John A. Bick
  1. Partner

Mr. Bick is head of Davis Polk’s global corporate practice, and a member of the firm’s three-person Management Committee since 2011. He 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 has worked extensively in the area of private equity, representing Morgan Stanley Private Equity, Metalmark Capital Partners and Tailwind Capital Partners.

Work Highlights

Selected Representations
  • Aetna on its pending $77 billion acquisition by CVS Health
  • H.J. Heinz in its acquisition by 3G Capital and Berkshire Hathaway
  • Chemtura on its sale to LANXESS
  • Ferrero on its acquisitions of Nestlé’s U.S. Confectionary Business, Ferrara Candy Company and Fannie May Confections
  • ISS’ Management on the pending acquisition of ISS by Genstar Capital
  • 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
  • MSCI in its acquisitions of Barra and Riskmetrics Group and its sale of Financial Engineering Associates to Allegro

  • H.J. Heinz’s director election contest in 2006
  • H.J. Heinz in its acquisition of Foodstar 
  • Jacuzzi Brands (formerly U.S. Industries) in its sale to Apollo Management
  • Union Drilling in its acquisition by Sidewinder Drilling  
  • Allegiance Healthcare in its stock merger with Cardinal Health
  • Toshiba and Itochu in their investment in Time Warner Entertainment
  • Columbia Natural Resources in its sale to Chesapeake Energy
  • The special committee of CareInsite in its stock merger with Healtheon WebMD and Morgan Stanley on the bail-out of Long Term Capital Management
Private Equity Advice
  • Mr. Bick works extensively in the area of private equity and has regularly represented Morgan Stanley Private Equity, Metalmark Capital and Tailwind Capital Partners.
  • Morgan Stanley on their strategic private equity investments

He was the 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

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

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York

Education

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

Languages

  • French