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

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense

(Next Generation Partners)

Stephen BlakeSimpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP continues to have a role in high-stakes securities matters and its recent work includes complex matters for high-profile corporate clients such as Valeant Pharmaceuticals, PharMerica, KKR Biomet and Best Buy, as well as leading underwriters such as UBS and Morgan Stanley. The firm also has a strong private equity client base in which the Blackstone Group features prominently. Clients appreciate the firm’s strong trial capability and the breadth of its practice in both litigation and regulatory enforcement matters. Jonathan Youngwood and Paul Curnin in New York lead the practice, in which 26 partners handle securities litigation. Youngwood’s work for SeaWorld in a 10b5 class action, Curnin’s work for Valeant in federal securities cases and Palo Alto-based James Kreissman‘s work for Alibaba in IPO and SEC matters put the practice firmly in the top bracket for securities litigation. ‘Fantastic younger partnerCraig Waldman and Janet Gochman in New York and Stephen Blake in Palo Alto are also making their mark in high-profile matters.

United States > Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense

(Next Generation Partners)

Stephen BlakeSimpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP excels at defending shareholder M&A litigation filed in state and federal courts throughout the US, frequently defeating efforts to enjoin transactions prior to closing, winning dismissals of claims, and litigating post-closing claims for damages. It has a diverse client base of issuers and their boards of directors, special committees, private equity firms and other financial sponsors, and has substantial experience in litigation brought by shareholder activists, post-closing appraisal proceedings, and disputes between merger parties. In New York, global co-chairs of the litigation department Paul Curnin and Jonathan Youngwood lead a practice that is involved in the most high-profile on-going matters. Peter Kazanoff is regarded as one of the finest practitioners in the market and Craig Waldman is an up-and-coming partner who handles deal-related litigation for both corporate and private equity clients. The firm also has skilled litigators on the West Coast, with key partners James Kreissman and Stephen Blake in Palo Alto both highly regarded.