Michael has extensive experience in domestic and cross-border public and private M&A transactions, carve-outs, venture capital financings, strategic investments and joint ventures.
He has represented public and private companies, private equity funds, sovereign wealth funds and corporate venture capital investors in the technology, biotechnology, renewable energy, consumer products and other industries.


Representative matters

M&A and Joint Venture Transactions

Volta Inc. in its acquisition by Shell USA, Inc.

SAP and Qualtrics International in the carve-out of Qualtrics from SAP and Qualtrics’ initial public offering raising $1.55 billion and concurrent $670 million private placements, and SAP its subsequent $12.5 billion sale of Qualtrics to Silver Lake.

VMware in several transactions, including its acquisitions of Mesh7, SaltStack, Datrium, Octarine Labs, Shavlik Technologies and Cetas Software.

Published Work

  • Michael Dorf, Cody Wright, Robert J. Cardone, 2021-2022, USA Chapter, Chambers’ Technology M&A Global Practice Guide
  • Michael Dorf, 2018, “Private Mergers and Acquisitions in the United States,” Thomson Reuters Practical Law

Speaking Engagements

  • Michael is a frequent speaker and panelist, including at several Practising Law Institute programs, Transaction Advisors M&A Conferences, Daily Journal’s Western M&A/Private Equity Forum, Mergermarket’s Technology Forum, Thomson Reuters Practical Law, and has been a guest lecturer at Berkeley, Columbia and Stanford Law Schools.


  • Corporate/M&A – Northern California, Chambers USA, 2022 
  • One of 500 Leading Dealmakers in America, Lawdragon Inc., 2021 and 2022
  • Corporate – M&A and Governance, Who’s Who Legal
  • Leading lawyers in the Bay Area, Bay Area Lawyer magazine



California, 1992


B.A., Political Science and Economics, Highest Honors, University of California, Berkeley, 1989
- U.C. Regents/Chancellors Scholar

J.D., Columbia University, 1992
- Columbia Law Review
- Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar

A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.