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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10017-3954
United States
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A partner in Simpson Thacher’s Tax Practice, Drew Purcell advises clients on an array of tax matters, including mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, IPO and capital market transactions, credit transactions and private equity fund formations. Drew’s clients have included Blackstone, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, New Mountain Capital, Silver Lake, Cerberus, Hilton Worldwide and Ingersoll Rand.


Drew joined Simpson Thacher in 2008 and was made partner in 2018.  He is co-author of The Umbrellas of Subchapter K, an article on UP-C and other umbrella partnership structures published as part of the Practising Law Institute’s Partnership Tax Practice Series.


New York State Bar Association Tax Section


New York University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2008), Order of the Coif, Executive Editor, NYU Law Review; Duke University (B.A., magna cum laude, 2004).

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Tax > US taxes: non-contentious

(Next Generation Partners)

Andrew PurcellSimpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is consistently sought out by a myriad of household name corporates, private equity houses, and banks for its capabilities in major corporate transactions and financings. The team is especially renowned for its fund formation practice, handling many of the largest fundraisings in recent years for some of the biggest names in the space. Jointly spearheading the practice from New York are Nancy Mehlman, a seasoned corporate tax lawyer with significant experience acting for private equity houses, and Marcy Geller, whose broad practice encompasses M&A, REITs, and corporate restructurings. Jonathan Goldstein specializes in private investment fund formations and financial institution tax advisory, while Russell Light‘s recent highlights include big-ticket SPACs and investments in the healthcare and technology sectors. Andrew Purcell handles multi-billion dollar spin-offs for some of the largest global players in the tech sector, while Washington DC-based Benjamin Rippeon, who joined from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in March 2021, is noted for his fluency in REIT and sovereign wealth fund matters. Clients praise Sophie Staples for her ‘attentive, focused, and knowledgeable’ approach to a broad spectrum of transactions, including joint ventures and securities offerings. All named lawyers are based in New York unless stated otherwise.