William Tong
  1. Counsel

Mr. Tong is counsel in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, practicing in the London office. He advises private equity, corporate and investment banking clients on a wide range of transactions, including public and private mergers and acquisitions, early stage financings and investments, joint ventures and restructuring matters. He also has extensive experience advising on transactions involving fintech and insurance companies, as well as Chinese outbound investments into Europe.

Work Highlights


Recent work highlights include advising:

  • Verisk Analytics on its £250 million acquisition of Sequel from Hg Capital and others
  • A.P. Møller – Mærsk on its $100 million disposal of 50% shareholding in Egyptian Drilling Company to Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation
  • Tencent Holdings Limited on its acquisition of a controlling stake in a new holding company of Miniclip Group SA
  • Envision Energy on its acquisition of Velocita Energy’s French onshore wind farm portfolio
  • On the sale of Antares Holdings Limited to Qatar Insurance Company S.A.Q.
  • SS&C Technologies on its $95 million acquisition of DST Global Solutions
  • Cell Medica on its £60 million Series C investment round
  • Tereos on its £34 million acquisition of Napier Brown from Real Good Food
  • Genuine Parts Company on its $2 billion acquisition of Alliance Automotive Group from Blackstone and others
  • Comodo Group on the acquisition of a majority stake in its certificate authority business by Francisco Partners
  • Private equity firms including Lightyear Capital, Corsair Capital and Metalmark Capital on various investments, acquisitions and disposals


Recent work highlights include advising:

  • Temenos on its £1.4 billion takeover offer for Fidessa
  • Dialog Semiconductor on its
    • $4.6 billion aborted acquisition of Atmel
    • $5 billion proposed merger with AMS
  • Lazard as financial adviser to MSA Safety Incorporated on its £124 million acquisition of Latchways plc
  • The lenders in connection with the financing for STERIS’ $1.9 billion acquisition of Synergy Health
  • The arranger on the acquisition financing for Teledyne Technologies’ £620 million acquisition of E2V Technologies plc
  • The underwriters on the $828 million initial public offering of Abengoa Yield plc on NASDAQ
  • Alexander Forbes on the $310 million initial public offering of Alexander Forbes Group Holdings Limited on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange

Of Note

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

Professional History

  • Davis Polk since 2014
  • Slaughter and May, 2010-2013

Practice Focus

Bar Admissions

  • England and Wales


  • LL.B., University of Nottingham, 2001
  • B.C.L., University of Oxford, 2003
  • Ph.D., Law, University of Nottingham, 2007


  • Mandarin