Mr Joseph Kaufman > Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Corporate/Capital Markets


Corporate Partner advising clients on public and private offerings of debt and equity securities, corporate governance, business combinations and general corporate and securities law matters. Represented each of Aramark, Avantor, Dollar General, First Data, HCA, KKR, Masonite, National Vision and Nielsen in connection with their respective U.S. IPO’s and numerous debt financings.


Joined the Firm in 1994; became Partner in 2002.


Harvard University (A.B., magna cum laude, 1989); University of Canterbury (B.A., with honors in Economics, 1990); The University of Chicago Law School (J.D., with honors, 1994).

Lawyer Rankings

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.