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Kevin Sullivan

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP


Kevin Sullivan is a partner in the Private Equity Practice of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. He joined the firm in 2002 and has a diverse transactional and corporate counseling practice with emphasis on leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, and growth equity investments. He regularly represents private equity investors in leveraged buyouts and minority investments. He also has broad M&A experience counseling corporate clients on a variety of general corporate and compliance matters, including corporate governance, securities, employment and strategic matters.


Boston College (summa cum laude, 1993); Georgetown University Law Center (JD, cum laude, 1996).

United States: Industry focus


Within: Sport

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.

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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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