John Brandow

John Brandow, Attorney at Davis Polk &


John Brandow is a partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell, where he provides legal counsel to various market participants – commercial and investment banks, issuers of equity positions, as well as institutional holders – on an array of equity-related transactions.

He currently serves as chairman of Davis Polk’s Derivatives & Structured Products group and is a partner in their Capital Markets practice. Additionally, he’s part of their Global Capital Markets Committee and chair of their Derivatives Committee.

Early Life and Education

Early childhood education and care (ECEC) are critical investments a country can make in its future. ECEC addresses social, economic, and policy challenges while helping children from all backgrounds reach their full potential.

The United States has a long and varied history of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC). It began as an effort to assist mothers in entering the labor force, provide social services for vulnerable children, and promote educational advancement for all young children.

Recently, the focus on early childhood education (ECEC) has grown. This includes an increased emphasis on “school readiness” as a means to promote children’s development and increase their chances for success in school and later life. Furthermore, research has demonstrated that experiences and interactions children have during their first three years affect brain development, creating the basis for successful learning throughout life.

Professional Career

John Brandow is a New York attorney specializing in Securities & Corporate Finance. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers as one of the top lawyers in his field, which takes into account peer recognition, professional achievement and other important factors.

He has extensive expertise in commercial real estate transactions, such as acquisition, development, leasing, financing and joint ventures. Additionally, he has an impressive record representing banks in all aspects of their commercial real estate lending activities.

He has an expansive practice in equity-related transactional matters, boasting an impressive derivatives department with margin loans and back-leverage expertise. He frequently advises on over-the-counter (OTC) and forward sale agreements, structured stock buyback transactions, variance swaps and correlation swaps. Furthermore, his regulatory experience encompasses SEC/FINRA matters, LIBOR transition issues as well as Dodd-Frank compliance.

Achievements and Honors

John Brandow has earned a remarkable career, earning numerous awards and accolades, including a Grammy for his work with Christian rock group Petra. Additionally, he is an acclaimed architect who designed some renowned projects.

At his East Greenbush home, he proudly displays the Grammy award, the most coveted music industry honor of all time. Additionally, his office features an eye-catching shelf featuring rocks with state and country names written on them. A charming man, he shares stories about his travels around the world with humor and insight. Moreover, beyond all these accomplishments and honors, he is a great family man; father to four and grandfather to three.

Personal Life

John Brandow is an accomplished attorney renowned for his expertise in the legal field. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

He was a partner in the New York law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and served as president of the New York State Bar Association.

In addition to his career, he was a dedicated father. Survived by his wife Rose Parise (Brandow); and daughter Michele VanKleeck; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; close friend Anthony Ligouri; as well as predeceased brother Frederick Brandow. Please remember him in your prayers during the hour of visitation on Monday, August 17th at Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home in Ulster Park on Monday, August 17.

John Brandow

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