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Rebecca Davis

Rebecca Davis


Rebecca advises on general corporate matters, corporate reorganisations and cross-border M&A.



Rebecca is an associate in the corporate team in Tokyo. Her practice focuses on general corporate matters, corporate reorganisations and cross-border M&A.

Rebecca has advised clients on solvent group rationalisation and restructuring projects, including post-acquisition integrations, migrations, cross-border mergers, cash repatriation, carve-outs and legal entity rationalisations. She also has extensive experience on a range of private equity and M&A transactions, including auctions, private treaty sales, management buyouts and joint ventures.

Prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills, Rebecca worked as a corporate associate at a leading global law firm based in London.

Rebecca's experience includes advising: 

  • a private equity group on a carve-out following its $2.1 billion acquisition of a global medical devices business*
  • a Japanese automobile servicing group on a complex intra-group debt restructuring and the subsequent rationalisation of its European group structure. This involved working closely with tax advisors in the UK and Japan, and assisting the client to devise and implement the steps required to attain its target debt and equity structure.*
  • two leading Japanese electronics manufacturers on cross-border merger projects to migrate their UK headquarters to the Netherlands in advance of Brexit*
  • a NYSE-listed advanced manufacturing company on the migration of its European headquarters to the UK and on ongoing UK corporate matters*
  • a UK company with innovative virtual reality technology on its sale to Facebook. This was a US-law governed transaction with complex IP and involved working closely with Facebook’s counsel in California to complete the transaction to a tight timescale.*

(*) indicates experience gained outside of Herbert Smith Freehills


Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts (First Class) at the University of Oxford (St John’s College). She completed a law conversion, studying the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at BPP University and graduated with Distinction.

Rebecca is admitted in England and Wales.