Chairman: Brad S Karp
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, which includes many former senior government officials and assistant U.S. Attorneys, 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 and patent examiners, former Federal Circuit law clerks and lawyers with degrees in many scientific disciplines. It also has a leading copyright and trademark practice.
The firm defends clients in complex disputes in the M&A context, including litigation filed in state and federal courts 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, concussion litigation and alleged environmental contamination matters.
Recognized as the nation’s preeminent securities litigation and regulatory practice, the firm guides global corporations, financial institutions, boards 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, private equity, finance, capital markets, corporate governance, investment management, executive compensation, transactional IP, 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 defense matters.
The firm represents 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 has extensive debt financing expertise, handling borrower- and lender- side leveraged finance transactions, award-winning securitizations, project financings and complex derivatives structures.
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 provides guidance on applicable securities laws, disclosure obligations and other regulatory regimes; assists in the development of effective compliance programs; advises special committees on proposed transactions, including fiduciary duties and other legal issues; and oversees highly sensitive corporate ethics and governance investigations.
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.
From creating, negotiating and modifying change-in-control arrangements to addressing issues in connection with the assumption of benefit plans and other employee obligations, Paul, Weiss provides the sophisticated advice needed to execute the most complicated strategic deals.
The firm works with prominent institutions, developers, entrepreneurs, corporations, investors and real estate fund sponsors in the development, financing, leasing, acquisition and sale of major real estate projects.
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.
Paul, Weiss’s tax lawyers play critical roles strategizing and structuring multibillion-dollar transactions, working closely with the firm’s other practices to create innovative and advantageous tax solutions.
Sustainability & ESG:
Paul, Weiss helps boards and executives navigate the legal, business and political ramifications of developing and implementing Sustainability and ESG initiatives, including ESG-focused shareholder engagement.
Paul, Weiss has a long tradition of providing impactful pro bono legal assistance to individuals and organizations in need. The firm's renowned pro bono program spans all the core issues facing society.