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Davis Polk & Wardwell

Davis Polk & Wardwell

Professional notice

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP is a global law firm with …

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP is a global law firm with 10 offices strategically located in key business centers and political capitals around the world. For more than 170 years, we have advised industry-leading companies and global financial institutions on their most challenging legal and business matters.


We are widely recognized as one of the world’s premier law firms for restructuring. We represent companies, financial institutions, committees, hedge funds, investors, acquirers, trustees, administrators and receivers in connection with:

  • Insolvencies and Restructurings
  • Rescue and Debtor-In-Possession Financings
  • Exchange Offer and Debt/Equity Conversions
  • Distressed Mergers and Acquisitions

Cross-Border Experience

We are a firm of choice for cross-border insolvency and restructuring matters, particularly in Asia, Brazil and other parts of Latin America. In addition, we regularly represent non-U.S. companies in connection with their distressed U.S. subsidiaries.

Recent Cross-Border and International Thought Leadership

  • INSOL: Former Co-Chair and current Member of G-36 Committee, former INSOL Fellow, Moderator at Singapore Conference
  • Global Restructuring Review: Editorial Board Member, Co-Chair of GRR NY Live, Speaker at Latin Lawyer-GRR Live Restructuring Summit
  • IBA: Former Co-Chair of Insolvency Legislation and Policy Subcommittee, Member of Latin American Regional Forum, Speaker at Annual IBA Conference
  • International Insolvency Institute: Founding Director, former President and current Member, Speaker at Annual III Conference
  • UNCITRAL: Member of Official U.S. Delegation to the Insolvency Working Group of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law
  • International Insolvency Review: Managing Editor and Contributing Author

Recent Recognition

  • Continually ranked Band 1 for Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Chambers, Legal 500, IFLR 1000)
  • Continually ranked a Leading Cross-Border Restructuring and Insolvency Practice (Global Restructuring Review)
  • 2021: Deal of the Year: Banking & Finance (Latin Lawyer |LATAM Airlines')
  • 2020: Restructuring Advisory Firm of the Year (The Deal Awards New York)
  • 2020: Restructuring Deal of the Year (IFLR Americas Awards | McDermott)
  • 2019: Bankruptcy Group of The Year (Law360)
  • 2019: Law Firm of the Year (M&A Advisor)
  • 2019: Restructuring Deal of the Year (The American Lawyer, IFLR, Latin Lawyer, Turnarounds & Workouts |Oi)
  • 2019: Ranked 1st in FY Lead Counsel Advisory Mandates to Creditors (Debtwire)

Recent Notable Assignments

  • AEROMÉXICO – Advising Grupo Aeroméxico, S.A.B. de C.V. regarding its restructuring under chapter 11.
  • AVIANCA – Advising owner of the travel loyalty program of Latin American airline Avianca Holdings S.A. regarding Avianca’s restructuring under chapter 11.
  • BALLANTYNE – Advised Ballantyne Re plc and foreign representative regarding Irish scheme and chapter 15 recognition of same.
  • CHINA FISHERY – Advising major lender in chapter 11 cases, HK litigation and UK scheme of China Fishery Group.
  • CRYPTOPIA – Advised foreign representative of Cryptopia Limited in obtaining chapter 15 recognition of Cryptopia’s New Zealand liquidation proceedings.
  • DIGICEL – Advised Digicel Group One Limited regarding its restructuring, including Bermuda scheme recognized under chapter 15.
  • ENNIA – Advising Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten regarding chapter 15 recognition of ENNIA Group’s Curaçao insolvency proceedings.
  • LATAM – Advising Delta Air Lines, Inc., shareholder and business partner of LATAM Airlines, S.A., in LATAM’s restructuring under chapter 11.
  • LUCKIN – Advising Luckin Coffee Inc., which operates a coffee business in People’s Republic of China, in its multi-jurisdictional restructuring, including regarding litigations under U.S. securities laws and chapter 15 recognition of Cayman Islands provisional liquidation.  
  • OI – Advised multiple key stakeholders in Oi’s Brazilian restructuring.
  • PURDUE – Advising Purdue Pharma L.P. regarding its US$10+ billion restructuring under chapter 11. 
  • SAMARCO – Advising ad hoc group of noteholders regarding in-court restructuring of Brazilian mining company Samarco Mineração S.A.
  • SIFI RESOLUTION ADVISORY – We remain the leading U.S.-based global law firm working with global financial institutions and regulators to solve “too big to fail.”
  • TAKATA – Advised Volkswagen AG, largest creditor in Japan, on the restructuring and sale of Takata Corp.


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