Simon J Little
  1. Counsel

Mr. Little is counsel in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, practicing in the London office. He is admitted to practice both English and New York law and has extensive experience advising clients on public and private mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and general corporate law, particularly in a cross-border context. He has been recognized as a rising star in mergers and acquisitions and is ranked highly regarded for mergers and acquisitions by IFLR.

Work Highlights

  • 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
  • Nuvei Corporation in connection with its $889 million recommended public takeover offer to acquire the entire issued share capital of SafeCharge International Group Limited
  • Comcast on its £30.6 billion takeover of Sky plc
  • An ad hoc group of prepetition senior secured lenders in connection with the successful chapter 11 restructuring of Expro International Group Holdings Limited
  • ContourGlobal plc on its £441 million IPO and London premium listing

  • Genuine Parts Company on its $2 billion acquisition of Alliance Automotive Group from Blackstone
  • Natura Cosméticos on its €1 billion acquisition of The Body Shop from L'Oreal
  • Technip on its $17 billion merger with FMC Technologies
  • The joint book-running managers in connection with the SEC-registered offering by Ensco plc

Before joining Davis Polk, Mr. Little’s recent transactions have included advising:

  • Liberty Global plc on its $8.2 billion public takeover offer for Cable & Wireless Communications plc
  • Fairfax Financial Holding, as a member of a consortium, on the £165 million public takeover offer for APR Energy plc
  • Liberty Global plc on the reclassification of its share capital to create tracking shares
  • Abu Dhabi Global Market on its establishment as an international financial center in the United Arab Emirates
  • Qatar Investment Authority in connection on the £2.6 billion public takeover offer, with Brookfield Property Partners L.P., for Songbird Estates plc and mandatory follow-on £4.1 billion offer for Canary Wharf Group plc
  • Mandated lead arrangers, on the £303 million public takeover offer for Prezzo Plc
  • A bondholder committee on the £1.5 billion financial restructuring by scheme of arrangement of the Co-operative Bank p.l.c
  • Liberty Global Inc on the $23.3 billion stock and cash merger with Virgin Media Inc. and associated corporate reorganization
  • Citi on its acquisition of ING’s Custody and Securities Services across Central and Eastern Europe
  • African Barrick Gold on its possible public takeover by China National Gold
  • Intercontinental Exchange on its acquisition of a majority stake in the derivatives and spot natural gas business of APX-ENDEX


Mr. Little is recognized as a leader in the legal industry:

  • IFLR1000 – highly regarded for M&A, 2018
  • Euromoney Expert Guides – “Rising Star” in M&A
  • IFLR Europe – “Rising Star” in M&A, 2014

Professional History

  • Davis Polk since 2016

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York
  • England and Wales


  • Jurisprudence, University of Oxford, 1998
    • St John's College
  • LL.M., Corporation Law, New York University School of Law, 2007