Brian Wolfe
  1. Partner

Mr. Wolfe is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, practicing in the Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Groups. He advises on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and related matters. His experience includes a wide variety of U.S. and international mergers and acquisitions transactions.

Work Highlights

Recent Transactions
  • Morgan Stanley on its:
    • $13 billion acquisition of E*TRADE Financial Corporation 
    • $7 billion pending acquisition of Eaton Vance
  • Sterling Equities and the New York Mets on the $2.45 billion pending sale of the New York Mets to entities affiliated with Steven A. Cohen
  • KPS Capital Partners on its $2.1 billion pending acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Garrett Motion
  • Sycamore Partners on the $540 million acquisition of the Ann Taylor, LOFT, Lane Bryant and Lou & Grey brands from Ascena Retail Group
  • Comcast in its:
    • £30.6 billion ($40.0 billion) successful contested acquisition of Sky plc
    • Formation of a 50/50 wireless operating platform partnership with Charter Communications
    • Acquisition of Deep Blue Communications
  • NBCUniversal in its:
    • Acquisition of DreamWorks Animation
    • “Put/call” agreement with The Walt Disney Company regarding NBCUniversal’s 33% ownership interest in Hulu
    • Acquisition of EZLinks Golf by NBC Sports Group 
    • Sale of the Weather Group, parent company of The Weather Channel
  • Roche in its:
    • Acquisition of Spark Therapeutics
    • Acquisition of Promedior
    • Strategic collaboration with Foundation Medicine and subsequent acquisition of the outstanding shares of Foundation Medicine
    • Acquisitions of Flatiron Heath, IQuum and Constitution Medical Investors
    • Sale of its Florence, South Carolina, manufacturing site to Patheon 
  • S&P Global in its acquisition of Kensho Technologies and sale of Standard & Poor’s Investment Advisory Services to GSAM Holdings
  • Nutrisystem on its acquisition by Tivity Health
  • Kosmos Energy Ltd. in its $1.225 billion acquisition of Deep Gulf Energy from First Reserve
  • Technip in its $17 billion combination with FMC Technologies to form TechnipFMC plc
  • Aptiv PLC in its acquisition of Winchester Interconnect from an affiliate of Snow Phipps Group
  • Loews Corporation in its acquisition of Altium Packaging and Altium's subsequent acquisition of Tri State Distribution
  • MasterCard in its acquisitions of Applied Predictive Technologies and the Payment Gateway Business of TNS
  • Stewart Information Services Corporation in its proposed sale to Fidelity National Financial
  • Shire in its acquisitions of ViroPharma, Bikam Pharmaceuticals and Lotus Tissue Repair
  • AstraZeneca in its acquisitions of ZS Pharma and Omthera Pharmaceuticals
  • Lightyear Capital in its acquisition of Datalot
  • HRG Group in its divestiture of Front Street Re
  • MHR Fund Management in its sale of shares of Lionsgate and Lionsgate’s acquisition of Starz
  • Uniti in its acquisition of Southern Light
  • An affiliate of Goldman Sachs and funds affiliated with Rhone Capital in connection with their acquisition of Neovia Logistics
  • TE Connectivity in its acquisitions of ADC Telecommunications and Measurement Specialties and the SEACON Group and its divestiture of its Touch Solutions business


  • New York Law Journal – "Rising Star," 2020
  • Law360 – “Rising Star: Media & Entertainment,” 2019
  • Super Lawyers – selected as a "Rising Star” for 2017-2018
  • The Hollywood Reporter – "Top 20 Dealmakers of 2019"

Professional History

  • Partner, 2015-present
  • Associate, 2008-2015
  • Law Clerk, Hon. John G. Koeltl, U.S. District Court, S.D. New York, 2007-2008

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York


  • B.A., History, Emory University, 2004
    • with highest honors
  • J.D., Stanford Law School, 2007
    • Order of the Coif
    • Articles Editor, Stanford Law Review