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Our preeminent Private Funds Practice has represented private funds clients for over 40 years, playing a prominent role in the development of the private funds industry and earning us a unique leadership role in the sector. Working closely with lawyers in the Firm’s other practice areas, our team provides comprehensive advice to many of the world’s best-known institutional alternative asset managers, as well as smaller first-time funds and independent boutiques.

Through our representation of a diverse group of sponsors, we have established a track record for adding value to our clients’ fundraisings and have developed an acute understanding of custom and practice in the private funds marketplace. That, in turn, allows us to provide clients with the commercially driven, practical advice that they require. We represent sponsors and sophisticated investors in:

  • Private equity funds
  • Hedge funds
  • Real estate funds
  • Energy/infrastructure funds
  • Credit funds (including mezzanine, senior loan and distressed)
  • Secondary funds
  • Venture capital funds
  • Fund-of-funds
  • Other types of funds pursuing “alternative investment” strategies

In addition, we routinely structure our clients’ internal arrangements and employee investment arrangements. We also have substantial experience in M&A transactions involving private investment firms, initial public offerings of alternative asset managers, credit facilities for funds and their managers and secondary transfers of private fund investments. With dedicated fund formation teams in New York, London, Hong Kong, Palo Alto and Los Angeles, Simpson Thacher has an unsurpassed breadth of experience in organizing private funds of all types around the globe. We offer U.S. and English law capability in advising sponsors of private funds throughout the world.

#1 Globally
Ranked #1 in the U.S., U.K., Asia-Pacific and globally, in global private equity fund formation practice (Chambers & Partners)

Largest Fundraisings

Simpson Thacher acted as sponsor counsel on many of the largest private equity fundraisings launched in the U.S. and Europe since 2009, including:

Fund Total Commitments
Blackstone Capital Partners VII $17.5 billion
CVC Capital Partners VII €16 billion
Blackstone Real Estate Partners VIII
$15.8 billion
Silver Lake Partners V
$15 billion
Carlyle Partners VI $13 billion
Hellman & Friedman Capital Partners VIII $10.9 billion
Lexington Capital Partners VIII $10.1 billion
Blackstone Real Estate Partners Europe V
$8 billion
EQT VII   €6.75 billion 
Coller International Partners VII  $7.15 billion

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Chambers USA 2016 (quoting a client)

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