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Richard Capelouto

Richard Capelouto

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Palo Alto, CA, USA


Founding member and Head of the Palo Alto office, Richard Capelouto is a Partner in the Corporate Department. Rich Capelouto advises clients in mergers and acquisitions and securities law matters, including leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, public company acquisitions and restructurings. Having worked in Silicon Valley since 1999, Rich has been involved in many of the largest and most sophisticated deals in the tech sector in recent years.  

Several publications have recognized Rich for his experience and client service. Private Equity International’s 2013 “The Legal Power of 30” named Rich as, “[o]ne of the most influential lawyers working in the private equity industry today,” and “Capelouto is now widely regarded as the leader in his field in California.” He was also recently recognized by Chambers USA, where he was ranked Band 1, and designated “a great lawyer and a great businessman,” and “highly effective on bigger, complex deals.” 

Rich joined Simpson Thacher in 1986 and was elected Partner in 1994. He received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Rutgers University in 1983 and his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1986. He is admitted to practice in California and New York.

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