Joe Kaufman is a Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where he is a member of the Firm's Corporate Department. Joe advises clients on public and private offerings of debt and equity securities, corporate governance, business combinations and general corporate and securities law matters. Joe joined Simpson Thacher in 1994 and was elected a member of the Firm in November 2002.
Joe was recently recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2019. He was also named a 2015 “MVP” in Capital Markets by Law360. In 2011, he was named by The National Law Journal as one of the three “Most Influential Lawyers” in the Finance and Capital Markets category. In 2005, he was named one of 17 “Up-and-Comers of the Deal Economy” by The Deal magazine.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of Start Small, Think Big!, an organization that helps under-resourced entrepreneurs create thriving businesses in underserved areas. In his spare time, Joe is an avid swimmer and annually swims across Long Island Sound to raise money for cancer research, prevention and treatment on behalf of Swim Across America.
He received his A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard College in 1989, and his B.A. (Hons.) in Economics from the University of Canterbury (New Zealand) in 1990. He received his J.D. with honors from University of Chicago Law School in 1994, where he was managing editor of the University of Chicago Legal Forum.