Vincent Pagano Jr. was the head of the Capital Markets Practice Group at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett for the 14 years prior to his retirement. He also served for many years on the firm's Executive Committee. He is a member of the board of directors for Manhattan-based L-3 Communications, one of the world's leading aerospace and defense contract companies. He also serves on the boards of directors of Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc., a New Jersey-based nationally-recognized homebuilder, and of Cheniere Energy Partners GP, LLC, the general partner of Cheniere Energy Partners, a Houston-based energy company primarily engaged in LNG-related businesses.
During his 32 years with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Pagano regularly advised corporate clients on disclosure, financing, corporate governance and other general matters. He also advised corporate clients on merger and acquisition transactions. He was active in a wide variety of industries, including the defense, public utilities and energy, financial services, homebuilding and health care industries. He joined Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in 1981, was named as a partner in 1986 and retired from the firm at the end of 2012.
Pagano is recognized among the leading capital markets lawyers in the United States and the world by several publications, including The Legal Media Guide to the World's Leading Capital Markets Lawyers, Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business, The Legal 500 US and Who's Who in American Law. Pagano serves on the board of directors of the Legal Aid Society and a number of other community and charitable boards. From 1979 to 1981, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert J. Ward of the Southern District of New York.
Pagano earned his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1979. He received his bachelor's degree in industrial engineering, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University and has advanced degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and Rutgers University.