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Phillip R. Mills


Phillip R. Mills

Mergers & Acquisitions
New York

Advises on U.S. and cross-border M&A transactions for public and private companies across all industries.

Phillip advises on U.S. and cross-border M&A transactions for public and private companies across all industries. He also advises on stockholder activism, corporate governance, fiduciary duties and takeover defense.

Experience highlights

  • Emerson Electric’s:
    • Acquisition of National Instruments
    • Acquisition of control of Aspen Technology
    • Sale of control of Climate Technologies
    • Acquisition of Pentair’s Valves & Controls business
    • Disposition of its network power and power transmission solutions businesses
    • Sale of its InSinkErator business
    • Acquisition of Textron’s Tools and Test Equipment business
    • Acquisition of Paradigm
    • Successful hostile acquisition of Chloride Group plc
  • FirstGroup’s:
    • sale of First Student and First Transit to EQT Infrastructure
    • sale of Greyhound Lines to FlixMobility
    • acquisition of Laidlaw International
  • Triple-S Management’s acquisition by GuideWell
  • Mobile Mini’s all-stock merger of equals with WillScot
  • Mitsubishi HC Capital’s acquisition of CAI International
  • Mitsubishi Leasing’s acquisitions of Jackson Square Aviation and ENGS Holdings
  • Tokyo Century’s acquisition of Aviation Capital
  • Heineken’s acquisition of Brasil Kirin from Kirin
  • ABB’s acquisition of GE Industrial Solutions
  • PartnerRe’s:
    • Contested merger of equals with AXIS Capital and subsequent sale to EXOR
    • Acquisition of ParisRe
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s sale of its Asset Management Business to Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation
  • Ruby Tuesday’s contested acquisition by NRD Capital
  • MHR Fund Management with respect to Lions Gate Entertainment and acquisition of Starz
  • Royalty Pharma’s hostile bid for Elan
  • Dalian Wanda’s acquisition of AMC Entertainment
  • Cigna’s acquisition of HealthSpring
  • Citigroup’s:
    • Rescue transaction with Wachovia
    • Consortium acquisition of Guangdong Development Bank
  • MCI’s acquisition by Verizon
  • Kingdom of Sweden’s sale of Absolut vodka maker, V&S Group
  • Alliance Capital’s acquisition of Sanford Bernstein
  • Assurant’s acquisitions of:
    • American Financial & Automotive Services
    • American Financial Warranty Corporation
    • HYLA Mobile
  • BRP Group’s acquisitions of:
    • Amfield, Harrison & Thomas
    • Burnham Benefits Insurance Services / Burnham Gibson Wealth Advisors
  • Keebler Foods’ acquisition by Kellogg
  • EMI’s agreement to combine with AOL Time Warner’s music business
  • Private equity clients Phillip 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, Deutsche Bank, Lazard and Wells Fargo
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Chambers Global – Corporate M&A (International & Cross-Border), USA

Chambers USA – Corporate/M&A, New York

IFLR1000 – M&A, New York, Highly regarded

American Lawyer – “Dealmaker of the Week,” 2011, 2015

LL.B., University of Queensland, TC Beirne School of Law
  • first-class honours
B.Com., University of Queensland
Professional history
  • Partner, 1993-present
  • Davis Polk since 1986
Qualifications and admissions
  • State of New York
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