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Marilyn French Shaw

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP


Marilyn French is a partner in Weil’s Private Equity Practice. Ms. French has a diverse practice which focuses on private equity transactions, including leveraged buyouts, minority investments and public-to-private transactions, and mergers and acquisitions. She represents several of the country's leading private equity firms, including Advent International, Berkshire Partners and Thomas H. Lee Partners. She also regularly represents companies in connection with corporate counseling, acquisitions and dispositions.


Hofstra University (BA, 1987 magna cum laude); Boston College Law School (JD, 1990, cum laude, Order of the Coif).

United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

Private equity buyouts

Within: Private equity buyouts

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.

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