Executive Partner: Barry Wolf
Number of partners: approximately 280
Number of lawyers: approximately 1100
Languages: Arabic, Armenian, Bahasa (Indonesian), Cantonese, Czech, English, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Serbo-Croatian, Sindhi, Slovenian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is a leader in the marketplace for sophisticated, global legal services. Weil’s pioneering ‘one firm’ approach, including the integration of offices on three continents, multiple practice areas, and approximately 1100 attorneys, allows the firm to partner with many of the world’s most successful organisations on matters as complex and interconnected as the businesses themselves.
Main Areas of Practice:
Business Finance & Restructuring:
Weil has been involved in countless international and US restructurings over the past decade, with representations ranging from top global corporations in megarestructurings to middle-market debtors. Weil has served as chief debtors’ counsel in six of the seven largest US bankruptcy filings in history and has represented clients in numerous complicated crossborder insolvency and restructuring matters, including Lehman Bros (the largest ever US bankruptcy) and the joint special administrators to MF Global UK.
With more than 600 corporate lawyers across the US, Europe and Asia, Weil is regularly involved in the largest and most complex transactions in the world. The firm regularly ranks among the top ten firms globally for volume of M&A transactions. Over the last 5 years, Weil has handled more than 1,700 deals totalling more than $3 trillion in deal value. In the last year alone, Weil has advised on more than 80 transactions larger than $1 billion for clients in a range of sectors and geographies.
Private Equity & Fund Formation:
Weil’s prominent private equity practice features more than 200 lawyers worldwide with expertise in fund formation and buyout transactions, including 60 full time private funds lawyers practicing in Asia, Europe, and the US. Weil regularly represents more than 200 private equity clients throughout the world, including 8 out of the 10 largest global private equity funds and 72% of the top 50, as ranked by PEI 300 2019. The firm regularly advises on multi-billion-dollar transactions for many of the largest private equity funds by assets under management, including Advent, Providence, and THL Partners. Weil advises its private equity clients in investments and sales in every part of the world.
Weil’s leading finance practices include premier global leveraged and acquisition lawyers and highly ranked capital markets and structured finance teams in Asia, Europe and the US. The firm’s lawyers work with leading investment banks and corporate issuers in cross-border debt, equity, high-yield debt, initial public offerings, private placements, secondary offerings, acquisition finance, cash flow and asset based lending, cross-border financing, debtor-in-possession financing, exit financing, restructurings, and investmentgrade financing.
Weil’s highly ranked, more than 350 lawyer international litigation department offers sophisticated, ‘one-stop’ service and legal advice across all areas of the law, at all phases of the litigation process, and before courts, arbitration tribunals, and regulators in jurisdictions around the globe. Weil is regularly called upon by the world’s leading corporations and financial institutions, and their executives, boards, and directors, to handle all aspects of their disputes. The firm offers considerable experience in multi-jurisdictional litigation, cross-border regulatory investigations, significant international arbitrations involving everything from investment treaties to intellectual property, shareholder and transactional disputes, tax disputes, and crisis management and risk mitigation.
Weil’s tax practice is integrated with the firm’s extensive mergers and acquisitions team, structuring complex, innovative, taxable and tax-free transactions, including joint ventures and spin-offs, and also regularly counsels the firm’s clients in the private equity, venture capital, and investment funds marketplace. With lawyers who are well-versed in the tax and employee benefit laws of the US, the UK, France, and Germany, Weil brings a combined experience together to deliver coordinated tax advice in all types of regional and cross-border transactions.
Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits:
The executive compensation and employee benefits practice at Weil advises clients globally in all aspects of compensation and benefits that arise in M&A transactions, and regularly provides advice on senior executive employment arrangements, stock options, restricted stock and other equity compensation, deferred compensation arrangements, golden parachutes and pension plans. The group also advises Weil’s clients on the often complex and interrelated ERISA, tax, securities law, and financial accounting issues that arise in their compensation and benefit programs.
The cornerstone of Weil’s award-winning pro bono practice is the firm’s goal that every lawyer perform 50 hours of pro bono work each year; the expectation that every partner work on a pro bono matter every year; and the requirement that every new attorney take on a pro bono matter.
The firm has been recognised by multiple organisations for its commitment to pro bono, including being named ‘Best International Firm for Pro Bono’ at Euromoney Americas Women in Business Law Awards in 2018.