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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’s practice is led from New York by Michael Bond and Philip Rosen, whose expertise extends well beyond the firm’s well-known capability in dealing with distressed assets. Bond has particular strength in advising on REITs and, in one standout transaction, advised MGM Resorts International on the $1.17bn sale of the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City to MGM Growth Properties. Rosen acts for a range of private equity funds and institutional investors and assisted Brookfield Asset Management with its $2.8bn acquisition of the outstanding common shares of Rouse Properties. Rosen is also well known in the market for his experience in dealing with industrial property. Aside from New York, the team has boots on the ground in Miami, where Nellie Camerik and Beatriz Azcuy-Diaz handled the real estate aspects of a number of significant Chapter 11 bankruptcies, including advising Aéropostale on the $243m sale of its assets to a consortium of real estate and retail firms. In addition, Camerik represented Interval Leisure Group in its $1.5bn acquisition of Vistana Signature Experiences, following completion of the spin-off of Vistana from Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide.

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United States: Antitrust

Cartel
Cartel - ranked: tier 5

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

At Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Steven Reiss and Adam Hemlock spearhead the firm’s cartel practice out of the New York office, handling criminal investigations and related civil litigation. The firm’s diverse workload has seen its advise on matters involving automotive parts, liquid crystal displays and e-books, among many other areas. Key clients include ExxonMobil, Sumitomo Chemical and Pirelli.

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

In 2016, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP welcomed heavyweight practitioner Kevin Arquit from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP to co-lead the antitrust practice with Steven Newborn (Washington DC). The firm’s workload includes follow-on actions arising from global cartel investigations, private business-to-business lawsuits and merger litigation. Steven Reiss and Adam Hemlock are defending General Chemical and its parent company Chemtrade Logistics Income Fund in putative class actions in the US arising from an alleged price-fixing conspiracy in the market for a water treatment chemical, liquid aluminum sulfate. Reiss and Hemlock are also representing Calsonic Kansei and Bridgestone (and their US subsidiaries) in an antitrust MDL involving automotive parts. Eric Hochstadt and Washington DC’s Carrie Mahan are also recommended; Michael Naughton joined as counsel from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Named lawyers are based in New York except where otherwise noted.

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 has ‘an exceptionally strong team in the US’, which is ‘extremely well informed and connected’. Steven Newborn, Steven Bernstein and Brianne Kucerik are ‘particularly good’, according to sources. Recent hire Kevin Arquit, who co-heads the global antitrust practice along with Newborn, joined from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. New York-based Arquit has previous experience as the former general counsel at the FTC and director of its Bureau of Competition. Other members of the team have also previously served as senior FTC lawyers, including Bernstein, Newborn and Ann Malester. Jeffrey Perry led the FTC’s Merger IV Division. Recent highlights included assisting Allergan with the US and cross-border antitrust aspects of the $39bn sale of its global generic pharmaceuticals business to Teva. In another matter, Malester and Jeff White successfully assisted AbbVie with obtaining FTC clearance (without a second request being issued) for its $5.8bn acquisition of Stemcentrix. Michael Naughton joined as counsel in New York from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC except where indicated otherwise.

Leading lawyers

Steven Newborn - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jeff White - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Jeffrey Perry - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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United States: Dispute resolution

Appellate: Supreme Court (federal and state)
Appellate: courts of appeals - ranked: tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s group is active in areas ranging from copyright and professional malpractice to bankruptcy and antitrust. Gregory Silbert secured a victory for Marsh & McLennan in a lawsuit brought by two former executives; the precedent-setting judgment provides guidelines for compelling employees to participate in internal investigations. Head of securities litigation John Neuwirth successfully argued the Second Circuit appeal in a securities fraud class action for Sanofi. Edward Reines in Silicon Valley, who focuses on intellectual property appeals, obtained a victory in a Federal Circuit appeal for Adobe, affirming a jury verdict invalidating two digital rights management patents asserted by Digital Reg of Texas. Steven Reiss is also recommended. Named attorneys are based in New York except where otherwise stated.

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Steven Tyrrell heads Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s white-collar investigations practice. Tyrrell advised Sanofi on SEC and DOJ FCPA investigations. Jonathan Polkes secured a precedent-setting victory for professional services company Marsh & McLennan before the Second Circuit, in a case that concerns the legality of compelling employees to participate in internal investigations. Tyrrell and Christopher Garcia acted for former UBS and Citigroup trader Tom Hayes in a DOJ Libor manipulation investigation. Garcia’s clients also include American Realty Capital Properties. Steven Reiss is acting for the former head of foreign exchange trading at BNP Paribas in a multinational investigation. Apart from Washington DC’s Holly Loiseau, all key partners are based in New York. Sarah Coyne joined from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in January 2017.

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s broad geographic footprint - which includes eight US offices - enables it to handle disputes across the length and breadth of the country. Complex litigation occurring on several fronts is its forte; Diane Sullivan in New Jersey and David Lender and Theodore Tsekerides in New York have been representing Exxon in proceedings in various state and federal courts, including multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the Southern District of New York concerning the use of MTBE as an additive in gasoline. In Florida, the highly regarded Miami-based Edward Soto secured a string of victories for client Procter & Gamble in product liability litigation. David Yohai in New York co-leads the practice with Soto; he has a strong track record in technology, media and entertainment, and insurance disputes and receives a steady flow of cases from household-name companies in these sectors. Yehudah Buchweitz is a rising star in the team, having recently secured a string of successes for clients, particularly in the media and entertainment space.

Leading lawyers

Diane Sullivan - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Next generation lawyers

Yehudah Buchweitz - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

New York-based Eric Ordway heads the team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, which also includes Ted Posner in Washington DC. It successfully represented Forbes in a $9m arbitration with Ukraine-based United Media Holding regarding a contested termination of a licensing agreement and is representing Hungary in an arbitration involving a claim under the Portugal-Hungary BIT. It also represented MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Company in its dispute with the Government of Croatia regarding its investment in Croatian oil and gas company INA.

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 4

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Leveraging the firm’s extensive array of private equity sponsor clients, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s team is undoubtedly best known for the ‘thoughtful and responsive’ advice it provides on CFIUS clearance work. ‘Experienced and client - focused’ team head Theodore Posner has ‘not only a knowledge of the relevant law and policy, but also a close working relationship with the CFIUS agencies’ and works with clients to ‘understand the long-term and short-term ramifications of every business decision’. Possner recently represented Opera Software in a CFIUS review pertaining to a take private acquisition of its browser business by a consortium of Chinese companies.

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Leading trial lawyers

Diane Sullivan - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP New York-based Diane Sullivan achieved a complete defense jury verdict for Philip Morris USA in a class action arising from a multimillion-dollar ‘medical monitoring’ claim. Sullivan is acting for Repsol in a counterclaim against OxyChem for the recovery of $65m in clean-up costs following a dispute between the oil and gas companies and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection arising from pollution of the Passaic River. Also in the energy sector, Sullivan represented ExxonMobil in several disputes arising from the use of MTBE as an additive in gasoline. Antitrust highlights included acting for Toyobo in a series of investigations and litigation pertaining to the use of Zylon fiber in bullet-resistant vests used by law enforcement agencies worldwide, and representing Staples in an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission into its $6.3bn acquisition of Office Depot.

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

At Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, ‘the work is always of high quality and the team has an unmatched wealth of experience’. John Neuwirth and Joseph Allerhand in New York are ‘brilliant, the best in the business; tough yet smart’. Neuwirth led the defense of Fidelity National Financial in an appraisal case arising from a $2.9bn merger that included the acquisition of Lender Processing Services. After a four-day trial in Delaware, the court confirmed the deal price as fair value. Allerhand defended Kinder Morgan in shareholder litigation challenging its $70bn corporate consolidation, in which the Delaware Supreme Court upheld the dismissal of all claims. He also won a significant decision for Signet Jewelers when the Delaware Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the Court of Chancery’s dismissal of Singh v Attenborough, which challenged the company’s $690m acquisition of Zale Corporation. Jonathan Polkes won a major appellate victory for Lehman Brothers Holdings in a case that raised objections to its $16bn sale of Archstone Enterprise.

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

The product liability and mass torts group at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has notable experience defending consumer fraud class actions for high-profile clients. In Princeton, Diane Sullivan successfully obtained a defense verdict for Philip Morris following a three-week jury trial in a medical monitoring class action regarding the client’s cigarettes. Miami-based Edward Soto obtained dismissal of six remaining cases in the denture cream MDL brought against Procter & Gamble alleging that the use of its Fixodent product caused neurological injuries. Practice head Arvin Maskin, who is based in New York, has been serving as lead trial counsel to Japanese fiber manufacturer Toyobo in False Claims Act litigation brought by the federal government concerning Toyobo’s Zylon fiber in bullet-resistant vests. David Singh was promoted to partner in the firm’s Silicon Valley office.

Next generation lawyers

David Singh - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense
Product liability, mass tort and class action: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense - ranked: tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s largely Princeton-based practice has strong experience defending class actions. Diane Sullivan successfully obtained dismissal of all claims in a putative consumer class action brought against Sanofi regarding its epinephrine injection product Auvi-Q following an earlier global recall. Sullivan has also been representing Walgreens in a number of consumer class actions concerning allegations of the inaccurate blood-testing device Edison produced by Theranos and sold through Walgreens. Allison Brown was promoted to partner. Arvin Maskin heads the practice out of New York.

Leading lawyers

Diane Sullivan - 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 diverse group handles class actions for a wide range of clients. In Miami, Edward Soto has been representing Dometic in a putative class action brought before the Southern District of Florida alleging defects in the gas absorption refrigerators manufactured by the company for use in vehicles and boats. Soto and Diane Sullivan, who is based in New Jersey, continue to serve as lead trial counsel to Repsol in multi-defendant litigation brought by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection concerning the pollution of the Passaic River in New Jersey; in 2016, the team obtained summary judgment dismissing all remaining claims against the company. Sullivan and New York-based pair David Lender and Theodore Tsekerides continue to represent ExxonMobil as lead trial counsel in various MTBE litigation brought before both state and federal courts. Princeton-based Allison Brown was promoted to partner. New York-based Arvin Maskin heads the practice.

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Securities litigation: defense
Securities litigation: defense - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s New York-based team is ‘responsive, detail-oriented and secures outstanding results across the board’. Clients say that ‘the advice always makes sense from a legal and business perspective’, describing John Neuwirth and Joseph Allerhand as ‘reliable, proactive and worth the hourly rate’. Neuwirth achieved a decisive court of appeals victory for Sanofi with the dismissal of a high-profile securities fraud class action concerning the results of clinical trials for a multiple sclerosis drug. Allerhand scored three victories for Fairway Group Holdings in matters relating to its 2013 IPO. Miranda Schiller and Gregory Silbert defeated a $57m claim against Vivendi in one of the largest securities fraud class actions to be tried to judgment. Highlights for former federal prosecutor Jonathan Polkes included a victory for Morgan Stanley when a New York federal jury issued a verdict of no liability in private insider trading claims brought by a Russian billionaire. Stephen Radin and Stacy Nettleton are among the other respected partners. Jim Quinn left the firm.

Leading lawyers

John Neuwirth - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Joseph Allerhand - 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

Historically stronger on the issuer side, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP strengthened its manager-side credentials with its recent advice to the underwriters during Microsoft’s $19.7bn offering of senior notes to finance its acquisition of LinkedIn. The deal, which was notable for being the technology giant’s largest-ever bond offering, was led by Corey Chivers. Chivers also led the firm’s advice to Willis Towers Watson (Ireland) in two notes offerings worth $1bn and €540m respectively. Elsewhere, Jennifer Bensch acted for Mizuho Securities USA in a ¥30bn senior unsecured notes offering by DH Japan Finance. Alexander Lynch heads a New York-based practice that also includes Frank Adams and the newly promoted Faiza Rahman.

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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 underwriters - ranked: tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

The ‘responsive’ and ‘well-integrated’ team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is highly regarded for ‘taking the time to understand its clients’ businesses’. Furthermore, the firm’s ‘deep bench allows it to handle strategic transactions alongside everyday matters’. Alexander Lynch heads the New York-based group and is a ‘fantastic lawyer’, who ‘surrounds himself with a great team and quality associates’; he advised Cotiviti Holdings, a portfolio company of Advent International, on its $246m IPO. In another private equity-related deal, Jennifer Bensch acted for Silver Run Acquisition, a special-purpose acquisition company sponsored by Riverstone Holdings, in its $500m IPO. Issuers may provide the bulk of mandates, but the firm does have a solid underwriter-side practice and Lynch advised Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan as underwriters on the $250m Camping World IPO. Corey Chivers, Heather Emmel and ‘up-and-coming partner’ Faiza Rahman are also recommended.

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

Alexander Lynch heads a ‘responsive’ team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, which is ‘extremely knowledgeable in the high-yield area’. Private equity is a sweet spot and Heather Emmel acted for PQ Corporation, a portfolio company of CCMP Capital Advisors, in its $625m offering. The firm also recently picked up several distressed energy deals, leveraging its market-leading restructuring group to handle significant bankruptcy-related transactions in that space. Notably, Frank Adams advised Vantage Drilling on a private offering to existing creditors of $76m of senior secured second lien notes and $750m of step-up senior subordinated secured third lien convertible notes. In other matters, Corey Chivers acted for AMC Entertainment in its $595m and £250m senior subordinated notes offerings to help finance its acquisitions of Odeon & UCI Cinemas Group and Carmike Cinemas. AK Steel, Advent International and Centerbridge Partners are also clients.

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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

Under the leadership of global finance head Daniel Dokos, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP attracts praise for its ‘first-class service and execution’, and for its strong international network. Dokos leads a ‘knowledgeable, responsive and highly effective’ team of experienced lawyers, including US banking and finance head Douglas Urquhart; Morgan Bale, Danek Freeman and the newly promoted Heather Viets, who are highly active on the lender side; and Alsison Liff, Andrew Yoon, Damian Ridealgh, Courtney Marcus and the ‘knowledgeable, practical and efficientAndrew Colao, who are recommended for their advice to borrowers. Highlights included advising JAB Holding on a $6.4bn loan to finance the $13.9bn take-private of coffee company Keurig Green Mountain, advising Barclays and the other joint lead arrangers on the $500m financing of JAB Beech’s acquisition of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, and assisting Goldman Sachs with an $8bn bridge loan to Great Plains Energy to finance its takeover of Westar Energy.

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 is a market-leading debtor-side firm and has recently assisted in the Chapter 11s of Basic Energy Services, Breitburn Energy Partners and CHC Group. Practice co-heads Ray Schrock and Gary Holtzer pre-packaged the $1bn and $1.5bn debt restructurings of Basic Energy Services and CHC Helicopters respectively. Schrock also led a team including Garrett Fail in assisting Aeropostale with its successful restructuring, notable for keeping the majority of stores open and saving the jobs of over 13,000 employees. Capitalizing on the upsurge of work in the energy sector, the firm has also represented creditors in some of the most high-profile bankruptcies. It has been representing the official committee of unsecured creditors in the SunEdison bankruptcy, the largest filed in 2016 with over $16bn in debt, and represented the official committee of unsecured creditors in the Ultra Petroleum Corporation case, which filed with $3.75bn in liabilities. Other key names are Marcia Goldstein and Matt Barr, who has just been made co-head of the practice alongside Schrock and Holtzer. All named attorneys are based in New York.

Leading lawyers

Marcia Goldstein - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Ray Schrock - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Next generation lawyers

Garrett Fail - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Structured finance
Structured finance - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP exhibits ‘top-rate industry knowledge’ and provides ‘proactive advice’ to issuers and underwriters regarding innovative securitization transactions across a range of asset classes. In a particularly noteworthy highlight, Ariel Kronman acted for Guggenheim Partners in the structuring of Cork Street CLO Designated Activity Company, and subsequently advised Guggenheim Partners Europe on the structure of a repackaging and risk retention holding vehicle for the CLO notes issued by Cork Street. Although the group has been increasingly active working for underwriters, practice head Frank Nocco assisted Lendmark Financial Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Blackstone Group, as sponsor and issuer in the client’s first two rated term securitizations of personal loans, totaling over $400m. ‘Exceptionally helpful and informed’, Jason Smith acted for The Hertz Corporation and various subsidiaries in multiple ABS offerings in 2016. Senior associate Shawn Kodes is also highly recommended.

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

M&A and restructuring are the key activities of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s department, which is particularly active in the upstream space. The team handles plenty of midstream work too: Dallas-based group head Rodney Moore acted for EnLink Midstream Partners and EnLink Midstream in their $1.6bn acquisition of subsidiaries of Tall Oak Midstream.

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Environment: transactional
Environment: transactional - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has notable experience assessing environmental issues, with a particular focus on health and safety matters and hazardous material exposure in the heavy industrial, chemical, energy and manufacturing sectors. Practice head Annemargaret Connolly advises on global environmental compliance and liability issues in the context of M&A transactions; counsel Thomas Goslin has significant restructuring expertise; and counsel Matthew Morton advises on the environmental issues arising from bankruptcies. Recent work included advising Dow Chemical on its $130bn merger of equals with DuPont, and assisting GE Capital with the $50bn divestiture of the majority of its assets. Goldman Sachs, Sanofi and Berkshire Partners are also key clients. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s product liability group is highly experienced in representing clients in high-stakes litigation, as is its patent litigation team, which handles a steady flow of high-profile mandates. Notable recent achievements in the transactional space include assisting Sanofi with its $25bn business swap deal exchanging its animal health business for the consumer healthcare business of Boehringer Ingelheim, and successfully securing clearance from the Federal Trade Commission for Allergan’s sale of its global generic pharmaceuticals business to Teva Pharmaceutical Industries. Jeffrey Osterman advised Sanofi on its exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with Hanmi Pharmaceutical to develop and commercialize a portfolio of diabetes treatments. The team is led by Silicon Valley-based Edward Reines and also includes highly regarded patent litigator Elizabeth Weiswasser in New York.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s New York-based team handles a range of disputes and litigation for athletes, broadcasters and investors. The firm has a strength in athlete union representation, with clients including the nascent and as-yet unrecognized Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Association and the NHL Players’ Association (NHLPA). James Quinn represented Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman in arbitration, halving a 20-game ban for colliding with a referee while concussed. In addition, Quinn and Eric Hochstadt represent former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre in litigation against the mixed martial arts (MMA) promoter regarding his contractual status. Jeffrey Klein represented MasterCard, which was dropped as a defendant from a RICO class-action claim brought by daily fantasy sports gamblers. Transactions included Michael Lubowitz advising Delta Topco, the parent company of Formula One, on its sale by CVC Capital Partners to Liberty Media, while Quinn and Yehudah Buchweitz represented CBS in cases brought by former NCAA student athletes seeking payments for image rights. Bruce Meyer is now in-house at the NHLPA.

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s ‘top-notch’ team in New York has a ‘deep understanding of the issues that matter for tech clients’. It frequently represents distributors in first impression copyright litigation and has particular expertise in music licensing. Highlight included the representation of Sirius XM in music royalty rate-setting proceedings before the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) against SoundExchange, Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, the Recording Industry Association of America, and others, as well as the representation of Pandora Media against the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) and the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) in royalty rate proceedings before the CRB. In the book publishing sector, the firm continues to represent Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, SAGE Publications and the Association of American Publishers in a long-running dispute with Georgia State University regarding the digital distribution of book excerpts to students. On the defense side, it successfully represented Facebook and Instagram against copyright infringement claims by photographer Jennifer Rondinelli Reilly. Practice head Bruce Rich is recommended along with Benjamin Marks, Randi Singer and Todd Larson.

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 ‘superb’ team has ‘exceptional legal skills across the board’ and provides ‘advice which reflects strong business acumen and industry knowledge’. Washington DC-based Brian Ferguson co-chairs the practice with Jared Bobrow in Silicon Valley, who ‘deftly manages all aspects of patent litigation matters and is particularly impressive in oral advocacy’. Also in Silicon Valley, Edward Reines focuses on technology litigation matters; recent highlights included securing a preliminary injunction against Qiagen on behalf of Illumina in a suit regarding its GeneReader NGS system, and obtaining an appellate victory for Adobe, where an invalidity verdict on two digital rights management patents was successfully upheld. Other individuals include Anne Cappella, who is part of the Silicon Valley team focusing on complex technology matters; Washington DC-based Anish Desai, whose areas of expertise include consumer electronics, semiconductor technology and renewable energy; and Doug McClellan, who is the key contact in Houston.

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Patents: licensing
Patents: licensing - ranked: tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

According to one client, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP provides ‘the highest level of service’, combining ‘deep patent expertise and great corporate support’; the team is also singled out for its responsiveness and its willingness to ‘complete tasks on very short timelines’. New York-based global head of the technology and IP transactions practice Michael Epstein is advising a number of technology and life sciences companies on their licensing agreements; representative clients include Adobe Systems, Applied Materials, Eli Lilly, and Intel Corporation. Also in New York, Jeffrey Osterman assisted Sanofi with its worldwide licensing agreement with Hanmi Pharmaceutical to commercialize a portfolio of diabetes treatments. Silicon Valley-based Karen Ballack is advising Yahoo! on the IP aspects of its pending $4.83bn sale of its operating business to Verizon. New York’s Charan Sandhu focuses on the technology-related aspects of private equity, M&A and licensing transactions.

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 has notable strength in the financial sector, but also advises consulting and entertainment companies on the trade secret aspects of technology and employment matters. Jeffrey Klein and Nicholas Pappas are representing Perella Weinberg Partners in a dispute against three former partners and a former managing director of its restructuring group, which includes allegations of conspiracy to form a new firm from the existing group and breaches of fiduciary duty. Klein is also acting for JLT Specialty, its affiliate and a number of its executives in a lawsuit filed by Aon alleging breaches of restrictive covenants, as well as tort and related claims. Gary Friedman represented Kroll in a dispute against its former senior managing director pertaining to a breach of restrictive covenants and other obligations. Celanese and Ullink are also clients. Christopher Cox in Silicon Valley is another name to note. Paul Genender joined the Dallas office from K&L Gates. Bruce Meyer moved to an in-house position with the National Hockey League Players’ Association. Attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

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Trademarks: litigation
Trademarks: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s ‘excellent’ team in New York is particularly noted for its expertise regarding secondary liability of intermediaries in trademark infringements. It has been handling several such matters for eBay, including a recent defense against a suit by Wimo Labs, which alleges that eBay permits the sale of counterfeit versions of the plaintiff’s phone cases on its e-commerce marketplace. The team also defends Alibaba against contributory trademark infringement and counterfeiting claims from a group of luxury brand owners, including Gucci, Bottega Veneta and Yves Saint Laurent. In the offline world, the firm successfully defended Core-Mark, a provider of marketing and distribution services for retail stores, against allegations of having unknowingly distributed counterfeit 5-HOUR Energy products. Practice chair Bruce Rich and Randi Singer are recommended.

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United States: Investment fund formation and management

Private equity funds
Private equity funds - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP fields ‘a great mix of expertise globally, both at partner and associate level’, and stands out as ‘a go-to law firm for high-value and complex fund formation’. Andrew Chizzik - ‘a real pleasure to work with and an excellent technician’ - regularly handles complex fund formations for Brookfield Asset Management, including recently advising on a $4bn buyout fund and a $14bn infrastructure fund, the largest of its type to date. Practice head Jonathon Soler (who attracts praise for his ‘excellent strategic advice - he is very plugged in with all the big players’) handled a number of high-value fund launches throughout 2015 and 2016, including advising Lindsay Goldberg on the formation of a $3.6bn fund. Other clients include Berkshire Partners, which Stephanie Srulowitz advised on a $5.5bn fund launch; Apollo Credit, which Chizzik and Paul Cohn advised on a $5bn actively managed credit fund; Providence Equity Partners; and first-time manager Tritium Partners. All named individuals are located in the New York office.

Leading lawyers

Andrew Chizzik - 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

The ‘expert, strategic, pragmatic and cost-effective’ team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is ‘simply the best litigation team’, according to one client. ‘Exceptional lawyerNicholas Pappas, who leads the practice with Jeffrey Klein, and Paul Wessel - who also serves as head of the firm’s executive compensation and employee benefits practice - obtained a precedent-setting victory before the Second Circuit for Marsh, and defended UHG (and related entities) and its self-funded ERISA health plans in a class action suit brought by ambulatory surgery centers. Other notable clients include Genworth and AIG. Named attorneys are based in New York.

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Employee benefits and executive compensation (transactions)
Employee benefits and executive compensation (transactions) - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

The ‘highly responsive and capable’ New York-based compensation group at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP represents a diverse roster of large corporate clients, private equity sponsors, and their portfolio companies with ‘a quality and cost that are top tier’. Paul Wessel leads the team and advises clients on high-value and cross-border M&A transactions, such as Dow’s $130bn merger with DuPont, and Sanofi’s $25bn exchange of Merial, its veterinary pharmaceutical provider, for Boehringer Ingelheim’s consumer healthcare business. Clients such as Omers and Advent solicited the ‘extremely knowledgeable and highly experiencedMichael Nissan to work on their transactions. Sarah Downie joined the firm in 2016 and handled Avolon’s acquisition of CIT’s aircraft leasing business. Amy Rubin is also a key contact.

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’s expertise includes restrictive covenant, discrimination, and wage and hour litigation. Practice head Jeffrey Klein represents Perella Weinberg Partners in ongoing litigation against four former senior employees that allegedly breached their non-solicitation obligations and fiduciary duties; the defendants filed counterclaims against the client and three of its partners relating to invalid non-solicitation covenants, wrongful termination, deferred compensation and other allegations. Gary Friedman acted for Tuesday Morning in two putative California wage and hour class actions, and ERISA expert Nicholas Pappas defended Marsh & McLennan Companies in a dispute with two former executives, who sought severance benefits and compensation for stock options following termination of their employment for not cooperating with an internal investigation. Other clients include Elite Model Management and Kroll. Counsels Lawrence Baer and Millie Warner are highly regarded, as is associate Ami Zweig. Named attorneys work out of New York.

Leading individual

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

The ‘exemplaryJeffrey Klein leads Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s ‘extraordinary’ practice, which includes Gary Friedman. Counsel Lawrence Baer advises clients from a wide array of sectors on workforce reductions, store closures, labor integration following M&A transactions and on corporate restructuring as a result of bankruptcy. Klein recently acted for the Lincoln Center and its audit committee on an internal investigation into allegations of misconduct and gender-based favoritism by the organization’s former president. ERISA expert Nicholas Pappas is another key contact in the ‘highly talented’ group and Ami Zweig is an associate to watch. Other recent matters for the New York-based team included: C-suite terminations, compliance with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act and whistleblower matters. Dimension Data, Godiva and The Kraft Heinz Company feature on the impressive client roster.

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 ‘top-notch’ practice is headed by Ellen Odoner out of New York. Her colleagues in that city include Lyuba Goltser and the ‘exceptional’ Howard Dicker, who has ‘extraordinary depth of knowledge and the ability to get to the heart of an issue’. Key figures in the Washington DC office include PJ Himelfarb and Adé Heyliger. Among other recent mandates, Odoner advised General Electric on securities and governance aspects of its exit from GE Capital. Dicker assisted Dow Chemical with devising the governance structure of the new company formed through its merger with DuPont. Himelfarb acted for a Canadian mining company in its acquisition of another Canadian mining company through a scheme of arrangement intended to be exempt under the US securities laws. Other clients include MasterCard, Sanofi, Campbell Soup and the Estée Lauder Companies.

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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 consistently selected for bet-the-company deals and is frequently engaged in shareholder activist situations and contested transactions. The firm delivers ‘great expertise in a timely and efficient manner’, is ‘consistently client-oriented’ and has ‘out-of-the-box strategic thinkers’. It has a formidable presence in New York, where corporate department chair Michael Aiello continues to earn accolades, but in 2017 it lost a strong team in Silicon Valley to Hogan Lovells US LLP, including Kieth Flaum and Richard Climan. The practice has deep public company expertise and an especially strong record in merger of equals transactions, and it is frequently engaged in cross-border transactions involving Europe and Asia. In 2016, it continued to advise Dow Chemical on its $130m merger of equals with DuPont, a deal that involved significant shareholder activism. The firm also advised Sanofi on its $25bn exchange of Merial, its animal health business, for the consumer healthcare business of Boehringer Ingelheim. In technology deals, the firm advised Reid Hoffman, a co-founder and executive chairman of LinkedIn, on the $26bn sale of LinkedIn to Microsoft. It also advised Oracle on its $9.3bn acquisition of NetSuite, its $663m acquisition of Textura and $532m purchase of Opower. Kyle Krpata is the remaining key name in Silicon Valley. In New York, Frederick Green is another senior name, along with Howard Chatzinoff, Michael Lubowitz, Jackie Cohen and Matthew Gilroy.

Hogan Lovells US LLP has emerged as a major player in high-value and complex cross-border M&A, with clients including the likes of 3M Company, Dell, Lockheed Martin, Novartis, Honeywell, Allergan, Daimler and General Electric. The firm has ‘significant resources to support the transaction, significant sector experience and knowledge, deep resources to complete time-sensitive transactions in an expeditious manner and is good value for the services provided’. It also ‘anticipates issues’, ‘understands the art of the possible’, ‘tirelessly works to achieve the client’s goals’ and is ‘professional in the highest sense of the word’. Key sectors for the practice include real estate and highly regulated industries such as aerospace, defense, government contracts and healthcare. Recent works includes advising Dell on its $3.05bn sale of its global IT services division to Japan-based NTT Data and representing Lockheed Martin in its $5bn agreement to separate its Information Systems & Global Solutions business and combine it with Leidos Holdings through a Reverse Morris Trust structure. In addition, it advised a consortium of Daimler, Audi and BMW on their $3.1bn acquisition of HERE, the digital mapping business held by Finland’s Nokia. Washington DC-based Joseph Gilligan is an ‘excellent team leader’ and has ‘significant deal experience and leadership capabilities to coordinate a large work scope’. New York and Washington DC-based global head of the M&A practice William Curtin is praised for his ‘M&A experience, creativity, availability and business understanding’, making the ‘client look smarter’, and is ‘more prepared and more sophisticated than the client has any right to expect’. Glenn Campbell in Baltimore, Washington DC-based Elizabeth Donley and Paul Manca and New York-based Adam Golden are also highly regarded. In 2017, the firm hired a prominent team in Silicon Valley, including Richard Climan and Kieth Flaum, from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Flaum is described as ‘the Jedi Master of lawyering.

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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 ‘great firm that certainly has had some talented people’. Despite some partner departures, including Michael Weisser to Kirkland & Ellis LLP and David Blittner to Ropes & Gray LLP, it has continued to cement relationships with major private equity houses such as TPG. The team advised TPG Growth and TPG Special Situations on the acquisition of a minority stake in Spotify Technology. It also advised JAB Holding Company, as the leader of an investment group, on the $13.9bn take-private acquisition of Keurig Green Mountain, and represented Omers Private Equity in its $1bn take-private acquisition (alongside Harvest Partners) of Epiq Systems. Advent International, Providence Equity, Berkshire Partners, Centerbridge Partners and CVC Partners are among its core client base. New York partner and department head Douglas Warner is ‘easy to work with’, ‘constructive’ and ‘smart’. Also in New York, Christopher Machera is an up-and-coming partner with good relationships with TPG and Centerbridge, and Peter Feist has added further senior-level credibility after transferring from the Hong Kong office in 2015. In the private equity-focused Boston office, Kevin Sullivan is pivotal to the Providence relationship and Marilyn French remains close to Advent. Silicon Valley partner Kyle Krpata is also key to the TPG relationship, and the ‘fantasticGlenn West has ‘a great legal mind but also provides very practical advice’ and is ‘by far the best corporate lawyer in Dallas’, according to one client.

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Douglas Warner - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

The ‘extremely responsive, cutting-edge and highly experienced’ New York-based team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLPalways puts the client first, tailoring guidance specifically to the situation’s needs’ and ‘providing a unique and valuable perspective’. Bruce Rich, whose ‘acumen and industry knowledge is second to none’, and Howard Chatzinoff lead the group, which is noted for its strength in music copyright law. Recent highlights include representing Sirius XM in a music royalty rate-setting proceeding before the CRB, and acting for Pandora Media before the CRB, obtaining favorable sound recording royalty rates for the client. Outside the music space, Rich is representing multiple publishers in a copyright infringement action against Georgia State University. Other clients include Facebook, Alibaba and AMC Entertainment. Clients praise Benjamin Marks, who is ‘practical and really knows his stuff’.

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Outsourcing
Outsourcing - ranked: tier 4

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

The team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is led by Michael Epstein in New York and John Brockland in Silicon Valley. The team assists with the structuring, drafting and negotiation of BPO and ITO agreements on a national and international level. Recent highlights include advising Dignity Health on numerous large technology, outsourcing and IP-related transactions and advising on the IP and technology aspects of Lenovo’s acquisition of the Motorola Mobility business from Google.

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Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLPprovides the highest level of service; the firm’s expert and knowledgeable attorneys are responsive, willing to complete tasks in very short timelines and give great value for money’. The technology and IP transactions practice is highly rated for advising on the IP issues surrounding M&A, private equity, banking and finance, and restructuring matters. In cross-border matters, global technology and IP transactions head Michael Epstein and Jeffrey Osterman in New York advised Sanofi on the technology and IP aspects of the $25bn exchange of its animal health business for the consumer healthcare business of Boehringer Ingelheim, a developer, manufacturer and marketer of human and veterinary pharmaceutical products. The team also advised Verizon on its acquisition of Sensity Systems, a developer of high-speed, sensor-based, multi-service IoT platforms. Karen Ballack is ‘the best drafter in the business and a great communicator’; she advised Yahoo! on the technology and IP aspects of the $4.83bn sale of its operating business to Verizon; and fellow Silicon Valley lawyer John Brockland advised Adobe Systems on the technology and IP aspects of its acquisition of TubeMogul, a video advertisement platform provider. Charan Sandhu is another key New York contact; and other high-profile clients for the firm include Dignity Health, General Electric, Intel Corporation and Synopsys.

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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 LLPprovides the highest level of service’, with a ‘responsiveness and willingness that makes it a pleasure to work with’. The New York-based practice, led by Howard Chatzinoff, specializes in complex M&A; highlights included advising Evercore as financial adviser to CenturyLink in relation to CenturyLink’s $34bn acquisition of Level 3 Communications, assisting Verizon with its acquisition of IoT platform developer Sensity Systems, and advising Delta Topco on its acquisition by Liberty Media Corporation for $7.8bn. Michael Aiello is advising JPMorgan and Perella Weinberg as financial advisers to AT&T regarding AT&T’s $109bn acquisition of Time Warner, and is also acting for Media General regarding a proposed buyout offer from Nexstar Broadcasting Group, totaling $4.6bn. Other clients include CBS Corporation, Univision Communications and Providence Equity Partners. Noteworthy names include private equity specialist Michael Lubowitz, corporate partner Frederick Green, and technology and IP transactional expert Karen Ballack in Silicon Valley, who clients praise as ‘an excellent communicator and hard worker’.

Leading lawyers

Howard Chatzinoff - 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

Philip Rosen and Michael Bond lead the New York-based REIT practice at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, which advises on debt and equity offerings, M&A transactions and joint ventures. Alongside M&A lawyer Michael Aiello, Bond advised MGM Resorts International on the sale and leaseback of ten destination resort casino hotels in connection with the spin-off and formation of MGM Growth Properties and its $1.05bn IPO. Aiello also advised Iron Mountain on its proposed acquisition of Australian company Recall Holdings. Matthew Gilroy supported JP Morgan in its $276m acquisition of the national multifamily agency loan origination and servicing platform of Arbor Commercial Mortgage. Other recent clients include Blackstone and Tishman Speyer.

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s international tax practice specializes in cross-border transactions, financings and debt restructurings. Jared Rusman in Dallas advised Sanofi on its pending $25bn exchange of its animal health business (Merial) for the consumer healthcare business of German Boehringer Ingelheim, while New York’s Kenneth Heitner handled the $13bn merger of equals between client IHS and UK-based Markit Limited. Brookfield Asset Management, General Electric and JAB Holding Company are also active clients. Kimberly Blanchard is assisting Ireland-based Avolon Holdings with its $10bn acquisition of the aircraft leasing business of CIT Group. Mark Schwed led a matter for Chinese HNA Group, which acquired a 25% stake in Hilton Worldwide Holdings for $6.5bn from affiliates of The Blackstone Group.

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s leading tax practice attracts praise for its ‘top levels of expertise’ and ‘exceptional service; partners demonstrate knowledge of how to apply the law and its implications on business operations’. Kenneth Heitner and Chayim Neubort (who is noted for his ‘exceptionally deep expertise’) advised The Dow Chemical Company on all tax aspects of its $130bn merger with DuPont, while the ‘technical and knowledgeableStuart Goldring assisted Oracle Corporation with the tax aspects of its $9.3bn acquisition of NetSuite and Mark Schwed acted for HNA Group on its $6.5bn acquisition of a 25% stake in Hilton Worldwide Holdings. Other clients include Brookfield Asset Management, Sanofi and Verizon.

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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Latin America: International firms

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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