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Davis Polk Welcomes Derivatives Counsel Justin M. Michael
3/22/2017

Davis Polk today announced that Justin M. Michael has joined the firm as counsel in its Corporate Department in New York. Mr. Michael will practice in the Derivatives and Structured Products Group.

He joins Davis Polk from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where he was counsel in the Derivatives Group. Mr. Michael has experience in a broad range of finance and derivative transactions. He has advised clients in connection with financial products, such as convertible and exchangeable note transactions and associated derivative transactions, equity unit transactions, registered share forward transactions, accelerated share repurchase programs, debt and equity total return swaps, tax structured products, margin loans, and other derivative products and ISDA matters.

Mr. Michael has represented clients across a number of industries, including energy, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, utilities and telecommunications. His clients have also included investment banks and other financial institutions.

“The breadth of experience that Justin brings to the firm is very impressive. He is a great addition to our team,” said John M. Brandow, head of Davis Polk’s Derivatives and Structured Products Group.

Justin Michael said, “I’m thrilled to join Davis Polk’s world-class derivatives practice and help our clients on their most complex matters.”

Mr. Michael earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2003 and B.A. from Washington University in 2000.

The high position of leadership staked by Davis Polk’s derivatives practice has allowed the firm to work with every major financial institution in this area. Davis Polk also regularly represents corporations, hedge funds and individuals as users of equity derivatives. This work effectively mobilizes Davis Polk's skills across a wide range of disciplines – securities law, tax, credit, bankruptcy, employee benefits, asset management, broker-dealer and bank regulation, litigation and ERISA.

With a highly integrated approach to both over-the-counter products and equity-linked securities, Davis Polk provides comprehensive advice with respect to every aspect of complex equity derivatives transactions. The firm’s lawyers have helped to create many of the key structured equity products in use today and the firm remains at the forefront of innovation.

About Davis Polk

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP (including its associated entities) is a global law firm with offices strategically located in the world’s key financial centers. For more than 165 years, our lawyers have advised industry-leading companies and global financial institutions on their most challenging legal and business matters. Davis Polk ranks among the world’s preeminent law firms across the entire range of its practice, which spans such areas as capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, credit, antitrust and competition, litigation and enforcement, private equity, tax, financial regulation, investment management, insolvency and restructuring, executive compensation, FinTech, intellectual property and technology, real estate, and trusts and estates. Davis Polk has more than 900 lawyers in offices located in New York, Northern California, Washington DC, São Paulo, London, Paris, Madrid, Tokyo, Beijing and Hong Kong. For more information, please visit: http://www.davispolk.com.

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