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The dominant force in the big-ticket buyout space, exclusively handling the largest European fund formation mandates. Offers managers the best platform for multibillion-pound launches in London and innovative structuring solutions. Enviable client list including the largest European private equity firms, and the team continues to advise these clients on their most significant fund-raisings.
Sources say: "They are really thoughtful, smart lawyers who you can really count on to give you good advice. They have really talented people and they are able to retain the best talent."
A second interviewee adds: "They are an excellent firm to work with."
Sources say: "The real benefit is the wealth of knowledge they have on the market; the commercial and market knowledge is exceptional."
Acted as fund-raising counsel to Cinven regarding its EUR10 billion seventh flagship buyout fund.
Gareth Earl is deeply experienced in raising international private equity, buyout, growth and real estate funds. He advises market-leading PE firms on big-ticket fund launches.
"He is really sharp and very pragmatic." "He helps you with making quick commercial decisions."
Jason Glover is widely viewed as the leading practitioner for multibillion-pound fund launches. He has extensive expertise in the space and is adept at advising on major European buyout funds.
"He is probably the undisputed market leader in the UK for funds."
"He is very commercially minded and a fantastic lawyer." "He is highly numerate and is able to understand the financial impact of what we do - he understands from a sponsor's perspective what is important and what's not."
Seema Shah acts for leading sponsors on the formation of European private equity funds, including growth and secondaries funds.
"She is an outstanding lawyer who combines strong technical skills with excellent commercial knowledge and judgement." "She is very forthright and effective in negotiations."
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Simpson Thacher has one of the world’s pre-eminent private funds practices. The practice is global in scope and covers funds with a wide variety of investment criteria, including buyout, real estate, infrastructure/ energy and debt funds. The firm’s London office has consistently acted on the largest European private equity fundraisings to occur post-financial crisis, including CVC VII, Apax IX, the sixth Cinven fund, EQT VII, Bridgepoint Europe V, Coller International Partners VII and BC European Capital X and is currently advising on some of the most high-profile European fundraisings in the market. As well as advising on these large buyout funds, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett continues to be ‘go-to’ funds counsel for multi-strategy clients in relation to their other fundraising initiatives.