Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Banking & Finance Department

London (Firms)
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What the team is known for Notable sponsor-side practice that is active on major matters for leading private equity firms, investment banks and traditional lenders. Well positioned to advise on the full range of financial instruments including US products, securing its position as a sought-after adviser in the LBO market. Draws on the firm's global full-service platform to provide a seamless service on cross-border and multidisciplinary issues.

Strengths Interviewees say: "The client service is second to none. They are smart, intelligent lawyers that you want to work with time and time again."

"They are extremely commercial and very constructive. They have very good market sense and a deep associate bench as well as talented partners," notes a client, who adds: "They are very pragmatic and good at driving the deal for efficient execution for both sides."

Sources report: "They are a fantastic firm; they really go above and beyond in client service. They are extremely proactive and they really anticipate our needs and overall provide excellent client service."

Work highlights Advised Advent International, in relation to the senior and second-lien facilities incurred in connection with Advent’s acquisition of GE’s distributed power business for approximately USD3.25 billion.

Notable practitioners

Clients say Chris McLaughlin "has a very nice touch in explaining how things are going and is easily able to distil concepts in a way that is really understandable." He is regularly instructed by corporates, sponsors and financial institutions on a range of leveraged and acquisition finance matters. Sources report: "He is a pleasure to work with: incredibly capable technically and has a good read of the underlying market."

Paul Hibbert has an active finance practice advising sponsor and lender-side clients. He offers niche expertise in infrastructure finance matters as well as real estate and fund financings.

Tom Richards is noted for his expert representation of private equity sponsors, whom he advises on the gamut of leveraged finance matters. Clients call him a "rock star" in this area and regard him as a "star in the making."