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John D. Amorosi

Mr. Amorosi is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, concentrating in mergers and acquisitions.

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 transacftions, including the following:

    • $3 billion acquisition of TransUnion with Advent International from Madison Dearborn and the Pritzker family
    • Acquisition of Hearthside Food Solutions with Vestar Capital from Wind Point Partners
    • Acquisition of Ipreo with Blackstone from KKR
    • Acquisition with Rhône Capital of Neovia Logistics from Platinum Equity and Caterpillar
    • $2.2 billion preferred financing of Bass Pro Shops' $5.5 billion pending acquisition of Cabela's
  • General Atlantic and its portfolio companies on the $3 billion sale of Emdeon and the $1.5 billion sale of Qualicorp to Carlyle
  • Goldman Sachs merchant banking division (PIA), Corsair, Metalmark, MSCP, Crestview, DLJMB, Symphony Technology Group and Tailwind on various other private equity transactions
Public Company M&A
  • Reckitt Benckiser on its pending $17.8 billion acquisition of Mead Johnson Nutrition
  • Western Refining on its pending $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
  • Roper Technologies on its $2.8 billion purchase of Deltek
  • 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
  • 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 the 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 pending $17.8 billion acquisition of Mead Johnson Nutrition
  • 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 Latin America, and as one of the leading private equity lawyers in Legalease’s The Legal 500 United States.

  • 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
  • Menlo Park office, 2004
  • London office, 1999-2001


  • 450 Lexington Avenue
    New York, NY
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    F: +1 212 701 5010

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