Michael Zhuoran Xu
  1. Registered Foreign Lawyer

Mr. Xu is an associate in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, currently practicing as a Registered Foreign Lawyer in Hong Kong and having previously worked in the firm’s Washington DC and New York offices. Mr. Xu’s practice focuses on advising corporate clients and private equity funds on M&A matters, including mergers, joint ventures, strategic investments and private equity transactions. He also has experience advising on CFIUS and regulatory matters.

Work Highlights

  • Ingram Micro’s acquisition by Platinum Equity
  • The buyer group on its going-private transaction of China Distance Education
  • EF Education First on the majority investment by Permira in EF Kids & Teens business
  • Tencent’s pre-IPO equity investments in Kuaikan Comics
  • Ruby Tuesday’s contested acquisition by NRD Capital
  • Stewart’s proposed acquisition by Fidelity
  • Fogo de Chão’s acquisition by Rhône Capital
  • Emerson’s disposition of ClosetMaid to Griffon Corporation
  • ORIX Corporation’s acquisition of NXT Capital
  • Comodo Group’s acquisition by Francisco Partners
  • Pattern Energy’s acquisition of wind and solar projects in Japan

Professional History

  • Davis Polk since 2015
  • Hong Kong office, 2018 - present
  • New York office, 2016 - 2018
  • Washington DC office, 2015 - 2016

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York
  • Hong Kong Law Society - Registered


  • LL.B., Peking University Law School, 2012
  • B.A., Economics, Peking University, 2012
  • J.D., Duke University School of Law, 2015
    • Member, Duke Law Journal


  • Mandarin