Michael Woronoff is head of the firm's Los Angeles office and its West Coast corporate and securities practice, and is co-head of Proskauer's global Mergers & Acquisitions Group. He represents: purchasers, sellers and financial advisors in public and private merger and acquisition transactions; underwriters, issuers, selling security holders, and private investment funds and other investors, in public and private debt and equity financings; debtors, creditors, other stakeholders and financial advisors in in-court and out-of-court restructuring transactions; and public and private entities and individuals with respect to various corporate and securities law matters, including SEC reporting obligations, corporate governance, and strategic alliances.
Prior to joining Proskauer, Michael was a principal of Shelter Capital Partners, a Southern California-based private equity fund that invests in technology and technology-enabled businesses at all stages of development.
Prior to co-founding Shelter, he was a partner with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP, where he practiced for 15 years.
Chambers USA refers to Michael as "100% focused on providing exceptional service," and a client interviewed by US Legal 500 refers to him as "literally one of the best attorneys with whom I have ever worked." Of the more than 2,000 lawyers ranked by Chambers USA, Michael is among only two practicing corporate lawyers who were acknowledged as a leader in five separate categories. LawDragon notes that "… there are few deals Woronoff can't do." In 2010, the Los Angeles Business Journal named Michael one of the top 10 corporate lawyers in Los Angeles. In 2011, he was named AmLaw Daily’s “Dealmaker of the Week” as a result of his lead role representing Ares Management in the $1.6 billion acquisition of 99 Cents Only Stores.
Michael has served on the Board of Directors of several private companies, including AccessDNA, Inc., TransDimension, Inc. and u-Nav Microelectronics, Inc. He is an Adjunct Professor at U.C.L.A. School of Law, where he developed and teaches “Venture Capital and the Start-up Company.”