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Joseph H. Kaufman
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017 
Phone: +1-212-455-2948
Fax: +1-212-455-2502
Joe Kaufman, a Partner in our Capital Markets Practice, has a rich and varied practice assisting clients on their public and private offerings of debt and equity securities, as well as on corporate governance and other issues. Joe has advised Avantor on its $4.37 billion IPO and HCA on its $4.35 billion IPO—the two largest healthcare IPOs in U.S. history. He has also advised KKR, Aramark, First Data, Nielsen and Dollar General. The National Law Journal recently cited him as one of the top three “Most Influential Lawyers” in Finance and Capital Markets. A few years ago, he wrote an article for The Deal on how The Apprentice can teach valuable lessons on real-world negotiating. In his spare time, Joe is an avid swimmer and annually swims across Long Island Sound to raise money for cancer research, prevention and treatment on behalf of Swim Across America.

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Work Highlights
  • First Data in its $2.94 billion IPO
  • Aramark in its $834 million IPO
  • HCA in its $4.35 billion IPO, at the time the largest private equity–backed IPO ever in the U.S.
  • Nielsen in its $1.89 billion IPO
  • Dollar General in its $776 million IPO
  • Multiple high yield and secondary equity offerings for these companies and others
  • The Mosaic Company in $8.7 billion in secondary equity offerings during 2011 relating to Mosaic’s split-off from Cargill
  • KKR in its business combinations with KKR Financial LLC and KKR Private Equity Investors L.P.
  • Wyeth in its sale to Pfizer and its issuance of over $12 billion of notes and convertible debentures
  • Law360 “MVP” in Capital Markets (2015 )
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2017, 2018, 2019)
  • The National Law Journal “Most Influential Lawyers” (2011)
  • The Deal “Up-and-Comers of the Deal Economy” (2005)
  • University of Chicago Law School, 1994 J.D.
    With Honors
  • University of Canterbury (New Zealand), 1990 B.A.
    With Honors in Economics
  • Harvard University, 1989 A.B.
    magna cum laude
  • New York 1995

Joe Kaufman is a Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where he is a member of the Firm's Corporate Department. Joe advises clients on public and private offerings of debt and equity securities, corporate governance, business combinations and general corporate and securities law matters.

Joe advised HCA in its March 2011 $4.35 billion initial public offering, the largest private equity–backed IPO ever in the United States at that time. He also advised:

  • First Data in its October 2015 $2.94 billion IPO
  • Aramark in its December 2013 $834 million IPO
  • Nielsen in its January 2011 $1.89 billion IPO
  • Dollar General, Adeptus Health, Virgin Mobile, Sealy and PanAmSat in connection with their respective IPOs
  • KKR and Masonite in their public listings on the NYSE
  • Each of these clients in connection with numerous follow-on secondary equity offerings, as well as the selling shareholders in secondary equity offerings for The J.M. Smucker Company and Santander Consumer USA Holdings

He also advised Mosaic in connection with $8.7 billion in secondary equity offerings during 2011 relating to Mosaic’s split-off from Cargill, as well as KKR in connection with its business combinations with KKR Financial LLC and KKR Private Equity Investors L.P.

With respect to debt securities, he has advised Aramark, Del Monte Foods, Dollar General, HCA, Masonite, Nielsen, Toll Brothers and others in connection with over $20 billion of high yield and investment grade note offerings. He has also represented underwriters in connection with debt offerings by Laureate Education, Roper Technologies and Texas Instruments. 

He also represented Wyeth in connection with its sale to Pfizer, as well as the issuance by Wyeth of over $12 billion of notes and convertible debentures.

Joe joined Simpson Thacher in 1994 and was elected a member of the Firm in November 2002. Joe was recently recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2019. He was also named a 2015 “MVP” in Capital Markets by Law360. In 2011, he was named by The National Law Journal as one of the three “Most Influential Lawyers” in the Finance and Capital Markets category. In 2005, he was named one of 17 “Up-and-Comers of the Deal Economy” by The Deal magazine. 

He received his A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard College in 1989, and his B.A. (Hons.) in Economics from the University of Canterbury (New Zealand) in 1990. He received his J.D. with honors from University of Chicago Law School in 1994, where he was managing editor of the University of Chicago Legal Forum. He is admitted to practice in the State of New York.

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