O’Melveny Worldwide

Toby Knapp is an internationally recognized advisor to strategic and financial sponsor clients. He has counseled industry-leading clients in their most important strategic and investment transactions. Toby’s practice also includes advising clients on corporate governance, shareholder activism, fiduciary and investment advisory relationships and a broad range of capital raising transactions. Toby serves as Head of O’Melveny’s M&A and Private Equity Practice for the United States.

Toby has been described by clients in Chambers USA as a “very smart, flexible thinker,” in developing creating and pragmatic solutions. He has been recognized by Chambers USA as one of New York’s leading lawyers for Mergers & Acquisitions, by The Legal 500 in the categories of middle-market and large M&A transactions, and as a notable practitioner by the International Financial Law Review.

Selected recent transactions include representation of:

  • A Nasdaq-listed live TV streaming company in its acquisition of a French media organization.
  • A UK-based publicly traded sports media and gaming company in its acquisition of a sports data analytics and technology business.
  • A leading asset management and corporate trust firm on numerous private equity investment transactions.
  • A leading publicly traded technology solutions and specialty components manufacturer in acquisitions, divestitures and other strategic transactions across the United States and Asia.
  • A publicly traded pharmaceutical company in multiple strategic and capital raising transaction and sale through an all-stock merger combination.
  • A leading European stock exchange and financial information company on US-based M&A transactions.
  • A leading Japanese trading company in acquisition and investment transactions in North and South America.


  • Russian


Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York


  • Boston University, J.D., 1997: cum laude; Editor, Boston University Law Review 
  • Tufts University – Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, M.A.L.D., 1997 
  • Amherst College, B.A., 1991: cum laude

Honors & Awards

  • Recommended by The Legal 500 US for Sport (2022)
  • Recognized as a "Notable Practitioner" in Capital Markets and M&A by IFLR1000 (2019 -2021)

Professional Activities

Professional Memberships

  • Mergers & Acquisitions Committee of the New York City Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association Council of International Affairs