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Michael Gillespie is a corporate partner and a member of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Governance and Family Enterprise Groups. In addition to M&A, Mr. Gillespie regularly advises senior management and boards throughout the world, including the United States, Latin America, India, Russia and various other jurisdictions, on a range of strategic transactions and related matters, including critical governance, compliance and risk management issues. He is a leader of the firm’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications and Latin America Groups.

Mr. Gillespie is ranked in the top tier by Chambers USA with sources saying “he is very talented, very engaging and knows how to get the job done” and is “a wise and insightful adviser, a tenacious advocate and a results-oriented deal lawyer.” He is ranked as a leading lawyer for telecoms and broadcast media transactions by The Legal 500 US, which describes him as “one of the best lawyers in the business.” Mr. Gillespie is also recommended as a leading lawyer for Latin American investment by Chambers USA, where he is lauded as a “superb negotiator” who is prominent in Brazilian deals, and he is also recognized as a leading lawyer for mergers and acquisitions in Latin America by Chambers Global and Chambers Latin America, with sources saying “he is a great negotiator with rock-solid legal knowledge.” Mr. Gillespie joined Debevoise as an associate in 1986 and became a partner in 1995. He received a B.A. summa cum laude from Amherst College in 1982 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1986.


  • Harvard Law School, 1986, J.D.
  • Amherst College, 1982, A.B.

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