2020 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“The people are nice, smart, and willing to take a moment to explain things to juniors.”
“We work a lot.”
“Lack of transparency.”
“Some clients are extremely demanding.”
About Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
A Wall Street institution, Simpson Thacher houses elite teams in M&A, banking, capital markets, private equity, and litigation. With more than 900 lawyers across 10 global offices, Simpson Thacher has long held its spot among the most elite law firms in the world.
Hear Them Roar
In 1884, three Columbia Law grads—John Woodruff Simpson, Thomas Thacher, and William Milo Barnum—hung a shingle in lower Manhattan. It didn’t take them long to leave their mark in the history books, jumping right in to the railroad reorganizations of the 1880s and having a hand in some of the most important deals relating to U.S. infrastructure—for example, advising none other than General Electric as it set up power and light companies, setting up the American Locomotive Company, and structuring the American Gas and Electric Company. These early years were but a preview of the sophisticated work that was to come.
Racking Up Rankings
With top 10 rankings in six of Vault’s transactional practice area rankings—Private Equity, Securities/Capital Markets, Banking & Financial Services, General Corporate Practice, M&A, and Project Finance—Simpson Thacher sits pretty upon a corporate throne. The firm has one of the world’s premier M&A practices, with a unique strength in all aspects of private equity. Simpson Thacher’s award-winning corporate practice leads front page deals involving M&As, private fund formation and investments, equity and debt capital markets offerings, joint ventures, project financings and infrastructure development, structured financings, syndicated loans, debt restructurings and bankruptcies, privatizations, and real estate transactions. The firm counts AEP, Aramark, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Blackstone, First Reserve, Hellman & Friedman, Hilton Hotels, Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts (KKR), Mars, Microsoft, Silver Lake Partners, The Carlyle Group, and Weight Watchers among its clients.
While their corporate counterparts are making deals, the firm’s litigators are making their own headlines. Simpson is among the top 25 firms in Vault’s General Commercial Litigation ranking, and it holds the No. 7 spot in Vault’s Securities Litigation ranking. Simpson Thacher’s securities litigators have represented the most prominent financial institutions and corporations in securities fraud and financial-related litigation, including Alibaba, Best Buy, Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Pfizer, SeaWorld, Spotify, TD Bank, Travelers, Twitter and UBS. Simpson also brings its A-game when it comes to white collar work. Among the areas that its Government and Internal Investigations attorneys handle are financial fraud, FCPA, health care fraud, insurance fraud, violations of the FCA, anti-money laundering violations, and much more.
Ready, Ready, Ready
If there is one thing associates at Simpson Thacher can be sure of, it’s that they have the support they need to develop in their legal careers. First years participate in the firm’s innovative new training program called STBReady, which is taught in collaboration with Columbia Business School. The program covers business and financial literacy, as well as the kind of work associates will do in their specific practice areas and industry-specific knowledge and techniques. The training also helps associates hone their teamwork, efficiency, knowledge sharing, and technology use.
News & Awards
Simpson Thacher hosts an annual Citywide Diversity event where prominent diversity proponents share their views to advance the dialogue of inclusion. Recent speakers include Preet Bharara, Misty Copeland, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Bryan Stevenson. The 2019 event will feature trans activist Laverne Cox.
The firm represented SiriusXM in its acquisition of Pandora in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $3.5 billion. The combination creates the world’s largest audio entertainment company, with an enterprise value of more than $41 billion and a combined listener base spanning more than 65 million ad-supported listeners and more than 40 million subscribers.
The Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims unanimously held that veterans may bring class actions against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Simpson Thacher served as co-counsel with Yale Law School, challenging the years-long delays in VA resolution of disability benefits appeals. Chief Judge Robert Davis commented, “this is a watershed decision [that] will shape our jurisprudence for years to come and, I hope, bring about positive change for our Nation’s veterans.”
Corporate Partners Elizabeth Cooper, Celia Lam, and Marni Lerner advised on three of the five largest private equity transactions of the first half of 2018, representing a Blackstone-led consortium, Ant Financial, and KKR, according to data from Mergermarket.
- Simpson Thacher represented Microsoft in its $28.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn.
- In the biggest-ever takeover in the tech industry at closing, Simpson Thacher represented Dell and Silver Lake Partners in their $67 billion acquisition of EMC Corporation.
- Simpson Thacher guided Chinese conglomerate Alibaba in its historic $25 billion IPO, shattering all records as the largest global IPO in history.
- In one of the biggest media mergers in history, now a staple of business school case studies, the firm advised AOL in its $165 billion acquisition of Time Warner.
- Investments Funds Practice of the Year (Chambers USA, 2018)
- Practice Group of the Year in: Private Equity, Banking, Capital Markets, and Real Estate (Law360, 2018)
- National Practice Group of the Year in Securities Litigation and Insurance Litigation (Benchmark Litigation, 2018)
- Gold Standard Certification, Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF, 2012-2019)
- Americas Firm of the Year, High Yield Team of the Year, High Yield Deal of the Year and Private Equity Team of the Year (International Financial Law Review, 2019)
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 455-2000
Chairman of Executive Committee: William R. Dougherty
Hiring Partners: Rajib Chanda, Nicholas Goldin, and Krista Miniutti
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
750 - 1K
All U.S. offices
1st year: $190,000
2nd year: $200,000
3rd year: $220,000
4th year: $255,000
5th year: $280,000
6th year: $305,000
7th year: $325,000
8th year: $340,000
Summer associate: $3,660/week
Summer Associate Offers:
98 out of 98 (2Ls) (2018)
No. of Summer Associates:
108 total (98 2Ls; 10 1Ls) (2018)
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY (HQ)
Palo Alto, CA
Banking and Credit
Executive Compensations and Employee Benefits
Government and Internal Investigations
International Regulatory and Compliance
Labor and Employment
Mergers and Acquisitions–Corporate M&A and Private Equity
Private Capital and Special Situations
Public Company Advisory Practice
Real Estate and REITs
Restructuring and Bankruptcy
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.