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Joseph H. Kaufman
Partner
 
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017 
 
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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, Cigna, 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 chairs the board of Start Small, Think Big, a non-profit organization which helps under-resourced entrepreneurs build businesses in underserved areas. He is also 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
  • Avantor in its $4.37 billion IPO, the largest healthcare IPO in U.S. history and the second largest U.S. IPO of 2019
  • HCA in its $4.35 billion IPO, at the time the largest private equity–backed IPO ever in the U.S., as well as in multiple offerings of secured and unsecured high yield debt securities
  • First Data in its $2.94 billion IPO
  • KKR in its $2.13 billion high yield debt and preferred equity financing for its acquisition of BMC Software
  • Avantor in its $7.7 billion high yield debt and preferred equity financing for its acquisition of VWR Corporation
  • Cigna in its issuance of over $5.0 billion in investment grade debt securities and in related liability management transactions
  • Underwriters in connection with high yield and investment grade debt offerings totalling over $25 billion by Pfizfer, AstraZeneca, Laureate Education, Roper Technologies and Texas Instruments
  • KKR in its listing on the New York Stock Exchange and conversion from partnership to corporation, as well as its business combinations with KKR Financial LLC and KKR Private Equity Investors, L.P.
  • Conflicts Committee of the Board of Directors of Apollo Global Management, Inc. in Apollo's $1.55 billion strategic transaction with Athene Holding Ltd, as well as Apollo's 2019 conversion from a limited partnership to a corporation
Accolades
  • Law360“MVP” in Capital Markets (2015)
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
  • The Legal 500 USA (2019, 2020)
  • The National Law Journal “Most Influential Lawyers” (2011)
  • The Deal “Up-and-Comers of the Deal Economy” (2005)
Education
  • 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
Admissions
  • New York 1995

Joe Kaufman is a Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where he is a member of the Firm's Capital Markets Practice. 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 Avantor in its $4.37 billion initial public offering in the United States, the second largest U.S. IPO of 2019. He also advised:

  • HCA in its $4.35 billion IPO, at the time the largest private equity-backed IPO ever in the U.S., as well as in multiple offerings of secured and unsecured high yield debt securities
  • First Data in its $2.94 billion IPO
  • KKR in its $2.13 billion high yield debt and preferred equity financing for its acquisition of BMC Software
  • Avantor in its $7.7 billion high yield debt and preferred equity financing for its acquisition of VWR Corporation
  • Cigna in its issuance of over $5.0 in investment grade debt securities and in related liability management transactions
  • Underwriters in connection with high yield and investment grade debt offerings totalling over $25 billion by Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Roper Technologies and Texas Instruments
  • KKR in its listing on the New York Stock Exchange and conversion from partnership to corporation, as well as its business combinations with KKR Financial LLC and KKR Private Equity Investors L.P.
  • Conflicts Committee of the Board of Directors of Apollo Global Management, Inc. in Apollo's $1.55 billion strategic transaction with Athene Holding Ltd., as well as Apollo's 2019 conversion from a limited partnership to a corporation
  • Underwriters in the $1.2 billion IPO of US Foods
  • BrightView in its $539 million IPO
  • Underwriters in the IPO of Laureate Education, Inc. and multiple high yield offerings of senior notes
  • National Vision Holdings, Inc. in its $400 million IPO and follow-on equity and convertible note offerings, aggregating over $2.3 billion 
  • Aramark in its $834 million IPO, as well as in over $5 billion in offerings of unsecured high yield debt securities
  • Nielsen in multiple offerings of senior notes and in its $1.89 billion IPO
  • Del Monte Foods, Dollar General, Masonite, and Toll Brothers, among others in multiple high yield and investment grade note offerings
  • Dollar General, Adeptus Health, Virgin Mobile, Sealy and PanAmSat in connection with their respective IPOs
  • Mosaic in connection with $8.7 billion in secondary equity offerings during 2011 relating to Mosaic's split-off from Cargill
  • Selling shareholders in secondary equity offerings for The J.M. Smucker Company and Santander Consumer USA Holdings

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 2020 and The Legal 500 USA 2020. 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 is currently board chair of Start Small, Think Big, a non-profit organization which helps under-resourced entrepreneurs build businesses in underserved areas. 

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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