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Phillip R. Mills

Phillip R. Mills

Davis Polk

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 and subsequent sale to EXOR
  • Emerson’s:
    • Disposition of its network power and power transmission solutions businesses
    • Acquisition of Pentair’s Valves & Controls business
    • Successful hostile acquisition of Chloride Group plc
  • Heineken’s acquisition of Brasil Kirin from Kirin
  • MHR Fund Management with respect to Lions Gate Entertainment and its acquisition of Starz
  • 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
  • Citigroup’s rescue transaction with Wachovia
  • Various transactions for Emerson Electric, Comcast, Roche and ImClone Systems
  • Financial advisory assignments for J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank and Lazard

Recognition

Mr. Mills is recognized for his work in the legal industry:

  • The American Lawyer – “Dealmaker of the Week,”2015 and 2011

He is consistently recognized as a leading M&A lawyer in several legal industry publications, including:

  • Chambers Global
  • Chambers USA
  • IFLR1000

Of Note

Current Memberships

  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, 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

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

  • Partner, 1993-present
  • Associate, 1986-1993

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York

Education

  • B.Com., University of Queensland, 1980
  • LL.B., University of Queensland, TC Beirne School of Law, 1982
    • First Class Honours
Phillip R. Mills is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Hostile/Unsolicited/Interloper Case Studies: PLI’s Hot Topics in M&A 2016 Conference (July 22, 2016) - Hot Topics in Mergers & Acquisitions 2016, Friday, October 14, 2016
Selected Case Studies: PLI’s Hot Topics in M&A 2017 Conference (July 13, 2017) - Hot Topics in Mergers & Acquisitions 2017, Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Web Segment  Web Segment Hostile M&A - Hot Topics in Mergers & Acquisitions 2017, Tuesday, September 26, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Hostile M&A - Hostile M&A, Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Hostile M&A - Hostile M&A, Tuesday, September 26, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Hostile M&A - Hostile M&A, Tuesday, September 26, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Hot Topics in Mergers & Acquisitions 2017, Wednesday, September 27, 2017, New York, NY
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