John M. Brandow
  1. Partner

As a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, Mr. Brandow is chairman of the firm’s Derivatives & 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.

Work Highlights

Notable Matters


  • Chambers USA – Capital Markets: Derivatives, Band 1
  • Chambers Global – Capital Markets: Derivatives, USA, Band 1
  • IFLR1000 – Capital Markets (Derivatives, Equity, Structured Finance and Securitisation), United States, Highly regarded 
  • Expert Guides – Capital Markets

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