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

Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions


Partner in the Firm’s Corporate Department. Specializes in the representation of private equity firms (and their portfolio companies) and public companies in mergers and acquisitions, investments, joint ventures, recapitalizations and other corporate transactions. Regularly counsels clients on corporate governance, shareholder activism and general corporate and securities law matters. Representations include Blackstone in numerous transactions, including its acquisitions of International Data Group, Phoenix Tower, QTS Realty, Ascend Learning, Chamberlain Group, Vungle, Gates Corporation and Travelport; investments in Advarra, Clari, MagicLab, First Eagle, Life Science Logistics, Array Technologies, Chainalysis, Patria, TaskUs,, Crocs, Cryoport, Walker Edison, FireEye and Liftoff Mobile; and its sale of HealthMarkets to UnitedHealth; BC Partners in its acquisitions of GFL Environmental, Waste Industries, NAVEX, EAB and Chewy, Inc., and its sale of Teneo; Twitter in its announced acquisition by Elon Musk; Microsoft Corporation in its acquisitions of LinkedIn, Nuance, ZeniMax Media, Nokia Corporation’s phone business, Skype and GitHub, and its announced acquisition of Activision Blizzard; Apria in its sale to Owens & Minor; Genesee & Wyoming in several acquisitions and its sale to affiliates of Brookfield Infrastructure and GIC; and Blue Buffalo Pet Products in connection with its sale to General Mills.


Joined Firm, 2005; Partner, 2014.


New York City Bar Association; Excellence Community Schools, Member, Board of Directors.


Columbia Law School (J.D., 2005), Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Columbia Business Law Review; Fordham University (B.S., summa cum laude, 2002).

Lawyer Rankings

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts

(Next Generation Partners)

Anthony VernaceSimpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Praised for its ‘knowledge‘ and ‘leadership‘ within the private equity market, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is a regular advisor to many of the largest and most active funds in the market, handling bulge-bracket and volume mandates for the likes of Blackstone, Apollo, and Warburg Pincus, alongside many others. The firm advises on major buyouts and portfolio transactions, including several of the largest deals in the market, and is able to handle complex arrangements such as carve-outs, take-privates, and consortium arrangements such as Blackstone, Carlyle and Hellman & Friedman’s majority investment in Medline Industries, Inc. ‘True leaderMarni Lerner co-heads the team, and remains a leading name in the market, regularly handling high-profile deals such as KKR’s $4.7bn buyout of Global Atlantic, which also saw a key role for Katie Sudol. Co-head Elizabeth Cooper is noted for her active work on behalf of Blackstone, most notably the $5bn acquisition of The Chamberlain Group from Duchossois alongside Anthony Vernace, who continues to establish himself as a go-to for major private equity deals. The highly experienced Gary Horowitz is a senior figure within the team who offers strategic guidance to funds clients, while Palo Alto-based Atif Azher is a key figure for the firm on the West Coast and particularly strong in tech sector transactions. Michael Holick has a growing profile within the market, and is increasingly active on behalf of many of the firm’s bulge-bracket clients and portfolio companies. Lawyers are in New York unless otherwise stated.