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

Work Department

Corporate/ Capital Markets


Partner representing clients in initial public offerings, high yield issuances, restructurings and corporate governance issues. Transactions include offerings to finance the acquisitions of NBC Universal, Cablevision, Veritas, Pharmaceutical Product Development, Realogy; offerings for Zai Labs, Centennial Resource, Bombardier Recreation, Apache, Northrop Grumman, Venator, Gartner, Wolverine, Endo Pharmaceuticals, Superior Energy, Cimpress and offerings to finance Mirant Corporation’s and Reader’s Digest’s emergences from bankruptcy; IPOs of ADT, Frequency Therapeutics, USXpress, Aramark, Realogy, Commscope and Press Ganey.


Joined, 1988; Partner, 1997.


Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, (B.S.E., summa cum laude, 1983); University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 1988)

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Finance > Capital markets: global offerings

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Arthur Robinson

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Solution-focused, creative and practical’, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP’s global capital markets practice ‘sets the standards for effectiveness and efficiency’. The group’s comprehensive experience is a big draw and clients value its ‘broad track record which covers all types of industries’ as well as its ‘strong capability to act for both issuers and underwriters’. Its expertise in both debt and equity matters is also a significant differentiator and the firm routinely ranks among the top three by value for global IPOs as well as global bond deals. Led out of New York by Arthur Robinson, who is also ‘a leader in his field’, internationally, the group leans on well-staffed platforms in Hong Kong, London, Sao Paulo and Tokyo. Recent highlights included advising the international managers, Morgan Stanley and Daiwa Securities, on the $1bn IPO of SG Holdings. On the debt side, the firm advised the initial purchasers on a $500m notes offering by Gol Finance. Among its issuer-side mandates, the team advised Hapvida Participações e Investimentos and PPAR Pinheiro Participações, as the selling shareholder, on the $668m IPO of Hapvida and listing on the Sao Paulo Stock Exchange. Other key contacts include Todd Crider and David Williams, who co-lead the Latin America practice, and Ryan Bekkerus.

United States > Finance > Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

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Arthur Robinson

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

One of the market’s standout firms for high-yield debt work’, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP draws praise from all corners of the market for its ‘superior subject matter expertise’, ‘clear and concise communication skills’ and ‘business-savvy and technically-minded lawyers’. The largely New York-based group, which is widely revered for both its ‘premier issuer-side practice’ as well as for ‘representing the major investment banks on a regular basis’, provides comprehensive coverage of high-yield matters, with notable firepower in multi-jurisdictional and private equity-related transactions. Sector specialist Arthur Robinson heads the global team and led the charge on several of the firm’s bank-side mandates over the past year. Most notably, he paired up with the ‘excellent high-yield lawyerDavid Azarkh to advise the underwriters, led by JP Morgan Securities, on Sprint Corporation’s upsized $1.5bn offering. Among its headline mandates for issuers, Richard Fenyes, who is ‘very responsive, proactive and creative’, advised Community Health Systems on its $1bn notes offering. In Palo Alto, William Brentani assisted Hub International on its offering of $1.3bn worth of senior notes. Other key contacts include up-and-coming partner John Ericson, who advised the initial purchasers on a $702m high-yield notes offering by WeWork, and Kenneth Wallach.

United States > Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

A leader in equity capital markets’, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP finds favor for its ‘talented and very knowledgeable lawyers’, who ‘don’t look to pick fights but know how to collaborate to get a deal across the line’. The ‘premier team’ is particularly noted for its ‘strong expertise in major private equity-related deals’, which recently included New York-based Joseph Kaufman (‘very strong and great to deal with’) advising National Vision Holdings, and entities affiliated with KKR, on two secondary offerings totaling $1.1bn. Kaufman also advised BrightView Holdings, a portfolio company of KKR, on its $539m IPO. In another set of private equity-related deals, Washington DC-based Joshua Bonnie, ‘a clear market leader’, and New York’s Edgar Lewandowski advised Hilton Worldwide Holdings on several deals, including on a $1.4bn share sale by certain selling stockholders affiliated with Blackstone. In Palo Alto, Kevin Kennedy, who provides ‘a safe pair of hands’, is highly regarded for technology-related offerings; he acted for the underwriters, led by Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan Securities, on Dropbox’s $969.4m IPO. Other key contacts in New York include global capital markets head Arthur Robinson, Richard Fenyes, who assisted First Data with its $1.7bn secondary offering, and Kenneth Wallach.

United States > Finance > Capital markets: debt

The ‘top-tier practice group’ at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP scores highly for its ability to ‘work collaboratively with the other side to get deals across the line’. Headed by New York-based Arthur Robinson, the global capital markets team is also noted for the ‘knowledge and expertise’ of its attorneys, and its strong track record in issuer-side deals. Microsoft and KfW are among the group’s repeat issuer clients, though the well-balanced practice is also routinely instructed by major investment banks. New York-based Roxane Reardon had a banner year on the debt side, which included advising the underwriters on CVS Health’s $40bn notes offering, which marked the third-largest corporate bond sale on record. In Palo Alto, Daniel Webb and William Brentani advised the underwriters on Apple’s six-tranche notes offering, worth a combined $7bn. Among its work for issuers, Palo Alto’s Kevin Kennedy assisted Alibaba Group with notes offerings totaling $7bn, while Joshua Bonnie, who splits his time between New York and Washington DC, advised Ingersoll Rand on $1.1bn worth of debt offerings. New York-based Mark Brod is also a name to note. In 2018, William Golden and Jonathan Ozner made partner in Washington DC and New York, respectively.