Michael Vogel is a partner in the Corporate Department and a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions practice group. His practice includes a wide range of public and private M&A, joint ventures, leveraged buyouts, minority investments, carve-out and spin-out transactions and restructurings. Michael also advises founders of high-growth startups in a variety of strategic and corporate governance matters.
Michael is recognized by The Legal 500 for his work in Media and Entertainment. He was also recognized in Variety’s “Dealmakers List 2019,” which spotlights the top lawyers in the entertainment industry. In 2020, Michael’s work in connection with the $40 billion merger of CBS with Viacom to form ViacomCBS Inc. was selected by The Deal as “Most Innovative Deal of the Year.”
Michael's recent transactions include representing:
- The Blackstone Group in connection with investment transactions
- The special committee of the CBS Corp. board of directors in CBS’s merger with Viacom to form ViacomCBS Inc.
- EagleTree Capital in its investments from affiliates of AlpInvest Partners and Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund Board and in its strategic minority investments from Misland Capital and Bullingham Capital
- Ericsson in its global business and technology alliance with Cisco
- Harris Corporation in its sale of its government IT services business and in the activist campaign by JANA Partners; the Harris Corporation board of directors in Harris’s merger of equals with L3 Technologies to form L3Harris Technologies; and L3Harris Technologies’s sale of its airport security and automation business to Leidos Holdings, Inc.
- Imagine Entertainment in connection with an investment in the company by The Raine Group
- Jeffrey Katzenberg in the sale of DreamWorks Animation to Comcast
- KPS Capital Partners in the take private acquisition of Tower International by its portfolio company Autokiniton Global Group; its acquisition of DexKo Global; and its investment in Electrical Components International
- Nuance Communications in its spin-off of its automotive technology business and its sale of its Document Imaging division to Kofax, Inc.
- The special committee of the Pilgrim’s Pride board of directors in Pilgrim’s Pride’s acquisition of Moy Park from JBS
- Randstad Holding in its successful acquisition of Monster Worldwide, which was challenged by an entity affiliated with Alden Global Capital
- South Mountain Merger Corporation in its combination with Billtrust to form a publicly listed entity
- Spectrum Brands in its acquisitions of GloFish and PetMatrix
- Universal American in its sale to WellCare Health Plans
- Wellspring Capital Management in its acquisitions of AdvoServ, Help At Home, Inc., and Supply One; and its sales of its portfolio companies, Checkers & Rally Restaurants to Sentinel Capital Partners and Great Lakes Caring to Blue Wolf Capital Partners
Michael also maintains an active pro bono practice. He has advised individuals from underprivileged communities in their micro‐entrepreneurial and artistic endeavors, individuals in various matters relating to immigration and citizenship, and individuals seeking to establish or grow non‐profit organizations in the health and wellness sector.