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Michael J. Silver

New York

Michael J. Silver
+1 212 918 8235 (New York)
+1 410 659 2741 (Baltimore)
+1 212 918 3100 (New York)
+1 410 659 2701 (Baltimore)

Michael Silver is among the firm's most experienced and accomplished corporate lawyers. In over 35 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 first tier of corporate lawyers in every year of publication of Chambers' guides to U.S. lawyers, and in other major legal directories.

"Very smart and a good technician."

Chambers 2014

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.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., The University of Chicago Law School, 1980
  • A.B., magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1977

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • New York
  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia


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



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

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