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Michael Kaplan

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Davis Polk Management Committee member and Corporate Department head. Named a Law360 “Capital Markets MVP of the Year” and an American Lawyer “Dealmaker of the Year.”

Michael is a member of Davis Polk’s three-person Management Committee and head of the firm’s Corporate Department. He is ranked as a “Star Individual” in capital markets by Chambers USA, where clients describe him as “superb,” a “brilliant lawyer who is very responsive and understands business issues very well,” and “very practical when it comes to finding solutions.” He has been named a Law360 “Capital Markets MVP of the Year” and an American Lawyer “Dealmaker of the Year.”

Michael advises issuers and underwriters on a wide range of U.S. and international capital markets and leveraged finance transactions, including IPOs, other equity offerings, and convertible and high-yield debt issuance. He has worked on transactions in sectors ranging from technology and telecommunications to basic industry. He also regularly advises corporate clients in areas including corporate governance and SEC and Sarbanes-Oxley matters, and advises investment banking clients on securities-law-related matters.

Experience highlights

Recent Transactions
  • IPOs for a.k.a Brands, On Running, Thoughtworks, Sportradar, Weber, Ryan Specialty Group, Kaltura, Integral Ad Science, Convey Holding, Nayax, Aveanna Healthcare, Sun Country Airlines, Hayward Holdings, loanDepot, Apria, Home Point Capital, ZIM Integrated Shipping Services, Shoals Technologies Group, Dream Finders Home, Allegro MicroSystems, Array Technologies, Pactiv Evergreen, American Well Corporation, Max Stores Ltd, Oak Street Health, Rocket Companies, Rackspace, Jamf Holdings, Warner Music Group, Reynolds Consumer Products, TFI International, Silvergate Capital Corporation, Tradeweb, Chewy's, Oportun Financial, Hilton Hotels, Israel Chemicals Ltd., Coty Inc., Taminco Corporation, U.S. Silica Corporation, Aptiv PLC, Mediamind Inc., and Wesco Aircraft Corporation

  • High-yield debt offerings for Lannett Company, Uber, Uniti Group, iHeartMedia, YUM! Brands, Energizer Holdings, XPO Logistics, Clear Channel Outdoors, Quicken Loans, GameStop, Hilton Hotels, Bausch Health, LyondellBasell, Spectrum Brands, Zebra Technologies, Nuance Communications, Hexion, Dun & Bradstreet, McGraw Hill Education, Seagate, Hovnanian, Western Refining, Digicel Group and NXP B.V.
Capital Markets
  • Primary partner for ExxonMobil, Ford Motor Company, PPL Corporation, Uniti Group Inc., Syngenta AG, Aptiv PLC, Bausch Health, Israel Chemical Ltd., Amdocs Ltd., Digicel Limited and Cellcom Israel Limited, among others
  • Michael has represented major investment banks, including Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley, as underwriter’s counsel.
Israel
  • As head of our Israel practice, Michael has advised clients including American Well (Amwell), BiondVax Pharmaceuticals, Max Stock and Taboola.
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Insights

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Credentials

Recognition

Chambers USA – Capital Markets: Debt & Equity: Eastern United States, Star Individual

Chambers Global – Capital Markets (Expertise Based Abroad), Israel

IFLR1000 – Capital Markets, United States, Market Leader

Legal 500 U.S. – Capital Markets (Debt Offerings, Equity Offerings), Hall of Fame

Best Lawyers – “Lawyer of the Year,” Securities/Capital Markets Law, New York City, 2022 

Law360 – "Capital Markets MVP of the Year," 2015

American Lawyer – “Dealmaker of the Year,” 2012

Education
J.D., Harvard Law School
  • magna cum laude
A.B., Harvard University
  • summa cum laude
Clerkships
Law Clerk, Hon. Marie L. Garibaldi, Supreme Court of New Jersey, 1995-1996
Professional history
  • Partner, 2003-present
  • Associate, 1996-2003
Qualifications and admissions
  • State of New York
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