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Michael Chao
 

Michael Chao

Partner
 
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017 
 
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A Partner in the Firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions Practice, Michael Chao advises private equity sponsors and public and private companies on mergers and acquisitions, investments, dispositions, joint ventures and other significant corporate transactions across a wide range of industries. Michael’s clients have included, among others, Blackstone, Mars, Johnson Controls, Genesee & Wyoming and Sirius XM.

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Work Highlights
  • Blackstone in numerous transactions, including its acquisitions of Ancestry, Stearns Holdings, PSAV, Ascend Learning and Acetow, investments in Advarra, Supergoop!, AZZ and Phoenix Tower International, and sales of DJO Global and Optiv 
  • Blackstone, Carlyle and Hellman & Friedman in their majority investment in Medline Industries
  • Mars, Incorporated in multiple transactions, including its investment in Vetsource, its strategic partnership with KIND and its subsequent acquisition of KIND North America
  • Johnson Controls in its $13.2 billion sale of its Power Solutions business
  • Avalara in its $8.4 billion sale to Vista Equity Partners
  • Genesee & Wyoming in its $8.4 billion sale to affiliates of Brookfield Infrastructure and GIC
  • Vivint Smart Home in its $4.2 billion business combination with Mosaic Acquisition Corp., a SPAC
Education
  • University of Virginia School of Law, 2014 J.D.
    Order of the Coif; Virginia Law Review, Editorial Board; Virginia Tax Review, Executive Editor
  • Yale University, 2011 M.A.
  • Yale University, 2011 B.A.
    cum laude; distinction in major
Admissions
  • New York 2015

Michael Chao is a Partner in Simpson Thacher’s Mergers and Acquisitions Practice, where he focuses his practice on public and private mergers and acquisitions, investments, dispositions, joint ventures and other significant corporate transactions. He regularly counsels private equity sponsors and strategic clients on a broad range of domestic and cross-border transactions and has experience representing clients across a variety of sectors, including technology, healthcare, infrastructure, consumer products and financial services. Michael’s clients have included private equity firms such as Blackstone and KKR and leading public and private companies, including Mars, Johnson Controls, Genesee & Wyoming and Sirius XM.

Selected representations on which Michael has worked include:

  • Blackstone in numerous transactions, including its acquisitions of Ancestry, Stearns Holdings, PSAV, Ascend Learning and Acetow, investments in Advarra, Supergoop!, AZZ and Phoenix Tower International, and sales of DJO Global and Optiv
  • Blackstone, Carlyle and Hellman & Friedman in their majority investment in Medline Industries
  • Mars, Incorporated in multiple transactions, including its investment in Vetsource, its strategic partnership with KIND and its subsequent acquisition of KIND North America
  • Johnson Controls in its $13.2 billion sale of its Power Solutions business
  • Avalara in its $8.4 billion sale to Vista Equity Partners
  • Genesee & Wyoming in its $8.4 billion sale to affiliates of Brookfield Infrastructure and GIC
  • Vivint Smart Home in its $4.2 billion business combination with Mosaic Acquisition Corp., a SPAC
  • WMIH in its $3.8 billion merger with Nationstar
  • BorgWarner in its $3.3 billion acquisition of Delphi Technologies
  • Vivint Solar in its $3.2 billion sale to Sunrun
  • Finance of America in its $1.9 billion business combination with Replay Acquisition Corp., a SPAC

Michael received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was elected to Order of the Coif, was a member of the Editorial Board of the Virginia Law Review and was the Executive Editor of the Virginia Tax Review. He received his M.A. and B.A. (cum laude and with distinction) from Yale University. Michael is admitted to practice in New York.

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