Louis L. Goldberg
  1. Partner

Mr. Goldberg is co-head of Davis Polk's global Mergers & Acquisitions Group. He advises companies around the globe on their most significant public or private mergers and acquisitions transactions and board level matters. His practice also encompasses a full spectrum of corporate, strategic, defensive and crisis assignments ranging from advising on activist situations or unsolicited bids, special committee assignments or board investigations or governance advice, to spinoffs, private equity investments and representing consortia in fintech and other sectors.

Work Highlights

Mr. Goldberg’s client representations include AgroAmerica, Alliance Data, Amdocs, Citigroup, ExxonMobil, Heineken, IHS Markit, Morgan Stanley, Spirit Air, Syngenta AG and Williams Companies. 

Deal Highlights
  • IHS Markit on its pending $44 billion merger with S&P Global
  • Williams on its $10.5 billion acquisition of all of the outstanding public common units of Williams Partners L.P.; buyout of Caiman Energy II; and $1.125 billion combined sale of assets and equity comprising Williams Partners L.P.’s Four Corners Area business in New Mexico and Colorado to Harvest Midstream Company
  • Ocado PLC in its acquisition of US robotics companies Kindred and Haddington
  • Syngenta in its:
    • $43 billion acquisition by ChemChina in the largest transaction by a Chinese company outside China
    • successful defense against an unsolicited bid by Monsanto
  • Citigroup on a series of strategic transactions, including its:
    • $306 billion loss protection guarantee program with the U.S. government
    • $52 billion capital realignment and its exit from its TARP U.S. government financial assistance
    • $4.25 billion sale of OneMain to Springleaf through a dual-track M&A and IPO process
  • Heineken in the acquisition of the second largest beer company in Brasil from its Japanese owner Kirin
  • Representing the U.S. national residential mortgage registration system (MERS) in its sale to Intercontinental Exchange (ICE)
  • Alliance Data on its acquisition of the Bread payment technology company
  • The Stewart family and Services Group of America on the $1.8 billion sale of its five operating companies collectively known as SGA’s Food Group of Companies to US Foods
  • Exxon in its acquisitions of Mobil and XTO Energy
  • The Cheney family and Cheney Foods in their equity financing from Clayton Dubilier
  • Dean Foods on its sale out of bankruptcy
  • Markit on its all-share merger of equals with IHS valued at more than $13 billion
  • Tom Glocer and Jim Rosenthal in the formation of BlueVoyant, a cyberthreat monitoring and intelligence business, and the roll-up of three acquisitions into BlueVoyant
  • Sale of Pharmerica to a consortium of KKR and Walgreens
  • CVS in its:
    • Contested acquisitions of Caremark and Longs Drugs
    • Acquisition of the Medicare Part D business of Universal American
    • Acquisitions of Eckerd and Albertson's
  • J.P. Morgan in its merger with Chase Manhattan Bank
  • Morgan Stanley on its:
    • Sale of its Global Oil Commodities business
    • Sale of TransMontaigne
    • $1.5 billion disposition of its Van Kampen investment management business
    • FrontPoint spinoff
  • Vikram Pandit in the formation of Old Lane and its sale to Citigroup
Recent Board Matters
  • Several recent confidential internal board-overseen investigations

Recognition

Louis is consistently recognized as a leading M&A lawyer in various industry publications:

  • Chambers Global
  • Chambers USA
  • IFLR1000
  • Expert Guide to Banking, Finance and Transactional Law (Mergers and Acquisitions)

Professional History

  • Partner, 1997-present
  • Associate, 1989-1997

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York

Education

  • LL.B., University of Cape Town, Faculty of Law, 1987
    • magna cum laude
  • LL.M., University of Cambridge, 1989
    • first-class honours