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Wilson Neely

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

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Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions/Capital Markets


Corporate Partner practicing primarily in the mergers and acquisitions area and also in the capital markets area. Has worked on many private equity transactions, including leveraged buyouts, recapitalisations and strategic partnerships between private equity funds and corporate partners, as well as strategic M&A transactions. Has also overseen a number of initial public offerings, involving both common stock and high yield securities.


Joined firm in 1982; became Partner in 1991.


New York State Bar Association


BA, cum laude, Dartmouth College (1978); JD, with honors, University of Texas Law School (1982).

United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

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Wilson Neely - Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Within: Private equity buyouts

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP has an illustrious reputation in the private equity industry, thanks in part to its long-standing relationships with the likes of Blackstone, KKR and Silver Lake Partners, as well as other managers such as EQT Partners, Centerbridge Partners, KSL Capital Partners and New Mountain Capital. It has worked on many of the biggest, most complex and headline-grabbing deals of the last decade and maintained this record in 2018 when it advised a Blackstone-led consortium on completing a partnership agreement with Thomson Reuters for Thomson Reuters’ Financial & Risk Business (F&R); the consortium now owns 55% of new company created to hold the F&R business. Marni Lerner heads the private equity group and remains a frequent adviser to KKR, including on its $9.9bn acquisition of Envision Healthcare. Gary Horowitz, another key relationship partner for KKR, is 'very practical' and 'gets to the finish line really quick without any unnecessary noise'.  Wilson Neely 'deserves the accolades' and remains close to Blackstone, while Palo Alto partner and 'really senior practitioner' Richard Capelouto is a regular counsel to Silver Lake and Hellman & Friedman. Anthony Vernace  is 'a really talented lawyer'. All partners are based in New York, unless stated otherwise.

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