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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP‚Äôs team of ‚Äėcreative problem solvers‚Äô advises on investment, acquisitions, divestment, debt offerings, development, financing, leasing and REIT maters. Other areas of expertise include loan workouts, restructurings, joint ventures, and capital markets offerings in the debt and equity space. Philip Rosen¬†and David Herman¬†recently advised Brookfield Asset Management (BAM) and Brookfield Property Partners (BPY) on the $14.4bn acquisition of around 66% of common stock of GGP. The firm also advised BAM on its $11.4bn acquisition of Forest City Realty Trust. Another highlight included representing The Kroger Company on its $2.2bn sale of a multi-state convenience store portfolio which included 762 stores to EG Group. Samuel Zylberberg acted for Atalaya Capital Management on a preferred equity investment and $250m construction loan for the development of a 40-story Ritz-Carlton hotel with residences in New York. Michael Bond, who provides ‚Äėthe best advice available in complicated and difficult situations‚Äô, advised Sears Holdings on the real estate aspects of its high-profile Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Other clients include AIG, Blackstone, Madison International, MGM Resorts International, Tishman Speyer and TPG Real Estate. All named attorneys are based in New York.

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United States: Antitrust

Cartel
Cartel - ranked: tier 4

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP's global antitrust offering is headed by Steven Newborn in Washington DC. Steven Reiss and Adam Hemlock continue to represent an international manufacturer and its US subsidiaries in the ongoing DOJ investigation into the auto parts cartel. Hemlock is also leading the advice to the former CEO of a US manufacturer of generic over-the-counter drugs in a DOJ investigation into price-fixing practices, while Reiss is acting for a senior executive in an investigation into alleged bid-rigging in the television commercial production industry.

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Civil litigation/class actions: defense
Civil litigation/class actions: defense - ranked: tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP's Steven Reiss and Adam Hemlock, both of whom are based in New York, recently obtained a preliminary settlement approval on behalf of Calsonic Kansei in two purported class actions brought by end-user purchasers and automobile dealers following the DOJ's landmark criminal investigation into the global auto parts cartel. The pair also advise Bridgestone and its US subsidiary in ongoing multi-district litigation arising from the auto parts investigation. In other highlights, General Chemical Corporation and its parent company appointed the group to defend it in a series of putative class actions alleging price-fixing practices in the liquid aluminum sulfate market. Panasonic is also a notable client.

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Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

At Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, the 'expertise and technical capabilities are extraordinary' and the team's 'practical approach to complex legal issues is always on target'. Clients have rated Jeff White in particular as an adviser who is 'beyond excellent'. In recent highlights, Steven Newborn collaborated with Brianne Kucerik to advise Scripps on its cash-and-stock acquisition by Discovery. Steven Bernstein and Jeffrey Perry were part of the team which assisted Walgreens Boots with its acquisition of 1,932 stores and related assets from Rite Aid. John Scribner works with Sanofi and recently oversaw a number of strategic transactions for the client alongside New York's corporate expert Michael Aiello. Other key clients include Allergan, Campbell Soup, Johnson & Johnson and CoStar. Unless otherwise stated, attorneys are based in Washington DC.

Leading lawyers

Steven Newborn - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Next Generation Partners

Brianne Kucerik - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Jeff White - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Jeffrey Perry - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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United States: Dispute resolution

Appellate
Appellate: Courts of Appeal - ranked: tier 4

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Headquartered in New York, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s seasoned appellate lawyers handle litigation in areas such as intellectual property, finance, taxation and business torts, among others. Practice head Gregory Silbert represented appellee Hungarian State Railways in an appeal challenging US jurisdiction in a case brought by a group of Hungarian Holocaust survivors before the Seventh Circuit, which sided with the client and dismissed the case on international comity grounds. At the Federal Circuit, Silicon Valley-based Edward Reines secured a victory for Life Technologies in a patent dispute with Promega over gene-testing technology. At the Eleventh Circuit, Bruce Rich led on scoring a win for clients Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Sage Publications in a copyright infringement dispute with Georgia State University. David Singh, Steven Reiss and Adam Banks are also key figures.

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Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense - ranked: tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to individuals - ranked: tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Led jointly by Steven Tyrrell in Washington DC and Christopher Garcia in New York, the team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP represents a broad mixture of corporate and individual clients in enforcement matters and multi-agency criminal and civil investigations. Highlights for the co-chairs include the representation of Sanofi in a DOJ FCPA investigation, in which they secured a declination for the client and a successful resolution to a parallel SEC investigation. Alongside Holly Loiseau, Tyrrell also represented Vantage Drilling in an investigation into allegations relating to Operation Carwash, leading to a series of declinations and no enforcement action. Among other high-profile individual representations, Tyrrell is currently defending the head of engine development and former head of brand development at Volkswagen against criminal charges filed by the DOJ in Detroit, arising from allegations of manipulation of emissions control systems. Other key names include Sarah Coyne and Jonathan Polkes in New York and Washington DC's Adam Safwat.

Next Generation Partners: Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to corporates

Sarah Coyne - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

The 'fearless, smart, savvy, and experienced' team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is 'well organized and very responsive' and acts for major US and multinational companies. In recent successes, 'brilliant litigator' David Lender and Eric Hochstadt obtained a complete defense jury verdict for client C&S Wholesale Grocers in an $800m antitrust class action in Minnesota, while David Yohai won an appeal for Discovery Communications at the Fourth Circuit in a content distribution dispute brought by one of the company's television distributors. Out of the Princeton office, 'excellent advocate' Diane Sullivan secured a victory for SAC Capital in long-running litigation when a New Jersey Superior Court granted the client's motion for summary judgment and dismissed the claims in a lawsuit with over $1bn at stake. Edward Soto in Miami co-chairs the team alongside Lender; David Singh is based in Silicon Valley. Named partners are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Leading lawyers

David Lender - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Diane Sullivan - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

The 'smart and savvy' team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP acts for clients in complex arbitration proceedings, which recently included representing MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Company as co-counsel alongside Dechert LLP in a dispute against the Republic of Croatia. In addition, the team successfully represented the Government of Hungary against a Portuguese Bank based on alleged violations of the Portugal-Hungary Bilateral Investment Treaty. Ted Posner and Eric Ordway in New York are also recommended.

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 4

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP's two-partner team is engaged in a raft of significant trade matters as a consequence of the firm's vast pipeline of transactional work. 'An expert on foreign investment and sanctions', Washington DC-based team head Ted Posner is regularly engaged on the CFIUS front for the firm's impressive roster of private equity sponsors on their global transactions; he recently acted for Antin Infrastructure Partners on the CFIUS review of its acquisition of FirstLight Fiber from Oak Hill Capital Partners. Posner also 'has a uniquely deep understanding of the intersection of policy, politics and business', traits which are admirably demonstrated in his continued role for Chevron on bilateral investment treaty matters.

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Leading trial lawyers
Leading trial lawyers - ranked: tier 2

Diane Sullivan - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

David Lender - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Diane Sullivan - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP Headline matters for 'terrific trial lawyer' Diane Sullivan includes acting as lead counsel for Johnson & Johnson in a unanimous defense verdict in New Jersey state court involving cancer claims pertaining to the client’s talcum powder product. Described as 'tough and fearless', Sullivan's reputation has brought her major class action suits for clients including Philip Morris USA. She continues to represent Exxon Mobil in a dispute that is expected to reach trial in the New Jersey federal court this year.

Leading lawyers

Diane Sullivan - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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M&A litigation: defense
M&A litigation: defense - ranked: tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York has a practice that is 'smart, hardworking, collaborative and knowledgeable', according to one client. Another describes the firm as 'a repeat player in this market with unparalleled experience, which brings a sophisticated and pragmatic approach to bear on litigation'. Leading lights John Neuwirth and Joseph Allerhand are co-heads of the securities litigation practice, in which clients highlight the talents of partners Joshua Amsel, Jonathan Polkes, Greg Danilow and newly promoted Evert Christensen. Neuwirth's track record of high-profile cases continued last year when he secured the complete dismissal of a class action against Brookfield Asset Management concerning its $2.8bn acquisition of Rouse Properties, Inc. The case raised issues of whether Brookfield was a controlling stockholder and owed fiduciary duties to Rouse’s shareholders. Danilow is representing Straight Path in high-profile litigation relating to its $3bn acquisition by Verizon Communications.

Leading lawyers

John Neuwirth - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Joseph Allerhand - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Next Generation Partners

Evert Christensen - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Product liability, mass tort and class actions: consumer products (including tobacco) - defense
Product liability, mass tort and class actions: consumer products (including tobacco) - defense - ranked: tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

New York-based Arvin Maskin heads the product liability and mass tort practice at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, which handles class actions and product liability lawsuits in the technology, cosmetics and sports sectors. The team represented Japanese fiber manufacturer Toyobo in the two final remaining cases related to the performance of zylon fiber in bullet-resistant vests, and also defended Dometic Corporation in a class action regarding an alleged defect in the cooling units of the client’s gas absorption refrigerators. Also of note, Diane Sullivan in New Jersey successfully represented Johnson & Johnson as lead trial counsel in one bellwether case involving allegations that asbestos contamination of baby powder led the plaintiff to develop mesothelioma. David Singh in Silicon Valley is another key member of the practice group.

Next Generation Partners

David Singh - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Product liability, mass tort and class actions: toxic tort - defense
Product liability, mass tort and class actions: toxic tort - defense - ranked: tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is headed by New-York-based Arvin Maskin and is increasingly active in high-profile water contamination cases. In New Jersey, Diane Sullivan and Allison Brown are acting for Respol in environmental litigation filed against multiple defendants regarding the pollution of the Passaic River. Acting alongside New York-based David Lender, Sullivan is also representing Procter & Gamble as trial counsel in an action filed by the Suffolk County Water Authority alleging that the client manufactured and distributed products that leached a possible carcinogenic chemical into public drinking wells.

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Securities litigation - defense
Securities litigation - defense - ranked: tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York is praised by one client for the 'unrivaled success and experience and the creative and sophisticated approach it brings to litigating in this area'. The firm has an impressive client roster of publicly traded corporations, financial institutions and private equity firms. Practice heads Joseph Allerhand and John Neuwirth and key partners Joshua Amsel and Evert Christensen are described by one client as 'best-in-class professionals in this space'. Neuworth and Amsel represented pharmaceutical company Sanofi in connection with federal class and individual securities actions arising from statements regarding the results of Phase 3 clinical trials for multiple sclerosis drug Lemtrada. They secured the dismissal of all claims. 'Amazing advocate' Jonathan Polkes and up-and-coming partner Caroline Zalka (who is 'knowledgeable and smart, and always on top of her cases') are highly recommended. Allerhand and Stacy Nettleton acted for Signet Jewelers in a consolidated securities class action that alleged a five-year securities fraud concerning Signet’s in-house credit program.

Leading lawyers

John Neuwirth - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Joseph Allerhand - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Next Generation Partners

Caroline Zalka - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt
Capital markets: debt - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Capital markets: debt offerings - advice to underwriters - ranked: tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėstrong experience‚Äô and ‚Äėresponsive service‚Äô has been noted by clients, which also highlight the firm's ‚Äėgreat value for money‚Äô. Historically stronger on behalf of issuers, where it leverages its stellar private equity client base to advise funds and portfolio companies on debt deals, the group has become increasingly prominent on the bank side. Among recent examples of the latter, up-and-coming partner Faiza Rahman, who ‚Äėdoes a tremendous job of balancing legal and business issues‚Äô, advised the representatives of the initial purchasers on an $8bn unregistered bond offering by an affiliate of Keurig Green Mountain to finance the merger of Keurig Green Mountain and Dr Pepper Snapple Group. On the issuer front, Corey Chivers¬†handled several headline mandates, including advising Elanco Animal Health on its $2bn senior notes offering and advising Mastercard on its $1bn multi-tranche notes offering. The New York group also includes ‚Äėvaluable asset‚Äô Frank Adams, who advised Campbell Soup on its $5.3bn notes offering to finance its $6.1bn acquisition of Snyder‚Äôs-Lance. The firm also fields an impressive second line of associates, which includes Janeane Ferrari, ‚Äėa rising star who gives 110% to serve her client‚Äôs needs‚Äô.

Leading lawyers

Corey Chivers - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Next Generation Partners

Faiza Rahman - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Rising stars

Janeane Ferrari - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Capital markets: equity offerings
Capital markets: equity offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Capital markets: equity offerings - advice to managers - ranked: tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

The ‚Äėextremely committed‚Äô Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP¬†sets itself apart through its ‚Äėincredibly deep bench of attorneys, who demonstrate exceptional knowledge of the law and capital markets‚Äô. Although it can turn its hand to any side of a deal, the mainly issuer-focused group stands out for its formidable private equity expertise. Alexander Lynch¬†heads the group and brings to bear an enviable record in advising private equity clients, and their portfolio companies, on equity deals; he recently advised Advent International on its $1.2bn share offering. He also advised funds owned by the Goldman Sachs Group on a $1.1bn secondary sale of their remaining shares in TransUnion. In a flagship IPO, Corey Chivers¬†advised Elanco Animal Health, the animal health division of Eli Lilly, on its $1.7bn IPO. The New York-based team also includes Faiza Rahman, who is¬†‚Äėaccessible 100% of the time and provides invaluable advice‚Äô, and Michael Hickey, who recently joined from Goldman Sachs.

Leading lawyers

Alexander Lynch - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Next Generation Partners

Faiza Rahman - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings
Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Clients of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP¬†highlight the firm‚Äôs ‚Äėdeep bench‚Äô and ‚Äėexceptional knowledge of the capital markets‚Äô among its key attributes. The New York-based group has an impressive record in advising issuers, particularly private equity clients, in high-profile offerings, and also utilizes the firm‚Äôs wider global network to offer strong capability in cross-border transactions. Corey Chivers¬†enjoys an increasingly prominent reputation for high-yield debt offerings and recently advised Avolon Holdings (Ireland) on its $1bn offering of senior unsecured notes; he also assisted AMC Entertainment Holdings with its $600m issuance of senior unsecured convertible notes to Silver Lake to finance AMC‚Äôs repurchase of a portion of its stock held by Dalian Wanda Group (China). Alexander Lynch¬†heads the department.

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Commercial lending
Commercial Lending: Advice To Borrowers - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Commercial lending: advice to lenders - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP offers borrower and lender clients a versatile and well-balanced service with a strong grounding in complex financings and refinancings. Its borrower-side group is one of the most active in the market, regularly handling business-critical deals on behalf of corporates and private equity sponsors. The team recently advised Brookfield Property Partners on the $6.4bn facility to help acquire the REIT, General Growth Properties. Additionally, the group advised Brookfield Asset Management on a $4.3bn bridge loan to partly finance its $11.4bn acquisition of Forest City Realty Trust. Other active sponsor clients include Advent International and Centerbridge Partners. The team also has an active lender-side practice, which recently advised Barclays, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs on a $49bn facility to finance CVS Health Corporation's $77bn acquisition of Aetna. The team is led by global finance head Daniel Dokos, who is very strong on the lender side, and Douglas Urquhart, who is a name to note for borrower-side mandates. Other key partners include Morgan Bale, Heather Viets and the recently promoted Justin Lee, who are most active on the lender's side, and Andrew Colao, Damian Ridealgh and Allison Liff on the borrower's side.

Leading lawyers

Daniel Dokos - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Douglas Urquhart - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Next Generation Partners

Heather Viets - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Rising stars

Justin Lee - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate
Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate - ranked: tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

‚ÄėExtremely experienced in all aspects of restructuring transactions‚Äô and possessing a¬†‚Äėvery strong team‚Äô,¬†Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP¬†is among the very best firms for insolvency matters. The ‚Äėsmart, easy-to-work-with‚Äô practice can ‚Äėnegotiate through a complicated transaction methodically to reach great results‚Äô. Gary Holtzer¬†is co-chair of the firm‚Äôs business finance and restructuring department alongside¬†Ray Schrock¬†and the ‚Äėcalm but forceful‚Äô Matt Barr;¬†both based in New York. Also notable are Houston-based Alfredo P√©rez, whose ‚Äėknowledge of the process helps clients get through the court in minimal time‚Äô, Marcia Goldstein¬†and Garrett Fail¬†in the New York office, and new arrival¬†Ryan Preston Dahl, who joined in New York from Kirkland & Ellis LLP. The practice is representing Sears Holdings Corporation and certain of its affiliates in its Chapter 11 proceedings, which commenced recently in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. The department also led for Takata Corporation in the¬†Chapter 11¬†of Takata's main subsidiary TK Holdings and certain of its affiliates; the matter required parallel proceedings in the US, Japan and Canada, as well as separate out-of-court sales in several other jurisdictions, and the resolution included a $650m settlement and the $1.6bn sale of Takata to Key Safety Systems. Other key clients for the firm are Westinghouse Electric, Claire‚Äôs Stores and iHeartRadio.

Leading lawyers

Marcia Goldstein - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Matt Barr - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Ray Schrock - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Next Generation Partners

Garrett Fail - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Structured finance: securitization
Structured finance: securitization - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Acting for corporate issuers and underwriters, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP focuses on esoteric ABS and has particular experience in securitization involving consumer loans, oil and gas assets and insurance brokerage fees. The US structured finance practice is headed by Frank Nocco, who acted for Lendmark Financial Services in a series of consumer loan ABS offerings, and also advised Guggenheim Securities, as lead bookrunner, on a $300m bond offering backed by insurance administration fees of Lombard International Administration Services Company. Another key figure is Jason Smith, who handled a litany of ABS for The Hertz Corporation, and also advised OnDeck, an online small business lending platform, on a $225m ABS offering. The team also has an active CLO practice, which includes Robert Chiperfield, who is engaged by prominent asset managers including Apollo Global Management and Redding Ridge Asset Management. Other contacts include Ariel Kronman and Shawn Kodes, the latter of whom was promoted to partner at the end of 2018.

Leading lawyers

Frank Nocco - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Next Generation Partners

Jason Smith - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Shawn Kodes - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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United States: Industry focus

Energy: transactions: oil and gas
Energy: transactions: oil and gas - ranked: tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP advises energy companies and private equity firms on M&A, joint ventures, project financing and restructuring transactions. New York-based practice head Rodney Moore has 'deep industry knowledge' and acts for clients in upstream and midstream property, pipeline and processing facility acquisitions and midstream joint venture transactions. Also in New York, Howard Chatzinoff advised Westinghouse Electric Company on the $4.6bn sale of its global business to Brookfield Business Partners. Dallas-based Kevin Crews left for Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

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Environment: transactional
Environment: transactional - ranked: tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP¬†fields a compact team that advises on M&A and corporate disposals, financings, restructurings and liquidations, as well as real estate and infrastructure development, securities disclosure, and warranties insurance and loan guarantees. In highlight work the firm assisted Westinghouse Electric with its $9.8bn Chapter 11 case; acted for Brookfield Asset Management and Brookfield Property Partners in the latter‚Äôs $14.4bn acquisition of the approximately 66% of common stock that it did not already own in GGP; and also acted for General Electric in the $2.6bn sale of GE Industrial Solutions to ABB. The Washington DC-based team is headed by the ‚Äėterrific‚Äô Annemargaret Connolly, who is considered ‚Äėone of the best environmental transactional lawyers in the country‚Äô. Also recommended are counsels Thomas Goslin, Matthew Morton¬†and¬†John O‚ÄôLoughlin, also based in Washington DC.

Leading lawyers

Annemargaret Connolly - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Next Generation Partners

Matthew Morton - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Thomas Goslin - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Healthcare: life sciences
Healthcare: life sciences - ranked: tier 4

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP¬†focuses on corporate matters and litigation with a ‚Äėdeep understanding of both the technology and the law‚Äô and the ability to ‚Äėplan appropriately and communicate effectively‚Äô. Practice co-head Elizabeth Weiswasser¬†advised Sanofi on a bench trial in the client‚Äôs patent litigation infringement case against Merck, involving Sanofi‚Äôs insulin biologic blockbuster Lantus Solostar. Jeffrey Osterman, Michael Aiello¬†and Jackie Cohen¬†have been assisting Avista with its acquisition of regenerative medicine developer Organogenesis. Silicon Valley-based co-head Edward Reines¬†and Derek Walter, who was made partner in 2018, are ‚Äėthe ultimate professionals‚Äô, and¬†Michael Epstein¬†is renowned for his technology and IP transaction expertise. Named individuals are based in New York unless otherwise indicated.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 4

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

The sports practice at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP offers 'attention to detail and an intimate understanding of the marketplace'. The group has particular experience handling a range of employment disputes for its sports sector clients; Jeffrey Klein acted for head football coach of the University of Maryland DJ Durkin in an ESPN investigation into the death of a football player as a result of heatstroke during spring practice. Beyond labor law litigation, Yehudah Buchweitz defended Showtime Networks in a series of putative class actions brought by plaintiffs who claimed to have been unable to stream the high-profile boxing match between boxing legend Floyd Mayweather and UFC star Conor McGregor after purchasing the pay-per-view match. Litigator Eric Hochstadt is another name to note, particularly for antitrust matters.

Next Generation Partners

Eric Hochstadt - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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United States: Intellectual property

Copyright
Copyright - ranked: tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP  is 'one of the premier copyright litigation practices in the US' and has 'a particularly good market knowledge of the music and digital music market'. Bruce Rich co-heads the practice and acted for Pandora in a royalties payment dispute with the Copyright Royalty Board regarding non-interactive streaming services such as internet radio and others. Also leading the team is Benjamin Marks, who is noted for his 'guidance', 'knowledge', 'patience', 'responsiveness' and 'expertise'. He also represented Pandora on a separate dispute concerning royalty rates regarding on-demand streaming, in this case brought by the National Music Publishers' Association and the Nashville Songwriters Association International.

Leading lawyers

Bruce Rich  - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Patents: licensing
Patents: licensing - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP provides comprehensive service on licensing matter, including due diligence in relation to M&A and joint ventures, research and development agreements and outsourcing agreements. On the life sciences side, the group recently advised Eli Lilly on the licensing aspects of its collaboration with Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, which aimed at using the latter's technology platform to discover and commercialize new medicines for cardio-metabolic disease, neurodegeneration and pain. A recent technology highlight was advising Facebook subsidiary Oculus on several strategic commercial agreements regarding Oculus' virtual reality products. Atos, The Campbell Soup Company and Sanofi are also clients. Practice head Michael Epstein, Jeffrey Osterman and Charan Sandhu in New York, and Silicon Valley's Karen Ballack form the heart of the practice.

Leading lawyers

Michael Epstein - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Patents: litigation (full coverage)
Patents: litigation (full coverage) - ranked: tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

The team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP 'fights aggressively, but reasonably', 'communicates effectively' and 'makes sure to engage the client on strategic approaches'. Life sciences and technology-related instructions form the heart of the practice and often involve post-grant proceedings as the practice is among the most active before the PTAB. Recent highlights include successfully defending Illumina against patent infringement claims brought by Ariosa Diagnostics in 2012 regarding patents covering non-invasive prenatal testing. Other clients include General Electric, Sanofi and Hewlett-Packard. Brian Ferguson in Washington DC, Edward Reines in Silicon Valley and Elizabeth Weiswasser in New York direct the practice. Derek Walter, also in Silicon Valley, recently made partner. Counsel Sudip Kundu joined in New York from Kundu PLLC, while Jared Bobrow and counsel Jason Lang left for Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

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Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)
Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Leading the team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP are employment litigator Jeffrey Klein and commercial litigator Gary Friedman, both based in NewYork. Klein acted for the financial services company Perella Weinberg Partners in litigation against three former partners who sought to recruit the firm's entire restructuring team. Friedman worked with Magellan Health in a lawsuit against a former employee who threatened to release confidential information about the company. Further, the team was involved in a trade secret misappropriation case for semiconductor manufacturing company Applied Materials. Christopher Cox joined Hogan Lovells US LLP in 2019.

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Trademarks: litigation
Trademarks: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Hailed for its ‚Äėvery strong brief writing and creative thinking‚Äô, the core strengths of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP¬†lie in representing media and technology companies. The ‚Äėvery accessible‚Äô Randi Singer¬†‚Äėreally cares about her clients‚Äô and recently acted for Twitter in a Southern District of New York lawsuit which concerned infringing products hosted on the client‚Äôs platform. It was successfully argued that there was no concert between Twitter and Alurent, the owner of the infringing products, resulting in no penalties for the client. Benjamin Marks¬†heads the practice alongside Bruce Rich¬†and is currently representing Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in a trademark infringement and copyright royalty dispute with Vanderbilt University. eBay, Facebook and Discovery Communications are also clients. All named attorneys are based in New York.

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United States: Investment fund formation and management

Private equity funds (including venture capital)
Private equity funds (including venture capital) - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

From its base in New York, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s team is best known for handling high-value fund formation work for prominent managers. Jonathon Soler advised Crow Holdings Capital Partners on forming Crow Holdings Realty Partners VIII. Andrew Chizzik continues to advise Apollo Credit regarding its Apollo Credit Fund, and in another matter, assisted Brookfield Asset Management with its formation of Brookfield Infrastructure Debt Fund I, an $883.5m infrastructure debt fund acting as a primary investment vehicle for making mezzanine debt investments in North America. Stephanie Srulowitz and Soler advised American Securities on forming American Securities Partners VIII, LP, a $7bn buyout fund.

Leading lawyers

Andrew Chizzik - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Jonathon Soler - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Next Generation Partners

Stephanie Srulowitz - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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United States: Labor and employment

ERISA litigation
ERISA litigation - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

As lead counsel for UnitedHealth Group, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP defended its ERISA-governed health plan providers against a putative class action forwarded by physical therapy provider Spinedex; practice co-head Nicholas Pappas led on the case, which claimed a denial of benefits to plan beneficiaries. The New York-based team, which includes practice co-heads Jeffrey Klein and Paul Wessel, have experience in a wide range ERISA litigation including withdrawal liability, fiduciary duty, disclosure obligations and plan termination. Working alongside the firm’s broader commercial and tax litigation team, the practice also has significant experience defending cases arising from Chapter 11 proceedings, securities law and RICO laws.

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Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional
Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Clients praised Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP¬†for its ‚Äėdepth of knowledge‚Äô of the employee benefits and executive compensation aspects of upper-market M&A transactions and IPO offerings. Additionally, the ‚Äėresponsive and accessible‚Äô team acted in high-profile Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings for clients including A&P, Claire‚Äôs Stores and Sears Holdings. Practice head Paul Wessel¬†advised Brookfield Asset Management and Brookfield Property Partners on its $14.4bn common stock acquisition of General Growth Properties, and Michael Nissan, who has particular expertise in the private equity space, advised Mubadala Investment Company on the $4.7bn sale of its 60% equity interest in EMI to Sony. ‚ÄėFirst-class practitioners‚Äô¬†Amy Rubin¬†and associate¬†Amanda Rosenblum¬†are also contacts; Rubin recently assisted Blackstone and Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division with its $1.9bn sale of data and technology solutions company Ipreo to IHS Markit. Associate Jennifer Britz¬†is also a name to note. The team was further strengthened with the addition of counsel Ellen Sueda¬†from King & Spalding LLP. All mentioned lawyers are based in New York.

Leading lawyers

Paul Wessel - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Rising stars

Amy Rubin - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense
Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

The well-reputed team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York handles class action litigation, single-plaintiff cases, and restrictive covenant disputes, and has particular expertise in wage-and-hour and discrimination claims. Jeffrey Klein leads the team and has over 30 years of experience. He successfully defended Sterling Jewelers (together with co-counsel Seyfarth Shaw LLP) in a 44,000-plaintiff class arbitration on alleged gender discrimination. Employment expert Gary Friedman is representing Nuance in a putative class and collective action involving claims of breach of contract, fraud and violations. Klein and Friedman were also engaged by HCTec in a wage-and-hour putative collective action filed in Nashville. Klein continues to represent Perella Weinberg Partners (PWP) in an $80m lawsuit filed by terminated employees. Other notable practitioners are Nicholas Pappas, counsel Lawrence Baer and senior associate Ami Zweig.

Leading lawyers

Gary Friedman - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Jeffrey Klein - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Next Generation Partners

Ami Zweig - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Workplace and employment counseling
Workplace and employment counseling - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP's team of experienced lawyers counsels employers in a variety of matters, such as internal investigations and compliance audits, workforce reductions, diversity initiatives and compensation arrangements. Recent work includes being engaged by several clients to conduct internal investigations involving claims of workplace misconduct and sexual harassment. Mastercard, Signet Jewelers and Belmond are on the group’s client roster. Practice head Jeffrey Klein is well versed in discrimination claims; he has additional expertise as a sports attorney and player agent and is regularly retained by athletes and sports organizations. Another key contact from the New York-based practice is Gary Friedman, who is experienced in advising companies as well as their boards of directors and committees in internal investigations, as well as assisting employers regarding matters pertaining to organizational changes such as reductions in force, reorganizations, restructurings and changes of control. Senior associate Ami Zweig is also noted.

Leading lawyers

Gary Friedman - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Jeffrey Klein - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Next Generation Partners

Ami Zweig - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

Corporate governance
Corporate governance - ranked: tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is 'very current on key issues and highly sensitive and thoughtful on difficult cases'. Ellen Odoner has 'a wonderful way to keep clients at ease while sharing difficult and sensitive analyses'; she assisted a special committee of the board of Sears with numerous related party transactions. The firm also has a strong area of expertise in the governance of non-profits, where Odoner and associate Aabha Sharma act for clients such as the School of American Ballet; Lyuba Goltser also has expertise in the non-profit space. Also recommended are Howard Dicker and Washington DC-based Adé Heyliger, the latter of whom advised Sanofi on the SEC relations issues of its purchase of Ablynx.

Leading lawyers

Ellen Odoner - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Howard Dicker - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Next Generation Partners

Lyuba Goltser - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Rising stars

Aabha Sharma - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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M&A: large deals ($1bn+)
M&A: large deals ($1bn+) - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP may not have the volume of high-value deals compared to tier one firms, but it has 'a huge ability to deploy many people at the same time at the very last minute, meeting a high-level expectation in terms of competences and experiences, responding to sensitive questions and providing touchy legal opinion to help'. It is praised for its 'knowledge and professionalism' which is 'far beyond any of its peers' according to one client. Another stresses its 'best in-the-boardroom work' and its 'plain English credibility and excellent communication skills'.  It routinely impresses in hostile takeovers, activist defense work and distressed M&A. Among a number of complex and challenging transactions, it advised Brookfield Asset Management and Brookfield Property Partners, on the latter's $14.4bn billion acquisition of 66% of the common stock that it did not already own in GGP, the REIT that owns, develops, and operates regional shopping malls across the US. It also represented Atos, the French IT services company, on its $3.57bn acquisition of Syntel. Showcasing its expertise in hostile transactions, it advised athenahealth, the health services company, on its evaluation of a $6.46bn unsolicited takeover bid by Elliott Management. Much credit should go to corporate group chairman Michael Aiello, who has played an integral role in building the team's prominence in the market; he is 'one of the best outside lawyers in a boardroom environment' and has 'extremely effective communication skills' according to one client. At the same time, while the team suffered from a perceived thin layer of senior gravitas in the past, there are several names that have achieved greater recognition in recent years, such as Michael Lubowitz, Frederick Green, Howard Chatzinoff and James Griffin, who has transferred to the Dallas office from Silicon Valley; Griffin is 'excellent in understanding the issues, helping to analyze them, and then working to find solutions', in one instance 'in a very unique way to solve a very complicated public company acquisition'. Jackie Cohen is 'the deal maker',  'calm and discreet but energetic', 'pragmatic, honest and able to contradict where she believes the client could be wrong or where it needs a second opinion'; 'it is difficult to imagine a deal without her,' says one client. Matthew Gilroy is an emerging name. All partners are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Leading lawyers

Michael Aiello - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Private equity buyouts
Private equity buyouts - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is a global titan in the private equity arena and in the US boasts strong teams in New York, Boston, Dallas and Silicon Valley. It has more than seventy repeat financial sponsor clients in the US alone, and has looked to diversify the practice, building its standing in growth equity, middle market deals, special situations and SPAC transactions. It has also focused on alternative asset managers such as sovereign wealth funds and has a significant market share of Canadian pension fund clients. Key clients include Advent International, Blackstone, CPPIB, CVC Capital Partners, Centerbridge Partners, Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division, Providence Equity Partners and TPG. It advised CPPIB in a consortium that also includes Blackstone and GIC, on the consortium's $20bn acquisition of a 55% stake in Thomson Reuters’ Financial & Risk business. Doug Warner co-heads the department alongside Boston's Kevin Sullivan, with the former leading the firm's relationships with TPG, Centerbridge, CPPIB and CVC, while the latter heading the firm's connection to Providence Equity Partners, Francisco Partners and TA Associates. Kyle Krpata is a key figure in Silicon Valley, where he led a team that advised SoftBank Vision Fund on its $2.25bn minority investment in GM Cruise Holdings, a developer of self-driving vehicles, alongside a $1.1bn investment in Cruise by General Motors. Peter Feist is another experienced name and recently advised OMERS Private Equity and Berkshire Partners on their $3.85bn sale of Husky IMS International (Canada) to Platinum Equity. Glenn West is another prominent figure in Dallas and Boston's Marilyn French Shaw remains pivotal to the firm's relationship with Advent International.  Christopher Machera is an emerging talent and has a strong connection to Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division. All partners are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Leading lawyers

Doug Warner - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Next Generation Partners

Christopher Machera - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Shareholder activism
Shareholder activism - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

At Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Washington DC-based Adé Heyliger advises well-known businesses on proxy fights with leading activist investors; his track record includes acting for Procter & Gamble in a contest with Trian Partners; following its success in that matter, Proctor & Gamble added Trian Partners' founder Nelson Peltz to the board.

Leading individuals: Shareholder activism: advice to boards

Adé Heyliger - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Media and entertainment: litigation
Media and entertainment: litigation - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP's New York-based cross-departmental media and entertainment litigation practice group is jointly led by Bruce Rich and Benjamin Marks, who alongside Todd Larson successfully represented Pandora Media before the Court of Appeal for the D.C. Circuit, which upheld the favorable royalty rates set by the Copyright Royalty Board. Key matters in the television space include Yehudah Buchweitz's representation of Showtime Networks in a series of putative class actions relating to allegations of issues in connection with viewing the pay-per-view boxing match between boxing legend Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, and the team's representation of A&E Television Networks in a dispute with The Weinstein Company (TWC) concerning A&E’s termination of certain agreements it had with TWC, including those relating to the TV series Project Runway and dozens of movies. The group is also acting for Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, the Association of American Publishers and SAGE Publications in a copyright infringement dispute with Georgia State University regarding the parameters of the fair use doctrine in the academic setting. Sirius XM Radio, Facebook and Getty Images are also clients; a team successfully defended the latter in a copyright infringement action brought by Zuma Press.

Next Generation Partners

Benjamin Marks - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Media and entertainment: transactional
Media and entertainment: transactional - ranked: tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has experience handling prominent transactions in the media and entertainment sector. The team boasts impressive corporate, M&A and financing expertise; it assisted AMC Entertainment with its $600m million issuance of senior unsecured convertible notes to Silver Lake, and advised Getty Images on the acquisition by the Getty family of all of the equity interests in Getty Images held by The Carlyle Group. Howard Chatzinoff, who heads the practice alongside Michael Lubowitz, acted for independent music publisher Carlin America in relation to its $245m sale to Round Hill Music. Other key practitioners include Michael Aiello, who advised Scripps Networks Interactive on its $14.6bn merger with Discovery Communications. All attorneys listed are based in New York.

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Technology transactions
Technology transactions - ranked: tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP regularly handles technology and IP acquisitions and disposals, outsourcing transactions and licensing and development agreements. New York-based¬†Jeffrey Osterman¬†advised Sanofi on the technology and IP aspects of its $11.6bn acquisition of Bioverativ, a company involved in the treatment of blood disorders. Further, practice head Michael Epstein, also based in New York, advised The Campbell Soup Company on its $6.1bn acquisition of Snyder‚Äôs Lance ‚Äď a manufacturer and marketer of snack food products. Other M&A-related technology transactions included assisting the chemical distributor Nexeo Solutions with its $2bn sale to Univar, a distributor of specialty chemical products.

Leading lawyers

Michael Epstein - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Telecoms and broadcast: transactional
Telecoms and broadcast: transactional - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP's transaction team a notable track record of work for private equity clients, as well as on high-level public M&A. Private equity specialists Shayla Harlev and Brian Gingold, based in Boston and New York respectively, advised private equity firm Antin Infrastructure Partners on its $1bn acquisition of FirstLight Fiber from Oak Hill Capital Partners. Harlev also recently advised Berkshire Partners on the sale of its majority stake in Torres Unidas to Andean Tower Partners. Michael Aiello operates out of New York and has significant experience working with large financial advisers and asset managers; he is acting for JP Morgan Securities and Perella Weinberg Partners in connection with AT&T's Time Warner acquisition, and for Evercore partners in its financial advice to T-Mobile's committee of independent directors in connection with the proposed Sprint merger. Aiello also handles broadcast transactions, such as advising Scripps Networks on its $14.6bn merger with Discovery Communications. Another name to note is Frederick Green, who assisted Straight Path Communications in its $3.1bn sale to Verizon Communications. Transactional specialist Howard Chatzinoff leads the group alongside Michael Lubowitz, both of whom have long histories in market-shaping telecoms deals, across the wireline, wireless and broadcast spaces.

Leading lawyers

Howard Chatzinoff - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Michael Aiello - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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United States: Real estate

Real estate investment trusts (REITs)
Real estate investment trusts (REITs) - ranked: tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP advises REITs on M&A, joint ventures, public and private offerings, follow-on offerings, private debt and equity placements, and the public issuance of debt. The tem advised Brookfield Asset Management and Brookfield Property Partners (BPY) on BPY's $14.4bn acquisition of the approximately 66% of common stock it did not already own in General Growth Properties, a REIT that owns, develops and operates regional shopping malls. Michael Bond, Phillip Rosen and David Herman in New York are the names to note.

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United States: Tax

International tax
International tax - ranked: tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

The team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has a focus on corporate M&A and restructuring, as well as large private equity deals. It also handles bankruptcy tax matters. Heitner and Chayim Neubort advised Sanofi on the tax aspects of its $11.6bn acquisition of Bioverativ Inc. Elsewhere, Kimberly Blanchard advised Antin Infrastructure Partners on its acquisition of FirstLight Fiber from Oak Hill Capital Partners. Stuart Goldring, active in the TMT area, advised Westinghouse Electric on its sale to Brookfield Business Partners LP for $4.6bn. Mark Schwed acted for Paycor in its sale to Apax Partners. All named attorneys are based in New York. Kenneth Heitner and Martin Pollack left the firm in 2019.

Leading lawyers

Kimberly Blanchard - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Next Generation Partners

Mark Schwed - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP 'responds quickly with well-considered explanations and provides clear and practical recommendations' in relation to private equity and investment fund structuring, cross-border M&A, REITs, corporate restructuring and financing matters. Major highlights included Mark Schwed acting for Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board in a consortium with Blackstone and GIC in the acquisition of a 55% stake in Thomson Reuters’ Financial & Risk business. Schwed and Noah Beck, who joined in March 2018 from Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, acted as tax counsel for SoftBank Vision Fund in relation to its multibillion-dollar investment in General Motors’ GM Cruise Holdings division. Also recommended are Mark Hoenig, who is 'very responsive', 'business-orientated' Chayim Neubort and Marc Silberberg, who is 'able to structure very complicated transactions resulting in significant tax savings'. All attorneys are based in New York.

Next Generation Partners

Chayim Neubort - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Mark Schwed - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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