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John J. Creed
Partner
 
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017 
 
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Phone: +1-212-455-3485
Fax: +1-212-455-2502
John Creed has over 20 years’ experience advising clients on tax matters who value his ability, as Chambers reported, to “make tax understandable to the layperson.” John advises private equity funds and hedge funds on fund formation and structuring matters. He also advises numerous clients on mergers and acquisitions (including tax-free spin-offs), cross-border tax matters, partnerships, joint ventures, securitizations and financing transactions. His clients have included Blackstone, Carlyle, KKR, First Reserve, Nielsen, Dell, Vodafone and the Brooklyn Nets. John has also advised non-U.S. corporations both in structuring acquisitions and operations in the United States and in raising capital in the United States. His joint venture deals have included investments in Asia, Latin America, South Africa, Europe and Japan.

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Work Highlights
  • Crestwood Holdings in its merger with Inergy Midstream to form $7 billion Midstream Energy Partnership
  • Office Depot in its merger with OfficeMax
  • Silver Lake Partners in its $24.4 billion acquisition of Dell
  • Vodafone in the sale of its $130 billion indirect stake in Verizon Wireless
  • Carlyle in the establishment of Carlyle Partners VII; Carlyle Asia Partners V; and Carlyle Energy Mezzanine Opportunity Fund, a billion-dollar-plus energy-related mezzanine fund
  • BTG Pactual in the establishment of Brazilian Timber, Real Estate, Infrastructure and Private Equity Funds
  • Riverstone and TSSP in the sale of minority interests in their respective firms
Education
  • New York University School of Law, 1988 LL.M.
  • Trinity College Dublin Faculty of Law, 1985
    High Honors
Admissions
  • New York 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit 1986

John Creed is a Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where he is a member of the Firm’s Tax Department. John’s practice includes advising private equity and hedge funds on structuring and other matters. He also advises clients on mergers and acquisitions (including tax-free spin-offs), cross-border tax matters, partnerships, joint ventures, securitizations and financing transactions.

The clients John has advised in various transactions have included Blackstone, The Carlyle Group, KKR, First Reserve Partners, Corsair Partners, Aquiline Partners, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Dell, Vodafone, Nielsen, Office Depot, The Brooklyn Nets and many others. John has extensive experience in the private equity field fund formation and structuring, spin-outs, sponsor sales and going-public transactions. John has advised private equity funds, investment banks and corporations in the structuring of various acquisitions, financings, financial instruments and restructurings. He has also advised non-U.S. corporations in structuring acquisitions and operations in the United States and non-U.S. issuers in raising capital in the United States. John has worked on numerous domestic and international joint venture transactions, including investment in Asia, Latin America, South Africa, Europe and Japan. 

John was recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2018 as a leading tax lawyer in New York.

John became a Partner at Simpson Thacher in 1996. He graduated with High Honors in 1985 from Trinity College Dublin Faculty of Law and received his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law in 1988. 

John is a Member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the Private Investment Fund Tax Forum and the New York City Tax Club. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1986.

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