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John A. Bick

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

New York, NY, USA

John A. Bick, a member of Davis Polk's Corporate Department, advises clients in mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, joint ventures, partnerships, takeover defenses and corporate governance issues. He also represents clients in general corporate and securities law matters. Mr. Bick has worked extensively in the area of private equity, representing Morgan Stanley Private Equity, Metalmark Capital and Tailwind Capital Partners.

Recent Representations
  • Citigroup in the establishment of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
  • BearingPoint in the sale out of bankruptcy of its North American Public Services division to Deloitte
  • MSCI in its acquisition of Barra and Riskmetrics Group
  • H.J. Heinz's director election contest in 2006
  • H.J. Heinz in its proposed acquisition of Foodstar
  • Jacuzzi Brands (formerly U.S. Industries) in its sale to Apollo Management
  • Marks and Spencer in the sale of Kings Super Markets
  • Allegiance Healthcare in its stock merger with Cardinal Health
  • Toshiba and Itochu in their investment in Time Warner Entertainment
  • Columbia Natural Resources in its sale to Chesapeake Energy
  • The special committee of CareInsite in its stock merger with Healtheon WebMD and Morgan Stanley on the bail-out of Long Term Capital Management
Private Equity Advice
  • Mr. Bick works extensively in the area of private equity and has regularly represented Morgan Stanley Private Equity, Metalmark Capital and Tailwind Capital Partners.
  • Metalmark Capital Partners and Greenhill Capital Partners in their investment in Breitburn Energy Company
  • Morgan Stanley on their strategic private equity investments

He was the lead partner in the organization of:
  • Helios Energy Partners, an oil and gas fund, in 2003
  • Morgan Stanley Venture Partners IV, a $550 million venture capital fund, in 1999
  • Morgan Stanley Capital Partners III, a $1.825 billion private equity investment fund, in 1994

Bar Admissions
  •  State of New York

  • A.B., Dartmouth College, 1980
  • J.D., Columbia Law School, 1983

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