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John Meade

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

New York, NY, USA

John B. Meade

As a member of Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, Mr. Meade represents issuer and underwriter clients in public and private securities offerings, and advises on general corporate matters, including corporate governance and SEC reporting matters, for U.S. and non-U.S. corporations.

Work Highlights

Recent capital markets transactions include:

  • IPOs of Hilton Worldwide and Manchester United
  • High-yield debt offerings by Blackboard, Comcel, Dufry, Harbinger Group, Hilton Worldwide, Sandridge Energy and Warner Music
  • Investment-grade debt offerings by Fifth Third Bank, General Mills, IBMand Legg Mason
Mr Meade has represented major investment banks, including Banc of America, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Jefferies, J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley, as underwriter’s counsel on transactions in the United States and Europe.


Mr Meade has advised a number of corporations, including BBVA Compass Bancshares, Cellcom Israel, Dufry, Millicom, SallieMae and Shire on corporate governance and disclosure issues as well as strategic transactions, including capital markets matters.

He practiced in Davis Polk’s London office from 2003 to 2011 where he worked on cross-border financing and other corporate transactions, including:
  • IPOs of Denmark’s PANDORA, Finland’s Neste Oil and India’s Reliance Petroleum
  • Debut Yankee bond offerings by Bacardi and Syngenta
  • Sale of ABN Amro to the consortium of RBS, Santander and Fortis
  • Purchase by Switzerland’s Dufry of the U.S.-based Hudson News Group
  • Allied Irish Bank’s disposition of its holding in M&T Bank Corporation through an offering of contingent mandatorily exchangeable notes
Of Note

Author, U.S. chapter, Securities World: Jurisdictional Comparisons (Third edition, 2011)

  • Capital Markets
  • State of New York
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. New York
  • U.S. District Court, S.D. New York
  • England and Wales
  • B.C.L., University College, Cork, 1996
    • First Class Honours
    • College Scholar
  • LL.M., Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, 1997
    • Rotary Foundation Scholar
  • B.C.L., St. John's College, University of Oxford, 2001
    • with distinction
    • Sir Roy Goode Prize
    • British Government
  • Chevening Scholar (Third edition, 2011)

Professional History

  • Partner, 2009-present
  • Associate, Davis Polk, 2001-2009
  • Trainee Solicitor, McCann FitzGerald, Dublin, 1997-1999

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