Chairman: Brad S Karp
International Offices: London, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing and Toronto.
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is a firm of more than 1,000 lawyers with diverse backgrounds, personalities, ideas and interests who provide innovative and effective solutions to clients’ most complex legal and business challenges. The firm represents some of the world’s largest publicly and privately held corporations and financial institutions, asset managers and entrepreneurs, and clients needing pro bono assistance.
Main Areas of Practice:
Litigation/White Collar & Regulatory Defense:
Home to the nation’s most formidable trial lawyers, Paul, Weiss handles the highest-profile cases in virtually every forum, including state and federal trial and appellate courts and domestic and international arbitral tribunals. When stakes are high, Paul, Weiss litigators confidently go to trial and prevail. Such courtroom prowess also provides a tremendous advantage during negotiations.
The team includes numerous former senior government officials and assistant US Attorneys. The firm handles clients’ most sensitive white collar, regulatory defense and internal investigation matters, including anti-corruption, sanctions and anti-money laundering, antitrust, insider trading and securities matters.
Paul, Weiss handles antitrust litigation, counseling and investigations; advises on transactions; and advocates before regulators. With a deep bench of former antitrust officials and first-class trial lawyers, the team handles matters involving significant reputational and financial exposure.
Anti-Corruption & FCPA:
The firm advises clients on all types of FCPA and corruption-related matters, including conducting internal investigations, government investigations and enforcement proceedings, compliance programs and transactional anti-corruption diligence.
Cybersecurity & Data Protection:
The firm helps clients manage and respond to fast-moving data breach situations while advising them on effective, proactive strategies to reduce business risk.
The firm’s patent litigators represent corporations in enterprise-threatening disputes, including trials, appeals and proceedings before the PTAB and the ITC. The team includes leading trial lawyers and Patent Office practitioners, adjunct professors of patent litigation, former patent examiners, former Federal Circuit law clerks and lawyers with doctorates and other degrees in a broad range of scientific disciplines. It also has a leading copyright and trademark practice, litigating landmark disputes that shape IP law.
The firm defends clients in complex disputes in the M&A context, including litigation filed in state and federal jurisdictions and under expedited discovery timetables.
Paul, Weiss helps clients navigate product liability, major health and safety matters, toxic torts, design defect and consumer claims. The firm handles high-profile asbestos products, hormone replacement therapies, ‘Lights’ cigarettes, concussion litigation and alleged environmental contamination matters, among others. It also advises companies on risk management and professional liability.
Recognized as the nation’s preeminent securities litigation and regulatory practice, the firm guides global corporations, financial institutions, boards of directors and individuals through ‘bet-the-company’ securities-related crises, winning trials, prevailing on motions or negotiating favorable resolutions and helping shape securities laws.
Supreme Court & Appellate Litigation:
Paul, Weiss handles high-impact appeals before the US Supreme Court and federal and state appellate courts, securing appellate victories in some of the most important business and public interest issues.
Paul, Weiss advises the world’s largest corporations, financial institutions, entrepreneurs and investment managers on their most complex legal and business challenges. The firm’s lawyers are recognized internationally as leaders in M&A, capital markets, finance, investment funds, corporate governance, employee benefits and executive compensation, intellectual property, real estate and tax.
Mergers & Acquisitions:
Paul, Weiss advises the largest public and private companies, private equity firms, boards of directors and special committees, management teams, entrepreneurs, financial institutions and investors on significant M&A and activist defence matters. Its lawyers worked on more than $380 billion in M&A transactions in 2018 alone.
The firm represents issuers and private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies in complex public and private securities offerings and securities law matters.
The firm has extensive debt financing expertise, handling borrower- and lender- side leveraged finance transactions, award-winning securitisations, project financings and complex derivatives structures.
The firm excels at private fund formation and the full range of investment advisory services, working with private equity, credit and hedge fund managers on their most sophisticated matters.
The firm represents numerous leading buyout and investment firms and their portfolio companies on leveraged buyouts, majority and minority stakes investments, sales and divestitures, recapitalizations, venture capital deals, joint ventures and securities offerings.
The firm works with prominent institutions, including developers, entrepreneurs, corporations, investors and real estate fund sponsors, in the development, financing, leasing, acquisition and sale of major real estate projects. Its lawyers help clients break new ground on transformative commercial, retail and residential projects.
Paul, Weiss’s tax lawyers play critical roles strategising and structuring multibillion-dollar transactions, working closely with the firm’s other practices to create innovative and advantageous tax solutions for clients.
Bankruptcy & Corporate Reorganisation:
Paul, Weiss represents debtors, creditors, lenders and investors across all industries in the full range of restructuring matters, including litigation and transactions involving financially distressed companies. The firm also represents purchasers of the assets, debt and securities of distressed companies.