Davis Polk

Firm Background

Our Hong Kong office, which opened in 1993, was one of the first opened by a major Wall Street firm in Hong Kong and is now our largest non-U.S. office. It currently consists of 8 partners, 2 counsel and 29 associates, and has been involved in many of the most important and high-profile capital markets and M&A/private equity transactions in China and elsewhere in Asia.


  • Davis Polk won “Equity Market Deal of the Year” for American International Assurance Company’s IPO at the Asian Legal Business Hong Kong Awards 2011.
  • Six of our Hong Kong-based partners were listed as leading lawyers across a range of practice areas, including securities, M&A and private equity, by Chambers Global 2011.
  • Davis Polk received three awards at the China Law & PracticeAwards for 2010:
    • International Capital Markets Team of the Year
    • Debt and Equity-Linked Deal of the Year
    • Equity Deal of the Year
  • Davis Polk was awarded Global IPO and Asia-Pacific Equity Issue for 2010 by IFR for its work on Agricultural Bank of China’s $22.1 billion IPO.
  • Davis Polk advised the underwriters on the KGI Securities GDS offering, a deal that was named “Taiwan Deal of the Year” by Asia Legal Business.
  • Davis Polk was named M&A Law Firm of the Year – Asia Pacific Practice at the 2010 Asia Pacific M&A Atlas Award

Related Practice Areas

 Hong Kong Trainee Solicitors Program

During your two-year training contract with Davis Polk, you will undertake a number of rotations through our various practice areas, providing you with the variety of skills and experience necessary to lay the foundation for a successful legal career.

Trainee solicitors will also have the opportunity during their training contract to undertake a secondment to the firm’s New York office. As a trainee solicitor you will be assigned to a senior lawyer, who will serve as a mentor and provide advice and guidance throughout the program.

Vacation Schemes

Davis Polk offers four-week vacation schemes in the summer and winter for students interested in being considered for training contracts. During each vacation scheme, students will have the opportunity to work on international transactions for a variety of firm clients and attend training programs designed to teach skills required to become an effective solicitor as well as information sessions focused on the work of our Asia practice. Students will also have the opportunity to experience Davis Polk’s culture through interactions with lawyer mentors and attendance at social events.

How to Apply

Applications for the 2015/2016 winter vacation scheme must be received by August 1, 2015. Please complete the online application and be sure to include a resume, transcript and cover letter indicating the year you intend to commence a training contract and why you would like to be considered for a summer vacation scheme at Davis Polk. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

Complete the Application

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact Terese Au Yeung, Legal Recruiting and Development Manager, at terese.auyeung@davispolk.com.