Simpson Thacher &
Bartlett LLP is one of the world’s most respected law firms. But for us, this
has never simply been a matter of size or rankings. It’s the direct result of
our commitment to one founding principle.
Our success is driven
by that of our clients.
Since 1884, many of
the world’s largest organisations have turned to us for smart solutions to
critical commercial challenges. Today, more than 900 lawyers in 10 global
offices put the collective experience of the Firm to work for every client we serve.
Our teams start with a
deep understanding of our clients’ business objectives. We share knowledge
across practices and regions. We help our clients not only mitigate risk, but
also discover opportunity. And each success begins with the same simple question...
How can we help you?
Simpson Thacher is home to more than 900 lawyers, many of whom have
spent their entire careers here, collaborating on behalf of our clients.
Many of the world’s
leading and most innovative companies – from finance to philanthropy and from
Fortune 500 to high-tech startups – come to Simpson Thacher for trusted counsel.
From 10 offices,
across 32 major practice areas and almost every industry sector, we bring the
collective expertise of the entire firm to bear on the business challenges
facing each one of our clients.
We consistently rank
among the world’s leading law firms in a wide variety of publications – including
Chambers, Bloomberg, Refinitiv,
The Legal 500, IFLRand American Lawyer.
are a core feature of the modern commercial world; Simpson Thacher
offers a pragmatic, straightforward and collaborative approach to help our
clients attain their goals through these transactions.
“They are cutting edge, very practical and
extremely smart.” Chambers USA 2016 (quoting a client)
As leaders across all
corporate disciplines, we regularly advise on a range of complex transactions,
including mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt capital markets offerings,
joint ventures, project financings and infrastructure development, structured
financings, private fund formation and investments, syndicated loans, debt
restructurings and bankruptcies, and privatisations.
The versatility of our
practice areas greatly benefits clients – banks, companies, private equity
firms, public utilities, nonprofits and individuals.
We regularly advise clients such as Alibaba Group, Apax
Partners, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Blackstone, Carlyle, Dell, EQT, First
Reserve, Goldman Sachs, HCA, Hellman & Friedman, Hilton, JPMorgan, KKR,
Microsoft, the Republic of Peru, Seagate Technology, Silver Lake Partners,
SiriusXM, Travelers and scores of others.
multidisciplinary teams, we counsel clients on increasingly intricate
transactions with ingenuity and efficiency. Independent rankings attest to our
unsurpassed leadership in the marketplace. We consistently rank at the top in both
US and global evaluations by publications such as Chambers, The Legal 500
and the International Financial Law
“We think of Simpson Thacher
for high-profile transactions.”
Chambers Global 2016 (quoting a client)
Alan Klein is a Partner
with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where he
practices in the Corporate Department and is Co-Head of the Firm’s Mergers and
Acquisitions Practice and a member of the Executive Committee. Alan’s practice
concentrates on mergers and acquisitions, shareholder activism and corporate
Alan has represented
Microsoft Corporation in connection with its $28.2 billion acquisition of
LinkedIn, its $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia’s phone business, its
acquisition of Skype for $8.5 billion in cash from the investor group led by
Silver Lake and in its investment in Barnes & Noble’s Nook business, as
well as in its approach to Yahoo! Inc.
In addition, he
recently represented Aetna’s Board of Directors in connection with CVS Health’s
acquisition of Aetna for $69 billion; The ADT Corporation in its $15 billion
sale to Apollo Group Management; Johnson Controls in the sale of its Scott
Safety business to 3M for approximately $2 billion and Tyco International Ltd.
in connection with a number of transactions, including its $20 billion merger
with Johnson Controls, Inc.; its separation into three independent, publicly
traded companies and the multibillion-dollar merger of its Flow Control
business with Pentair, Inc.; its acquisition of Chemguard,
Inc.; its $300 million acquisition of a 75% equity stake in privately held KEF
Holdings Ltd.; its $2 billion cash and stock acquisition of Brink’s Home
Security Holdings, Inc., now operating as Broadview Security and its sale of a
majority interest in its Electrical & Metal Products business. He also
represented Best Buy in a take-private offer by its founder and former
Alan has also been
involved in many cross-border M&A transactions around the world during the
last decade, including representing ChemChina in its $43 billion acquisition of
Syngenta; Chinalco in its $12 billon investment in Rio Tinto plc; Gas Natural
S.A. in its $30 billion bid for Endesa S.A.; Royal Ahold in connection with its merger of equals with Delhaize
Group; ADT in its CAD $550 million acquisition of Protectron;
Rinker Group Limited in connection with its $15 billion acquisition by Cemex
S.A.B. de C.V.; Portugal Telecom S.A. in connection with the unsolicited offer
made for it by Sonae S.A.; Gerdau S.A. in its acquisition of Quanex Corporation; Bavaria S.A., Latin America’s
second-largest brewer, in its sale to SABMiller plc; Owens-Illinois Inc. in its
acquisition of French packaging company BSN Glasspack
from CVC Europe and in its disposition of Owens-Brockway Plastic Products Inc.;
Merck & Co, Inc. in its tender offer for shares of Banyu, a Japanese
pharmaceutical company; Telefonica Moviles S.A. in
its acquisition of certain non-U.S. cellular phone companies from Motorola Inc.
and Pechiney in its proposed three-way merger with Alcan Aluminum
Alan is the past
Co-Chair of the International Bar Association’s Corporate and M&A Law
Committee. For the past seven years, he has chaired the International Bar
Association’s Annual International Mergers and Acquisitions Conference in New
Alan recently authored
a chapter entitled “Avoiding the Pitfalls and Reaping the Benefits of
Cross-Border M&A Deals” in Structuring
International M&A Deals: Leading Lawyers on Managing Mergers &
Acquisitions in a Global Environment, published by Aspatore
Books, a Thomson-Reuters business.
From 1994 to 1998,
Alan was resident in the Firm’s London office, and worked on international
transactions, including the merger of Glaxo plc and Wellcome
plc; the acquisition of Affymax N.V. by Glaxo; the
acquisition by Owens-Illinois, Inc. of the glass and packaging business of BTR
plc; the acquisition of Yorkshire Electricity plc by American Electric Power
and its partner New Century Energy, as well as initial public offerings by
British, French, Italian, Norwegian and Swedish companies.
Alan joined the Firm
in 1984 and became a Partner in 1993. Alan received his B.A. with Honors in history in 1981 from Haverford College. He
received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1984. Alan was named a
2017 “M&A Trailblazer” by the National
Law Journal. He was also named a 2012 MVP by Law360 for his leadership in M&A, including closing within one
year several of the market’s most significant M&A deals with a combined
transaction value of more than $18 billion. In addition, Alan was selected as a
2012 “Dealmaker of the Year” by The
American Lawyer. He was chosen for leading the Simpson Thacher
team representing Microsoft in connection with its $8.5 billion acquisition of
Skype. He is recognised in Chambers
Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The International Who’s Who of Mergers and
Acquisitions Lawyers, and The
International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers, as well as by IFLR1000 as a leading mergers and
• Montefiore Medical Center, Member, Board of Trustees (2007–Present)
• Film Forum, Chair, Board of
Directors (2013-Present), Member, (2005-2013)
• Lawyers for Children, Member, Board
of Directors, (1999–Present)
• LaGuardia/Wagner New York City
Mayoral Archives, Member, Advisory Board (2007-Present)
• Volunteers of America – Greater New
York, Inc., Member, Board of Directors (2000–2007)
• Citizens Budget Commission, Trustee
• Association of the Bar of the City
of New York
• American Bar Association
• International Bar Association
• New York State Bar Association
• Aetna’s Board of Directors in
connection with CVS Health’s $69 billion acquisition of Aetna
• Ahold in
its $29 billion merger of equals with Delhaize Group
• Chinalco in its $14 billion
acquisition of a minority stake in Rio Tinto and in its subsequent $19.5
billion investment in Rio Tinto
• Tyco International in various
transactions, including its separation into three independent, publicly traded
companies and its $2 billion acquisition of Brink’s Home Security Holdings
• Gas Natural S.A. in its $30 billion
bid for Endesa S.A.
• Rinker Group Limited in its $15
billion acquisition by Cemex S.A.B. de C.V.