Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP at a Glance


  • “Exposure to cross-border transactions”
  • “Respectful culture”
  • “Partners really push to make you a better lawyer”


  • “Perpetually on call”
  • “Opaque management”
  • “Only ‘Cravath’ bonuses despite profitability”

The Buzz

  • “Preeminent in private equity”
  • “Excellent to work with”
  • “Fratty vibe”
  • “Tea time”

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 school 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 clients, such as JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, 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 antitrust team, which boasts a former Director of the FTC's Bureau of Competition, advises on the splashiest headline-making deals, like Virgin Atlantic's joint venture with Delta Air Lines, Sealy's acquisition of Tempur-Pedic, Sirius Satellite Radio's $13 billion merger with XM satellite radio, Warner Music's $3.3 billion sale and the $68 billion Wyeth-Pfizer merger. Simpson's antitrust litigators are in the thick of things, defending against allegations of a hotel rates price-fixing conspiracy, helping Viacom and Paramount defeat price-fixing allegations brought by independent video retailers, achieving dismissal of auction rate securities-related actions for JPMorgan Chase and securing dismissals for the Fidelity family of title insurance companies. 

Internationally Known...

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 announced investment in China's Twitter-like microblogging service Weibo and as counsel to Alibaba in its planned IPO, which is anticipated to be one of the largest in history. Simpson also has a leading Latin American practice, anchored by its São Paolo office. 

Defending the World's Leading 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, Washington Mutual and the Special Committees of Directors of Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and State Street.

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 conduting internal investigations on behalf of companies, boards and board committees, as well as litigating shareholder class actions arising from M&A transactions.

Cutting Edge IP/Technology Practice

The firm's IP practice has handled mega-deals and litigations for leading U.S. tech, media, pharma and other brand-name companies. Simpson represented Microsoft in its $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype and an investment in Barnes & Noble's Nook business; Alloy, Inc. in selling its entertainment division, which produces "Gossip Girl" and "The Vampire Diaries"; Universal Studios Japan in negotiating a license to operate the "Wizarding World of Harry Potter" theme park attraction; the underwriters of the Google and Facebook IPO's and Apple's recent $17 billion bond offering; and Silver Lake's $24.4 billion acquisition of Dell Computers. The firm's intellectual property litigators have represented many leading biotech and tech companies, including Human Genome Sciences (now part of Glaxo Group) in a groundbreaking patent and antitrust case, and 3Com (now Hewlett-Packard), Cisco in patent infringement suits, Intel, Qualcomm and Verizon.


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 oil and gas practice by opening a Houston office and has represented Crestwood Midstream Partners in in its announced merger with Inergy Midstream to form a $7 billion midstream partnership, a KKR consortium in the $7.2 billion acquisition of Samson Investment Company, and Kinder Morgan in securing over $13 billion of financing for its acquisition of El Paso Corporation.


February 2014

Can You Hear Me Now?
Vodafone turned to Simpson Thacher to advise on the sale of its 45% stake in Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. mobile operator, for a staggering $130 billion.  The headline-generating matter is the third-largest M&A deal in history and is one of several landmark deals the Firm has recently handled within the telecommunications industry. Simpson Thacher also represented Microsoft in its acquisition of Nokia Corporation's devices and services business, license of its patents, and license and use of its mapping services, for approximately $7.2 billion in cash.

January 2014

The American Lawyer Recognizes STB Brain [Anti]Trust
The American Lawyer named Simpson Thacher as the sole "Antitrust Litigation Department of the Year" in its 2014 "Litigation Department of the Year" issue. The publication noted that the Firm "excels across the whole spectrum" of antitrust litigation, including class action defense, internal investigations and negotiations with regulators, and remarked that Simpson's cases "usually involve high stakes and [have] the potential to set precedent." This is the first year The American Lawyer has recognized any firms in this category.

December 2013

Hilton Checks Into the NYSE
Simpson Thacher served as counsel to Hilton Worldwide Holdings in its initial public offering, the largest in history by a hospitality company and the second-largest U.S. IPO of 2013. Simpson has advised issuers and underwriters on many of the most significant IPOs of recent years, including SeaWorld, Facebook, Tesla Motors, Japan Airlines, The Container Store, Nielsen Holdings and Dunkin' Brands. 

December 2013

There's No Business Like Show Business
Simpson Thacher is representing Silver Lake Partners in the announced acquisition of IMG Worldwide by Silver Lake Partners and heavyweight talent agency William Morris Endeavor Entertainment.  IMG is a market leader in sports and media management, representing such celebrities as Peyton and Eli Manning, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake and Gisele Bündchen.

July 2013

Bet the Pharm
Simpson Thacher represented Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation (MPTC) in its successful request for a decrease in the supply price for the blockbuster drug Remicade through an ICC arbitration against Janssen Biotech Inc., a major U.S. pharmaceutical manufacturer and subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. MTPC won all three case phases to secure its lower price. 

June 2013

A Match Made in Silicon Valley
Simpson Thacher represented Yahoo! in its $1.1 billion acquisition of Tumblr, which continues to operate as a separate business. Tumblr is a microblogging platform and social networking website home to an audience of more than 300 million unique visitors. The deal exemplifies that, with its established presence in the heart of Silicon Valley, as well as teams in New York and elsewhere, Simpson Thacher advises an array of tech companies at various stages of growth.

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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 2014: 832

  • 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
    77 out of 77 (2013)

  • 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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