Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP at a Glance


  • “Challenging work”
  • “The cafeteria”
  • “Collegial atmosphere”


  • “The hours: they tend to be both long and unpredictable”
  • “Lack of privacy: glass office doors”
  • “Annual review process”

The Buzz

  • “Solid PE shop”
  • “Friendly for large firm”
  • “Uptight culture”
  • “Intense Hours”

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 2016
Moving the Mission Forward

Simpson Thacher is representing the Board of the Wounded Warrior Project in connection with widely reported allegations of misuse of donor funds by the prominent Florida-based veterans charity. The organization has been at the center of a firestorm after former employees complained to national news outlets about what they described as questionable spending practices. This matter has been covered by CBS News, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and many other news organizations.

February 2016
Seeds of Growth in China

Simpson Thacher is representing China National Chemical Corporation in its agreement to acquire the Swiss agrochemical and seeds company Syngenta AG. The intended offer values Syngenta's total outstanding share capital at approximately $43 billion, which represents the largest foreign acquisition by a Chinese company.

October 2015
Dude, Dell's getting an EMC

Simpson Thacher is representing computer maker Dell and private equity firm Silver Lake in the acquisition of EMC Corporation for an announced value of $67 billion, the largest tech deal of all time. The acquisition, which will create the largest privately controlled integrated technology company in the world, involves Dell maintaining VMware, an EMC subsidiary specializing in cloud and virtualization software, as a publicly traded company. Under the agreement, EMC shareholders will receive $24.05 per share in cash in addition to tracking stock related to EMC's stake in the VMware business.

The Price is Rite (Aid)

Simpson Thacher is representing Walgreens Boots Alliance in its purchase of Rite Aid for a total enterprise value of approximately $17.2 billion, including acquired net debt. The combination of the drug store chains would deliver a high-quality retail pharmacy choice for U.S. consumers in an evolving and increasingly personalized healthcare environment. Walgreens Boots Alliance expects to finance the transaction through a combination of existing cash, assumption of existing Rite Aid debt and issuance of new debt.

First Data IPO

Simpson Thacher represented First Data in its initial public offering, which raised approximately $2.82 billion of proceeds for the payments-processing firm. It proved to be the largest U.S. IPO of 2015. First Data processes more than 2,300 transactions per second and $1.9 trillion in transaction volume per year.

June 2015
Open Sesame!

In September 2014, Alibaba raised $25 billion in its IPO - the largest IPO in history. Following the posting of a purported SAIC-"white paper" and subsequent stock drops, the company was subjected to (i) seven purported Exchange Act class actions in various federal courts; (ii) three purported Securities Act class actions in California state court; (iii) a purported shareholder derivative action and (iv) an SEC investigation. Simpson Thacher represented Alibaba with respect to all of these matters. To date, the derivative suit has been dismissed, the SEC discontinued its investigation without any finding of wrongdoing, and the firm has filed motions to dismiss the class actions in both state and federal court.

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

425 Lexington Avenue
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 2016: 898

  • Base Salary
    All U.S. offices
    1st year: $180,000
    2nd year: $190,000
    3rd year: $210,000
    4th year: $235,000
    5th year: $260,000
    6th year: $280,000
    7th year: $300,000
    8th year: $315,000
    Summer associate: $3,500/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    121 out of 121 (2Ls) (2015)

  • 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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