IFLR1000 Reviews

Financial and corporate

Simpson Thacher was founded in 1884 in New York, where it still maintains headquarters. The New York office is also the firm’s largest, but it has since expanded to 10 offices across three continents. In the United States, it has offices in New York, Houston, Los Angeles, Palo Alto and Washington D.C. It is best known for its top tier work in banking, debt and equity capital markets, M&A and private equity.  



The firm’s New York office is a market leader in financial and corporate practices and the California offices are market leaders in capital markets.   

In regulatory financial services, the team advises banks and financial institutions in compliance related to acquisitions and equity investments. The banking practice represents borrowers and lenders in acquisition financing, refinancing, project financing and general corporate financing. The project financing practice is very active in the oil and gas, infrastructure and energy industries.   

The capital markets team advises both issuer and underwriters on matters in debt, equity, derivatives and securitizations practices. In debt capital markets, the team has expertise in investment grade and high yield bond offerings, as well as green bonds, Eurobonds and convertible bonds. The equity capital markets side often works on IPOs, follow on offerings, share offerings, at-the-market programs, secondary offerings, share buybacks and convertible preferred stock offerings. In derivatives, the team is experienced in margin loans, forwards, options, swaps and concurrent bond hedge and warrants. The structured finance and securitization team works on ABS’ and CLOs.  

The firm also has a robust investment funds practice that advises clients in fund acquisitions, fund formations, fund financing and investments. The team has experience with private equity funds, hedge funds and REITs. 

The firm’s M&A practice contains a private equity practice that represents private equity firms in buy and sell side acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures in addition to equity investments. The M&A practice also advises non private equity firms in high value buy and sell side acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures.  


Key clients  

Key clients for the firm include Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Twenty-First Century Fox, Mars, Credit Suisse, FedEx, HSBC, RBS, Citigroup, BMO Capital Markets, KKR, Alibaba, Barclays, Softbank, Ares Management, Blackstone, Toronto Dominion Bank, Platinum Equity Capital Partners, CVC Capital Partners, First Reserve, PG&E, Microsoft, Dell, AIG Global Investments, MUFG and Energy Capital Partners.  


Client feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)  

Investment funds: Registered funds 

“They are at the forefront of the market on asset management with respect to regulations and impacting such regulations with the SEC.”