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Attorney Wilson Neely works at the New York City firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. He joined the firm as an Associate and became a Partner in 1991. Throughout his tenure, Neely has been serving the residents of New York City, offering the benefit of his experience in public and private mergers and acquisitions as well as securities transactions. He is the primary outside counsel for The Blackstone Group L.P. and Centerbridge Partners, L.P., both private equity firms with more than $20 billion of capital for investment. Additionally, Wilson Neely belongs to the Finance Committee and serves as the Chairman for the Compensation Committee. In light of his work, Neely has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer for private equity buyouts. In addition to his work at the NYC-based firm, Wilson Neely belongs to the Board of Trustees for Historic Hudson Valley, a nonprofit educational institution that owns, restores, and preserves historical landmarks within Hudson Valley, which is primarily comprised of New York suburbs. The organization includes a number of locales, including Kykuit, Sunnyside, Philipsburg Manor, Van Cortlandt Manor, Montgomery Place, and Union Church. Wilson Neely also belongs to the National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction’s Board of Trustees. This foundation supports the medical treatment of individuals in need of facial repairs by funding the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at New York University’s Langone Medical Center. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Trustees at ReadWorks. Wilson Neely earned a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College, graduating cum laude prior to joining the University of Texas School of Law. He graduated with honors and received a Juris Doctor. He currently belongs to the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He supplements his legal career with published work such as “The Impact on Private Equity and Hedge Funds of the Financial Regulatory Reform Bills: A Legislative Update.” Read more about Wilson Neely and his work in New York City at

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Senior corporate partner at 820-lawyer firm based in New York City with additional offices in other U.S. and global financial centers, including London, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Beijing, Palo Alto, Sao Paulo and Houston.

  • Extensive experience in public and private M&A and securities transactions.
  • Primary outside counsel for The Blackstone Group and Centerbridge Partners, private equity firms having over $20 billion of committed capital available for investment.
  • Recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading lawyer in Private Equity Buyouts: Nationwide (Band 1).
  • Member of the Finance Committee and Chairman of the Compensation Committee



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