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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10017-3954
United States
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Work Department

Corporate/Private Funds/Investment Funds


Head of Investment Funds Practice, focusing on private fund formation and other facets of “alternative asset management.” Has represented some of the largest and most well-known sponsors of private investment funds, including Apax Partners, Ares, Blackstone, Centerbridge, Lexington, Patria, Silver Lake Partners and Sixth Street Partners. Also has represented global financial institutions in the establishment of their employee investment programs; been involved in acquisitions of, and investments in, private investment firms (including minority stakes transactions); advised on GP-led secondaries and other secondary private equity transactions; and represented buyers, sellers and sponsors in the disposition of private fund interests and other private equity related assets.


Partner, 1998.


New York State Bar Association; Private Investment Fund Forum; PLC Cross-border Private Equity Handbook, Editorial Board; Association of the Bar of the City of New York; American Bar Association.


J.D., Columbia Law School, 1989 (James Kent Scholar; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar); A.B., Duke University, 1986 (magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa).

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Investment fund formation and management > Private equity funds (including venture capital)

(Hall of Fame)

Michael WolitzerSimpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP‘s ‘truly excellent‘ offering is regularly singled out for being ‘exceptionally in tune with the market‘, and is recognized as a ‘guiding force‘ in the private funds space. The firm has particular expertise in raising ‘mega funds’ – which have over $3bn in commitments – and frequently advises on many of the largest private equity funds raised globally. GP-led secondaries transactions are another core focus; the group recently cemented its reputation in this space with the arrival of Lauren King, who was previously co-head of Goodwin‘s secondaries practice. 2022 has also seen plenty of internal growth at the partner level, with a spate of promotions, including those of Deborah Gruen and Audra Cohen. Team lead Michael Wolitzer continues to count some of the largest and best known sponsors of private investment funds among his clients, as well as regularly representing sponsors in other alternative asset classes including real estate, energy and distressed debt. All named lawyers are based in the New York office, which also fields recommended practitioners Barrie Covit, Thomas Bell, Glenn Sarno and Rony Rothken.