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John D. Lobrano
Of Counsel
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017 
Phone: +1-212-455-2890
Fax: +1-212-455-2502
John Lobrano has significant experience in domestic and international securities offerings. His experience with new offerings is complemented by a significant liability management practice, advising issuers, dealer managers and solicitation agents in connection with tender offers, exchange offers and consent solicitations. Praised in Chambers as “an incredibly able lawyer,” John’s clients include portfolio companies of KKR and Blackstone and a large number of designated underwriters’ counsel engagements for major U.S. and non-U.S. issuers. He also has a substantial international element to his practice, having spent seven years in our London office. John is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Opinions Committee. John is active outside the Firm, assisting a variety of legal and nonprofit organizations. He presently serves as a trustee for Landmark College, a college in Putney, Vermont, dedicated to the education of students with learning disabilities and he formerly served as the Chairman of the Board of Lawyers Alliance for New York, a leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofits.

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Work Highlights
  • Initial purchasers in Rule 144A offerings of $750 million of senior notes and $1,250 million of convertible senior notes issued by Whiting Petroleum; underwriters in a public offering of $35 million shares of common stock issued by Whiting Petroleum
  • Underwriters in a $900 million public offering of senior notes by Cigna Corporation
  • Underwriters in a $500 million public offering of notes and initial purchasers in a Rule 144A remarketing of $200 million of remarketable debt securities, in each case issued by Kimberly-Clark Company
  • Dealer managers in a $330 million modified “Dutch” auction common stock tender offer by KCG Holdings, Inc. and in an any and all common stock tender offer by GameStop Corp. relating to its acquisition of Geeknet, Inc.
  • Dealer managers in exchange offers of cash and shares of common stock for two series of convertible notes issued by American Equity Investment Life Holding Company
  • Underwriters in public offerings of $1.76 billion and $5.0 billion aggregate principal amounts of debt securities by Walmart Stores, Inc.
  • Dealer managers in connection with an issuer “waterfall” tender offer for up to $2 billion of debt securities issued by Mondelēz International, Inc.
  • New York University School of Law, 1983 J.D.
    Annual Survey of American Law, Articles Editor, 1982–1983
  • Amherst College, 1979 B.A.
    magna cum laude
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • New York 1984

John D. Lobrano is Of Counsel at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. John has advised on domestic and international securities offerings, with particular experience in offerings of convertible notes and other equity-linked securities as well as high yield debt financings. John’s capital markets engagements have included representations of issuers, designated underwriters’ counsel engagements and regular representation of major investment banks.

John’s capital markets practice is complemented by frequent restructuring and liability management engagements, including representations of major investment banks as dealer managers or solicitation agents, as well as issuers, in connection with debt tender offers, exchange offers and consent solicitations. Over the past 20 years, John also advised on well more than 100 liability management transactions.

John also has considerable experience in the area of mergers and acquisitions, having represented many of the Firm’s significant private equity sponsors such as Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and The Blackstone Group and their portfolio companies.

John’s practice has long included a substantial international component. John is a member of the Firm’s International Practice and practiced in the Firm’s London office for seven years. John has advised on securities offerings by North American, South American, European, Asian and Australian issuers. 

John is well recognized as one of the world’s leading capital markets lawyers. He is identified as a leading practitioner in a wide variety of publications, including International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, PLC Cross-border Capital Markets Handbook, The Best Lawyers in America and New York Super Lawyers.

John joined Simpson Thacher in 1983 and became a Partner in 1991. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Amherst College in 1979 and his J.D. from NYU Law School in 1983, where he was an editor of the Annual Survey of American Law. John is a member of The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, The New York State Bar Association and The American Bar Association. John is a member of the TriBar Opinion Committee. 

John presently serves as a trustee on the Board of Trustees of Landmark College in Putney, Vermont and formerly served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Lawyers’ Alliance for New York, a provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations.

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