Michael J. Silver | New York | Hogan Lovells

Michael J. Silver

Partner Corporate & Finance

Silver Michael

Michael J. Silver
Silver Michael
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  • Experience
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quote mark

'Very smart and a good technician.'

Client quoted in Chambers USA 2014

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.

quote mark

Very, very talented attorney who 'doesn't over-lawyer stuff - he just gets our deals done.'

Chambers USA 2015

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.


  • J.D., The University of Chicago Law School, 1980
  • A.B., Harvard University, magna cum laude, 1977
Bar admissions and qualifications
  • New York
  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia


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