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H. Oliver Smith

Mr. Smith is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, concentrating in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and related matters.

Work Highlights

  • Aetna Inc. on numerous transactions, including its now terminated $37 billion acquisition of Humana and its related divestiture transactions with Molina, its $7.3 billion acquisition of Coventry Health Care and its acquisitions of Bswift, Prodigy Health Group, Payflex Systems, Medicity and InterGlobal Group and its disposition of Missouri Care 
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers on numerous transactions, including the formation of its Global Enterprise Tax Solutions Group comprised of the former GE Tax Group and its acquisition of Booz & Company
  • Uniti Group (a publicly traded REIT) on various transactions, including its pending acquisitions of Southern Light and Hunt Telecom and its acquisitions of PEG Bandwidth, Tower Cloud and Summit Wireless Infrastructure
  • Noble Group on various transactions, including its $1.05 billion sale of Noble Americas Energy Solutions and 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 pending $43 billion acquisition by ChemChina
  • Markit on its $13 billion merger of equals transaction with IHS
  • Campbell Soup Company on its acquisitions of Bolthouse Farms, Plum Organics and Ecce Panis and its disposition of Godiva Chocolatier
  • Warner Chilcott on various transactions, including its sale to Actavis and its acquisition of Procter & Gamble's prescription pharmaceutical business and the acquisition of Enablex product rights from Novartis
  • Citigroup in the formation of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
  • Citigroup in 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


  • IFLR1000 – "Rising Star," 2014
  • Legal 500 Latin America – "Leading Lawyer," 2013 and 2014

Professional History

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


  • 450 Lexington Avenue
    New York, NY
    P: +1 212 450 4636
    F: +1 212 701 5636

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