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Our Work

High-profile transactions. Groundbreaking litigation. Deals that make an impact on how the world does business. Davis Polk lawyers handle significant matters for leading companies around the world.

We're recognized for the exceptional strength of our corporate, litigation and tax practices. Our depth in each of these areas, as well as our global reach, brings us challenging, important work on a wide range of matters:

  • Sophisticated global M&A deals
  • Groundbreaking securities offerings
  • High-profile leveraged lending transactions
  • High-stakes corporate restructurings around the world
  • Corporate governance advice on critical matters for C-suites and boards
  • Bet-the-company litigation and enforcement matters throughout the world
  • Strategic tax transactional advice and tax litigation defense
  • Cutting-edge financial regulatory developments
  • Complicated compliance issues
  • Innovative FinTech matters
  • Complex IP and commercial transactions across multiple industries

As an associate, you’ll be part of a team that delivers the smartest, most innovative solutions to our clients’ needs.

Corporate

Our corporate practice is at the center of major transactions and legal matters that shape the business world. Our clients – including leading companies and financial institutions around the globe – trust us with their most difficult issues and most exciting opportunities. We have a full range of practices to meet our clients’ needs, ranging from capital markets and M&A to environmental and real estate.

Recent matters:

Technip. A team of lawyers across our New York, Paris and London offices advised Technip, a French company focused on project management, engineering and construction for the energy industry, on its $13 billion combination with FMC Technologies, a provider of subsea systems, technologies and services to the oil and gas industry.

Tencent. We advised Tencent Holdings on the HK$7.17 billion (US$919.2 million) spinoff of China Literature, a Chinese online literature platform operator.

Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico. We are advising the ad hoc group of holders of bonds issued by the Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico on the restructuring of approximately $4 billion in outstanding bonds.

Toys 'R' Us. We advised the agent and lead arranger on Toys 'R' Us' $2.3 billion debtor-in-possession financing facility on its chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

Temenos Group. We are advising Temenos Group AG on its £1.4 billion recommended cash offer to acquire the entire share capital of Fidessa group plc.

Syngenta. We advised Syngenta on its $43 billion acquisition by ChemChina in the largest-ever China outbound deal

Learn more about our corporate practice at davispolk.com.

Litigation

Leading companies rely on our highly regarded, broad-based litigation practice for their most challenging matters. We provide strategic guidance and hard-hitting litigation support to our clients during critical times for their businesses, in areas that include securities litigation and enforcement, white collar criminal defense and intellectual property litigation.

Recent matters:

Comcast. In less than one year, we landed a jury verdict awarding millions of dollars in damages and had a multimillion-dollar verdict overturned by the trial judge, both of which were upheld on appeal.

Facebook. We obtained a winning decision, affirmed on appeal, in a case that was both a crucial victory for our clients, the 33 underwriters of the Facebook IPO, and one of the most important rulings in the past decade for IPO underwriters and the market at large.

IBM. We obtained the dismissal of both a class action securities litigation and follow-on ERISA suit related to a drop in stock price after IBM took a $4.7 billion write-down in connection with asset divestiture.

FIFA. We are advising multiple clients involved in the highly publicized, global FIFA corruption probe and prosecution.

Con Edison. We represented Con Edison, one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the United States, in an investigation by the Antitrust Division of the Justice Department into a contractor kickback scheme.

Learn more about our litigation practice at davispolk.com.

Tax

Our tax lawyers partner closely with clients on sophisticated corporate transactions and complex tax litigation matters. We are a leader in innovating new approaches and solutions in the ever-evolving tax spectrum, working with companies and institutions on U.S., international and cross-border matters.

Recent matter:

Lockheed Martin/Leidos: We advised Lockheed Martin in connection with the separation and combination of its realigned Information Systems & Global Solutions business with Leidos in a $4.6 billion tax-efficient Reverse Morris Trust transaction.

Learn more about our tax practice at davispolk.com.