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Phillip R. Mills

Phillip R. Mills

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

New York, NY, USA

Mr. Mills is a partner in Davis Polk’s Mergers and Acquisitions Group, advising on domestic and cross-border transactions for public and private companies across all industries. He also advises on stockholder activism, corporate governance, fiduciary duties and takeover defense.

Work Highlights

  • PartnerRe's contested merger of equals with AXIS Capital
  • Emerson's proposed spinoff of its Network Power business and the sale of its power transmission solutions business to Regal Beloit Corporation
  • Royalty Pharma’s hostile bid for Elan
  • Mitsubishi Leasing’s acquisition of Jackson Square Aviation
  • 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, Deustche Bank and Lazard


  • 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

Of Note

Current Memberships

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

Past Membership

  • Trustee, The Cathedral School, 2006-2009
  • Member, Board of Directors, Foreign Policy Association
  • Member, Executive Committee, Foreign Policy Association


  • 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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