New York Partners and Counsel

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Maripat Alpuche - Partner Maripat Alpuche focuses on mergers and acquisitions, as well as capital markets transactions involving financial institutions. She has worked on many of the largest mergers in the financial institutions industry, including Mellon Financial’s merger with The Bank of New York ($16.8 billion); JPMorgan Chase’s merger with Bank One ($58 billion) and the predecessor mergers forming JPMorgan Chase; and Wachovia’s merger with First Union ($13.1 billion) and its successful hostile takeover defense against SunTrust ($13.7 billion). Maripat has also represented numerous retail clients, including Macy’s, Best Buy, Saks and Neiman Marcus, and financial institution clients, including TD Bank and Chase Bank USA, in connection with credit card business sale and program transactions. Since the financial crisis of 2008, she also has assisted financial institutions, underwriters and investors in connection with numerous capital-raising transactions, including JPMorgan Chase’s $5 billion common stock offering to repay TARP. 
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David Azarkh - Partner David Azarkh has a broad practice, assisting investment banks and corporate clients with securities offerings ranging from high yield and investment grade debt offerings, initial public offerings, leveraged buyouts and other types of capital markets transactions. Having represented most major investment banks, David offers particular experience with regard to underwriter representations and related market knowledge of covenant terms and disclosure matters. He also regularly advises corporate clients on securities laws, corporate governance and other general matters. David regularly writes for industry publications, including co-authoring articles for Lexis Practice Advisor® and Law360, and serving as a Contributing Editor of the 2016 inaugural edition of “Getting the Deal Through: High-Yield Debt.”
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Richard I. Beattie - Partner

The Senior Chairman of the Firm—and an archetype of combining a distinguished legal career with civic duty—Dick Beattie has served Simpson Thacher’s clients and has been a leader at the Firm for many years. He counsels boards on governance issues, investigations and litigation involving corporate officers and other crisis situations. He has also long advised private equity clients on mergers and acquisitions, as well as on leveraged buyouts, a transaction structure which he helped to pioneer. Dick has participated in some of the largest, most important financial transactions of his generation—including JPMorgan Chase’s $58 billion acquisition of Bank One, the merger of AOL and Time Warner and the merger of WellPoint Health Networks with Anthem.

Dick’s record of public engagement dates to the Carter Administration, in which he served as general counsel of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. He was a special advisor to the Secretary of State during the Clinton Administration, and served as the President’s emissary for Cyprus as well. Dick serves as a director of the Carnegie Corporation, Harley-Davidson and Heidrick & Struggles, Evercore Partners and is a member of The Board of Overseers and Managers of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He is also Chairman and Founder of the nonprofit New Visions for Public Schools. The American Lawyer in 2013 named Dick as one of the “Top 50 Innovators” in the last 50 years for his role in developing the legal structures for the private equity industry from its earliest days.  He was also honored by The American Lawyer in 2011 as a Lifetime Achiever in recognition of “outstanding private sector success and a devotion to public service” and by The Legal Aid Society with its Servant of Justice Award. Prior to law school, he served four years in the Marine Corps as a jet pilot.

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Ryan R. Bekkerus - Partner With more than a decade of experience in corporate finance transactions, Ryan Bekkerus regularly represents leading private equity sponsors, their portfolio companies and corporate issuers in connection with public and private offerings of debt and equity securities. He also routinely advises the Firm’s investment banking clients in high yield offerings and IPOs. Recently, he has advised clients including Apax Partners, BC Partners, Energy Capital Partners, First Reserve, Vista Equity Partners, JPMorgan, Barclays Capital and Morgan Stanley. Ryan recently co-authored the “United States” chapter in Getting the Deal Through: Acquisition Finance 2016, a Law Business Research project.
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Thomas H. Bell - Partner A pioneer in private fund formation, an area in which the Firm has a pre-eminent international presence, Tom Bell founded and is a Partner in our Private Funds Practice. “Universally recognized as a leader,” as Chambers reported in 2013, he assists clients organizing an array of private equity funds, real estate funds, hedge funds and other kinds of funds for alternative asset categories. His clients have included Aquiline Capital Partners, Calera Capital, CapGen Financial, The Carlyle Group, CIM Group, CVC Capital Partners, J.C. Flowers, Macquarie, Morgan Stanley, New Mountain Capital, The Sentient Group and Sterling Investment Partners. Tom is the founder of the International Conference on Private Investment Funds co-sponsored by the IBA and the ABA.
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Andrew Blau - Partner A Partner in the Firm’s Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Practice, Andrew Blau focuses his practice on compensation and benefit-related issues that arise in connection with mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, and new and joint ventures. He advises clients on a broad range of compensatory and benefit arrangements, including equity-based incentives, cash-based incentives, deferred compensation and retirement plans. Andrew also advises on employment and consulting arrangements, the applicability of securities and tax laws to executives and employers, the design and implementation of management incentive plans, corporate governance issues and general employment-related matters.
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Joshua Ford Bonnie - Partner Josh Bonnie is one of the preeminent IPO lawyers in the nation and regularly counsels public companies on spin-offs and other significant strategic transactions, capital markets offerings and general corporate and securities law matters. Josh has been featured in The American Lawyer’s “Dealmakers of the Year,” is recognized in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for BusinessChambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and The Legal 500 United States as one of the leading capital markets practitioners in the United States, and is endorsed by PLC Which Lawyer?
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Mark A. Brod - Partner

Mark Brod is a Partner in Simpson Thacher’s Corporate Department, where he concentrates on capital markets transactions involving U.S. and European companies. Mark regularly represents investment banks and companies in high yield financings, investment-grade debt offerings, equity offerings and other capital-raising transactions. In addition, he regularly advises issuers with respect to SEC matters, corporate governance, U.S. securities laws and general corporate matters. Before returning to our New York office in 2015, Mark was a Partner in our London office. Mark served as a Contributing Editor of the 2017 edition of “Getting the Deal Through: High-Yield Debt.”


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Christopher Brown - Partner Based in our Washington, D.C. office, Chris Brown concentrates his practice on banking and finance. He has represented private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, as well as public and private companies, in a wide variety of secured lending and other financing transactions. In addition, he has worked for many clients on matters involving general secured finance issues, debt restructurings and related corporate issues. Recently, Chris’s clients have included AEA Investors, Allegion, Best Buy, Blackstone, Carlyle, Charterhouse Capital Partners, EQT Partners Inc., Fieldwood Energy, Francisco Partners, Global Payments, Hershey, Ingersoll Rand, J.G. Wentworth, JLL Partners, KSL Capital Partners, MDC Partners, Microsoft, Patheon, Peabody Energy, Primavera Capital Partners, Riverstone, Town Sports International, Vestar Capital Partners and Vista Equity Partners.
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Grenfel S. Calheiros - Partner

Based in São Paulo, with a primary focus on Latin America and especially Brazil, Grenfel Calheiros advises clients on M&A and capital markets transactions. His clients have included a range of leading companies, private equity sponsors and investment banks in cross-border acquisitions, securities offerings and other complex corporate matters. Recently, he has been involved in Netshoes’ US$148.5 million IPO on the NYSE; several transactions by Blackstone Real Estate Partners, including the R$1.4 billion acquisition of Alphaville; the acquisition of Brazilian company Companhia Providência Indústria e Comércio by Polymer Group, a Blackstone portfolio company; the $4.8 billion acquisition of Sadia by Perdigão and the related $2.4 billion SEC-registered equity offering by BRF S.A. and several bond offers by Embraer as underwriters’ counsel. Grenfel is fluent in Portuguese.

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Rajib Chanda - Partner Heading the Firm’s Registered Funds Practice, Rajib Chanda focuses on registered fund product development, design and structure, with particular experience in alternative strategies. Based in our Washington, D.C. and New York offices, Rajib has regularly represented Blackstone (including GSO), KKR, Oaktree and Ares, among others, on registered funds, transactional and regulatory matters. 

Labeled “smart, creative and responsive” by Legal 500, Rajib has worked with alternative asset managers seeking to access retail investor channels through mutual funds, business development companies, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds and permanent capital vehicles. He also regularly represents companies engaged in asset management M&A, including acquisitions, stakes deals and joint ventures. In addition, Rajib provides counsel to boards of registered funds, and has substantial experience advising companies on issues relating to social media and cybersecurity. 

Rajib is a member of the Firm’s Diversity, Investment and Business Development Committees, and is one of the Firm’s Hiring Partners.
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Brian E. Chisling - Partner With a corporate and regulatory practice focused on the energy and infrastructure industry, Brian Chisling advises infrastructure investors, including electric and gas utilities, independent power producers, pipeline companies, telecommunications tower investors, private equity funds and financing parties with respect to mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, securities issuances and related federal and state regulatory issues. In the power industry, he regularly advises American Electric Power, Ohio Valley Electric Corp., PPL, Talen Energy and various private equity clients. In addition to the recent work highlights below, Brian has represented utility and private equity clients in numerous high-profile mergers, including JPMorgan's sale of its physical commodities trading businesses, American Electric Power's acquisition of Central and South West Corp., KeySpan's merger with National Grid, and the acquisition of TXU by a group of private equity firms. 
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Edward J. H. Chung - Partner Edward Chung is a Partner in the Firm's Corporate Department, with broad experience in various mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions. In mergers and acquisitions, he has represented public and private companies in various industries, including technology, telecom, energy, transportation, financial institutions, asset management, retail, healthcare, media and information services, in domestic and cross-border transactions. He has also handled initial public offerings, high yield offerings, debt restructurings and spin-offs. Ed is active in the Firm's Private Equity Practice, where he has handled numerous transactions for The Blackstone Group and First Reserve Corporation.
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Davis Coen - Partner

A Partner in the Firm’s New York office, Davis Coen is a member of the Real Estate Practice. Davis represents private equity firms and portfolio companies in a wide range of domestic and international commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, public-to-private transactions and securitized and mezzanine financings. Before returning to New York in 2016, Davis spent two years in the Firm’s London office.

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Sarah E. Cogan - Partner Sarah Cogan in 2015 was named a top registered funds lawyer by both Chambers and The Legal 500 United States; one client described her to Chambers as “indispensable.” Her clients include closed-end investment companies, open-end mutual funds, investment advisors, underwriters of closed-end fund and BDC offerings and independent directors of investment companies. Active in pro bono affairs, Sarah has represented the Natural Resources Defense Council for many years and now serves as a Trustee.
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Elizabeth A. Cooper - Partner Elizabeth Cooper’s diverse practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions, with an emphasis on banks and other financial institutions. Her range of M&A clients has included Blackstone, KKR, Carlyle, People’s United, Charles Schwab, Xerox, Oak Hill Capital Partners, Lightyear Capital and Mellon Financial. She also represented the U.S. Treasury in connection with structuring its program for purchasing equity in U.S. financial institutions under TARP. In 2015, Elizabeth was named an “MVP” for M&A by Law360, and cited by Chambers as being “among the next generation of elite lawyers.” 
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Barrie B. Covit - Partner Concentrating on alternative asset management, Barrie Covit represents some of the largest, best-known sponsors of private equity funds, including Carlyle, KKR, First Reserve, J.C. Flowers and Lexington Partners. He has represented sponsors of funds that focus on investments in specific asset classes—including energy, financial services and the secondary market—throughout the world, including in Western Europe, South Africa and Brazil. In addition, Barrie represented the U.S. Treasury Department in connection with the $30 billion Public-Private Investment Program to purchase legacy assets from financial institutions. Barrie is ranked as a leading investment funds lawyer by numerous publications, including Chambers & Partners and Who's Who Legal. He was named to Investment Dealers’ Digest “40 under 40” list in 2010.
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John J. Creed - Partner John Creed has over 20 years’ experience advising clients on tax matters who value his ability, as Chambers reported, to “make tax understandable to the layperson.” John advises private equity funds and hedge funds on fund formation and structuring matters. He also advises numerous clients on mergers and acquisitions (including tax-free spin-offs), cross-border tax matters, partnerships, joint ventures, securitizations and financing transactions. His clients have included Blackstone, Carlyle, KKR, First Reserve, Nielsen, Dell, Vodafone and the Brooklyn Nets. John has also advised non-U.S. corporations both in structuring acquisitions and operations in the United States and in raising capital in the United States. His joint venture deals have included investments in Asia, Latin America, South Africa, Europe and Japan.
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S. Todd Crider - Partner Todd Crider divides his time between New York and São Paulo, Brazil, where he is Co-Head of our office. He advises clients in international corporate finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions and project finance. In corporate finance, Todd has led transactions in Latin America and Europe, including advising on equity and debt offerings by issuers from Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Mexico and Colombia, as well as Spain and Portugal. He has handled matters for clients including BAML, BTG Pactual, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley. In M&A, Todd has represented KKR, Apax, Patria and Silver Lake Partners in private equity matters, as well as the principals in strategic transactions. In project finance, he has represented sponsors and lenders in hydroelectric projects, airport expansions, toll-road projects and gas-fired generation facilities. A frequent speaker on capital markets, private equity and emerging markets, Todd is also a leader in pro bono activities. He is a member of governing body and executive committee of the Cyrus R. Vance Center of International Justice (where he was founding chair). He also serves as the Vance Center representative to the boards of the Pro Bono Network of the Americas (Red Pro Bono de las Americas) and the Lawyers Council for Civil and Economic Rights of the Americas. Todd is also the Vice-Chair and a member of the Executive Committee of the Rainforest Foundation US and a member of Advisory Board of Howard College of Arts & Sciences of Samford University. 
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James D. Cross - Partner

James Cross is a leading practitioner in banking and credit, concentrating on borrower and sponsor representations across a broad spectrum of industries and products, including corporate financings and leveraged acquisitions for private equity firms and involving high-grade, senior secured, bond bridge, mezzanine, asset based and other types of facilities.

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William E. Curbow - Partner Bill Curbow has a broad M&A practice that includes many significant and high-profile transactions. He recently represented Vodafone Group in the $130 billion sale of its 45% stake in Verizon Wireless to Verizon Communications—a “deal of the year” according to Law360. It is the third-largest M&A transaction in history. Bill also frequently represents Simpson Thacher’s major private equity clients in transactional matters—in particular, First Reserve, a premier global private equity and infrastructure investment firm exclusively focused on investments across the energy spectrum. Other clients include L-3 Communications, Crestwood Midstream Partners and Genesee & Wyoming.
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Paul C. Curnin - Partner Paul Curnin, Co-Chair of the Firm’s Litigation Department, has significant experience in securities and derivative matters, government and internal investigations, corporate control litigation and corporate governance matters. He is consistently recognized as a leader in his field by Chambers USA, where sources describe him as “excellent”; “a great lawyer”; and highlight his “unparalleled judgment.” He is also consistently recognized by The Legal 500 and Euromoney's Benchmark Litigation, and was named a BTI Client Service All-Star by in-house counsel for outstanding client service.
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William R. Dougherty - Partner Bill Dougherty is Chairman of Simpson Thacher’s Executive Committee, the governing body of the Firm. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions. He has represented corporations, private equity sponsors and investment banks in a variety of leveraged buyouts, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and other business combination transactions. He has also represented issuers and underwriters in initial public offerings, high yield bond offerings, recapitalizations and other corporate finance transactions. Earlier in his career, Bill practiced in our London and Tokyo offices. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society and The Partnership for New York City.
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John C. Ericson - Partner John represents underwriters and issuers in a wide variety of capital markets offerings. His extensive corporate finance experience includes high yield and investment grade debt offerings, IPOs and secondary offerings, acquisition finance and restructurings, both domestically and across borders. 
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Richard A. Fenyes - Partner Richard Fenyes is a Partner who advises clients on debt and equity capital markets transactions as well as general corporate and securities law matters. He regularly advises the Firm’s clients, including private equity sponsors such as KKR, Blackstone and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners, and their portfolio companies, in connection with acquisition financing, IPOs, refinancings, debt restructuring and other registered and private offerings of debt and equity securities.
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Igor Fert - Partner

Igor’s practice is focused on complex corporate finance, securities, governance, and disclosure matters.

He has extensive experience advising private equity firms, public and private companies and boards of directors in connection with acquisition financings, IPOs, public and private offerings of debt and equity securities, corporate governance, shareholder activism, crisis management, and other securities and corporate law matters. Igor’s experience also includes the representation of investment banking clients in connection with IPOs and other securities offerings. 

Igor has advised clients in a wide range of industries, including healthcare, technology, media and entertainment, telecommunications, financial services, hospitality, foodservice distribution, and manufacturing.

Igor has also been active on pro bono and civic matters throughout his career. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Firm’s Business Development Committee.

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Mary Beth Forshaw - Partner Mary Beth Forshaw is a Partner in the Firm’s Litigation Department and a member of the Firm’s Compensation Committee.  She previously served as the Firm’s Co-Administrative Partner and for six terms as a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. Mary Beth represents a wide range of clients in high-profile litigation matters, including insurance, bankruptcy and commercial disputes. She also represents clients in international arbitration. Mary Beth serves as the Vice Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Legal Action Center and on the Board of Directors of the City Bar Justice Center and the Yale Law School Fund. Mary Beth received the Insurance Lawyer of the Year award from Benchmark Litigation in 2016 and is consistently recognized as one of its “Top 250 Women in Litigation” in the U.S. In addition, she is consistently recognized by Chambers USAThe Legal 500 U.S., and Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation as a leader in her field.
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Andrew T. Frankel - Partner Andy Frankel is a Partner in the Firm’s Litigation Department, where he has more than 25 years of experience successfully representing clients in a wide variety of complex disputes, including insurance, securities, product liability and other commercial litigation and investigations. Andy has successfully litigated cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts throughout the United States and in domestic and international arbitrations. Andy has been recognized by The Legal 500 U.S., Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation, Best Lawyers in America and Who’s Who Legal.
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Bryce L. Friedman - Partner Bryce L. Friedman represents clients in complex disputes through counseling, litigation and trial.  He devotes a significant part of his practice to representing members of the insurance and reinsurance industries in litigated matters, and the financial services and other industries in addressing allegations of fraud and False Claims Act violations. He is recognized by Chambers where sources say “he receives high praise for his ‘top-notch strategic thinking.’” He is also recognized as a national “Litigation Star” for insurance by Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation and was named a “Rising Star” by Law360. Bryce is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Legal Personnel Committee. He is also involved in substantial pro bono work including supervising Simpson Thacher’s ongoing legal clinic at the Bushwick Campus Schools in Brooklyn and serves on the Board of VOLS.
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Michael J. Garvey - Partner Mike Garvey represents clients in a wide range of commercial disputes and arbitrations, with a particular focus on insurance/reinsurance, shareholder litigation, antitrust, and government and internal investigations. Current clients include current and former members of AIG’s Board of Directors, CSL Limited, Travelers, Apax Partners and Resolute Management Inc. Mike is consistently recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. and has been recognized as a National “Litigation Star” by Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation. He has an active pro bono practice, including advising the National Resources Defense Council and advocating for prisoner rights, and serves on the Board of Legal Services NYC.
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Marcy G. Geller - Partner Concentrating in federal income taxation, Marcy Geller advises on financial products and derivatives, mergers and acquisitions, and the formation of and acquisitions by investment funds (including private equity and real estate opportunity funds). Her clients include many of the Firm’s private equity and investment banking clients. Marcy serves on the Executive Committee of the Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association, as well as on the Tax Committee of the nonprofit Partnership for New York City.
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Susannah S. Geltman - Partner Susannah Geltman represents clients in a wide range of high-stakes, complex commercial litigation matters including securities, class action, insurance and reinsurance coverage and shareholder derivative disputes.  Her work involves the representation of corporations, financial institutions, private equity firms, and national insurers, as well as boards of directors, board committees, and executives.  She has extensive trial and arbitration experience and also advises clients in internal investigations and corporate transactions. Susannah was recently named to Benchmark Litigation’s inaugural “Under 40 Hot List,” which honors the achievements of the nation’s most accomplished legal partners under the age of 40.      
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Peter H. Gilman - Partner Recognized as one of the “Top 30 under 40” in private equity by Private Funds Management , a “Rising Star” by Law360 (one of only four in asset management) and a “Superstar Lawyer of Tomorrow” by Private Equity International, Peter Gilman focuses his practice on private investment funds, investment management M&A and other aspects of private investing in alternative asset classes. His clients have included Blackstone, Silver Lake, BC Partners, Lexington Partners, Morgan Stanley, Oaktree, Alinda, Stonepeak and Centerbridge. Peter regularly advises clients on a diverse mix of alternative investment matters, including high-profile fund formation projects, “funds-of-one” and separate accounts for large investors, strategic acquisitions and sales of "minority stakes" involving alternative investment firms, internal sponsor economic arrangements, founder succession planning, house/team matters and other strategic initiatives and special projects. Simpson Thacher was highly commended in the Financial Times’ U.S. Innovative Lawyers Report for Peter’s work advising Blackstone on its unique Tactical Opportunities investment platform. Peter’s published work includes articles in Getting the Deal Through and The Guide to the World’s Leading Private Equity Lawyers. Peter has also spoken on a variety of topics relating to alternative investment funds and asset management, including at the plenary session of the 2016 IBA Conference on Private Investment Funds in London, and has been a guest lecturer on Private Equity at the University of Virginia School of Law and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Peter is currently a member of the Firm's Business Development, Recruiting and Attorney Development Committees.
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Brian Gluck - Partner

Brian Gluck concentrates his practice on banking, credit and acquisition finance. He regularly advises leading private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies in a variety of corporate finance transactions, including acquisition financings, bank and bridge loan financings, real estate financings and refinancing transactions. His clients have included The Blackstone Group, Pamplona Capital Management, Digital Bridge, First Reserve Corporation, Lightyear Capital, Stonepeak Partners, Invitation Homes, Corsair Capital and Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc.

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Paul C. Gluckow - Partner Paul Gluckow represents corporations, financial institutions and individuals in high-profile securities litigation, including class and derivative actions, M&A-related disputes, and government and internal investigations. He is an editor of the Firm’s Securities Law Alert, a monthly newsletter that reports on developments in securities litigation and related areas. Since 2007, Paul has supervised the Firm’s pro bono work with The Legal Aid Society in the Immigration Removal Defense Project. Paul is consistently recommended by The Legal 500 U.S. in several categories. He is also recognized by Euromoney's Benchmark Litigation.
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Nicholas S. Goldin - Partner

A former federal prosecutor described by clients in Chambers USA as “incredibly insightful,” “highly responsive,” and “able to connect the dots probably better than any other attorney I've worked with,” Nick Goldin represents companies, boards, and executives in significant white collar criminal and regulatory matters, internal investigations, related civil litigation, and a range of other sensitive situations. As Co-Chair of Simpson Thacher’s Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice, he advises companies on crisis response planning and cyber security incidents. Nick also regularly counsels clients on compliance and corporate governance matters, including FCPA/anti-corruption, insider trading, whistleblowers, and trade sanctions. Before joining Simpson Thacher, Nick served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where he was a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force and the computer hacking group of the Major Crimes Unit. Nick is one of the Firm’s Hiring Partners.

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Jonathan Goldstein - Partner Jonathan Goldstein advises clients on the tax aspects of private investment fund formation, financing transactions, corporate restructurings and bankruptcies, cross-border matters, partnerships and other joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions (including tax-free spin-offs). He also regularly counsels a diverse group of clients on the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. At the NYU School of Law, where he earned his LL.M. in taxation, Jonathan won the Harry J. Rudick Memorial Award for “demonstrated excellence in taxation throughout” the program. Jonathan was recently profiled by Law360 as a “Rising Star” in tax for 2017.
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Caroline B. Gottschalk - Partner Concentrating on mergers and acquisitions—both domestic and international—Caroline Gottschalk has a diversified practice. She advises private equity funds, public and private companies and investment banks on a range of matters, including leveraged buyouts, divestitures, mergers, spin-offs, joint ventures, special committee representations, strategic investments and financial advisory representations. She also regularly advises boards on corporate governance issues and fiduciary obligations. Her recent clients have included Centerbridge Partners, Lightyear Capital, Vista Equity Partners, JPMorgan, Pamplona Capital Management, Blackstone, Vestar Capital Partners, Exelis, ITT, Xylem and Leidos Holdings. Caroline is a member of the Board of Visitors at Duke Law School, as well as the Duke Women's Impact Network Leadership Council. Caroline serves as Co-Chair of the Firm's Women’s Committee.
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Elisha D. Graff - Partner Elisha Graff represents clients in both out-of-court restructurings and formal Chapter 11 proceedings. His work has centered on advising financial institutions in connection with their loans to troubled companies, private equity clients in connection with their distressed portfolio companies and debtors in connection with their Chapter 11 cases and out-of-court restructurings. Elisha has also represented plan sponsors, acquirers of distressed companies and financial advisors in connection with retention matters. Elisha is often called on by Simpson Thacher’s investment banking and private equity clients for advice on how to restructure the debt profiles of their portfolio companies. Elisha is a member of the Firm’s Opinion Committee and Pro Bono Committee. Elisha is a member of the board of trustees of the Beth Din of America and a founding member of his synagogue.
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Gregory T. Grogan - Partner Greg Grogan is a Partner in the Firm’s Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Practice and focuses his work on executive retention and motivation in M&A transactions and IPOs, with a particular focus on private equity. In 2016, Chambers USA described Greg as “very technically proficient, practical, timely, responsive and just a wonderful lawyer.”
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Peter Guryan - Partner Peter Guryan is a leading antitrust lawyer with extensive experience in civil and criminal antitrust matters for major corporations and private equity firms. He has represented clients in obtaining antitrust approvals in numerous high-profile and challenging transactions, often global in scope, and in other government antitrust investigations before the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission and competition authorities outside of the United States. Prior to joining private practice, Peter was a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice.
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Olga Gutman - Partner Frequently in demand as a lecturer before professional groups on private investment, Olga Gutman is an authority on hedge funds, private equity funds and investment management matters. She regularly represents sponsors of such private equity and hedge funds as AlpInvest, CIFC, Citigroup, Coatue Management, CVC Credit Partners, Grosvenor Capital Management, Intermediate Capital Group, MatlinPatterson Global Advisers, New Holland Capital, Palladium Equity Partners, Portfolio Advisors, Spring Mountain Capital, Tiger Management and TSG Consumer Partners. She additionally advises clients on strategic investments (including secondary transactions) and M&A transactions executed by asset management firms.
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John C. Hart - Partner A Partner in Simpson Thacher’s Tax Department, John Hart advises on an array of tax matters—including IPOs; formation of private investment funds; REITs and real estate transactions; asset manager M&A; and publicly traded partnerships. John has advised on numerous IPOs, including for Blackstone, Brixmor, Hilton, La Quinta, Medley and Oaktree. John has represented numerous leading fund sponsors, such as Apax, Blackstone, CVC, Macquarie and Rockpoint, in forming real estate funds, private equity funds, debt funds and other private investment funds. He has also advised on numerous major real estate  and infrastructure transactions for Alinda, Blackstone, Centerbridge, Hilton, Macquarie, Rockpoint and others. John is a regular presenter at conferences sponsored by groups including the Practising Law Institute, the NYU Real Estate Institute, the International Bar Association, the International Tax Institute and the Yale School of Management.
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Jason A. Herman - Partner Jason Herman focuses on the organization and operation of a breadth of private investment funds, including buyout funds; distressed, mezzanine and other fixed income funds; real estate funds; hybrid funds; hedge funds; and other customized fund arrangements. He represents leading domestic and international sponsors in fund formation matters, including Apax, Carlyle, KKR, Blackstone, GSO, Morgan Stanley, AllianceBernstein, Alvarez & Marsal Capital, Drawbridge, Evercore Partners, Tiger Management, Lightyear Capital and Square Mile Capital Management. Chambers has cited him as “an incredibly strong service provider,” with a gift for approaching issues “with a great sense of practicality.”
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Jennifer L. Hobbs - Partner Cited as a “national star in financings of leveraged acquisitions” by Lawdragon and selected as one of its 500 Leading Lawyers in America every year since 2014, Jennifer focuses on acquisition finance and advises on a broad range of financings for many of the Firm’s leading private equity and corporate clients. Her primary clients include Silver Lake Partners and the private equity group at Goldman Sachs, together with their portfolio companies. Over the years, she has also represented private equity clients Apax Partners, BC Partners, Hellman & Friedman, EQT Partners and Warburg Pincus and corporate clients Mars, Incorporated, Dell, Inc., Symantec Corporation, Accenture and Aramark Corporation. The American Lawyer named Jennifer one of the nation’s top “45 Under 45” women attorneys recognizing her talents as “an acquisition finance whiz” early in her career. Jennifer serves as a member of the Firm's Executive Committee.
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Michael T. Holick - Partner A Corporate Partner in the Firm’s New York office, Mike Holick regularly advises the private equity firms and public and private companies, in connection with mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions. He has experience in a broad range of transactions, including leveraged buyout transactions, dispositions, carve-outs, recapitalizations, restructuring, joint ventures and other complex transactions across a wide variety of sectors. His clients have included private equity firms such as EQT, KKR, Blackstone, First Reserve, Apax Partners and CDPQ as well as large publicly traded corporations, such as ADT Corporation, ITC Holdings, First Data and Dollar General.  
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Robert E. Holo - Partner Head of Simpson Thacher’s Chambers’ “Band One” recognized Tax Department, Rob Holo is well known as a leading lawyer on federal income tax. He advises on corporate mergers and acquisitions—including tax-free reorganizations and spin-offs—as well as cross-border tax matters, joint ventures, and capital markets and financing transactions. His clients have included banks, corporations and investors on matters in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Among those clients are KKR, Carlyle, Johnson Controls, PPL, Mosaic, Barrick Gold, JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs, Barclays and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Following law school, Rob clerked for the Hon. Pamela Ann Rymer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.
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Gary I. Horowitz - Partner With a long-standing reputation in private equity M&A, Gary Horowitz focuses on transactional work for private equity clients and their portfolio companies. He also represents public and private companies in strategic M&A transactions. Four of his industry specialties are asset management, insurance, media and pharmaceuticals. His clients include KKR, Carlyle, Providence Equity Partners, Sterling Partners, Vista Equity Partners, CVC Partners, Grosvenor Capital, Dillards and Yahoo!. Gary has been named among the top 10 U.S. lawyers in Private Equity Manager’s 2015 “The Legal Power 30” report of the most influential lawyers working in the private equity industry; Chambers has praised him as “indefatigable” and “a star at the top of the industry.” Chambers added that he “has earned the respect of the market for his private equity and public company expertise.” Gary is on the executive board of Venture for America, which places recent college graduates at start-ups.
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Alexandra Kaplan - Partner Alexandra Kaplan’s practice centers on syndicated financings, with an emphasis on leveraged financing. She has significant experience representing investment banks and financial institutions in connection with leveraged and investment grade senior credit facilities, subordinated bridge loans and asset-based credit facilities. Alexandra has also represented financial institutions in restructurings of existing credit facilities and other related financings, including DIP and exit financings. Her clients have included JPMorgan, Bank of America, Barclays, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, RBC and UBS.
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Jonathan A. Karen - Partner Jonathan Karen has led the Firm’s recent efforts in some of the industry’s most successful and market-defining private equity fund formations, including Blackstone’s recent flagship corporate, energy and real estate private equity funds: Blackstone Capital Partners VII--$18 billion (2015), Blackstone Energy Partners II--$4.5 billion (2015) and Blackstone Real Estate Partners VIII-- $15.8 billion (2015). Other recent noteworthy private fund formation transactions led by Jonathan include Silver Lake Partners V ($15 billion, 2017), Stonepeak Infrastructure Fund II ($3.5 billion, 2016) and Centerbridge Capital Partners III ($6 billion, 2014) and numerous other separate accounts, funds-of-one and similar custom arrangements across multiple asset classes, including buyout, real estate, infrastructure, secondaries and distressed and mezzanine debt. Jonathan also counsels investment firms on a mix of matters involving private investment funds, including internal economic arrangements for private fund sponsors, regulatory compliance, M&A transactions and strategic investments involving private fund sponsors, joint ventures and spin-outs. In 2015, Jonathan was named to Private Equity International’s (PEI) Private Funds Management’s “30 Rising Stars Under 40” and was labeled a “Rising Star” by Law360 in 2013.
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Joseph H. Kaufman - Partner Joe Kaufman, a Partner in our Capital Markets Practice, has a rich and varied practice assisting clients on their public and private offerings of debt and equity securities, as well as on corporate governance and other issues. In 2011, he advised HCA on its $4.35 billion IPO—the largest U.S. private equity–backed IPO ever at that time. He has also advised KKR, Aramark, First Data, Nielsen and Dollar General. The National Law Journal recently cited him as one of the top three “Most Influential Lawyers” in Finance and Capital Markets. A few years ago, he wrote an article for The Deal on how The Apprentice can teach valuable lessons on real-world negotiating. In his spare time, Joe is an avid swimmer and annually swims across Long Island Sound to raise money for cancer research, prevention and treatment on behalf of Swim Across America.
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Daniel R. Kay - Partner Dan regularly advises leading financial institutions and investment banks in connection with a wide variety of syndicated finance and other commercial lending transactions, including acquisition, bridge, leveraged, investment grade, asset-based and corporate financings. Some of his recent representations have included JPMorgan, KKR Capital Markets, Morgan Stanley and Barclays.
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Peter E. Kazanoff - Partner Pete Kazanoff is a Partner in the Firm’s Litigation Department.  Pete focuses on securities matters, shareholder and derivative actions, and government and internal investigations. He has considerable experience representing leading private equity and corporate clients in transaction-related litigation. He also regularly represents issuers, individuals, and underwriters in securities litigations in courts throughout the country. Pete is recognized as a leading securities litigator by Chambers USA, The Legal 500, and Euromoney's Benchmark Litigation.  In addition, he edits the Securities Law Alert, a monthly newsletter published by the Firm.
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Andrew R. Keller - Partner As a Partner in our Capital Markets Practice, Andy Keller has extensive experience in corporate finance transactions. He has represented both underwriters and issuers in public and private sales of high yield and investment grade debt securities, as well as IPOs, equity-linked offerings and new financial products. He also advises public companies on ongoing public reporting matters and corporate governance issues. Andy previously practiced in our Hong Kong office and serves on the Firm’s Opinion and Compliance Committees.
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Karen Hsu Kelley - Partner Head of our Public Company Advisory Practice, Karen Hsu Kelley counsels U.S. and non-U.S. public companies on compliance with federal securities laws and the listing requirements of the major U.S. exchanges. In her practice, she advises management, directors and board committees on a far-reaching range of matters—including corporate governance, board and committee structures, conflicts of interest, executive compensation, crisis management, shareholder proposals, proxy advisory firms, and SEC disclosure requirements and inquiries. She has advised a wide range of clients including Accenture, Cooper-Standard Holdings, L3 Technologies, PPL Corporation, The Travelers Companies, Inc. and Virtus Investment Partners.
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Alan M. Klein - Partner Co-Head of the Firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions Practice, Alan Klein has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, as well as in shareholder activism and corporate governance matters. In 2016 alone, he assisted Microsoft in its $28.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn, ChemChina in its $43 billion acquisition of Syngenta, Tyco in its $20 billion merger with Johnson Controls, Inc., and The ADT Corporation in its $15 billion sale to Apollo Group Management. In addition to the LinkedIn transaction, Alan has represented Microsoft on many other marquee deals: its $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia’s phone business, its $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype and its investment in Barnes & Noble’s Nook business. Other clients have included Best Buy, Chinalco, Royal Ahold, Gas Natural S.A., Portugal Telecom, Gerdau Ameristeel, Bavaria S.A., TE Connectivity and Owens-Illinois. Alan was named a 2017 “M&A Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal. In 2012, The American Lawyer named Alan a “Dealmaker of the Year.” During his time in the 1990s in our London office, he worked on the merger of Glaxo and Wellcome, at the time one of the largest M&A deals in history. Past Co-Chair of the International Bar Association’s Corporate and M&A Law Committee, he has chaired the International Bar Association’s Annual Mergers and Acquisitions Conference in New York City for the past seven years. He is a frequent commentator on M&A issues. Alan has served as a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee.
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Jeffrey H. Knox - Partner Jeff Knox represents multinational corporations and their boards and executives in high-stakes investigations by the U.S. DOJ, SEC, and other federal and state agencies.  An experienced trial and appellate lawyer, Jeff is the former Chief of the DOJ’s Fraud Section in Washington, D.C., which has exclusive criminal enforcement jurisdiction over the FCPA and handles many of the nation's most significant securities fraud, False Claims Act, and international money laundering cases.  Jeff also previously served as a federal prosecutor in the Eastern District of New York, where he was Chief of the Violent Crimes & Terrorism Section and widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading national security prosecutors.  Jeff is a respected voice on corporate compliance and enforcement policy, and serves on advisory boards dedicated to these issues at NYU School of Law and the American Law Institute. 
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Scott M. Kobak - Partner “A very practical lawyer” in the words of Chambers, Scott Kobak concentrates his practice on representing institutional investors in complex domestic and international commercial real estate acquisitions and developments, joint ventures and financings. Many of his deals involve the most prominent real estate private equity funds. Scott acts as a primary transaction counsel to the real estate fund business of Carlyle, KKR and Morgan Stanley (MSREF); he represents Blackstone on numerous transactions as well. Scott has focused over the past number of years on significant real estate private equity fund joint venture arrangements and financings with prominent developers and operators throughout the country. 
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Noah M. Leibowitz - Partner Noah Leibowitz is a Partner in the Firm’s Intellectual Property Group and Litigation Department. He represents clients in complex patent litigation, licensing disputes, and matters involving scientific, medical and technical expertise. Noah has particular familiarity with the pharmaceutical, healthcare and biotechnology industries and substantial experience in Hatch–Waxman Act patent litigation. In addition, Noah maintains a transactional practice that includes negotiating complex collaboration, development and license agreements, and advising on IP issues in the context of M&A transactions and securities offerings.
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Marni J. Lerner - Partner Head of the Firm’s Private Equity Mergers and Acquisitions Practice, Marni Lerner has extensive experience representing a mix of private equity and corporate clients, including family and founder-owned companies, in mergers and acquisitions, public and private divestitures, strategic investments and securities law matters. In her 25 years of corporate deal making, Marni has consistently worked on a variety of significant, complex and record-breaking transactions for a wide range of clients. Her representations have included KKR and its portfolio companies on transactions involving Del Monte Foods, Duracell, U.S. Foodservice and Dollar General. Marni has also advised JLL Partners, Three Cities Research, Nielsen Holdings, Shanghai Electric, United Supermarkets, Varian Semiconductor and the special committees of the boards of Clearwire and DirecTV. She was recently named among Crain’s New York Business’s inaugural list of “Leading Women Lawyers in NYC.” Marni is regularly recognized by Chambers USA and The Legal 500 United States for her transactional work, with the former adding that Marni is “a strong negotiator who is noted for her ability to get deals done.” Additionally, in 2016 and 2014, she was named an “MVP” for Private Equity by Law360.
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Lori E. Lesser - Partner Lori Lesser is a Partner in the Litigation Department and is Head of the Intellectual Property Transactions Practice and Co-Chair of the Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice.  She advises on all aspects of intellectual property, technology and privacy law, including corporate transactions, litigation, licensing, outsourcing, strategic agreements and counseling. She counsels clients in a variety of fields, including media and entertainment, software and technology, financial information, apparel, retail and consumer products, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, Internet, mobile and social media services and nonprofits. Lori is recognized in Chambers USA and Legal 500, has been ranked in the "Top 250 Women in Litigation" by Euromoney's Benchmark Litigation, “Top 50 Under 45” U.S. IP Lawyers by IP Law and Business, the “Top 45 Under 45” U.S. women lawyers by The American Lawyer and “The 20 Most Influential Women in IP Law” by Law360. She was named New York City’s “Information Technology Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America.
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Joshua A. Levine - Partner Josh Levine represents multinational companies, boards, committees, directors and executives in white collar criminal and regulatory matters, as well as sensitive internal investigations. Prior to joining Simpson Thacher in 2007, Josh served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he was a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, and the Chief of the International Narcotics Trafficking Unit.  Josh received the Director’s Award from the Justice Department for Superior Performance and is recognized by Chambers USA, The Legal 500, and Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation as a leading lawyer in his field. Josh is also a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Southern District of New York, where he represents indigent defendants charged with federal criminal offenses.
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Edgar J. Lewandowski - Partner

Concentrating on securities law and corporate governance, Edgar Lewandowski is a Partner in our Corporate Department. He has wide-ranging experience advising a variety of issuers, private equity sponsors and investment banks. The transactions he has handled include IPOs, spin-offs, and high yield and investment-grade debt offerings. Edgar also advises boards of directors on general corporate and compliance matters. He represents clients in numerous industries, including real estate, hospitality, construction materials and information technology. 

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David Lieberman - Partner Heading our Energy and Infrastructure Practice, David Lieberman has extensive experience representing parties on energy and infrastructure M&A and financing transactions. He has advised such clients as PPL, NextEra Energy financing parties, Blackstone, Macquarie Infrastructure Partners, Energy Capital Partners, Stonepeak Partners, Acadia Power Partners, GE Capital, OPTI Canada, Elektrizitäts der Stadt Zürich and Royal Bank of Canada. David, according to Chambers, “has an outstanding work ethic, strong familiarity with market terms, and provides solutions in difficult negotiating situations.”
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Hui Lin - Partner

Based in New York, Hui Lin is a Partner in the Firm’s Capital Markets Practice. She advises private equity sponsors, corporate issuers and leading investment banks in connection with initial public offerings, follow-on offerings, registered and 144A high yield and investment grade debt offerings, leveraged acquisition financing transactions, as well as general corporate and securities law matters. Hui has worked with companies in a broad range of industries, from media and technology, oil and gas to consumer products. She recently represented Dell in its offerings of more than $23 billion of notes, MasterCard in its inaugural offering of $1.5 billion of notes and Blue Buffalo in its initial public offering and subsequent follow-on offerings.

Hui was resident in the Firm’s Hong Kong office from 2011 to 2013, where she worked on capital markets transactions as well as bank financings. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

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Jonathan Lindabury - Partner Jonathan Lindabury is a Partner in the Firm’s Corporate Department and a member of the Firm’s Derivatives Practice. Jonathan advises investment banks, private equity funds and corporations in the structuring, negotiation and execution of derivative transactions, and provides regulatory analysis and advice on related matters. Jonathan’s clients have included Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Barclays, Blackstone, KKR and First Reserve. 
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John D. Lobrano - Partner As a member of the Firm’s Capital Markets Practice, John Lobrano brings significant experience to domestic and international securities offerings. His experience with new offerings is complemented by a significant liability management practice, advising issuers, dealer managers and solicitation agents in connection with tender offers, exchange offers and consent solicitations. Praised in Chambers as “an incredibly able lawyer,” John’s clients include portfolio companies of KKR and Blackstone and a large number of designated underwriters’ counsel engagements for major U.S. and non-U.S. issuers. He also has a substantial international element to his practice, having spent seven years in our London office. John is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Opinions Committee. John is active outside the Firm, assisting a variety of legal and nonprofit organizations. He presently serves as a trustee for Landmark College, a college in Putney, Vermont, dedicated to the education of students with learning disabilities and he formerly served as the Chairman of the Board of Lawyers Alliance for New York, a leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofits.
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Justin M. Lungstrum - Partner Justin Lungstrum primarily represents arrangers and lenders in syndicated loan financings, with an emphasis on acquisition finance. He has deep, versatile experience with financial institutions, investment banks, financial sponsors and corporate borrowers in connection with leveraged and investment grade, cash–flow and asset–based senior credit facilities, mezzanine financings, subordinated bridge loans and letter–of–credit facilities. He also has extensive knowledge of restructuring and refinancing existing credit facilities. Justin’s clients include JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs, KKR, Barclays Capital and Morgan Stanley. IFLR1000 cited him as “an extremely good lawyer, energetic and thorough.”
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Gary B. Mandel - Partner Gary Mandel’s area of concentration is federal income tax, with an emphasis on corporate mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, restructurings and spin-offs. He advises a wide mix of clients, including financial institutions and private equity funds that the Firm represents. Chambers describes him as a professional “who knows how to get a deal closed” in the face of “seemingly intractable tax issues.” Also a certified public accountant, Gary is an adjunct professor at Columbia and New York law schools. Early in his career, he clerked for the Hon. Carolyn Miller Parr of the U.S. Tax Court.
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Linton Mann III - Partner

Linton Mann III is a Partner in the Firm’s Litigation Practice. Linton represents clients in a broad range of high-stakes litigation and investigation matters including securities, shareholder derivative disputes, class actions, antitrust and complex commercial disputes. Linton’s clients typically include corporations, financial institutions and private equity firms, as well as boards of directors and board committees. Linton is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Knowledge Management Committee and Summer Associate Program. Linton was recently named to Benchmark Litigation’s 2017 “Under 40 Hot List,” which honors the achievements of the nation’s most accomplished law firm partners under the age of 40.

Linton is the Chair of the Board of Trustees for Uncommon Charter Schools New York City which oversees twenty-three public charter schools in Brooklyn, New York. He is also on the Board of Directors of Manhattan Legal Services, a program of Legal Services NYC, the largest provider of pro bono civil legal services in the country, and he is the Secretary of the Board of Directors of DukeNY, a division of the Duke Alumni Association. Linton was recently honored as the recipient of Duke Law’s Young Alumni Award.

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Joseph M. McLaughlin - Partner Joe McLaughlin has represented clients in hundreds of class action and other aggregated proceedings in trial and appellate courts across the country, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Over the past 30 years, he has successfully represented clients in securities and complex commercial litigation and all types of government and internal investigations. Joe is widely regarded as one of the nation’s leading class action practitioners, and received the Burton Award for Legal Achievement for authoring the frequently cited McLaughlin on Class Actions: Law and Practice. He is consistently recognized as a leader in his field by Benchmark Litigation and The Legal 500. He is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Client Committee and serves on the Board of Mobilization for Justice, which facilitates equal access to justice for indigent New Yorkers.
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Nancy L. Mehlman - Partner Nancy Mehlman handles mergers and acquisitions (including tax-free spin-offs), real estate transactions (including those relating to REITs), partnerships, joint ventures, and related financing transactions in the credit and capital markets. She advises several of the Firm’s private equity clients, including Blackstone, KKR, Carlyle and Morgan Stanley on tax matters related both to fund formation—particularly in the area of real estate opportunity funds and private equity funds—and negotiating and structuring of acquisitions by those funds. She also has advised tax-exempt organizations, including university endowments and private foundations, in their capacity as private equity fund investors. “A fine lawyer who is very personable, and very good at representing her clients," reports Chambers.
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Sasan S. Mehrara - Partner Sas Mehrara focuses chiefly on representing private equity firms, real estate opportunity funds and publicly-listed companies in a broad mix of domestic and international real estate transactions. Described by Chambers as “superb” and “a very trusted adviser on bet-the-company transactions,” he has represented the real estate funds of Blackstone, Lindsay Goldberg, Carlyle and Northwood Investors, along with such companies as Glimcher Realty Trust, Hilton Worldwide, La Quinta, Extended Stay America, MeriStar Hospitality, Boca Raton Resorts, IndCor Properties, Equity Office Properties and BioMed Realty in many significant commercial real estate acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures and financings. Sas has worked on more than $100 billion of public-to-private real estate transactions along with numerous private acquisitions and dispositions including the sale by affiliates of Blackstone of its U.S. industrial platform to affiliates of GIC for $8.1 billion. He has had extensive experience in securitized, syndicated, balance sheet and mezzanine financings, including representing affiliates of Equity Office Properties on the financing of 3 Bryant Park in New York City and numerous multi-asset portfolio financings.
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Juan F. Méndez - Partner Fluent in both English and Spanish, Juan Francisco Méndez has a thriving practice advising on transactions involving Latin America and the Caribbean. He has extensive experience in cross-border transactions across the region, including financings, restructurings, acquisitions and other complex corporate matters. His clients include global investment banks such as JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse and Bank of America Merrill Lynch, as well as leading Latin American companies such as Graña y Montero, Macquarie Mexico, Minsur, CSAV, Decolar.com and SAAM. Juan Francisco has significant experiences working on both U.S. and Latin American transactions and is capable of seamlessly navigating his clients through diverse cultures and business practices.
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Jaime Mercado - Partner Jaime Mercado is a Partner in the Corporate Department who focuses on cross-border corporate finance and business transactions for both the public and private sectors in Latin America. Jaime represents public and private entities, and financial institutions on debt and equity, project finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity investment and related transactions throughout the Americas. Jaime also advises Latin American sovereign and quasi-sovereign entities on a variety of assignments, including capital raising and liability management transactions. In 2013, Jaime was recognized as a “trailblazer” by the Dominican Bar Association and as a leading investment lawyer by Chambers USA. He is a Co-Chair of the Firm’s Diversity Committee.
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Lee A. Meyerson - Partner Lee Meyerson is head of the Firm’s Financial Institutions Practice and former head of its M&A practice. For nearly 36 years, he has counseled the world’s elite financial and investment firms on a broad range of transactions and compliance matters, including some of the largest and most complex mergers in the financial services industry. Described by Chambers as “one of the nation’s preeminent financial services M&A lawyers,” he is also lauded by Chambers for his “terrific judgment about regulatory questions” and for being “very business and strategy-oriented.” Lee’s practice also includes a broad range of capital markets transactions, including IPOs, debt, equity and hybrid capital securities offerings.
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J. Alden Millard - Partner Alden Millard is a Partner in the Corporate Department of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and a member of the Executive Committee. Alden regularly represents leading leveraged buyout sponsors and their portfolio companies in connection with a variety of financings, including acquisition financings, recapitalizations and refinancings. Alden’s primary clients are The Blackstone Group and First Reserve Corporation and their respective portfolio companies. Alden has also performed significant work for several other leading LBO sponsors, including New Mountain Capital and Thomas H. Lee Partners. In addition, Alden has represented various public and privately held corporations in connection with acquisition financings.
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Krista Miniutti - Partner

Krista represents private equity firms and portfolio companies in commercial real estate acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures and financings. She has represented clients on a wide range of domestic and international real estate transactions including public-to-private transactions, securitized and mezzanine financings, and portfolio acquisitions. Earlier in her career, Krista served as a Deputy General Counsel and Managing Director at AIG Global Real Estate Investment Corp.

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Laurence M. Moss - Partner As a Partner in the Firm's New York office, Laurence Moss focuses his practice on executive compensation and employee benefits law.  Larry counsels companies on the employee benefits aspects of mergers and acquisitions, with an emphasis on leveraged buyout transactions. He regularly advises private equity firms, public companies and senior executives on the design, negotiation and implementation of employment and separation arrangements, equity-based compensation plans and non-qualified retirement programs (including deferred compensation arrangements).  Larry frequently writes on employee benefits issues, including pension and executive compensation matters.
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Patrick J. Naughton - Partner Patrick Naughton advises on all aspects of mergers and acquisitions transactions, including strategic M&A, leveraged buyouts and private equity investments. He has represented a wide mix of clients, including KKR, Blackstone, EQT, Hellman & Friedman, First Reserve, Axis Capital, AIG, Barclays, Genesee & Wyoming, Smithfield Foods, Sealed Air and the special committees and independent directors of several public company boards. Patrick is commended as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA and Chambers Global, which cites his “solid work [and] commercial and reasonable approach" and describes him as a “go-to adviser on cross-border transactions involving China and Hong Kong.” He has also been recognized by The American Lawyer as a “Dealmaker of the Week.” From 2006 to 2010, Patrick was in our Hong Kong office.
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Wilson S. Neely - Partner A prominent authority in the private equity realm, Wilson Neely’s practice chiefly involves mergers and acquisitions and capital markets. He has advised on numerous business combination transactions, including leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations and strategic partnerships between private equity funds and corporate partners. In addition, he has overseen IPOs involving both common stock and high yield securities. The Legal 500 United States named him a “Leading Lawyer” in 2015. Wilson has also been named a Band 1 private equity lawyer by Chambers USA since 2008.
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Lynn K. Neuner - Partner Lynn Neuner is an experienced trial attorney who specializes in litigation involving securities, mergers, insurance coverage and false advertising disputes. She has tried high-stakes cases in federal and state court and conducted dozens of hearings before the National Advertising Division and Networks. Lynn is a past Vice President and Executive Committee Chair of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and a former Chair of the Board of Directors for the Yale Law School Alumni Fund. Lynn was recently named among Crain’s New York Business’s “Leading Women Lawyers in NYC.” The American Lawyer also named her one of the nation’s top “45 Under 45” women attorneys. She is consistently ranked as one of the “Top 250 Women in Litigation” in the U.S. by Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation and recognized by the Legal 500 U.S. Lynn serves as the Firm’s Co-Administrative Partner and is a member of the Executive Committee.
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Risë B. Norman - Partner Risë Norman represents a broad range of corporations, investment banks and other financial institutions engaged in capital markets transactions. Her work has involved IPOs, follow-on equity offerings, high yield and investment grade debt offerings and restructurings. She has also advised on mergers and acquisitions, as well as leveraged buyouts. Risë’s clients have included Blackstone, KKR, JPMorgan, Citi Group Global Markets, BofA Merrill Lynch, The Hershey Company, Peabody Energy, TRW Automotive, Unisys and Walter Investment Management Corp. Risë is the former Chair of the Lawyers Division of UJA-Federation, a member of the Board of Visitors of Stanford Law School and a former member of the Securities Regulation Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
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Michael J. Osnato, Jr. - Partner

Mike Osnato, former Chief of the Complex Financial Instruments Unit of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Enforcement Division, focuses his practice on high-stakes regulatory and criminal matters, government investigations, sensitive whistleblower complaints and SEC examination and compliance counseling. As head of the Enforcement Division’s CFI unit, Mike led a nationwide unit of 45 attorneys and financial industry experts responsible for developing and executing the SEC’s post-financial crisis enforcement agenda in the markets for sophisticated financial products and practices.  

Under Mike’s leadership, the CFI Unit developed innovative investigative and analytic techniques that resulted in some of the agency’s most significant enforcement actions in recent years, including matters involving global financial institutions, asset managers and public companies. Prior to his tenure as Unit Chief, Mike served as Assistant Regional Director in the SEC’s New York Regional Office, where he supervised a wide range of prominent accounting fraud, investment adviser and insider trading investigations.

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Jonathan Ozner - Partner A Partner in the Firm’s Capital Markets Practice, Jonathan Ozner represents issuers, private equity sponsors and underwriters in a wide range of securities offerings, including initial public offerings, follow-on and secondary equity offerings, offerings of high yield and investment grade debt securities, acquisition financing transactions and exchange and tender offers. Jonathan also advises clients on ongoing public reporting, compliance and corporate governance matters. He represents clients in a variety of industries, including healthcare, energy, telecommunications, real estate and consumer products.
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Lesley Peng - Partner Lesley Peng has a diverse practice advising clients on capital markets and general corporate matters. She represents both issuers and underwriters in IPOs, high yield and investment-grade debt financings, convertible debt offerings, and preferred stock offerings. Lesley has represented Blackstone in its $4.8 billion IPO and JPMorgan in its $5.8 billion common stock offering to repay its TARP preferred stock. Her practice has also included advising Barclays, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley in debt and equity capital markets transactions for a variety of issuers, focusing on the energy and transportation industries.
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Mark D. Pflug - Partner Mark Pflug advises on a wide variety of mergers and acquisitions transactions, buyouts and other private equity sponsor-led transactions, minority investments in public and private companies, divestitures, joint ventures and a wide variety of other corporate matters. Mark has particular and significant experience in the healthcare, technology, media and industrials sectors, as well as cross-border transactions. Mark regularly represents private equity sponsors, both large-cap and middle-market, including KKR, Blackstone, Snow Phipps, Lexington Partners, Alvarez & Marsal Capital Partners, Charterhouse Capital Partners and Palladium Equity Partners. Mark also regularly works for strategic clients, including many of the portfolio companies of his private equity clients. Now based in New York, Mark has practiced as a registered foreign lawyer in the Firm’s Hong Kong office, and he also worked for eight years in the Firm’s London office. 
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Mario A. Ponce - Partner Co-Head of the Firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions Practice, Mario Ponce concentrates his practice on negotiated and hostile M&A transactions, proxy contests, restructurings and joint ventures. He regularly represents strategic clients, investment banks and private equity firms. He also advises boards on corporate governance matters, fiduciary duties and shareholder activism. During his more than two decades of experience in mergers and acquisitions transactions, Mario has been engaged in numerous high-profile matters, and his clients have included American Electric Power, Eaton Corporation, Ingersoll-Rand Corporation, JPMorgan Chase, KKR & Co., Newell Rubbermaid, Office Depot, PPL Corporation, Sears Holdings Corporation, Walgreens Boots Alliance and Xerox Corporation. Mario serves on the Board of Visitors of Duke Law School and lectures frequently on topics relating to his professional interests. He also serves as a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee.   
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Andrew B. Purcell - Partner A Partner in the Firm’s Tax Practice, Drew Purcell advises clients on an array of tax matters, including financing, credit, M&A, spin off and private equity transactions. Drew’s clients have included Blackstone, Hilton Worldwide, PPL Corporation and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets Inc.
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Ravi Purushotham - Partner Ravi Purushotham is a Partner in the Firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions Practice. Ravi focuses on public and private mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions. He regularly represents corporations and private equity firms in a wide range of transactions and corporate governance matters.
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Erik Quarfordt - Partner

Cited by Law360 as one of four “Rising Stars” for his “proactive approach to complicated real estate transactions,” Erik Quarfordt focuses primarily on representing private equity firms in commercial real estate acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures and financings. His clients include Blackstone, Hilton and Brixmor.

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Sandeep Qusba - Partner Sandy Qusba is the Head of the Firm's Bankruptcy and Restructuring Practice. Across a wide range of sectors—including real estate, healthcare, energy, automotive, manufacturing and telecommunications—he has represented agent banks, steering committees, creditors and private equity sponsors and portfolio companies in some of the largest Chapter 11 proceedings and out-of-court restructurings in recent years, including the Kodak, Patriot Coal, ResCap, SuperMedia and Dex, and LightSquared bankruptcy cases. After law school, Sandy served as a law clerk for Chief Judge Stephen Gerling of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Northern District of New York. Sandy has also been inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.
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Roxane F. Reardon - Partner

For more than two decades, Capital Markets Partner Roxane Reardon has advised issuers and investment banks exploring and executing registered and Rule 144A offerings of equity, equity-linked and debt securities. Roxane has been quoted in the press and recognized in the industry by Euromoney Legal Media Group as the sole recipient of the Americas Women in Business Law Awards “Best in Capital Markets” in 2016. In addition, BTI Consulting Group named Roxane a 2013 “Client Service All-Star” for delivering superior client service to Fortune 1000 clients. Before joining the Firm, she served as a law clerk for the Hon. Charles Wiggins of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

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Gregory J. Ressa - Partner The Head of our Real Estate Practice and a member of our Firm’s Executive Committee, Greg Ressa provides advice on all aspects of the real estate industry, with particular emphasis on representation of real estate opportunity funds, real estate mergers and acquisitions, and real estate finance. Praised by Chambers as “very smart,” “outstanding,” and “one of the best private equity guys in the market,” he has handled transactions involving Blackstone, AIG, Northwood Investors, Centerbridge, Barclays Capital, Hilton Worldwide, Invitation Homes, Och-Ziff Real Estate and Dune Real Estate Fund on an array of both domestic and international transactions. Two prominent recent transactions include the $1.95 billion sale of Waldorf Astoria in New York by Hilton Worldwide to Anbang Insurance and $1.3 billion acquisition of Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) by Blackstone.
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Brian D. Robbins - Partner Head of our Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Practice, Brian Robbins focuses on executive compensation, employee benefits and ERISA. Described by The Legal 500 United States as “one of the cornerstones of the practice,” he routinely advises the Firm’s corporate clients on compensation and employment matters and with respect to a broad array of compensation and employee benefits matters in connection with corporate mergers, reorganizations, spin-offs and other significant transactions. Brian also works closely with corporate boards, compensation committees and high-profile executives with respect to the negotiation of employment and termination agreements. According to Chambers, Brian “is acclaimed for his knowledge and experience in dealing with Title I and Title IV of ERISA, particularly in relation to M&A. He was recently recognized by Best Lawyers as the “2018 Lawyer of the Year in Employee Benefits in New York.”
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Arthur D. Robinson - Partner Lauded by Chambers as “commercial and collaborative” and a “go-to” attorney, Art Robinson is Global Head of the Firm’s Capital Markets Practice.  He advises investment banking and corporate clients on a wide array of corporate finance transactions, particularly in the areas of high yield, initial public offerings and restructurings, as well as on corporate governance issues.  Art has worked extensively in a broad array of industries, including energy, real estate, healthcare, technology, transportation, retail and industrials. Recognized as one of the foremost capital markets lawyers in the market, Art is a member of Simpson Thacher's Executive Committee and is a former Chairman of the Business Development Committee.
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David E. Rubinsky - Partner Part of our Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Practice, David Rubinsky advises both executives and employers on all aspects of executive compensation and other employee benefit matters in connection with mergers and acquisitions, as well as with individual and group employment and severance negotiations. He has extensive experience representing both private equity investors and management in their portfolio companies in structuring equity compensation and employment arrangements. David also advises public companies and their executives on employment, severance and change-in-control arrangements as well as on ongoing disclosure requirements for stock ownership.
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William T. Russell, Jr. - Partner Bill Russell represents financial institutions, private equity sponsors, corporations and other businesses in a wide variety of commercial disputes. He focuses on banking litigation, bankruptcy and reorganization matters, securities litigation, and transactional disputes, and has tried cases in state and federal courts as well as in arbitral proceedings. Bill is a member of the American Law Institute and serves as a Panel Chair on the Disciplinary Committee for the First Judicial Department. He regularly co-authors a column on the New York Court of Appeals for the New York Law Journal.
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Patrick J. Ryan - Partner

Patrick Ryan heads the Firm’s Global Banking and Credit Practice. Patrick regularly represents leading financial institutions and investment banks in connection with the arrangement and syndication of senior credit facilities, including acquisition, bridge and other corporate financings. He has significant experience in complicated financings in the leveraged finance, investment-grade and asset-based markets, often working with clients to develop innovative structures or to find solutions to difficult issues. “In high-grade acquisition finance,” reports Chambers, “his knowledge of precedent in the legal market is unbelievable.” He has also advised on the restructuring of existing credit facilities and other related financings, including DIP and exit financings.

Patrick’s institutional clients include JPMorgan, Barclays Capital, Deutsche, Morgan Stanley and Royal Bank of Canada. Patrick also represents companies in connection with their financing activities, and his clients have included AOL, American Media, Bard, Cengage Learning, Evercore, Hulu, MasterCard, News Corporation, Radioshack, Sky Deutschland, Travelers Companies, 21st Century Fox and Universal Studios. In addition, Patrick has been active in representing clients in sports and entertainment ventures, including Forest City Ratner Companies and other investors in connection with the acquisition and relocation of the Nets NBA franchise to Brooklyn.

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Glenn R. Sarno - Partner

Glenn practices in the Corporate Department of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, focusing on private investment funds and other facets of “alternative asset management.” He has represented private fund sponsors on a global basis, such as Alinda, A&M Capital, Angra, Arlon, Aquiline, Babcock & Brown, BTG Pactual, Bridgepoint, Brown Brothers, Carlyle, CVC, Cypress, KKR, Macquarie, Riverstone, SteelRiver and Tiger in many different asset categories, including traditional private equity, real estate, infrastructure, mezzanine and senior debt, RMBS, CMBS , CDOs, food and agriculture, healthcare, education, manager stakes, seed capital, co-investment and secondaries. He has represented various hedge fund sponsors, such as Citigroup Alternative Investments, CVC Credit Partners, Credit Suisse Asset Management, Tiger Management, BTG Pactual, Napier Park, Goshen, Breeden Capital, Pendragon, Endeavour, Skybridge and Blackstone Alternative Asset Management. Glenn also has extensive experience with fund-of-funds, feeder funds, separately managed accounts, employee securities companies and listed fund products, as well as the structuring of “house-team” arrangements and “spin-outs” of private equity and hedge fund businesses.

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Benjamin P. Schaye - Partner

A Partner in the Firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions Practice, Ben Schaye frequently advises public and private clients on multibillion dollar transactions. He recently represented SunGard in its $9.1 billion sale to Fidelity National Information Services, and Rockwood Holdings in its $6.2 billion merger with Albemarle Corporation. Ben also counsels corporate and private equity clients on spin-off transactions, such as Blackstone’s spin-off of its financial advisory business and PPL Corporation’s spin-off of Talen Energy and concurrent merger of Talen with entities affiliated with Riverstone Holdings. In addition, Ben represents clients in proxy contests, hostile takeover defenses, strategic alliances and joint ventures. He also counsels clients on issues involving corporate governance, fiduciary duties and shareholder activism. 

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Adam D. Shapiro - Partner

A Partner in the Firm’s Global Banking and Credit Practice, Adam Shapiro advises the world’s foremost private equity firms and their portfolio companies on acquisition financings, bank and bridge loan financings, refinancings and other corporate finance transactions. He has been instrumental in developing innovative financing solutions for marquee transactions, such as the $67 billion acquisition of EMC Corporation by Dell and Silver Lake Partners. The clients he primarily represents include Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., Apax Partners and Silver Lake Partners. Over the years, he has also represented private equity clients, Hellman & Friedman, The Blackstone Group and Sterling Partners and corporate clients Dell, Inc. and Go Daddy on significant acquisition financings.

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William B. Sheehan - Partner William Sheehan regularly represents financial institutions and companies in connection with syndicated leveraged finance and other commercial lending transactions. His practice covers a wide range of bank finance—including acquisition-related credit facilities, bridge financings, general corporate and investment grade transactions, asset-based loans, restructurings and debtor-in-possession financings. He has handled transactions for JPMorgan, Barclays, Citibank, Credit Suisse, UBS, Genesee & Wyoming and Teleflex.
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David A. Shevlin - Partner Head of Simpson Thacher’s Exempt Organizations Practice, David Shevlin counsels a variety of international and domestic exempt organizations, including all forms of private foundations and public charities. He also advises donors to, and the governing bodies of, exempt organizations. In particular, David advises universities, foundations, hospitals and cultural institutions on the investment of their endowments. David has particular expertise in working with charitable organizations in connection with social enterprise and program-related investments. David also has been involved in assisting governing bodies on internal investigations. Long active in the bar, David is Chair of the ABA’s Section of Taxation—Committee on Exempt Organizations. He also serves on the Board of Doctors Without Borders USA.
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Brian M. Stadler - Partner Brian Stadler specializes in mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. He represents private equity firms, corporations and financial advisors in a variety of M&A matters, including leveraged buyouts, strategic mergers, acquisitions and dispositions of companies, subsidiaries and divisions, minority investments, joint ventures and takeover defense. While he has represented M&A participants in a wide range of industries, Brian has extensive experience in M&A transactions involving REITs and other real estate companies. Brian has been widely recognized for his work, including being named a “Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer and one of the world’s leading private equity lawyers by Chambers Global.
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Marisa D. Stavenas - Partner Marisa Stavenas has a wide ranging practice advising both investment banking and corporate clients on an array of complex domestic and international capital raising and restructuring transactions. She frequently provides counsel on public and private sales of debt securities, tender and exchange offers, IPOs, as well as offerings of common, convertible and preferred securities, among other transactions. She also regularly advises corporate clients on securities laws, corporate governance and other general matters. Clients regularly look to Marisa to guide them through their most complex high yield debt and restructuring transactions. Her diverse clients have included Hovnanian Enterprises, Halliburton and Owens-Illinois in designated underwriters roles and various investment banks. She is a contributing editor to a leading international legal and regulatory guide on acquisition finance. Marisa is on the Steering Committee of the Kate Stoneman Project, a leadership organization comprised of women partners at New York-based law firms.
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Mark J. Stein - Partner

Mark Stein, a former prosecutor and seasoned trial lawyer, serves as the leader of Simpson Thacher’s Government and Internal Investigations Practice. Over the past twenty years, Mark has represented public companies, boards, and individuals in criminal and regulatory investigations involving allegations of financial fraud, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, insider trading, money laundering and antitrust conspiracies. These representations regularly involve investigations by the United States Department of Justice, the SEC, the CFTC, and numerous state attorneys general. He was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, ending his tenure there as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division. Mark is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and is consistently recognized as a leader in his field by Chambers USA, The Legal 500, and Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation.

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Brian M. Steinhardt - Partner Often focusing on the energy sector, Brian Steinhardt represents leading private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies in connection with a broad range of corporate finance transactions, including bank and bridge loan financings and acquisition financings. He also advises companies on a range of corporate finance transactions, including oil and gas, project and syndicated bank financings. His clients have included Hellman & Friedman LLC, Apax Partners LLP, EQT Partners, Centerbridge Partners, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P., Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., Sirius XM Radio and Weight Watchers International. In 2008, Brian represented the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on its approximately $30 billion financing arrangement related to JPMorgan’s acquisition of Bear Stearns, and in 2009 he represented the U.S. Treasury Department concerning certain financing arrangements for the Legacy Securities Public-Private Investment Program. According to Chambers USA, “he knows the market and is a pleasure to work with.”
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Eric M. Swedenburg - Partner A prominent M&A practitioner, Eric Swedenburg represents corporations, private equity firms and financial advisors in a range of transactions and corporate governance matters. Some of his recent transactions have included representing SiriusXM, Vodafone Group, Office Depot, The Mosaic Company, McKesson, Wyeth, KKR, Neiman Marcus, The New York Times, the independent directors of Anheuser-Busch, and the Brooklyn Nets and Forest City Ratner Companies. Quoting a client, Chambers has recognized Eric for his “‘no-nonsense approach to the transaction’”, and The American Lawyer named Eric a “Dealmaker of the Year” for his role representing Wyeth in its sale to Pfizer. Eric serves as a member of the Firm's Executive Committee.
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Ryerson Symons - Partner With an international range of clients, Ryerson Symons focuses on mergers and acquisitions, as well as other business combination transactions and corporate finance transactions. Ryerson has frequently represented many preeminent private equity firms, including Apax Partners, BC Partners, Blackstone Group, KKR, Permira and Providence Equity Partners. Ryerson spent several years based in our London office, as well as a year with Gide Loyrette Nouel in Paris.
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Sebastian Tiller - Partner Sebastian Tiller concentrates his practice on merger and acquisition transactions and corporate governance matters. He regularly represents corporations, private equity firms and financial advisers in a range of transactions. Sebastian represented Dutch grocery retailer Royal Ahold (brands include Stop & Shop, Peapod and Giant) in its $29 billion merger with Belgium-based Delhaize, bringing together some of the largest grocery brands in the world. Some of his other high profile transactions have included representing Lorillard, Inc. in its $29.25 billion sale to Reynolds American, Office Depot with respect to its merger of equals transaction with OfficeMax, Pamplona Capital Management in its $2.7 billion acquisition of MedAssets, Inc. and Blackstone in its $2 billion acquisition of Excel Trust, Inc. Sebastian is fluent in German and French and was educated in Europe and the U.S.
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Edward P. Tolley III - Partner “Commercial, talented and effective,” in the words of Chambers, Ed Tolley brings close to 25 years of experience to his high yield debt and IPO practice.  Ed has represented many of the world’s leading financial sponsors, including KKR, Blackstone, First Reserve, TPG, TH Lee, Bain Capital, Silver Lake and Providence Equity in connection with their high yield/bridge/acquisition finance needs. He has done the high yield work on some of the largest and most high-profile LBOs ever done, including TXU, HCA, SunGard, Samson Resources, Celanese, Warner Music, and Houghton Mifflin. Ed has been issuer’s counsel on multiple IPOs, including those of Team Health, Chart Industries, Dresser Rand, Warner Music, Alpha Natural Resources, Celanese, Foundation Coal, Nalco, Premcor and Willis Group. Underwriter-side work has included the IPOs of Kraft Foods, Globalstar, ITXC, Friendly Ice Cream Corporation and Penske Motorsports. He is also designated underwriters’ counsel for Altria Group, Philip Morris International and Kosmos Energy. Ed has been ranked among the leading capital market lawyers in the United States by Chambers for 14 consecutive years.
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Michael H. Torkin - Partner Ranked as a leading restructuring and bankruptcy lawyer, Michael Torkin is a Partner in the Firm’s New York office. Michael’s practice includes representing public and private companies in out-of-court corporate and financial restructurings as well as Chapter 11 proceedings, and he is called upon by boards of directors of financially distressed companies to advise on related fiduciary matters. Michael also regularly represents private equity and hedge fund clients in connection with domestic and international special situation investments and “distress-for-control" transactions as well as corporate clients in connection with distressed M&A assignments. 
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Mary B. Touchstone - Partner Mary Touchstone is a Partner and Head of the Fund Finance Practice at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Mary regularly represents various financial sponsors in connection with debt financings for their private equity, real estate, energy, infrastructure, debt and other investment funds. She has extensive experience in complicated financings designed to provide fund-level leverage to facilitate and support investment activities.
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Jessica Tuchinsky - Partner Jessica Tuchinsky’s practice focuses on commercial lending transactions, with an emphasis on acquisition finance. Jessica regularly represents leading financial institutions and investment banks with the arrangement and syndication of senior credit facilities, including acquisition, bridge and other corporate financings. Some of Jessica’s institutional clients have included JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank and Bank of America.
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Alan C. Turner - Partner Alan Turner has significant experience in a wide range of complex commercial litigation matters, including securities, antitrust, insurance and contract disputes. In recent years, Alan has focused on representing investment banks in mortgage-backed securities litigations pending in courts across the country, representing the Royal Bank of Scotland, Deutsche Bank and UBS.
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Laura M. Twomey - Partner Head of the Personal Planning Practice at Simpson Thacher, Laura Twomey advises individuals and families on the preservation, transfer and management of wealth during life and thereafter. Laura’s large and varied clientele includes leaders of the financial industry, Fortune 500 CEOs, media personalities, heads of major family-owned companies and prominent political figures. Her practice includes estate planning, estate and trust administration and charitable planning, planning with private equity and hedge fund interests and family-business succession planning. She is experienced, too, in modifying and terminating existing trusts, as well as migrating trusts for tax and non-tax purposes. Laura works with clients to create a plan for transferring personal wealth that meets both the client’s personal goals and tax objectives. She provides highly technical advice in an innately personal way, ensuring seamless coordination with the Firm’s other disciplines, while keeping the personal planning process scrupulously separate from other Firm business. Laura was recognized in the inaugural Chambers HNW: The World’s Leading High Net Worth Advisors 2016, where she received praise for being “unflappable” and “tireless,” and for her “depth of technical knowledge that allows her to present or propose innovative solutions.” Laura’s estate-planning advice has been quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and other publications.
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Anthony F. Vernace - Partner A Corporate Partner in the Firm's New York office, Anthony Vernace counsels private equity firms and public companies in mergers and acquisitions, investments, joint ventures, recapitalizations and other corporate transactions.  Anthony also regularly counsels clients on corporate governance, shareholder activism and general corporate and securities law matters.  Anthony has received recognition for his work on numerous marquee M&A transactions on behalf of private equity firms and public companies, including being named by The Legal 500 as a “Next Generation Lawyer” in M&A: Large Deals in 2017 and by Law360 as a “Rising Star” in M&A for 2016 and an “MVP” in Private Equity for 2014.       
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Craig S. Waldman - Partner Craig S. Waldman is a Partner in the Firm’s Litigation Department.  Craig has extensive trial experience and frequently represents corporations, financial institutions, and individuals in high-profile securities litigation including class and derivative actions, M&A-related disputes, and government and internal investigations.  Craig’s clients typically include boards, board committees, individuals, and corporate clients including JPMorgan Chase, Goldman, Sachs & Co., The Royal Bank of Scotland, The Travelers Insurance Company, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., and The Blackstone Group.  He was recently named a “Rising Star” in securities litigation by Law360 and is recognized by The Legal 500 for his work in M&A litigation matters.
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Kenneth B. Wallach - Partner Cited by Chambers as one of the Firm’s “next generation of leading specialists” who “can easily take on extremely complicated deals,” Ken Wallach focuses his practice on corporate finance. He regularly advises corporate, private equity and investment banking clients on a wide array of corporate finance transactions, particularly in the areas of high yield, initial public offerings and restructurings, as well as on corporate governance issues and other general corporate matters. His clients have included Weight Watchers, Mars, Wrigley, Dell, Blue Buffalo, Symantec, Tesoro, Tesoro Logistics, Acelity, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Garda World Security, Drummond, Cooper-Standard, K2M, Patheon, Silver Lake Partners, Apax Partners, The Invus Group, JLL Partners and Barclays Capital. Ken recently coauthored the “Securities” chapter in Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel, a joint project of Thomson Reuters/West and the Association of Corporate Counsel.
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George S. Wang - Partner George Wang is a Litigation Partner who focuses on securities litigation, class action litigation and other complex commercial litigation.  Over the past few years, George has defended a wide range of clients in securities class actions, including Best Buy, KKR, Pfizer, Regional Management, Vitamin Shoppe, Walter Energy and Weight Watchers.  George also represents clients in antitrust litigation and other competition matters involving price fixing, cartel and other restraint of trade allegations.  He also has extensive experience on economic sanctions, over a decade of advising clients on OFAC and other economic sanctions issues in corporate transactions, internal investigations and governmental inquiries. 
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David L. Williams - Partner David Williams, the Head of the Firm’s Latin American Practice, has handled cross-border transactions throughout Latin America for more than 25 years. He has worked on M&A, corporate and project financings, restructurings and other complex corporate matters, and he advises leading companies throughout the region. His experience includes transactions in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Central America and the Caribbean. David has been consistently ranked as one of the leading corporate lawyers in Latin America by Chambers Global, Chambers Latin America, Euromoney’s Guide to World’s Leading Capital Markets LawyersLatinLawyer’s Guide to Latin American Leading Business Law FirmsThe Legal 500, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers and The World’s Leading Banking Lawyers.
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Michael O. Wolfson - Partner A Partner in the Firm’s New York office, Mike Wolfson advises on leveraged buyouts and private equity investments, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and equity offerings in the international capital markets. Mike’s practice spans a variety of industries, including telecommunications and cable networks, energy, technology, real property, financial services, packaging, transportation, pharmaceuticals, and media and entertainment. Clients he has represented include private equity funds, such as Blackstone, Apax, Silver Lake, GSO and Carlyle, as well as companies.
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Michael W. Wolitzer - Partner Named the “Lawyer of the Year” in Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law in New York City for 2018 by Best Lawyers, Michael Wolitzer has wide-ranging experience in private investing and alternative asset management. Michael is Head of the Firm’s Investment Funds Practice. He has represented such well-known sponsors of PE funds as Apax Partners, Ares, Blackstone, Centerbridge, Lexington, Patria, Silver Lake Partners and TSSP. He has also represented sponsors in other asset categories, including real estate, mezzanine, energy/infrastructure and credit/distressed debt. In addition, he has represented global financial institutions in the establishment of their employee investment programs; been involved in acquisitions of private investment firms; and represented buyers, sellers and sponsors in the disposition of private fund interests. Michael serves on the editorial board of the PLC Cross-border Private Equity Handbook, as well on the Board of the nonprofit Association to Benefit Children. He previously served as Chairman of the New Partners Committee and currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee.
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Kenneth S. Wyman - Partner Cited by clients for being “practical and solution-oriented” in his transactional work (Chambers 2013), Ken Wyman is a Partner in the Firm’s Energy and Infrastructure Practice. On a wide variety of energy financings, he has advised such clients as Barclays, Union Bank, RBS, Citibank, Credit Agricole, JPMorgan Chase, EverPower, KKR, Blackstone and First Reserve, and has frequently been designated as lenders’ counsel by developers such as Terra-Gen Power and Exelon Generation. Most recently, Ken has been involved in several landmark renewable energy financings representing both lenders and sponsors, including several project financings of the various phases of Terra-Gen Power’s Alta Wind power facility in Southern California—a 3000 megawatt wind initiative that is one of the largest U.S. wind development projects ever.
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Joyce Y. Xu - Partner

Heading the Firm’s globally recognized Derivatives Practice, Joyce Xu has broad experience advising on equity derivatives, interest rate, FX and commodity derivatives, derivatives regulations as well as prime brokerage platforms. Joyce’s clients range widely from financial institutions and corporations to hedge funds and private equity funds. Joyce has written numerous book chapters and articles and was recognized for her book chapter discussing U.S. corporate and regulatory aspects of equity derivatives (Burton Award for Achievement in Legal Writing) and also for a recent book chapter she co-wrote, “Reflections on Dodd-Frank” (Burton/ALA Award for Outstanding Authoritative Book by a Partner in a Law Firm). Joyce was named to Crain’s “40 Under 40” list in 2011, and Chambers calls her “a star in the making.”

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Jonathan K. Youngwood - Partner Jonathan Youngwood is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Litigation Department. Jon has represented financial institutions and other clients in a wide range of high-profile complex commercial litigation and regulatory matters, including securities, corporate control, antitrust and ERISA disputes. He is widely recognized as a leader in his field by Chambers USA, The Legal 500 and Euromoney's Benchmark Litigation. In 2017, he was the recipient of the “Securities Lawyer of the Year” award by Benchmark Litigation, an award that recognizes the country’s most distinguished litigators. Jonathan is the Co-Chair of one of PLI's annual programs on securities litigation and an Editor of the Firm's Securities Law Alert.
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Bradley P. Goldberg - Head of Public Company Advisory Practice – Private Equity Brad Goldberg is Head of Public Company Advisory Practice – Private Equity at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Brad’s practice focuses on advising companies on all aspects of their compliance with the U.S. securities laws and the listing requirements of the major U.S. exchanges. He regularly assists management, boards of directors and board committees on a wide range of matters, including SEC and stock exchange reporting and disclosure requirements, board and executive compensation, corporate governance, shareholder proposals, the impact of proxy advisory services and responses to formal and informal SEC inquiries. His practice also focuses on new developments and changing best practices in governance matters.
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Elisa Alcabes - Senior Counsel Elisa Alcabes is Senior Counsel in the Firm’s Litigation Department. Her practice focuses on insurance coverage disputes and bankruptcy litigation, with an emphasis on environmental, mass tort and asbestos-related matters. She has successfully represented insurers and reinsurers drawn into the bankruptcy process through the Chapter 11 filings of their policyholders, and she regularly litigates complex insurance coverage disputes in state and federal court. Complementing these activities, Elisa counsels private equity, corporate and banking clients regarding insurance and mass tort issues in connection with mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and securities offerings. She also advises clients with respect to their directors’ and officers’ liability insurance coverage in the context of policy placements, renewals and claim-related issues. On a pro bono basis, Elisa has successfully represented veterans seeking relief from military discharge review boards and the Veterans Administration and has been awarded the Jeremy G. Epstein Award for Pro Bono Service from the City Bar Justice Center in recognition of this work.  
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Alison Joy Ando - Senior Counsel

Alison Joy Ando is Senior Counsel in the Firm’s Real Estate Practice.

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Jeanne M. Annarumma - Senior Counsel Jeanne M. Annarumma is Senior Counsel in the Firm’s Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Practice.  Jeanne works closely with the Firm's numerous private equity, hedge fund and leveraged buyout fund clients in order to assure qualification as “venture capital operating companies” and “real estate operating companies” or meet other available plan asset exceptions in order to avoid ERISA fiduciary and potential prohibited transaction concerns.  Jeanne also has experience advising on the issues that arise when assets of a fund do qualify as “plan assets,” including avoiding prohibited transactions and the heightened duties that apply to fiduciaries of plan assets.
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Blake A. Bell - Senior Counsel

Blake A. Bell is Senior Counsel at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. With more than two decades worth of experience as a commercial and securities litigator, he also serves as the Firm's Senior Knowledge Management Counsel.

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Amy T. Beller - Senior Counsel Amy T. Beller is Senior Counsel in the Firm’s Corporate Department and a member of the Firm’s Energy and Infrastructure Practice.   Amy focuses on project and other corporate finance transactions in the energy sector and regularly advises commercial banks, investment banks and other financial institutions and companies in a broad range of financial transactions and regulatory matters. Amy also spent 1997 and 1998 in the Firm’s London office where she advised investment banks and issuers on a variety of international securities transactions.
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Allison Scher Bernbach - Senior Counsel Senior Counsel in the Firm’s Private Funds Practice, Allison Bernbach advises funds clients on complex regulatory matters, including compliance with the Advisers Act, SEC examinations and the structuring of acquisitions of other investment managers. Allison has over 20 years of regulatory compliance experience servicing global, multi-strategy asset management firms both as outside counsel and in-house, and in both compliance and legal roles. Prior to joining Simpson Thacher, Allison served as Managing Director and Chief Compliance Officer of CCMP Capital Advisors, where she oversaw all aspects of the firm’s SEC investment advisor regulatory compliance program. 
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Jonathan E. Cantor - Senior Counsel Jonathan Cantor is Senior Counsel in the Firm’s Tax Department. His area of concentration is federal income tax with a particular emphasis on capital markets transactions, including high yield and investment grade debt offerings, note programs, initial public offerings, tender offers, exchange offers and consent solicitations. Jonathan also provides tax advice with respect to regulated investment companies and collateralized debt obligation funds.
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Kirsten L. Davis - Senior Counsel Kirsten Davis is Senior Counsel in the Firm’s Corporate Department. Kirsten represents issuers and underwriters in both public and private offerings of equity and debt securities and advises both U.S. and non-U.S. clients on general corporate and securities law matters.
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Steven R. DeLott - Senior Counsel Steven R. DeLott is Senior Insurance Counsel and a member of the Firm's Corporate Department. His areas of concentration include directors’ and officers’ liability insurance, representations and warranties insurance, cyber liability insurance and insurance regulatory matters.
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David Elbaum - Senior Counsel

David Elbaum is Senior Counsel at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. His practice focus is in securities and antitrust litigation and investigations. He represents companies and individuals in a broad range of complex commercial cases, including shareholder and derivative actions and M&A litigation. David also represents clients in government investigations involving the DOJ, the SEC, HUD and other regulatory agencies.

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Adeeb R. Fadil - Senior Counsel Adeeb Fadil is Senior Counsel in the Firm's Corporate Department and Environmental Practice. He focuses on environmental aspects of transactions including acquisitions, divestitures, loans, securities offerings, and bankruptcies and restructurings, for a wide range of the Firm’s clients, as well as on environmental liability management, compliance counseling and dispute resolution.
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Janet A. Gochman - Senior Counsel Janet Gochman is Senior Counsel in the Firm’s Litigation Department. Janet has had significant experience working on a variety of complex commercial litigations, most recently focused on securities and ERISA litigation. In addition, Janet has coordinated the response of the Firm and corporate clients to multiple insider trading investigations by the SEC, NYSE and FINRA.
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Michael R. Isby - Senior Counsel Mike Isby is Senior Counsel in the Firm’s Corporate Department and is a member of the Environmental Practice. His practice concentrates on the environmental aspects of mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, and lendings. His practice also includes environmental law compliance counseling. Mike has been recognized for environmental law expertise in publications such as Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America, and Super Lawyers.
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Jamin R. Koslowe - Senior Counsel

Jamin Koslowe is Senior Counsel in the Firm’s Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Practice. His practice focuses on equity-based and other incentive compensation plans, deferred compensation arrangements, executive employment and separation agreements, and employee benefits issues related to mergers and acquisitions, spin-off transactions and debt and equity offerings.

Jamin frequently advises boards and compensation committees on executive compensation matters, including in connection with senior executive hires and departures. Jamin’s regular clients on executive compensation matters include Travelers, Blackstone, Carlyle, L-3, PPL, Aramark, Accenture, Weight Watchers, Genesee & Wyoming, Hovnanian and Team Health.

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Beate Krieger - Senior Counsel Beate Krieger concentrates her practice on advising hedge funds, private equity funds, hybrid funds, funds of funds and investment advisers in connection with their structuring, formation and ongoing operational needs, general securities laws matters, and regulatory and compliance issues. 
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Hyang-Sook Lee - Senior Counsel

Hyang-Sook (“Soogy”) Lee is Senior Counsel in the Restructuring and Bankruptcy Practice of the Firm’s Corporate Department. Soogy focuses on syndicated loan financings, particularly in the bankruptcy and restructuring contexts, and has significant experience in the representation of financial institutions in a range of transactions including working capital financings, debtor-in-possession financings, pre-packaged bankruptcy cases and exit financings extended to reorganized debtors. She regularly represents large financial institutions.

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Francis C. Marinelli - Senior Counsel

Francis C. Marinelli is Senior Counsel and a senior member of the Firm’s Public Company Advisory Practice, which advises U.S. and non–U.S. public companies on all aspects of their compliance with the U.S. securities laws and the listing requirements of the major U.S. exchanges. He also advises companies on matters of corporate law generally.

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Kathrine A. McLendon - Senior Counsel Kathrine A. McLendon is Senior Counsel in the Firm’s Restructuring and Bankruptcy Practice. Kathrine’s practice covers a wide variety of bankruptcy and restructuring matters, ranging from representation of major secured creditors, key trade creditors and insurers in out-of-court restructurings and bankruptcies to representation of a Chapter 11 trustee in all aspects of a multiyear bankruptcy case with significant litigation stemming from massive pre-petition fraud. In addition, she has extensive experience in the representation of parties acquiring companies and assets out of bankruptcy cases. She has had significant involvement in airline, energy, asbestos, real estate and technology bankruptcy cases.
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Amanda K. Moore - Senior Counsel

Amanda Moore focuses her practice on the formation and operation of private investment funds, including buyout funds, real estate funds, infrastructure and energy funds, credit funds, secondaries funds, seeding funds, and hedge funds, among others, as well as separately managed accounts, “funds-of-one” and other customized investment vehicles. She also advises clients on the formation and operation of “upper tier” entities, investment advisers and general partners, including “carried interest” plans and other profit-sharing arrangements, as well as related transactional matters such as strategic investments and joint ventures. In addition, she has extensive experience representing fund sponsors and broker-dealers in connection with the distribution of alternative investments to high net worth individuals on a worldwide basis. Amanda has been nationally recommended by The Legal 500 United States and has been rated as a “Rising Star” in IFLR1000’s 2016 Americas edition of Financial and Corporate Law Firm rankings.

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Jennifer L. Nadborny - Senior Counsel

As Senior Counsel in the Firm’s Public Company Advisory Practice, Jennifer Nadborny advises companies on all aspects of their compliance with the U.S. securities laws and the listing requirements of the major U.S. exchanges.  Jennifer’s practice particularly focuses on compliance and reporting under Section 16 and Section 13(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 144 of the Securities Act of 1933.  Jennifer has advised a wide range of clients, with a focus on transactions by leading private equity firms, including Blackstone, KKR and Silver Lake, with respect to initial public offerings of portfolio companies, merger and PIPE-related activities, and significant secondary sales transactions. She also regularly advises CEOs and other executives on such matters with respect to their long-term estate planning.

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John D. Schueller - Senior Counsel John Schueller is Senior Counsel in the Firm’s Corporate Department.  John’s practice focuses on securitization transactions, encompassing many different types of asset classes, including auto loans and leases, timeshare loans, rental cars, single-family residential home rentals, cellular towers, television broadcast revenues and other esoteric assets.  He represents both underwriters and issuers, as well as parties in acquisitions and other transactions in which securitizations are involved.  In addition, John regularly advises the managers of collateralized loan obligations and borrowers under securitized leveraged loan funding facilities.
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Alison G. Silverman - Senior Counsel Alison Silverman is Senior Counsel in the Firm's Personal Planning Practice.  Alison focuses her practice on estate and trust administration and complex estate, tax and succession planning for ultra-affluent individuals and families.  She has developed an extensive client base that includes high-profile principals of private equity and hedge funds, corporate executives, household-name media personalities, and fiduciaries of large estates and trusts.  Multiple generations of wealthy families come to Alison to coordinate their estate plans.
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Steven C. Stickler - Senior Counsel

Steven Stickler is Senior Counsel in the Firm’s Real Estate Practice.

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Nicholas Baker - Counsel Resident of Simpson Thacher’s New York office, Nicholas Baker is Counsel in the Firm’s Corporate Practice. Nicholas concentrates his practice on restructuring and bankruptcy matters. He has represented clients in some of the largest Chapter 11 proceedings and out-of-court restructurings. Some of his institutional clients include JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, L-3 Communications and GSO Capital Partners.
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Patrick Marc Baron - Counsel Patrick M. Baron is Counsel in the Firm’s Corporate Department. Patrick’s practice is focused on domestic and international corporate finance transactions. He has represented both investment banks and issuers in high yield financings, debt restructurings, initial public offerings and other capital raising transactions. Patrick also regularly advises clients with respect to securities laws and general corporate matters.
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Janice G. Brunner - Counsel As a member of the Firm’s Public Company Advisory Practice, Janice Brunner advises existing and newly-listed public company clients and companies preparing to go public on a wide range of corporate governance, executive compensation and disclosure matters under the U.S. securities laws and the listing requirements of the major U.S. exchanges.   Janice also  counsels clients on a full scope of general corporate law matters.  She also focuses on new developments and changing best practices in governance, disclosure and corporate law matters.  
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Mark Chorazak - Counsel With deep experience in financial services regulation, Mark Chorazak regularly counsels banks, thrifts, private equity investors and other financial services firms on a wide range of transactions and regulatory matters. A significant portion of his practice relates to mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions where the target or issuer is a banking organization or other financial institution, and he represents clients before the major financial services regulators. Mark also actively advises global banks, asset managers and other financial institutions on the requirements, impact and implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act and related regulations.
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Summer Craig - Counsel Summer Craig is Counsel in the Firm’s Litigation Department.  Summer represents clients in a variety of complex commercial litigations, with particular emphasis in the areas of insurance and reinsurance.  Summer is also committed to pro bono work, most recently representing a trafficking victim in civil litigation under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
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Ismael Duran - Counsel Ismael Duran advises lenders, financial sponsors and corporate borrowers in connection  with syndicated leveraged finance and other commercial lending transactions, including acquisition, bridge, asset-based and other corporate financings.  Fluent in English, Spanish and French and admitted to practice in the New York and Spanish Bars, Ismael also represents financial institutions, sponsors and corporate borrowers in connection with bank financings in the Latin America region. 
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Jennifer L. Franklin - Counsel Jennifer Franklin is Counsel in the Firm’s Exempt Organizations Practice.  She advises a variety of international and domestic exempt organizations, including both private foundations and public charities, and has worked on transactional and tax matters, including the merger or dissolution of non-profit corporations, for private foundations and public charities.  Jennifer has significant experience in the areas of charitable gift-planning, including working with donor advised fund and supporting organization structures and structuring endowment fund gifts.  Jennifer’s experience also includes art law, where she advises artist foundations on governance and tax issues and individual and foundation donors on charitable gifts of works of art. 
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Ellen L. Frye - Counsel Ellen Frye is Counsel in the Firm’s Litigation Department, where she focuses on antitrust-related issues.  She counsels clients on pre-merger notification compliance with a focus on international merger control.  She also represents clients in domestic and international government investigations and reviews of mergers and acquisitions, and in private antitrust litigation, and counsels clients on the antitrust implications of their business activities. She has a wide range of pro bono experience including representing a client on death row in Missouri.
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Timothy Gallagher - Counsel Timothy Gallagher is Counsel in the Firm’s Real Estate Department. He advises several of the Firm’s corporate clients with respect to real estate matters involving mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings and lending.
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Jennie Getsin - Counsel As a member of the Firm’s Corporate Department, Jennie Getsin advises a wide range of the Firm’s corporate clients on compliance with Blue Sky laws and FINRA regulations. Jennie advises several major investment banking firms in connection with state securities law and FINRA compliance for public and private offerings. In addition, she advises a variety  of private equity firms and hedge funds in connection with state regulatory matters, including Blackstone, Carlyle and KKR. Jennie is also a frequent author of FINRA thought leadership pieces.
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Gena R. Hatcher - Counsel Counsel in Simpson Thacher’s New York office, Gena Hatcher is a member of the Firm’s Personal Planning Practice. Gena advises ultra-high net worth individuals and families regarding the preservation, transfer and management of wealth and personal and charitable legacies. Her clients include founders and CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, billionaire private equity principals, multigenerational real estate families, and legendary fashion designers. Her practice includes crafting bespoke estate planning structures involving private equity and hedge fund interests and publicly traded stock of corporate insiders, including navigating cross-disciplinary securities law and investor relations issues, trust and estate administration for iconic American and New York families, and addressing the complexities of administering charitable trusts and private foundations. A former member of the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Estate & Gift Taxation, Gena has also presented at the New York City Bar Association on the basics of will drafting, and was honored by Legal Services NYC in 2014 for her pro bono efforts at the Firm.
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Richard J. Jamgochian - Counsel Rick Jamgochian practices all aspects of antitrust and competition law, including merger enforcement, criminal cartel investigations, private antitrust litigation, and compliance counseling.  He frequently represents clients in merger reviews before the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission. He has experience across a broad range of industries including pharmaceuticals, healthcare, consumer products, technology and software, manufacturing and financial services.
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Kelly Karapetyan - Counsel Counsel in the Firm’s Litigation Practice, Kelly Karapetyan focuses on counseling regarding the pre-merger notification requirements in the U.S. under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (“HSR”) and throughout the world. Kelly provides general counseling with regard to antitrust compliance issues, including integration planning.  She is fluent in Russian.
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Harlene Katzman - Counsel Harlene Katzman is the Pro Bono Counsel and Director at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Prior to joining the Firm in 2008, Harlene was the Dean of the Center for Public Interest Law at Columbia Law School where she directed the school's mandatory Pro Bono Program as well as its public interest programming, counseling and fellowships programs.

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Arjun Koshal - Counsel

Arjun Koshal primarily represents issuers in initial public offerings, spin-offs, corporate restructuring transactions, debt financings and other domestic and international capital raising transactions. He has advised on a number of transactions that have been transformative for several of the firm’s clients. In 2016, he advised Acushnet Holdings Corp., owner of the Titleist and FootJoy brands, in its initial public offering. He has also advised ITT Corporation on its concurrent spin-offs of Exelis Inc., its defense and information solutions business, and Xylem Inc., its water technology business, and KKR in connection with its business combination with KKR Private Equity Investors L.P. and subsequent listing on the New York Stock Exchange.

Arjun also regularly advises clients with respect to corporate governance, securities laws and general corporate matters.

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Krista B. McManus - Counsel

Krista McManus is Counsel in the Firm’s Real Estate Practice. She advises several of the Firm’s corporate clients with respect to real estate matters involving mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings and lendings.

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Jayma M. Meyer - Counsel Jayma M. Meyer is Counsel in the Firm's Litigation Department. Her areas of concentration have been substantive antitrust counseling, federal and state antitrust litigation and government investigations. Jayma is also a Visiting Scholar at Indiana University where she teaches Sports Law. In addition, she currently focuses on representing  pro bono clients in Title IX cases and counseling pro bono clients on antitrust issues in the sports arena. 
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Janet M. Nadile - Counsel Janet Nadile is Counsel in the Firm’s Banking and Credit Practice, where she focuses on a broad array of commercial law with an emphasis on issues regarding Articles 8 and 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code.  She advises lenders and borrowers on all aspects of drafting and negotiating collateral security documents in a wide variety of secured transactions, including credit facilities, asset based lending, secured bond transactions, project finance and funds finance.  Janet is a frequent speaker on secured transactions, including programs with the New York State Bar Business Law Section, the New York City Bar, the American Bar Association, Business Law Section and the Institute for the Young Business Lawyer, American Law Institute, and Practicing Law Institute. 
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Shari Ness - Counsel As Counsel in Simpson Thacher's Corporate Department and a member of the Firm’s Public Company Advisory Practice, Shari Ness advises mature and newly public companies across a range of industries on  all aspects of their compliance with the U.S. securities laws and the listing requirements of the major U.S. exchanges, and various other corporate law matters. Shari regularly assists in-house counsel, management and boards of directors on a wide range of matters, including SEC and stock exchange reporting and disclosure requirements, corporate governance, director and executive compensation, director independence, internal investigations and responses to formal and informal SEC inquiries. Her practice also focuses on new developments and changing best practices in governance matters.  
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Jonathan S. Pall - Counsel Jonathan Pall is Counsel in Simpson Thacher’s New York office and a member of the Firm’s Banking and Credit Practice, concentrating on secured transactions, with an emphasis on the Uniform Commercial Code. He advises both lenders and borrowers on a wide range of collateral and security documents, including UCC financing statements, security agreements, pledge agreements, intercreditor arrangements, control agreements and legal opinions. His practice also includes performing collateral reviews and participating in training sessions on secured transactions.
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James I. Rapp - Counsel James Rapp is Counsel in the Firm’s Capital Markets Practice.
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Jennifer I. Reynoso - Counsel Jennifer Reynoso is Counsel in the Firm’s Exempt Organizations Practice. She advises a variety of public charities and private foundations on structural and operating issues, including formation, governance, reorganizations and domestic and international grantmaking and operations. She advises donors on charitable-giving techniques. Jennifer has also been involved in assisting governing bodies in internal investigations.
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Sara A. Ricciardi - Counsel Sara Ricciardi is Counsel in the Firm’s Litigation Department. She represents clients in a variety of complex commercial litigations, with a focus on securities matters, shareholder and derivative actions, and government and internal investigations.  
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Kathy L. Rose - Counsel Kathy Lynne Rose has been Counsel in the Firm’s Professional Responsibility and Risk Management Group and has consulted on Firm ethics issues. Kathy has more than 25 years’ experience practicing in the areas of banking, capital markets and securities, mergers and acquisitions. Kathy is a Lecturer-in-Law in Professional Responsibility at Columbia University School of Law, and she has also taught ethics seminars at The University of Chicago Law School.
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Heather L. Shaffer - Counsel Heather L. Shaffer is Counsel in the Firm’s Litigation Department where her practice focuses on government and internal investigations and compliance matters, as well as related civil litigation.  Heather has significant experience representing and advising multinational corporations, boards of directors, board committees, and executives in connection with internal investigations, civil and criminal regulatory enforcement actions, whistleblower complaints and compliance matters.  She has handled matters involving the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and other federal and state regulators.
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Chi H. Shum - Counsel

Chi Shum is Counsel in the Firm’s New York office and a member of the Firm’s Corporate Department. Chi’s practice focuses on the formation and operation of private equity funds and compliance matters for investment advisors. He has represented sponsors such as BTG Pactual, SteelRiver, The Carlyle Group, The Sentient Group, Lehman Brothers and Cypress in connection with private equity, real estate and infrastructure funds and employee securities companies.

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Ellen Smiley - Counsel Ellen is Counsel in the Firm’s Public Company Advisory Practice. Ellen focuses on advising existing and newly listed public company clients across a spectrum of industries, regarding corporate governance matters, compliance with U.S. federal securities laws, requirements of the major U.S. stock exchanges and various other corporate law matters.  Ellen regularly assists in-house counsel, management, boards of directors and board committees on matters involving SEC and stock exchange reporting and disclosure requirements, corporate governance, director and executive compensation, director independence, shareholder proposals and responses to SEC inquiries. Her practice also focuses on new developments and evolving best practices in public company reporting and governance matters, as well as advising portfolio companies of the Firm’s private equity clients, including with their initial public offering process and their transition to becoming publicly traded.
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Christopher Jon Sprigman - Counsel Counsel in the Firm’s Intellectual Property Group and Litigation Department, Professor Christopher Jon Sprigman has substantial experience in complex intellectual property matters, and particularly in the areas of copyright and trademark law. Chris is a tenured faculty member and Co-Director of the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy at New York University School of Law, where he teaches intellectual property law, antitrust law, competition policy and comparative constitutional law.  He has also taught at the University of Virginia School of Law, as well as the Law School of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.  
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Neera Rellan Stacy - Counsel Neera Rellan Stacy is Counsel at Simpson Thacher where she is a member of the Firm's Personal Planning Practice. Neera's practice focuses on complex estate planning, estate and trust administration, retirement planning, charitable giving, and complicated planning issues faced by US individuals living abroad. Her varied client base includes scores of private equity fund principals, multiple generations of prominent families, ultra-high-net-worth individuals, and fiduciaries of large estates and trusts. Neera's clients know they can count on her to create and implement sophisticated estate planning structures designed to achieve both the preservation and transmission of wealth in a tax efficient manner as well as meet their personal goals.
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Daniel J. Stujenske - Counsel

Dan Stujenske is a Counsel in the Firm’s Litigation Department, where his practice includes securities and merger class actions, false advertising litigation in federal court and before the National Advertising Division, and other complex commercial litigation. He counsels clients on contractual and advertising matters in non-litigation and pre-litigation contexts. He represents clients in a variety of industries, including financial services, pharmaceuticals, retail and consumer products, energy and insurance.

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Lia Toback - Counsel Counsel in the Firm’s Capital Markets Practice, Lia Toback focuses on corporate finance transactions and represents both issuers and investment banks in initial public offerings, high yield financings, equity-linked offerings and other domestic and international capital raising transactions. 

Lia has a particular focus in offerings of equity-linked securities, such as optional and mandatory convertible and exchangeable debt and preferred stock.
 
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Peter P. Vassilev - Counsel As Counsel in the Private Funds Practice at Simpson Thacher, Peter Vassilev’s practice focuses on the organization, structuring and operation of private investment funds. Peter represents some of the largest, best-known sponsors of private equity, including Blackstone, KKR and The Carlyle Group, and has represented sponsors on funds focused on a wide array of asset classes, including buyout, real estate, growth, technology, venture and hedge funds. His practice also includes advising on carried interest and similar internal GP arrangements, co-investment vehicles, M&A transactions and strategic acquisitions involving financial sponsors, joint ventures, and other corporate transactions and strategic initiatives involving financial sponsors.
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Daniel J. Venditti - Counsel Daniel Venditti is Counsel in the Firm’s Corporate Department and Labor and Employment Practice. His practice focuses on advising the Firm’s clients on labor and employment issues which arise in connection with mergers and acquisitions, and those relating to their ongoing operations. 
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Benjamin Wells - Counsel

Benjamin Wells focuses his practice on advising registered investment vehicles and investment advisers on various transactional and regulatory matters, including structuring and formation, initial and follow-on securities offerings, regulatory relief applications and ongoing governance and compliance. His experience includes listed closed-end funds, interval funds, business development companies and REITs. He also represents underwriters in connection with offerings by registered investment vehicles as well as independent boards.

Benjamin was named a Rising Star at the 2017 Mutual Fund Industry Awards as well as in Super Lawyers magazine.

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Jason M. Williams - Counsel

Jason Williams is Counsel in the Firm’s Corporate Department. Jason’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other corporate transactions, with an emphasis on alternative and traditional asset managers.  

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Stephen M. Wiseman - Counsel Counsel in the Firm’s Corporate Department, Stephen Wiseman has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions. He has represented financial advisors as well as investment firms on a number of transactions. 

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