D. MichaelMurray


Chicago + 1.312.269.1539

Mike Murray has advised clients on M&A deals, joint ventures, and other complex commercial transactions with an aggregate value in excess of $50 billion. He represents buyers, sellers, and financial advisors in domestic and cross-border stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures, public and private mergers, and strategic alliances. He also advises companies, boards, and board committees on governance issues and other corporate matters.

Mike has represented clients in a wide range of industries, including agribusiness, automotive, chemicals, education, energy, hospitality, life sciences, medical device, manufacturing, professional services, real estate, and technology. He has led domestic and cross-border M&A transactions ranging in size from several million dollars to multibillion dollars. He also has advised clients on strategic commercial matters such as license and technology agreements, management agreements, supply and distribution agreements, joint ventures, and other collaborative arrangements.

Mike passed the certified public accountant (CPA) examination and worked for a leading international accounting firm prior to attending law school.

Mike is an active participant in the Chicago community. He was selected to the 2013 Class of Leadership Greater Chicago (LGC), an intensive year-long leadership program in which a small number of business, public, and civic leaders participate each year, and he continues to participate as a Fellow in the LGC Fellows Association. He has been a mentor and participant in the Other Side of the Green, a program sponsored by the Kids' Golf Foundation of Illinois. He also served as a member of the board of directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago.


  • Sasser Family Companies acquires Falcon LeaseJones Day advised Sasser Family Companies in the acquisition of Singapore-based global container lessor Falcon Lease Holdings Pte Ltd and its group of companies.
  • The Duchossois Group agrees to sell The Chamberlain Group LLC to BlackstoneJones Day is advising The Duchossois Group, Inc. in the sale of The Chamberlain Group LLC, a global leader in smart access solutions, to private equity funds managed by Blackstone.
  • Henderson Park and South Street Partners acquire Palmetto Bluff Montage Hotel and ResortJones Day represented Henderson Park Capital Partners in its joint venture with South Street Partners and the joint venture's acquisition and financing of Palmetto Bluff, a 20,000-acre single family residential and resort community in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, situated between Charleston and Savannah.
  • Astellas returns rights to Eligard® in Europe, Middle East, CIS, and Asia to TolmarJones Day represented Astellas Pharma Europe Ltd. in connection with a series of transactions, including the sale of related assets, in which Astellas returned its in-licensing rights to Eligard® (leuprorelin acetate for injectable suspension), a treatment for advanced prostate cancer, sold by Astellas in Europe, the Middle East, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Asia, to Tolmar International Limited.
  • Astellas Pharma acquires iota BiosciencesJones Day advised Astellas Pharma Inc. in its acquisition of iota Biosciences.
  • LendingTree announces strategic investment in StashJones Day advised LendingTree, Inc. in its strategic investment in Stash, one of the fastest-growing banking and investing services in the U.S.
  • GM partners with Ventec to manufacture ventilators in response to coronavirus pandemicJones Day is advising General Motors Company on the "Project V" partnership with Ventec Life Systems Inc. to mass produce ventilators needed to battle the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Sasser Family Holdings sells CF Asia Pacific to Anchorage Capital PartnersJones Day represented Sasser Family Holdings, Inc. (SFH) in the sale of CF Asia Pacific to a company controlled by one or more entities managed or advised by Anchorage Capital Partners.
  • Heidrick & Struggles acquires 2GETJones Day advised Heidrick & Struggles in its acquisition of 2GET, a premier executive search firm in Brazil and one of the largest search firms in the country.
  • Hill-Rom sells surgical consumable products to Audax Private Equity for $170 millionJones Day advised Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HRC), which recently rebranded as Hillrom, in its $170 million sale of certain surgical consumable products and related assets to an affiliate of Audax Private Equity.
  • Adtalem Global Education acquires OnCourse Learning's financial services business for $121 millionJones Day advised Adtalem Global Education Inc., a leading workforce solutions provider, in its acquisition of the financial services division of OnCourse Learning, a Brookfield, Wisconsin-based leading provider of compliance training, licensure preparation, continuing education and professional development, for approximately $121 million in cash.
  • LendingTree acquires ValuePenguin for $105 millionJones Day advised LendingTree, Inc. in its $105 million acquisition of Value Holding Inc., the parent company of ValuePenguin.com, a personal finance website that conducts in-depth research and analysis on a variety of topics from insurance to credit cards.
  • Timken acquires Cone DriveJones Day advised The Timken Company in its acquisition of Cone Drive, a leader in precision drives used in diverse markets including solar, automation, aerial platforms, and food and beverage.
  • Follett Higher Education Group and Nebraska Book Company form strategic sourcing partnershipJones Day advised Follett Higher Education Group ("FHEG") in connection with a strategic sourcing partnership between FHEG and Nebraska Book Holdings, Inc. involving wholesale higher education course materials.
  • Nutrien acquires Agrible Inc.Jones Day advised Nutrien Ltd. in its acquisition of Agrible, Inc., a technology company that connects growers with agricultural, food and consumer products companies and provides agronomic and predictive tools to its customers.
  • Nutrien acquires Waypoint AnalyticalJones Day advised Nutrien Ltd. in its acquisition of Waypoint Analytical, Inc. and its operating subsidiaries.
  • Hill-Rom acquires Mortara Instrument for $330 millionJones Day advised Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. in its acquisition of Mortara Instrument, Inc., a privately held leader in diagnostic cardiology and patient monitoring solutions, technologies, and devices, for $330 million in cash.
  • USG sells L&W Supply Corporation to ABC Supply Co. for $670 millionJones Day advised USG Corporation in connection with its sale of L&W Supply Corporation, and certain other assets related to L&W's distribution business, to ABC Supply Co. Inc. for $670 million in cash.
  • Jefferies acts as financial advisor in $725 million sale by Aperture Group of OptionsHouse to E*TRADE Financial CorporationJonesDay advised Jefferies LLC, financial advisor to Aperture Group, in connection with Aperture Group's $725 million sale of OptionsHouse to E*TRADE Financial Corporation.
  • Heidrick & Struggles acquires Philosophy IBJones Day advised Heidrick & Struggles, Inc. in its acquisition of Philosophy IB, LLP, a firm engaged in the business of leadership and organizational development and management consulting.
  • The following represents selected experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.

    Represented Prologis in its $5.9 billion acquisition of the real estate assets and operating platform of KTR Capital Partners and its affiliates; its acquisition of Catellus Development Corporation (estimated enterprise value of $5.5 billion as of the date of announcement); and the $1.7 billion acquisition of Keystone Property Trust via a partnership with four affiliates of investment funds managed by Eaton Vance Management.

    Represented TransCanada in connection with its participation in the Alaska LNG Project; its $2.9 billion acquisition of the Ravenswood Power Generating Facility from National Grid; its $3.4 billion acquisition from El Paso Corporation of ANR Pipeline Company, ANR Storage Company, and an additional interest in Great Lakes Gas Transmission Limited Partnership; and its $1.7 billion acquisition of Gas Transmission Northwest Corporation, a subsidiary of National Energy & Gas Transmission.

    Represented Dow AgroSciences in the sale of its Viking and ProFume businesses to Altamont Capital Partners and Douglas Products.

    Represented Mitsui & Co. (USA) in its investment in Android Industries, a global automotive parts assembly and sequencing company.

    Represented The Pritzker Group in its leveraged buyout of Entertainment Cruises.

    Represented Mitsui & Co., Ltd. in its buyout of two joint venture partners in Multigrain AG.

    Represented Dobson Communications Corporation in the $2.8 billion sale of the company to AT&T.

    Represented Starwood Capital Group Global in the €660 million sale of the Taittinger champagne and Domaine Carneros and BouvetLadubay wine and sparkling wine businesses.

    Represented Chemtura in its merger with Great Lakes Chemical, in which Great Lakes Chemical became a subsidiary of Chemtura (estimated enterprise value of $1.8 billion as of the date of announcement).

    Represented General Motors Corporation in the sale of its ElectroMotive Division (EMD) to an investor group led by Greenbriar Equity Group and Berkshire Partners.

    Represented GE Real Estate in its sale of Security Capital Research & Management to Banc One Investment Advisors.