A prominent authority in the private equity realm, Wilson Neely’s practice chiefly involves mergers and acquisitions and capital markets. He has advised on numerous business combination transactions, including leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations and strategic partnerships between private equity funds and corporate partners. In addition, he has overseen IPOs involving both common stock and high yield securities. The Legal 500 United States has consistently named him a “Leading Lawyer” since 2014. Wilson has also been recognized as a top private equity lawyer by Chambers USA since 2008. Source describe him as a “phenomenal lawyer with a deep history” in private equity matters and transactional work for prominent sponsor clients.
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- Representation of Blackstone in over 40 of its private equity transactions over the past 25 years (a record unsurpassed by any other lawyer), including: its $20 billion partnership with Thomson Reuters for Thomson's Financial and Risk Business; acquisition and subsequent IPO of SeaWorld; investment in GeoSouthern; provision of rescue financing to Knight Capital; financing of BankUnited in connection with the FDIC’s resolution of its failed bank predecessor; and participation in the consortium that acquired SunGard
- Representation of Northwest Airlines in its merger with Delta Airlines
- Representation of Centerbridge Capital Partners in several major transactions
University of Texas School of Law, 1982 J.D.
Dartmouth College, 1978 B.A.
- Member of the Board of Trustees, University of Texas Law School Foundation
Wilson S. Neely is a Partner in the Firm’s Corporate Department. Wilson practices primarily in the mergers and acquisitions area and also in the capital markets area. He has worked on numerous private equity transactions, including leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, and strategic partnerships between private equity funds and corporate partners. In addition, he has overseen a number of initial public offerings, involving both common stock and high yield securities.
The Legal 500 United States has consistently named Wilson a “Leading Lawyer” since 2014. He has also been recognized as a top private equity lawyer by Chambers USA every year since 2008. Sources describe him as a “phenomenal lawyer with a deep history” in private equity matters and transactional work for prominent sponsor clients. Wilson was also recognized in 2009 by the AmLaw Daily as a “Dealmaker of the Week” for leading the Simpson Thacher team that helped Blackstone consummate the $2.7 billion leveraged buyout of AB InBev’s Busch Entertainment amusement park business, including SeaWorld and Busch Gardens. At the time, The American Lawyer recognized it as one of the biggest leveraged buyout deals since the beginning of the market downturn in mid-2007.
Wilson joined Simpson Thacher in 1982 and became a Partner in 1991. He received his B.A., cum laude, from Dartmouth College in 1978 and his J.D., with honors, from the University of Texas Law School in 1982.
Wilson serves on the boards of ReadWorks, myFace and Historic Hudson Valley. He is also a member of the board of trustees for the University of Texas Law School Foundation.