International Offices: Beijing, Boston, Dallas, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Houston, Miami, Munich, New York, Paris, Prague, Princeton, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Warsaw, Washington, DC
Arbitration: Jamie Maples
Banking – Sponsors: Chris McLaughlin, Tom Richards
Banking – Lenders: Reena Gogna
Capital Markets – High Yield: Patrick Bright
Capital Markets – Equity: Michael Francies
Competition/Antitrust: Doug Nave
Litigation: Jamie Maples
Employment: Ivor Gwilliams
Graduate Recruitment: Lara Machnicki, Laura Nelson
Infrastructure: James MacArthur, Paul Hibbert
Insolvency/Restructuring: Adam Plainer, Andrew Wilkinson
IP/IT: Barry Fishley
M&A/Corporate: Michael Francies
Private Equity: Marco Compagnoni, Michael Francies
Private Funds: Ed Gander
Pro Bono: Simon Lyell, Ed Gander
Property/Environment: Anthea Bamford
Structured Finance: Jacky Kelly
Tax: David Irvine, Oliver Walker
THE FIRM With approximately 1,100 lawyers in offices on three continents, Weil operates according to the ‘one firm’ principle, allowing the firm to bring the right mix of firm-wide skill and local-market presence to deliver coordinated legal advice to help clients achieve their sophisticated goals and objectives. The office is a leading player in the UK legal market. Weil’s strategy is focused on long-term investment in recruiting and retaining exceptional talent at all levels. Few firms place greater emphasis on pro bono work. Weil’s award-winning probono programme is deeply ingrained in the firm’s culture.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK
Entrenched in all aspects of private equity, the team includes some of the most respected private equity lawyers in the market. Providing best-in-class advice to market participants throughout the lifecycle of their investments, Weil’s lawyers offer up-to-date know-how and a suite of services to ensure that funds gain the best possible return on investment. Weil has broadened its offering to focus on real asset (infrastructure and real estate) transactions and can offer funds active in this area a complete solution from transaction and fundraising, to financing, restructuring and tax. From pension funds to multi-asset managers, buyouts to portfolio company restructurings, the firm’s expertise covers every facet of the market.
Clients globally turn to Weil for strategic advice on their UK and cross-border M&A transactions. The experienced team is knowledgeable across the full range of deal types from takeovers, carve-outs and public-to-privates to joint ventures and distressed M&A. Weil’s public company offering also includes corporate governance and compliance, and equity capital markets (including IPOs).
Private Funds: Offering fully integrated funds, tax and regulatory capabilities, the private funds team provides leading commercial advice to managers throughout the duration of their funds’ lives, from the raising and deployment of capital to realisation. Many of the world’s leading fund managers rely on Weil for up-to-the-minute advice and solutions to stay ahead of the competition and understand the plethora of new regulation.
Leveraged Finance & High Yield:
Few firms can match Weil’s ability to provide a single solution for banks and sponsors across all European finance products, including European loan, yankee loan and high yield solutions. Weil’s London team has been at the forefront of trends in the European finance market and is involved in many of Europe’s largest leveraged buyouts. Providing top tier execution capabilities to sponsors, lenders and borrowers, Weil’s lawyers have built a reputation for market innovation and for executing complex acquisition structures.
Structured Finance: The London structured finance group has been at the forefront of the industry in Europe since the inception of the market and is known for complex and innovative transactions, including the creation of several first-ever securitisations of specific asset classes. Weil covers the full range of structured finance products with extensive derivatives expertise. Along with ABS and MBS experience, Weil has a dominant position in the revitalised European CLO 2.0 market and is active on debt portfolio trades and distressed deals.
Restructuring & Insolvency:
Weil’s London restructuring team has advised on the highest profile and most complex cases in the marketplace. Weil is unique in that its practice reflects the market; advising a broad client base that includes debtor and creditor representations, directors, private equity houses, senior, mezzanine and subordinated lenders, purchasers and sellers of distressed M&A assets and NPLs, and substantial bankruptcy litigation. Weil’s unparalleled global presence provides the US–UK–European link that very few other firms are able to, providing clients with fully integrated cross-border advice and up-to-the-minute global restructuring know-how.
Weil’s London disputes practice advises on the most high-profile and technically complex cases in the market, including novel areas of law which have resulted in judgments that are now the leading authorities on points of law. The firm advises upon, manages and conducts all aspects of commercial disputes, from strategic advice during the early stages of negotiations to courtroom and arbitration advocacy. Weil’s lawyers are regarded as commercially savvy, distinguished and unique in the London market for conducting their own advocacy in arbitration tribunals.
The majority of the firm’s work in London involves multidisciplinary teams across the specialist fields of tax, competition, IP, IT and data privacy, employment, management incentives, real estate, corporate governance and compliance, who play a crucial role in ensuring that transactions, restructurings and disputes reach a successful completion. Weil’s transaction specialist lawyers advise clients on a broad range of significant contentious and non-contentious matters. The London team of in-house transaction specialists leverage the expertise of the firm’s full-service capabilities, and provide a further distinctive aspect of their comprehensive client offering.