Simon J Little
  1. European Counsel

Mr. Little is European counsel in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, practicing in the London office. He is admitted to practice both English and New York law and advises clients on public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and matters of corporate law.

Work Highlights

  • ContourGlobal plc on its £441 million initial public offering 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
  • Barclays Bank PLC and Jefferies Finance LLC, as 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 – “Rising Star” in M&A, 2015
  • IFLR Europe – “Rising Star” in M&A, 2014

Of Note

  • Contributor to "Private M&A", Getting the Deal Through, September 2017

Professional History

  • European Counsel, Davis Polk since 2016
  • Shearman & Sterling, 2011 – 2016
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, New York, 2007-2011; London, 2002-2006 

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York
  • England and Wales


  • Jurisprudence, University of Oxford, 1998
  • LL.M., Corporation Law, New York University School of Law, 2007