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Michael Davis

Advises U.S. and global companies on strategic M&A matters. Advises private equity sponsors on a full range of transactions and portfolio company matters.

Michael is a member of our Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity practices. He advises leading U.S. and multinational corporations on a wide variety of strategic M&A transactions and advises private equity sponsors on a full range of transactions and portfolio company matters.

He has deep experience in many types of corporate transactions, including domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, investments, joint ventures and collaborations, spinoffs and restructurings. Michael also regularly provides defensive and corporate governance advice to his clients and is experienced at advising special committees on sensitive matters.

Experience highlights

Private Equity Representations
  • Lightyear Capital and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan on the acquisition of Lendmark Financial Services and Allworth Financial
  • Lightyear Capital, including investments in Augeo FI, Cerity Partners, Datalot, eCommission, Engage PEO and Lighthouse, and sales of Therapy Brands, Clarion Partners, Ridgeworth and Wealth Enhancement Group
  • Crestview Partners, including investments in ICM Partners, Arxis Capital, Key Safety Systems, Protect My Car, Select Energy, Silver Creek, NYDJ, ValueOptions, and Voya Insurance and Annuity
  • Metalmark Partners, including investments in Innovetive Petcare, Kissner Milling Company, NSC, US Salt and Williams Bio-Energy, and sale of WorldStrides and Kissner
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IFLR1000 – M&A, United States, Rising Star
LL.M., Harvard Law School
LL.B., University of Sydney Law School
  • University Medal
  • first-class honours
LL.B., University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law
Professional history
  • Partner, 2007-present
  • Associate, Davis Polk, 1999-2007
  • London office, 2003-2004
  • Associate, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, 1998
Qualifications and admissions
  • State of New York
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