Caroline B. Gottschalk

Faculty Member at Practising Law Institute

Caroline B. Gottschalk

Caroline B. Gottschalk

Faculty Member at Practising Law Institute

Biography

Caroline B. Gottschalk is a Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in the Firm’s Corporate Department, focusing on mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions. Caroline advises private equity funds, public and private companies, and investment banks in a wide range of corporate matters, including domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, divestitures, strategic investments, spin-offs, joint ventures and special committee representations. Caroline regularly advises boards of directors with respect to corporate governance matters and fiduciary responsibilities.

Caroline recently represented Centerbridge Partners, L.P. in connection with its acquisition of TriMark USA, LLC, the country’s largest provider of design services, equipment and supplies to the foodservice industry, and its $1.26 billion acquisition of Syncsort Incorporated, a global software company, and Vision Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of business resilience solution; JPMorgan as financial advisor to ARIAD in its $5.2 billion merger with Takeda, and CIT Group in its $10 billion sale of CIT Commercial Air, its commercial aircraft leasing business; Vista Equity Partners in connection with its $6.5 billion leveraged acquisition of Solera Holdings, Inc.; Lightyear Capital and Public Sector Pension Investment Board in connection with the acquisition by affiliated entities of independent broker-dealer AIG Advisor Group; Centerbridge Partners, L.P. in connection with its acquisition of Great Wolf Resorts, Inc.; Cetera Financial Group and Lightyear Capital in connection with RCS Capital Corporation’s acquisition of Cetera, the third largest independent broker dealer in the United States; and Exelis in connection with the spin-off of its military and government services business, Vectrus Systems Corp.

Other recent transactions include advising Lightyear Capital in its leveraged acquisition of Alegeus Technologies, the healthcare benefits and payment processing business of FIS, and its investments in Community & Southern Holdings, Cascade Bank and SGB Bank; GSI Holdings Corp. and Centerbridge Partners in the sale of GSI to AGCO Corporation; BakerCorp and Lightyear Capital in the sale of BakerCorp to Permira Advisers; Consolidated Container Holdings and Vestar Capital Partners in the sale of CCH to Bain Capital; Centerbridge Partners in its controlling investment in Remedi RX, a pharmacy benefits management company, and its leveraged acquisition and subsequent IPO of American Renal Holdings, a national provider of kidney dialysis services; ITT Corporation in its spin-off of Exelis and Xylem; and Leidos Holdings, Inc. in connection with the spin-off by Leidos of SAIC.

Caroline has been a Partner at Simpson Thacher since 2000. She serves as Co-Chair of the Firm’s Women’s Committee. She received her A.B. from Dartmouth College in 1984, and her J.D. with high honors from Duke Law School in 1990, where she was a member of Order of the Coif and a Member and Managing Editor of the Alaska Law Review. Caroline is a member of the American Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and sits on the Board of Visitors of Duke Law School, as well as the Duke Women's Impact Network Leadership Council. She is admitted to practice in the State of New York.

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Caroline B. Gottschalk
Faculty Member at Practising Law Institute
Education
J.D. with High Honors & Order of the Coif
Class of 1990

Duke University School of Law (also known as Duke Law School or Duke Law) is the law school and a constituent academic unit of Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States. One of Duke's 10 schools and colleges, the School of Law began as the Trinity College School of Law in 1868.

AB
Class of 1984

Founded in 1769, Dartmouth is a member of the Ivy League and consistently ranks among the world's greatest academic institutions. Dartmouth has forged a singular identity for combining its deep commitment to outstanding undergraduate liberal arts and graduate education with distinguished research and scholarship in the Arts & Sciences and its three leading professional schools—the Geisel School of Medicine, Thayer School of Engineering, and the Tuck School of Business.

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Current

American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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Current

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) is a voluntary bar association for the state of New York. NYSBA was founded in 1877 with the stated goal to cultivate the science of jurisprudence; to promote reform in the law; to facilitate the administration of justice, and to elevate the standards of integrity, honor, professional skill, and courtesy in the legal profession. Its first President was David B. Hill. Among the reforms in the legislation signed into law creating the association was the removal of the restrictions on the admission of women to the practice of law. In 1896, NYSBA proposed the first global means for settling disputes among nations, what is now called the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

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Current

The Association of the Bar of the City of New York is a voluntary association of lawyers and law students. The organization was founded in 1870 and it is headquartered in New York, NY.

Career History
Partner
2000 - Current

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP provides legal services. Established in 1884, the firm provides coordinated legal advice on corporate transactions and litigation matters in industries which include financial services, insurance, power and natural resources, consumer products, services, technology, telecommunications, media, pharmaceuticals and healthcare industries. Cross-border finance, banking and bank regulation, mergers and acquisitions, securities issuance and regulation, project and asset based finance, real estate, asset management, joint ventures, taxation, litigation and dispute resolution are important aspects of the firm's practice.

Faculty Member
Current

Practising Law Institute is a non-profit continuing legal education organization chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York, founded in 1933. PLI is dedicated to providing the legal community and allied professionals with the most up-to-date, relevant information and techniques which are critical to the development of a professional, competitive edge. We achieve these goals through the highest quality Seminars held annually in locations across the United States, annually supplemented Treatises, Audio CDs and DVDs, MP3s, Live Webcasts, Course Handbooks, and On-Demand Learning. Since its founding PLI has witnessed more than 3 million registrations and publication purchases by lawyers and allied professionals. PLI's Institutes and Programs provide lawyers with up-to-date information each year. Our programs are held in several locations including New York, California, Illinois, Washington, DC, Georgia, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Texas, Virginia, Pennsylvania, London and Hong Kong. PLI also expanded its offerings, with a Patent Law Practice Center, Securities Law Practice Center, Pro Bono & Public Interest areas, research and development, critical to PLI's mission. PLI created a law school division to strengthen the relationship with law school students and faculty. Finally, with most states adopting MCLE programs, PLI is planning courses accordingly and has also committed itself to providing lower priced courses to meet the needs of newly admitted attorneys. PLI is headquartered in New York City with an office in California.

Boards & Committees
Co-Chair, Women's Committee
Current

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP provides legal services. Established in 1884, the firm provides coordinated legal advice on corporate transactions and litigation matters in industries which include financial services, insurance, power and natural resources, consumer products, services, technology, telecommunications, media, pharmaceuticals and healthcare industries. Cross-border finance, banking and bank regulation, mergers and acquisitions, securities issuance and regulation, project and asset based finance, real estate, asset management, joint ventures, taxation, litigation and dispute resolution are important aspects of the firm's practice.

Member, Board of Visitors
Current

Duke University School of Law (also known as Duke Law School or Duke Law) is the law school and a constituent academic unit of Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States. One of Duke's 10 schools and colleges, the School of Law began as the Trinity College School of Law in 1868.

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New York City Outward Bound, Inc. operates as a non-profit educational organization that changes lives, builds teams and transforms schools. The company was founded by Kurt Hahn in 1941 and is headquartered in Long Island City, NY.

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$1,000 - $1,999
2018

New York City Outward Bound, Inc. operates as a non-profit educational organization that changes lives, builds teams and transforms schools. The company was founded by Kurt Hahn in 1941 and is headquartered in Long Island City, NY.

$2,500 +
2018

Founded in 1769, Dartmouth is a member of the Ivy League and consistently ranks among the world's greatest academic institutions. Dartmouth has forged a singular identity for combining its deep commitment to outstanding undergraduate liberal arts and graduate education with distinguished research and scholarship in the Arts & Sciences and its three leading professional schools—the Geisel School of Medicine, Thayer School of Engineering, and the Tuck School of Business.

$20K - $50K
2017

New York City Outward Bound, Inc. operates as a non-profit educational organization that changes lives, builds teams and transforms schools. The company was founded by Kurt Hahn in 1941 and is headquartered in Long Island City, NY.

Political Donations
$1,000
2004

Former Senator from Colorado

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The Blackstone Group, Inc. purchases Great Wolf Resorts Holdings, Inc. from Centerbridge Partners LP

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Bristol-Myers Squibb Company purchases Celgene Corp.

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SJW Group purchases Connecticut Water Service, Inc.

Awards & Honors
2005
Duke University - Young Alumnus Award
1991
Admitted to the New York Bar
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