Andrew W. Smith is a Partner in the Firm’s Corporate Department, focusing on mergers and acquisitions. He regularly represents private equity firms, such as First Reserve Corporation, Hellman & Friedman, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, Lion Capital, Snow Phipps Group and TPG, as well as their portfolio companies and public companies, in acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and investments.
Andrew has been involved in several significant leveraged buyout transactions, particularly in the energy space, including
- the $7.2 billion leveraged acquisition of Samson Investment Company by a consortium led by KKR,
- the $45 billion leveraged acquisition of TXU Corp. (now Energy Future Holdings) by an investor group led by KKR, TPG and Goldman Sachs, and
- the $3.65 billion leveraged acquisition and $8.3 billion sale of Texas Genco LLC by an investor group consisting of Blackstone, Hellman & Friedman, KKR and TPG.
Andrew’s other recent leveraged buyout representations include
- First Reserve’s leveraged acquisition of Saxon Energy Services and Saxon’s acquisition of Schlumberger’s drilling rig management business,
- Hellman & Friedman’s leveraged acquisition of Hub International,
- Lion Capital’s leveraged acquisitions of Bumble Bee Foods and John Varvatos Enterprises,
- Snow Phipps’ leveraged acquisitions of Excel Mining Systems and LTI Boyd and its sales of Excel Mining and Fibervisions Corporation, and
- TPG’s leveraged acquisitions of American Tire Distributors and Fleetpride Corporation.
Andrew’s other transactional experience in the energy, infrastructure and natural resources area include representing ITC Holdings Corp. (NYSE:ITC) in its proposed Reverse Morris Trust acquisition of Entergy’s transmission business, KKR in its acquisitions with Google of solar farm portfolios in California and Arizona and its acquisition of solar projects in Ontario from Starwood Energy, and various other infrastructure and natural resources investments for KKR, including KKR’s investments in and subsequent sales of East Resources, Hilcorp Energy Resources and its midstream joint venture with El Paso Corporation.
Andrew leads the Firm’s pro bono efforts for New York Cares and Hastings Farmers Market.
Andrew joined Simpson Thacher in 1997 and became a Partner in 2006. He received his B.A. from Brown University in 1992 and his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1996, where he was Production & Managing Editor of the Columbia Law Review. From 1996 to 1997, Andrew clerked for the Honorable Roger J. Miner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
||Columbia Law School, 1996 J.D.
Columbia Law Review, Production & Managing Editor
||Brown University, 1992 B.A.