Jennifer L. Hobbs

Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Jennifer L. Hobbs

Jennifer L. Hobbs

Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Biography

Jennifer Hobbs is a Partner in the Firm’s Corporate Department and a member of the Executive Committee. Cited as a “national star in financings of leveraged acquisitions” by Lawdragon and selected as one of its 500 Leading Lawyers in America every year since 2014, Jennifer focuses on acquisition finance and advises on a broad range of financings for many of the Firm’s leading private equity and corporate clients. Her primary clients have included Silver Lake Partners, EQT Partners and the private equity group at Goldman Sachs, together with their portfolio companies. Over the years, she has also represented private equity clients Apax Partners, BC Partners, Hellman & Friedman and Warburg Pincus and corporate clients Mars, Incorporated, Dell, Inc., Symantec Corporation, Accenture, Aramark Corporation and Broadcom Limited.

Most recently, Jennifer represented Broadcom Limited in connection with it securing $100 billion of committed debt financing for its proposed acquisition of Qualcomm Incorporated.

Jennifer’s other recent acquisition finance experience includes the following representations:

* Silver Lake Partners in connection with its announced $3.5 billion acquisition of Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc.
* Red Ventures in connection with its $1.4 billion acquisition of Bankrate, Inc.
* EQT Partners in connection with its $850 million acquisition of Certara.
* Aramark Corporation in connection with its $1.0 billion acquisition of AmeriPride Services, Inc. and its $1.35 billion acquisition of Avendra, LLC.
* Mars, Inc. in connection with their $9.1 billion acquisition of VCA Inc.
* Dell, Inc. in connection with its $67 billion acquisition of EMC Corporation.
* EQT Partners in connection with their $2.35 billion acquisition of Press Ganey, Inc., EQT’s first direct investment in North America.
* WME Entertainment and co-investors Silver Lake and KKR in connection their acquisition of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
* Symantec Corporation in connection with its $4.65 billion acquisition of Blue Coat Inc. and its $2.3 billion acquisition of LifeLock, Inc.
* BC Partners-led consortium in connection with its $8.7 billion acquisition of PetSmart, Inc. and PetsSmart in connection with its subsequent acquisition of Chewy, Inc.

Some of Jennifer’s historic representations have included.

* Silver Lake Partners and Michael Dell in connection with their $24.7 billion acquisition of Dell, Inc.
* Mars, Inc., in connection with over $22 billion of debt financing for its acquisition of Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company.
* Goldman Sachs-led consortium in connection with the debt financing for the $22 billion acquisition of Kinder Morgan and subsequently Kinder Morgan in connection the debt financing for its $38 billion acquisition of El Paso Corporation.
* Silver Lake Partners in connection with financings for their acquisitions of WME Entertainment/IMG Worldwide, Ancestry.com, Smart Modular Technologies, Multiplan Holdings Inc., Interactive Data Corporation, IPC Systems, Inc., Skype, Avago Technologies and SunGard Data Systems, Inc., and a number of Silver Lake portfolio companies, including Virtu Financial LLC, Mercury Payment Systems, Inc., and Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc., on significant debt financings.
* Goldman Sachs in connection with the financings of their acquisitions of Flint Group GmbH, Safe-Guard, Drayer Physical Therapy, TransUnion Corp., Associated Asphalt Partners, Alliance Atlantis Communications, USI Holdings Corporation and McJunkin Corporation.
* Ford Motor Company in connection with over $18 billion of secured bank financing.

Jennifer’s accolades include:

* Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2015, 2016, 2017)
* Lawdragon Magazine, 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
* Euromoney’s American Women in Business Law Awards, “Best in Banking and Finance” (2014, 2017)
* The American Lawyer, Top “45 Under 45” Women Lawyers (2011)
* The Legal 500 United States (2010, 2012)

Jennifer received her J.D. from New York University in 1997, where she was a member of the NYU Law Review. She received her Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University School of International & Public Affairs in 1992 and her B.A., with high honors, from the University of Texas in 1989, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

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Jennifer L. Hobbs
Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Education
JD
Class of 1997

Founded in 1835, New York University School of Law has a record of academic excellence and national scholarly influence. One of the first law schools to admit women, it has been long committed to welcoming students of diverse backgrounds, people who had been discriminated against by many other institutions. Located on the University's campus in Greenwich Village, NYU Law has been a leader, and continues to be, in areas such as law and business, clinical education, public service, interdisciplinary colloquia and global studies.

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Class of 1992

The School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious graduate international affairs schools in the world. Located on Columbia's Morningside Heights campus in the Borough of Manhattan, in New York City, the school has 16,427 alumni in more than 150 countries. SIPA's alumni base includes several former heads of state, business and finance leaders, prominent journalists, diplomats, senior government administrators, and elected representatives in the United States and abroad. Half of SIPA’s nearly 1,200 students are international, coming from over 100 countries. Columbia | SIPA has more than 70 full-time faculty and more than 200 adjunct faculty, scholars, and practitioners who have distinguished themselves in research and leadership in the policy world. They include some of the world's leading scholars on international relations, democratization, elections, demography, and social policy. A former mayor of New York City, the current chair of the NASDAQ, and a former director of the U.S. Census are among the senior practitioners who help shape the research agenda and curriculum of SIPA.

BA with High Honors, Dean's List, Phi Beta Kappa
Class of 1989

The University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest public universities in the United States and is the largest institution of The University of Texas System. Founded in 1883, the university has grown from a single building, eight teachers, two departments and 221 students to a 350-acre main campus with 17 colleges and schools, about 24,000 faculty and staff, and more than 50,000 students.

Memberships
Member
1995 - 1997

The New York University Law Review was founded in 1924, and is a generalist journal publishing legal scholarship in all areas, including legal theory and policy, environmental law, legal history, international law, and more. Each year, it publishes issues in April, May, June, October, November, and December. These six issues contain cutting-edge legal scholarship written by professors, judges, and legal practitioners, as well as Notes written by members of the Law Review. In November 2012, the Law Review launched the New York University Law Review Online, an online supplement to the print version of the Law Review.

Career History
Partner
1997 - 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.

Boards & Committees
Member, Compensation 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.

Political Donations
$350
2004

Former Senator from Massachusetts

Transactions
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BC Partners Ltd., Ontario Teachers' Private Capital, GFL Environmental Inc., GFL Environmental, Inc. purchase Waste Industries USA LLC from Highbridge Principal Strategies Growth Equity, Equity Group Investments LLC

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BC Partners Ltd. purchases Navex Global, Inc. from Vista Equity Partners Management LLC

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EQT Partners AB, EQT AB purchase Cast & Crew Entertainment Services LLC from Silver Lake Management Co. LLC

Awards & Honors
2011
American Lawyer - Forty Five under 45
2010
The Legal 500 United States
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