Michael W. Wolitzer is a Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP where he is a member of the Corporate Department. Mr. Wolitzer’s practice focuses on private investing and other facets of “alternative asset management.” He has represented some of the largest and well-known sponsors of private equity funds, such as Apax Partners, Blackstone, Centerbridge, Lexington, JPMorgan/OneEquity, Patria and Silver Lake. He has also represented sponsors in other asset categories such as real estate, mezzanine, energy/infrastructure and credit/distressed debt. In addition, he has represented global financial institutions in the establishment of their employee investment programs, has been involved in a number of acquisitions of, and investments in, private investment firms, and has represented buyers, sellers and sponsors regarding the disposition of private fund interests.
Mr. Wolitzer is currently on the Editorial Board of the PLC Cross-border Private Equity Handbook. He was previously the co-Chairman of the Subcommittee on Private Investment Funds of the International Bar Association and is a member of the Executive Committee (and former Chairman) of the Private Investment Fund Forum (a group comprising New York City attorneys who practice extensively in the private fund area).
Mr. Wolitzer has been a partner at Simpson Thacher since 1998. He received his A.B., magna cum laude, from Duke University in 1986, where he was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his J.D. from The Columbia University School of Law in 1989, where he was a James Kent Scholar (1987-1988) and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar (1986-1987, 1988-1989).