Chairman, Executive Committee: William R Dougherty
Administrative Partners: Sasan S Mehrara, Lynn K Neuner
Number of partners worldwide: 197
Number of other lawyers worldwide: Approx. 750
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 900 lawyers with a commitment to excellence, integrity and client service. Building on more than 130 years of experience, the firm has played a substantial role in many of the most complex and noteworthy transactions of the last decades. The firm provides coordinated legal advice and transactional capability throughout the world’s principal financial centres.
Simpson Thacher has a premier practice group focused on Latin America, the Caribbean and the Iberian Peninsula that advises on transactions that cut across disciplines and offers six partners fluent in Spanish and/or Portuguese who are dedicated exclusively to the region. Its local presence in São Paulo — combined with its global resources — enhances the firm’s ability to provide clients with the exceptional service that is its hallmark.
Main Areas of Practice:
The firm advises issuers and underwriters on all types of capital markets transactions, including IPOs and high yield and investment grade debt offerings, as well as derivatives. Recent work includes IPOs for Burger King Brazil, Carrefour Brazil and Hapvida Participações e Investimentos on the São Paulo Stock Exchange. Other recent work includes transactions by MSU Energy in Argentina; Eneva, General Shopping and Totvs in Brazil; Banco de Crédito e Inversiones (Bci) in Chile; Cementos Pacasmayo in Peru; and América Móvil and Comisión Federal de Electricidad in Mexico. The firm has also advised on sovereign debt offerings by the Republic of Guatemala and the Republic of Peru, as well as the managers on over $14 billion of offerings for the Dominican Republic since 2005.
M&A & Private Equity:
Simpson Thacher is recognised globally for its role on behalf of parties on all sides of complex M&A transactions, buyouts, stock and asset purchases, restructurings, spin-offs, joint ventures and contested transactions. The firm is also a worldwide leader in private equity transactions, including private equity investments. Recent M&A experience includes advising advising Netshoes in its proposed merger with a subsidiary of Magazine Luiza; The Boeing Company in its acquisition of an 80% interest in Embraer’s commercial aviation business; Grupo Rizek in its acquisition of Scotia Crecer AFP and Scotia Seguros, Scotiabank’s pension and pensionrelated insurance businesses in the Dominican Republic; and Trademark Group, of Panama, and Laboratorios Stein, of Costa Rica, in the sale to Eurofarma of a portfolio of pharmaceutical products distributed in Central America, the Dominican Republic and Ecuador.
Banking & Finance:
Simpson Thacher is widely recognised for representing both borrowers and lenders in the US, Latin America, Europe and Asia on a broad range of financing transactions, including syndicated loans and acquisition financings, project financings, structured export financings and export credit agency-guaranteed and insured loans and securitisation transactions. The firm recently advised Celulosa Arauco y Constitución in connection with an export credit facility; Entel in connection with a bilateral ECA credit facility; and Grupo Rizek in the financing of its acquisition of Scotia Crecer AFP and Scotia Seguros, Bank of Nova Scotia’s pension and pension-related insurance businesses in the Dominican Republic.
Simpson Thacher has one of the world’s pre-eminent private funds practices and represents many of the world’s best-known fund sponsors, as well as sophisticated fund investors. The practice is global in scope and covers funds with a variety of investment criteria. The firm has advised on the formation of Latin America-focused funds for sponsors such as Arlon Group, BTG Pactual, Macquarie, Patria and P2Brasil.
For the past two decades, Simpson Thacher has been at the forefront of advising sovereign and corporate clients and financial institutions on innovative ways to manage capital markets exposures in Latin America. Recent work includes advising an ad-hoc committee of holders of TGLT S.A.’s convertible subordinated notes due in connection with the negotiation and execution of agreements among TGLT and certain holders of the notes relating to the recapitalization of TGLT.
Energy & Infrastructure:
The firm represents energy and infrastructure companies and their lenders on a broad range of activities in Latin America. The firm provides counsel on major project finance and leasing transactions, including energy related infrastructure, toll roads, railroads, pipelines, manufacturing facilities and airports. The firm advised Copec and Organización Terpel in Organización Terpel’s acquisition of ExxonMobil’s fuels and lubricants distribution business and related assets in Colombia, Peru and Ecuador and Trafigura in its acquisition of the downstream assets of Pampa Energía in Argentina.
Litigation, Arbitration & Investigations:
The firm has one of the most dynamic and successful cross-border disputes and international regulatory and compliance practices in the world. The firm represents a range of US and international clients in complex commercial, securities, and M&A disputes; global investigations and inquiries; FCPA and anti-corruption matters; and private, commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. Recent and ongoing representations include matters for Andrade Gutierrez, Avianca, CorpBanca, Corp Group, Inversiones y Representaciones Sociedad Anónima (IRSA), Cresud Sociedad Anónima Comercial, Inmobiliaria, Financiera y Agropecuaria (CRESUD), and Graña y Montero.
The firm’s real estate practice spans all areas of the real estate industry, including sophisticated finance, sales and acquisitions, funds, restructurings, development, leasing, joint ventures and partnerships. The firm represents all real estate industry participants, including private equity has sponsors and REITs (including FIBRAs). The firm has advised on acquisitions of real estate portfolios throughout the Latin America.