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Andrew W. Smith
Partner
 
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017 
 
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Phone: +1-212-455-7939
Fax: +1-212-455-2502
With a practice focusing on mergers and acquisitions, Andrew Smith regularly represents private equity firms and public companies in acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and investments. His principal clients include First Reserve, ITC Holdings, KKR, Lion Capital, Snow Phipps Group and TPG Capital. Andrew has been involved in many significant leveraged buyout and other transactions in recent years, in particular in the energy and infrastructure sector. Andrew leads the Firm’s pro bono efforts for New York Cares and the Hastings Farmers Market. Before joining Simpson Thacher, he clerked for the Honorable Roger Miner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.

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Work Highlights
  • Significant leveraged buyout transactions in the energy/utility sector, including the $45 billion acquisition of TXU by an investor group led by KKR, TPG and Goldman Sachs; and the $3.65 billion acquisition and $8.3 billion sale of Texas Genco by an investor group of Blackstone, Hellman & Friedman, KKR and TPG
  • KKR in multiple acquisitions, investments and dispositions in the oil and gas sector, including its $7.2 billion acquisition of Samson Investment Company and its investments in and subsequent sales of East Resources, Hilcorp Energy Resources and its midstream JV with El Paso Corporation
  • KKR’s infrastructure fund in multiple acquisitions and investments in renewable energy, including acquisitions with Google from Recurrent of two solar farm portfolios in California and Arizona and its acquisition of solar projects in Ontario from Starwood Energy
  • ITC Holdings Corp. in its proposed Reverse Morris Trust acquisition of Entergy’s transmission business and in ITC Lake Erie Connector, a US-Canada HVDC transmission development project
  • Snow Phipps Group in multiple leveraged buyouts and dispositions, including Excel Mining, Fibervisions and Boyd Corporation
  • Lion Capital in its acquisitions of Bumble Bee Foods, John Varvatos Enterprises and N.V. Perricone
  • TPG in its acquisitions of Altivity Packaging (now Graphic Packaging), American Tire Distributors and Fleetpride Corporation
Education
  • Columbia Law School, 1996 J.D.
    Columbia Law Review, Production & Managing Editor
  • Brown University, 1992 B.A.
Admissions
  • New York 1997

Andrew W. Smith is a Partner in the Firm’s Corporate Department, focusing on mergers and acquisitions. He regularly represents private equity firms, such as First Reserve Corporation, Hellman & Friedman, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, Lion Capital, Snow Phipps Group, and TPG Capital, and their portfolio companies, as well as public companies, in acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and investments. 

Andrew has been involved in several significant leveraged buyout transactions, particularly in the energy sector, including:

  • the $7.2 billion leveraged acquisition of Samson Investment Company by a consortium led by KKR

  • the $45 billion leveraged acquisition of TXU Corp. (now Energy Future Holdings) by an investor group led by KKR, TPG and Goldman Sachs

  • the $3.65 billion leveraged acquisition and $8.3 billion sale of Texas Genco LLC by an investor group consisting of Blackstone, Hellman & Friedman, KKR and TPG 

  • First Reserve’s leveraged acquisition of Saxon Energy Services and Saxon’s acquisition of Schlumberger's drilling rig management business

Andrew’s other recent leveraged buyout representations include:

  • KKR’s leveraged acquisition of Air Medical Group Holdings

  • Hellman & Friedman’s leveraged acquisition of Hub International

  • Lion Capital’s leveraged acquisitions of Bumble Bee Foods, John Varvatos Enterprises and N.V. Perricone

  • Snow Phipps’ leveraged acquisitions of Excel Mining Systems and Boyd Corporation and its sales of Excel Mining, Fibervisions Corporation and Boyd

  • TPG’s leveraged acquisitions of Altivity Packaging (combined into Graphic Packaging), American Tire Distributors and Fleetpride Corporation

Andrew’s other representations in the energy, infrastructure and natural resources area include:

  • ITC Holdings Corp. (NYSE:ITC) in its proposed Reverse Morris Trust acquisition of Entergy’s transmission business
  • KKR in its acquisitions with Google of solar farm portfolios in California; and Arizona and its acquisition of solar projects in Ontario from Starwood Energy
  • various other infrastructure and natural resources investments for KKR, including KKR’s investments in and subsequent sales of East Resources, Hilcorp Energy Resources and its midstream joint venture with El Paso Corporation.

Andrew leads the Firm’s pro bono efforts for New York Cares and Hastings Farmers Market. He was recently recognized by Chambers USA:  America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

Andrew joined Simpson Thacher in 1997 and became a Partner in 2006.  He received his B.A. from Brown University in 1992 and his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1996, where he was Production & Managing Editor of the Columbia Law Review. From 1996 to 1997, Andrew clerked for the Hon. Roger J. Miner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

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