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John C. Hart
Partner
 
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017 
 
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Phone: +1-212-455-2830
Fax: +1-212-455-2502
A Partner in Simpson Thacher’s Tax Department, John Hart advises on an array of tax matters—including IPOs; formation of private investment funds; REITs and real estate transactions; asset manager M&A; and publicly traded partnerships. John has advised on numerous IPOs, including for Blackstone, Brixmor, Hilton, La Quinta, Medley and Oaktree. John has represented numerous leading fund sponsors, such as Apax, Blackstone, CVC, Macquarie and Rockpoint, in forming real estate funds, private equity funds, debt funds and other private investment funds. He has also advised on numerous major real estate  and infrastructure transactions for Alinda, Blackstone, Centerbridge, Hilton, Macquarie, Rockpoint and others. John is a regular presenter at conferences sponsored by groups including the Practising Law Institute, the NYU Real Estate Institute, the International Bar Association, the International Tax Institute and the Yale School of Management.

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Work Highlights
  • Blackstone in the acquisition of $23 billion of U.S. and non-U.S. real estate assets from GE Capital
  • Blackstone in the purchase of Willis Tower, the second tallest building in the U.S.
  • CVC Capital Partners in the formation of CVC Capital Partners VII, with over €16 billion of equity capital (the largest European fundraising on record) to make private equity investments in Europe and North America
  • Apax Partners in the formation of Apax IX, a $9 billion private equity fund to invest principally in Europe and North America
  • Blackstone in the sale of Strategic Hotels to Chinese insurer Anbang for $6.5 billion
  • Blackstone in the sale of 25% of the shares of Hilton Worldwide Holdings to HNA Group, a Chinese company with airline, hotel and other tourism industry interests, for $6.5 billion
  • Hilton in the spinoff of its time share business and owned hotels into a public corporation and a public REIT, respectively
     
Education
  • Harvard Law School, 1979 J.D.
    cum laude
  • University of Michigan, 1976 A.B.
    With High Distinction; Phi Beta Kappa
Associations
  • American College of Tax Counsel
  • International Fiscal Association
  • New York State Bar Association, Tax Section, Member of Executive Committee
  • Private Investment Fund Tax Forum (Chair, 2010–2011)
  • New York City Tax Club (President, 2003–2004)
Admissions
  • New York 1980
John Hart is a Tax Partner in the New York office of Simpson Thacher. John represents clients on a wide variety of tax matters, including IPOs; formation of private investment funds; REITs and real estate transactions; asset manager M&A; and publicly traded partnerships.

John has advised on numerous IPOs, including for Blackstone, Brixmor, Hilton, La Quinta, Medley and Oaktree. John has represented numerous leading fund sponsors, such as Apax, Blackstone, CVC, Macquarie and Rockpoint, in forming real estate funds, private equity funds, debt funds and other private investment funds. He has also advised on numerous major real estate and infrastructure transactions for Alinda, Blackstone, Centerbridge, Hilton, Macquarie, Rockpoint and others. 

John has been named one of the leading tax lawyers in the United States in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2017 and The Best Lawyers in America 2017. John was recently elected a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel. John is a member and past President of the New York City Tax Club and a member and past Chair of the Private Investment Fund Tax Forum. He is also a member of the International Fiscal Association and the New York State Bar Association, where he serves on the Tax Section’s Executive Committee.

John presents each year on UP-C and TRA transactions at the annual Practising Law Institute partnership tax conferences in San Francisco and NY and has also presented at conferences sponsored by New York University Real Estate Institute, the International Bar Association, the International Tax Institute, the Yale School of Management and other groups.

John received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1979. He received his A.B. with High Distinction and Highest Honors in English Literature in 1976 from the University of Michigan, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

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