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Phillip R. Mills

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

New York, NY, USA

Phillip Mills is a partner in Davis Polk's Mergers and Acquisitions Group, advising on all aspects of mergers and acquisitions, including public and private company transactions, private equity, cross-border transactions, joint ventures, strategic minority investments and takeover defensive strategies. He also advises on securities, governance, fiduciary duty and general corporate matters.


  • Dalian Wanda's acquisition of AMC Entertainment
  • Cigna's acquisition of HealthSpring
  • Emerson's successful hostile acquisition of Chloride Group plc
  • PartnerRe's acquisition of ParisRe
  • Citigroup's rescue transaction with Wachovia
  • MCI's acquisition by Verizon
  • Kingdom of Sweden's sale of Absolut vodka maker, V&S Vin & Sprit
  • AIG's consortium acquisition of Kinder Morgan
  • Citigroup's consortium acquisition of Guangdong Development Bank
  • FirstGroup's acquisition of Laidlaw International
  • Alliance Capital Management's acquisition of Sanford Bernstein
  • Keebler Foods' acquisition by Kellogg
  • EMI's agreement to combine with AOL Time Warner's music business
  • Various transactions for Emerson Electric, Comcast, Roche and ImClone Systems
  • Private equity clients Mr. Mills has advised include EQT on various cross-border transactions; Quadrangle on various media and telecom investments; Lindsay Goldberg & Bessemer; and Tailwind Capital
  • Financial advisory assignments for J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley and Deustche Bank

Listed as a leading lawyer in several legal industry publications, including:

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Practical Law Company's Cross-border Mergers and Acquisitions Handbook
  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms
  • American Lawyer Media's Corporate Counsel: Best Lawyers in Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions and Securities Law
  • Legal Media Group's Expert Guide to the World's Leading M&A Lawyers

Current Memberships

  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, New York City Bar


  • Partner, 1993-present
  • Associate, 1986-1993 
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Transcripts  Transcripts Dealing with Activists and Proxy Advisors - Dealing with Activists and Proxy Advisors, Monday, September 10, 2012
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