Stephen Salmon
  1. Partner

Mr. Salmon is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, practicing in Northern California. He advises on all aspects of mergers and acquisitions transactions, including public and private transactions, cross-border transactions, private equity transactions and restructurings, as well as a variety of capital markets offerings for clients across many industries.

Work Highlights

Mergers and Acquisitions Representations
  • World Kitchen on its acquisition by Cornell Capital
  • Ingram Micro on its sale to HNA Technology Group, a subsidiary of HNA Group
  • Equinix on its acquisition of the Infomart Dallas
  • D+M Group on its acquisition by Sound United, a portfolio company of Charlesbank Capital
  • Dialog Semiconductor on its attempted acquisition of Atmel
  • Tencent Ventures on various private company investments
  • A consortium of lenders in connection with its successful credit bid for assets of Essar Steel Algoma in connection with Algoma’s Canadian restructuring proceedings
  • J.P. Morgan on the acquisition of Dell by Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners
  • Reliance Steel on its acquisition of Metals USA
  • Dialog Semiconductor on its acquisition of iWatt
  • Mirion Technologies and American Capital on the acquisition of Mirion by Charterhouse Capital
  • Blue Coat Systems on its acquisition by an investor group led by Thoma Bravo
  • Vector Capital on its acquisition of Gerber Scientific and concurrent disposition of assets
  • Oracle on multiple public and private acquisitions and dispositions, including the acquisitions of Art Technology Group, Phase Forward, GoldenGate, Hyperion, Stellent and Metasolv
  • Citigroup on multiple loan portfolio dispositions
  • W Capital on multiple primary and secondary investments in technology companies
Capital Markets Representations
  • IPOs of Denali, Aimmune Therapeutics, Virgin America, Coherus BioSciences, Violin Memory, UCP and Internet Brands
  • Investment-grade notes offerings by Cadence, Reliance Steel and Leidos and others
  • Convertible notes offerings by DexCom, Enphase Energy, Citrix, Accuray, Invensense, Beckman Coulter and others
General Corporate Advisory Work
  • Public reporting, securities compliance and corporate governance advice for companies like BBAM, Dialog Semiconductor, Leidos, Blue Coat and Mirion Technologies


Mr. Salmon is recognized as a leader in the legal industry:
  • Super Lawyers – “Rising Star,” 2012-2017
  • Daily Journal – "Top 40 Under 40," 2016

Of Note

  • Speaker at PLI’s “Venture Capital 2016: Nuts and Bolts” seminar

Professional History

  • Partner, 2015-present
  • Associate, 2006-2015

Bar Admissions

  • State of California


  • B.A., Philosophy, Yale University, 2000
    • cum laude
  • J.D., Stanford Law School, 2006