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Weil is one of a small handful of firms that has a balance of market-leading private equity, finance and restructuring capabilities with an international framework of consistently high-quality offices.

The firm: The firm has 1,100 lawyers, in offices on three continents around the world. Nearly 25% of the firm’s lawyers are based in Europe. The London office was established in 1996 and has grown to become the second largest of the firm’s worldwide offices, with over 90% of Weil’s lawyers in London being UK-qualified and around 80% of its work home-grown.

Weil’s focus has consistently been one of long-term investment in recruiting and retaining exceptional talent at all levels and ensuring a balanced practice hedged for all economic conditions.

Few firms place greater emphasis on pro bono work. Weil’s award-winning programme is deeply ingrained in the firm’s culture across all levels and jurisdictions.

Types of work undertaken:Private equity/M&A: private equity is the cornerstone of Weil’s UK and global practice. The firm acts as a trusted advisor to leading private equity houses and portfolio companies on their most significant deals.

The combination of market-leading private equity and funds practices provides a leading integrated global funds and deal execution platform, enabling the firm to provide advice over the full life cycle of a private equity fund, from formation to investment, continuing through to realisation and return of capital to investors. Weil has broadened its offering to focus on real asset transactions and can offer funds active in this area a complete solution from transaction and fundraising, to financing, restructuring and tax.

This is complemented by the firm’s M&A practice which provides advice on all aspects of UK, European and multi-jurisdictional public and private deals, including corporate governance and public company advisory expertise.

Private funds group: Weil’s private funds team in London advises on many of the largest, most prestigious and sophisticated funds mandates in the market. Weil has built one of the most diverse practices in Europe within the private funds space. Weil is recognised as a leading advisor across a wide range of sub-sectors of the private funds market, including private equity – ‘mega funds’, infrastructure funds, debt funds, emerging markets funds and debut managers, spin-outs and secondaries.

Restructuring: Weil’s restructuring practice is recognised as one of the leading bespoke restructuring practices in the City. The practice comprises the highest profile, market-leading UK-originated global mandates, as well as significant work alongside the firm’s premier US restructuring practice on US-originated matters.

Finance: few firms can boast such breadth and quality of work, providing a unique combination of top-of-the-market sponsor instructions, lender and borrower representations and restructuring mandates. In addition to the breadth and quality of work in London, the Weil practice integrates one of the strongest European banking practices with truly top-tier US-headquartered banking law capability and a leading Asian banking franchise.

The firm’s expertise includes bank and institutional lending, acquisition finance (including senior and mezzanine debt), high-yield asset finance, derivatives, refinancings and recapitalisations, debt and equity markets, structured finance, infrastructure financings and lease financings.

Dispute resolution: Weil is one of the few firms with leading dispute resolution capabilities throughout the UK, Europe and the Americas. The firm advises on the most high-profile and technically complex cases in the market, advising on and conducting matters for their full life-cycle, from strategic advice through to negotiations, ADR processes, cross-border litigation, arbitration and regulatory investigations. Much of the firm’s work concerns novel areas of law and ultimately results in judgments that become the leading authorities on significant legal issues.

Transactional support: the majority of Weil’s work in London involves multidisciplinary teams across the specialist fields of competition, corporate governance and compliance, employment, intellectual property, management incentives, real estate, tax and technology. The London transaction specialist lawyers provide transactional and advisory support across all legal specialisms and play a crucial role in ensuring that transactions, restructurings and disputes reach a successful completion.

Other offices: Beijing, Boston, Dallas, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Houston, Miami, Munich, New York, Paris, Prague, Princeton, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Warsaw, Washington DC.

  • Number of UK partners: 31
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: Approx 150

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