Louis L. Goldberg
  1. Partner

Mr. Goldberg is co-head of Davis Polk's global Mergers and 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, Amdocs, Citigroup, ExxonMobil, Heineken, IHS Markit, Morgan Stanley, Syngenta AG and Williams Companies. 

Deal Highlights
  • Williams on its pending $10.5 billion acquisition of all of the outstanding public common units of Williams Partners L.P.
  • Heineken in the acquisition of the second largest beer company in Brasil from its Japanese owner Kirin
  • Markit on its all-share merger of equals with IHS valued at more than $13 billion and IHS Markit on its pending $1.855 billion acquisition of Ipreo
  • 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
  • Formation of BlueteamGlobal, a cyberthreat monitoring and intelligence business, and the roll-up of three acquisitions into Blueteam
  • Sale of Pharmerica to a consortium of KKR and Walgreens
  • Representing the U.S. national residential mortgage registration system (MERS) in its sale to Intercontinental Exchange (ICE)
  • Citigroup on a series of strategic transactions, including its:
    • $4.25 billion sale of OneMain to Springleaf through a dual-track M&A and IPO process
    • $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
  • 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
  • Exxon in its acquisitions of Mobil and XTO Energy
  • 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
  • ABN AMRO, Goldman Sachs and Citigroup on their investment in Digital Asset Holdings, a technology startup company led by former JPMorgan Chase executive Blythe Masters, in a funding round exceeding $50 million with 10 other leading international financial institutions
  • Extensive experience in transactions involving forming, buying, selling or divesting “alternatives” asset managers, including the formation of Old Lane and its sale to Citigroup
Recent Board Matters
  • Representing a bank group, including Citigroup, J.P. Morgan and Wells Fargo, in shareholder and board matters with respect to Mortgage Electronic Registration System, in relation to the U.S. mortgage industry crisis
  • Several recent confidential internal board-overseen investigations

Recognition

Mr. Goldberg is recognized as a leader in the legal industry:

He 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