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Brian Wolfe


Advises corporate and private equity clients on a broad range of M&A transactions, joint ventures and related matters. A 2024 American Lawyer “Dealmaker of the Year.”

Brian is a member of our Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity practices. He advises on a broad range of public and private M&A transactions, joint ventures and related matters across a number of industries, including media and sports, biotech and pharmaceuticals, waste management, data, and financial services and fintech. His experience includes a wide variety of U.S. and international mergers and acquisitions transactions.

In 2024, the American Lawyer named Brian a “Dealmaker of the Year” for his work advising Josh Harris and partners on the $6.05 billion acquisition of the Washington Commanders NFL franchise. Earlier, he was named a “Rising Star” by New York Law Journal in 2020, a “Rising Star: Media & Entertainment” by Law360 in 2019 and one of “Hollywood’s Top 20 Dealmakers of 2019” by the Hollywood Reporter.

Experience highlights

  • Morgan Stanley:
    • $13 billion acquisition of E*TRADE
    • $7 billion acquisition of Eaton Vance
  • Comcast / NBCUniversal:
    • £30.6 billion ($40.0 billion) successful contested acquisition of Sky plc
    • $3.8 billion acquisition of DreamWorks Animation
    • “Put/call” agreement with The Walt Disney Company regarding NBCUniversal’s 33% ownership interest in Hulu
    • Formation of a 50/50 wireless operating platform and streaming partnerships with Charter Communications
    • Acquisitions of Masergy, Deep Blue Communications and EZLinks Golf
  • Roche:
    • $4.8 billion acquisition of Spark Therapeutics
    • Strategic collaboration with, and subsequent acquisition of, Foundation Medicine
    • Acquisitions of Promedior, Flatiron Heath, IQuum and Constitution Medical Investors
  • Roivant:
    • $7.3 billion business combination with Montes Archimedes Acquisition Corp, a SPAC
    • Acquisition of Silicon Therapeutics
  • Josh Harris on the acquisition of Washington Commanders
  • Emerson in the $14 billion sale of a majority stake in its Climate Technologies business to Blackstone
  • Republic Services in its $2.2 billion acquisition of US Ecology
  • Technip in its $17 billion combination with FMC Technologies to form TechnipFMC
  • Spectrum Brands in the $4.3 billion sale of its Hardware & Home Improvement segment to ASSA ABLOY
  • State Street in its proposed $3.5 billion acquisition of Brown Brothers Harriman Investor Services
  • Sterling Equities in the $2.45 billion sale of the New York Mets to entities affiliated with Steven A. Cohen
  • S&P Global in its acquisition of Kensho Technologies and sale of S&P’s Investment Advisory Services to GSAM Holdings
  • IFF in its cooperation agreement with Icahn Capital
  • Aptiv in its acquisition of Winchester Interconnect
  • Loews Corporation in its acquisition of Altium Packaging, Altium’s subsequent acquisition of Tri State Distribution, and Loews’ sale of 47% of its interest in Altium to GIC
  • Mastercard in its acquisitions of Applied Predictive Technologies and the Payment Gateway Business of TNS
  • Olam International in its $950 million acquisition of Olde Thompson
  • Valens Semiconductor in its $1.16 billion combination with PTK Acquisition Corp., a SPAC
  • SatixFy in its $813 million combination with Endurance Acquisition Corp., a SPAC
  • TE Connectivity in its acquisitions of ADC Telecommunications and Measurement Specialties and the SEACON Group and its divestiture of its Touch Solutions business
  • Nutrisystem in its acquisition by Tivity Health
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American Lawyer – “Dealmaker of the Year,” 2024

Chambers USA – Corporate/M&A, New York, Up and Coming

New York Law Journal – “Rising Star,” 2020

Law360 – “Rising Star: Media & Entertainment,” 2019

Hollywood Reporter – “Top 20 Dealmakers of 2019”


J.D., Stanford Law School
  • Order of the Coif
  • Articles Editor, Stanford Law Review
B.A., History, Emory University
  • with highest honors


Law Clerk, Hon. John G. Koeltl, U.S. District Court, S.D. New York, 2007-2008

Professional history

  • Davis Polk since 2008

Qualifications and admissions

  • State of New York
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