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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


Partner specialising in investment management. Heads the Firm’s Private Funds Practice. Advises clients globally on private equity funds, real estate funds, hedge funds, and similar funds. Representative clients: Aquiline, CapGen Financial, The Carlyle Group, CIM Group, CVC Capital Partners, Deutsche Bank, Intrepid Financial Partners, JC Flowers & Co., Macquarie, Morgan Stanley, New Mountain Capital, The Sentient Group and Sterling Investment Partners.


Joined, 1983; Partner, 1992.


Founder, past Co-Chair annual International Conference on Private Investment Funds.


Yale Law School (J.D., 1983); New College, Oxford University (M.A., 1980); Dartmouth College (B.A., summa cum laude, 1978).

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Hall of Fame)

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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.