Davis Polk Adds Private Funds Partner Michael S. Hong

Davis Polk today announced that Michael S. Hong has joined the firm as a partner in the Investment Management Group in New York, focusing on private equity fund formation. 

Mr. Hong comes to Davis Polk from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where he was a partner in their Private Funds Group. He advises sophisticated private fund managers across all asset classes in their most complex, high-value transactions, including fund formation and ongoing investment-related advice. Mr. Hong also has extensive experience with sales, purchases and joint ventures involving alternative asset managers. 

“We welcome Michael to our distinguished Investment Management Group,” said Thomas J. Reid, Davis Polk’s Managing Partner. “His addition will enhance the resources available to our clients seeking premier fund formation advice.” 

Davis Polk has a preeminent practice advising on the formation, operation and regulation of public and private funds, and has advised many of the largest and most sophisticated advisers and investors in the market. In addition, Davis Polk has exceptionally broad experience in dealing with the SEC, CFTC and other regulators to provide clients with creative solutions to their regulatory and compliance issues. 

Michael Hong said, “I am honored and delighted to be joining Davis Polk. The firm has a stellar reputation for investment management work, as well as a talented and market-leading group of lawyers.” 

“Michael will be a key member of our growing private equity practice,” said Nora Jordan, head of Davis Polk’s Investment Management Group. “He has impressive experience in both private equity fund formation and private equity M&A. That experience will be immensely valuable to our clients.” 

Mr. Hong was recently recognized among the “30 Most Influential Private Equity Lawyers Under the Age of 40” by Private Funds Management and has been recognized by Chambers USA, Who’s Who Legal and the Legal 500, all in fund formation categories. He is currently a member of the Private Investment Funds Committee of the New York City Bar Association. Mr. Hong received a B.Comm from the University of Toronto in 2000 and a joint J.D./M.B.A. from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law and Joseph L. Rotman School of Management in 2004.

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