Leo Borchardt
  1. Partner

Mr. Borchardt is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, practicing in the London office. He has advised large corporations, boards of directors, special committees and investment banks on a variety of significant cross-border M&A, capital markets and other strategic corporate transactions. He also regularly advises clients on corporate governance, reporting and compliance and general corporate matters.

Work Highlights

Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Reliance Industries Limited on its acquisition of wireless infrastructure assets from Reliance Communications
  • Telia Company on the sale of its interest in Tajik telecom operator Tcell to AKFED
  • Technip on its $17 billion business combination with FMC Technologies
  • TeliaSonera on the $1.03 billion sale of its holding in Nepalese telecom operator Ncell to Axiata
  • Pattern Energy’s committee of independent directors on the acquisitions of six wind power projects
  • A major European telecom operator on its anchor investment in a VC fund
  • Sterling Financial on its $2 billion merger with Umpqua and related divestitures
  • XL Group on the establishment of a joint venture with Stone Point Capital
  • Bertelsmann on the combination of Random House and Penguin
  • Guggenheim on various transactions
  • MSCI in its acquisition of IPD Group
  • ThyssenKrupp on U.S. aspects of the sale of its stainless steel business
Capital Markets
  • BMW on its $3.5 billion notes offering
  • The underwriters on Handicare’s SEK 1 billion initial public offering
  • The underwriters on Deutsche Bank’s $1.0 billion SEC-registered offering of subordinated Tier 2 notes
  • Boozt on its SEK 1.85 billion initial public offering
  • The underwriters on Deutsche Bank's €8.0 billion (2017), €6.7 billion (2014) and €10.2 billion (2010) SEC-registered rights offerings
  • The underwriters on Yara International’s $500 million notes offering
  • Scout24 on its €1.2 billion initial public offering
  • The underwriters on Schaeffler’s €938 million initial public offering
  • The underwriters on Deutsche Bank’s $1.5 billion SEC-registered offering of additional Tier 1 (AT1) notes
  • Tele Columbus on its €367 million initial public offering
  • The underwriters on the $476 million SEC-registered IPO, a subsequent $1 billion SEC-registered secondary offering and a $1 billion offering of high-yield bonds of NXP
  • SEC-registered notes offerings for AstraZeneca and BBVA (issuer side) and Rio Tinto and OeKB (underwriters side), totaling more than $22 billion
  • The underwriters on Erste Group's €1.7 billion rights offering
  • Julius Baer on the spinoff of its asset management business
  • HeidelbergCement on its €4.4 billion primary and secondary re-IPO
  • Several accelerated bookbuild offerings and other private placements

Of Note

  • Fellow, Royal Society of Arts
  • Member, Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House
  • Erasmus Scholar, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, 2002-2003
  • Visiting Scholar, Max Planck Institute for International Law, Heidelberg, 2006-2007

Professional History

  • Davis Polk since 2008
  • Partner, 2016-present
  • London office, 2009-2012; 2014-present
  • New York office, 2012-2014
  • Frankfurt office, 2008-2009
  • Judicial Clerk, Court of Appeals of Graz, 2008

    Bar Admissions

    • State of New York


    • Magister Juris, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, 2003
      • Book of Honor
      • Second in Class
    • LL.M., New York University School of Law, 2006
      • Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholarship
      • Frank T. Diersen Prize
      • Vanderbilt Medal for Outstanding Contributions to the School of Law
      • Graduate Editor, Journal of International Law and Politics


    • German
    • Italian
    • French