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Joyce Y. Xu
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017 
Phone: +1-212-455-3680
Fax: +1-212-455-2502

Heading the Firm’s globally recognized Derivatives Practice, Joyce Xu has broad experience advising on equity derivatives, interest rate, FX and commodity derivatives, derivatives regulations as well as prime brokerage platforms. Joyce’s clients range widely from financial institutions and corporations to hedge funds and private equity funds. Joyce has written numerous book chapters and articles and was recognized for her book chapter discussing U.S. corporate and regulatory aspects of equity derivatives (Burton Award for Achievement in Legal Writing) and also for a recent book chapter she co-wrote, “Reflections on Dodd-Frank” (Burton/ALA Award for Outstanding Authoritative Book by a Partner in a Law Firm). Joyce was named to Crain’s “40 Under 40” list in 2011, and Chambers calls her “a star in the making.”

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Work Highlights
  • Microsoft in its $28.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn
  • KKR in connection with planned tender offer for shares of Japan’s Hitachi Koki
  • Capsugel in its announced $5.5 billion acquisition of Lonza
  • Initial purchasers in connection with Teradyne’s $460 million senior convertible notes offering and dealers in concurrent bond hedge and warrant transactions
  • Melrose Industries in its acquisition of Nortek and relating financing
  • Apax Partners and TRADER Corporation in connection with Apax's sale of TRADER to Thoma Bravo
  • Silver Lake in connection with their consortium arrangements and a sale and purchase agreement to acquire 37.6% of the share capital of Cegid Group
  • Lead arrangers in financing of Avago's $37 billion acquisition of Broadcom Corporation
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2011–2018
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2010–2018
  • IFLR1000 2011-2013, 2017 and 2018
  • Super Lawyers "Top Women Attorneys in Metro New York" 2014–2018
  • Super Lawyers 2012-2018
  • Crain's "40 Under 40" Class of 2011
  • Asian American Business Development Center "Outstanding 50 Asian Americans Business Award"
  • Columbia Law School, 2000 J.D.
    Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • Pennsylvania State University, 1997 B.S.
    University Scholars Program, Tau Beta Pi
  • Member of the ISDA Equity Derivatives Committee, the ISDA Accounting & Equity Working Group and the Derivatives and Structured Products Law Committee of the New York State Bar Association
  • New York 2002

Joyce Y. Xu is a Partner in Simpson Thacher’s Corporate Department and heads the Firm’s global Derivatives Practice. 

Joyce has broad experience in advising financial institutions, corporate clients, hedge funds and private equity funds on the structuring, negotiation and documentation of equity, interest rate, currency and commodity derivatives, as well as prime brokerage platforms. Some of Joyce’s clients on recent transactions include KKR, Blackstone, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Barclays, Deutsche Bank, BNP Paribas, Silver Lake, Apax, First Reserve, Best Buy, Microsoft, PPL, Teleflex and CR Bard.

Joyce is a frequent presenter on various derivative products and documentation of derivatives at conferences. Joyce has authored numerous articles and book chapters on derivatives products and regulations. For her book chapter titled “U.S. Corporate and Regulatory Aspects of Equity Derivatives,” in Equity Derivatives: Documenting and Understanding Equity Derivative Products (Globe Law & Business, Globe Business Publishing Ltd. 2009, pp. 357-384), Joyce received the Burton Award for Achievement in Legal Writing. Joyce also co-authored Reflections on Dodd-Frank: A Look Back and a Look Forward, a compendium of articles that review and analyze key rulemaking developments in the year following the Dodd-Frank Act, for which the Firm received the 2012 Burton/ALA Award for Outstanding Authoritative Book by a Partner in a Law Firm. She also co-authored an article entitled “CFTC and SEC Adopt New Rules Further Defining ‘Swap Dealer’ and ‘Security-Based Swap Dealer’” with corporate associates Brian Chernoff and Qian Lisa Wang, which was published in the May 25, 2012 edition of Westlaw Journal Derivatives.  

Joyce was recognized in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2011–2018 and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2010–2018. Chambers calls her “a star in the making” and notes that clients praise her for her ability to “work seamlessly” with client's team to deliver practical results and to “anticipate issues and see things down the line before we do.” She has also been recognized by IFLR 1000 as a leading lawyer in derivatives. Joyce has been featured in The New York Times Magazine as one of the “Top Women Attorneys in Metro New York,” as recognized by Super Lawyers. Joyce was named to Crain’s “40 Under 40” Class of 2011, where she was recognized for her extensive experience and leadership in the derivatives field. In addition, in 2011, she received an Outstanding 50 Asian Americans Business Award by the Asian American Business Development Center.

Joyce joined the Firm in May 2007 and was elected Partner in 2010. She received her B.S. in chemical engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 1997 and her J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2000, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Prior to joining the Firm, Joyce practiced law as a member of the equity derivatives group at another major New York City law firm. Joyce is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the New York City Bar Association.

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