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John D. Amorosi

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

New York, NY, USA

John Amorosi is a member of Davis Polk's Corporate Department, concentrating in mergers and acquisitions.


Mr. Amorosi has regularly acted for a number of strategic and private equity clients, and has extensive experience in the full range of M&A transactions, including acting for or on the following transactions:

Public Company M&A

  • CVS on its:
  • $26 billion combination with Caremark Rx
  • $9.6 billion consortium purchase of Albertson's
  • Morgan Stanley on its acquisition of Saxon Capital for $800 million

Private Strategic M&A/Auctions
  • Morgan Stanley on the sale of its:
  • Aircraft leasing business to Terra Firma for $2.5 billion
  • Retail asset management business to Invesco for $1.5 billion
  • RJR Nabisco on the sale of its international tobacco business to Japan Tobacco for $7.8 billion

Private Equity

  • GSCP and Advent on their $3 billion acquisition of TransUnion
  • General Atlantic and its portfolio companies on the $3 billion sale of Emdeon and the $1.5 billion sale of Qualicorp to Carlyle
  • Crestview on its $537 million purchase of Symbion
  • EBX on the $2 billion investment by sovereign wealth fund Mubadala Development Corporation
  • GP Investimentos on the acquisition of Fogo de Chao
  • GSCP, Corsair, Metalmark, MSCP, DLJMB and Tailwind on various other private equity transactions

Joint Ventures/Restructurings/Unconventional M&A Transactions

  • The New York Federal Reserve Bank on AIG
  • E*TRADE on a $2.55 billion transaction with Citadel Investments
  • Morgan Stanley on its investment banking joint venture with Mitsubishi UFJ Group in Japan
  • Cross-Border Transactions
  • ARM Holdings in its $1 billion acquisition of Artisan Components
  • CNOOC in connection with its attempted acquisition of Unocal for $18.5 billion
  • Cosan on its $12 billion joint venture with Shell
  • MMX on its splitup and $5.5 billion sale to Anglo American
  • EBX on a $2 billion investment by Mubadala


Mr. Amorosi is listed as one of the leading M&A lawyers in both Chambers Global and Chambers Latin America, and one of the leading private equity lawyers in Legalease's The Legal 500 United States.
He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Practical Law Company and has chaired PLI's Private Equity panel on a number of occasions.


Partner, 2003-present
Associate, 1995-2003
Menlo Park office, 2004
London office, 1999-2001


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