Jason Williams is Counsel in Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP’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.
Jason has particular experience in investment manager M&A, including strategic acquisitions and minority investments in asset managers. Jason has experience representing investors and investees in structuring, negotiating and executing minority investments and controlling investments in fund sponsors, including revenue sharing arrangements, minority protections, future investment rights and exit rights, across diverse asset classes and strategies, including private equity, hedge funds and advisors to mutual funds and other registered investment companies and pooled investment vehicles. He also advises asset management clients on primary and secondary investments, including synthetic secondary investments and stapled transactions; venture financings; dispositions; joint ventures; and other strategic initiatives.
Jason also has experience counseling private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, hedge fund managers and public and private companies on corporate governance matters, fiduciary duties, unsolicited transactions, restructurings, proxy fights, shareholder activism and general corporate and securities law matters.
Prior to joining Simpson Thacher, Jason was Associate General Counsel for a top tier NY-based asset manager with a global footprint and, prior to that, senior counsel in the Office of the Chief Counsel at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Investment Management Division. Jason began his legal career at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York City. Jason’s diverse experience enables him to provide effective commercial solutions with a keen understanding of the regulatory implications.
Jason received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was Articles Editor of the Yale Journal on Regulation, and his MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. He received his B.A. (Mathematics), summa cum laude, B.S. (Economics), summa cum laude, and B.A. (Political Science), summa cum laude, from Arizona State University. He is admitted to practice in New York.