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Michael Davis
Mr. Davis is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, practicing in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group. 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.

Work Highlights

U.S./International Mergers and Acquisitions Transactions
  • Brinker International on its acquisition of Pepper Dining Holding
  • Prosensa on its acquisition by BioMarin

  • Baker Hughes on its proposed merger with Halliburton

  • Daiichi Sankyo on the merger between Ranbaxy and Sun Pharmaceuticals
  • Smith & Nephew on its acquisition of Arthrocare
  • Maidenform on its acquisition by Hanesbrands

  • Warner Chilcott on its acquisition by Actavis

  • Heinz on its acquisition by Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital

  • Bertelsmann on various transactions including the formation of Penguin Random House

  • Dai-ichi Life on its strategic alliance with Janus

  • Thomas & Betts on its sale to ABB

  • Cigna on its acquisition of HealthSpring

  • Citigroup on various transactions

  • Crestview Partners on various transactions

  • Various Japan-U.S. cross-border transactions, including Daikin on its acquisition of Goodman Global, NEC on its acquisition of Convergys' Information Management business, Toyo Seikan on its acquisition of Stolle Machinery Company and Shionogi on its acquisition of Sciele Pharma and its strategic collaboration with Egalet

  • Various other private equity and venture capital transactions


  • Listed in several legal industry publications, including:

    • Chambers USA: Corporate/M&A
    • Named a “Rising Star” in IFLR1000
    • Named in The Legal 500 Latin America 2013

Of Note

  • Member, Committee on Mergers, Acquisitions & Proxy Contests, New York City Bar
  • 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, the Practising Law Institute’s 14th Annual Private Equity Forum and the 9th Annual Wall Street Unplugged seminar for life science companies

Professional History

  • Partner, 2007-present
  • London office, 2003-2004 
  • Associate, Davis Polk, 1999-2007 
  • Associate, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, 1998


  • 450 Lexington Avenue
    New York, NY 10017
    P: 212-450-4184
    F: 212-701-5184

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York


  • LL.B., University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law, 1996
  • LL.B., Sydney Law School, 1997
    • First Class Honours
    • University Medal
  • LL.M., Harvard Law School, 1999


  • Japanese