facilities and repricings and other liability management transactions
  • The initial purchasers on:
    • a high-yield notes offering by Worldpay
    • four high-yield notes offerings by Abengoa
    • the debut high-yield notes offering for Abengoa Yield
  • The issuers and underwriters on numerous Spanish IPOs
  • The lead arrangers and initial purchasers of a TLB, TLA and high-yield notes offering for Inovyn Finance
  • UBM on a Yankee bond offering and a rights issue to fund its acquisition of Advanstar 

Professional History

  • Partner, 2008-present
  • Associate, 2000-2008

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York


  • B.A., University of Virginia, 1996
    • with highest distinction
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2000
    • magna cum laude
    • Order of the Coif
    • Member, Georgetown Law Journal


  • Spanish