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, GSO/Blackstone, Guggenheim Private Funds and Guggenheim Securities, Harvest Partners, LP, Trilantic Capital Management L.P., Tricon Capital Group Inc., 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

Speaking Engagements
  • 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
  • Practising Law Institute’s seminar, “Delaware Law Developments 2013: What All Business Lawyers Need to Know”
  • 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
  • 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