Patrick Kenadjian




Mr. Kenadjian is senior counsel in the London office of Davis Polk with an international practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, cross-border securities offerings, international investments and joint ventures, international privatizations and general corporate advice, with an emphasis on representing European clients. While assigned to the New York office, he spent six years concentrating in mergers and acquisitions.


Mr. Kenadjian has spent over 20 years in the European and Asian offices. From 1977 to 1979, Mr. Kenadjian was in the Paris office. In 1987, he opened the Tokyo office, where he practiced until 1990. He also opened the Frankfurt office in 1991, where he practiced until 2009. Mr. Kenadjian speaks French, German and Italian. He has been active in securities transactions for issuers in Asia and Europe, particularly on initial public offerings and privatizations in Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland. He has represented bidders and targets in cross-border acquisitions throughout Europe, in particular in France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. Mr. Kenadjian has also represented European and Asian issuers in U.S. debt private placements.


  • Open questions on bank resolution in Europe, in ILFS volume 22, Resolution in Europe: The Unresolved Questions, Andreas Dombret and Patrick S. Kenadjian, editors, De Gruyter (2019)

  • The last round of Basel III and the regulatory trilemma, in ILFS volume 21, Basel III: Are we done now?, Andreas Dombret and Patrick S. Kenadjian, editors, De Gruyter (2018)
  • We ignore culture at our peril, in ILFS volume 20, Getting the Culture and the Ethics Right, Towards a New Age of Responsibility in Banking, Andreas Dombret and Patrick S. Kenadjian, editors, De Gruyter (2016)
  • Contingent convertible securities: from theory to CRD IV, together with Andreas Cahn, Working Paper Johann-Wolfgang Goethe Universität, Institute for Law and Finance: 143 (2014) and Chapter 9 of European Banking Law, Danny Busch and Guido Ferrarini, editors, Oxford University Press (2015)
  • Structured Solutions: Blinded by Volcker, Vickers Glass Steagall and Narrow Banking, in ILFS volume 16, Too Big to Fail III: Structural Reform Proposals, should we break up the Banks?  Andreas Dombret and Patrick S. Kenadjian, editors, De Gruyter (2015)
  • The European Capital Markets Union: how viable a goal?, in ILFS volume 17, the European Capital Markets Union, A viable concept and a real goal?  Andreas Dombret and Patrick S. Kenadjian, editors, De Gruyter (2015)
  • The Aggregation Clause in Euro Area Government Securities: Game Changer or Flavor of the Month?  Background and the Greek Experience, in ILFS volume 12, Collective Action Clauses and the Restructuring of Sovereign Debt, Klaus-Albert Bauer, Andreas Cahn and Patrick S. Kenadjian, editors, De Gruyter (2013)
  • The Cross-border Impact of the Dodd-Frank Act, together with Annette L. Nazareth and Gabriel D. Rosenberg, in A Practitioner’s Guide to the Regulation of Investment Banking, third edition, Simon Gleeson, consultant editor, Oxford University Press (2013)
  • CoCos and Bail-Ins, in ILFS volume 13, The Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive, Europe’s Solution for “Too Big to Fail”?, Andreas Dombret and Patrick S. Kenadjian, editors, De Gruyter (2013)
  • Between Bankruptcy and Bailout – the need for a Special Resolution regime for Financial Institutions, in ILFS volume 9, Too Big to Fail – Brauchen wir ein Sonderinsolvenzrecht für Banken, Patrick S. Kenadjian, editor, De Gruyter (2012)
  • Bond issues under New York and U.S. law: Considerations for the German Law Maker from a U.S. Perspective, in ILFS, Die Reform des Schuldverschreibungsrechts, Theordor Baums and Andreas Cahn, editors, De Gruyter (2004)


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