Michael Greaney

Michael Greaney

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Michael Greaney is a partner in the Transactional Practice Group in Baker McKenzie's Los Angeles office. Michael advises clients across a range of industriees on corporate transactions, strategic investments and corporate governance matters.

Michael served as a law clerk to the Honorable Helen Gillmor of the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii.

Practice Focus

Michael's practice is focused on transactions and other corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, the formation of joint ventures and partnerships, public and private securities offerings, private equity investments and venture capital financings. He also advises clients on issues related to corporate governance and the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act.

Michael represents clients across a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, media and entertainment, technology, energy, gaming, private equity, financial services, real estate and food processing.


Judge Helen Gillmor, US District Court, District of Hawaii, 1997

Representative Legal Matters

  • Represented Berkshire Hathaway Inc. in a variety of transactions, including its USD 10 billion investment in Occidental Petroleum and its USD 445 million credit facility to Media General. 
  • Advised View, Inc. in connection with a USD 1.1 billion investment by SoftBank's Vision Fund.
  • Advised Southern California Edison in connection with the formation of the Clean Fuel Reward Program, which will be California’s new statewide electric vehicle point of purchase incentive program initiated and led by the state’s electric utilities.
  • Represented Daily Journal Corporation and its subsidiary, Journal Technologies, Inc., in a variety of securities law, software licensing and corporate governance matters.
  • Advised emerging-growth technology companies in both early- and late-stage venture capital financings.
  • Represented MGM Resorts International in its acquisition of its joint venture partner’s interest in Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.
  • Represented a Japanese conglomerate in the creation, financing and operation of an international joint venture in the wind power generation industry.
  • Represented The Yucaipa Companies, an investment fund controlled by Ron Burkle, in a variety of acquisitions, strategic investments, financings and partnerships.
  • Advised Phillip Ruffin in his USD 775 million purchase of the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino from MGM Mirage.
  • Advised a private investment firm in a number of joint ventures and investments, including the formation of a partnership related to the CAD 300 million acquisition of a distressed luxury hotel and condominium property in Canada.
  • Advised Fortress Investment Group in its investment in Spirit Music Publishing.
  • Advised a group of private investors in their acquisition and subsequent sale of the BNP Paribas Open professional tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California, as well as with the related partnership formation.
  • Advised a financial services company in its USD 425 million acquisition of an insurance company


  • California~United States
  • Hawaii~United States


  • Yale Law School (JD) (1996)
  • University of California at Los Angeles (B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Departmental Highest Honors) (1991)