Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Executive Partner: Barry M. Wolf
Number of lawyers worldwide: Approximately 1,100
Founded in 1931, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has been a preeminent provider of legal services for more than 90 years. With approximately 1,100 lawyers in offices on three continents, Weil has been a pioneer in establishing a geographic footprint that has allowed the Firm to partner with clients wherever they do business. The Firm’s four departments, Corporate, Litigation, Restructuring, and Tax, Executive Compensation & Benefits, and more than two dozen practice groups are consistently recognized as leaders in their respective fields..
Main Areas of Practice:
Weil is one of the leading Restructuring firms in the world, consistently at the forefront of innovative restructurings. The reason is simple. Weil invented much of what has become standard practice in the restructuring field. For more than 45 years, Weil has played a pivotal role in defining this field by offering creative, practical and thoughtful solutions for its clients on both the debtor and creditor side. Weil's global Restructuring Department comprises more than 100 dedicated lawyers, including a significant number recognized as leaders in their field. The largest, most complex and most important restructuring matters in history require a truly international firm that can handle all aspects of the restructuring process in the United States, Europe, Middle East and Asia.
With more than 700 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 five years, Weil has handled more than 1,900 deals totaling more than $3 trillion in deal value. In the last year alone, Weil has advised on more than 100 transactions larger than $1 billion for clients in a range of sectors and geographies.
Private Equity & Fund Formation:
Weil has been one of the pioneers of private equity law and is recognized by the industry as one of only a small number of elite, market leaders in this field. The firm represent many of the highest profile private equity funds, sovereign wealth funds and pension funds, as well as family offices and other equity financial investors. With more than 200 private equity lawyers worldwide, Weil advises more than 300 private equity clients, including 8 out of the 10 largest global private equity funds as ranked by PEI 300 2021. The firm's Private Funds Group is a market-leading practice specializing in the formation of private investment funds across varied sizes and investment strategies, including buyout funds, growth equity funds, infrastructure funds, real estate funds, credit funds, secondary funds and special situations funds. The firm raise funds for multibillion-dollar funds to middle-market funds to funds for emerging clients. The firm also advise clients regularly on both secondary and asset management M&A transactions.
Weil’s global Finance team comprises lawyers in their Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, and Structured Finance & Derivatives practices in many of the world’s key financial centers, including New York, Dallas, Silicon Valley, London, Paris and Frankfurt. Weil’s broad-based Banking & Finance practice advises corporate borrowers, financial institutions and private equity sponsors on many of the world’s most significant and innovative financing transactions. The firm's Capital Markets practice represents both issuers and underwriters on all types of public and private debt and equity offerings. The firm's Structured Finance & Derivatives practice has a long track record of developing cutting-edge structures at the forefront of the marketplace and has deep experience in the establishment of CLO/CDO vehicles.
Weil’s global Litigation Department provides clients with integrated and innovative legal advice in all major substantive areas of the law. Their multidisciplinary, trial-ready approach helps clients manage risk across jurisdictions and geographies at every stage of the dispute resolution 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. With approximately 350 litigators worldwide, the Firm excels in multi-jurisdictional corporate and commercial litigation, cross-border regulatory investigations, IP litigation, significant international arbitrations, shareholder and transactional disputes, tax disputes, and crisis management and risk mitigation.
Weil's global Tax practice houses more than 50 lawyers who regularly work with multinational clients and private equity sponsors to navigate the often complex tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions and other sophisticated transactions. With tax lawyers across the US, London, Paris, Munich and Frankfurt, the firm deliver innovative, comprehensive and tax-efficient solutions on every type of domestic and cross-border transaction presenting significant tax issues, including complex M&A; private equity and fund formation matters; restructurings and recapitalizations; securitizations; real estate and REITs; and capital markets and other financing matters.
Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits:
The Executive Compensation & Benefits practice at Weil advises clients globally on the legal and financial risks associated with compensation and benefit arrangements that arise in M&A, private equity, private funds and restructuring transactions — many of which require sensitive issues for senior management, transition planning and compensation. Weil’s Executive Compensation and Benefits lawyers are strategically located in the US and the UK.
Weil’s award-winning pro bono practice implements the Firm’s deeply held belief that contributing to the legal representation of the less fortunate and unjustly treated in their society is among the highest values a law firm can hold. This is mirrored in the Firm’s goal of having all lawyers perform 50 hours of pro bono work every 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. During the past decade, Weil has performed more than 900,000 hours of pro bono work and has had a meaningful effect on thousands of lives. The Firm has been widely recognised for its commitment to pro bono, ranking among the best firms for pro bono in the U.K. by Legal Week in 2020 and named Best International Firm for Pro BonobyEuromoney Americas Women in Business Law Awardsin 2018.