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Michael Davis


Michael Davis

Mergers & Acquisitions
New York

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.

Michael was named one of “Hollywood’s Top Dealmakers of 2022” by the Hollywood Reporter.

Experience highlights

Private Equity Representations
  • ICM Partners, a Crestview Partners portfolio company, on its acquisition by Creative Artists Agency
  • 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, Lighthouse and Ygrene Energy Fund and sales of Therapy Brands, Clarion Partners, Ridgeworth, Schellman & Company and Wealth Enhancement Group
  • Crestview Partners, including investments in ICM Partners, Arxis Capital, The Gersh Agency, 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, Morgenesis, US Salt and Williams Bio-Energy, and sale of WorldStrides and Kissner
  • Bain Capital and consortium on Bain Capital and ADIA’s acquisition of Merchants Fleet
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Hollywood Reporter – “Hollywood’s Top Dealmakers of 2022

IFLR1000 – M&A, United States

LMG Life Sciences – Mergers & Acquisitions, United States


LL.M., Harvard Law School
LL.B., University of Sydney Law School
  • first-class honours
  • University Medal
LL.B., University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law

Professional history

  • Davis Polk since 1999
  • London office, 2003-2004
  • Associate, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, 1998

Qualifications and admissions

  • State of New York
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