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Samuel Francis
 

Samuel Francis

Counsel
 
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017 
 
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Phone: +1-212-455-3366
Fax: +1-212-455-2502

Samuel Francis is Counsel in Simpson Thacher’s Private Funds Practice. He advises prominent private equity sponsors on all aspects of private fund formation and operation, and has extensive experience with investment adviser regulatory compliance. Samuel also advises on mergers, acquisitions and other transactions involving asset managers as well as their funds’ portfolio investments, and his work encompasses a wide range of management company matters. He has represented clients such as Blackstone, Morgan Stanley and KKR.

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Work Highlights
  • Strategic Partners in the organization of Strategic Partners VIII and its related committed program vehicles, which closed at more than $11 billion
  • Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners in the formation of North Haven Infrastructure Partners III, which raised $5.5 billion
  • Blackstone in raising approximately $1.4 billion of dedicated capital for Blackstone PTI Fund and related matters, including the completion of a structured secondary transaction relating to Phoenix Tower International
  • Blackstone in its acquisition of Harvest Fund Advisors, an independent management firm with more than $10 billion in assets under management
  • KKR in connection with its $4.4 billion acquisition of Global Atlantic
     
Education
  • Fordham University School of Law, 2010 J.D.
    magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Fordham Law Review; Evening Student of the Year; Adele L. Monoco Memorial Award; Joseph R. Crowley Award; Fordham Law Alumni Association Award in Constitutional Law
  • Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, 2006 B.S.
    summa cum laude
Associations
  • Certified Public Accountant
Admissions
  • New York 2010

Samuel Francis is Counsel in Simpson Thacher’s Private Funds Practice. He advises prominent private equity sponsors on all aspects of private fund formation and operation, including private equity, infrastructure, real estate, credit and hedge funds, as well as the organization of separately managed accounts and co-investment vehicles. In addition, he has extensive regulatory and compliance experience with investment adviser registration and ongoing requirements, implementing policies and procedures, examining and remediating issues, preparing marketing materials and reviewing government filings and investor reports.

Samuel also advises on mergers, acquisitions and other transactions involving asset managers, such as seed and stake deals, as well as structuring and negotiating their underlying funds’ portfolio investments, including secondaries and rollovers. His work encompasses a wide range of management company matters relating to ownership and compensation arrangements, organizational restructurings, foreign affiliates, family offices and the establishment of bank, broker, exchange, placement agent and other counterparty relationships.

Samuel has published articles on a variety of investment management topics, including in Lexis Practice Advisor, The Investment Lawyer, Journal of Investment Compliance and Journal of Derivatives & Hedge Funds. Recently, he authored an article published by Private Equity Law Report which discussed practical considerations for fund managers when determining whether to treat a single investor fund client as a pooled investment vehicle or a separately managed account under the custody rule and Form ADV.

Samuel received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Fordham University School of Law in 2010, where he was a member of the Fordham Law Review. He earned his B.S., summa cum laude, from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York in 2006. Samuel is admitted to practice in New York, and is also licensed as a certified public accountant in New York.

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