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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
  • CS&L (a publicly traded REIT) on various transactions, including its pending acquisition of 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
  • 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