H. Oliver Smith
  1. Partner

Mr. Smith is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, concentrating in domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, activism defense and related matters.

Work Highlights

  • Aetna on numerous transactions, including its:
    • $77 billion sale to CVS Health
    • Now terminated $37 billion acquisition of Humana and its related divestiture transactions with Molina
    • $7.3 billion acquisition of Coventry Health Care
    • Acquisitions of Bswift, Prodigy Health Group, Payflex Systems, Medicity and InterGlobal Group and its disposition of Missouri Care 
  • Williams on its:
    • $10.5 billion acquisition of all of the outstanding public common units of Williams Partners L.P
    • $1.125 billion sale of Williams Partners L.P.’s Four Corners Area business in New Mexico and Colorado to Harvest Midstream Company
    • $485 million sale of its 50% interest in Jackalope Gas Gathering Services to an affiliate of Crestwood Equity Partners
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers on numerous transactions, including:
    • Its sale of its public sector government consulting practice
    • The formation of its Global Enterprise Tax Solutions Group comprised of the former GE Tax Group
    • Its acquisition of Booz & Company
  • Nutrisystem on its acquisition by Tivity Health
  • Markit on its all-share merger of equals with IHS valued at more than $13 billion and IHS Markit on its $1.855 billion acquisition of Ipreo
  • Services Group of America on the $1.8 billion sale of its five operating companies collectively known as SGA’s Food Group of Companies to US Foods
  • Uniti Group (a publicly traded REIT) on various transactions, including its acquisitions of Southern Light, Hunt Telecom, PEG Bandwidth, Tower Cloud and Summit Wireless Infrastructure
  • Noble Group on various transactions, including:
    • Its $1.4 billion disposition of its Global Oil Liquids business
    • Its disposition of Noble America Gas & Power
    • Its $1.05 billion sale of Noble Americas Energy Solutions
    • the formation of Harbor Energy with EIG
  • Tailwind Capital on numerous transactions including its acquisition of Lone Peak, DermaRite and Edenbridge Pharmaceuticals
  • Syngenta on its $43 billion acquisition by ChemChina
  • Campbell Soup Company on its:
    • Acquisitions of Bolthouse Farms, Plum Organics and Ecce Panis
    • Disposition of Godiva Chocolatier
  • Warner Chilcott on various transactions, including:
    • Its sale to Actavis
    • Its acquisition of Procter & Gamble's prescription pharmaceutical business
    • The acquisition of Enablex product rights from Novartis
  • Citigroup in:
    • The formation of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
    • Its consortium acquisition of Guangdong Development Bank
  • Comcast in its sale of wireless spectrum to Verizon Wireless
  • BearingPoint in the sale out of bankruptcy of its North American Public Services division to Deloitte and commercial services division to PWC
  • The EBX Group on strategic investments by Mubadala Development Corporation and GE Capital


  • Law360 – "M&A MVP of the Year," 2018
  • Chambers USA  "Up and Coming" Lawyer in Corporate/M&A, 2019
  • IFLR1000 – "Rising Star"
  • Legal 500 Latin America – "Leading Lawyer," 2013 and 2014

Professional History

  • Partner, 2012-present
  • Associate, 2004-2012

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York


  • B.A., Political Science, Williams College, 1998
  • J.D., Emory University School of Law, 2004
    • with high honors
    • Order of the Coif
    • Articles Editor, Emory Law Journal
  • M.B.A., Emory University - Goizueta Business School, 2004
    • with honors