Michael Kaplan
  1. Partner

Mr. Kaplan was recently promoted to serve as a member of Davis Polk’s three-person Management Committee and previously was the co-head of the firm’s global Capital Markets Group. He is ranked in the top band of lawyers by Chambers USA, which quotes clients describing Mr. Kaplan as “superb,” a “brilliant lawyer who is very responsive and understands business issues very well”, with “so much experience representing both issuers and underwriters” and “very practical when it comes to finding solutions.” Mr. Kaplan has been named a Law360 “Capital Markets MVP of the Year” and an American Lawyer “Dealmaker of the Year”.

Mr. Kaplan advises issuers and underwriters in connection with a wide range of U.S. and international capital markets and leveraged finance transactions, including initial public offerings and other equity offerings, as well as convertible and high-yield debt issuance. He has worked on transactions in sectors ranging from technology and telecommunications to basic industry. Mr. Kaplan also regularly advises investment banking clients on securities-law-related matters and advises corporate clients in areas including corporate governance and SEC and Sarbanes-Oxley matters.

Work Highlights

Recent Transactions
  • IPOs for Tradeweb, Chewy's, Oportun Financial, Hilton Hotels, Israel Chemicals Ltd., Coty Inc., Taminco
    Corporation, U.S. Silica Corporation, Aptiv PLC, Mediamind Inc., and Wesco Aircraft Corporation
  • High-yield debt offerings for Uber, iHeartMedia, Clear Channel Outdoors, Quicken Loans, GameStop, Hilton Hotels, Bausch Health, LyondellBasell, Spectrum Brands, Zebra Technologies, Nuance Communications, Hexion, Dun & Bradstreet, McGraw Hill Education, Seagate, Hovnanian, Western Refining, Digicel Group and NXP B.V.
Capital Markets
  • Primary partner for ExxonMobil, Ford Motor Company, PPL Corporation, Uniti Group Inc., Syngenta AG, Aptiv PLC, Bausch Health, Digicel Limited and Cellcom Israel Limited, among others
  • Mr. Kaplan has represented major investment banks, including Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley, as underwriter’s counsel. 

Recognition

Mr. Kaplan is consistently recognized as a leading capital markets lawyer in various industry publications:

  • Chambers Global – Capital Markets, Band 1
  • Chambers USA – Capital Markets, Band 1
  • IFLR1000
  • Legal 500 U.S.

He is recognized as a leader in the legal industry:

  • Law360 – "Capital Markets MVP," 2015
  • The American Lawyer – “Dealmaker of the Year,” 2012

Of Note

  • Frequent speaker on securities law-related and general corporate matters, including corporate governance, SEC and Sarbanes-Oxley matters
  • Presented at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, the LSTA, the City Bar Association and Corporatecounsel.net
Membership
  • Member, Working Group on Legal Opinions, American Bar Association

Professional History

  • Partner, 2003-present
  • Associate, 1996-2003
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Marie L. Garibaldi, Supreme Court of New Jersey, 1995-1996