Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

International Top 30 position: 22
Asia-Pacific International 50 rank: 32

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While Simpson Thacher & Bartlett's 2012 financial results have not been released at the time of writing, the US firm's role on a number of headline deals last year point to a stellar 12 months.

One such deal saw the firm snap up roles advising on the Carlyle Group’s acquisition of Getty Images from US private equity rival Hellman & Friedman in August 2012. Simpson Thacher advised both Getty Images and Hellman & Friedman, with the team including Palo Alto partners Chad Skinner (corporate), Katharine Moir (tax),Tristan Brown (employee benefits), Bill Brentani (credit) and New York credit partner Brian Steinhardt.

Meanwhile, 2012 broke all records for mentions of the acronym ‘IPO’ in Facebook statuses after the social media giant finally filed documents for its long-awaited stock exchange debut. Simpson Thacher acted for the underwriters, which included Morgan Stanley as lead bank, JPMorgan in second position and Goldman Sachs in third, with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays Capital and Allen & Company also on the roster.

London revenue in 2011 stood at $55.60m, an increase of five per cent on the previous year.

Asia Pacific

No. of lawyers: 72
Offices: 4

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is one of a group of firms that has secured a South Korea practice licence and charged off to a Seoul commercial property letting agent to bag a coveted office on the ground.

But the firm says it is hardly a newcomer to the market, having acted for Korean multinationals and banks for more than 20 years. The practice focuses on capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and inbound and outbound, public and private, private equity investments. It claims to have acted “in [more than] 150 mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions in Korea since the Asian financial crisis of 1998, making the firm one of the premier international law firms during this period”.

Clients range from issuers and underwriters, purchasers, sellers, lenders and financial and strategic investors. The firm also targets Korean litigation and other dispute resolution work.

Elsewhere in the region, Simpson's Beijing and Hong Kong operations focus on international capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and representation of private equity clients, both in buyouts and fund formation.

Briefings from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

  • New regulatory framework for foreign banks with US operations

    On 14 December 2012, the Federal Reserve Board issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to apply enhanced prudential standards and an early remediation framework to foreign banking organizations (FBOs) with $50 billion or more in total global consolidated assets.

  • Corporate litigation: Big-boy letters and non-reliance provisions

    Private investment transactions between sophisticated parties often include a negotiated agreement, sometimes called a ‘big-boy letter’, in which the buyer acknowledges that it has made its own independent assessment of the risks involved, including that the seller or other counterparty may possess material, non-public information regarding the issuer which has not been disclosed to the buyer.

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Global turnover 2011: $963.5m
Global lawyers: 820
No. of lawyers (Asia Pacific): 72
Offices (Asia Pacific): 4