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There were five deals reported in the last seven days that tipped over the $5 billion mark, including Thermo Fisher Scientific’s $20.9 billion buy of PPD, Kimco Realty Corp.’s $12 billion merger with Weingarten Realty Investors and, on Monday, Webster Financial Corp.’s all-stock merger with Sterling Bancorp, valued at $10.3 billion. Two partners at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett managed to have a hand in a lot of the above, helping to shepherd several 11-figure deals.

Simpson Thacher partners Alan Klein and Atif Azher managed to touch about $90 billion worth of activity in one week. They worked with PPD in its $20.9 billion sale to Thermo Fisher, and a day earlier Atif co-led the Simpson Thacher team advising Dell Technologies in its announced agreement to spinoff its 81% equity ownership interest in VMware, with media reports valuing the deal at more than $52 billion. Last Monday, Klein co-led the Simpson team advising Microsoft in its $19.7 billion acquisition of Nuance. 

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Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith, based in New York, covers the business of law, including the ways law firms compete for clients and talent, cannabis law and marketing innovation. Reach him at [email protected] or on Twitter at @nycpatrickd

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