Michael J. Silver

"Part of an 'extremely responsive and proactive' team in capital markets."

Legal 500 2015

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


Capital Markets: Equity, Notable Practitioner


M&A, Notable Practitioner


Private Equity, Notable Practitioner


BTI Client Service All-Star
BTI Consulting Group


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


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


Corporate Law
The Best Lawyers in America


Securities / Capital Markets Law
The Best Lawyers in America


Corporate/M&A (Maryland)
Chambers USA


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 Corporation for cash and stock in 2015, valued at over US$300m.

Public acquisition of Covance Corporation 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 Corporation to Royal DSM.

Take Private sale of American Commercial Lines to Platinum Equity.

Acquisition of Walker Industries by Wabash National Corporation.

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

IPO of Colfax Corporation.

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