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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Global 2022
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Chairman: Brad S Karp
Deputy Chair: Valerie E. Radwaner

Firm Overview:
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is a firm of more than 1,000 lawyers with diverse backgrounds, personalities, ideas and interests who collaboratively provide innovative solutions to clients’ most critical and complex legal and business challenges. The firm represents some of the world’s largest publicly and privately held corporations, financial institutions and asset managers, and clients needing pro bono assistance.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Litigation:
The Paul, Weiss litigation department is unparalleled in achieving successful results. The firm’s lawyers regularly go up against the most skilled adversaries in the world, winning decisive trial, arbitration and appellate victories, and we have vast experience successfully handling a range of regulatory and enforcement inquiries and internal investigations. Clients include Fortune 50 corporations, and well-known financial services, energy, technology, sports, biopharmaceutical, medical device, media, asset management, insurance, industrial and other companies.

Securities Litigation:
The firm is widely recognised as having the nation’s preeminent securities litigation and regulatory practice. For decades, its lawyers have guided global corporations, financial institutions, boards and individuals through ‘bet-the-company’ securities-related crises, winning trials, prevailing on motions or negotiating favorable resolutions.

White Collar & Regulatory Defence:
Government investigations of corporations or individuals pose unique threats and require unique skills. Clients rely on the firm to protect their businesses and reputations and to manage the behind-the-scenes interplay among competing regulators and enforcement agencies.

Internal Investigations:
Companies turn to Paul, Weiss to handle their most sensitive, threatening internal investigations. The firm has extensive experience conducting investigations on behalf of companies, boards, audit committees and special litigation committees in response to shareholder demands.

Antitrust:
The firm represents many of the world’s largest companies in the full range of U.S. antitrust litigation, counselling and investigations; clearance matters; cartel matters; and advocacy before regulators. With a deep bench of former antitrust officials and first-class trial lawyers, Paul, Weiss handles matters involving significant reputational and financial exposure.

Supreme Court & Appellate Litigation:
Led by one of the nation’s preeminent Supreme Court advocates, Paul, Weiss handles high-impact appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court and federal and state appellate courts, regularly winning appeals in cases of critical national and business interest.

Mergers & Acquisitions Litigation:
Paul, Weiss is among the leading firms representing clients in high-stakes disputes arising in the transactional context in multiple state and federal courts—including in the Delaware Court of Chancery, where it has won several recent landmark decisions.

Class Actions:
Paul, Weiss has achieved extraordinary results at trial and in settlement negotiations in its clients’ most threatening class actions, including in consumer, employment, insurance, mass torts and product liability disputes.

Intellectual Property Litigation:
The firm's lawyers are well versed in the advanced scientific and technical aspects of patent law and have successfully represented clients in scores of enterprise-threatening patent litigations. Paul, Weiss is also on the front lines helping clients protect and enhance their IP rights.

Crisis Management:
When an adverse incident threatens to cause a full-blown crisis, Paul, Weiss provides the multidisciplinary advice needed to stabilise the situation and allow the company to get back to business. The firm provides comprehensive counsel on all manner of crises, enabling clients to take informed action to mitigate fallout.

Bankruptcy Litigation:
Paul, Weiss works hand in hand with its preeminent restructuring department to ensure the best possible outcomes for clients facing challenging situations in the context of a bankruptcy, out-of-court restructuring or insolvency, whether domestic or foreign.

Cybersecurity & Data Protection: 
Paul, Weiss helps clients manage and respond to fast-moving data breach situations, advising them on effective, proactive strategies to reduce business risk and in the defence of related litigation and regulatory enforcement matters.

Cryptocurrency & Blockchain:
Paul, Weiss leverages a deep familiarity with both the technology and the evolving regulatory climate of digital assets to help clients navigate enforcement challenges and mitigate legal risks, including anti-money laundering, sanctions and other financial crime risks.

International Arbitration:
The world’s largest companies call on Paul, Weiss to resolve their most complex and high-stakes arbitrations. The firm handles an array of international arbitrations in a broad range of arbitral forums.

Transactional:
Paul, Weiss advises the world’s largest corporations, financial institutions and investment managers on their most complex legal and business challenges. The firm's lawyers are trusted strategic partners, recognised as leaders in M&A, private equity, capital markets, finance, investment management, real estate, tax, executive compensation and corporate governance.

Mergers & Acquisitions:
The firm's M&A group brings vast experience to the world’s largest public and private companies, investment funds, financial advisors, financial institutions and investors on their most important M&A and activist defence matters.

Private Equity:
Paul, Weiss represents numerous leading buyout and investment firms and their portfolio companies in leveraged buyouts, majority and minority investments, sales and divestitures, recapitalisations, venture capital deals, joint ventures and securities offerings.

Capital Markets:
Paul, Weiss represents issuers and private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies in a range of complex public and private securities offerings and securities law matters.

Finance:
Paul, Weiss has extensive debt financing expertise, handling lender- and borrower-side leveraged finance transactions, award-winning securitisations and complex derivatives structures.

Investment Management:
Paul, Weiss excels at fund formation and the full range of investment advisory services, advising private funds on their most sophisticated matters.

Real Estate:
Paul, Weiss works with prominent institutions in the development, financing, acquisition and sale of major real estate projects. Lawyers help clients break new ground on transformative residential, commercial and retail projects.

Tax:
Paul, Weiss's tax team plays a critical role strategising and structuring multibillion-dollar transactions, working closely with other practices to create innovative and advantageous tax solutions for clients.

Executive Compensation:
The firm's technically masterful, solutions-oriented team advises on compensation matters in connection with M&A transactions and proxy statements, and on ERISA fiduciary matters for investment funds and plan fiduciaries.

Restructuring:
Paul, Weiss is one of the nation’s leading advisors to debtors, creditors, lenders and investors in the full range of domestic and cross-border restructuring matters. The firm expertly handles litigation and transactions involving financially distressed companies, and frequently represent purchasers of the assets, debt and securities of distressed companies.

Sustainability & ESG:
The firm's dedicated, multidisciplinary team helps clients navigate the economic, legal, political and reputational risks that accompany socially focused initiatives, advising on a full suite of sustainability and ESG reporting, risk and compliance concerns.

Ranked Offices

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USA - Head office
Canada
  • Toronto
    Toronto-Dominion Centre, 77 King Street West, Suite 3100, P.O. Box 226, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, ON M5K 1J3
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China
  • Beijing
    Unit 5201, Fortune Financial Center, 5 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District, Beijing, Beijing, China, 100020
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    Hong Kong
    Suites 3601-06 & 3610, 36/F, Gloucester Tower, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
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Japan
  • Tokyo
    Fukoku Seimei Building, 2nd Floor, 2-2 Uchisaiwaicho 2-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to, Japan, 100-0011
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USA
  • Washington, DC
    2001 K Street, NW, Washington, DC, District of Columbia, USA, 20006-1047
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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP rankings

Global Guide 2022
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Asia-Pacific Region
Corporate/M&A: Private Equity
1 Department
Department
Corporate/M&A: Private Equity
2
Corporate/M&A: Private Equity
2
Band 2
TMT
1 Department
Department
TMT
4
TMT
4
Band 4
Canada
Corporate/M&A
1 Department
2 Ranked Lawyers
Department
Corporate/M&A
Corporate/M&A
Spotlight Table
Lawyers
Adam Givertz
F
Adam Givertz
F
Foreign expert for USA
Christopher J Cummings
F
Christopher J Cummings
F
Foreign expert for USA
Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactional)
1 Ranked Lawyer
Lawyers
Andrew J Foley
Andrew J Foley
Expertise based abroad in USA
China
Corporate/M&A: China-based (International Firms)
2 Ranked Lawyers
Lawyers
Judie Ng-Shortell
3
Judie Ng-Shortell
3
Band 3
Greg Liu
4
Greg Liu
4
Band 4
Corporate/M&A: The Elite (International Firms)
1 Department
Department
Corporate/M&A: The Elite (International Firms)
3
Corporate/M&A: The Elite (International Firms)
3
Band 3
International & Cross-Border Transactions (International Firms)
1 Department
Department
International & Cross-Border Transactions (International Firms)
3
International & Cross-Border Transactions (International Firms)
3
Band 3
Global: Multi-Jurisdictional
Corporate/M&A
1 Department
Department
Corporate/M&A
5
Corporate/M&A
5
Band 5
Investment Funds: Private Equity: Fund Formation
1 Department
Department
Investment Funds: Private Equity: Fund Formation
3
Investment Funds: Private Equity: Fund Formation
3
Band 3
Private Equity
1 Department
Department
Private Equity
3
Private Equity
3
Band 3
Japan
Capital Markets: International: US Law
1 Department
1 Ranked Lawyer
Department
Capital Markets: International: US Law
4
Capital Markets: International: US Law
4
Band 4
Lawyers
Tong Yu
3
Tong Yu
3
Band 3
Corporate/M&A: International
1 Department
1 Ranked Lawyer
Department
Corporate/M&A: International
4
Corporate/M&A: International
4
Band 4
Lawyers
Kaye N Yoshino
4
Kaye N Yoshino
4
Band 4
UK
Capital Markets: Equity
1 Ranked Lawyer
Lawyers
Mark Bergman
4
Mark Bergman
4
Band 4
USA
Antitrust: Cartel
1 Department
1 Ranked Lawyer
Department
Antitrust: Cartel
2
Antitrust: Cartel
2
Band 2
Lawyers
Kenneth A Gallo
2
Kenneth A Gallo
2
Band 2
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