Biography

Michael S. Hong is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, practicing in the Investment Management Group. He advises sophisticated private fund managers across all asset classes in their most complex, high-value transactions. Mr. Hong’s advice encompasses fund formation, M&A-related transactions (with a special expertise around co-investments), and ongoing investment-related advice on behalf of private equity, growth capital, credit, hedge, energy, real estate, co-investment and fund of funds managers.

Mr. Hong also has extensive experience advising clients on secondary transaction matters, including GP-led secondary transactions. He also regularly advises clients in connection with GP-stake sales, as well as purchases, spin-outs and joint ventures involving alternative asset managers. Mr. Hong also regularly represents investment professionals in connection with their employment arrangements with fund sponsors, as well as emerging, “first-time” fund sponsors.

His clients include Harvest Partners, Trilantic Capital Management, Lightyear Capital, Tailwind Capital Management, Glendower Capital, Cornell Capital, Cowen Investment Management, BeaconLight Capital and BBAM. Prior to joining Davis Polk, Mr. Hong also advised Apollo Global Management and GSO/Blackstone on the formation of numerous private funds, managed accounts and related matters. 

Mr. Hong is featured regularly in various industry publications. See “Private-Equity Firms Begin to Wrestle With Coronavirus Risk,” The Wall Street Journal, February 27, 2020; "PLI Panel Explores Approaches to GP Succession Planning," Private Equity Law Report, October 8, 2019; "Elizabeth Warren’s Attack on Private Equity Could Have a Surprising Group of Backers: Investors in Private Equity," Business Insider, July 30, 2019; "Kainos Co-Founder Says Colleagues Illegally Took Her Ownership Stake," The Wall Street Journal, January 29, 2019; “Fundraising Cooled in 2018 as Megafunds Took a Bigger Slice of the Pie,” The Wall Street Journal, January 7, 2019; and “Davis Polk Hires Michael Hong in New York,” Hedge Fund Law Report, May 31, 2018. 

Recognition

  • Private Funds Management Magazine: One of the “30 Most Influential Private Equity Lawyers Under the Age of 40” stating, “[w]hen a    big fund is being marketed, don't be shocked to find Michael Hong as part of the process.”
  • Chambers USA: Clients comment: "He has a lot of market knowledge, is very practical and has a lot of experience" and provides “great service to his clients.”
  • The Legal 500 U.S.: One of a select few “Next Generation Lawyers”: Investment Fund Formation and Management
  • IFLR1000: "Highly Regarded," Private Equity, Private Equity Funds and Investment Management
  • Who’s Who Legal: Described as “a much-respected and energetic lawyer”

Memberships

  • Partnership for New York City, David Rockefeller Fellow, 2018-19
  • Member, Committee on Private Investment Funds, New York City Bar

Professional History

  • Partner, Davis Polk since 2018
  • Partner, Paul, Weiss, 2013-2018
  • Associate, Paul, Weiss, 2004-2013

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