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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP - New York
  • 425 Lexington Avenue
  • New York
  • New York
  • USA
  • NY 10017-3954
  • Tel:+1 212 455 2000
  • Fax:+1 212 455 2502
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  • Chairman, Executive Committee: William R Dougherty
  • Administrative Partners: Alan M Klein; Jonathan K Youngwood
  • Number of partners worldwide: 188
  • Number of other lawyers worldwide: Approx. 650
  • Website: www.simpsonthacher.com
  • INTERNATIONAL OFFICES The firm also has offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, London, São Paulo, Seoul and Tokyo.

Firm Overview: Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is widely recognised as one of the pre-eminent law firms in the world. The firm devotes to its clients the legal talent and skill of over 850 lawyers with a commitment to hard work, excellence and integrity. The firm advises clients worldwide across a broad spectrum of corporate transactions and litigation matters by offering straightforward, pragmatic advice that recognises the business needs of clients in light of prevailing commercial and legal realities. The firm has played a substantial role in many of the most complex and noteworthy transactions and litigations of the last decade.

Main Areas of Practice:
M&A & Private Equity:

■Vodafone $130 billion sale of its 45% stake in Verizon Wireless to Verizon Communications
■Silver Lake $24.4 billion acquisition of Dell
■Smithfield Foods $7.1 billion strategic combination with Shuanghui International
■Microsoft $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia’s phone business
■KKR and Affinity Equity Partners $5.8 billion sale of Oriental Brewery to Anheuser-Busch InBev
■Blackstone investment in Versace
Contact: Lee A Meyerson Tel: 212 455 3675
Email: lmeyerson@stblaw.com

Capital Markets:
■Issuers or underwriters in the IPOs of Facebook ($16 billion); Suntory Beverage & Food ($3.9 billion); Hilton ($2.7 billion); SeaWorld ($807 million); The Container Store ($259 million)
■Issuers or underwriters in 2013 high yield debt offerings by First Data ($3.35 billion); NXP ($2.25 billion); SiriusXM ($2.25 billion); Denbury Resources ($1.2 billion); Realogy ($500 million)
■Issuers or underwriters in 2013 debt offerings by KfW (equivalent of $59 billion); TD Bank ($9 billion); Oracle (equivalent of $5.7 billion); Halliburton ($3 billion)
Contact: Arthur D Robinson Tel: 212 455 7086
Email: arobinson@stblaw.com

Banking & Credit:
■Borrowers in acquisition financings for Silver Lake/ Dell ($24.4 billion); Hellman & Friedman/Hub International ($4.4 billion); KKR/Gardner Denver ($3.9 billion); TDR Capital/David Lloyd Leisure (£750 million); Nielsen/Arbitron ($1.26 billion)
■Lead arrangers in acquisition financings for Thermo Fisher Scientific/Life Technologies ($12.5 billion); Perrigo/Elan ($8.6 billion); Linn Energy/Berry Petroleum ($4.9 billion)
■Borrowers in credit facilities for BRF–Brasil Foods, HCA, SunGard Data Systems, Travelex and lenders in credit facilities for Air Lease, AOL, Comcast, eBay, Lions Gate Entertainment, Sprint Nextel
Contact: Patrick J Ryan Tel: 212 455 3463
Email: pryan@stblaw.com

Private Funds:
■Acted as sponsor counsel on a number of the largest global private equity fund raisings in 2012 and 2013, including: Apax VIII, Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII, Carlyle Partners VI, CVC Capital Partners VI, EQT Infrastructure II, Platinum Equity Capital Partners III, Silver Lake Partners IV and Sycamore Partners
Contact: Thomas H Bell Tel: 212 455 2533
Email: tbell@stblaw.com

Litigation & Arbitration:
■RBS, UBS, Deutsche Bank, Countrywide Financial and other entities and individuals in residential mortgage-backed litigation and/or investigations
■JPMorgan in connection with LIBOR interest rate manipulation cases and a 2nd Circuit affirmance of dismissal in auction rate securities class actions
■AIG’s Board in review and refusal of shareholder demand for a lawsuit against the US Government and the NY Federal Reserve Bank relating to AIG’s bailout
■Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma, achieving a significant victory in an ICC arbitration of a cross-border dispute over the supply price of the drug REMICADE®
■Cisco in Commil case, where Federal Circuit reversed trial court’s finding and established precedent on the impact of a defendant’s good faith belief of a patent’s invalidity
Contact: Paul C Curnin Tel: 212 455 2519
Email: pcurnin@stblaw.com
Contact: Thomas C Rice Tel: 212 455 3040
Email: trice@stblaw.com

■Antitrust counsel to Silver Lake in its acquisition of Dell; Office Depot in its merger with OfficeMax; Virgin Atlantic in its joint venture with Delta Air Lines; Eaton in its acquisition of Cooper Industries; and Siris in the acquisition of Tekelec by Oracle
■Obtaining 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th Circuit affirmance of antitrust class action dismissals against the Fidelity family of title insurance companies and denial of certiorari by the US Supreme Court
■KKR and Blackstone in a purported class action alleging conspiracy among private equity firms to allocate LBOs among them; and Priceline.com in class actions alleging price-fixing for hotel room rates
Contact: Kevin J Arquit Tel: 212 455 7680
Email: karquit@stblaw.com
Contact: Matthew J Reilly Tel: 202 636 5566
Email: matt.reilly@stblaw.com

Bankruptcy & Restructuring:
■Senior lenders, distressed investors, sponsors, acquirers or financiers in the Chapter 11 proceedings or exit financings for Chrysler, DirectBuy, Hawker Beechcraft, Idearc, General Motors, Oriental Trading, Reader’s Digest, Lee Enterprises, MF Global, MGM Studios, Kodak and Cengage Learning
Contact: Peter V Pantaleo Tel: 212 455 2220
Email: ppantaleo@stblaw.com

Energy & Infrastructure:
■Initial purchasers and lenders in the financing of wind generation projects owned by Continental Wind
■GeoSouthern $6 billion sale of its Eagle Ford and midstream subsidiaries to Devon Energy
■Global Tower $4.8 billion sale to American Tower
Contact: David Lieberman Tel: 212 455 3545
Email: dlieberman@stblaw.com

Real Estate:
■Hilton in its IPO and $13.5 billion refinancing
■Blackstone in the formation of Invitation Homes, the largest national single-family rental home platform
■Carlyle in the sale of 650 Madison Avenue, NYC
Contact: Gregory J Ressa Tel: 212 455 7430
Email: gressa@stblaw.com


  • 425 Lexington Avenue,
  • New York,
  • USA
  • NY 10017-3954
  • Tel +1 212 455 2000
  • Fax +1 212 455 2502
  • Website : www.simpsonthacher.com
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  • Los Angeles,
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  • Palo Alto,
  • California
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  • Washington, DC,
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  • 2 Houston Center,
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  • Houston,
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Capital Markets - California

What the team is known for Known for advising tech company clients on all types of transactions, including IPOs, high-yield and investment-grade bonds, and convertible debt offerings. Growing expertise in clean-tech sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"It is a real sign of the firm's quality that the very senior people still roll up their sleeves and are totally committed to a transaction. You see the partner all through the deal."

"One of the things I find very useful is that the team has sound business judgment - not just legal advice but also practical business advice."

"When I work with the Simpson team they are extremely responsive, no matter what time of day or night. They are thoughtful and thorough."

Work highlights Represented Microsoft in a series of debt offerings, including its debut euro-denominated offering on the Irish Stock Exchange.

Represented the underwriters in Oracle's $5 billion investment grade public note offering.

Advised the underwriters in relation to Symantec's $1 billion senior notes offering.

Notable practitioners  

The eminently respected William Hinman Jr is deemed to be a "sophisticated, practical and knowledgeable" leader in the capital markets field. Notably, he represented the underwriters in relation to the $600 million debt offering of Agilent Technologies. 

Kevin Kennedy attracts praise from all quarters for the high caliber of his transactional work. He spearheaded the representation of underwriters in Apple's $17 billion bond offering. Commentators commend his approach: "He has a no-bending attitude in challenging discussions. He doesn't weasel away from getting the right answer and will tell you what you don't want to hear."

William Brentani continues to receive plaudits for his capital markets work and has recently been involved in numerous transactions, including the representation of Microsoft in its multi-denominational offerings.

Significant clients Oaktree Capital, Citigroup Global, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs.

Corporate/M&A - California

What the team is known for Impressive performer widely regarded as one of the leading private equity practices. Provides counsel to prominent private equity groups and a roster of high-profile clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They are, in my opinion, the strongest firm in private equity M&A matters and have really carved out a specialty in private equity. It's rare to find people with a private equity M&A background of that quality."

"In terms of skill level and associate strength, they're always second to none."

"They have an enviable private equity practice and have had a blockbuster year."

Work highlights Acted for Yahoo! in its announced $1.1 billion purchase of Tumblr.

Represented Silver Lake Partners in its declared $24.4 billion acquisition of Dell. 

Notable practitioners 

Sources highlight Richard Capelouto as "excellent," adding that he is "very, very experienced and has done many complex transactions. He also brings a pragmatic approach." He attracts ample praise for his private equity practice. As head of the Palo Alto office, he recently advised Goodman Global Group on matters relating to its $3.7 billion acquisition by Daikin Industries.  

Significant clients Tekelec Global, Getty Images, Sirus Capital Group, M*Modal, Silver Lake Sumeru.

Antitrust - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Strong practice based primarily in New York, although possesses a developing Washington, DC office. Acts for a host of household names in a range of major transactions and antitrust litigation matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A big player." 

"Simpson Thacher have been really impressive." 

Work highlights Represented Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co and Blackstone Group in a putative class action suit alleging price-fixing in the leveraged buyouts market.

Acted for Office Depot on the merger review into its significant acquisition of OfficeMax for $1.2 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Kevin Arquit "has been a legend for many, many years," according to sources, who highlight his outstanding manner with clients and knowledge of the antitrust agencies. 

Significant clients Emerson Electric, Ericsson, JPMorgan Chase, Silver Lake Partners, Viacom.

Banking & Finance - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Maintains its prominence in the nationwide banking and finance market, boasting a well-balanced practice that assists both borrowers and lenders on an array of complex transactions. Especially renowned for the depth of its expertise on acquisition financings, including large syndicated deals. Adopts a multi-disciplinary approach and works collaboratively with other teams to offer clients a comprehensive service.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are at the forefront of the market."

"Absolutely fantastic."  

Work highlights Acted for Silver Lake Partners in connection with the financing for its $24.4 billion acquisition of Dell.

Represented KKR in relation to the financing for its $3.9 billion acquisition of industrial product manufacturer Gardner Denver.

Notable practitioners  

The "very knowledgeable" James Cross wins praise from commentators for his "extremely capable, experienced and responsive" approach to advising clients. He represented Nielson in connection with the financing of its $1.26 billion acquisition of Arbitron.

The "excellent" James Knight "zealously advocates" on behalf of his clients, market sources say. He acted for Bank of America and other joint lead arrangers on a $2.7 billion credit agreement in connection with the acquisition of the Motorola Home Business by ARRIS.

Patrick Ryan is well liked among interviewees with one describing him as a "great guy who's good to deal with." His wide-ranging finance expertise includes bridge loans, acquisitions, exit financings and restructurings.

Brian Steinhardt has developed a strong presence in the market over recent years and sources are impressed by his work product. He is experienced across a broad spectrum of finance transactions and regularly acts for corporations, banks and private equity clients.  

The "highly commercial" Alden Millard frequently advises commercial banks, sponsors and portfolio companies in an array of transactions including syndicated bank loans and acquisition financings. He recently advised First Reserve and SK Capital on the financing of the acquisition of TPC Group.  

Significant clients Fieldwood Energy, The Blackstone Group, Hellman & Froedman, UBS Securities, Royal Bank of Canada.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Widely regarded in the market for its representation of senior debt holders, including major financial institutions with large exposures to Chapter 11 bankruptcies. Impressive breadth of practice, encompassing bankruptcy court advocacy and peripheral litigation, and capital markets and tax advice. Also noted for the expertise of its bankruptcy team in related M&A matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Extremely smart guys and very commercial."  

"A top-notch New York firm without a doubt." 

Work highlights Advised JPMorgan Chase on the restructuring and subsequent Chapter 9 bankruptcy petition of Jefferson County, Alabama, including a number of pending lawsuits against third parties. The bank holds over $1.2 billion of the County's special revenue and general obligation warrants.

Represented Deutsche Bank in the prepackaged Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition of publishing company Lee Enterprises. The plan of bankruptcy included restructuring efforts, inter-creditor agreements, a debtor in possession financing mechanism and an ultimate exit facility.

Notable practitioners  

Peter Pantaleo is very well regarded by peers and clients and gains recognition as "a first choice on banking work" in bankruptcy cases. He represented equity backstop provider GSO in confirming the bankruptcy plan of Kodak.

Significant clients Angelo Gordon, Apax Partners, Barclays Capital, Centerbridge Partners, Deutsche Bank.

Capital Markets - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Palo Alto and New York.

What the team is known for Strong reputation for its representation of issuers and underwriters on a balanced array of transactions. Expertise on IPOs and private equity-related work is particularly highly lauded.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They understand how the workflow takes place at a large investment bank."

"Top-notch with a deep bench. I view them as outstanding."

What's new? Arthur Robinson now heads the capital markets group.

Work highlights Represented the underwriters led by Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Securities and others as joint bookrunners on the $1.2 billion IPO of Realogy and on secondary offerings with a total value of $2.9 billion.

Represented Merrill Lynch, Barclays and others as joint bookrunning managers on an offering by Concho Resources of $850 million of senior notes.

Represented Ingersoll-Rand on its Rule 144A/Regulation S offerings totaling $1.55 billion of senior notes.

Notable practitioners  

William Hinman is "knowledgeable, with extremely good judgment," and "adds value to a transaction," impressed market sources report. He represented the underwriters led by Merrill Lynch and others on a registered public offering by Agilient Technologies of $600 million of senior notes.

According to clients, Joshua Ford Bonnie is "practical and creative," and "gives sound advice." He represented the underwriters led by Citigroup Global Markets and Goldman Sachs on Artisan Partners Asset Management's $331.62 million IPO.

John Lobrano is "smart and highly attuned" to the market, sources report. He is acclaimed by market sources for his astute representation of clients.

Joseph Kaufman is "calm, experienced and does a great job" for his clients. He advised HCA on its high-yield offering of $1 billion aggregate principal amount of senior notes.

Arthur Robinson is highly rated by clients for his understanding of the commercial aspects of transactions. He advised the underwriters led by Barclays Capital and Goldman Sachs on Smithfield Foods' issuance of $1 billion of senior notes.

Edward Tolley represented Pinnacle Foods on its $580 million IPO. His clients include private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies.

Kenneth Wallach is a respected option to advise issuers and underwriters on a range of debt and equity transactions. He advised Algeco Scotsman on several high-yield debt offerings, including its issuance of $1.08 billion aggregate principal amount of senior secured notes.

Significant clients CBRE, Citigroup Global Markets, Dollar General, Microsoft, Oaktree Capital.

Capital Markets - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Recommended by sources for its prowess on a range of complex securitizations. Areas of expertise include trade receivables and cell tower securitizations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A firm that people go to when they want to have a unique situation handled well."

Notable practitioners 

Laura Palma is praised by clients for her effective negotiating style and the high quality of her drafting. Her areas of expertise include franchise royalty, aircraft portfolio and timeshare loan securitizations.

Corporate/M&A - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York, Palo Alto and Los Angeles.

What the team is known for Top-flight private equity and M&A practice. Hefty presence in the national market driven by strongholds in New York and California. A sparkling client list that includes numerous household names.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Simpson is very client-focused and adaptable both to the industry and the needs of its clients."

"I highly value their responsiveness and availability, their level of experience and professionalism, their creativity and the breadth of their service offering - no matter what specialty you need they have someone who can help you."

Work highlights Acted for Vodafone on the $130 billion sale of its US group to Verizon, including a 45% interest in Verizon Wireless.

Advised Smithfield Food on its approximately $7.1 billion merger with Shuanghui International.

Notable practitioners

Lee Meyerson is head of the M&A group and a key contact.

Significant clients McKesson, Microsoft, Ingersoll Rand, Office Depot, Yahoo!.

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Boasts an impressive reputation in the corporate advisory and private equity transactional arenas. Expertise in the negotiation of senior level executive arrangements and the handling of retention issues. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We're very pleased with their work. They helped us on a difficult project and were very responsive and thorough."

Work highlights Negotiated senior executive agreements and employee program transaction terms for Silver Lake Partners in its $24.4 billion acquisition of Dell.

Advised Yahoo! in its $1.1 billion acquisition of Tumblr, and assisted with setting up new management arrangements and incentives.

Notable practitioners  

Head of the compensation and benefits group, Brian Robbins is active in the private equity space, and has supported Apax Partners in its high-value acquisition of rue21, as well as acting for First Reserve in its sale of Brand Energy, among other matters. His expansive practice also comprises fund and plan asset work, as well as providing advice on ERISA requirements in banking transactions.

Significant clients Hilton Worldwide, Ingersoll Rand, JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft, The Blackstone Group.

Energy & Natural Resources - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include DC, New York and Houston.

What the team is known for Highly rated group with experience advising on some of the biggest transactions in the power industry. Especially recognized for its roles in public company M&A deals, sources cite the firm's sophistication and bench strength as the key to its success in this area. Sources also note the strength of other complementary practices such as private equity and finance as a key reason for using Simpson Thatcher on large deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Commercial, savvy and able to come up with creative solutions." 

"Their partners are very knowledgeable and able to guide us, but they will also listen to us and are prepared to follow the trail of what we are trying to do."

Work highlights Represented ITC in its acquisition of Entergy's transmission business in a deal that would create a transmission company with a rate base of approximately $7.1 billion.

Advised Eaton in its $13 billion acquisition of Cooper Industries. 

Notable practitioners 

David Lieberman advises clients such as utilities and private equity firms in the acquisition and disposition of power assets and in large M&A deals. Sources praise his creative and thoughtful approach to solving problems and closing deals. An impressed client said: "He has a great temperament for being a transactional lawyer: he gets things done in an efficient manner and gives great advice."

Significant clients American Electric Power, The Carlyle Group, Energy Capital Partners, PPL, Barclays Capital.

Financial Services Regulation - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Regularly acts for major financial institutions including banks, mortgage brokers and, particularly of late, credit card issuers in significant M&A deals as part of the firm's market-leading corporate transactional expertise. Also offers clients a strong presence in sophisticated banking regulation and compliance issues in relation to key legislative developments including Dodd-Frank and Basel III.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
“They have a good practice, and are willing to give clear advice and tell you what their view is.”

Work highlights Represented TD Bank in its high-value acquisitions of Target's US credit card portfolio and Epoch Holding, with a combined value of more than $6 billion.

Acted for Best Buy in relation to Citi's acquisition of the retailer's $7 billion credit card portfolio from Capital One.

Notable practitioners  

The "very talented" Lee Meyerson acts for financial institutions in complex M&A and capital markets transactions. Recent highlights include representing TD Bank in the $668 million acquisition of Epoch Holding.

Maripat Alpuche is lauded as a "quite good and quite commercial" practitioner in financial institution M&A transactions. She recently led the firm's representation of Best Buy following Capital One's sale of its credit card portfolio to Citi for $7 billion.

Elizabeth Cooper focuses her practice on M&A transactions involving major financial institutions. She recently acted for Mitsubishi UFJ Trust & Banking on its acquisition of investment fund administrator Butterfield Fulcrum Group.

Significant clients AIG, The Carlyle Group, First Hawaiian Bank, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase.

Insurance - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Unanimously acknowledged as the country's premier insurer-side practice. Frequently represents the world's major insurers and reinsurers in cutting-edge matters. Strong in all areas of litigation including asbestos, pharmaceuticals, natural disasters, D&O, E&O and healthcare.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"When you have the most important issues in litigation and the most threatening, Simpson is always the first name that comes to mind."

"I would say that they're the dean of the insurer-side coverage dispute land. Very, very well regarded."

Work highlights Represented Berkshire Hathaway in various matters, including litigation challenging its growth in the insurance industry, and in significant coverage claims for asbestos liabilities.

Acted for Travelers in litigation against Northrop Grumman surrounding long-term pollution-related losses.

Notable practitioners  

Barry Ostrager, one of the country's most esteemed attorneys, has handled some of the market's biggest insurance and reinsurance disputes. According to clients, "Barry is one of the best trial lawyers in the US with strategic and tactical sense, and he is client-oriented to the extreme."

The "very strong, smart and confident" Mary Kay Vyskocil is a renowned expert in insurance and reinsurance law. Commentators say: "She just comes across as being very knowledgeable, and she has a lot of presence," while clients laud her "extraordinary service."

Significant clients Fidelity National Financial, Swiss Reinsurance America Corporation Affiliates, AIG Affiliates, Equitas, Beazley Group Affiliates.

International Arbitration - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Well-balanced and adept team that offers notably excellent service to its clients. Tackles disputes conducted under a broad spread of arbitral rules, with expertise across both commercial and investment treaty matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their attorneys are calm, assured professionals who can roll with the punches very well."

"The service is top notch; they do good-quality work, and they do it quickly."

Work highlights Represented Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma in a licensing dispute over the price for the drug REMICADE with Janssen Biotech. After a three-phase hearing in the Hague, the tribunal ruled that the supply price should be lowered and rejected all counterclaims.

On behalf of MatlinPatterson Global Opportunities Partners and MatlinPatterson Global Opportunities Partners (Cayman), the team successfully managed to resist the enforcement of an ICC arbitration award of $55 million from a prior arbitration in Brazil.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Smit is vaunted as both a "remarkably capable" arbitrator and an astute and intelligent advocate. Sources describe him as "someone with a wide range of knowledge about various laws and the ability to understand what is particular about the case at hand." He cochairs the firm's international arbitration department.

Investment Funds - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York, Palo Alto and Los Angeles.

What the team is known for One-stop shop for private equity fund formation, with experience in buyout funds as well as nontraditional structures. A go-to for some of the most sophisticated clients in the market. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their fund formation work is state-of-the-art. They do outstanding work and they are clearly leaders in the field."

"They have excellent market awareness and judgment because of the breadth of the industry they represent."

Work highlights Advised The Carlyle Group on forming Carlyle Partners VI, its sixth US-focused buyout fund, which raised $13 billion.

Represented Platinum Equity Partners in closing its $3.75 billion buyout fund.

Notable practitioners  

The hugely experienced Thomas Bell is singled out as "one of the top practitioners in the field" and is noted as someone who is "very knowledgeable and really understands the business drivers and issues."

"Dean of the industry" Michael Wolitzer is highly thought of by clients and peers. Particularly notable are his "creativity and familiarity with leading trends," as well as his in-depth understanding of the business needs of his clients.

Barrie Covit is widely seen as one of the strongest lawyers in the area by his peers. He heads the firm's relationship with top-tier clients such as Carlyle.

Glenn Sarno has a diverse practice in the alternative investment area and represents premier clients in both domestic and international matters.

Jason Herman has a burgeoning private equity practice and handles the full spectrum of work in the space.

Significant clients Blackstone, First Reserve, Macquarie, Morgan Stanley, Silver Lake.

Private Equity - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Los Angeles and New York.

What the team is known for The standout practice for megafunds, with unparalleled strength and experience working on the market's largest deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are clearly a leader in the field." 

"The team is full of really smart commercial people who can handle issues really well."

Work highlights Represented Silver Lake Partners in relation to the high-profile acquisition of Dell in a deal worth $24.4 billion.

Advised KKR on its $3.9 billion acquisition of Gardner Denver.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Capelouto recently quarterbacked for Silverlake on the $24.4 billion take-private of Dell. He has an impressive practice and spearheads Simpson's West Coast offering.

Gary Horowitz is described as having "first-rate legal skills," while also being practical and a "great person to bounce ideas off." A "phenomenal lawyer," he has an extraordinary amount of experience working with some of the industry's largest players.

Wilson Neely is considered the "real deal" for his transactional work on behalf of large private equity firms.

Brian Stadler is valued for his deep experience in and knowledge of the private equity sphere, and is duly hailed by clients as "fantastic" and "irreplaceable."

Senior chairman Richard Beattie remains a preeminent attorney, with one client noting that "there is no-one I would rather go to for advice."

Casey Cogut has decades of experience in private equity transactional matters as well as complementary expertise in public M&A.

Projects - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Acts for commercial banks, underwriters and private equity firms on the acquisition of, investment in, and loans to, renewable energy projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very smart guys, they know what they are doing and they don't make mistakes. They are very thorough and thoughtful."

"Simpson has a great practice on the lenders' and private equity side."

Work highlights Represented Union Bank and RBS as lenders in the Alta X and Alta XI wind projects, part of a 3,000 MW facility under development by Terra-Gen Power.

Advised Keybank in connection with a $66 million senior secured loan to Pioneer Plains Wind Holdings. 

Notable practitioners  

David Lieberman has an active practice representing lenders and private equity firms in energy transactions and financings. He represented the lender group in the financing of NextEra Energy Resources' North Sky River wind energy project. Sources note: "He is very thorough and very on top of what he does."

Kenneth Wyman advises on project financings in the renewable energy, power and infrastructure sectors. Recent deals have included his representation of KKR in its acquisition of three solar projects from Starwood Energy Group.

Significant clients Allianz, Barclays Capital, National Life of Vermont, Stonepeak Partners, CoBank.

Real Estate - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for An impressive reputation for its representation of major private equity firms and their affiliates in a range of high-value and complex real estate transactions. Widely praised for its astute and commercial service.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Simpson recognizes issues and also provides us with really creative solutions." 

Work highlights Advised Blackstone on the creation of Invitation Homes, which has purchased over 39,000 distressed family homes nationwide.

Counseled Hilton Worldwide on a $3.5 billion refinancing secured on a portfolio of 23 hotels across 13 states.

Notable practitioners  

The "excellent" Gregory Ressa is described as "the godfather of the group and the brains of the real estate practice at Simpson." He receives plaudits from market sources for his intelligent and creative approach, and his areas of focus include real estate M&A, finance and representing real estate opportunity funds.

Significant clients Carlyle Real Estate Fund, Brixmor Property, CarrAmerica Realty Operating Partnership, Northwood Investors, KKR Real Estate Fund.

Securities - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for A top-tier practice for defending financial institutions and corporate multinationals in complex securities class actions. Demonstrates considerable expertise in the current multitude of RMBS-related cases, while also continuing to impress highly in M&A litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A top-notch litigation firm. Highly professional, terrific lawyers, very easy to work with, and very responsive to our needs." 

"They were knowledgeable about the litigation, very prompt in their responses and able to communicate, in commercial terms, what the risks and defenses were."  

Work highlights Defended Twitter in a lawsuit threatened by two investment entities, alleging that the client had misled them into believing they could engage in the private purchase of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of Twitter shares prior to the IPO.

Acted for a substantial array of investment institutions in the spate of RMBS-related litigations across the USA. Of particular note is the firm's defense of Deutsche Bank and RBS from claims filed by the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Notable practitioners  

Bruce Angiolillo is regarded by peers as "vastly experienced, very methodical and a very steady hand." He is experienced in the full range of securities litigation matters, including both class actions and derivative actions, and has been involved in many of the firm's most sophisticated cases.

Paul Curnin cochairs the firm's litigation department. Recent matters include representing the board of directors of AIG in litigation brought by its former CEO. Sources call him a "great lawyer" and note that he's "very smooth, very sophisticated and has excellent judgment."

Jonathan Youngwood handles securities litigation matters as part of a broader complex commercial litigation practice. Clients report: "He writes extraordinarily well and advocates very well. He's creative and delivers great results."

Peter Bresnan is a respected practitioner in the field of securities regulation enforcement. Interviewees describe him as "a very sharp, active player in the Bar."

Significant clients Countrywide Home Loans, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, UBS Securities.

Tax - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Outstanding reputation for private equity and other fund-related tax work, including fund formation, and for handling the tax aspects of high-end M&A and capital markets transactions. A significant practice both nationally and internationally.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients.)
"They have a powerful combination of tax attorneys." 

"You can't throw anything at them they haven't seen before."  

Work highlights Acted for CVC Capital Partners on its creation of private equity fund CVC Capital Partners VII. The fund's commitments total $13.7 billion.

Assisted Vodafone with the tax aspects of a $130 billion deal to sell its US group to Verizon.

Notable practitioners  

New York-based John Hart is head of the tax department.

Significant clients Blackstone, Ingersoll Rand, Toys R Us, Microsoft, Accenture.

Antitrust - New York

What the team is known for Noted as one of the leading firms in this area, with a strong raft of antitrust lawyers. A balanced practice showcasing exceptional skill and experience in litigation and merger work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We've been very impressed with the firm." 

"They have a good understanding of the agencies." 

Work highlights Acted for Office Depot on its recently completed major acquisition of OfficeMax.

Represented Priceline.com in class action litigation related to the online travel companies antitrust litigation.

Notable practitioners  

Kevin Arquit is a "superstar" antitrust lawyer who is noted as being "responsive, smart and a pleasure to work with." He regularly acts on major matters such as advising Ericsson in defense of litigation brought by TruePosition concerning alleged standard setting.

Joseph Tringali is highly rated by sources for his litigation prowess, which includes substantial expertise in antitrust. He recently acted for Sealy on its $2.7 billion acquisition of Tempur-Pedic International.

Peter Guryan is a "really good" and "very smart" antitrust practitioner who handles both transactional and litigation work, particularly interactions with government agencies. Guryan recently joined the group from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

Significant clients The Blackstone Group, JPMorgan Chase, Silver Lake Partners, Viacom, Virgin Atlantic.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - New York

What the team is known for Represents major banks and leading financial institutions as lenders, equity sponsors, and administrative agents in bankruptcy cases. Draws on the firm's experience in its M&A, capital markets and tax departments to offer wide-ranging refinancing solutions to clients with distressed investments.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Extremely smart guys and very commercial." 

Work highlights Acted on behalf of Apax Partners as sponsor in the restructuring of Cengage Learning. 

Advised JPMorgan Chase and Deutsche Bank as agents of the $3.2 billion credit facility in the Dex Media and SuperMedia Chapter 11 case.

Notable practitioners  

The "very impressive" Peter Pantaleo has a standout reputation among the bankruptcy community. He is head of the firm's restructuring group and his work involves advising banks, creditors' committees, insurance companies and private equity groups.

Steven Fuhrman is commended by sources as "professional, timely and very results-oriented." He has carried out substantial work for JPMorgan Chase on a number of different matters, including advising on exit financing facilities and senior secured credit facilities.

Significant clients Angelo Gordon, Barclays Capital, Centerbridge Partners, The Blackstone Group, GSO Capital Partners.

Corporate/M&A - New York

What the team is known for A leading firm in the private equity space, with an excellent M&A offering for public clients as well. Recognized by peers and clients alike for its high-quality transactional advice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"We use them without hesitation on complex and high-value deals. They have a very broad bench and can put whatever resources are needed on it. Highly responsive."

"They are outstanding: creative and client-driven." 

Work highlights Acted for Smithfield Foods on its merger with Hong Kong-based Shuanghui International Holdings.

Advised Crestwood Midstream Partners on the merger of Crestwood with Inergy Midstream.

Notable practitioners 

Gary Horowitz's practice covers M&A, strategic alliances and corporate finance, for clients including public companies and private equity firms. Clients appreciate his "vast experience" in transactional matters, adding that he "knows his stuff inside and out, and is very effective as a negotiator." 

Lee Meyerson is well regarded in the market for his work in the financial institutions space. He handles mergers, acquisitions and other transactions for banks, government agencies and private equity investors.

Mario Ponce handles a broad range of corporate and M&A matters, including proxy contests, joint ventures and corporate governance. He recently acted for Office Depot on its merger with OfficeMax. Clients say he is "business-focused and extremely responsive; he's one of those lawyers who can give you the answer when you need it."

Robert Spatt's practice covers corporate governance and M&A, with experience acting for the full range of transactional parties. Peers note that he is a formidable opponent, praising him as being "tough to work against, but very good," and saying he is "very knowledgeable about the law."

William Curbow represents both private and public companies, recently acting for Vodafone on the $130 billion sale of a 45% stake in Verizon Wireless to Verizon Communications. Clients appreciate that he "stays commercial and knows what's important."

Richard Beattie is an esteemed figure in the New York market, with a specialty in corporate governance issues. One client praises him as "a preeminent attorney," adding: "There's no one I would rather go to for advice."

The highly experienced Casey Cogut handles domestic and international M&A, as well as private equity and corporate governance matters. He recently acted for Eaton on its approximately $11.8 billion acquisition of Cooper Industries.

Significant clients ARAMARK, Cogeco Cable, McKesson, Tyco International, special committee of the board of directors of Clearwire.

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation - New York

What the team is known for Robust group covering all aspects of benefits and compensation from coast to coast, bolstered by impressive private equity and M&A teams in New York and nationally. Especially skilled in pension plan investments in private equity funds, acquisitions and divestitures, and in executive-level agreements and option plans.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A lot of this stuff is very complex, but they can do that."

"We're very pleased with their work. They helped us on a difficult project and were very responsive and thorough."

Work highlights Provided extensive benefits and compensation support for SAIC in the spin-off of a number of its services, including its enterprise IT and engineering services.

Compensation and benefits counsel for private equity client First Reserve in a number of matters, including the acquisition of subsidiaries of Utility Services Associates and Ameriforge Group, and in anticipation of its sale of Brand Energy to Clayton Dubilier & Rice.

Notable practitioners  

Head of the executive compensation and employee benefits practice, Brian Robbins gains recognition as a "solid technical lawyer," particularly for his plan asset, private equity and fund work. His broad client base includes Blackstone, The Carlyle Group, Lexington and First Reserve.

The "fantastic" Gregory Grogan has been particularly active in the M&A and IPO spaces recently, providing full-spectrum compensation and benefits support for Microsoft and Vodafone, among other clients.  

Significant clients Platinum Equity Capital Partners, Hellman & Friedman, Grosvenor Capital Management, Smithfield Foods, Silver Lake Partners.

Environment - New York

What the team is known for Provides high-quality advice to private equity houses and their portfolio companies on M&A transactions. A widely respected choice for strategic environmental M&A transactions.

Work highlights Represented Smithfield Foods in its merger agreement with Shuanghui International Holdings.

Represented the underwriters, led by Credit Suisse Securities, Barclays Capital and Société Générale, in the IPO of chemical company BioAmber.

Notable practitioners  

The "exceptional" Adeeb Fadil advised KKR on its acquisition of Gardner Denver for approximately $3.9 billion. He is known among market commentators as "the dean of our transactional environmental Bar."

Michael Isby is "very knowledgeable and effective" and "a great counselor," say clients. He advised JPMorgan Securities and Barclays Bank on a $12.5 billion bridge financing relating to Thermo Fisher Scientific's acquisition of Life Technologies.

Significant clients Blackstone, Centerbridge, First Reserve, Silver Lake, Hellman & Friedman.

Insurance - New York

What the team is known for Widely acclaimed insurance and reinsurance litigation practice offering the full spectrum of services, with deep expertise in asbestos, environmental and life matters. Remains a top choice for major carriers seeking defense of their most significant coverage matters. Robust transactional and regulatory practice which conducts significant demutualizations, M&A and capital markets transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"One of the best firms in the US - they have depth, first-rate talent, a can-do attitude and legal smarts."

"Simpson is clearly the platinum standard in this space."  

Work highlights Recently advised United States Fidelity & Guaranty in a high-profile case involving Plant Insulation Company's claims for insurance coverage following thousands of asbestos bodily injury and wrongful death lawsuits.

Represented the underwriters, led by Barclays Capital, Citigroup Global Markets and Goldman Sachs, in Aspen Insurance Holdings' $275 million offering of preferred stock.

Defended Berkshire Hathaway against claims challenging its growth in the insurance industry and against significant coverage claims for asbestos liabilities.

Notable practitioners

Barry Ostrager is acknowledged as "one of the best trial lawyers in the US," with an impressive record in insurance and reinsurance disputes. According to one client, "if we have an issue that we must win, he's the lawyer we'd go to and use. His greatest skill is his ability to turn incredibly complicated matters into simple things that everyone can understand."

"Unbelievably good strategist" Mary Kay Vyskocil is highly respected for her expertise in complex insurance coverage disputes. According to market commentators, "in the world of insurance and reinsurance, she is one of the very best."

Andrew Amer has a thriving insurance and reinsurance practice, and recently successfully represented American Nuclear Insurers in an appeal regarding coverage litigation brought by Babcock & Wilcox. Clients say: "He is a consummate professional who has excellent analytical, written and oral communication skills, and is always very well prepared."

Gary Horowitz focuses his practice on M&A, corporate finance and governance matters. According to sources, he possesses "substantive expertise on the insurance and M&A side," and "vigorously advocates for his clients."

Significant clients AIG Affiliates, Equitas, Swiss Reinsurance America Corporation Affiliates, AXIS Capital Holdings, CNA Financial, The Travelers Companies.

Latin American Investment - New York

What the team is known for Maintains a formidable reputation for its work across the region, with particular strength in Brazil. Regular fixture in top-tier capital markets and M&A transactions. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"For complex transactions, they are one of the best firms out there. That's where I think they really shine. They handle significant cross-border elements well and their understanding of the market is good."

"Top-notch firm with a very high-quality, dedicated team. They go well beyond expectations and they really take ownership of the project. It is a pleasure to work with them because they make it smooth sailing with the counterparty."

"Nothing short of excellent. They are technically very good and very commercial. They really try to be a solution provider with a practical approach which makes it very good to work with them. They are facilitators of the transactions rather than just finding complications, and they find opportunities for us."

Work highlights Acted for initial purchasers, including JPMorgan, HSBC, Merrill Lynch and others, in a simultaneous offering of preferred shares issued in the Colombian and international markets by Cementos Argos with a value of $880 million.

Represented an affiliate of Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII in its proposed acquisition of a 70% stake in Brazilian residential developer Alphaville Urbanismo for BRL1.4 billion.

Notable practitioners 

David Williams is active in a wide range of Latin American investments. He is described by clients as "very strategic and also very diligent throughout the transaction." He advised Sudamericana, Agencias Aéreas y Marítimas on its proposed harbor and towage joint venture with Boskalis which would operate in Brazil, Mexico, Canada and Panama.

Although Glenn Reiter has retired from his role as partner of the firm, the team continues to benefit from his advice as counsel. Market sources note that he is "a real expert" in capital markets transactions.

Significant clients Santander, BRF - Brasil Foods, Goldman Sachs, Avianca, San Miguel Industrias PET.

Litigation - New York

What the team is known for Market-leading practice in general commercial and securities litigation. Deep bench of litigators skilled in handling high-stakes, sophisticated civil litigation for a plethora of significant clients. Also increasingly recognized for its capabilities in white-collar criminal defense work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A top-notch litigation firm. Highly professional, terrific lawyers, very easy to work with and very responsive to our needs. They also have very keen analytical insights into the law." 

"I had absolute confidence in them. They were very professional and knowledgeable. I felt properly advised and supported the whole way through."

Work highlights Represented JPMorgan in connection with numerous putative class action suits relating to the Libor scandal and allegations of price-fixing.

Defended RBS, UBS and Deutsche Bank in a host of securities class action cases in connection with investor losses relating to RMBS.

Advised the board of directors of AIG in connection with derivative claims asserted by Starr International.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Stein is a talented white-collar attorney with significant experience in handling both company and individual representations in criminal matters. Sources note that he is "a very sensible, very smart and creative advocate."

Bruce Angiolillo recently represented Morgan Stanley in the defense of securities laws claims brought by investors in relation to certain structured financial products. One client comments: "He writes extraordinarily well, advocates very well, is creative and has delivered great results."

Barry Ostrager is nationally acclaimed for his trial skills and is impressively experienced in commercial litigation. He regularly handles a wide variety of insurance coverage litigation for longstanding client The Travelers Companies. One source notes: "When it's bet the company, he's the guy you go to."

"Unbelievably responsive" Paul Curnin has a strong reputation in both the white-collar and securities arena in New York. His recent highlights include work for AIG on securities matters. Sources characterize him as being "very smooth, very sophisticated and with excellent judgment."

"Fine litigator" David Ichel has a broad litigation practice with expertise across a range of areas including insurance, insolvency and product liability. Clients praise his abilities and appreciate that "he explains complex legal issues extremely well."

"Extremely smart, hard-working and responsive," Jonathan Youngwood regularly counsels leading financial institutions and other high-profile clients in complex commercial disputes and securities matters. One client stated that "he is the best lawyer on his feet - he is incredibly comfortable before judges and panels. He's smart, reasonable and well liked."

Peter Kazanoff has significant experience in representing corporate and private equity clients in transaction-related litigation. His recent representations include handling a shareholder action brought against Eaton in connection with a significant acquisition.

Former federal prosecutor Josh Levine has extensive experience in government having served as an Assistant US Attorney in the Southern District of New York. One source notes: "He has the intellectual capacity to understand the very technical securities matters." He often leads internal investigations for key clients. 

Thomas Rice has particular experience in handling significant RMBS matters for major investment bank clients. One commentator stated: "When it comes to complex financial services-related litigation there are few better than him."

"Very sensible, thorough and dedicated," Mark Cunha has a broad commercial practice with notable experience in a range of disputes including securities, antitrust and malpractice litigation.

Significant clients The Blackstone Group, Pfizer, Citi, Countrywide Home Loans, Silver Lake Partners.

Real Estate - New York

What the team is known for Recognized for its outstanding skill in representing substantial and sophisticated private equity clients on a variety of real estate transactions. Particularly known for its expertise on complex real estate finance transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They demonstrate really good business judgment and understand what we care about."

"They have a highly enviable stable of fund clients."

Work highlights Represented Blackstone on the creation of Invitation Homes, worth over $2 billion, which has purchased more than 39,000 distressed family homes.  

Represented Carlyle Real Estate Fund on the $1.3 billion sale of 650 Madison Avenue.

Notable practitioners  

"Great lawyer" Gregory Ressa heads the team and is held in high regard for real estate finance work on behalf of major real estate funds. According to commentators, he is "always available, commercial and really creative."

The "smart and practical" Scott Kobak is praised by commentators for his "good judgment" in real estate transactions. He focuses on advising financial institutions on a range of domestic and international deals.

Sasan Mehrara is "very practical and user-friendly," market sources report. He has a good and growing reputation for his representation of private equity firms on substantial transactions.

Significant clients Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund, Northwood Investors, CarrAmerica Realty Operating Partnership.

Tax - New York

What the team is known for Offers advice and representation on a broad range of tax matters, including those involving REITs, capital markets, financial products and restructurings. Noted for its expertise in M&A and private equity fund formation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They give immediate attention to anything you bring them, they have expertise in multiple areas of tax, and they are very proactive when it comes to finding creative solutions."

"They have some great lawyers and are a brand name in private equity."

Work highlights Represented Arch Coal in connection with its sale of Canyon Fuel to Bowie Resources for $435 million.

Represented CVC Capital Partners in connection with the formation of a global private equity fund, CVC Capital Partners VI.

Notable practitioners  

Steven Todrys is an expert in tax matters relating to real estate transactions, joint ventures, restructurings and corporate M&A. "He is a giant of tax and I have absolute confidence in his advice and judgment in this area," states a client.

John Hart is head of the firm's tax department. He is an authority on real estate transactions, REITs, M&A, restructurings and investment fund formation. Commentators regard him as "an excellent communicator" who "has a very calm nature in even the most difficult situations." 

Gary Mandel specializes in spin-offs, restructurings, M&A and joint ventures. "He can sort things out in a very practical and thoughtful way," according to interviewees.

Nancy Mehlman is a recognized authority in the field of international M&A. She demonstrates additional expertise in real estate transactions, REITs, capital markets and joint ventures. According to sources, she "provides excellent client service and pays attention to all aspects of a transaction."

John Creed has expertise in private equity funds, joint ventures and securitizations. "He is very smart and quick, and has a totally engaging personality," according to market commentators.

Marcy Geller handles the tax aspects of a variety of areas including joint ventures, real estate, private equity funds and M&A. She is regarded as "a smart and experienced attorney who is clearly going places."

Robert Holo is regarded as a "very smart and very accomplished" practitioner. His areas of expertise include joint ventures, M&A, tax-free reorganizations and financings.

Significant clients Accenture, Microsoft, The Carlyle Group, Goldman Sachs, Hilton Worldwide.

Technology - New York

What the team is known for Skilled in handling a broad cross-section of issues arising in multibillion-dollar transactions, including technology, patents and data privacy. Particularly experienced in representing major private equity firms as well as dynamic household-name companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are excellent lawyers who draft well and know what they are doing. They always have an eye on the bigger picture and are focused on getting the deal done."

"We found them to have an incredible level of expertise and were impressed with their negotiation style and ability to drive things to a close." 

Work highlights Acted for Microsoft on its $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia's devices and services business and related patent licenses.

Represented JPMorgan Chase in connection with the merger of two providers of mobile marketing solutions, Dex One and SuperMedia, through a prepackaged bankruptcy.

Notable practitioners

Lori Lesser is singled out as someone who "does a good job of focusing on the issue at hand." She is said to be "a master of the subject matter" when it comes to dealing with IP-related matters in the context of major technology transactions.

Significant clients Accenture, Blackstone, Centerbridge Partners, The Travelers Companies, Tyco International.

Banking & Finance - Texas

What the team is known for Continues to establish itself as a prominent player in the Texas banking and finance market, maintaining a core focus on deals within the energy sector. Demonstrates significant capability in oil and gas mezzanine financings, reserve-based loans, acquisition financings and midstream and service company loans. Acts for leading institutional investors, borrowers and secured lenders.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Professional, consistent and thoughtful."  

"They have an ability to step back and converse with me about the business agreement and what the implications are for the credit agreement."  

Work highlights Acted for Fieldwood Energy, handling the financing for its $3.75 billion acquisition of Apache's Gulf of Mexico Shelf business.

Represented Wells Fargo in relation to a $4 billion credit facility for Linn Energy, and an amendment to its existing $1.2 billion credit facility. The financing was partly used to fund its acquisition of Berry Petroleum.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Rabalais is commended for being "commercial, user friendly and very efficient." He is highly regarded in the Texas market, and recently acted for JPMorgan Chase in connection with a $7 billion financing for the acquisition of interests in Gulf of Mexico oil and gas properties by PXP. Sources appreciate that "he's very approachable and accessible," highlighting that "no matter what's going on he can find time to take a call." 

Richard Sitton has developed a solid reputation in the industry. He regularly represents mezzanine lenders, corporate borrowers and commercial banks in energy-related capital markets transactions. 

Sources find associate Matthew Einbinder to be "polished, thoughtful and quick," also particularly noting that he always "delivers as promised."

Significant clients Barclays, GeoSouthern Energy, Credit Suisse, RKI Exploration Production, Samson Resources.