Mr Golden is the senior Davis Polk partner and for nine years was a member of our management committee. He is also a member of the board of directors of Emerson Electric, where he sits on the executive and finance committees and chaired the corporate governance committee. He regularly represents large multinational companies with respect to acquisition-related transactions, advises clients on corporate governance and defensive matters, and is the senior partner in the firm’s practice in competition and antitrust matters, which include domestic and international mergers and acquisitions and antitrust counseling and litigation, both private and governmental (civil and criminal).
He has also represented clients in various contested acquisition matters, and numerous federal grand jury investigations, including the investigations of trading practices with respect to US government securities, the vitamins, commercial tissue, and explosives industries, violations of US export controls, and the ‘Ill-Wind’ criminal investigation into fraud in the Pentagon procurement process.
He acted as one of the two lead negotiators for the US tobacco industry in the effort to resolve, through legislation and settlements, the legal issues facing that industry.
Mr Golden is listed as a leading lawyer in several legal industry publications, including Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business ; Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business; IFLR100: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms; The Legal 500 US; Practical Law Company's Which Lawyer? , Cross-border Corporate Governance Handbook and Cross-border Competition Handbook; Law Business Research's Who's Who Legal: Corporate Governance, Who's Who Legal: Competition and Who's Who Legal; Legal Media Group's Expert Guide to the World's Leading Competition & Antitrust Lawyers and Expert Guide to the World's Leading Corporate Governance Lawyers; and Woodward/White's Best Lawyers in America. Davis Polk’s antitrust group was named "Law Firm of the Year" in antitrust law by US News - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms 2013 and was also named “Competition Group of the Year” for 2012 and 2014 by Law360.
He is a member of the board of directors for Emerson Electric and a trustee of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and has acted as director of various NYSE companies.
Mr Golden is admitted to the State of New York Bar and the US Supreme Court among others.
He obtained his BS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1966 and his JD from New York University School of Law in 1969.
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