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Michael Mollerus
Partner

Mr. Mollerus is a partner in Davis Polk’s Tax Department. His practice centers on advice to international and domestic corporate, real estate and private equity fund clients on initial public offerings, mergers, acquisitions, spinoffs and other major transactions, including structured financings. Mr. Mollerus’ clients have included many financial institutions and corporate clients, including Uniti Group, Bertelsmann, Delphi Automotive, Emerson, Morgan Stanley Real Estate, PartnerRe, Roche, Reckitt Benckiser and Shire.

Work Highlights

Real estate
  • Uniti Group, a communications infrastructure REIT, in connection with numerous matters, including acquisitions, leasing transactions and debt and equity financings
  • Prime Property Fund, a private institutional REIT advised by Morgan Stanley, in connection with numerous matters, including acquisitions and financings
M&A
  • Bertelsmann in connection with its announced acquisition of an additional interest in its Penguin Random House joint venture with Pearson

  • Markit in connection with its merger of equals with IHS

  • PartnerRe in connection with its acquisition by Exor

  • Shire in connection with numerous acquisitions, including its proposed transaction with AbbVie

  • Roche in connection with numerous acquisitions, including its acquisitions of Genentech and InterMune

  • Warner Chilcott in connection with numerous matters, including its acquisition by Actavis

  • Emerson in connection with numerous transactions, including its disposition of its Network Power business and its acquisition of Pentair's Valves & Controls business

  • Morgan Stanley in connection with numerous matters, including its sale of its Global Oil Merchanting business, its disposition of TransMontaigne and its disposition of MSCI

  • SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc. in connection with its acquisition of Advent Software

Spinoffs
  • Reckitt Benckiser in connection with the tax-free demerger of Indivior
  • Morgan Stanley in connection with its spinoff of Discover
IPOS and Other Financings
  • MSCI in connection with its IPO and various financings

  • Kosmos Energy in connection with its IPO and various financings

  • Cobalt International Energy in connection with its IPO and various financings

  • Delphi Automotive in connection with its IPO and various financings

  • Markit in connection with its IPO

  • Prosensa in connection with its IPO

  • Affimed in connection with its IPO

Recognition

Mr. Mollerus is recognized as a leading tax lawyer in various industry publications:

  • Chambers USA – Tax: New York, Leading Individual
  • Chambers Global – Tax: International Tax, Leading Individual
  • Law360 – "Tax MVP of the Year," 2014

Of Note

MEMBERSHIP
  • Member, Section of Taxation (Officer, Corporate Tax Committee), American Bar Association
  • Member, Executive Committee (Co-Chair, Corporations Committee), Taxation Section, New York State Bar Association

Mr. Mollerus is a frequent speaker on topics relating to corporate, partnership, real estate and international taxation, including most recently:

  • ABA Corporate Tax Section: “Recent Corporate Tax Developments,” 2017

  • ABA Corporate Tax Section: "Section 385: The Financial Industry and the Proposed (Final?) Regulations," 2016

  • ABA Corporate Tax Section: “Cherry-Picking Gains and Losses in Transactions,” 2016

  • Davis Polk IPO Boot Camp: “IPO Readiness: Structure and Tax,” 2015

  • Webcast: “Corporate Inversions: Where We Are and Where We May Be Going,” 2014

  • Southern Federal Tax Institute: “Planning Under the Final 752 Regulations,” 2016

Professional History

  • Partner, 1997-present
  • Associate, 1990-1997
  • London office, 1992-1994
  • Washington DC office, 1990-1992; 1994-1995
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Anthony M. Kennedy, U.S. Supreme Court, 1989-1990
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Jerry E. Smith, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1988-1989

Contact

  • 450 Lexington Avenue
    New York, NY
    10017
    P: +1 212 450 4471
    F: +1 212 701 5471

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York

Education

  • A.B., Harvard College, 1985
    • magna cum laude
  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1988
    • magna cum laude
    • Editor, Harvard Law Review