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Phillip R. Mills
Mr. Mills is a partner in Davis Polk’s Mergers and Acquisitions Group, advising on domestic and cross-border transactions for public and private companies across all industries. He also advises on stockholder activism, corporate governance, fiduciary duties and takeover defense.

Work Highlights

  • PartnerRe's contested merger of equals with AXIS Capital and subsequent sale to EXOR
  • Emerson's proposed spinoff of its Network Power business and the sale of its power transmission solutions business to Regal Beloit Corporation
  • Royalty Pharma's hostile bid for Elan
  • Mitsubishi Leasing’s acquisition of Jackson Square Aviation
  • Dalian Wanda’s acquisition of AMC Entertainment
  • Cigna’s acquisition of HealthSpring
  • Emerson’s successful hostile acquisition of Chloride Group plc
  • PartnerRe’s acquisition of ParisRe
  • Citigroup’s rescue transaction with Wachovia
  • MCI’s acquisition by Verizon
  • Kingdom of Sweden’s sale of Absolut vodka maker, V&S Vin & Sprit
  • AIG’s consortium acquisition of Kinder Morgan
  • Citigroup’s consortium acquisition of Guangdong Development Bank
  • FirstGroup’s acquisition of Laidlaw International
  • Alliance Capital Management’s acquisition of Sanford Bernstein
  • Keebler Foods’ acquisition by Kellogg
  • EMI’s agreement to combine with AOL Time Warner’s music business
  • Various transactions for Emerson Electric, Comcast, Roche and ImClone Systems
  • Private equity clients Mr. Mills has advised include EQT on various cross-border transactions; Quadrangle on various media and telecom investments; Lindsay Goldberg & Bessemer; and Tailwind Capital
  • Financial advisory assignments for J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Deustche Bank and Lazard


Mr. Mills was named "Dealmaker of the Week" by The American Lawyer in 2015 and 2011.

He is recognized as a leading lawyer in several legal industry publications, including:

  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Practical Law Company’s Cross-border Mergers and Acquisitions Handbook
  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
  • American Lawyer Media’s Corporate Counsel: Best Lawyers in Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions and Securities Law
  • Legal Media Group’s Expert Guide to the World’s Leading M&A Lawyers

Of Note

Current Memberships
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, New York City Bar
Past Membership
  • Trustee, The Cathedral School, 2006-2009
  • Member, Board of Directors, Foreign Policy Association
  • Member, Executive Committee, Foreign Policy Association  

Professional History

  • Partner, 1993-present
  • Associate, 1986-1993


  • 450 Lexington Avenue
    New York, NY 10017
    P: 212-450-4618
    F: 212-701-5618

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York


  • B.Com., University of Queensland, 1980
  • LL.B., University of Queensland, TC Beirne School of Law, 1982
    • First Class Honours