Simpson Thacher Takes First for 1H 2017 PI Legal Advisor

Posted on 07/25/2017

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP (Simpson Thacher) took first place in the public institutional investor transaction database for the first half of 2017 for legal advisors. SWFI’s public investor database tracks direct deals and transactions made by institutional investors such as sovereign wealth funds and public pensions. Simpson Thacher was involved in numerous transactions with public institutional investors including the recapitalization of Pharmaceutical Product Development, LLC with sovereign wealth fund capital from Asia and the Middle East. The law firm was also engaged in the Ascend Learning, LLC transaction. Simpson Thacher pegged six deals, while Kirkland & Ellis LLP wasn’t far behind at 5. For example, Kirkland & Ellis advised the Alberta Investment Management Corporation’s investment in San Antonio-based Howard Midstream Energy Partners’ deal with Oklahoma-based WPX Energy to develop crude oil and natural gas gathering and processing infrastructure in the core of the Delaware Basin.

Tied for third was Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

Legal Advisor League Table – H1 2017

Position Firm Transactions
1 Simpson Thacher 6
2 Kirkland & Ellis 5
3 Skadden 4
3 Weil Gotshal 4
4 Clifford Chance 3
4 Latham & Watkins 3
4 Torys 3
4 Ropes & Gray 3
4 Sidley Austin 3
4 White & Case 3

Source: Sovereign Wealth Fund Transaction Database, Extracted: July 24, 2017
Data from the report is pulled at a certain time, there may be discrepancies between both sets.

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