Michael Pierson

Managing Partner, Global Corporate

E: michael.pierson@fisherbroyles.legal

T: (202) 445-3779

New York and London Offices


Practice Areas:

  • Financial Services & Lending
  • FinTech and Blockchain
  • General Corporate
  • International
  • Internet & eCommerce
  • Private Investment Funds
  • Securities & Private Equity
  • Technology

Bar Admissions:

  • New York


  • Syracuse University, JD, 2003
  • Maxwell School, MPA, 2003
  • University of Illinois, BS, 2000
  • Harvard University, 1996

Corporate Experience:

  • Goldman, Sachs & Co., Assistant General Counsel
  • Silver Lake, Counsel
  • Barclays, Counsel
  • Vaultsy, Co-Founder

Government Experience:

  • US Securities and Exchange Commission

Large Law Firm Experience:  

  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Mr. Pierson is a partner in the Securities and Private Equity group and serves as chair of the firm’s FinTech and Blockchain practice group. Over the course of his career, he has advised US and global private equity, venture capital, hedge fund, broker-dealer and investment management clients, ranging from some of the largest and most prominent broker-dealers, investment banks, investment advisers, and private fund sponsors to firms engaged in specialized aspects of the securities businesses, including FinTech companies and investment boutiques. He serves as counsel to both startup and established companies, family offices, and private funds, and he counsels blockchain clients on a variety of securities-law related issues, including those related to token offerings. As the leader of FisherBroyles’ global corporate group, Mr. Pierson oversees the firm’s 85-lawyer corporate team located in each of the firm’s 22 offices.

Mr. Pierson began his career as an attorney at the US Securities and Exchange Commission where he was responsible for regulations affecting the securities markets. At Morgan Lewis, he counseled private fund, broker-dealer, and investment management clients on a range of matters, including securities regulation, M&A, and fund formation. Mr. Pierson served as assistant general counsel to Goldman Sachs where he advised both the firm’s internal private equity group and its securities division. Mr. Pierson has also served as counsel to Silver Lake and to Barclays. Most recently, he served as co-founder and general counsel to a technology company, which partnered with one of the world’s largest media, advertising, and communications groups.

Representative Transactions Include:


  • Silver Lake Partners re fund formation, fund documentation, and investor communications for Silver Lake Partners III, L.P., its third fund with $9.6 billion of committed capital
  • Silver Lake Partners in an attempted leveraged buy-out of Huawei Technologies’ mobile division for $4 billion


  • Goldman, Sachs & Co. and its sales and trading and principal investments businesses, including the Securities Division, Equities and Derivatives Sales and Trading, Goldman Sachs Principal Strategies, and Goldman Sachs Principal Strategic Investments, collectively generating revenues of $25.56 billion in 2006, $31.23 billion in 2007, and $9.06 billion in 2008
  • Goldman, Sachs & Co. in its minority investments in: Investars; Asset4; Medley Global Advisors; TrimTabs Investment Research, Inc.; Connotate; Epocrates, Inc.; Lusight; iSupply; Quantitative Services Group, LLC; JL McGregor & Company; and Wall Street on Demand


  • E*TRADE Financial Corporation in its acquisition of Harris Direct LLC for $700 million
  • Legg Mason, Inc. and Citigroup, Inc. in a $437 billion asset swap with a transaction value of $3.7 billion
  • E*TRADE Financial Corporation in an acquisition of BrownCo, an online brokerage service of JPMorgan Chase & Co. for $1.6 billion
  • AmeriTrade Holding Corporation in its acquisition of, and subsequent merger with, TD Waterhouse Group, Inc. for $2.9 billion
  • Wachovia Corporation in its acquisition of Golden West Financial Corporation for $24.2 billion
  • The Bank of New York Company, Inc. in its $16 billion merger with Mellon Financial Corporation


  • Proposed rulemaking related to the fair administration and governance of, and increased transparency for, SRO corporate structures and reporting requirements
  • Governance and management structure review of the New York Stock Exchange related to the compensation package of the NYSE’s chief executive
  • Approved the formation, trading, and listing requirements for broad and narrow-based indexes and funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and hybrid products
  • Granted certain regulatory approvals related to of the purchase of an electronic communications network (ECN), Brut LLC, by The Nasdaq Stock Market for $190 million