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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

About Davis Polk.

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP (including its associated entities) is a global law firm with offices strategically located in the world’s key financial centers. For more than 160 years, Davis Polk lawyers have advised industry-leading companies and global financial institutions on their most challenging legal and business matters. Davis Polk ranks among the world’s preeminent law firms across the entire range of its practice, which spans such areas as capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, credit, antitrust and competition, litigation and enforcement, private equity, tax, financial regulation, investment management, insolvency and restructuring, executive compensation, FinTech, intellectual property and technology, real estate, and trusts and estates. Davis Polk has more than 800 lawyers in offices located in New York, Menlo Park, Washington DC, São Paulo, London, Paris, Madrid, Tokyo, Beijing and Hong Kong.

Equity Derivatives

Davis Polk’s derivatives practice is world class. The firm regularly represents corporations, hedge funds and individuals as users of interest rate, FX, commodity, equity, credit and all other types of derivatives, as well as every major financial institution in this area. This work effectively engages Davis Polk's skills across a wide range of disciplines – securities law, tax, credit, bankruptcy, employee benefits, asset management, broker-dealer and bank regulation, litigation and ERISA. With a highly integrated approach to both over-the-counter products and equity-linked securities, Davis Polk provides comprehensive advice with respect to every aspect of complex equity derivatives transactions.

Shareholder Activism & Engagement

Davis Polk is widely recognized as a leader in defensive matters, including proxy contests and responding to activist shareholders. Their lawyers work closely with their clients on a wide range of defensive matters, including developing structures and processes intended to discourage inappropriate advances and providing ongoing corporate governance advice to officers and boards. The firm advises on all strategic aspects of the situation when a PR campaign, shareholder proposal, proxy contest or takeover bid is launched. In addition to representing the firm’s longstanding corporate clients, Davis Polk often acts as special counsel for companies, boards and special committees on shareholder activist matters.

Merger Control

Davis Polk has one of the nation’s leading antitrust and competition practices, combining broad experience in complex corporate transactions with a sophisticated litigation practice. The Antitrust and Competition Group consists of over 30 lawyers who work closely with the M&A Group to advise and represent clients in a wide variety of U.S. and cross-border transactions in many industries. Davis Polk lawyers participate in every facet of the U.S. government’s merger review and devise strategies for worldwide clearance of global transactions. The firm also has considerable experience in defending against private challenges to acquisitions, as well as representing clients in investigations by the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice.

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