Michael Deyong | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
 Michael Deyong
 Michael Deyong

Michael Deyong

Associate, New York

T +1 212 819 2577

E michael.deyong@whitecase.com


Michael Deyong is a senior associate in the Mergers & Acquisitions group. He is resident in the New York office. Michael has extensive experience representing clients in strategic and private equity domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, sales, spin-offs and going private transactions. Michael's practice extends across a wide variety of sectors with a particular emphasis on transactions in the healthcare and telecommunications industry. Michael also has broad experience in advising on general corporate law matters and US securities law compliance in connection with mergers, cross-border tender offers and insider filings.

Michael was recently selected by the M&A Advisor as a winner of its "40 Under 40 Emerging Leaders Awards" in Mergers & Acquisitions. In addition, Michael's work is also recognized by Thomson Reuters in its directory "Super Lawyers – New York Metro" in which he is again listed as a Rising Star.

Bars and Courts

  • New York State Bar


  • JD, Georgetown University Law Center
  • BA, University of Central Florida


  • English


Some of Michael's recent representative transactions include advising:
Anthem, Inc., one of the nation's largest health benefits companies, in its:

(1) US$54.2 billion agreement to acquire Cigna Corporation, a combination that will create a premiere health benefits company with critical diversification and scale to lead the transformation of health care delivery for consumers; (2) acquisition of Simply Healthcare Holdings, Inc., which, through its two subsidiaries, Simply Healthcare Plans, Inc. and Better Health, Inc., is a leading managed care company for people enrolled in Medicaid and Medicare programs in the State of Florida; (3) sale of 1-800 CONTACTS, INC., a leading contact lens retailer, to Thomas H. Lee Partners, its related sale of 1-800 CONTACTS' glasses.com business to Luxottica and its prior acquisition of 1-800 CONTACTS, which was sold by private equity firm Fenway Partners; (4) US$4.9 billion acquisition of Amerigroup Corporation, one of the country's leading managed care companies that is focused on meeting the health care needs of financially vulnerable Americans; (5) acquisition of CareMore Health Group, a leading Medicare Advantage and Senior clinical care provider, which was sold by private equity firm CCMP Capital Advisors; (6) US$4.7 billion sale of its pharmacy benefit management business to Express Scripts, Inc.; and (7) US$6.5 billion acquisition of WellChoice, the parent company of Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Fortis Inc., in its:

US$11.3 billion pending acquisition of ITC Holdings Corp.

The Unsecured Noteholders of Texas Competitive Electric Holdings Company

An Energy Future Holdings Corp. subsidiary, in a complex merger agreement as part of the largest US restructuring in 2015 and the US$12.5 billion pending acquisition of Oncor Electric Delivery Company.

DISH Network Corporation, an industry leader providing the highest-quality programming and technology, in its:

(1) US$25.5 billion unsolicited proposal to acquire Sprint Nextel Corporation; (2) acquisition of substantially all of the assets Blockbuster, Inc. in a court-approved auction under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code; (3) sale of Blockbuster's Mexican operations to an affiliate of Group Salinas and the administration of its business in the United Kingdom; and (4) spin-off of EchoStar Corporation.

EchoStar Corporation, a premier global provider of satellite and video delivery solutions, in its:

Strategic transaction with DISH Network Corporation whereby EchoStar and its subsidiaries received five satellites along with related liabilities for in-orbit incentive payments to the manufacturers of certain of those satellites, and approximately US$11 million in cash from DISH Network in exchange for two issues of a newly-created preferred tracking stock that tracks the residential retail satellite business of Hughes Network Systems, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar, and in its related long-term operating lease agreement for transponder services to DISH on the satellites to be received by EchoStar and its subsidiaries.

Global Infrastructure Partners, a leading global, independent infrastructure investor, in its:

Strategic joint venture with Hess Corporation through the acquisition of a 50% interest in the owner of Hess's midstream crude oil and natural gas infrastructure assets located primarily in the Bakken Shale for cash consideration of US$2.675 billion.

Regal Beloit Corporation, a leading manufacturer of electric motors and products that convert power into motion, in its:

US$1.44 billion acquisition of the Power Transmission Solutions business sold by Emerson Electric Co.

First Republic Bank, in its:

US$1.8 billion merger with Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.


  • Hostile Takeover Bids And The Power Of 'Just Saying No', Law360, July 17, 2014, (co-author)
  • Reversing Chinese Reverse Mergers, Law360, November 7, 2011, (co-author)

Awards & Recognition

M&A Advisor "40 Under 40 Emerging Leaders Awards" Winner in Mergers & Acquisitions

Rising Star – Thomson Reuters "Super Lawyers – New York Metro"