Blackstone Lures Simpson Thacher M&A Head

Law360, New York (July 7, 2010, 6:33 PM EDT) -- John G. Finley, head of the global mergers and acquisitions group at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, is leaving the law firm to become chief legal officer at the Blackstone Group LP, the private equity firm announced Wednesday.

Finley, who is set to join Blackstone in September, succeeds longtime CLO Robert L. Friedman, who will stay on during Finley's transition, the investment firm said.

In addition to overseeing Blackstone's legal operations, Finley will also hold the title of senior managing director and serve on the company's...
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