We’re drastically saddened to announce the sudden passing of our shut buddy and partner Scott Simpson. Scott, who was solely 65 a number of years aged, invested his whole job at Skadden and served as co-head of our worldwide transactions methods for the sooner quite a few a number of years.
One of many world’s high rated M&A legal professionals, Scott oversaw quite a few of essentially the most noteworthy contested (and uncontested) promotions, these sorts of as Arcelor’s US$33 billion merger with Mittal Steel NV proper after encouraging to dam Mittal’s unsolicited US$22.8 billion bid, and Gucci’s protection in opposition to a hostile takeover attempt by LVMH. Scott went on to advise Gucci on quite a few acquisitions, along with its purchase of Yves Saint Laurent and its sale to Kering. He additionally represented Mannesman AG in its $199 billion merger with Vodaphone AirTouch plc in 1999-2000. The transaction, which started as a hostile takeover, stays the premier company acquisition anyplace, at any time. Although managing these and different notably excessive authorized and firm challenges, Scott projected an unusual feeling of relaxed — along with intelligence, creativity and an unflinching perseverance to each our firm and our clientele.
In 1990, as a youthful companion, Scott joined then-workplace chief Bruce Buck for a “two-yr tour of obligation” in our just lately confirmed London place of job. He completed up remaining for 32 years and was instrumental in establishing and championing the nice outcomes of Skadden’s European platform. Scott was acknowledged many events as a single of Europe’s most influential attorneys, which embody by the Financial Durations, Evening Frequent, Wall Street Journal and American Lawyer. Simply previous month, he was named a single of London’s most influential attorneys by the Financial Data.
Scott grew up on Very lengthy Island in New York and took off a 12 months regarding greater college and better training to surf in Hawaii, his enthusiasm for which continued by the years. Previous browsing, in his spare time he may be uncovered snowboarding, watching Chelsea soccer or fowl taking pictures. He was additionally related to charitable work for the Boy Scouts and lectured on intercontinental mergers and acquisitions at Fordham School School of Laws, Harvard Laws School and the Moritz School of Laws at Ohio State College.
Scott’s unflinching dedication to shoppers and the group mirrored the very best expectations of his mentor, Joe Flom, from whom he additionally took his mission to check from the sooner, consider the present and foresee the foreseeable future. Scott’s experience, collegiality and sense of thrilling will likely be sorely missed by colleagues globally.
As we grapple with this incomprehensible discount, our most heartfelt emotions exit to Scott’s spouse, Kathleen, and his younger youngsters Caitlin, Victor and Mairead, as correctly as to our colleagues in regards to the globe who have been touched by him.