Michael S. Hong
  1. Partner

Mr. Hong is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, practicing in the Investment Management Group. He advises sophisticated private fund managers across all asset classes in their most complex, high-value transactions, including fund formation and ongoing investment-related advice. Mr. Hong also has extensive experience with sales, purchases and joint ventures involving alternative asset managers.

His clients have included Apollo Global Management, BBAM, BeaconLight Capital, Cornell Capital, GSO/Blackstone, Guggenheim Private Funds and Guggenheim Securities, Harvest Partners, Lightyear Capital, Trilantic Capital Management, Tricon Capital Group, Oak Hill Advisors, Quadrangle Group and Unison.



  • Private Funds Management Magazine – One of the “30 Most Influential Private Equity Lawyers Under the Age of 40” stating, “[w]hen a big fund is being marketed, don't be shocked to find Michael Hong as part of the process.”
  • Chambers USA
    • Clients comment: He provides “great service to his clients” and demonstrates “a good understanding of the fundraising market.”
  • The Legal 500 U.S. – One of a select few “Next Generation Lawyers”: Investment Fund Formation and Management
  • IFLR1000 – "Highly Regarded," Private Equity, Private Equity Funds and Investment Management
  • Who’s Who Legal – Described as “a much-respected and energetic lawyer”
  • Super Lawyers – “New York Metro Rising Star”
  • Lawdragon – “Insights: Private Funds”

Of Note


  • Partnership for New York City, David Rockefeller Fellow, 2018-19
Speaking Engagements
  • Speaker, “Sponsor-Led Fund Restructurings,” Practising Law Institute’s Nineteenth Annual Private Equity Forum 2018
  • Annual IBA/ABA International Conference on Private Investment Funds in London, England, topics ranging from the multijurisdictional fiduciary obligations of fund managers to current trends in marketing and private equity
  • 2015 Maples Investment Funds Forum in the Cayman Islands
  • Speaker, “Delaware Law Developments 2013: What All Business Lawyers Need to Know,” Practising Law Institute
  • Author, “GP-Led Secondary Deals Are A New Way To Achieve Liquidity,” Law360, October 18, 2017
  • Author, “Fiduciary Duties Under The Advisers Act Vs. Delaware Law,” Law360, April 7, 2017

Professional History

  • Partner, Davis Polk since 2018
  • Partner, Paul, Weiss, 2013-2018
  • Associate, Paul, Weiss, 2004-2013

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York


  • Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.), University of Toronto, 2000
    • with high distinction
  • J.D., University of Toronto Faculty of Law, 2004
    • Gerald W. Schwartz Gold Medal
  • M.B.A., University of Toronto, Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, 2004