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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 provides ‘an excellent overall level of service’ and ‘the assigned attorneys are always responsive and understand the complexities of each matter’. Primary areas of expertise include REITs, restructurings and joint ventures, as well as matters involving private real estate funds across the US, Europe and Asia. The team also advises on capital markets offerings in the debt and equity space, and has extensive experience in leasing matters and financings for project development and property acquisition. Notable highlights included advising Brookfield Asset Management on its $2.8bn acquisition of shares in Rouse Properties, a REIT which owns a number of regional shopping malls; acting for TPG Global on its merger with Playa Hotels & Resorts; and advising the special committee of the board of directors of Sears on its plan to monetize over $1bn of real estate, including approximately 90 retail and industrial assets across the US. On the financing side, the team also advised co-lenders Fortress Investment Group and The Baupost Group in a $235m land loan to a major developer of properties in Manhattan, a loan provided for the purposes of refinancing the development of a residential and retail project overlooking Central Park. Michael Bond and the ‘knowledgeable and experiencedPhilip Rosen head the practice from the New York office, where David Herman and Samuel Zylberberg are also key figures.

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United States: Antitrust

Cartel
Cartel - ranked: tier 4

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s cartel team, which is jointly led by New York-based duo Steven Reiss and Adam Hemlock, covers a broad spread of cartel defense work for companies and individuals in industries such as aviation, consumer electronics and automotive, among others. In addition to handling DOJ-led criminal antitrust investigations, the group assists clients with investigations in the EU and elsewhere around the world as well as in related civil litigation. The group’s experience includes matters involving issues such as bid-rigging, market allocation and price-fixing.

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

At Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Adam Hemlock and Steven Reiss are representing Japanese auto parts manufacturer Calsonic Kansei in eight MDL class actions in the US, and oversee its strategy in the international aspects of matters in Canada, Japan, Europe and Brazil. Kevin Arquit and Washington DC-based Carrie Mahan are representing Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (the second-largest poultry producer in the US) in federal antitrust class actions brought by direct and indirect purchasers in Re Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation, and by purported classes of broiler growers in Re Broiler Chicken Grower Antitrust Litigation. Eric Hochstadt and David Lender are representing C&S Wholesale Grocers in an MDL connected with an alleged market allocation conspiracy with Supervalu. Arquit is global co-head of the antitrust practice, along with Washington DC-based Steven Newborn. Named individuals are based in New York, except where otherwise stated.

Leading lawyers

Kevin Arquit - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP fields numerous heavyweight practitioners with experience in high-ranking government positions; Jeffrey Perry formerly headed up the FTC’s Mergers IV Division. In addition, Steven Newborn, Ann Malester and Steven Bernstein each have the experience of having led the FTC’s Mergers I Division. New York-based Kevin Arquit’s experience includes acting as director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition. In 2017, a team including Newborn, Bernstein, Perry, Jeff White and counsel Vadim Brusser assisted Walgreens Boots Alliance with obtaining FTC clearance of its acquisition of around 2,000 Rite Aid stores. Another highlight involved Malester, John Scribner and others acting as antitrust counsel to Abbott Laboratories in its $5.3bn acquisition of Alere Inc. Brianne Kucerik is recommended. Named individuals are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Leading lawyers

Steven Newborn - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Next generation lawyers

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 appeals - ranked: tier 4

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Based largely in New York, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s broad practice spans areas including the media and publishing and financial sectors, with clients including Procter & Gamble, Morgan Stanley, Pandora Media and PayPal. Gregory Silbert led a team representing Simon & Schuster in the Second Circuit appeal, affirming the summary judgment against Abbey House Media and Lavoho in a dispute involving allegations of market conspiracy. At the Federal Circuit, Silicon Valley-based Edward Reines acted for Stanford University in an appeal stemming from a dispute with Chinese University of Hong Kong over inventorship of a non-invasive test for Down syndrome. Steven Reiss is also recommended. Adam Banks made partner.

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to individuals - ranked: tier 4

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

The practice at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is ‘excellent on all levels’. Washington DC-based practice co-head Steven Tyrrellis representing a former Insys executive in connection with a DOJ Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) prosecution into allegations of healthcare fraud and kickbacks, and is acting for Vantage Drilling International with respect to a DOJ and SEC investigation into alleged FCPA violations in connection to its dealings with Petrobras. New York-based co-head, Christopher Garcia, represented FXCM in separate CFTC and National Futures Association investigations, concerning alleged misrepresentation of offering documents - resulting in a favorable settlement. New York’s Sarah Coyne and Washington DC-based FCPA and healthcare specialist Holly Loiseau are also recommended.

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLPstands very strong’ in the US litigation market. The team remained busy throughout 2017 and was on track for another solid year in 2018, with several cases set to go to trial. The firm distinguishes itself for having a large number of partners with significant trial experience; among the names to note are Diane Sullivan (who splits her time between New York and Princeton), David Lender, David Yohai and Miami-based ‘experienced partnerEdward Soto. Sullivan and Soto were part of a team that also included Princeton-based Allison Brown which represented Repsol in a dispute concerning the pollution of the Passaic River in New Jersey; after almost a decade of litigation, the team secured a successful close to the case in fall 2017. Elsewhere, Yehudah Buchweitz represented Showtime Networks in a breach of contract case against Charter Communications, which reached an amicable settlement in May 2017. Silicon Valley-based David Singh made partner in January 2017. Named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise indicated.

Leading lawyers

Diane Sullivan - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP regularly advises private parties and sovereign states in complex commercial and investment treaty arbitration cases across the energy, oil and gas, mining, financial services, hospitality, pharmaceutical, healthcare and technology sectors.

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 4

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Led by the ‘accessible and client-focused’ Theodore Posner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s small but broad-based team provides ‘high-quality advice’ across a range of contentious and non-contentious trade matters. Able to leverage the firm’s impressive pipeline of sponsor-led and corporate M&A mandates, the team ‘displays an excellent knowledge of the relevant law and policy’ and regularly assists clients with securing CFIUS approval for high-stakes transactions. Posner recently acted for Australian private equity firm AMP Capital in connection with a CFIUS review of its acquisition of ITS ConGlobal. On the contentious front, Posner has a strong track record regarding investor-state-related international trade matters and is co-counsel for Hungarian oil and gas company MOL in two parallel dispute settlement proceedings with the Croatian government regarding the treatment by Croatia of MOL’s investment in Croatian oil and gas company INA.

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Leading trial lawyers

Diane Sullivan - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP Big-ticket, bet-the-company trials, whether mass tort or antitrust, are Diane Sullivan’s forte. Sullivan’s reputation for defending household names in product liability class actions also continues to thrive, as she secured a favorable judgment in an unfair trade practices suit for Philip Morris USA, following a three-week federal jury trial in a medical monitoring class action. Sullivan is also defending Johnson & Johnson in a product liability lawsuit in Missouri relating to the client’s talcum powder products. SAC Capital retained Sullivan to defend the company against conspiracy and fraud allegations made by Fairfax Financial Holdings concerning short sales of securities.

Leading trial lawyers

Diane Sullivan - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

David Lender - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

SuperstarJohn Neuwirth and the team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York ‘consistently produce high-quality work and provide valuable advice; they are responsive, deal oriented and cost conscious, while taking client service very seriously’. Neuwirth and ‘lion of the barJoseph Allerhand lead the M&A litigation practice. Among Neuwirth’s highlights was victory in a landmark trial for Fidelity National Financial in an appraisal case in Delaware in which the deal price for its $4.2bn acquisition of Lender Processing Services was confirmed. Jonathan Polkes secured a significant victory for Archstone in a $4bn class action arising from the $22bn acquisition of Archstone-Smith Trust by affiliates of Lehman Brothers and Tishman Speyer Development Corporation in 2007; after 10 years of litigation the Colorado District Court granted summary judgment and dismissed all counts. Greg Danilow has 40 years’ experience in securities and class action litigation and is acting for Straight Path Communications in a Delaware suit relating to its $3bn acquisition by Verizon Communications.

Leading lawyers

John Neuwirth - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Joseph Allerhand - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s product liability and mass torts practice is headed by Arvin Maskin in New York and has a wealth of experience in a number of industries, including tobacco, cosmetics, dietary supplements and technology. Led by Diane Sullivan, the team obtained a favorable settlement for Procter & Gamble in a consumer fraud class action which alleged that the marketing of probiotic dietary supplement Align was misleading. In other work, Maskin continues to represent Japanese fiber manufacturer Toyobo in a series of investigations and litigation related to the performance of zylon fiber in bullet-resistant vests. Philip Morris, Walgreens and Nortek are also clients of the firm. David Singh is another name to note.

Next generation lawyers

David Singh - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s product liability and mass tort practice is headed by Arvin Maskin in New York and represents manufacturers in high-profile toxic tort litigation, often with cross-border elements. Led by Diane Sullivan and David Lender in New York, the team continues to act as lead trial counsel for Exxon Mobil in litigation related to the use of MTBE as an additive in gasoline. New York-based Theodore Tsekerides and Edward Soto in Miami are other key figures.

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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 ‘responsive, business-oriented and highly knowledgeable’ and its ‘handling of complex litigation is superb’. John Neuwirth (who is ‘a tireless advocate who achieves results that speak for themselves’) and Joseph Allerhand (who is ‘a fantastic lawyer with the ability to distil complex details’) lead the practice. Neuwirth and Joshua Amsel won decisive victories for Sanofi in federal class and individual securities actions brought by CVR holders arising from the company’s statements about results of clinical trials for a multiple sclerosis drug and its prospects for FDA approval. Litigation co-chair, former federal prosecutor and ‘extraordinary trial lawyerJonathan Polkeshas an amazing track record and is easy to work with, fun and smart’. With rising star Caroline Zalka, he won a complete victory for Archstone in securities litigation valued at $4bn arising from one of the largest REIT deals in history, the $22bn acquisition of Archstone-Smith Trust by affiliates of Lehman Brothers and Tishman Speyer. Stephen Radin and Stacy Nettleton are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

John Neuwirth - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Joseph Allerhand - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Next generation lawyers

Caroline Zalka - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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United States: Finance

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

The ‘extremely responsive’ group at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP impresses with its ‘strong ability to navigate complicated, lengthy negotiations’. The team handles a broad mix of issuer and underwriter-side mandates, with a prominent reputation for advising private equity clients. Among the names to note, Frank Adams is highlighted for his ‘strong advocacy skills and great experience’ and acted for Johnson & Johnson on a $4.5bn multi-tranche offering of senior unsecured notes. Other work includes Faiza Rahman advising the underwriters on Tyson Foods’ offering of $500m fixed-rate senior notes and $400m floating-rate senior notes. Alexander Lynch heads a New York-based practice that also includes key partner Corey Chivers. Other clients include Avolon Holdings, General Electric and Estée Lauder.

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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 ‘experienced, timely and commercial’ team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP plugs into the firm’s prominent private equity practice to specialize in advising portfolio companies on their IPOs and follow-on offerings. Alexander Lynch - ‘a key player in this space’ - heads the New York-based department and was involved in several offerings by special purpose acquisition companies during 2017, including advising Fortress Investment Group, as co-sponsor, on Mosaic Acquisition’s $345m IPO and advising Federal Street Acquisition on its $460m IPO. The firm also routinely handles work for underwriters and Lynch acted for Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan as underwriters on the $250m Camping World IPO. Senior name Corey Chivers and ‘rising star’ Faiza Rahman are also noted.

Next generation lawyers

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

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s ‘strategic and creative’ high-yield practice receives a steady stream of work from issuers, particularly private equity clients and their portfolio companies, and underwriters. Among its key issuer mandates, Corey Chivers - ‘a very capable counsel’ - advised AMC Entertainment Holdings on its $475m and £250m offerings of senior subordinated notes to help finance its acquisition of Nordic Cinema Group Holding. Senior specialist Frank Adams assisted Basic Energy Services with an exchange offer and rights offering worth $900m. On the bank side, Faiza Rahman advised Barclays as initial purchaser on Cypress Semiconductor’s $150m offering of convertible senior notes. Alexander Lynch’s New York-based group also includes Heather Emmel. Other clients include AK Steel, Advent International and Providence Equity Partners.

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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 has an excellent track record for borrower and lender work. On the borrower side, the firm acts for an impressive range of corporates and private equity sponsors, and partners such as Allison Liff, Andrew Yoon, Dallas-based Courtney Marcus, and the recently promoted Houston partner Benton Lewis have established very strong practices. Meanwhile US banking head Douglas Urquhart is equally comfortable sitting on both sides of the table. Major highlights include representing Westinghouse Electric Company in an $800m secured debtor-in-possession facility, provided by Apollo Global Management, to provide liquidity during its Chapter 11 proceedings. Another highlight was representing the aircraft leasing company Avolon Holdings on a $5.5bn loan to help finance its acquisition of CIT Group. On the lender side, partners such as Daniel Dokos, Heather Viets, Morgan Bale, and Danek Freeman are all highly recommended. The firm’s cross-border abilities were acknowledged through its mandate to advise JPMorgan Chase, Deutsche Bank, and Goldman Sachs on a $15.5bn facility to finance Twenty-First Century Fox’s pending acquisition of Sky. The firm also represents an increasing number of direct lenders, including Antares Capital and Public Sector Pension Investment Board.

Leading lawyers

Douglas Urquhart - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Next generation lawyers

Heather Viets - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP fields a very strong company-side practice which recently acted as debtors counsel in the cross-border bankruptcy proceeding of Westinghouse Electric Company, which comprised liabilities of $9bn: a team including Gary Holtzer and Garrett Fail advised on strategic planning, Chapter 11 proceedings as well as on obtaining Westinghouse’s $800m DIP loan. In other work, Marcia Goldstein is leading representation of Takata Corporation‘s $3.9bn restructuring and in the distressed retail sphere, the practice advised J. Crew Group on its out-of-court restructuring and Bain Capital as private equity sponsor on The Gymboree Corp’s Chapter 11. Additionally, the practice takes on notable creditor-side engagements: Matt Barr recently acted for the official committee of unsecured creditors of SunEdison. The team is jointly led by Holtzer, Barr and Ray Schrock and welcomed Ryan Dahl from Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s Chicago office. Other changes to the group include David Griffiths’ promotion to the partnership, Michael Walsh’s retirement and Brian Rosen’s departure to Proskauer Rose LLP. All lawyers referred to herein are based in New York unless otherwise indicated.

Leading lawyers

Marcia Goldstein - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Ray Schrock - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Next generation lawyers

Garrett Fail - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Matt Barr - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s structured finance group handles ABS and CLO transactions, and has been involved in a number of market-first securitizations. The team specializes in esoteric asset securitizations, which, in 2017, have included unsecured consumer loans, small-business loans and a diamond inventory. Frank Nocco acted for Guggenheim Securities in a Rule 144A bond offering backed by the Diarough Group’s inventory of diamonds and the related consignment sales revenue. Nocco and recently promoted counsel Shawn Kodes also advised Caribbean Financial Group on the first-ever multi-jurisdictional securitization of personal consumer loans. Jason Smith and Ariel Kronman are additional contacts in the ABS group. Robert Chiperfield focuses on CLO work and acts for clients such as Apollo Global Management and Redding Ridge Asset Management.

Leading lawyers

Frank Nocco - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Next generation lawyers

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’s practice is led from Dallas by Rodney Moore, who was active on a range of post-restructuring M&A mandates; he and Glenn West (also in Dallas) assisted WPX Energy with its $775m acquisition of oil and gas assets in the Delaware Basin. In New York, Jackie Cohen and Raymond Gietz lead on capital markets work and public M&A, and were active for clients such as York Capital Management and Riverstone Holdings.

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Environment: transactional
Environment: transactional - ranked: tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLPoffers a sophisticated but practical approach to the environmental aspects of transactions’. The environmental team is highly rated for its assistance with M&A deals, divestitures, financing, and capital markets. It acted for General Electric (GE) in the divestiture of its Water & Process Technologies business to SUEZ Environnement. Leading the environmental practice from Washington DC, Annemargaret Connelly is ‘known to be a leading practitioner in the field; she is very experienced, practical, straightforward and good to deal with’. Thomas Goslin, Matthew Morton and John O’Loughlin are recommended counsels.

Leading lawyers

Annemargaret Connelly - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Next generation lawyers

Matthew Morton - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Thomas Goslin - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Healthcare: life sciences
Healthcare: life sciences - ranked: tier 5

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

The ‘thorough’ and ‘strong’ group at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP advises on the full gamut of corporate and litigation matters for clients in the life sciences arena, including antitrust and IP issues. Silicon Valley-based co-head Edward Reines successfully represented Stanford University in an appeal arising from an inventorship dispute with the Chinese University of Hong Kong regarding a revolutionary test for Down’s syndrome. ‘Extremely organized’ patent litigation partner Elizabeth Weiswasser, who has a ‘solid understanding of scientific issues’, has been representing Acorda Therapeutics in the company’s appeal to the Federal Circuit regarding a patent infringement judgment involving its Ampyra drug. IP partner Jeffrey Osterman and private equity partner Christopher Machera led advice to National Surgical Hospitals on its $760m acquisition by Surgery Partners. The group is also headed by Michael Epstein. Named partners are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is known for acting for major league athletes, managers, staff, owners and broadcasters in all manner of sports litigation and negotiations. Practice co-heads Yehudah Buchweitz and Eric Hochstadt defended Showtime Networks against a suite of putative class actions arising out of the August 2017 Mayweather and McGregor fight. Hochstadt is currently also assisting the direct help non-profit organization We Stand With Oakland with a potential challenge to the NFL’s relocation of the Raiders from Oakland to Las Vegas with the aim of maintaining a professional sports team in Oakland. Employment litigation practice head Jeffrey Klein has advised a range of current and former athletes, coaches and other high profile sporting individuals on their employment law concerns. On the transactional side, Boston-based Kevin Sullivan assisted Providence Equity Partners with the sale of its interest in Soccer United Marketing and handled Providence Strategic Growth Partners’ disposal of a majority stake in its portfolio company Blue Star Sports, a developer of youth sports software solutions, to Genstar Capital.

Next generation lawyers

Eric Hochstadt - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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United States: Intellectual property

Copyright
Copyright - ranked: tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Experts in both legal and business issues’, the New York-based team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP counsels major multinational companies, including Facebook and Walt Disney, on US and global copyright portfolios and is noted for its ability to work ‘seamlessly’ with in-house legal departments. The group in New York also has a strong music copyright licensing practice, which advises major domestic television and radio broadcasters as well as internet hosting companies. On the contentious side, Benjamin Marks has extensive experience representing clients before the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) and successfully represented Pandora Media against the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) and the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) in proceedings which will determine royalty rates for the on-demand streaming of musical works from 2018 to 2022. Distinguished practice chair Bruce Rich successfully represented eBay and Instagram in separate cases brought by photographers regarding copyright-infringing third-party content on the defendant’s website. Randi Singer and Todd Larson are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Bruce Rich - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Patent litigation: full coverage
Patent litigation: full coverage - ranked: tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s ‘superbly capable’ team is particulary adept at representing clients from the technology, chemical and life sciences sectors. In Silicon Valley, Edward Reines secured a rare preliminary injunction for Illumina against competitor Qiagen regarding the sale of a DNA sequencer and he also assisted Stanford University with a high-profile inventorship appeal against the Chinese University of Hongkong regarding a test for Down’s Syndrome. In other work, Washington DC-based co-practice head Brian Ferguson and New York’s Anish Desai represented BASF in three IPRs filed by Johnson Matthey regarding patents on diesel exhaust filters. Clients also include General Electric, Oracle and Pacific Biosciences. Silicon Valley’s Anne Cappella, Elizabeth Weiswasser in New York and Houston’s Garland Stephens are key contacts. Derek Walter in Silicon Valley made counsel.

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Patents: licensing
Patents: licensing - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s key area of expertise is technology transactions, but the team is also adept at assisting life sciences clients. On the corporate transactional side, the group covers licences in relation to mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and strategic alliances, while the non-transactional practice includes research and development agreements as well as e-commerce contracts, outsourcing transactions and professional service agreements. The firm is present in New York, where practice head Michael Epstein, Jeffrey Osterman and Charan Sandhu are based, and on the West Coast; here Karen Ballack is the main contact in Silicon Valley after John Brockland left for Hogan Lovells US LLP. Despite Brockland’s departure the group handles a large number of high-profile matters, such as advising Sanofi on the licensing aspects of its $25bn agreement with Boehringer Ingelheim through which the client swapped its animal health business Merial for Boehringer’s consumer healthcare business. General Electric, Signet Jewelers and Eli Lilly are other key clients.

Leading lawyers

Michael Epstein - Weil, Gotshal & Manges 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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s team handles a wide range of contentious as well as non-contentious matters, and boasts expertise across a range of sectors and on a nationwide scale. The group is favored by technology clients for restrictive covenants disputes as well as internal investigations and pre-litigation counseling. Jeffrey Klein and Nicholas Pappas are defending WoodSpring Hotels against allegations of misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential information filed by Extended Stay America. Meanwhile, Gary Friedman is acting for Kroll in a breach of restrictive covenant and non-solicitation clause claim against one of its former managing directors, who joined BRG. In Silicon Valley, Christopher Cox maintains a steady workload of employee mobility disputes and trade secrets theft cases. Attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

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Trademarks: litigation
Trademarks: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

At Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, the practice has particular expertise representing clients in the media and entertainment sectors. Practice co-chair Bruce Rich represented Alibaba in a number of actions brought by US brand owners. The well-regarded Randi Singer has been defending long-term client Houghton Mifflin Harcourt against a number of actions brought by Springboards to Education alleging trademark infringement. Other clients include eBay, Procter & Gamble and Discovery Communications. The practice is also led by Benjamin Marks. Named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise mentioned.

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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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s team in New York handles fund formation work and strategic-level matters for heavyweight general partners. Jonathon Soler assisted Snow Phipps Group with forming a $913m buyout fund. Andrew Chizzik, among other heavyweight debt and buyout fund work, is advising Apollo Credit on growing its open-ended Apollo Credit Fund, which manages $5bn. Stephanie Srulowitz and Soler advised Perella Weinberg Partners on forming a $750m growth equity fund. Other matters included Chizzik advising WL Ross & Co, the manager established by Wilbur Ross, on structuring issues following its founder’s nomination as the Trump administration’s Secretary of Commerce. David Wohl is another key contact for regulatory work. Other clients include Aquiline Capital Partners, Berkshire Partners and Brookfield Asset Management.

Leading lawyers

Andrew Chizzik - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Jonathon Soler - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Next generation lawyers

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP recently bolstered its ERISA litigation practice with the promotions to partner of Jared Friedmann and Adam Banks, who operate respectively within the complex commercial litigation and appellate litigation groups. The team is currently representing the University of Miami in a putative class action filed by a former ‘voluntary faculty’ staff member claiming the university breached its fiduciary duties when it denied the claimants the opportunity to participate in a number of plans open to regular employees. The team also represented an insurance company in a nationwide class action related to the inflation rider on its long-term care insurance policies, and continues to counsel an investment management entity on its response to a series of DoL subpoenas in the context of its investigation into a pension plan. Other key clients include Genworth, UnitedHealth and Washington Mutual. The New York-based team is led by Nicholas Pappas, Jeffrey Klein and Paul Wessel.

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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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s corporate-driven practice handles the executive compensation and employee benefits issues surrounding M&A transactions, restructurings and bankruptcy filings for a client roster including Sanofi, Walgreens Boots Alliance and SoftBank. The transaction committee of the board of directors of Reynolds American engaged the firm to oversee its $60.5bn sale to BAT, and practice head Paul Wessel is advising Scripps Networks on its merger with Discovery. Amy Rubin is acting for Westinghouse Electric in its Chapter 11, and recently assisted InVentiv Health with its $4.6bn merger of equals with INC Research. Sarah Downie and Michael Nissan are also names to note. All named attorneys are based in New York.

Leading lawyers

Paul Wessel - 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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP delivers an ‘exceptional service’, is ‘outstanding for big-ticket mandates’ and handles large class and mass action litigation as well as significant single-plaintiff cases. Department head Jeffrey Klein represented Sterling Jewelers in several matters, including a significant class arbitration in which a putative class of female Sterling sales employees claimed sex discrimination and a corresponding gender bias EEOC suit (the firm acted as co-counsel alongside Seyfarth Shaw LLP). Gary Friedman represented Elite Model Management in a putative class action challenging the classification of models as independent contractors. Perella Weinberg Partners and WoodSpring Hotels are also clients. Nicholas Pappas is a ‘great ERISA attorney and employment litigator’, and counsels Lawrence Baer and Millie Warner, who is a ‘talented, thorough lawyer’, and senior associate Ami Zweig, are also recommended. Named individuals are based in New York.

Leading lawyers

Gary Friedman - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Jeffrey Klein - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Next generation lawyers

Ami Zweig - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Millie Warner - 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 ‘knowledgeable and strategic team’ is adept at handling complex and sensitive counseling matters such as board-level internal investigations, compliance audits, diversity initiatives, and compensation arrangements, in addition to issues arising from M&A, corporate restructuring and bankruptcy. Signet Jewelers, WoodSpring Hotels, Tiffany & Co. and UnitedHealth Group are clients for the New York-based team. Department head Jeffrey Klein is a ‘great negotiator and an excellent counselor’, ‘very good at reading the room’ and ‘tough when he needs to be’. Gary Friedman regularly advises on internal investigations and matters such as whistleblowing and other claims of misconduct, discrimination, and harassment. Nicholas Pappas, who is a highly regarded ERISA expert, counsel Millie Warner and ‘responsive’ associate Ami Zweig are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Jeffrey Klein - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Next generation lawyers

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’s public company advisory group handles a range of work regarding public company securities, leadership changes and activist battles. Adé Heyliger, Michael Aiello and Sachin Kohli advised Procter & Gamble on a proxy contest instigated by Trian Partners. Ellen Odoner’s advice to public companies included advising Westinghouse Electric on the securities aspects of its Chapter 11 insolvency. P.J. Himelfarb advised Signet Jewelers on several governance issues, including welcoming a new CEO. Howard Dicker continues to advise Dow Chemical on governance and securities issues relating to its merger with DuPont. Lyuba Goltser is also a key contact. Heyliger and Himelfarb are based in Washington DC, but other named lawyers are located in New York.

Leading lawyers

Adé Heyliger - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Ellen Odoner - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Howard Dicker - 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 is experienced handling large-cap and transformative deals as well as hostile takeovers, takeover defense and activism defense work. The team operates at ‘a very high level’, is ‘time efficient’ and ‘has an ability learn from past experiences’. ‘Billings are reasonable for the high level of service and expertise’, according to one client. The firm has one of the world’s leading restructuring and bankruptcy practices and, as a result, has a leading presence in distressed M&A deals and transactions linked to bankruptcies. In 2017, the firm advised Reynolds American’s transaction committee of the board of directors on the company’s $60.6bn sale to British American Tobacco, and assisted Scripps Networks Interactive with its $14.6bn merger with Discovery Communications. It also advised Procter & Gamble on a recent proxy contest with an activist investor. Corporate department chairman Michael Aiello is ‘practical’, ‘pragmatic’ and ‘has earned an enormous amount of respect’. Frederick Greenbrings level-headedness and business savvy that multiplies his legal expertise’, with one client suggesting that his attributes were integral to keeping an especially tense and vulnerable transaction on course. Howard Chatzinoff and Michael Lubowitz are also key names, and Jackie Cohen is ‘responsive, available, always calm with a very high level knowledge and experience’, and is ‘open minded and able to work on international transactions with an ability to manage all sorts of cultural expectations’. Matthew Gilroy is another emerging talent, and Marc Silberberg and Paul Wessel are praised by clients for their expertise in M&A-related tax and executive compensation respectively. All named partners are based in New York.

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

Previously focused mainly on large leveraged buyouts, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP now covers the large- to mid-cap range with considerable success. The practice now includes a steady pipeline of infrastructure, growth equity and special situation transactions. It is also expanding its work for sovereign wealth funds and family offices. The firm has worked on a high market share of SPAC deals and has a strong private equity presence in New York, Boston, Silicon Valley and Dallas. Many of its core private equity clients, such as Advent International, engage the firm all over the world. Providence Equity, Centerbridge Partners and CVC Capital Partners are among its other key clients. It is also building its connection to TPG, having advised Pace Holdings, a SPAC sponsored by TPG Global, on its business combination with Playa Hotels & Resorts. It also advised Lindsay Goldberg and portfolio company Bluegrass Materials on the company’s $1.62bn sale to Martin Marietta Materials. Department head Douglas Warner is a genuine leader in the field, and fellow practice co-head and Boston-based Kevin Sullivan leads a number of the firm’s key relationships, including with Providence Equity. Boston’s Marilyn French Shaw is close to Advent and a number of other key clients, and Silicon Valley’s Kyle Krpata and Houston partner Glenn West are also key members of the team. Christopher Machera is an emerging talent. Attorneys are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Leading lawyers

Douglas Warner - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Venture capital and emerging companies
Next generation lawyers

Matt Stewart - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

A ‘top-notch name in the music space’, the New York-based team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP recently represented Pandora Media in a trial in which the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) set favorable sound recording royalty rates for the client, a decision which is being appealed by others in the music industry; and acted for Sirius XM in a music royalty rate setting proceeding before the CRB; Bruce Rich and Todd Larson led on both matters. Clients also praise Howard Chatzinoff, who is a key name for transactional work; the ‘excellentBenjamin Marks; Michael Aiello, who is advising Scripps Networks Interactive on its $15bn merger with Discovery Communications; and Yehudah Buchweitz, who is defending Showtime Networks in several putative class actions brought by customers who had paid to watch the ‘Fight of the Century’ but were unable to do so due to alleged insufficient bandwidth and server systems. Simon & Schuster, Alibaba Group and Univision are also clients.

Next generation lawyers

Benjamin Marks - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is regularly engaged in sophisticated transactions, including technology acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, as well as research and development (R&D) collaborations, licensing agreements, outsourcing transactions and e-commerce agreements. New York-based global technology and IP transactions head Michael Epstein acted for inVentiv Health in the technology and IP aspects of its $4.6bn merger with INC Research Holdings; Charan Sandhu advised the transaction committee of the board of directors of Reynolds American (Reynolds) on the technology and IP aspects of its $60.6bn sale to British American Tobacco (BAT) of the 57.8% of Reynolds’ stock that BAT did not already own; and Jeffrey Osterman advised French multinational pharmaceutical company Sanofi on the technology and IP aspects of the $25bn exchange of its animal health business for the consumer healthcare business of Boehringer Ingelheim. Silicon Valley-based Karen Ballack is also highly rated. Richard Climan, John Brockland, Max Scott, Keith Flaum, Jane Ross, and Christopher Moore joined Hogan Lovells US LLP.

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’ New York-based M&A team is ‘knowledgeable about both public company deals and the industry’. Howard Chatzinoff jointly heads the practice and has worked on transactions on behalf of broadcasting, cable, programming, and telecoms companies. Fellow practice head Michael Lubowitz is experienced in M&A and private equity transactions in this space, and recently advised Starz on its $4.4bn sale to Lions Gate Entertainment. M&A partner Frederick Green is co-chair of the transactions practice and worked with Straight Path Communications on its proposed $3.1bn sale to Verizon. Private equity specialist Harvey Eisenberg assisted SoftBank with its $3.3bn acquisition of Fortress Investment Group. Michael Aiello is also a key figure, with a strong skill-set in M&A and divestitures; notable work highlights of his included advising JP Morgan Securities and Perella Weinberg Partners as financial advisers to AT&T in relation to AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner, assisting Scripps Networks with its $14.6bn merger with Discovery, and advising Media General on its $4.6bn sale to Nexstar Broadcasting.

Leading lawyers

Howard Chatzinoff - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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United States: Real estate

Real estate investment trusts (REITs)
Next generation lawyers

David Herman - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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United States: Tax

International tax
International tax - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

The largely New York-based team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP advises on the tax implications of cross-border M&A and restructurings. Kenneth Heitner assisted the board of directors’ transaction committee of tobacco manufacturer Reynolds American with the tax aspects of the $60.6bn sale to British American Tobacco, while Kimberly Blanchard and Stuart Goldring have been advising the US arm of Japan-based auto parts company Takata on the tax aspects of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy and the related $1.6bn asset sale to Key Safety Systems. Mark Schwed acted for the Chinese HNA Group regarding tax issues relating to its $6.5bn acquisition of a 25% stake in Hilton Worldwide Holdings from affiliates of Blackstone.

Leading lawyers

Kimberly Blanchard - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Next generation lawyers

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

The ‘very responsive’ practice at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLPgives very practical advice’ in relation to M&A, capital markets, private equity, investment funds, bankruptcy, restructuring and REITs matters. Major highlights included Kenneth Heitner advising Reynolds American on its $60.6bn sale to British American Tobacco, and Stuart Goldring’s work on the $9.8bn Chapter 11 of client Westinghouse Electric. Chayim Neubort advised General Electric on selling GE Industrial Solutions to Swiss company ABB for 2.6bn. In the funds space, Stanley Ramsay assisted Genstar Capital with the formation of its eighth buyout fund. The ‘solution-oriented and business-savvy’ Mark Schwed, who in 2017 advised on several M&A transactions for American Securities, and fund taxation lawyer Robert Frastai are also recommended. All mentioned partners are based in New York. In March 2018, Noah Beck joined from Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.

Leading lawyers

Kenneth Heitner - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Stuart Goldring - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Next generation lawyers

Chayim Neubort - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Mark Schwed - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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