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Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company 2015

Author(s): Michael P. Lee, David W. Pollak, Brian C. Miner
Practice Area: Corporate & Securities
Published: Jun 2015
PLI Item #: 59375
CHB Spine #: B2167, B2168

David W. Pollak has more than 30 years of experience as a corporate lawyer. He represents clients in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and public and private offerings of securities. He also advises clients on Securities Exchange Act of 1934 issues. David works closely with financial services, life sciences, technology, sporting goods, information services, investment banking, and printing industry clients, and represents private equity firms. David serves as the firm’s Managing Partner of Operations, responsible for the firm’s financial performance, and is a member of its Management Committee.

David served as leader of the firm’s business and finance practice for seven years, an elected member of the firm’s Compensation Committee for eight years, and an Advisory Board member for six years. For the last 19 years, he has chaired the Practising Law Institute’s seminar on “Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company,” presented annually in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. He teaches a third-year course in negotiating skills in the context of M&A and securities transactions as an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law. The legal community often calls upon David to testify as an expert witness on M&A and securities law transactions.

Mr. Pollak represents clients in a variety of fields, including the financial services, life sciences, technology, sporting goods, information services, investment banking, and printing industries.

Mr. Pollak is admitted to practice in New York and is a registered foreign lawyer with the Law Society of England and Wales.

Honors & Affiliations

Noted in The Legal 500 for Capital Markets: Equity Offerings (2014)

Co-Chair, Practising Law Institute, Program on “Acquiring or Selling the Privately- Held Company”

Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Committee on Corporations and Securities

Comment Editor, The University of Chicago Law Review

Phi Beta Kappa, Princeton University


University of Chicago Law School, 1978, J.D. Princeton University, 1975, A.B., Summa Cum Laude

Brian Miner is a corporate partner resident in Fried Frank's Washington, DC office. He joined the Firm in 2016.

Mr. Miner has significant experience in a wide range of transactional matters, focusing on cross-border and domestic mergers, acquisitions and divestitures involving public and private companies in a wide range of industries, including life sciences, energy and manufacturing. His private equity practice focuses on acquisitions and dispositions, majority and minority investments, joint ventures and co-investment transactions. Mr. Miner also counsels corporations on corporate governance issues and takeover preparedness.

Honors & Awards

  • Listed, Legal 500 U.S., Private Equity (2006, 2009)


J.D., Georgia State University College of Law, 1997

B.S., cum laude, Wake Forest University

Professional Admissions \ Qualifications



Michael is a partner in Reed Smith's Corporate and Securities Group. Michael focuses his practice on acting as corporate counsel to businesses and investors. Michael's practice includes mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing transactions, complex joint ventures, recapitalizations and restructurings, licensing transactions and general corporate counseling. Michael’s practice covers a wide range of industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, financial services, consumer products, food and beverage, telecommunications, and software. Michael also applies his technical background (including a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University) in the representation of technology companies in intellectual property/information technology agreements. Michael currently acts as outside general counsel to numerous companies.

Employment History

  • 2007 - Reed Smith
  • 1998 - Sachnoff & Weaver (combined with Reed Smith in 2007)

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized in Chambers USA as one of America's leading corporate/M&A lawyers (2014)

Practice Areas


  • University of Chicago Law School, 1998, J.D., high honors, Order of the Coif; Staff Member, University of Chicago Law Review
  • Stanford University, 1991, Ph.D., Law
  • Stanford University, 1984, M.S.
  • University of Washington, 1983, B.S.


  • German