John A. Bick
  1. Partner

Mr. Bick advises clients in mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, joint ventures, partnerships, shareholder activism and corporate governance issues. He also represents clients in general corporate and securities law matters. Mr. Bick works extensively in private equity, and has represented clients including  Metalmark Capital Partners, Morgan Stanley Private Equity and Tailwind Capital Partners. He was head of Davis Polk’s global corporate practice, and a member of the firm’s three-person Management Committee from 2011 through 2019.

Work Highlights

Selected Representations
  • Aetna on its $77 billion acquisition by CVS Health
  • H.J. Heinz in its acquisition by 3G Capital and Berkshire Hathaway
  • Ferrero on its acquisitions of Nestlé’s U.S. Confectionary Business, Ferrara Candy Company, Fannie May Confections, Kelsen and Kellogg’s cookie, fruit snack, ice cream cone and pie crust businesses
  • MSCI in its acquisitions of Barra and Riskmetrics Group and its sales of Financial Engineering Associates and InvestorForce
  • J M Smith Corporation on its sale of its technologies division, Smith Technologies, to Francisco Partners
  • Chemtura on its sale to LANXESS
  • Sallie Mae in its strategic separation of Navient
  • Citigroup in the establishment of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
  • BearingPoint in the sale out of bankruptcy of its North American Public Services division to Deloitte
  • H.J. Heinz in its acquisition of Foodstar 
  • Jacuzzi Brands (formerly U.S. Industries) in its sale to Apollo Management
  • Toshiba and Itochu in their investment in Time Warner Entertainment
  • Columbia Natural Resources in its sale to Chesapeake Energy
  • Morgan Stanley on the bail-out of Long Term Capital Management
Private Equity Advice
  • Morgan Stanley on their strategic private equity investments, and serving as lead partner in the organization of: 
    • Helios Energy Partners, an oil and gas fund, in 2003 
    • Morgan Stanley Venture Partners IV, a $550 million venture capital fund, in 1999 
    • Morgan Stanley Capital Partners III, a $1.825 billion private equity investment fund, in 1994 



Of Note

Listed as a leading lawyer in several legal industry publications, including:

  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
  • Legal Media Group’s Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Private Equity Lawyers
  • Practical Law Company’s Cross-Border Private Equity Handbook

Mr. Bick was also named a BTI Client Service All-Star.

Professional History

  • Partner, 1991-present
  • Global Head of Mergers and Acquisitions, 2015-2017
  • Head of Corporate, 2011-2019
  • Member, Management Committee, 2011-2019
  • Associate, 1983-1991
  • Paris office, 1986-1988

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York


  • A.B., Dartmouth College, 1980
    • summa cum laude
  • J.D., Columbia Law School, 1983


  • French