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William Allen - Partner

Named a 2021 “Rising Star” for Private Equity by Law360 and a 2021 “Top Rising Star” by The Deal, William Allen’s diverse practice focuses on public and private mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions. He regularly represents strategic clients and private equity sponsors on a broad range of domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, carve-outs, recapitalizations, dispositions, joint ventures and minority investments across a wide variety of industries, including technology and financial services.

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David Azarkh - Partner

David Azarkh is a Partner in the Firm’s Corporate Department, where he concentrates on capital markets transactions. He 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 is ranked by Chambers USA for Capital Markets: Debt & Equity and is lauded as “incredibly commercial” and “a bright star of Simpson Thacher's future.” He regularly writes for industry publications such as Law360 and Lexis Practice Advisor®, including “How to Draft Risk Factors for a Registration Statement” and “Responding to SEC Comment Letters.” David is also part of the TechGC network and regularly presents at TechGC’s conferences, webinars and other events on capital markets topics.

 

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Nicholas Baker - Partner

Resident of Simpson Thacher’s New York office, Nicholas Baker is a Partner in the Firm’s Corporate Practice. Nicholas concentrates his practice on restructuring and bankruptcy matters. He has represented creditors and borrowers in Chapter 11 proceedings and out-of-court restructurings. Some of his institutional clients include JPMorgan, Bank of Montreal, Riverstone Capital and First Reserve.

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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, 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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Martin S. Bell - Partner

Martin S. Bell, former Assistant U.S. Attorney at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, represents companies, boards and executives in government and internal investigations and high-profile disputes. Martin served as a senior member of the Securities and Commodities Task Force and the Public Corruption Unit in the SDNY, and previously served as a member of the Money Laundering and Asset Forfeiture Unit.

As a federal prosecutor, Martin served as lead counsel on behalf of the United States in fourteen jury trials and argued before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on nine occasions. While at the SDNY, Martin investigated and prosecuted a variety of financial and corruption-related crimes, including securities, accounting, and other financial fraud, bribery, obstruction of justice, money laundering, sanctions violations, and various offenses giving rise to civil and criminal asset forfeiture. In addition, he worked on cases involving criminal civil rights violations. Martin was honored with several awards for his service, including the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation Prosecutor of the Year Award in 2018 and the Assistant Attorney General’s Exceptional Service Award in 2016. Martin was also recently named a “Rising Star” by the New York Law Journal.

Prior to joining the SDNY, Martin practiced at another international law firm and was a law clerk to the Hon. Eric N. Vitaliano of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

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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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Marc P. Berger - Partner

Marc P. Berger, former Acting Director and Deputy Director of the Division of Enforcement and Director of the New York Regional Office at the SEC, and former Chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, represents companies, boards and executives in government and internal investigations, regulatory enforcement matters, and high-profile disputes.

As Acting Director and Deputy Director of Enforcement at the SEC, Marc oversaw thousands of investigations and hundreds of litigations addressing a broad range of securities matters, including issuer disclosure and accounting violations, foreign bribery, investment advisory issues, securities offerings, market manipulation, insider trading, broker-dealer misconduct, cyber threats, initial coin offerings, digital assets and COVID-related fraud. He first joined the SEC as Director of the New York Regional Office, where in addition to supervising all New York enforcement matters, Marc oversaw all of the New York office’s compliance examinations of investment banks, investment advisers, broker-dealers, mutual funds and hedge funds.

As a federal prosecutor, Marc tried 13 cases in district court and as Chief of the SDNY’s Securities Unit he supervised some of the nation’s most significant financial and investment fraud matters, including those related to corporate and accounting fraud, insider trading, market manipulation, and violations of the FCPA. Marc’s SEC and DOJ work involved extensive coordination of cross-border and multi-agency investigations.

In between Marc’s tenures at the SEC and DOJ, Marc was a litigation partner at another international law firm where he represented global financial institutions, public companies, investment firms and individuals in numerous high-profile matters.

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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, new and joint ventures and other corporate transactions. He has extensive experience in structuring employment agreements, equity compensation, performance incentives, deferred compensation, change in control protections, and management participation in buyouts and new ventures. His experience includes domestic and international M&A across a variety of sectors. Andrew also advises on the applicability of securities and tax laws to executives and employers, disclosure obligations in respect of employee benefits and executive compensation arrangements, corporate governance issues and general employment-related matters.

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Joshua Ford Bonnie - Partner Co-Head of the Firm’s Global Capital Markets Practice and Co-Managing Partner of the Firm’s Washington, D.C. office, 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’s transactional experience also includes business combinations involving special purpose acquisition companies. 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 2019 edition of “Getting the Deal Through: High-Yield Debt.”

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Christopher Brown - Partner

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, Chris has worked for many clients on matters involving general secured finance issues, debt restructurings and related corporate issues. His clients have included AEA Investors, Allegion, Alterra Mountain Company, AMG, Angeles Equity Partners, Best Buy, BlackRock, Blackstone, Blommer Chocolate, Carlyle, Charterhouse Capital Partners, Cimpress, Evercore Partners, Fieldwood Energy, Francisco Partners, frontdoor, Goldman Sachs, Hershey, Ingersoll Rand, JLL Partners, KSL Capital Partners, Microsoft, New Mountain Capital, Primavera Capital Partners, Riverstone, Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners, TCW and ZoomInfo. 

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Grenfel S. Calheiros - Partner

Head of the Firm’s São Paulo office, Grenfel Calheiros advises clients on capital markets and M&A transactions, with a primary focus on Latin America and especially Brazil. His clients have included a range of leading companies, private equity sponsors and investment banks in IPOs and other securities offerings, cross-border acquisitions, and other complex corporate matters. Recently, he has been involved in the SEC-Registered IPOs of VTEX, Zenvia, Patria Investments, Vasta Platform, MercadoLibre, Linx’s ADS, and the re-IPO of CPFL Energia; Braskem, BRF and Unigel in numerous bond offers; Technology Crossover Ventures’ investment in Nubank; several investments by Softbank in Latin America; Netshoes’ merger with Magazine Luiza; multiple IPOs and follow-on offerings on the São Paulo Stock Exchange; several transactions by Blackstone Real Estate Partners, including the R$1.4 billion acquisition of Alphaville; the $4.8 billion acquisition of Sadia by Perdigão and the related $2.4 billion SEC-registered equity offering by BRF S.A.; and bond offers by BTG Pactual, Embraer, Stoneco, Tupy, Iochpe-Maxion and FS Bioenergia as counsel to the initial purchasers. Grenfel spent the first nine years of his career in Simpson Thacher’s New York office. He is fluent in Portuguese.

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Rajib Chanda - Partner Hailed as a “Trailblazer” by the American Lawyer for his legal contributions to the democratization of access by ordinary investors to private markets investments, Rajib helps asset management firms design, develop and structure investment products. Rajib heads the firm’s Registered Funds practice. Rajib regularly represents the leading asset management firms in the US, including recent representations of AMG, Angelo Gordon, Apollo, Ares, Artisan Partners, BC Partners, Blackstone, Carlyle, First Eagle, JPMorgan Asset Management, KKR, New Mountain, Oaktree, Onex Credit, PIMCO, Sixth Street Partners, SkyBridge Capital and Third Point, among others.
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Sunny Cheong - Partner

Sunny Cheong is a Partner in Simpson Thacher’s Capital Markets Practice. She represents both issuers and underwriters on a wide range of securities transactions, including IPOs and other common and preferred equity offerings, as well as high yield, investment grade and convertible debt offerings. Sunny’s clients have included National Vision, Avantor, PTC, Acelity, Envision Healthcare Corporation, Mr. Cooper, Global Medical Response, PetSmart, K2M Group Holdings and KKR Real Estate Finance Trust.

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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, fiber-optic and other telecommunications tower companies, private equity funds and financing parties with respect to mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures, securities issuances, financings and related federal and state regulatory issues. In the power industry, Brian has regularly advised American Electric Power, Ohio Valley Electric Corp., PPL, Talen Energy and various private equity clients. He has represented utility and private equity clients in numerous high-profile mergers, including ITC Holdings’ sale to Fortis, JPMorgan's sale of its physical commodities trading businesses, American Electric Power’s acquisition of Central and South West Corp., and the acquisition of TXU by a group of private equity firms. Brian is recognized as a leading regulatory lawyer in the energy and infrastructure sectors by The Legal 500. 
 
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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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Elizabeth A. Cooper - Partner

Co-Head of the Firm’s Private Equity Mergers and Acquisitions Practice and a member of the Executive Committee, Elizabeth Cooper’s diverse practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions. Elizabeth regularly represents private equity sponsors, financial institutions, and public and private companies in a broad range of mergers and acquisitions, investments, joint ventures, recapitalizations and other business combination transactions. Her M&A clients have included Blackstone, Carlyle, KKR, Oaktree, MassMutual and People’s United. Recognized as a 2019 “Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer, Elizabeth was also recently named “Best in M&A” by Euromoney’s Women in Business Law Americas Awards 2020, included on The Deal’s inaugural “Women in M&A: The Powerhouse 20” list, recognized by Crain’s as a “Notable Woman in Law” for 2019 and named “Private Equity Lawyer of the Year” at The Deal Awards in 2018.

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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 one of five private fund practitioners in the United States ranked in the top tier by Chambers & Partners. Chambers has cited him as a "brilliant lawyer" and noted that "he is incredibly smart and he has a great commercial sense about him."  He has also been named a leading lawyer by The Legal 500 United States,  IFLR1000, and Who’s Who Legal Private Funds.
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S. Todd Crider - Partner Head of the Firm’s Latin America Practice, Todd Crider advises clients in international corporate finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions and project finance. He divides his time between New York and São Paulo, Brazil. 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, Carlyle, Patria, Riverwood and SoftBank, as well as the principals in strategic transactions, including The Boeing Company’s $4.3 billion acquisition of Embraer. 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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Brooke E. Cucinella - Partner

Brooke Cucinella, a former federal securities fraud prosecutor and experienced trial lawyer, represents companies, boards and executives in government and internal investigations and high-profile disputes. She also counsels clients on crisis response planning and cyber security incidents. Brooke has been described in Chambers USA as “a great trial lawyer” with “real leadership and focus” who is “a phenomenal addition to the defense Bar,” “remarkably cool under pressure,” and “keep[s] her eye on the issues that really matter.” She was also named to the “Top 250 Women in Litigation” in the U.S. by Benchmark Litigation; and is recognized by The Legal 500 in Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense, where sources say she “works incredibly hard, is dedicated to her clients, and brings the eye of a seasoned investigator and prosecutor.” Brooke was also recently named to Crain’s New York Business’s “Notable Women in Law” for 2021. She previously served in the DOJ as an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where she was a senior member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force. As a federal prosecutor, Brooke tried multiple significant cases and oversaw numerous investigations involving federal and state law enforcement and regulatory agencies, including the SEC. She was responsible for investigating and prosecuting a wide range of complex financial crimes, including accounting fraud, insider trading, market manipulation, wire fraud, bank fraud, tax fraud, money laundering and public corruption. Brooke also has significant experience coordinating cross-border investigations.

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Paul C. Curnin - Partner

Paul C. Curnin, Global Co-Chair of the Firm’s Litigation Department, is a nationally-recognized litigator who routinely handles complex government and internal investigations, securities and derivative matters, corporate control litigations and corporate governance matters, on behalf of companies, boards and individuals. He is consistently recognized by Chambers USA as “a great lawyer” with “impeccable judgment,” “fantastic demeanor, great communication skills and fantastic analytical skills,” who “brings great experience to complex litigation, including notable strength in regulatory investigations and white-collar proceedings.” He is also routinely 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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Stephen M. Cutler - Partner

Steve Cutler, Global Head of the Firm’s Government and Internal Investigations Practice, advises companies, boards and senior executives on government and internal investigations, as well as corporate governance and regulatory matters. Prior to joining the Firm, Steve was Vice Chairman of JPMorgan Chase & Co., after serving as General Counsel of the company for nine years, including during the financial crisis.  Earlier in his career, Steve was the Director of Enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission, where he led the agency’s investigations of numerous high-profile financial reporting, broker-dealer and investment advisor matters. Steve is recognized by Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation as a National “Litigation Star” in Securities and White Collar Crime and a New York “Litigation Star.” He is recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA (Band 1), where sources say “[t]here may be no one who can bring to the table the depth and diversity of experience he has” and call him “a legend” in his field, further noting that he is “one of the finest lawyers out there in terms of legal skills.” Steve has also been recognized by The Legal 500 in several categories, where sources have noted that his “background is unparalleled,” his “experience and leadership is unmatched,” and he “has the highest level of integrity possible.”

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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. John’s transactional work spans several industries, including the healthcare, consumer/retail, industrials/manufacturing, hospitality and tech/media/telecom sectors.
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Richard A. Fenyes - Partner

Richard Fenyes is a Partner who has advised clients for more than twenty years on equity and debt 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 IPOs, acquisition financing, refinancings, debt restructuring and other registered and private offerings of equity and debt 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 technology, healthcare, hospitality, media and entertainment, telecommunications, financial services, foodservice distribution, and manufacturing.

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

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Mary Beth Forshaw - Partner Mary Beth Forshaw, Head of Simpson Thacher’s Insurance and Reinsurance Practice, is a Partner in the Firm’s Litigation Department. Mary Beth represents a wide range of clients in high-profile litigation matters, including those involving insurance, banking, 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 Trustees of the International Print Center New York. Mary Beth was recently recognized among Lawdragon’s “500 Leading Lawyers in America.” She has also been recognized in Crain’s New York Business’ “Notable Women in Law,” was named “Best in Insurance and Reinsurance” at the Euromoney’s Women in Business Law Awards 2018 and was recognized as a Law360 “MVP” for Insurance in 2017. In addition, Mary Beth received the Insurance Litigator of the Year award from Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation in 2021 and 2016 and is consistently recognized as one of its “Top 250 Women in Litigation” in the U.S. She is also consistently recognized by Chambers USA and The Legal 500 U.S. as a leader in her field. She served eight terms as a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee.
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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 was recognized by Law360 as a 2019 “MVP” in Insurance for his work representing insurers in several high-profile disputes, including asbestos-related direct actions and coverage disputes involving other mass tort litigations. He has been named a “Litigation Star” by Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation, which has highlighted the enthusiastic praise he consistently receives from his peers. Andy has also been recognized by The Legal 500 U.S., 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, trials and arbitrations. He devotes a significant part of his practice to representing clients subject to allegations of fraud and False Claims Act violations and to counseling C-suite executives concerning strategic concerns, disputes and employee matters. He is regularly retained by governments and quasi-governmental entities to prosecute commercial disputes. He is recognized by Chambers USA, where sources describe him as an “excellent litigator,” a “notable practitioner in the field,” “very bright,” “well regarded” and as someone who is “very strategic, smart in his approach and a very good writer.” He is also recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. as a “Leading Lawyer” in General Commercial Disputes and Insurance, and by Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation as a national “Litigation Star,” where sources say: “He is the complete package.” Bryce was also named as a 2020 “MVP” in Insurance by Law360. Bryce has served as chair of the Firm’s Pro Bono and Legal Personnel Committees and is a member of the boards of directors of Volunteers of Legal Service Inc. and Playwrights Horizons (an off-Broadway theater company).

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Michael J. Garvey - Partner

Mike Garvey represents the Firm’s institutional clients in a wide range of high stakes commercial disputes and international arbitrations, including shareholder litigation, antitrust litigation, M&A litigation, cross-border litigation, insurance/reinsurance matters and internal investigations. Clients include KKR, L3Harris, AIG’s Board of Directors, Gardaworld, Tradeweb, Travelers, PAAMCO Prisma and Swiss Re. 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 Natural Resources Defense Council and advocating for prisoners’ rights, and serves on the Board of Legal Services NYC.

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Marcy G. Geller - Partner

Co-Head of the Firm’s Tax Practice, Marcy Geller advises clients on tax aspects of a wide range of matters, including private investment fund formation, mergers and acquisitions, REITs and real estate transactions, joint ventures and corporate restructurings and bankruptcies. She advises private equity clients on tax matters related to formation of funds, including real estate opportunity and credit funds, and the structuring of investments by those funds.

Marcy is recognized as a leading tax lawyer by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, which noted that she handles her clients’ “most complicated issues” and praised her for being “always ten steps ahead” and “really extraordinary.”

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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, and shareholder derivative litigations, as well as insurance and reinsurance coverage disputes. Her work involves the representation of corporations, financial institutions, private equity firms, insurers and reinsurers, as well as boards of directors, board committees and executives. She has extensive trial and arbitration experience and also advises clients in internal investigations. Susannah was recently named a “Rising Star” by the New York Law Journal. She is recognized as a “Next Generation Lawyer” by The Legal 500, in which commentators highlight that Susannah “is . . . making her mark in high-profile cases.” She has also been honored as a “Rising Star” in Litigation by Euromoney’s Americas Women in Business Law Awards and is consistently named to Benchmark Litigation’s “40 and Under Hot List,” which honors the achievements of the nation’s most accomplished legal partners under the age of 40. Susannah serves on the Securities Editorial Advisory Board for Law360 and is an editor of the Firm’s Securities Law Alert. She also serves on the Board for The Fund for Modern Courts, a non-partisan organization that advocates for the improvement of the New York State court system and for ensuring a diverse, highly qualified and independent judiciary.

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Peter H. Gilman - Partner Peter is widely recognized as one of the leading next generation private fund lawyers in the United States. His practice focuses on the sponsoring and management of private investment funds, investment management M&A and other aspects of private investing in alternative asset classes, with a focus on innovative, high-value private fund arrangements of size and import.

Peter has been named one of the “Top 30 under 40” in private equity by Private Funds Management in 2015 and 2017, a “Rising Star” by Law360 in 2016, a “Superstar Lawyer of Tomorrow” by Private Equity International in 2017, and as a leading investment funds lawyer by Who’s Who Legal in each of 2019 to 2022. Peter has represented many of the world’s leading private equity firms, including Blackstone, BC Partners, Centerbridge, Lexington Partners, Morgan Stanley, Silver Lake, Stonepeak and Alinda. 

Peter is considered a pioneer for his work on innovative “funds of one” and separately managed accounts, having established the unique Blackstone Tactical Opportunities investment program for which Simpson Thacher was highly commended in the Financial Times’ U.S. Innovative Lawyers Report and which is generally regarded as the industry bellwether for customized fund arrangements, as well as for his work relating to GP “minority stake” arrangements. Peter also regularly advises private equity clients on a wide range of high-profile private equity fundraisings across all types of asset classes, internal economic and house/team arrangements, founder succession planning and other strategic initiatives and special projects.

Peter has been at the forefront of the GP-led structured secondaries market in recent years, having completed a number of the largest structured secondary PE transactions and dedicated fundraisings in recent years on behalf of Blackstone. During the COVID-19 economic crisis, Peter counseled a wide range of alternative investment funds with respect to “rescue” financings and preferred equity / debt investments involving other hedge funds and private equity funds. 

 Peter’s published work includes articles in Getting the Deal Through and The Guide to the World’s Leading Private Equity Lawyers. Peter has spoken on a variety of topics relating to alternative asset management, including at the IBA Conference on Private Investment Funds in London, the Maples Private Funds Investment Forum in the Cayman Islands, and the Global Fund Finance Symposium in New York. 

Peter is a member of the American Investment Council’s Young Professionals Network (a peer selected network of “rising stars” in the private equity industry), the Private Investment Funds Committee of the New York City Bar Association, and the Rotunda Society of the University of Virginia.

Peter is a guest lecturer on Private Equity at the University of Virginia School of Law and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is also a member of the Dean’s Council of the University of Virginia School of Law and an advisor to the University of Pennsylvania’s Intercollegiate Athletic Program.

Peter is a Hiring Partner of the Firm and is a member of the Firm’s Finance, Business Development, Recruiting, Knowledge Management and Attorney Development Committees.


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Brian Gluck - Partner

A Partner in the Firm’s Global Banking and Credit Practice, Brian Gluck concentrates his practice on banking and credit matters. 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. He develops unique and innovative financing solutions for various types of financings, including for significant transactions such as the $20 billion acquisition of Thomson Reuters’ Financial & Risk Business by a consortium led by The Blackstone Group. His clients have included The Blackstone Group, First Reserve Corporation, Vertical Bridge, Thomson Reuters, Gates Corporation, Stonepeak Partners, Invitation Homes, True Wind Capital, Technology Crossover Ventures and Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc.

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Paul C. Gluckow - Partner Paul Gluckow represents financial institutions, corporations, 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. 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

Drawing on his extensive experience in private practice and as a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, Nick Goldin is a Litigation Partner and Head of the Firm’s Crisis Management Practice. He represents companies, boards of directors and individuals in a broad range of sensitive matters—including white collar criminal and regulatory enforcement matters, internal investigations, related litigation and other critical situations that present significant legal and reputational risk. He also regularly counsels clients on compliance matters and cybersecurity incidents. Sources have described him to Chambers USA as “a first-class legal and strategic mind,” the “complete package” and “able to connect the dots probably better than any other attorney I’ve worked with.” A client told Chambers that “I sleep well at night knowing that Nick Goldin is advising us.” Nick has been named as a BTI Client Service All-Star nominated by in-house counsel for “the absolute best client service.” Nick is Co-Chair of Simpson Thacher’s Finance Committee and previously served as a Hiring Partner.

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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 and recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

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Caroline B. Gottschalk - Partner

Caroline B. Gottschalk is a Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in the Firm’s Corporate Department, focusing on mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions. Caroline advises private equity funds, public and private companies, and investment banks in a wide range of corporate matters, including domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, divestitures, strategic investments, spin-offs, joint ventures and special committee representations. Caroline regularly advises boards of directors with respect to corporate governance matters and fiduciary responsibilities. Her recent clients have included Kelsey-Seybold Medical Group, Alegeus Technologies, Advisor Group Holdings, Fast Retailing, Centerbridge Partners, Lightyear Capital, Vista Equity Partners, Vestar Capital Partners, JPMorgan, Gordon Dyal & Co., Morgan Stanley & Co., Barclays Capital, ITT Corporation, Xylem Inc., SAIC and Leidos Holdings. Caroline has been a Partner at Simpson Thacher since 2000. She received her A.B. from Dartmouth College in 1984, and her J.D. with high honors from Duke Law School in 1990, where she was a member of Order of the Coif and a Member and Managing Editor of the Alaska Law Review. Caroline is a member of the American Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and sits on the Board of Visitors of Duke Law School, as well as the Duke Women's Impact Network Leadership Council. She is admitted to practice in the State of New York.

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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. 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, Global Co-Chair of the Firm’s Antitrust and Trade Regulation Practice, 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. Peter is consistently recognized as a leading antitrust lawyer by Chambers USA.
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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 Apollo Global Management, CIFC, Citigroup, Coatue Management, CVC Credit Partners, Grosvenor Capital Management, Intermediate Capital Group, MatlinPatterson Global Advisers, New Holland Capital, Palladium Equity Partners, Pomona Capital, Portfolio Advisors, Tiger Management, CBAM Partners, and Westbrook Partners. She additionally advises clients on strategic investments (including secondary transactions) and M&A transactions executed by asset management firms.
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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, Blackstone Credit, 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

Jennifer Hobbs is a Partner in the Firm’s Corporate Department and a member of the Executive Committee, and is Co-Administrative Partner of the Firm. Ranked in Band 1 and cited as a “luminary” by Chambers USA, and named a 2020 “Banking MVP” by Law360, 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 have included Silver Lake Partners, EQT 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 and Hellman & Friedman, and corporate clients Mars, Incorporated, Dell, Inc., Symantec Corporation, Cigna, AMC Entertainment, Accenture, Aramark Corporation and Broadcom Limited.

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Michael T. Holick - Partner

A Corporate Partner in the Firm’s New York office, Mike Holick regularly advises private equity firms and public and private companies in connection with mergers and acquisitions, carve-outs, investments, joint ventures, recapitalizations and other corporate transactions. He has experience representing clients across a variety of sectors including healthcare, technology, infrastructure, energy, financial services, and industrials and manufacturing.  His clients have included private equity firms such as Apax Partners, Blackstone, CDPQ, EQT, First Reserve, KKR and Patricia Industries as well as large corporations, such as Dollar General, First Data, Gerdau, Internet Brands and ITC. Mike serves on the Private Equity Advisory Board for Law360 and has been recognized as a Notable Practitioner by IFLR1000.

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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 have included KKR, Providence Equity Partners, Sterling Partners, Vista Equity Partners, Grosvenor Capital, The Carlyle Group,  Ameriprise, Virtus Investment Partners, Axis Financial, Dillard’s and the major underwriters. 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 has served on the advisory board of Venture for America, which places recent college graduates at start-ups.
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Eli G. Hunt - Partner Eli Hunt represents public and private companies, including private equity funds and strategic investors, in connection with mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, reorganizations and other general corporate matters. Eli has represented U.S. and non-U.S. companies in a wide range of industries and sectors, including energy, oil and gas, infrastructure, manufacturing, retail, technology, healthcare and services. Recently, Eli was named a 2021 “Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer and an “MVP” in Energy for 2020 by Law360.
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Eli Isak - Partner

A member of the Firm’s Banking and Credit Practice, Eli Isak represents leading private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies on a broad range of financing transactions, including acquisition financings, bank and bridge loan financings, refinancings and recapitalizations. His recent private equity clients have included EQT, BC Partners, Goldman Sachs PIA, First Reserve, Silverlake and Blackstone, among others. Eli also has advised strategic clients such as Aramark, Electronic Arts, Walgreens Boots Alliance, SMART Modular and Copart on a wide variety of corporate finance transactions.

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Danielle C. Jackson - Partner

Danielle Jackson is a Partner in the Firm’s Real Estate Department. She regularly represents private equity firms on a broad range of commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, public-to-private transactions, joint ventures and real estate financings (including agency, securitized and mezzanine financings). Recently, Danielle was named a 2021 Law360 “Rising Star” in Real Estate and recognized as a 2021 “Top Rising Star” by The Deal. 

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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, Goldman Sachs, Jefferies and Morgan Stanley.

Alexandra is Co-Chair of Simpson Thacher’s Finance Committee and has served on the Firm’s Personnel and Recruiting Committees. She has been a Contributing Editor of “Getting the Deal Through: Acquisition Finance” since its 2013 inaugural edition.
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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 VIII (2019), Blackstone Real Estate Partners IX ($20.5 billion, 2019), Blackstone Real Estate Partners Asia II ($7.1 billion, 2018) and Blackstone Energy Partners II ($4.5 billion, 2015). Other recent noteworthy private fund formation transactions led by Jonathan include Silver Lake Partners VI ($20 billion, 2021), Silver Lake Partners V ($15 billion, 2017), Stonepeak Infrastructure Fund III ($7.2 billion, 2018), Centerbridge Capital Partners III ($6 billion, 2014), Rockpoint Growth & Income Fund II ($2.5 billion; 2018), Silver Lake Alpine Fund ($2.4 billion; 2018) and Brightstar Capital Partners Fund I (2018) 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. Jonathan is ranked both in the U.S. and Global guides by Chambers, which quotes clients describing him as “extremely practical, inventive, efficient, very smart and down-to-earth” (Chambers USA) and “phenomenal” (Chambers Global). Jonathan was recognized as a Fund Formation “MVP” by Law360 in 2021, named to Private Equity International’s (PEI) Private Funds Management’s “30 Rising Stars Under 40” in 2015 and 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. Joe has advised Avantor on its $4.37 billion IPO and HCA on its $4.35 billion IPO—the two largest healthcare IPOs in U.S. history. He has also advised KKR, Aramark, Cigna, 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 chairs the board of Start Small, Think Big, a non-profit organization which helps under-resourced entrepreneurs build businesses in underserved areas. He is also 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 Named a 2021 Law360 “Rising Star” in Banking, 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 and Morgan Stanley.
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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 claims arising out of financial frauds. He has over 20 years of experience representing leading private equity and corporate clients in transaction-related litigation. He regularly represents issuers, individuals, and underwriters in securities litigations in courts throughout the country. Pete is recognized as a leading securities and M&A litigator by Chambers USAThe 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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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, Karen 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, board and committee structures, conflicts of interest, crisis management planning, shareholder proposals, director independence, the impact of proxy advisory firms, and responses to formal and informal SEC inquiries. Her practice also focuses on new developments and changing best practices in governance matters. In addition, Karen routinely advises on ESG-related corporate governance issues, reporting and disclosure, as well as cybersecurity, diversity, equity and inclusion, and climate change and sustainability disclosures. She has advised a wide range of clients, including Caterpillar, Cigna, Cooper-Standard Holdings, Hovnanian Enterprises, Amneal Pharmaceuticals, SiriusXM, The Travelers Companies, Inc. and Virtus Investment Partners. In addition, Karen currently sits on the Advisory Board for Practical Law with respect to Capital Markets & Governance matters.
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Anthony D. King - Partner Based in our New York office, representing both private equity firms and corporations, Anthony King focuses on commercial real estate and corporate acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and other M&A transactions. His recent clients have included Blackstone and Tyco. Anthony practiced in the Firm’s Hong Kong office from 2012 through 2020. He is proficient in Mandarin.
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Lauren A. King - Partner

A rising star in the secondaries market, Lauren King has extensive experience advising prominent sponsors on cutting-edge transactions designed to provide liquidity to both GPs and investors.  She advises on the full range of secondaries transactions, including traditional and synthetic secondaries acquisitions and dispositions, and GP-led restructurings. Lauren also counsels sponsors on the organization, structuring and operation of secondaries funds, as well as minority stakes deals, upper-tier structuring and succession planning.

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Steven R. Klar - Partner

Steven Klar regularly advises some of the largest and most well-known private fund sponsors, including Blackstone, Centerbridge, EQT and Lexington Partners. Certain noteworthy private fund formation transactions include: Blackstone Capital Partners VIII, Blackstone Capital Partners VII ($18 billion), Blackstone Real Estate Partners Asia II ($7.1 billion), Centerbridge Capital Partners III ($6 billion) and Lexington Capital Partners IX ($14 billion). He has also represented various sponsors of private equity funds, including buyout funds, real estate funds, secondary funds and other alternative investment funds on fundraisings, co-investments, managed accounts and structured secondary transactions as well as ongoing advisory matters. Recently, Steven was recognized as a 2020 Law360 “Rising Star” in Fund Formation and named to Private Equity International’s 2020 “Future 40” list.

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Alan M. Klein - Partner Alan Klein has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, as well as in shareholder activism and corporate governance matters. 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 served as Co-Head of the Firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions Practice from 2016 to 2021 and is a former member of the Firm’s Executive Committee.
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Jeffrey H. Knox - Partner

Jeff Knox, Co-Managing Partner of the Firm’s Washington, D.C. office and the former head of the U.S. DOJ Fraud Section, represents multinational corporations and independent board committees in high-stakes investigations by the DOJ, SEC, CFTC, and other federal and state enforcement regulators. He has advised some of the world’s leading financial institutions, energy companies, life sciences companies, and technology firms in navigating criminal and civil investigations relating to the FCPA, securities and accounting fraud, market manipulation, False Claims Act, antitrust, international money laundering, economic sanctions, and environmental crimes. Jeff also represents senior executives, in their individual capacity, who are subjects of enforcement investigations. Jeff has served as a government-appointed independent compliance consultant, and represents companies in government and court-mandated monitorships. Prior to joining the Firm, Jeff served as a federal prosecutor for more than a decade, including as the Chief of the DOJ’s Fraud Section in Washington, D.C., and before then, as the Chief of the National Security Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. 

Jeff was named a White Collar MVP by Law360 in 2021, and is recognized by Chambers USA, Chambers Global, The Legal 500 and Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation, where sources note him as “outstanding, a DOJ veteran and one of the top defense lawyers in DC,” “pragmatic, incredibly smart” and “a master strategist with a unique insight into the way the DOJ works,” who “presents very charismatically and effectively,” and has “a good combination of substantive expertise and practical knowledge” that “really adds value to the client.” He 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 Recognized as “a very practical lawyer” by Chambers and named a Real Estate “MVP” by Law360, Scott Kobak concentrates his practice on representing institutional investors in complex 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 frequent transaction counsel to the real estate fund business of Carlyle, KKR, Blackstone and Crown Acquisitions. 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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Julia Kohen - Partner

Julia Kohen is Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP where she is a member of the Firm’s Banking and Credit and Fund Finance Practices. Julia’s practice focuses on representing financial sponsors in connection with debt financings for their private equity, real estate, infrastructure, mezzanine debt and other investment funds. She has extensive experience in complicated financings designed to provide fund-level leverage to facilitate and support investment activities, as well as management lines and employee and co-investment loan programs. Recently, Julia was named a Law360 2020 “Rising Star” in Banking.

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Katherine M. Krause - Partner

Katherine Krause is a Partner in the Firm’s Corporate Department. She advises public companies and private equity firms on mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, spin-offs, recapitalizations and other corporate transactions. Based in the Firm’s New York office, Katherine also counsels clients with regard to corporate governance, securities law and shareholder activism matters. Over her career, Katherine has advised on significant corporate matters across a wide range of sectors including private equity, infrastructure and venture capital, among others.

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Marni J. Lerner - Partner

Co-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 more than 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 Envision, BMC, Nature’s Bounty, Del Monte Foods, U.S. Foodservice and Dollar General. Marni has also advised Palladium, JLL Partners, Global Payments, United Supermarkets, Varian Semiconductor and the special committees of the boards of Clearwire and DirecTV. She was recently included on The Deal’s “Top Women in Dealmaking” list for 2020. In 2017, Marni was named among Crain’s New York Business’s inaugural list of “Leading Women Lawyers in NYC.” She was also named “Best in Private Equity” at the Euromoney Legal Media Group Americas Women in Law Awards 2019 and to The Deal’s first ever “Women in M&A: The Powerhouse 20” list. Marni is regularly recognized by Chambers USA and The Legal 500 United States for her transactional work, with the former adding that Marni is “impressive” and “a strong negotiator who is noted for her ability to get deals done.” Additionally, she has been named an “MVP” in Private Equity by Law360 three times, most recently in 2020.

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Lori E. Lesser - Partner

Lori Lesser is a Partner in the Litigation Department and is Head of the Intellectual Property 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 by Chambers USA in Technology (Nationwide) and in Band 1 for Technology (New York). She is also recognized in The Legal 500 and 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 twice 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 has been recognized by Chambers USA, The Legal 500, and Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation as a leading lawyer in his field. For nearly a decade, Josh served as a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Southern District of New York, where he represented indigent defendants charged with federal criminal offenses. Josh also serves as Co-Chair of the Firm’s Pro Bono Committee.
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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, healthcare, construction materials and information technology. 

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Russell S. Light - Partner

Russell S. Light has extensive experience advising on the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments and fund formation matters, and real estate transactions. He also has experience advising on debt restructurings and other bankruptcy matters, public and closely-held entities and tax issues surrounding transactions involving special purpose acquisition companies (“SPACs”), real estate investment trusts (“REITs”) and business development companies (“BDCs”).

Described by clients as “very commercial” and bringing “a creative approach to complex transactions,” Russell has been recognized by Chambers USA and The Legal 500 U.S. as a leading tax lawyer. He is also a thought leader in the space and has served as co-author on multiple significant treatises on an array of tax-related matters.

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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, financial institutions, corporate issuers and leading investment banks in connection with a broad range of transactions, including initial public offerings, follow-on offerings, registered and 144A high yield and investment grade debt offerings and liability management transactions, as well as general corporate and securities law matters. Hui also has significant experience in acquisition financings and regularly provides securities law advice in connection with mergers and acquisitions. Her diverse practice spans a broad range of industries, from media and technology, financial services to oil and gas. Hui’s clients include Silver Lake Partners, EQT, The Invus Group, Dell Technologies, JPMorgan Chase & Co., AssuredPartners, Zayo Group and JPMorgan Securities. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. Hui was named as a Law360 “Rising Star” in Capital Markets (2019) and is also recognized as a “Notable Practitioner” in Capital Markets by IFLR1000 (2019).

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Jonathan Lindabury - Partner

As Head of the Firm’s Derivatives Practice, Jon advises private equity funds, investment banks and corporations on the structuring, negotiation and execution of a wide variety of derivatives and other structured transactions. Jon has been recognized as a leader in his field by Chambers USA, which reports that he is praised by clients for being “very knowledgeable,” “very good technically and user-friendly,” and as knowing “all the rules better than anyone else on the street.”  Jon’s recent clients have included Blackstone, KKR, Silver Lake, First Reserve, JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs and SoftBank.

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Justin M. Lungstrum - Partner Justin Lungstrum regularly represents arrangers and lenders in syndicated loan financings and direct lending transactions, 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. Justin has extensive knowledge of restructuring and refinancing existing credit facilities. He also represents corporate borrowers and works with asset managers in connection with fund-level debt incurrence and other complex financing structures. His clients have included many of Wall Street’s leading banks and asset management firms, as well as major companies, including JPMorgan, KKR, Cooper-Standard Automotive, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Citibank, Bank of America, Bank of Montreal, HSBC, Deutsche Bank, PNC, BlackRock, Nomura, SunTrust, Jefferies, CIBC, GSO, JLL, Aquiline, Tortoise, AEA and Oak Hill. IFLR1000 cited him as “an extremely good lawyer, energetic and thorough.”
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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 is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Knowledge, Innovation and Technology Committee. Linton was recently named a “Next Generation Partner” by The Legal 500, where sources say he “stands out from his peers for his securities work.” Recognized among Crain’s “40 Under 40,” Linton has also been named a “Rising Star” by the New York Law Journal, Law360 and Euromoney, and is a repeat honoree on Benchmark Litigation’s “40 & Under Hot List.” 

Linton is the Chair of the Board of Trustees for Uncommon Charter Schools New York City, which oversees twenty-four public charter schools in Brooklyn, New York. He is also Chair of 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.

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Joseph M. McLaughlin - Partner Joe McLaughlin has represented clients in hundreds of class action, shareholder derivative 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, including being featured as The American Lawyer’s national Litigator of the Week, and has received the Burton Award for Legal Achievement for authoring the leading treatise, McLaughlin on Class Actions: Law and Practice. The American Lawyer has referred to Joe as a “reliable winner” and a “class action star.” Other recent legal commentary in a high profile securities class action stated that Joe’s “tenacity” and defense strategies “changed the course of the case,” resulting in a “landmark ruling . . . worth recounting because future securities defendants will surely try to replicate arguments that worked so well for Simpson Thacher and its client.” Joe is consistently recognized as a leader in his field by Benchmark Litigation and The Legal 500 U.S. 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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Jeannine McSweeney - Partner

Jeannine McSweeney advises clients on executive compensation and employee benefit arrangements, including equity-based incentives, cash-based incentives, deferred compensation, retirement plans and employment, retention and severance agreements, with particular emphasis on issues arising in mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings and joint ventures. Jeannine works closely with the Firm’s corporate clients on compensation and benefits matters related to mergers and acquisitions and a variety of capital markets and securities transactions. She has experience representing clients across a wide range of industries including financial services, real estate, energy, industrials and manufacturing, technology and healthcare.

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Nancy L. Mehlman - Partner Co-Head of the Firm’s Tax Practice, 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. Chambers reports that Nancy is regarded by clients as “a go-to on real estate and REIT questions.”
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Sasan S. Mehrara - Partner Sas Mehrara is a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. Sas 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, BioMed Realty, CorePoint Lodging, Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust and Gramercy Property Trust 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 acquisition by affiliates of Blackstone of the U.S. logistics business of Global Logistics Properties (GLP) for a purchase price of $18.7 billion, the largest-ever private real estate transaction globally. 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. Sas was recognized as a Law360 Real Estate MVP in 2015 and 2018.
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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, investigations 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 Pan American Energy, Despegar.com, YPF, Macquarie Mexico, Cultiba, Minsur, CSAV, SAAM, Sura Asset Management and Ecopetrol. 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 previous Head of our global M&A Practice. He has counseled the world’s elite financial and investment firms on a broad range of transactions, including some of the largest and most complex mergers in the financial services industry. Described by Chambers as “one of the top bank M&A lawyers in the country,” Lee “has seen everything there is to see in the financial institutions space.” He is also praised by Chambers for being “very business and strategy-oriented” and as someone who clients “absolutely love.” 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. 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.  In 2018, Larry was named a “BTI Client Service All-Star,” among a select group of attorneys nominated by corporate counsel for “delivering the absolute best client service.”
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Patrick J. Naughton - Partner Patrick Naughton advises on all aspects of mergers and acquisitions transactions, including strategic M&A and private equity investments. He has worked on a number of significant cross-border transactions. Patrick has represented a wide mix of clients, including KKR, Blackstone, EQT, New Mountain, Primavera Capital, First Reserve, Axis Capital, AIG, 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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Juan M. Naveira - Partner

Juan Naveira concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions, financing and restructuring transactions primarily involving Latin America. Juan has represented leading companies across different industries as well as financial institutions and private equity firms, such as JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, HSBC, KKR, Certares Management and The Carlyle Group, among others. He regularly advises clients on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, high yield and investment grade debt offerings, restructurings, initial public offerings, other debt and equity financing transactions and other complex corporate matters throughout the region. Juan is a member of the Firm’s Recruiting Committee.

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Lynn K. Neuner - Partner

Lynn K. Neuner was once again named as one of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” and “Top 10 Women in Litigation” in the United States by Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation for 2021. She 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. She is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Lynn was honored as a 2018 “Distinguished Leader” by the New York Law Journal, which recognizes New York lawyers in leadership roles who have achieved impressive results in the last year. She was also recently named to Crain’s New York Business’s “Notable Women in Law” for 2020. She is consistently recognized by Chambers USA and The Legal 500 U.S. Lynn has co-authored a column on the New York Court of Appeals for the New York Law Journal. She is a Trustee of the Board of Practising Law Institute (PLI), 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 for the Yale Law School Alumni Fund. She is a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee and served as the Firm’s Co-Administrative Partner.

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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, PIPE 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, Citigroup Global Markets, BofA Merrill Lynch, The Hershey Company, ITC Holdings, MDC Partners, Owens & Minor, Peabody Energy, TRW Automotive, Unisys, Walter Energy and Walter Investment Management Corp. Risë was recently honored as “Debt Capital Markets Lawyer of the Year” at the 2021 Americas Women in Business Law Awards. She 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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John G. O'Connell - Partner

John O’Connell focuses his practice on advising clients on capital markets transactions. He regularly represents investment banks, corporate issuers and private equity sponsors in connection with securities offerings ranging from initial public offerings, follow-on and secondary offerings, high yield debt offerings and investment grade debt offerings. He also advises clients on corporate governance and general corporate and securities law matters.

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Michael J. Osnato, Jr. - Partner

A former senior official in the SEC’s Enforcement Division, Mike Osnato represents financial institutions, public companies, investment managers and individuals in high-stakes regulatory and government investigations. Drawing on his deep breadth of experience at the SEC, Mike is the Head of Simpson Thacher’s Funds Regulatory and Investigations group, where he specializes in providing private fund managers with practical and insightful regulatory, governance and compliance counseling.

Mike served for nearly a decade at the SEC, where he most recently led the national unit charged with executing the agency’s post-Financial Crisis enforcement agenda in the markets for complex financial products. Based on a wealth of experience supervising and defending highly complex investigations, Mike has earned a reputation for providing clients with clear, results-oriented advice and persuading governmental agencies to drop challenging, high-stakes investigations. He is recognized by Chambers USA in Securities: Regulation: Enforcement, where clients praise his “incredible depth of knowledge across regulatory issues,” and peers highlight his “very nice touch with regulators.” Mike is also recognized by Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation as a National and New York “Litigation Star” in white collar and securities.
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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 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, including strategic business combinations, leveraged buyouts and other private equity sponsor-led transactions, minority investments in public and private companies, joint ventures, spin-offs and split-offs, divestitures, and other corporate matters. Mark has particular and significant experience in the healthcare, technology, media and industrials sectors, as well as cross-border transactions in numerous European and Asian jurisdictions. Mark regularly represents both corporate clients, including CSL, CBRE, Alibaba and others, and private equity sponsors, both large-cap and middle-market, including KKR, Blackstone, Snow Phipps (now TruArc Partners) and Lexington Partners. Mark also regularly works for many of the portfolio companies of his private equity clients. Mark has been recognized by IFLR1000 as a “Highly Regarded” attorney for his work in M&A and private equity. Mark currently is based in New York, and previously spent eight years resident in the Firm’s London office and practiced as a registered foreign lawyer in the Firm’s Hong Kong office.

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Joshua Polster - Partner Josh Polster represents clients in high-stakes complex commercial litigation, including insurance, securities, M&A and breach of contract claims. He also regularly counsels clients on matters related to M&A and real estate litigation. Josh was recently named to Benchmark Litigation’s “40 & Under Hot List,” which honors the achievements of the nation’s most accomplished law firm partners under the age of 40. 
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Mario A. Ponce - Partner Mario Ponce concentrates his practice on negotiated and hostile M&A transactions, proxy contests, restructurings, joint ventures and securities laws. He regularly represents strategic clients, investment banks and private equity firms. Mario also advises boards on corporate governance matters, fiduciary duties and shareholder activism. During his more than three decades of experience in mergers and acquisitions transactions, Mario has been engaged in numerous high-profile matters, and his clients have included Allegion plc, Alpharma, Inc., American Electric Power, Aramark Corporation, Arch Coal, Beazer Homes, Blue Buffalo Pet Products, Eaton Corporation, Emerson Electric Co., General Instrument Corporation, Georgia Pacific Corporation, Goldman Sachs & Co., Harsco Corporation, Ingersoll-Rand Corporation, ITC Holdings, JPMorgan Chase & Co., KeySpan Corporation, KKR & Co., Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Lazard Frères & Co., Newell Rubbermaid, Owens & Minor Inc., Office Depot, PG&E Corporation, Polaris Industries, PPL Corporation, SBA Communications Corp., Teleflex Incorporated, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Versum Materials, Inc., Willamette Industries, Inc. and Xerox Corporation. Mario serves on the Board of Visitors of Duke Law School and as General Counsel for The Metropolitan Golf Association. He lectures frequently on topics relating to his professional interests. Mario served as Co-Head of the Firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions Practice from 2016 to 2021 and is a former 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 Restructuring Practice. Across a wide range of sectors—including media, real estate, healthcare, energy, automotive, manufacturing and telecommunications—he has represented agent banks, steering committees, official and ad hoc committees, creditors, private equity sponsors, special committees of boards and portfolio companies in some of the largest Chapter 11 proceedings and out-of-court restructurings in recent years, including the syncreon Group, PG&E, Pyxus International, Patriot Coal, Ultra Petroleum, Gawker Media, Danaos, Paragon, LightSquared and Puerto Rico 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 regularly speaks on topics related to the bankruptcy industry. Some of his past speaking engagements have included presentations at the PLI’s “Nuts and Bolts of Corporate Bankruptcy” program, South Asian Bar Association’s Annual Conference, the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Annual New York City Bankruptcy Conference, a roundtable event hosted by the American College of Bankruptcy and New York University School of Law and the JPMorgan Global High Yield & Leveraged Finance Conference. Recently named an “Outstanding Restructuring Lawyer” by Turnarounds & Workouts, Sandy has also been inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.

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Roxane F. Reardon - Partner Roxane Reardon is Co-Head of the Global Capital Markets Practice. She is lauded by Chambers as “a highly accomplished practitioner whose clients seek her advice on all aspects of debt and equity transactions.” For more than two decades, Roxane has represented issuers and investment banks engaged in IPOs, de-SPACs and other offerings and private placements of equity, equity-linked and debt securities. Roxane has a particular specialization in offerings of equity-linked securities, such as optional and mandatory convertible and exchangeable debt and preferred stock. Roxane was recently named in the IFLR1000 Women Leaders 2021 edition that features prominent female lawyers with outstanding reputations within their markets for working on complex deals and holding leadership roles within their firms and practices, and Law360 named Roxane an “MVP” in Capital Markets for 2020. She has also been recognized by Euromoney Legal Media Group as a recipient of the Americas Women in Business Law Award for “Best in Capital Markets” in 2016 and 2018. Before joining the Firm, she served as a law clerk for the Hon. Charles Wiggins of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
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Jakob Rendtorff - Partner

Recognized as a 2020 “Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer, Jakob Rendtorff’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions. Jakob regularly advises public and private strategic companies and private equity firms on a broad range of transactions and corporate governance matters. He has experience representing clients in complex transactions including mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, carve-outs and spin-offs. Recently named a “Rising Star” in M&A by The Deal, Jakob was recognized as one of the “most promising new M&A partners for 2019.” Jakob was also named a 2019 “Rising Star” in M&A by Law360 and a 2020 Americas “Rising Star” in Corporate/M&A by Euromoney.

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Gregory J. Ressa - Partner The Head of our Real Estate Practice and a member of the 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, 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. Recognized as a “Hall of Fame” leading lawyer and described as “one of the cornerstones of the practice” by The Legal 500 United States, he routinely advises the Firm’s corporate clients on 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 advises investment banking and corporate clients on a wide array of corporate finance transactions, particularly in the areas of high yield offerings, 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 served as Global Head of the Firm’s Capital Markets Practice from 2012 to 2021. He has also served as a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee and as Chairman of the Business Development Committee. 
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Matthew B. Rogers - Partner

A Partner in the Firm’s Corporate Department, Matt Rogers advises clients on complex mergers and acquisitions transactions. He regularly represents private equity firms as well as public and private companies in a wide range of matters, including strategic mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, dispositions, minority investments and joint ventures. Matt has experience representing clients across a variety of sectors including asset management, financial services, real estate and healthcare. His many prominent clients have included private equity firms such as Blackstone, KKR, Oaktree Capital Group, Centerbridge Partners and Apax Partners, as well as large corporations such as TD Bank, People’s United, IBERIABANK and Owens & Minor. Matt was recently named a “Rising Star” in Private Equity by IFLR Americas and an “M&A Rising Star” by The Deal, where he is lauded as a “problem-solver” with broad experience guiding a “series of  megadeals across sectors.”

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Rony L. Rothken - Partner

Rony Rothken focuses on the organization, structuring and operation of a broad range of closed-end and open-end private investment funds across multiple asset classes, including buyout, real estate, credit, secondaries, infrastructure, energy and hedge funds.  In addition to traditional fund formation initiatives, Rony advises clients on a wide variety of fund-related matters, including separate accounts and other customized arrangements, joint ventures, co-investments, GP-led secondary transactions, strategic “minority stakes” transactions involving alternative investment firms and internal sponsor arrangements. He also regularly advises clients on compliance with the Investment Advisers Act, the Commodity Exchange Act and other regulatory compliance matters. Rony’s experience includes representing Blackstone, Calera Capital, CVC Credit Partners, Grosvenor Capital Management, Intermediate Capital Group (ICG) and Stonepeak.

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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 bankruptcy and reorganization matters, banking litigation, securities litigation, and transactional disputes, and has tried cases in state and federal courts as well as in arbitral proceedings. Bill is Chair of Legal Services NYC’s Board of Directors, serves on the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association and is a member of the American Law Institute. He served as a Panel Chair on the Disciplinary Committee for the First Judicial Department and 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, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Citibank, Bank of America 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. He was named a Banking “MVP” by Law360 in 2021.

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Whitney W. Salinas - Partner

Whitney Salinas is a Partner in the Firm’s Real Estate Department. She regularly represents private equity firms and portfolio companies on a broad range of commercial real estate financing transactions (including CMBS, balance sheet, mezzanine, agency and construction financings) across a variety of asset classes (including industrial, hospitality, office, data center, studio, life-science, retail, self-storage and manufactured homes). Whitney is ranked as a next generation partner by The Legal 500 and was recently recognized as a Law360 “Rising Star” in Real Estate.

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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 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 and counsels clients on issues involving corporate governance, fiduciary duties and shareholder activism. 

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John D. Schueller - Partner

John Schueller is Partner in the Firm’s Corporate Department and the Head of the Securitization Practice. John’s practice encompasses securitizations involving many different types of asset classes, including auto loans and leases, timeshare loans, fleet leases, rental cars, single-family residential home rentals, cellular towers, data centers, 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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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, Citibank, Credit Suisse, Bank of America, 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 a past Chair of the ABA’s Section of Taxation—Committee on Exempt Organizations. He has also served 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, a Law360 Private Equity MVP and one of the world’s leading private equity lawyers by Chambers Global.
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Sophie A. Staples - Partner

A Partner in the Firm’s Tax Practice, Sophie Staples advises clients on tax matters in a variety of transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, financing transactions and securities offerings. She has advised private equity sponsors, as well as their portfolio companies and other strategic clients, on the tax aspects of numerous investments, acquisitions and divestitures. Her clients have included, among others, Blackstone, Apax Partners, KKR, Centerbridge and BC Partners.

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Marisa D. Stavenas - Partner Marisa Stavenas is a Partner in the Firm’s Corporate Department. She has a wide ranging practice advising clients in an array of complex domestic and international capital raising, investment and restructuring transactions. She frequently provides counsel on public and private sales of debt securities, reorganizations, tender and exchange offers, IPOs, as well as offerings of common, convertible and preferred securities. Marisa also works with corporate issuers on an ongoing basis as designated underwriters’ counsel in connection with offerings by such issuers. In addition, Marisa regularly advises corporate clients on securities laws, corporate governance and other general matters.

Clients regularly look to Marisa to guide them through their most important and complex transactions. Marisa is ranked by Chambers, which cites her “recent work advising clients on complex novel structures” and quotes clients who have commented that “Marisa is an extraordinary lawyer, mixing clear thinking and focus with a dogged attention to detail” and “Marisa excels in developing an approach that optimizes the balance between the legal and commercial elements.” Marisa was named a Law360 2018 Capital Markets MVP for steering several complex financing transactions on behalf of Hovnanian Enterprises and was selected as a member of the Law360 Editorial Advisory Board for Capital Markets.  

Marisa serves on the Steering Committee of the Kate Stoneman Project, a leadership organization comprising women partners at leading New York-based law firms, and serves as a mentor with W.O.M.E.N. in America to help professional businesswomen advance their careers. She is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of All Souls School, an early childhood day school.
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Brian M. Steinhardt - Partner

Brian Steinhardt represents leading private equity and infrastructure sponsors and their portfolio companies in connection with a broad range of corporate finance transactions, including bank and bridge loan financings, energy and other infrastructure financings and acquisition financings. He also advises companies on a range of corporate finance transactions, including other leveraged and investment grade syndicated bank financings. His clients have included Hellman & Friedman LLC, EQT Partners, Centerbridge Partners, Apax Partners LLP, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P., Electronic Arts Inc., 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 is praised by market sources for his ‘exceptional’ representation of private equity firms and company borrowers in corporate finance transactions.”

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Kathryn King Sudol - Partner

Co-Head of the Firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions Practice, Katie is a trusted advisor to corporate and private equity clients across a diverse range of industries in complex and high-profile merger and acquisition transactions. Her leading expertise and experience includes guiding clients around the globe through leveraged buyouts, going private transactions, minority and strategic investments, joint ventures, contested acquisitions and other significant corporate transactions and securities law matters. She has regularly represented BlackRock, Cerberus, Hellman & Friedman, KKR, Silver Lake and their respective portfolio companies, as well as Alibaba, Ant Financial, Bentley Systems, BorgWarner and EdgeConneX. 

Katie has been long recognized as a leading M&A and private equity lawyer by Chambers and Partners, IFLR1000 and Legal 500, with clients reporting that Katie “has outstanding judgment and commercial acumen” and is “sharp as a whistle, very driven and knows how to best protect her clients’ interests.” For 2020 alone, Katie was named as an “MVP” in M&A by Law360 and honored as one of the “Top Women in Dealmaking” by The Deal and “Notable Women in Law” by Crains. She is also a member of FORTUNE’S Most Powerful Women. She has been a regular speaker and author of articles regarding M&A issues and corporate matters, including publishing a recent article on “The Effects of COVID-19 on Negotiated M&A Transactions” in the Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation and speaking on a recent PLI panel on “Hot Topics in M&A.”

Katie has served as a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee and spent eight years leading our M&A practice in Hong Kong.  She currently chairs our Firm’s Business Development Committee and also serves on our Firm’s Finance Committee, Diversity Committee and Counsel Committee.  Katie is a member of the Board of Trustees of New York University School of Law.

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Eric M. Swedenburg - Partner

Co-Head of the Firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions Practice and a member of the Executive Committee, Eric Swedenburg represents companies in a wide range of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, spin-offs, joint ventures and other significant corporate transactions. He also regularly counsels clients on shareholder activism, corporate governance and general corporate and securities law matters. In addition to his work with public companies and special committees of boards of directors, Eric has extensive experience in advising non-public corporations, private equity firms and financial advisors in both U.S. domestic and cross-border M&A transactions across a number of industry verticals.

Some of his recent transactions have included representing SiriusXM, Mars, Dover, Genesee & Wyoming, The Mosaic Company, Ingersoll Rand, La Quinta, K2M, McKesson, Vodafone Group and Wyeth.

Eric has published various articles on M&A subjects and frequently speaks on M&A, shareholder activism and corporate matters, including as a regular panel participant in the annual Tulane Corporate Law Institute, which is recognized as one of the premier M&A, corporate and securities law conferences in the country.

Quoting a client, Chambers USA has recognized Eric as “practical and results oriented” with a “no-nonsense approach to the transaction.” He was named a “Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer for his role representing Wyeth in its sale to Pfizer. Eric has served as Co-Chair of the Finance 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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Linda Tieh - Partner

Linda Tieh is a Partner in the Firm’s Private Funds Practice. She advises sponsors on the formation, structuring and operation of private equity funds, including buyout funds, real estate funds, opportunistic funds and secondary funds, as well as on co-investment arrangements, “funds-of-one” and separately managed accounts for large investors. Her practice also includes advising sponsors on GP-led structured secondary and other liquidity transactions, economic, governance and other internal sponsor arrangements, as well as regulatory compliance and fund-related aspects of mergers and acquisitions transactions.   

Linda’s experience includes representing some of the largest and most prominent private fund sponsors, including Blackstone, Centerbridge, Hellman & Friedman, The Carlyle Group, MatlinPatterson Global Advisers and Palladium Equity Partners.

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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 has represented clients in a number of high profile transactions, many of them cross-border in nature. Sebastian has been recognized by IFLR 1000 as a “Notable Practitioner” in M&A. He is fluent in German and French and was educated in Europe and the U.S.
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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 is a Partner in Simpson Thacher’s Litigation Department. He has more than 20 years of experience successfully representing clients in trial and appellate proceedings in a broad range of high stakes complex commercial litigation matters, primarily in the financial services sector. Alan has extensive experience in securities and antitrust class actions in particular, and also represents clients in a variety of other commercial litigation matters, including breach of contract, fraud, insurance and restructuring litigation.

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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 is named a leading lawyer in wealth management by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business and is recognized by Chambers HNW: The World's Leading High Net Worth Advisors, 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” with clients who describe her as “excellent” and “a top-level lawyer.” A client added, “she’s really smart, she is very caring about what she does. She is tremendously responsive. She’s fantastic.” Laura’s estate-planning advice has been quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and other publications.

 
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Peter P. Vassilev - Partner As Partner 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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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. In addition to being profiled by Business Insider for his work as a private equity deal lawyer, Anthony has received recognition for his work on numerous marquee M&A transactions on behalf of both private equity firms and public companies, including being named by The Legal 500 as a “Next Generation Partner” in both M&A: Large Deals and Private Equity Buyouts, and by Law360 as a “Rising Star” in M&A for 2016 and an “MVP” in Private Equity for 2014. Anthony is recognized by Chambers USA, which lauds him for “his track record in advising on high-end transactional matters on behalf of a range of major sponsors” and reports that he is identified by clients as “a terrific lawyer.” Anthony currently serves as Co-Chair of Simpson Thacher’s Finance Committee and was previously a member of the Firm’s Recruiting Committee.
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Craig S. Waldman - Partner

Described by sources in Chambers USA as a “rigorous” lawyer who “thinks outside the box,” Craig Waldman has extensive experience representing clients in high-profile securities litigation, including class and derivative actions, in courts throughout the country. In addition, he frequently represents leading private equity and corporate clients in transaction-related litigation. Craig is consistently recognized as a leading securities and M&A litigator by Chambers USA, The Legal 500, Benchmark Litigation, and Law360.

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Kenneth B. Wallach - Partner Co-Head of the Firm’s Global Capital Markets Practice, Ken Wallach 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, and JLL Partners. Ken serves as a Co-Chair of the Firm’s Business Development Committee. He has served as a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee and as Co-Chair of the Finance Committee.
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George S. Wang - Partner

George Wang is a Litigation Partner who focuses on securities class action litigation and U.S. economic sanctions issues. Over the past few years, George has defended a wide range of clients in securities class actions, including Best Buy, Pfizer, Regional Management, Weight Watchers and multiple Chinese and Latin American companies. He is part of the Firm’s International Regulatory Practice and 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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Benjamin Wells - Partner

A Partner in Simpson Thacher’s Registered Funds Practice, 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.  Benjamin was named a Rising Star at the 2017 Mutual Fund Industry Awards as well as in Super Lawyers magazine.

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Ryan Williams - Partner

Ryan Williams is a Partner in the Firm’s Corporate Practice. Ryan represents clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions transactions, with a particular focus on M&A relating to alternative asset managers, including acquisitions and sales of minority equity interests in private equity, hedge fund and other alternative asset managers. 

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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, secondary private equity investments (including limited partner and “firm” investments and acquisitions), mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and equity offerings in the international capital markets. Mike’s practice spans a variety of industries, including energy, telecommunications and cable networks, technology, real property, financial services, packaging, transportation, pharmaceuticals, and media and entertainment. Clients he has represented include Blackstone, Apax, Silver Lake, GSO, AlpInvest, Intertrust, Livingston International, Daily News Carlyle, Sterling Partners and Snow Phipps.

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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 well-known sponsors of investment funds such as Apax Partners, Ares, Blackstone, Centerbridge, Lexington, Patria, Silver Lake Partners and Sixth Street. In addition to private equity funds, he has represented sponsors in other alternative asset classes, including real estate, energy/infrastructure, secondaries and credit/distressed debt. He has represented global financial institutions in the establishment of their employee investment programs; has been involved in a number of acquisitions of, and investments in, private investment firms (including several minority stakes transactions); and has represented buyers, sellers and sponsors regarding the disposition of private fund interests, GP-Led Secondaries and other secondary private equity transactions. Michael serves on the editorial board of the PLC Cross-border Private Equity Handbook, on the Board of the nonprofit Association to Benefit Children, as well as on the Trinity Board at Duke University. He has previously served as Chairman of the Firm’s New Partners Committee and currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee.

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Jonathan K. Youngwood - Partner

Jonathan Youngwood is Global Co-Chair of the Firm’s Litigation Department and leads the Civil Securities Litigation Practice. He has more than 25 years of experience representing corporations, boards of directors, and other clients in a wide range of high-profile complex commercial litigations, arbitrations, investigations, and regulatory matters. In addition to securities matters, Jon’s practice focuses on disputes and other matters concerning corporate control, ERISA, and antitrust. He is widely recognized as a leader in his field by Chambers USA (Band 1), The Legal 500 (“Hall of Fame”) and Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation (National Securities Star). In 2021, Jon was added to The Legal 500 “Hall of Fame” for Securities Litigation. In 2020, he was added to The Legal 500 “Hall of Fame” for Financial Services Litigation, was named a Law360 Class Actions “MVP,” and was featured by the New York Law Journal as a 2020 “New York Trailblazer” in recognition of his and the Firm’s pro bono work. In 2017, he was the recipient of the “Securities Lawyer of the Year” award by Benchmark Litigation, an award that recognizes the country’s leading litigators, and was also honored as a “Distinguished Leader” by the New York Law Journal. Jon is the Co-Chair of one of PLI’s annual programs on securities litigation, an Editor of the Firm’s Securities Law Alert and has been a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. 

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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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Patrick Marc Baron - Senior Counsel Patrick M. Baron is Senior 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, liability management, initial public offerings and other capital raising transactions.
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Amy T. Beller - Senior Counsel Amy T. Beller is Senior Counsel at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in the Firm’s Corporate Department and a member of the Firm’s Energy and Infrastructure Practice. Amy has extensive experience representing parties on project and other finance transactions in the energy and infrastructure sector and regularly advises leading financial institutions, private equity sponsors and companies, including clients such as Morgan Stanley, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, MUFG Union Bank, Citibank, JPMorgan Chase, KKR, Blackstone, First Reserve and Riverstone Capital Partners, and has worked as designated lenders’ counsel for developers such as Terra-Gen Power and Exelon Generation. More recently, Amy has been involved in several landmark renewable energy financings representing both lenders and sponsors, including the project financings of the various phases of Terra-Gen Power’s Alta Wind Energy Center in Southern California, one of the largest wind development projects in the U.S., and the $613 million senior secured notes and $141 million credit facilities financing of a portfolio of 13 wind generation facilities totaling 667 megawatts owned by Continental Wind, LLC, a subsidiary of Exelon Generation Company, which was named North American Portfolio Power Deal of the Year 2013 (Euromoney).
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John N. Bennett - Senior Counsel

John Bennett is Senior Counsel in the Firm’s Exempt Organizations Practice. John is Co-Head of, and manages the day-to-day oversight of, the Group’s Endowment Advisory Practice. John advises endowed universities, foundations, hospitals, cultural institutions and other institutional investors, including family offices, in connection with investment activities, including in the review and negotiation of documentation relating to investments in private equity funds, venture capital funds, real estate funds, energy and other natural resources funds, hedge funds, managed accounts, funds-of-one and similar investment vehicles, as well as in secondary market transactions involving the purchase and sale of interests in such investment vehicles. In addition, he represents public charities and private foundations in connection with impact investments and mission- and program-related investments. John also advises public charities and private foundations on structural and operating issues, including formation, governance, mergers, reorganizations, domestic and international grantmaking and taxation.

John is a regular speaker on topics of interest to tax-exempt organizations and institutional investors. John has spoken on various topics at the American Bar Association Business Law Section’s Institutional Investors Committee, the International Grantmaking Symposium and the annual Georgetown conference on Representing & Managing Tax Exempt Organizations, and has presented at various events hosted by the Practising Law Institute, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, Nonprofit New York and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, among others. John is the co-author, with David A. Shevlin, of chapters entitled “Tools for Direct International Grantmaking: Expenditure Responsibility,” and “Tools for Direct International Grantmaking: Equivalency Determination,” in “Cross-Border Giving: A Legal and Practical Guide,” published in 2018 by Charity Channel Press.

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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. Recently, Kirsten was selected among the “Top 100 Women Lawyers” by Latinvex for her capital markets work in the Latin American region.
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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 representations and warranties insurance, directors’ and officers’ liability insurance, and complex insurance issues in corporate transactions. Steve is a former Adjunct Assistant Professor at the College of Insurance in New York City where he taught courses in insurance law. Steve is a member of the American Bar Association and the New York City Bar Association.
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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, as well as on environmental liability management, compliance counseling and dispute resolution. Adeeb has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer in recent years in Environment: Transactional by The Legal 500 United States, and has been consistently ranked in Band 1 for Environmental-Mainly Transactional by Chambers USA since 2010 (in New York through 2018, and in DC since 2019), where in recent years he has been praised for his “innovative approach to problem-solving,” and for being “smart and assertive, but also low-key, and he gets the deal done.” In addition, The Best Lawyers in America named him its 2016 Environmental Law “Lawyer of the Year” for New York City.

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Jennifer L. Franklin - Senior Counsel

Jennifer Franklin is Senior 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. Jennifer has significant experience in the areas of charitable gift-planning, where she works with donor-advised fund, private operating foundation and supporting organization structures and she also structures 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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Janet A. Gochman - Senior Counsel Janet Gochman is Senior Counsel in the Firm’s Litigation Department. Janet has significant experience working on securities litigation and derivative actions, M&A litigation, internal investigations for boards of directors, government investigations and a variety of complex commercial litigations. Janet also coordinates the response of corporate clients and the Firm to insider trading investigations by the SEC 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, L3Harris, PPL Corporation, Aramark, Accenture, Weight Watchers, Genesee & Wyoming, Hovnanian, Team Health, Toll Brothers, Cooper-Standard Holdings and Cohen & Steers.

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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 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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Kathrine A. McLendon - Senior Counsel Kathrine A. McLendon is Senior Counsel in the Firm’s Restructuring 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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Krista B. McManus - Senior Counsel

Krista McManus is Senior 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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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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Shannon M. O'Sullivan - Senior Counsel Shannon O’Sullivan concentrates on the formation and operation of a diverse platform of private funds, including real estate funds; buyout funds; distressed debt/credit, mezzanine and senior loan funds; energy/infrastructure funds; and hedge funds, among other alternative arrangements. Shannon has represented leading sponsors of private equity funds such as Blackstone, Carlyle, GSO, Lone Star, Macquarie, Oaktree and Pátria. Shannon has also been involved in multiple pro bono and volunteer initiatives, including Reading Partners and Girls on the Run.
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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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Lia Toback - Senior Counsel

Senior Counsel in the Firm’s Capital Markets Practice, Lia Toback focuses on corporate finance transactions and represents both issuers and investment banks on initial public offerings, high yield financings, debt restructurings, liability management transactions, 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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Linda Barrett - Counsel

Linda Barrett has a broad practice as a member of the Firm’s Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Practice. She has experience advising a variety of clients, private equity funds and public companies, on executive compensation and employee benefits issues arising in mergers, takeovers, sales, spin-offs, IPOs and other transactions. Linda’s clients include Silver Lake Partners, Alibaba, Alegeus Technologies, KKR, Ellucian, Hellman & Friedman, Dell, JPMorgan and KeyCorp. 

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Sung Bum Cho - Counsel

Based in Simpson Thacher’s New York office, Sung Bum Cho is Counsel in the Firm’s Capital Markets Practice. He represents issuers and underwriters on a broad range of securities transactions, including initial public offerings, secondary and follow-on equity offerings and various debt offerings. He also regularly advises clients with respect to securities laws and general corporate matters. Sung was a regulator at the Financial Supervisory Service of South Korea prior to joining Simpson Thacher.

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Jihyun Chung - Counsel

Jihyun Chung is Counsel in the Firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions Practice. She represents sophisticated private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, as well as strategic clients, on a broad range of global corporate transactions. She regularly advises clients on mergers, acquisitions, buyouts, joint ventures, minority investments and dispositions across an array of industries.

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Jacqueline B. Clinton - Counsel

Jackie Clinton is Counsel in Simpson Thacher’s Tax Practice. She advises on the tax aspects of a broad range of corporate matters, including the formation and structuring of private investment funds, mergers and acquisitions, financings and securities offerings. Jackie regularly represents prominent private equity sponsors, strategic clients and international financial institutions.

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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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Genevieve Dorment - Counsel

Genevieve Dorment focuses her practice on intellectual property matters. She has extensive experience managing all intellectual property, privacy and technology aspects of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and financing transactions, licensing, strategic agreements and U.S. trademark applications and registrations. She also advises on intellectual property enforcement matters.

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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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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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Steven Homan - Counsel Counsel in the Firm’s Private Funds Practice, Steve Homan focuses on the sponsoring and management of private equity funds, including buyout funds, real estate funds, credit funds, infrastructure funds, co-investment funds and hedge funds, as well as investment management M&A and other aspects of private investing in alternative asset classes. Steve’s clients have included Blackstone, KKR, Stonepeak, Morgan Stanley, Pretium, Portfolio Advisors and Riverstone.
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Carolyn S. Houston - Counsel

Carolyn Houston is Counsel in the Firm’s Private Funds Practice, where she advises clients on the organization, structuring and operation of private investment funds. Carolyn’s practice focuses on a wide array of asset classes, including infrastructure, buyout, secondaries and co-investment, as well as internal arrangements and ESG/impact investing. Carolyn was quoted in a Law360 article titled “What to Know About PE’s Penchant for Impact Investing.”

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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. In this role, Harlene oversees the Pro Bono Program and Practice in the Firm’s ten offices. Prior to joining Simpson Thacher 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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Andrew M. Kofsky - Counsel

Andrew Kofsky is Counsel in the Firm’s Corporate Department where he focuses on counseling employers in all aspects of the employment relationship and litigating employment related disputes.

Drew has conducted numerous high level investigations of sexual harassment, retaliation and discrimination. Drew routinely counsels a variety of employers with respect to hirings (both individual and group), employee relations issues, terminations and group layoffs. 
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Julie Ledermann - Counsel Counsel Julie Ledermann counsels both corporate clients and underwriters in connection with complex, often cross-border, capital markets offerings. Based in the New York office, Julie advises on a wide array of offerings ranging from U.S. and international initial public offerings, investment grade and high-yield debt offerings, acquisition financing, and many other transactions. Prior to joining the Firm, Julie served as an executive director and assistant general counsel at J.P. Morgan for the capital markets and mergers and acquisitions advisory practices.
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Joo Hyun Lee - Counsel

Joo Hyun Lee provides guidance on a wide range of compensation and employee benefits issues arising in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, sales and equity offerings, among other transactions. Based in the New York office, she also advises public and private companies on a range of compensatory and benefit arrangements, such as equity- and cash-based incentives, retention and severance agreements, as well as deferred compensation plans.

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Dennis J. Loiacono - Counsel

Dennis Loiacono advises private equity firms, financial institutions and large companies in domestic and international real estate matters involving mergers, acquisitions, sales and debt and equity financings. He also advises clients in connection with real estate-related restructuring matters, securitizations and project finance transactions.

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Michael E. Mann - Counsel

Counsel in Simpson Thacher’s Tax Department, Michael Mann focuses his practice on the tax aspects of capital markets and corporate financing transactions. He counsels clients on tax-related matters across a broad range of securities offerings, including debt and equity issuances, tender and exchange offers, as well as structured products and derivatives. He also has experience advising on the tax issues related to structured finance and securitization matters.

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Amanda H. McGovern - Counsel Counsel in the Firm’s Private Funds Practice, Amanda McGovern has over eighteen years of fund formation experience representing both general partners and limited partners.  Amanda concentrates her practice on the formation and operation of private equity funds, hedge funds, co-investment funds, funds-of-one and other similar custom arrangements. She also advises family offices on the formation and ongoing management of family offices and concentrates her practice on complex regulatory matters, including compliance with or exemption from registration under the Advisers Act, as well as the structuring of acquisitions of other investment managers.
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Jonathan T. Menitove - Counsel

Jon Menitove is a member of the Firm’s Litigation Department and represents clients in a wide range of high-profile complex commercial litigation matters. He also advises clients in connection with regulatory and government investigations.

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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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Shari Ness - Counsel As Counsel in Simpson Thacher’s Corporate Department and a member of the Firm’s Public Company Advisory Practice, Shari advises both mature and newly public companies on  all aspects of their compliance with the U.S. securities laws and the listing requirements of the major U.S. exchanges. Her practice also focuses on new developments and changing best practices in corporate governance 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, director and executive compensation disclosure, director independence, board and committee structures, shareholder meetings and proxy materials, beneficial ownership reporting, shareholder advisory firms, and internal investigations. Shari also spent time in-house as General Counsel of a Nasdaq-listed public company in the telecommunications technology sector.

 

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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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Anar Rathod Patel - Counsel

Anar Rathod Patel is Counsel in the Firm’s Litigation Department, where she focuses on high-stakes regulatory and criminal matters for financial institutions, investment managers, public companies and individuals. She also represents clients in a wide range of complex commercial litigation matters, with a focus on securities litigation.

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Isaac M. Rethy - Counsel

Isaac Rethy is Counsel in the Firm’s Litigation Department. Isaac represents clients in a wide range of high-profile complex commercial litigation matters, including securities, bankruptcy and insurance litigation. He also works on a number of significant pro bono issues, with particular focus on criminal justice reform, voting rights and immigration defense.

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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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Tony Y. Rim - Counsel

A member of the Firm’s Capital Markets Practice, Tony Rim advises corporate issuers, private equity sponsors and investment banks in connection with a wide range of complex debt and equity capital markets transactions, including initial public offerings and follow-on equity offerings, as well as registered investment grade and 144A/Reg S high yield debt offerings. Tony also has significant experience in acquisition financings and provides securities law advice in connection with mergers and acquisitions. In addition, Tony advises clients in connection with liability management, restructuring and refinancing transactions, as well as on corporate governance and general corporate and securities law matters.

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Jodi Schneider - Counsel Jodi Schneider is Counsel in the Firm’s Tax Department. She advises clients on the federal income tax aspects of a broad range of corporate matters, including fund formation, mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions, partnerships, joint ventures and related credit and capital markets financing transactions. 
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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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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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Jaclyn K. Starr - Counsel

Jaclyn Starr is Counsel in the Firm’s Private Funds Practice. She represents domestic and international sponsors in the formation, structuring and ongoing operation of private equity, real estate and infrastructure funds. Jaclyn works closely with potential fund investors, including institutional and high-net worth investors. She also advises sponsors on regulatory matters in connection with the formation and operation of their funds.

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Alisa H. Tschorke - Counsel

Alisa Tschorke is Counsel in the Firm’s Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Practice, where she concentrates on executive compensation in mergers and acquisitions and IPOs. Alisa also advises public and private companies on a range of compensatory and benefit arrangements.

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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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Justin H. Vilinsky - Counsel

Justin Vilinsky is Counsel in the Firm’s Real Estate Department. Justin advises private equity firms and corporations on real estate matters involving mergers and acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures.

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Alicia N. Washington - Counsel

Alicia N. Washington, former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, represents companies, boards and executives in government and internal investigations and high-profile disputes. Alicia served as a member of the Public Integrity Section in the EDNY, and previously served as a member of the International Narcotics and Money Laundering Section as well as the General Crimes Section.

As a federal prosecutor, Alicia served as lead counsel on behalf of the United States in jury trials and argued before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. While at the EDNY, Alicia investigated and prosecuted a variety of crimes, including public corruption, money laundering, civil rights, narcotics, violent, firearms, child exploitation and immigration crimes. In addition, she served as the grand jury coordinator, and acted as a liaison between the judges and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, giving her extensive insight and knowledge regarding grand jury practice. Alicia was also honored with an award in 2016 For Outstanding Performance Assisting Foreign Authorities.

Prior to joining the EDNY, Alicia practiced at a New York City law firm and at Simpson Thacher, and was also a law clerk to the Hon. Barbara M. G. Lynn of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

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Maura L. Whelan - Counsel Maura Whelan is a member of the Firm’s Exempt Organizations Practice. She advises private foundations, public charities and social welfare organizations on structural and operating issues, including formation and governance, as well as domestic and international grantmaking. Maura also counsels donors on charitable gift planning and structuring. In addition, she advises institutions on investments in a wide variety of vehicles, including mission- and program-related investments and other private and public market investments.
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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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David Zylberberg - Counsel

David Zylberberg is Counsel in Simpson Thacher’s Restructuring Practice. He advises creditors and companies on corporate restructuring matters, with a focus on distressed financings and mergers and acquisitions transactions. He has particular experience representing acquirers of distressed companies, including several representations of private equity and hedge fund clients converting debt into controlling equity positions. David also counsels companies and official and ad hoc committees in Chapter 11 and 15 restructurings, as well as in connection with proceedings in foreign jurisdictions, such as schemes of arrangement in the UK and Australia.