John D. Amorosi
  1. Partner

Mr. Amorosi is a mergers and acquisitions partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department. He is also the co-head of the firm's Private Equity Group.

Work Highlights

Mr. Amorosi has regularly acted for a number of strategic and private equity clients, and has extensive experience in the full range of M&A transactions, including acting for or on the following transactions:  

  • Goldman Sachs' merchant banking division (PIA) and its consortium partners on various transactions, including the following:
    • $3 billion acquisition of TransUnion with Advent International from Madison Dearborn and the Pritzker family
    • Acquisition of Boyd Corporation
    • Acquisition of Hearthside Food Solutions with Vestar Capital from Wind Point Partners and subsequent sale to Partners Group and Charlesbank Capital Partners 
    • Acquisition of Ipreo with Blackstone from KKR
    • Acquisition with Rhône Capital of Neovia Logistics from Platinum Equity and Caterpillar and subsequent recapitalization
    • $2.2 billion preferred financing for Bass Pro Shops' $5.5 billion acquisition of Cabela's
    • Acquisition of SafeGuard and subsequent sale to StonePoint
    • Formation of Global Compute Infrastructure, a data center acquisition platform
    • Minority investments in Enstar, Plastipak, inhabitIQ, Suja Life and Luvo
  • General Atlantic and its portfolio companies on the $3 billion sale of Emdeon and the $1.5 billion sale of Qualicorp to Carlyle
  • KPS Capital Partners on its approximately $2.9 billion “stalking horse” bid for substantially all of the assets of Garrett Motion
  • A consortium led by Symphony Technology Group and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan on its $2.075 billion acquisition of the RSA software security business from Dell Technologies
  • Warburg Pincus as a selling shareholder in connection with the $5.1 billion acquisition of SemGroup by Energy Transfer LP
  • American Industrial Partners, Bridgepoint, Corsair, Crestview, GHK, Goldman Sachs' merchant banking division (PIA), KPS, Metalmark, Rhône Capital and Symphony Technology Group on various other private equity transactions
Public Company M&A
  • Reckitt Benckiser on its $17.8 billion acquisition of Mead Johnson Nutrition
  • Western Refining on its $6.2 billion sale to Tesoro
  • CVS on its:
    • $26 billion combination with Caremark Rx
    • $9.6 billion consortium purchase of Albertson’s
    • $2.7 billion acquisition of Long’s
  • Morgan Stanley on its acquisition of Saxon Capital for $800 million
Private Strategic M&A
  • Reckitt Benckiser on its $4.2 billion sale of the French's Mustard, Frank's Red Hot Sauce and other condiments businesses to McCormick
  • Roper Technologies on its $5.35 billion purchase of Vertafore, its $2.8 billion purchase of Deltek and, its acquisitions of ConstructConnect, Chainalytics and iPipeline
  • Morgan Stanley on the sale of its:
    • Aircraft leasing business to Terra Firma for $2.5 billion
    • Retail asset management business to Invesco for $1.5 billion
  • Masco on its acquisition of Kichler Lighting and its sale of its cabinets and windows divisions
  • McCormick on its acquisition of FONA International
  • RJR Nabisco on the sale of its international tobacco business to Japan Tobacco for $7.8 billion
Joint Ventures/Restructurings/Unconventional M&A Transactions
  • The Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the U.S. Treasury on various transactions relating to the rescue of AIG
  • E*TRADE on a $2.55 billion capital raising transaction with Citadel Investments
  • Morgan Stanley on its investment banking joint venture with Mitsubishi UFJ Group in Japan
  • Masco on the spinoff of its Installation Services business and RJR Nabisco on its spinoff of RJ Reynolds Tobacco
  • Former ABA basketball team The Spirits of St. Louis on their 2014 recapitalization transaction involving the NBA and four of its teams, the Indiana Pacers, the San Antonio Spurs, the Brooklyn Nets and the Denver Nuggets
Cross-Border Transactions
  • Reckitt Benckiser on its $17.8 billion acquisition of Mead Johnson Nutrition and $4.2 billion sale of its food division to McCormick
  • Cosan on the formation of its $12 billion joint venture with Shell
  • ARM Holdings in its $1 billion acquisition of Artisan Components
  • CNOOC in connection with its attempted acquisition of Unocal for $18.5 billion
  • MMX on its splitup and $5.5 billion sale to Anglo American
  • Huatai's $780 million acquisition of AssetMark Financial
Asset Management Deals
  • Morgan Stanley on the $1.5 billion sale of its retail asset management business to Invesco
  • Huatai on its $780 million acquisition of AssetMark Financial
  • Artio Global and Arden Capital on their separate sales to Aberdeen
  • Fiera Capital and FolioDynamix on other asset management transactions


Of Note

  • Mr. Amorosi is listed as one of the leading M&A lawyers in both Chambers Global and Chambers USA, and as one of the leading private equity lawyers in both Legalease’s The Legal 500 United States and IFLR1000.
  • He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Practical Law Company and has chaired PLI’s Private Equity panel on a number of occasions.

Professional History

  • Partner, 2003-present
  • Associate, 1995-2003
  • Northern California office, 2004
  • London office, 1999-2001

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York


  • B.A., Georgetown University, 1991
    • cum laude
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1995
    • magna cum laude
    • Order of the Coif