William F. Barron
  1. Partner

A Davis Polk partner resident in Hong Kong, Mr. Barron has over 30 years of experience advising corporations, investment banks and financial investors in connection with capital markets, leveraged finance, M&A and other corporate finance transactions. He has worked in New York, London, Tokyo and, for the last 25 years, Hong Kong, and on transactions in every major country in Asia.

Work Highlights

Mr. Barron has worked on many of the landmark IPOs in Asia. He has substantial experience in investment-grade and high-yield debt and leveraged finance, having worked on numerous transactions in the PRC, Southeast Asia and elsewhere in Asia. He also has worked on a number of significant mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity transactions in Asia.


Mr. Barron is listed as a leading lawyer in numerous legal industry publications, including:

  • FinanceAsia:
    • Named as one of the “50 Most Influential People in Asia’s Financial Markets” (the only lawyer on the list)
    • Recognized as being “widely regarded as the region’s leading legal adviser on international capital markets transactions, by both clients and peers”
  • Asia Legal Awards:
    • "Securities Lawyer of the Year," 2018
  • Chambers Asia-Pacific:
    • Capital Markets: (Debt) (International Firms): China, Band 1, Leading Individual
    • Capital Markets: U.S. Law: High-Yield; China, Band 1, Leading Individual
    • Capital Markets (International Firms, Experts Based Abroad): Indonesia, Leading Individual
    • “Outstanding Contribution Award,” 2012
  • IFLR1000:
    • Capital Markets (Equity): U.S. Law: Hong Kong, Leading Individual

    • Capital Markets (Debt): Hong Kong, Leading Individual

  • Legal 500 Asia-Pacific:
    • Capital Markets (Equity): Hong Kong, Leading Individual

    • Capital Markets (Debt): Hong Kong, Leading Individual

Professional History

  • Partner, Davis Polk since 1995
  • Associate, 1984-1995
  • London office, 1987-1990
  • Tokyo office, 1992-1993
  • Hong Kong office, 1993-present

    Bar Admissions

    • Hong Kong
    • State of New York


    • A.B., Dartmouth College, 1979
      • with distinction
    • J.D., Columbia Law School, 1984
      • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar