Joseph H. Kaufman

Joe Kaufman is a Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where he is a member of the Firm's Corporate Department. Joe advises clients on public and private offerings of debt and equity securities, corporate governance, business combinations and general corporate and securities law matters.

He also advised Mosaic in connection with $8.7 billion in secondary equity offerings during 2011 relating to Mosaic’s split-off from Cargill, as well as KKR in connection with its business combination with KKR Private Equity Investors L.P.

With respect to debt securities, he has advised Aramark, Del Monte Foods, Dollar General, HCA, Masonite, Nielsen, Toll Brothers and others in connection with over $20 billion of high yield and investment grade note offerings.

He also represented Wyeth in connection with its sale to Pfizer, as well as the issuance by Wyeth of over $12 billion of notes and convertible debentures.

Joe joined Simpson Thacher in 1994 and was elected a member of the Firm in November 2002. In 2011, he was named by The National Law Journal as one of the three “Most Influential Lawyers” in the Finance and Capital Markets category. In 2005, he was named one of 17 “Up-and-Comers of the Deal Economy” by The Deal magazine.

He received his A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard College in 1989, and his B.A. (Hons.) in Economics from the University of Canterbury (New Zealand) in 1990. He received his J.D. with honors from University of Chicago Law School in 1994, where he was managing editor of the University of Chicago Legal Forum. He is admitted to practice in the State of New York.

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Areas of Practice 1) Capital Markets, 2) Initial Public Offerings, 3) High Yield, 4) Equity and Equity Linked, 5) Debt, 6) Public Company Advisory Practice, 7) Corporate Governance, 8) Corporate and 9) Private Equity Lifecycle
Law School University of Chicago Law School, (J.D.1994)
Education University of Canterbury (New Zealand), (B.A. 1990), Harvard University, (A.B. 1989)
Most recent firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
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