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Michael Davis

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

New York, NY, USA


Mr. Davis is a member of Davis Polk’s M&A Department. He advises U.S. and international corporate and private equity clients on a full range of transactions, both domestic and cross-border, including mergers, acquisitions, investments, joint ventures and collaborations, spinoffs and restructurings, special committee representations and defensive and corporate governance advice.  Recent representations include:

Lightyear Capital on various matters including its pending sale of RidgeWorth to Virtus, its sale of Clarion Partners to Legg Mason, its investment in Wealth Enhancement Group, its investment in Pathlight Capital, and on the sale of Swett & Craword by its portfolio company, Cooper Gay Swett & Crawford, to BB&T Metalmark Capital on various matters including its investment in Kissner and Worldstrides and Kissner on its acquisition of Central Salt Crestview on various matters including its investment in Arxis Capital and on its sale of Key Safety Systems Anacor on its sale to Pfizer Biotie on its sale to Acorda Prosensa on its sale to BioMarin Baker Hughes on its proposed combination with GE’s Oil & Gas business Warner Chilcott on its merger with Actavis Heinz on its sale to 3G Capital and Berkshire Hathaway Bertelsmann on the formation of Penguin Random House.

Michael is currently based in Davis Polk’s New York office.  He worked at Davis Polk’s London office from 2003-2004.  Michael is recognized in several legal industry publications, including: Chambers USA: Corporate/M&A, IFLR1000 and The Legal 500.  He speaks regularly as a panelist on a variety of topics, including most recently at the Japan Society’s seminar on Activism, Independence, Stewardship – Current Trends in U.S. and Japanese Corporate Governance, The Trout Group’s Private Company Showcase, and the 9th Annual Wall Street Unplugged seminar for life science companies.

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