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Caroline B. Gottschalk
 

Caroline B. Gottschalk

Partner
 
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017 
 
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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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Work Highlights
  • Kelsey-Seybold Medical Group, Houston’s premier multispecialty group practice, in structuring a strategic partnership involving its management services subsidiary and TPG Capital
  • Advisor Group and Lightyear Capital in the sale of Advisor Group to Reverence Capital Partners
  • Centerbridge Partners and Great Wolf Resorts in the sale of a 65% controlling interest in Great Wolf to Blackstone Real Estate Partners, and the negotiation of the terms of the new $2.9 billion joint venture
  • St. John Knits in transactions ranging from the acquisition of St. John by Vestar in 1999 to the negotiation of a strategic investment in St. John by Fosun International in 2013 to a recapitalization of St. John in 2017
  • JPMorgan as financial advisor to the independent board members of FS KKR Capital Corp. II in its announced merger with FS KKR Capital Corp.
  • The board of directors of a public company in connection with a potential strategic transaction and also in connection with corporate governance and fiduciary matters relating to a restatement of financial results
  • JPMorgan as financial advisor to Celgene in its $74 billion sale to Bristol-Myers Squibb, ARIAD in its $5.2 billion merger with Takeda, and Sprint Corporation in its merger with T-Mobile US, Inc.
Accolades
  • New York Super Lawyers (2008, 2010, 2013 - 2016)
Education
  • Duke University School of Law, 1990 J.D.
    With Honors; Order of the Coif; Alaska Law Review, Managing Editor
  • Dartmouth College, 1984 A.B.
Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Duke Law School, Board of Visitors
Admissions
  • New York 1991

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.

Caroline recently represented Centerbridge Partners, L.P. in connection with its acquisition of TriMark USA, LLC, the country’s largest provider of design services, equipment and supplies to the foodservice industry, and its $1.26 billion acquisition of Syncsort Incorporated, a global software company, and Vision Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of business resilience solution; JPMorgan as financial advisor to ARIAD in its $5.2 billion merger with Takeda, and CIT Group in its $10 billion sale of CIT Commercial Air, its commercial aircraft leasing business; Vista Equity Partners in connection with its $6.5 billion leveraged acquisition of Solera Holdings, Inc.; Lightyear Capital and Public Sector Pension Investment Board in connection with the acquisition by affiliated entities of independent broker-dealer AIG Advisor Group; Centerbridge Partners, L.P. in connection with its acquisition of Great Wolf Resorts, Inc.; Cetera Financial Group and Lightyear Capital in connection with RCS Capital Corporation’s acquisition of Cetera, the third largest independent broker dealer in the United States; and Exelis in connection with the spin-off of its military and government services business, Vectrus Systems Corp.

Other recent transactions include advising Lightyear Capital in its leveraged acquisition of Alegeus Technologies, the healthcare benefits and payment processing business of FIS, and its investments in Community & Southern Holdings, Cascade Bank and SGB Bank; GSI Holdings Corp. and Centerbridge Partners in the sale of GSI to AGCO Corporation; BakerCorp and Lightyear Capital in the sale of BakerCorp to Permira Advisers; Consolidated Container Holdings and Vestar Capital Partners in the sale of CCH to Bain Capital; Centerbridge Partners in its controlling investment in Remedi RX, a pharmacy benefits management company, and its leveraged acquisition and subsequent IPO of American Renal Holdings, a national provider of kidney dialysis services; ITT Corporation in its spin-off of Exelis and Xylem; and Leidos Holdings, Inc. in connection with the spin-off by Leidos of SAIC. 

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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