Michael J. Volkovitsch is a partner based in the New York office.
Mr. Volkovitsch’s practice focuses on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions transactions and securities law matters, including initial public offerings, public and private debt and equity financings (including rights and exchangeable bond offerings), complex equity derivative transactions, transnational mergers and acquisitions, international joint ventures, private equity investments and major infrastructure projects. Mr. Volkovitsch’s work in these areas has involved the counseling and representation of corporate issuers, investment banks, recently and partially privatized entities and investors.
A particular focus of Mr. Volkovitsch’s work since joining the firm has been the representation of Italian issuers in connection with international securities and corporate governance matters; most recently he advised both Fiat and Enel (as well as a number of other European blue chip companies) in connection with their de-listing from the New York Stock Exchange and the de-registration of their securities under the U.S. federal securities laws. He has also represented Italian companies in major financing and mergers and acquisitions transactions, recently leading the teams representing Enel in the third and fourth tranches of its privatization, Fiat in the multi-billion euro bond offerings that marked the Turin automaker’s successful return to the international capital markets, Alitalia in its €1 billion rights offering, and Saras in its €2.1 billion IPO (the largest in Europe in 2006), as well as advising syndicates of international underwriters in connection with debt and equity offerings by Italian companies.
While resident in the Milan office, Mr. Volkovitsch was the only U.S.-qualified lawyer in Italy to be repeatedly ranked in the first tier by Chambers Global
. He is also recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers Europe
and The Legal 500 U.S.
Mr. Volkovitsch began working at the firm in 1993, became a partner in 2002 and joined the Milan office in 2004, where he was resident until 2009. From 2001 through 2004, he was resident in the Frankfurt office. Mr. Volkovitsch received a J.D. degree in 1993 from the Columbia University Law School, where he was Articles Editor of the Columbia Law Review
. In 1990, Mr. Volkovitsch received a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University. Mr. Volkovitsch graduated summa cum laude
from Harvard College in 1980. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Volkovitsch worked as a management consultant to major law firms and international corporations in San Francisco. He has also worked for the U.S. Department of State in Washington D.C. and the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris.
Mr. Volkovitsch is a member of the Bar in New York. He is a native English speaker, is fluent in French, is proficient in Italian and German, and has a reading knowledge of Spanish.