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Brooke E. Cucinella, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, to Join Simpson Thacher


Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP announced today that Brooke E. Cucinella,
a federal securities fraud prosecutor, will join the Firm's New York
office in September as a Litigation Partner.

Brooke will join the Firm from the United States Attorney's Office for
the Southern District of New York, where she has served since 2012 as an
Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division and as a
senior member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force. As a
federal prosecutor, she tried multiple significant cases and oversaw
numerous investigations involving federal and state law enforcement and
regulatory agencies, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission. Brooke has been responsible for investigating and
prosecuting a wide range of complex financial crimes, including
accounting fraud, insider trading, market manipulation, wire fraud, bank
fraud, tax fraud and money laundering. She also has significant
experience coordinating cross-border investigations.

"We are delighted to welcome Brooke to the Firm," said Bill Dougherty,
Chairman of Simpson Thacher's Executive Committee. "Her extensive trial
and investigative experience will be a wonderful addition to our
substantial bench of experienced trial lawyers and former government

As an Assistant United States Attorney, Brooke successfully tried a
number of prominent cases, including the prosecution of William "Billy"
Walters, a well-known professional sports gambler convicted in a $40
million insider trading scheme, the largest insider case brought against
an individual in the Southern District, and the prosecution of David
Blaszcak, a federal government employee, and three others including a
political intelligence consultant and two hedge fund portfolio managers,
all convicted of insider trading.

Jon Youngwood, Co-Head of the Firm's Litigation Department, said,
"Brooke has outstanding experience. She was lead prosecutor in numerous
jury trials, coordinated cross-border investigations and has argued
high-profile appeals. She will be a great addition to our team." Steve
Cutler, former General Counsel of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Director of
Enforcement at the SEC, who recently joined Simpson Thacher, added,
"Brooke is an outstanding trial lawyer. Her experience investigating and
prosecuting high-profile matters in the Southern District will be a
valuable asset to our clients, and I look forward to working with her."

"I am excited to join Simpson Thacher and return to advising clients in
private practice," said Brooke. "I particularly look forward to working
alongside such an extremely talented group of former prosecutors,
government lawyers and litigators."

Prior to joining the Southern District in 2012, Brooke was Counsel at
another international law firm, where she focused on government and
internal investigations. She received her J.D., magna cum laude,
from Fordham University School of Law, where she was a member of the
Order of the Coif.

Simpson Thacher's Global Litigation Department represents a wide range
of sophisticated clients, including financial institutions,
corporations, boards, audit and special committees, and senior
executives, in their most significant matters. The Firm offers a
substantial bench of talent to effectively handle litigations,
government and internal investigations, arbitrations and cross-border
disputes in North and South America, Asia and Europe.


Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP (
is one of the world's leading international law firms. The Firm was
established in 1884 and has more than 900 lawyers. Headquartered in New
York with offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles,
Palo Alto, São Paulo, Seoul, Tokyo and Washington, D.C., the Firm
provides coordinated legal advice and transactional capability to
clients around the globe.

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