This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2013
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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is one of the leading firms in our research with 49 inclusions across 13 practice areas. Established in 1884, the firm now boasts a network of offices across the US, Asia and Brazil. In 2012, it opened a new office in Seoul, demonstrating its commitment to the Korean market. Simpson Thacher puts real emphasis on the world-class quality of its lawyers and two of its practitioners receive our ‘Lawyer of the Year’ award for insurance and reinsurance and private funds.
|SIMPSON THACHER & BARTLETT LLP|
|TOTAL LISTINGS IN WHO’S WHO LEGAL: 49|
|Practice Area Breakdown|
|Banking||4||Insolvency & Restructuring||1|
|Capital Markets||8||Insurance & Reinsurance||3|
|Commercial Litigation||3||M & A||7|
|Corporate Governance||5||Product Liability Defence||1|
Simpson Thacher has an exceptional private funds team with ten lawyers listed in this chapter, two of whom feature in our list of highly regarded practitioners. The firm is best represented by its New York office which fields six lawyers, including Michael Wolitzer, our lawyer of the year for private funds. He is described as “in a league of his own” and our respondents praise his “natural ability to know how to play the deal”. Wolitzer focuses his practice on private investing and alternative asset management. Also in the New York office, Thomas Bell oversees the firm’s private funds group and is a “distinguished” practitioner who advises on a wide range of funds. Barrie Covit is an “outstanding” lawyer who represents some of the largest sponsors of private equity funds including the Carlyle Group and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts. Glenn Sarno is praised for his work on hedge funds and his successful practice attracts high profile clients such as Citigroup Alternative Investments and Credit Suisse Asset Management. In Palo Alto, Michael Nooney is a “talented” corporate lawyer and advises clients with operational matters related to private equity and hedge funds. Thomas Wuchenich, based in Los Angeles, provides “sophisticated and technical advice” to well-known sponsors of private equity funds and other forms of alternative asset investment funds. In London, Jason Glover is a “very well-known” practitioner. He is “upbeat” and “terrific to work with or against”. Glover structures complex global funds for leading private equity firms in Europe and developing markets. Based in Hong Kong, Philip Culhane is “highly knowledgeable” and “responds effectively to client’s needs”. He has a broad practice in private investment funds and has more than 10 years of experience advising clients in Asia.
The firm has a strong presence in capital markets and is best represented by its Asian offices in Tokyo and Hong Kong, which boast six “excellent” lawyers between them. David Sneider, head of the firm’s Tokyo office, is “highly recommended” by our respondents for his work advising Japanese issuers in some of their more significant global IPOs. He is also listed in our M&A chapter. Takahiro Saito is “highly knowledgeable on the technical aspects of transactions and is always up to date with developments”. He has handled many global IPOs for companies such as Otsuka Holdings, SUMCO Corporation and Elpida Memory. In Hong Kong, Leiming Chen is “vastly experienced” in a variety of equity and debt offerings and has worked for many high profile clients including Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank. Celia Lam is “top notch” and her practice centres on securities offerings and listings as well as M&A work. The firm also has two “outstanding” practitioners in the US. John Lobrano, in New York, is “world class”. His practice focuses on domestic and international securities offerings with specific expertise in offerings of convertible notes and other equity-linked securities as well as high yield debt financings. In Palo Alto, William Hinman Jr is a “leading lawyer” in structured financing and has also been involved in the significant IPOs for companies such as Facebook, Google and eBay.
Seven lawyers from Simpson Thacher are listed in our M&A chapter. Adam Signy has a “reputation for excellence”. He has a broad M&A practice but specialises in public company takeovers and private equity transactions. Five practitioners from the firm are listed in both of our M&A and corporate governance chapters. Based in New York, Richard Beattie is the senior chairman of the firm but retains an “active and effective practice”. He has worked on many complex international financial transactions including J P Morgan Chase’s $58 billion acquisition of Bank One Corporation and is also a “dynamic board member” for many organisations. Charles Cogut is a senior partner at the firm and impresses our respondents with his “pragmatic advice” and “wealth of experience”. Alan Klein, co-administrative partner at the firm, is highly rated in our research for his “quality practice” in both M&A and corporate governance. He is co-chair of the International Bar Association’s corporate and M&A law committee. Robert Spatt is a “leading light in public M&A” and a “distinguished professional with many years of experience”. In Palo Alto, Richard Capelouto advises clients on M&A matters including issues concerning leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, public company acquisitions and restructurings.
In banking, head of the firm’s M&A group and head of its financial institutions practice Lee Meyerson is described by clients as “especially good at private equity investments in banking organisations”. He is joined by David Williams, head of Simpson Thacher’s Latin American practice, who focuses on complex, cross-border financial transactions.
The firm has an established competition practice with four lawyers listed. Kevin Arquit, Aimee Goldstein and Joseph Tringali represent Simpson Thacher’s New York office with successful practices that span a full range of competition and compliance issues. In London, David Vann Jr is an “excellent” litigator who has acted before a wide range of institutions including the Federal Trade Commission and the European Commission.
Simpson Thacher has a world renowned insurance and reinsurance practice and many of the pre-eminent lawyers in the field. Mary Kay Vyskocil is our insurance lawyer of the year, receiving the highest number of nominations in our research. Her “first class practice” covers insurance and reinsurance coverage litigation with a specific focus on securities and the financial services industry. Barry Ostrager is “well known” around the world for his prominent work in the industry. He is currently a senior litigation partner at Simpson Thacher and has “a lifetime of experience in the field”. Ostrager is also listed in our commercial litigation chapter. Andrew Amer is a “leading light” in insurance with a practice that covers coverage disputes and matters which require specific technical or scientific understanding, knowledge he gained from his degree in bio-medical engineering.
One further lawyer of note is Roy Reardon who appears in both our commercial litigation and product liability chapters. Based in New York, Reardon has acted before the US Supreme Court and is chairman of the firm’s litigation department. Our respondents have described him as “calm, efficient and professional, even under the most difficult of circumstances”.
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