John Finley of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is to join The Blackstone Group on 1 September 2010.
Currently the head of the global mergers and acquisitions group at Simpson Thacher, Finley will become the Senior Managing Director and Chief Legal Officer at Blackstone, and will serve on the executive committee. He succeeds Robert L Friedman who will stay on at the firm for a period before retiring.
Chairman and CEO, Stephen A Schwarzman said: “John is one of the most outstanding corporate lawyers of his generation and we are delighted that he has decided to join us at Blackstone. His depth of experience, his leadership skills and his reputation for creativity and superb judgment will be invaluable to us as our business continues to expand across both product lines and geographies.”
John Finley features in The International Who’s Who of Merger and Acquisition Lawyers and The International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers.