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Thomas H. Bell
Partner

425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017-3954
Phone:  (212) 455-2533
Fax:  (212) 455-2502
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Thomas H. Bell is a partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, where he is a member of the firm's corporate department.  Mr. Bell specializes in investment management matters and oversees the firm's private funds practice, an area in which the firm has a preeminent international presence, having been chosen as the "Global Private Funds Law Firm of the Year" for five consecutive years (2005-2009) by Who's Who Legal.  He advises clients globally on organizing and advising a wide range of buyout funds, real estate funds, venture capital funds and other kinds of private equity funds, as well as hedge funds, offshore funds and other kinds of funds for alternative asset categories.  He is a frequent lecturer before professional groups on private investment funds of all kinds.

Representative clients include Aquiline Capital Partners, Calera Capital, CapGen Financial, The Carlyle Group, CVC Capital Partners, Ferrer Freeman, JC Flowers & Co, Macquarie, Morgan Stanley, New Mountain Capital, The Sentient Group and Sterling Investment Partners.

Mr. Bell joined Simpson Thacher in 1983 and became a partner in 1992.  He received his BA, summa cum laude, from Dartmouth College in 1978, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa.  He received his JD from Yale Law School in 1983, where he was editor of The Yale Law Journal.  Mr. Bell is a past chair of the Subcommittee on Private Investment Funds of the International Bar Association.  He is the founder and past co-chair of the International Conference on Private Investment Funds co-sponsored by the IBA and the ABA.  Mr. Bell was named "Global Private Funds Lawyer of the Year" for 2006 and 2007 by Who's Who Legal.  He received an award for "Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession" from Chambers Awards for Excellence in 2007.  He enjoys the highest ranking from Chambers Global, Chambers USA, PLC Which Lawyer?, IFLR and Legal 500.

Honors/Associations
•  American Bar Association
•  Association of the Bar of the City of New York
•  International Bar Association
•  International Bar Association Subcommittee on Private Investment Funds, Chair, 1997-2001
•  International Bar Association International Conference on Private Investment Funds, Co-Chair, 1999-2002
Publications
Getting The Deal Through – Private Equity 2014
The Volcker Rule and Private Funds: Final Regulations Are Out
SEC Releases FAQs on the Bad Actor Disqualification Rule – Private Investment Funds Perspective
Getting The Deal Through – Private Equity 2013
For a Few Dollars More – Exploring the Frontiers of Private Equity Fundraising
SEC Proposes Rules to Eliminate the Prohibition Against General Solicitation and Advertising in Certain Private Securities Offerings – Private Investment Funds Perspective
Volcker Rule Update: Federal Reserve Issues Guidance on Conformance Period for Entities Engaged in Proprietary Trading or Fund Activities
Getting The Deal Through – Private Equity 2012
Investment Advisers and Private Funds Alert: SEC Adopts Rules on Exemptions to Registration and Reporting Requirements Pursuant to Dodd-Frank
Consolidation in the Private Equity Industry and Its Impact on the Legal Profession
Regulations Proposed to Implement the Volcker Rule
Reflections on Dodd-Frank: A Look Back and a Look Forward
Getting The Deal Through – Private Equity 2011
SEC To Consider Extension of Registration Deadline Date for Advisers Relying on Private Adviser Exemption to Early 2012
Regulation of Private Funds and Their Advisers Under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
The Final SEC Rule on Political Contributions by Investment Advisers
The Impact on Private Equity and Hedge Funds of the Financial Regulatory Reform Bills: A Legislative Update
Getting The Deal Through – Private Equity 2010
Getting The Deal Through - Private Equity 2009
New Jersey Court Protects Private Equity Funds’ Confidential Agreements With State From Disclosure
"Fund Formation - United States" in Getting the Deal Through - Private Equity 2005. London: Law Business Research Limited, 2005
SEC Proposes Rule Requiring Hedge Fund Advisers to Register Under Investment Advisers Act
SEC Approves New Rule 2790 (Restrictions on the Purchase and Sale of IPOs of Equity Securities); Replaces Free-Riding and Withholding Interpretation
Anti-Money Laundering Compliance and Private Investment Funds
SEC Modifies Rule 205-3 Requirements for Performance Fees
Staff Grants No-Action Relief Finding That a Strategic Alliance Will Not Constitute a Change of Control of an Adviser for Purposes of the Investment Company Act of 1940
Speaking Engagements
•  Tom Bell, Olga Gutman and Joe McLaughlin to Speak at Alternative Asset Management General Counsel Luncheon
April 12, 2013
Admissions
•  New York 1985
Education
•  Yale Law School, 1983 J.D.
Yale Law Journal, Editor
•  New College, Oxford University, 1980 M.A.
•  Dartmouth College, 1978 B.A.
summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa



•  Corporate
•  Corporate Governance
•  Public Company Advisory Practice
•  Investment Management
•  Private Funds
•  Mergers and Acquisitions
 
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