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H. Oliver Smith
Mr. Smith is a member of Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, concentrating in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and related matters.

Work Highlights

  • Aetna Inc. on numerous transactions, including its pending $37 billion acquisition of Humana and its acquisitions of Coventry Health Care, Prodigy Health Group, Payflex Systems, Medicity and InterGlobal Group and its disposition of Missouri Care 
  • Campbell Soup Company on its acquisitions of Bolthouse Farms, Plum Organics and Ecce Panis and its disposition of Godiva Chocolatier
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers on numerous transactions, including its acquisition of Booz & Company
  • Warner Chilcott on various transactions, including its sale to Actavis and its acquisition of Procter & Gamble's prescription pharmaceutical business and the acquisition of Enablex product rights from Novartis
  • Noble Group on various transactions, including the formation of Harbor Energy with EIG
  • Crestview Partners on various transactions, including its investments in Select Energy Services, Oxbow Carbon and Key Safety Systems
  • Citigroup in the formation of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
  • Citigroup in its consortium acquisition of Guangdong Development Bank
  • Comcast in its sale of wireless spectrum to Verizon Wireless
  • BearingPoint in the sale out of bankruptcy of its North American Public Services division to Deloitte and commercial services division to PWC
  • The EBX Group on strategic investments by Mubadala Development Corporation and GE Capital
  • MMX on its split-up and sale to Anglo American
  • Quicksilver Resources in the disposition of Quicksilver Gas Services to First Reserve


  • Named a "Rising Star" in IFLR1000 2014
  • Named a "Leading Lawyer" in the Legal 500 Latin America 2013 and 2014

Professional History

  • Partner, 2012-present
  • Associate, 2004-2012


  • 450 Lexington Avenue
    New York, NY 10017
    P: 212-450-4636
    F: 212-701-5636

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York


  • B.A., Political Science, Williams College, 1998
  • J.D., Emory University School of Law, 2004
    • with high honors
    • Order of the Coif
    • Articles Editor, Emory Law Journal
  • M.B.A., Emory University - Goizueta Business School, 2004
    • with honors