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

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)

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Large-cap fund formation mandates and high-value asset manager M&A matters form the backbone of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP‘s practice. Highlights included Barrie Covit and Washington DC-based David Greene advising The Carlyle Group on forming $18.5bn fund Carlyle Partners VII, which made investments in five industries across the US; Thomas Bell assisting Macquarie with the formation and fundraise of MIRA Infrastructure Global Solution (MIGS), the client’s first globally diversified umbrella infrastructure fund; and Jonathan Karen advising Brightstar Capital Partners on its inaugural fundraise, which raised $710m. The client base includes Morgan Stanley, Blackstone, and KKR. Other key contacts include Peter Gilman, Glenn Sarno, Jason Herman and Parker Kelsey; Palo Alto-based Michael Nooney and Tom Wuchenich in Los Angeles are also names of note. Unless stated otherwise, all named attorneys are based in New York.