Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP at a Glance


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The Buzz

  • “Top M&A firm”
  • “Market leaders”
  • “White shoe”
  • “Professional and self-contained”

About Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is a Wall Street institution, housing elite teams in M&A, banking, capital markets and litigation. The firm is a bit more versatile than many of its peers, boasting formidable prowess in private equity, real estate, antitrust and intellectual property.

Wheeling and Private Equity Dealing

Founded in 1884 by three Columbia Law graduates, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has capitalized on financial and industrial trends throughout its history. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the firm assisted in railroad reorganizations, the creation of mining and natural resource companies and the expansion of the public utility system. By the close of World War I, the firm was representing clients in Europe, Asia and South America.
The 1980s and 1990s saw the firm develop one of the world's premier M&A practices, with a unique strength in all aspects of private equity. The firm's many private equity clients include The Blackstone Group, Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts (KKR), First Reserve, Hellman & Friedman and Silver Lake Partners. The firm has represented private equity sponsors on the five largest completed buyout transactions in history, as well as on buyouts around the globe.
Simpson represents a broad range of corporate and financial institution clients, such as JPMorgan, Alibaba, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, Hilton, Accenture, Tyco, Toronto-Dominion, Morgan Stanley, UBS and Travelers, on a wide variety of sophisticated transactions. The firm tops the charts year after year in banking and debt securities transactions.

Antitrust in Me

Simpson's competition team, which boasts a former Director of the FTC's Bureau of Competition and other former senior FTC and DOJ officials, advises on the splashiest history-making deals, such as Sirius Satellite Radio's $13 billion merger with XM satellite radio and the $68 billion Wyeth-Pfizer merger. Simpson's competition litigators are in the thick of things, having advised clients on many of the highest-profile antitrust litigations of recent decades, culminating in The American Lawyer naming the firm's practice "Antitrust Litigation Department of the Year" in 2014.

Local Knowledge, Global Reach

Internationally, the firm benefits from a long-standing presence in Europe, is a market leader in Korea and Japan and is well-established in China with offices in Hong Kong and Beijing. The firm added a Hong Kong law practice in 2011 and opened an office in Seoul in 2012. Simpson has advised on some of China's most sophisticated transactions, including Alibaba Group's landmark IPO, which is the largest in history. Simpson also has a leading Latin American practice, anchored by its São Paolo office.

Defending the Who's Who in Financial Institutions

For decades, Simpson's securities litigators have defended the most prominent financial institutions and corporations against headline-making securities fraud allegations and major financial-related litigation, including JPMorgan Chase, Royal Bank of Scotland, Deutsche Bank, UBS, Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley and Washington Mutual.

Simpson boasts one of the top litigation departments in the nation, handling matters across legal disciplines, including high-profile lawsuits and a range of criminal, regulatory, Congressional and other significant government investigations, such as those involving Madoff, Lehman Brothers, AIG, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The firm also has extensive experience conducting internal investigations on behalf of companies, boards and board committees, as well as litigating shareholder class actions arising from M&A transactions.

Silicon Valley Savvy

The world's most dynamic companies and private equity firms turn to Simpson Thacher for advice in hundreds of blockbuster transactions, including Silver Lake's $24.4 billion acquisition of Dell and the IPOs of Google and Facebook. When it comes to IP litigation, clients seek Simpson's advice on high-stakes, "make-it-or-break-it" matters. The firm's IP team recently launched its own technology platform and analytics database-a unique combination of patent litigation, ownership and transactional intelligence-that has been recognized by the Financial Times and other major legal and financial publications.

More Power to You

Active in the energy space since its founding, Simpson is busy across the industry, from traditional sectors (power) to renewables (solar and wind). In 2011, the firm expanded its century-old oil and gas practice by opening a Houston office. The Houston team advises on transactions that span corporate disciplines and industry areas, including exploration and production, midstream, refining and petrochemicals, and oil field and related service companies.


March 2015

Reach for the Sky
Simpson Thacher is representing Blackstone Real Estate Partners in its agreement to acquire the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) for $1.3 billion, the highest price ever paid for a U.S. office tower outside of New York. Formerly the tallest building in the world, the tower is the second-tallest building in North America and twelfth-tallest in the world. In the past year, Blackstone Real Estate has also turned to the firm for the $1.7 billion acquisition of The Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and the $1.95 billion sale of the Waldorf-Astoria in NYC, which (together with the Willis Tower transaction) represent three of the largest single-asset deals in history.

Conducting a Mega-Deal
The firm represented NXP Semiconductors in its announced merger with Freescale Semiconductor, a transaction that values the combined enterprise at just over $40 billion. The merger establishes the No. 1 automotive semiconductor supplier and the No. 1 general-purpose microcontroller supplier. NXP creates solutions that enable secure connections for a smarter world, driving innovation across a wide variety of industries including automotive, security, connected devices, lighting, industrial and infrastructure.

January 2015

Your Prescription is Ready
Simpson Thacher represented KKR in connection with Alliance Boots' two-part strategic sale to Walgreens. The $15 billion transaction combines the two companies to form the first global pharmacy-led, health and well-being enterprise, under the name Walgreens Boots Alliance. The firm represented KKR in connection with its buyout, together with Stefano Pessina, of U.K.-based Alliance Boots in 2007-the largest-ever European buyout.

December 2014

Best-in-Show LBO
Simpson Thacher represented a consortium led by BC Partners in the acquisition of PetSmart for approximately $8.7 billion. The high-profile acquisition was the largest leveraged buyout of 2014. The consortium consisted of BC Partners alongside several of its limited partners, including La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and StepStone. PetSmart is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets.

September 2014

East Meets West
The firm represented China-based Alibaba Group in its historic IPO, the largest ever conducted. The American depositary shares were listed on the New York Stock Exchange and raised US$25 billion. The offering was led by three partners who seamlessly brought together attorneys across time-zones in the firm's Hong Kong, Beijing and Palo Alto offices, with significant support from New York. Alibaba's mega-IPO is the latest in a series of record-breaking tech IPOs on which Simpson Thacher has advised.

August 2014

A Tweet Taste of Victory
The firm successfully won dismissal of a $124 million suit alleging that Twitter engineered a failed private sale to boost investor interest before its November 2013 IPO. The U.S. District Court found that plaintiffs could not prove that Twitter had any role in the fraud. The Simpson team subsequently secured a Second Circuit dismissal of the appeal.

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

425 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 455-2000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman of Executive Committee: William R. Dougherty
  • Hiring Partners (New York): Elizabeth A. Cooper, Gregory T. Grogan and Lori E. Lesser
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 885

  • Employment Contact
    Amy Claydon
    Director, Legal Recruiting
    Phone: (212) 455-3255
    Fax: (212) 455-2502

  • Base Salary
    All U.S. offices
    1st year: $160,000
    2nd year: $170,000
    3rd year: $185,000
    4th year: $210,000
    5th year: $230,000
    6th year: $250,000
    7th year: $265,000
    8th year: $280,000
    Summer associate: $3,080/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    101 out of 101 (2014)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Banking & Credit
    Capital Markets & Securities
    Corporate Governance
    Energy & Infrastructure
    Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits
    Exempt Organizations
    Financial Institutions
    Government & Internal Investigations
    Intellectual Property
    International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
    International Practice
    Investment Management
    Mergers & Acquisitions
    Personal Planning
    Private Equity
    Pro Bono
    Product Liability & Mass Tort
    Real Estate
    Restructuring & Bankruptcy
    Securities/Shareholder Litigation
    Structured Finance

Major Office Locations

  • New York, NY (HQ)
  • Houston, TX
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Palo Alto, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Beijing
  • Hong Kong
  • London
  • São Paolo
  • Seoul
  • Tokyo
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