Michael J. Silver

'Mike is very experienced and seems to know what I need before even I do, he anticipates issues down the road.'

Client quoted in Chambers USA 2018

Michael Silver is among the firm's most experienced and accomplished corporate lawyers. In over 40 years of practice, Michael has handled everything from initial public offerings (IPOs) to large-scale public mergers and acquisitions (M&A) for clients in many industries.

Currently Michael advises on M&A, capital markets, and corporate governance for clients in the life sciences; manufacturing; technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT); and business services areas, but he has extensive experience in the insurance industry as well. He has adapted his skills and approach to practice as the legal landscape has evolved, while maintaining a consistent focus on outstanding and timely client service.

Michael is also a leader in the firm. He was elected in consecutive terms on the Global Board of Hogan Lovells, and for many years he led its New York Corporate Practice Group.

Michael has been consistently ranked in the highest tiers of corporate lawyers in every year of publication of Chambers' guides to U.S. lawyers, and in other major legal directories.

Awards and recognitions


Corporate/M&A (Maryland)
Chambers USA


Acritas Star: M&A, Regulatory
Acritas Stars Independently Rated Lawyers


Capital Markets: Equity, Notable Practitioner


M&A, Notable Practitioner


Private Equity, Notable Practitioner


Corporate Law
The Best Lawyers in America


Securities / Capital Markets Law
The Best Lawyers in America


BTI Client Service All-Star
BTI Consulting Group


Baltimore Securities / Capital Markets Law Lawyer of the Year
Best Lawyers


Global M&A Lawyer of the Year


Winner of ILO Client Choice Award for Maryland - General Corporate
ILO Client Choice Guide


Finance: Capital Markets: Equity Offerings
Legal 500 US


Maryland Super Lawyers


Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts
Legal 500 US

Education and admissions


J.D., The University of Chicago Law School, 1980

A.B., Harvard University, magna cum laude, 1977

Bar admissions and qualifications

New York


District of Columbia

Representative experience

Public acquisition of Cyan Inc. by Ciena Corp. for cash and stock in 2015, valued at over US$300m.

Public acquisition of Covance Corp. by LabCorp for cash and stock in 2015 valued at US$6bn, and related debt financing transactions.

Acquisition of Parsons Brinkerhoff by WSP Global in 2014 for over US$1bn in cash.

Public sale of Martek Biosciences Corp. to Royal DSM.

Take Private sale of American Commercial Lines to Platinum Equity.

Acquisition of Walker Industries by Wabash National Corp.

Over US$4bn in senior notes offerings for LabCorp.

IPO of Colfax Corp.

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