Scott Simpson, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom’s co-head of global transactions, has died suddenly, aged 65.
Announcing the news on its website, the firm said it was grappling with an “incomprehensible loss” and that its thoughts went out to his family “as well as to our colleagues around the globe who were touched by him”.
A highly regarded U.K. rainmaker, Simpson was named as law firm leader of the year in the 2018 Transatlantic Legal Awards.
He worked on some major transactions, including advising Mannesman on the largest-ever M&A deal in its $199 billion merger with Vodaphone AirTouch in 1999-2000. He advised on Arcelor’s $33 billion merger with Mittal Steel after helping to block Mittal’s unsolicited $22.8 billion bid, and Gucci’s defense against a hostile takeover attempt by LVMH.
He also went on to advise Gucci on multiple acquisitions, including its purchase of Yves Saint Laurent and its sale to Kering.
He grew up in America and worked at Skadden in New York in the 1980s before moving to London in 1990.
The firm’s announcement said: “Scott’s unflinching dedication to clients and the firm reflected the highest standards of his mentor, Joe Flom, from whom he also took his mission to learn from the past, assess the present and anticipate the future. Scott’s talent, collegiality and sense of fun will be sorely missed by colleagues globally.”