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 M&A, 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


  • A.P. Møller–Mærsk on its $100 million disposal of 50% shareholding in Egyptian Drilling to Egyptian General Petroleum
  • Cell Medica on its £60 million Series C investment round
  • Comodo Group on its acquisition of a majority stake in its certificate authority business by Francisco Partners
  • CrowdStrike on its $400 million acquisition of Humio
  • Envision Energy on its acquisition of Velocita Energy’s French onshore wind farm portfolio
  • Ferrero on its acquisition of Eat Natural
  • Genuine Parts on its $2 billion acquisition of Alliance Automotive Group from Blackstone and others
  • Private equity firms including BDT Capital, Lightyear Capital, Corsair Capital and Metalmark Capital on various investments, acquisitions and disposals
  • Sale of Antares Holdings to Qatar Insurance Company
  • SS&C Technologies on its $95 million acquisition of DST Global Solutions
  • Tencent Holdings on its acquisition of a controlling stake in a new holding company of Miniclip Group
  • Tereos on its £34 million acquisition of Napier Brown from Real Good Food
  • Verisk Analytics on its £250 million acquisition of Sequel from Hg Capital and others
  • Whitney Wolfe Herd, Bumble’s founder on the establishment of Bumble and on the $3 billion acquisition of MagicLab by Blackstone


  • Alexander Forbes on the $310 million IPO of Alexander Forbes Group Holdings on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange
  • Arranger on its acquisition financing for Teledyne Technologies’ £620 million acquisition of E2V Technologies
  • Dialog Semiconductor on its:
    • $4.6 billion aborted acquisition of Atmel
    • $5 billion proposed merger with AMS
  • Lazard as financial adviser to MSA Safety on its £124 million acquisition of Latchways
  • Lenders in connection with the financing for STERIS’ $1.9 billion acquisition of Synergy Health
  • Public companies including IHS Markit and LVMH on investments, acquisitions and disposals of businesses in Europe
  • Temenos on its £1.4 billion takeover offer for Fidessa
  • Underwriters on the $828 million IPO of Abengoa Yield on Nasdaq

Of Note

  • Contributor to “Private M&A”, Getting the Deal Through, September 2017-2019

Professional History

  • Counsel, 2018-present
  • Associate, Davis Polk, 2014-2018
  • 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