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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
United States

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Corporate/Capital Markets


Josh Bonnie is a leading capital markets practitioner and regularly advises companies on IPOs, spinoffs and other strategic transactions and general corporate matters. Josh advised Blackstone, The Carlyle Group, Change Healthcare, Hilton Worldwide, Invitation Homes and MasterCard on their landmark IPOs, and counseled Blackstone on its spinoff of its financial advisory businesses, Hilton Worldwide on its spinoffs of its real estate and timeshare businesses and Ingersoll Rand on its spinoff of its commercial and residential security businesses.


Joined Firm, 1996; Partner, 2005.


University of Virginia (B.A., 1991); (J.D.,1995).

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United States > Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

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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.