Executive Partner: Barry M Wolf
Number of lawyers worldwide: Approximately 1,100
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 1,100 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 is one of the leading business finance and 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 40 years, Weil has played a pivotal role in defining this field by offering creative, practical, and thoughtful solutions for its clients.
Perennially ranked among the top five firms for M&A globally, as well as in the major regions (Asia, Europe and United States) in which the firm practices, Weil has helped advise clients on some of the largest and most innovative transactions in the marketplace. In the last year alone, Weil advised on 80 transactions larger than $1 billion for clients in a range of sectors and geographies.
Weil’s global private equity practice is recognized by the industry as being one of only a very small number of elite, market leaders in this field. The firm’s clients include the majority of the largest and highest profile private equity funds, sovereign wealth funds and pension funds, as well as family offices and other equity financial investors. Weil advises more than 200 private equity clients worldwide, including 70% of the top 25, as ranked by PEI 300 2018. The firm’s advice covers all aspects of the full life cycle of investments.
Weil’s broad-based banking and finance practice advises corporate borrowers, financial institutions and private equity sponsors on many of the world’s most significant and innovative financing transactions. With a solid understanding of its clients’ businesses, the firm provides seamless service on highly complex financings, offering true international deal execution and local law advice in many of the world’s key jurisdictions. Weil’s capital markets practice represents both issuers and underwriters on all types of public and private debt and equity offerings. The firm seeks out its clients’ most complex and challenging matters so that it can leverage both the excellence of its lawyers as well as the strength of the firm’s global platform. Weil’s structured finance and derivatives practice and its partners have a long track record of developing cuttingedge structures at the forefront of the marketplace and are prized by clients for being able to bring a fresh perspective to novel issues. The firm has been involved in a wide variety of transactions relating to the securitization of a range of asset classes, and it has unparalleled experience in the establishment of CLO/CDO vehicles. Its derivatives practice encompasses equity, credit, energy, commodity, real property, interest rate and currency derivatives.
Weil’s more than 350-lawyer global litigation practice provides clients with integrated and innovative legal advice in all major substantive areas of the law. The firm’s multidisciplinary, trial-ready approach helps clients manage risk across jurisdictions and geographies, at every stage of the dispute resolution process. As such, its litigators are regularly called upon by a wide range of the world’s leading corporations, financial institutions, and private companies, along with their executives, boards, board committees, and directors, to handle any and all aspects of their litigation matters. The firm is long-term strategic partners with its clients and fully understands their businesses and overall strategy.
Weil’s tax practice is integrated with the firm’s extensive M&A team, structuring 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, Germany and Poland, Weil brings a combined experience together to deliver coordinated tax advice in all types of regional and crossborder 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.
Pro Bono & Diversity:
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 our 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 recognized by the ABA and Pro Bono Institute for its pro bono contributions. In 2018, Weil was named Best International Firm for Diversity by Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Americas Women in Business Law Awards and was named Top 10 for Innovations in Diversity by Profiles in Diversity Journal 2018. In addition, Weil was named 2018 Best International Firm for Pro Bono by Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Americas Women in Business Law Awards.