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Banking and Credit

With a widely recognized top-level practice, we counsel our clients on their most sophisticated credit transactions. Of all U.S. law firms, we help clients finance the highest volume of transactions.

Increasingly, our clients are looking at financings that involve cross-border issues, so our practice has become more global in its focus. Our integrated team of lawyers practicing around the globe—including our English law finance practice in London and Asia finance practice in Hong Kong—provides comprehensive advice and serves the global debt platforms and needs of our clients.

#1 Overall Law Firm
by Volume and Deal Count
(Loan Pricing Corporation 2020)

Clients rely on us to advise on an array of sophisticated credit transactions and financial instruments at all levels of the corporate capital structure. Our practices focus on many areas of the bank and syndicated lending market, including:

  • Leveraged finance
  • Acquisition finance, including bridge financing
  • Investment grade finance
  • Project and energy finance

Through our work with arrangers and borrowers of syndicated credits, Simpson Thacher has participated in the structural development and geographic expansion of the syndicated credit market across all phases of the credit cycle. In addition, we have bolstered our restructuring work to complement our banking practice.

Most importantly, the Firm’s collegial style matches well with the project team approach used by most of our arranger and borrower clients.

Band 1
Band 1 ranking in Banking and Finance  (Chambers USA 2007-2021)
$1.4 T
Advised on 1000+ banking transactions for a total financing volume of $1.4 trillion—more than $48+ billion more than the nearest competitor
(Loan Pricing Corporation 2016-2020)

With teams dedicated to both borrower and lender representations, we have recently advised on financings for:
AT&T’s spin-off and business combination of WarnerMedia with Discovery
Twenty-First Century Fox’s spin-off related to its $52.4 billion sale to Disney
ChemChina’s $43 billion acquisition of Syngenta
IBM’s approx. $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat
AerCap’s announced $30 billion acquisition of GE Capital Aviation Services
Blackstone-led consortium’s $20 billion acquisition of a majority interest in Thomson Reuters’ Financial & Risk Business
Gardener Denver Holdings’ $15 billion merger with Ingersoll-Rand’s industrial segment
Digital Colony and EQT Infrastructure’s $14.3 billion acquisition of Zayo
Hellman & Friedman-led consortium’s $11 billion acquisition of Ultimate Software
Mars’ $9.1 billion acquisition of VCA
Northrop Grumman’s $8.5 billion acquisition of Orbital ATK
KKR’s €6.825 billion acquisition of Unilever’s global Spreads business
Avantor’s $6.4 billion acquisition of VWR
Lions Gate Entertainment’s $4.4 billion acquisition of Starz
KKR and CDPQ’s $4.3 billion acquisition of USI Insurance Services
Silver Lake and P2 Capital Partners $3.5 billion acquisition of Blackhawk
“With a well-balanced practice that covers most corners of the market, Simpson Thacher provides the template that many firms aspire to.”
The Legal 500 United States

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