Thomas H. Bell is a partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, where he is a member of the firm's corporate department. Mr. Bell specializes in investment management matters and oversees the firm's private funds practice, an area in which the firm has a preeminent international presence, having been chosen as the "Global Private Funds Law Firm of the Year" for 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 by Who's Who Legal. He advises clients globally on organizing and advising a wide range of buyout funds, real estate funds, venture capital funds and other kinds of private equity funds, as well as hedge funds, offshore funds and other kinds of funds for alternative asset categories. He is a frequent lecturer before professional groups on private investment funds of all kinds.
Representative buyout, real estate, venture capital and other private equity clients include Aquiline Capital Partners, Calera Capital, CapGen Financial, The Carlyle Group, Evercore Partners, Ferrer Freeman, The JE Robert Companies, JC Flowers & Co, Morgan Stanley, New Mountain Capital, and Sterling Investment Partners. Representative hedge fund and similar private investment fund clients include Brummer & Partners, ESL Investments, and Zurich Capital Markets.
Mr. Bell joined Simpson Thacher in 1983 and became a partner in 1992. He received his BA summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1978, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa. He received his JD from Yale Law School in 1983, where he was editor of The Yale Law Journal. Mr. Bell is the past chair of the Subcommittee on Specialized Investment Vehicles of the International Bar Association. Mr. Bell is a member of the Subcommittee on Private Investment Entities of the American Bar Association. He is the founder and past co-chair of the International Conference on Private Investment Funds co-sponsored by the IBA and the ABA. Mr. Bell was recently named "Global Private Funds Lawyer of the Year" for 2006 and 2007 by Who's Who Legal. He received an award for "Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession" from Chambers Global in 2007. He enjoys the highest ranking from Chambers Global, PLC Which Lawyer?, IFLR and The Best Lawyers in America.