H. Oliver Smith

Partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

H. Oliver Smith

H. Oliver Smith

Partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

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Mr. Smith is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department and a member of the firm's Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity Groups. His diverse practice encompasses domestic and cross-border merger and acquisitions, joint ventures and restructuring transactions. He regularly represents private equity firms and their portfolio companies in all aspects of their businesses.

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H. Oliver Smith
Partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
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JD with High Honors, Order of the Coif
Class of 2004

We offer real-world experiences that give you a glimpse of what life as a lawyer will be like. And we expose you to diverse opportunities to help you determine where your passions lie—whether it’s fighting to protect a patent or a human life. Our professors have unique backgrounds and interests—from pioneering the Feminism and Legal Theory Project to uncovering the intersection of law and religion, to fighting for justice for Guantanamo Bay detainees. But they all share a culture of openness and collaboration with their students and with each other. As an Emory Law student, you are encouraged to challenge the status quo and follow your mind and your heart. You may aspire to do mergers and acquisitions in a large corporation, or to be on the ground pursuing the personal cause or in the courtroom defending an abused child. Whichever path you choose, you will leave Emory with a deep knowledge of the law and a set of valuable skills. At Emory, we prepare you for more than practice. We prepare you to challenge and change the world.

MBA with Honors
Class of 2004

On February 18, 1919, the dean of Emory College, Howard Odum, recommended the creation of a “school of economics and business administration” to the Board of Trustees. Thus, in the fall of 1919, the new school worked with Emory College to offer courses in economics, accounting, and business law. By 1925, there was one faculty member and full-time assistant, five staff members and 145 students. In 1926, eight students received the Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Two decades after the school awarded degrees in business administration, the school accepted its first female student in 1954. In the same year, the MBA program commenced, with 19 registered students. Goizueta Business School In 1992, the evening MBA program was introduced. At the same time, the school was achieving greater validation for its programs. When the American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business began accrediting master’s programs, Emory’s program was one of the first to be approved. Four years later, Emory appeared on the list of the top American colleges and universities producing U.S. executives. This newfound acclaim accompanied new programs, such as the concentration within the MBA program for professional accounting and, in 1979, the Executive MBA program. Also at this time, the school created a plan to allow students to complete both the MBA and Juris Doctor degree within four years. Rankings of the school’s programs highlight the results of thoughtful and steady expansion. In 1986, the Executive MBA program was ranked in the top 15 in a Business Week survey. In 1994, the school was renamed for Roberto C. Goizueta, a much admired and successful business leader. More than providing a namesake for the school, Roberto C. Goizueta placed his philosophical stamp on the school’s academic and financial development. Goizueta proclaimed, “Business schools today cannot just reflect business the way it is. They must teach business the way it will be.” The millennium brought about a new PhD program in business administration and a new program in Real Estate. Goizueta Business School installed its current dean, Professor Larry Benveniste, in 2005

BA in Political Science
Class of 1998

Williams College is a private liberal arts college located in Williamstown, Massachusetts, United States. It was established in 1793 with funds from the estate of Ephraim Williams. Originally a men's college, Williams became co-educational in 1970. It is located in Williamstown, MA, USA.

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Articles Editor
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The Emory Law Journal is the law review at Emory University School of Law. The Emory Law Journal began as the Journal of Public Law in 1952. In 1972, the Journal expanded its scope from public law, becoming the Emory Law Journal. Today, Emory Law Journal publishes six issues a year featuring professional and student articles on a broad range of legal topics and remains entirely student-edited. The goals of ELJ are three-fold: (1) to foster excellence in legal research, writing, analysis, and editing; to provide the legal community with reliable and thoughtful commentary on new developments and trends in the law; (2) to enhance the reputation of the Emory University School of Law; (3) to provide not only a valuable research tool to practitioners by illuminating the current state of the law, but also to serve as a forum for legal activism by demonstrating where the law should be. The achievement of these goals rests on the ability and dedication of ELJ’s Members. ELJ consists of second- and third-year law students who have demonstrated superior ability in legal writing and analysis. Each year, up to thirty-six second-year students are invited to join ELJ as Candidates to the Editorial Board. Those students who successfully complete the Candidacy requirements are elevated to be Members of the Editorial Board and become eligible for election to the Executive Board. ELJ Members and Candidates carry sole responsibility for the editorial content and the substantive and technical accuracy of each article published in ELJ. For all Members and Candidates of ELJ, the writing and editing responsibilities provide an invaluable and intensive educational experience, which will serve them well in school and in practice.

Career History
Partner
2004 - Current

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP offers legal solutions to areas such as capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, credit, insolvency, and restructuring, investment management, tax, and litigation. Based in New York, the company was founded by Francis N. Bangs in 1849.

Transactions
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Temenos AG purchases Kony, Inc. from Insight Venture Partners, W Capital Partners, Timsco Pty Ltd., Georgian Partners, Inc., Stratim Capital LLC, JPMorgan Asset Management Private Equity, Delta-V Capital LLC, Telstra Ventures

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TPG Capital, LP, TPG Partner Holdings LP purchase Convey Health Solutions, Inc. from New Mountain Capital LLC

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Silverton Partners, Guidepost Growth Management Co. LLC, North Bridge Venture Partners, Silver Lake Management Co. LLC, WPEngine, Inc. purchase Fancy Chap, Inc. from Five Elms Capital Management LLC, Lightbank LLC, Ludlow Ventures LLC, Hyde Park Venture Partners Management LLC, Rosepaul Ventures, Linseed Capital LLC

Awards & Honors
2018
Law360 - M&A MVP
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