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Ryerson Symons
Partner
 
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017 
 
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Phone: +1-212-455-2813
Fax: +1-212-455-2502
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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Work Highlights
  • BC Partners-led consortium in its $8.7 billion acquisition of PetSmart
  • Apax Partners in multiple acquisitions and dispositions, including its $1.1 billion acquisition of rue21 and its €2.2 billion sale of Tommy Hilfiger
  • Garda World Security Corporation in its 12-year, $1.4 billion strategic cash vault outsourcing partnership with Bank of America
  • Apax Partners, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and the Public Sector Pension Investment Board in their $6.3 billion acquisition of Kinetic Concepts
  • Barr Pharmaceuticals in its $2.5 billion acquisition of over 95% of Croatian company Pliva d.d.
  • Consortium of private equity funds in the $12 billion acquisition of Denmark’s TDC A/S, at the time the largest private equity takeover in Europe
Education
  • Dalhousie Law School, 1992 LL.B.
  • University of Oxford, 1990 B.A. Juris
  • McGill University, 1988 B.A.
Admissions
  • New York 1994

Ryerson Symons is a Partner in the Firm’s New York office. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and other business combination transactions as well as corporate finance transactions. Ryerson has frequently represented many of the world’s leading private equity firms, including Apax Partners, BC Partners, The Blackstone Group, KKR, Permira and Providence Equity Partners.

He has twice been named “Dealmaker of the Week” by The American Lawyer for his representation of a BC Partners-led consortium in its $8.7 billion acquisition of PetSmart in 2014, and a consortium including Apax Partners in its $6.3 billion acquisition of KCI in 2011.

Ryerson joined Simpson Thacher in 1992 and was based in the Firm’s London office from 1994 to 1996. In 1997, he spent a year on secondment with Gide Loyrette Nouel in Paris. After becoming a Partner in 2001, Ryerson returned to the London office through 2009. Ryerson received a B.A. in History and Political Science from McGill University in 1988, a B.A. in Jurisprudence from Oxford University in 1990 and an LL.B. from Dalhousie University in 1992.

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