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 governance advice, to spinoffs, private equity investments and representing consortia in fintech and other sectors.

Work Highlights

Illustrative Client Relationships

Alliance Data, Amdocs, Citigroup, Delta Airlines, ExxonMobil, Heineken, IHS Markit, Morgan Stanley, Ocado Plc, Pandora AG, Spirit Air, Syngenta AG, VATiT and Williams Companies. 

Examples of public company m&a
  • 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.
  • Syngenta in its $43 billion acquisition by ChemChina in the largest transaction by a Chinese company outside China
  • Exxon in its acquisitions of Mobil and XTO Energy
  • Dean Foods on its sale out of bankruptcy
  • Markit on its all-share merger of equals with IHS valued at more than $13 billion
  • Sale of Pharmerica to a consortium of KKR and Walgreens
  • CVS in its contested acquisitions of Caremark and Longs Drugs
  • J.P. Morgan in its merger with Chase Manhattan Bank
Examples of defense, activist, crisis and governance roles
  • Exxon Mobil in its defense against a 2021 activist campaign
  • Amdocs in its defense against a short-selling campaign by Spruce Capital
  • Syngenta in its successful defense against an unsolicited bid by Monsanto
  • Governance clients include Exxon Mobil, Williams Companies, IHS Markit, Alliance Data
  • Citigroup in a series of financial crisis era transactions, including its $306 billion loss protection guarantee program with the U.S. government and $52 billion capital realignment and its exit from its TARP U.S. government financial assistance
  • The U.S. national residential mortgage registration system (MERS) in its restructuring under consent decree imposed by the U.S. financial regulators
  • Confidential Board investigations including for Citigroup and Syngenta
  • Conflict special committee transactions, including Apollo transactions with EP Energy and a confidential pending transaction in the energy sector
Examples of Private m&a
  • Delta Airlines in a carve-out of its SkyMiles business in connection with a financing by the SkyMiles business
  • Spirit Air in a carve-out of its loyalty business in connection with a financing transaction
  • Williams Companies in its buyout of Caiman Energy II; and its $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
  • Orogen in its investments in Virtua, EXL, Fair Square Financial and Westcor Title Insurance
  • Citi in numerous fintech investments including Digital Assets Holdings, Streetlinx, Acquilon, Ameribor, etc.
  • Citigroup in its $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
  • CVS in its acquisition of the Medicare Part D business of Universal American
  • CVS in its acquisitions of the Eckerd and Albertson's drugstore chains
  • Morgan Stanley in its sale of its Global Oil Commodities business; sale of TransMontaigne; $1.5 billion disposition of its Van Kampen investment management business and FrontPoint spinoff
Examples of Founder situations
  • 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
  • The Cheney family and Cheney Foods in their equity financing from Clayton Dubilier
  • 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
  • Vikram Pandit in the formation of Old Lane and its sale to Citigroup and in the formation of his Orogen investment business


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)

Of Note

Outside Interests
  • Advisor to HOPE community services (serving underprivileged people in Westchester, New York)
  • Ironman triathlete

Professional History

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

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York


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