Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Capital Markets

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What the team is known for

Diverse capital markets practice with extensive expertise in debt, high-yield and equity matters. The firm offers:,• Considerable strengths from its US base, with high-end practices across the range of products in New York.,• An impressive track record in Latin American work.,• Global strength through a well-regarded London high-yield practice and a highly rated team of lawyers across Asia.,• Substantial experience assisting first-time issuers and a well-regarded private equity practice to complement its global capital markets offering.,• Experience acting on some of the most high-profile IPOs in the market.


Further clients praise the firm for its full-service offering, within the finance space and beyond. One says: "Simpson play a different game. As an international firm, they are routinely recognised for its top-tier service, they are among the best in the world."

A client in China commends the equity capital markets team for being "one of the few in the region that is strong on both US and Hong Kong IPOs," further saying: "We're equally happy to have it as counsel for either."

Notable practitioners

The global practice is led by New York-based Arthur Robinson. Other key individuals include Nicholas Shaw in London and Tokyo-based David Sneider.

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Simpson Thacher is a global leader in capital markets transactions, acting for clients on all types of offerings, including equity, debt offerings and equity-linked securities offerings, as well as derivatives transactions.

The Firm has served as counsel in connection with some of the largest and most complex IPOs in the world, including the U.S. IPOs of Invitation Homes (2017 – the second largest U.S. IPO of 2017 to date); LINE (2016 – the second largest U.S. IPO of 2016, including global proceeds); Japan Post (2015 – the largest global IPO of 2015); First Data (2015 – the largest U.S. IPO of 2015); and Alibaba (2014 – the largest IPO ever conducted).

The Firm has a premier practice in high yield debt financings. The Firm was ranked #1 in U.S. high yield debt, issuer advisor (by volume and deal count) in 2016 by Bloomberg and #1 in global high yield debt, issuer advisor (by volume and deal count) in 2016 by Thomson Reuters.

In 2016, we handled 64 high yield deals with proceeds over $43 billion, representing the issuers on 37 deals and the managers on 27 deals, ranking #3 on a combined basis (combined issuer and manager representations, by deal count, Thomson Reuters).

Thompson Reuters has ranked the Firm #1 in U.S. high yield debt, issuer advisor (by volume) for nine of the last twelve years. 

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Capital Markets Department

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