Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

International & Cross-Border Capabilities Department

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What the team is known for Simpson Thacher's London office is regarded as a market leader in sponsor-side financing matters, and has a formidable reputation focus on private equity deals and broader corporate M&A. The team handles a mixture of inbound and outbound work, often supporting the top-tier New York office on global mandates, as well as acting as a major hub for the firm's European and Asian work.

The firm's outstanding pedigree in the US private equity market and impressive strength in London ensures the firm is a popular choice for US funds investing in the UK and European markets. This strength has also drawn instructions from a number of European-based clients, with the team's international PE fund-raising practice proving to be a major attraction.

Strengths Sources say: "The integration between the offices was seamless, they worked well together. It was a pretty tight deadline, but the London team worked around the clock and managed to get the job done." The interviewee adds that the team was "by far the best choice" due to its impressive track record in European fund-raising transactions.