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Ryan Williams
Counsel
 
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017 
 
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Phone: +1-212-455-7385
Fax: +1-212-455-2502
Ryan Williams is Counsel 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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Work Highlights
  • Experience prior to joining Simpson Thacher included:
    • Numerous M&A transactions involving alternative asset managers, including purchases and sales of equity interests in established hedge fund and private equity managers as well as seeding transactions for emerging managers; 
    • Representation of New Mountain Capital in connection with various matters, including the merger of its portfolio companies Avantor Performance Materials and NuSil Technology, and its acquisition of Gelest; 
    • The sale of the billboard business of Van Wagner Communications to CBS Outdoor;
    • The merger of Media General and Young Broadcasting; and
    • The sale of Cequel Communications by Goldman Sachs Capital Partners and other investors to BC Partners and the CPP Investment Board. 
Education
  • Cornell Law School, 2006 J.D.
    Dean's List; Note Editor, Cornell International Law Journal
  • Duke University, 2003 B.S.
    City and State Editor, The Chronicle
Admissions
  • New York 2007

Ryan Williams is Counsel in the Firm’s Corporate Practice. Ryan’s practice focuses on M&A transactions involving alternative asset managers, including private equity and hedge fund managers. In addition to his work in the asset manager M&A space, Ryan has experience representing a broad variety of clients, including private equity firms, public and private companies and family offices, in connection with both domestic and international transactions across a range of industries. His experience includes leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, angel and venture capital transactions, recapitalizations and exit transactions, among other corporate transactions. 

Ryan’s experience prior to joining Simpson Thacher included:

  • Numerous M&A transactions involving alternative asset managers, including purchases and sales of equity interests in established hedge fund and private equity managers as well as seeding transactions for emerging managers;
  • Representation of New Mountain Capital in connection with various matters, including the merger of its portfolio companies Avantor Performance Materials and NuSil Technology, and its acquisition of Gelest;
  • The sale of the billboard business of Van Wagner Communications to CBS Outdoor;
  • The merger of Media General and Young Broadcasting;
  • The acquisition of 24 Hour Fitness by AEA Investors and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan;
  • The strategic alliance between SPX Corporation’s Service Solutions Unit and Launch Tech Company of China;
  • The sale of a minority equity interest in ProQuest Holdings to Goldman Sachs;
  • Multiple IPOs, including the IPOs of MRC Global and CVR Energy;
  • Kimberly-Clark de México's acquisition of certain business lines in the U.S. and Mexico from Evenflo Company; and
  • The sale of Cequel Communications by Goldman Sachs Capital Partners and other investors to BC Partners and the CPP Investment Board.

Prior to joining Simpson Thacher, Ryan worked in the New York and Hong Kong offices of another international law firm. 

Ryan received his J.D. from Cornell Law School, where he was a Note Editor for the Cornell International Law Journal, and his B.S. in Economics from Duke University. At Duke he was the City and State Editor for the Chronicle, Duke’s independent daily student newspaper. He is admitted to practice in New York.

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