Michael S. Hong

Partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Michael S. Hong

Michael S. Hong

Partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Biography

Mr. Hong is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, practicing in the Investment Management Group. He advises sophisticated private fund managers across all asset classes in their most complex, high-value transactions. Mr. Hong’s advice encompasses fund formation, M&A-related transactions (with a special expertise around co-investments), and ongoing investment-related advice on behalf of private equity, growth capital, credit, hedge, energy, real estate, co-investment and fund of funds managers.

Mr. Hong also has extensive experience advising clients on secondary transaction matters, including GP-led secondary transactions. He also regularly advises clients in connection with GP-stake sales, as well as purchases, spin-outs and joint ventures involving alternative asset managers. Mr. Hong also regularly represents investment professionals in connection with their employment arrangements with fund sponsors.

His clients include Harvest Partners, Trilantic Capital Management, Lightyear Capital, Tailwind Capital Management, Cornell Capital, Cowen Investment Management, BeaconLight Capital and BBAM. Prior to joining Davis Polk, Mr. Hong also advised Apollo Global Management and GSO/Blackstone on the formation of numerous private funds, managed accounts and related matters.

Mr. Hong is featured regularly in various industry publications. See "PLI Panel Explores Approaches to GP Succession Planning," Private Equity Law Report, October 8, 2019; "Elizabeth Warren’s Attack on Private Equity Could Have a Surprising Group of Backers: Investors in Private Equity," Business Insider, July 30, 2019; "Kainos Co-Founder Says Colleagues Illegally Took Her Ownership Stake," The Wall Street Journal, January 29, 2019; “Fundraising Cooled in 2018 as Megafunds Took a Bigger Slice of the Pie,” The Wall Street Journal, January 7, 2019; and “Davis Polk Hires Michael Hong in New York,” Hedge Fund Law Report, May 31, 2018.

PLI Panel Explores Approaches to GP Succession Planning

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Michael S. Hong
Partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Education
JD
Class of 2004

Established in 1887, the Faculty of Law is one of the oldest professional faculties at the University of Toronto, with a long and illustrious history. Today, it is one of the world's great law schools, a dynamic academic and social community with more than 50 full-time faculty members and 15-25 distinguished short-term visiting professors from the world's leading law schools, as well as 600 undergraduate and graduate students. The Faculty's rich academic programs are complemented by its many legal clinics and public interest programs, and its close links to the Faculty's more than 6,000 alumni, who enjoy rewarding careers in every sector of Canadian society and remain involved in many aspects of life at the law school. Housed in two beautiful, historic buildings, the Faculty also features modern facilities, including the renowned, high-technology Bora Laskin Law Library. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, Canada's largest city, the law school is near a wide variety of attractions including the Royal Ontario Museum, which is next door.

MBA, Dean's List
Class of 2004

The Joseph L. Rotman School of Management commonly known as Rotman School of Management, or just Rotman, is the University of Toronto's graduate business school, located in St. George Street in Downtown Toronto. The school, named after Joseph L. Rotman, was established in 1950 as Institute of Business Administration though the University of Toronto has been offering undergraduate courses in management since 1902.

Bachelor of Commerce with High Distinction
Class of 2000

Established in 1827, the University of Toronto has one of the strongest research and teaching faculties in North America, presenting top students at all levels with an intellectual environment unmatched in depth and breadth on any other Canadian campus. With more than 82,000* students across three campuses (St. George, Mississauga and Scarborough) and over 500,000 alumni active in every region of the world, U of T's influence is felt in every area of human endeavour.

Memberships
Member
Current

The Association of the Bar of the City of New York is a voluntary association of lawyers and law students. The organization was founded in 1870 and it is headquartered in New York, NY.

Fellow
2018 - 2019

Established in 1989, the Partnership’s David Rockefeller Fellows program exposes participants to key leaders and issues in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors of the city. Since the program’s inception, 250 executives have become better corporate citizens through immersion in civic issues and operations during the year-long fellowship established as a tribute to the Partnership’s founding chairman.

Career History
Partner
2018 - 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.

Partner
2004 - 2018

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is a law firm that serve as counsel to companies and investment funds. They have expertise in the areas of bankruptcy and corporate reorganization, employee benefits and executive compensation, intellectual property, personal representation, real estate and tax law. The company is headquartered in New York, NY.

Transactions
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Tailwind Management LP purchases Ventiv Technology, Inc. from STG Partners, LLC

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Waveland Energy Partners LLC, Trilantic Capital Management LP, DJR Energy LLC purchase Encana Oil & Gas (USA), Inc. /San Juan Assets from Ovintiv Canada ULC

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Apollo Global Management, Inc. /Private Equity purchases Rackspace Technology Global, Inc.

Awards & Honors
2004
Gerald W. Schwartz Gold Medal
Super Lawyers - New York Metro Rising Stars
Events
Speaker
Stamford, CT, United States
2010 Yale School of Management Annual Private Equity Conference

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