John M. Brandow
  1. Partner

As a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, Mr. Brandow heads the firm’s Derivatives and Structured Products Group, which includes over 35 securities and tax lawyers. He advises a wide variety of market participants – commercial and investment banks, issuers, hedge funds and institutional and individual holders of equity positions – on a complex array of equity-related transactions. 

Mr. Brandow has been actively involved in the design of exchangeable securities containing imbedded options or forward contracts on the underlying equities, the development of mandatory and optional convertible securities that are issued in tax- or accounting-driven capital-raising transactions, and the structuring of public and private hedging transactions using collars and variable prepaid forward contracts.


Listed as a leading capital markets lawyer in several legal industry publications, including:

  • Band 1, Nationwide: Capital Markets: Derivatives – Chambers USA 2013
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Legal Media Group’s Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Capital Markets Lawyers
  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
  • American Lawyer Media’s Corporate Counsel: Best Lawyers in Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions and Securities Law
  • Practical Law Company’s Cross-border Finance: Secured Lending Handbook

Professional History

  • Partner, 1989-present
  • Associate, 1981-1989
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Irving R. Kaufman, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1980-1981

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York


  • B.A., Yale University, 1975
    • cum laude
  • B.A., Physiology, Psychology and Philosophy, University of Oxford, 1977
    • Pembroke College
  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1980
    • cum laude
    • Articles Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review