Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Investment Funds Department

Japan
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What the team is known for Internationally recognised contender in the private equity arena, working in close collaboration with its reputable Hong Kong-based offering. Commonly mandated as lead counsel on large international fund-raisings, with impressive acuity in growth, buyout and real estate strategies. Additional knowledge of venture capital, debt and special situations funds, plus bespoke vehicle types including secondaries and funds of funds.

Strengths Interviewee commentary suggests the department continues to strive for high standards, as one client opines: "Because of the extent of their fund practice and continuous activity, they are a proactively self-improving organisation, which keeps them state-of-the-art."

"On the foreign legal side, they dominate the private equity market," another client remarks, adding: "They know exactly what type of terms our competitors get and provide a fine balance in knowing how to deal with Japanese and international counterparts."

Notable practitioners

Counsel
David Azcue
receive endorsements from sources for his Japanese language capabilities and sophisticated understanding of Asian private equity markets and fund formation. "He is very articulate and knows how to provide the right communication, depending on what position we are in," a client states.