Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP > New York, United States > Firm Profile

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
1285 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS
NEW YORK, NY 10019-6064
United States

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 1

The antitrust practice at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP excels in individual and class action claims alike, with cases spanning the whole range of defense matters including monopolization, price fixing, bid rigging, and exclusive dealing. Acting for clients such as Amazon, Credit Suisse, and SAP, the group’s expertise extends to a host of industries and multiple jurisdictions in and outside of the US. In Washington DC, Ken Gallo is praised for his ‘impactful blend of practical solutions, legal acumen and technical expertise’  with which he represents clients particularly at the intersection of antitrust with intellectual property. Technology and social media specialist Karen Dunn and Bill Isaacson further form part of the DC team. In New York, Aidan Synnott and Andrew Finch are recommended for their involvement in high-stakes class actions in financial services and the high-tech industry. Bet-the-company expert Rick Rule in Washington DC departed in March 2022 to found his own firm.

Testimonials

‘Joe Bial has always been very helpful and diligent in difficult situations. He understands well about how foreign companies would react to US civil lawsuits and yet keeps cool mind to analyze the dynamics of the case.’

‘When you are faced with a large MDL, it can be daunting to try and organize the defense and try to plot a path out of it. Paul Weiss is able to take care of the day to day management of MDL, make sure all necessary tasks are completed as well as lay out a path to resolution, despite such a goal being years off. If MDL hits, you need a Paul Weiss on your side to manage.’

‘Ken Gallo is the finest lawyer I have ever had the pleasure of working with. I have yet to encounter a legal issue that Ken does not have a recommendation to help manage. It is an impactful blend of practical solutions, legal acumen and technical expertise which I have never found in another lawyer. Craig Benson has done a remarkable job in helping steer our cases while Ken is otherwise engaged. Craig helps to keep everything going seamlessly which is very hard to do.’

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP fields an impressive team which includes a number of former federal prosecutors, and DOJ and SEC attorneys, and focuses on multifaceted domestic and international regulatory matters. Brad Karp has a strong reputation in bet-the-company litigation and regulatory investigations, while Theodore Wells is a seasoned litigator and well versed in government investigations. Roberto Finzi is a name to note for the representation of individuals caught up in high-profile white-collar crime matters, and Harris Fischman is recommended for regulatory enforcement proceedings, internal investigations and criminal defense. Jessica Carey, Richard Tarlowe, Loretta Lynch, and Washington DC-based Mark Mendelsohn, Roberto Gonzalez and Jeannie Rhee are other key practitioners. In February 2021, the firm launched a San Francisco office, with Walter Brown and Randy Luskey joining from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Joshua Hill joining from Morrison Foerster, and Melinda Haag arriving from the DOJ. Named attorneys based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Brad Karp; Jessica Carey; Roberto Finzi; Lorin Reisner; Richard Tarlowe; Theodore Wells; Harris Fischman; Roberto Gonzalez; Loretta Lynch; Mark Mendelsohn; Jeannie Rhee

Testimonials

‘The practice group is uniquely equipped with well-respected, high-calibre partners, and able to easily scale on engagements regardless of size.’

‘Their skillset is best suited for high-profile, board-level, and/or extremely complex matters.’

‘The lawyers in this group are well known in the industry, often coming from high-profile engagements and/or governmental positions.’

‘Paul Weiss provides extremely high quality representation in white-collar matters.’

‘Their work product is top notch, they are extremely good at communicating with the client, and they are very adept at learning new areas.’

‘For critical white-collar projects, they are among the very top firms that I would turn to.’

‘Randy Luskey is very much a pleasure to work with. He is perhaps the best communicator I’ve ever worked with as outside counsel.’

‘Randy Luskey is a trusted advisor and when important decisions have to be made on investigations he provides very thoughtful and intelligent advice.’

Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation Tier 1

The team at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is widely recognized in the market for its ability to represent prominent clients in high-profile disputes and investigations. In 2021, the practice acted in litigation before state and federal courts, including appearing before the Supreme Court, and was also engaged to handle enforcement proceedings and internal investigations. The team’s sizeable client base includes prominent banks, hedge funds, and private equity funds, and it advises these clients in cases involving alleged breaches of fiduciary duty, fraud, and market manipulation. The practice is jointly led by Brad Karp, Susanna M. Buergel, Jessica Carey, Andrew J. Ehrlich, Kenneth A. Gallo, Audra J. Soloway and Theodore Wells. Karp serves as chairman of the firm and is amongst the most respected lawyers in this sector, while Buergel, Ehrlich and Soloway co-chair the firm’s securities litigation practice. Daniel Kramer is another key figure in the team, with deep experience in securities litigation including handling antitrust and securities fraud claims. All named lawyers are based in New York with the exception of Gallo, who is based out of the firm’s Washington DC office.

Practice head(s):

Brad Karp; Susanna Buergel; Jessica Carey; Andrew Ehrlich; Kenneth Gallo; Audra Soloway; Theodore Wells Jr.

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Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge of the market in securities litigation and a strong ability to dive deep or pull back when required.’

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 1

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP‘s disputes practice enjoys a strong reputation in the market, not least due to its highly experienced chairman Brad Karp. The team is regularly involved in commercial litigation, trials, and appeals, as well as in motion practice and arbitration cases, acting for high-profile clients such as Apple, IBM, Citigroup, and Bloomberg. Theodore Wells expertise was in demand by ExxonMobil in a wide range of matters, among those its defense in a series climate change-related matters, including an SEC investigation, multiple state attorneys general investigations, government tort litigation and private class actions. Jaren Janghorbani  focuses on M&A litigation as well as large-scale torts, including environmental disputes, while the Washington DC-based Karen Dunn has know-how in commercial and antitrust cases. Andrew Gordon is another key practitioner. Named lawyers are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Brad Karp

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent cross-functional expertise across almost any area that I might need, well informed, responsive.’

‘Jaren Janghorbani is extremely knowledgeable, thoughtful about legal issues, and business-minded.’

Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers Tier 1

Karen Dunn – Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Washington DC based litigation partner Karen Dunn leads many of the most significant cases in the US, particularly those where settlement is not an option. In 2021, Dunn had a major trial victory for Apple in Epic v. Apple.  Other notable representations within the technology sector include leading the team defending Uber against Waymo in a billion dollar trade secrets case over the future of self-driving cars.Theodore Wells – Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. New York-based Theodore Wells has conducted many of the most influential matters in the US. Historical cases of note include serving as lead counsel to New Jersey Governer Phil Murphy in an unprecedented lawsuit involving a Democratic power broker attempting to stop an investigation by a special governor’s task force into the state’s tax incentive programs. Wells is highly regarded for SEC investigations, exemplified by his defence of ExxonMobil in a three-year SEC investigation which ended with no enforcement action being recommended against the company. He was also retained to represent ExxonMobil in a series of tort suits.

William Isaacson – Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Mandates covered by Washington DC-based William Isaacson  include complex class actions. His practice focuses on antitrust matters; notably securing an arbitration victory on behalf of Uber in a high-profile, lengthy antitrust action against the company. Isaacson has acted in antitrust class actions on the defense and the plaintiff side, a unique element to his practice. On the plaintiff side, he also undertakes significant and impactful pro bono work. Current notable mandates include defending Apple in a crucial class action for the business and securing a favorable settlement for Apple in early October 2021.

Brad Karp - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Firm chairman Brad Karp continues to successfully defend high-profile financial institutions and corporations including Morgan Stanley and Blackstone Alternative Asset Management in their most challenging litigations. He has also represented the NFL over several years, notably achieving in October 2021 a settlement of claims by retired black players alleging race-based adjustments in dementia testing in the settlement payout process. Karp is based in New York.Jay Cohen Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. New-York based Jay Cohen is former co-chair of the firm’s litigation department and is particularly renowned for his expertise in commercial, media and entertainment, antitrust and intellectual property disputes. A recent victory for the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) and 14 independent music publishers in a copyright infringement action against Peloton Interactive, one of the largest copyright cases ever brought in the music industry, demonstrates his prowess in this area.

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          Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense Tier 1

          The team at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, which has offices in New York and Wilmington, is praised as ‘focused on achieving client objectives‘, and provides ‘very well written and argued briefs that go to the heart of the matter‘, with clients highlighting the ‘incredibly hardworking and smart lawyers‘. Among these are New York-based partners Andrew Gordon and Jaren Janghorbani , along with Andre Bouchard in Wilmington, who lead the practice. Bouchard joined in October 2021 having been Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery. Lewis Clayton and Geoff Chepiga in New York are among the most highly M&A respected litigators in the market, and Alexia Korberg , who is acting for CBS in shareholder litigation challenging its $30bn merger with Viacom, is also highly recommended. The firm is heavily involved in the emerging area of SPAC-related litigation, and Janghorbani is representing private equity firm Fireman Capital Partners in a case in Delaware that alleges breaches of fiduciary duty in relation to convertible notes and warrants issued to Fireman by cannabis and hemp company Left Coast Ventures prior to its merger with a special purpose acquisition company.

          Practice head(s):

          Andrew Gordon; Jaren Janghorbani; Andre Bouchard

          Other key lawyers:

          Lewis Clayton; Alexia Korberg; Andrew Ehrlrich; Geoff Chepiga

          Testimonials

          ‘The team is focused on achieving client objectives. Very well written and argued briefs that go to the heart of the matter. Very responsive to client.’

          ‘Incredibly hard-working and smart lawyers. Very knowledgeable.’

          ‘Andrew Gordon, Lew Clayton, Andrew Ehrlrich, Jaren Janghorbani, and Lew Clayton are all standouts.’

          Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 1

          The New York office of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is home to a deep bench of talented securities litigators. Among them are veteran litigator and firm chair Brad Karp, who along with Andrew J. Ehrlich scored a major victory in Kentucky State Court for Blackstone Group in an unprecedented attempt to assert derivative claims on behalf of public pension funds against asset managers hired by those funds. Susanna M. Buergel is another standout lawyer and her work with Ken Gallo in a securities class action concerning Citigroup’s role as an investment advisor is a prime example of her role in high-stakes cases. Audra J. Soloway , who handled a case for Biogen Inc. in which plaintiffs allege false and misleading statements in relation to its Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab, and Theodore Wells, who won a complete defense verdict on behalf of ExxonMobil in a landmark trial in New York state court alleging that the company misled investors about the risks of climate change to its business, are also recommended. Veteran partner Daniel Kramer has deep experience in representing Fortune 500 clients in high-profile, cutting-edge cases, and co-deputy chair of the Securities Litigation and Enforcement Group. Jane B. O’Brien in Washington DC and veteran litigator Richard Rosen in New York also play key roles in the practice.

          Practice head(s):

          Brad Karp; Susanna M. Buergel; Andrew Ehrlich; Ken Gallo; Audra J. Soloway; Theodore Wells

          Other key lawyers:

          Daniel Kramer; Jane B. O’Brien; Richard Rosen

          Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 1

          The New York based practice at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is known for advising debtors, distressed companies, official and unofficial committees of creditors, both secured and unsecured creditors, equity sponsors and distressed investors. Its team is well versed in the handling of both Chapter 11 and Chapter 15 cases, out-of-court restructurings and transactions pertaining to financially distressed companies, and is also familiar with representing both governmental and regulatory bodies. Its expertise is evidenced through its representation of a Mallinckrodt ad hoc committee of guaranteed unsecured noteholders, concerning its Chapter 11 cases surrounding $5.5bn of debt; Alice Belisle Eaton assisted the matter. She, alongside Andrew Parlen, oversaw the out-of-court exchange offer and refinancing transactions of Revlon. Alan KornbergPaul Basta and Andrew Rosenberg are co-chairs of the department and have each led its team in significant matters including the Chapter 11 case of Diamond Offshore Drilling. Brian S. Hermann is noted for his representation of both debtor and lender clients. Elizabeth R. McColm has vast experience across sectors such as retail, energy, shipping and publishing. Kyle J. Kimpler is well known for his litigation experience, overseeing Chapter 11 cases, bankruptcy proceedings and cross-border insolvencies. The practice saw the arrival of Kenneth Ziman and partner promotion of Christopher Hopkins in early 2022.

          Practice head(s):

          Alan Kornberg; Paul Basta; Andrew Rosenberg

          Testimonials

          ‘Very strong business understanding, excellence at every level of execution.’

          ‘Extremely proactive and service oriented; focus on what their clients consider most important.’

          ‘Paul Weiss’s restructuring group is top notch. They represent big and small clients with absolute class and professionalism. Partners are accessible and transparent. They don’t over staff with associates who are learning on the job.’

          ‘Elizabeth McColm is hard working and innovative in the restructuring world. She protects her clients interests and works for consensual resolutions.’

          ‘Paul Weiss has done tremendously good work for us on an number of complex transactions. They are comfortable with complexity, great at imposing order on chaos, very efficient and and drive points to resolution rather than merely “ping-ponging” them back and forth between counsel until the principals step in.’

          ‘Very commercial. Willing and able to negotiate deals, but equally willing and able to litigate if necessary on behalf of clients.’

          ‘Practice has some of the best thought leaders in the space. They are hard working, experienced, knowledgeable and creative. They also understand how investors think and are focused on getting to a transaction but with their clients interests in mind. The team knows what is important to investors and what is not.’

          ‘Very attentive and experienced individuals that are creative and outside the box thinkers. The partners are some of the best I have worked with and they have an amazing demeanor with their clients and with counterparties. They really understand how to tactfully approach a negotiation and what to focus on. Some of the best lawyers in the business that I have worked with.’

          Key clients

          Apollo Global Management

          Petra Diamonds

          Bain Capital

          Prudential Capital Partners

          BlackRock

          Revlon

          Blackstone Group

          Simon Property Group

          Brookfield Asset Management

          The Carlyle Group

          Diamond Offshore Drilling

          The Capital Group Companies

          General Motors

          The Collegiate Churches of New York

          J.P. Morgan

          The IMAGINE Group

          Lion Capital

          TowerBrook Capital Partners

          McGraw Hill

          Investment fund formation and management > Alternative/hedge funds Tier 1

          The ‘unique‘ offering at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is much lauded by clients, one of whom singles it out as a team which ‘is truly innovative, thinks outside of the box and has seen more than just the “norm” in terms of fund structures, market practices and deal complexities‘. The group has a long track record assisting investment management firms and their principals with regulatory compliance and crisis management, and other operational issues; the department is regularly called upon to assist fund managers experiencing life-threatening risks, including regulatory issues, investor litigation and disputes among its senior partners. In addition, the firm has a particularly strong reputation as a leading seed practice and is widely noted for its transactional capabilities. Udi Grofman – who co-chairs the global private funds practice along with Marco Masotti – is recognized for his ‘outstanding business sense complementing nonpareil legal expertise‘. The two oversee matters from the New York office, which also fields recommended practitioners Amran Hussein and Lindsey Wiersma.

          Practice head(s):

          Udi Grofman

          Other key lawyers:

          Amran Hussein; Lindsey Wiersma; Marco Masotti; Conrad van Loggerenberg

          Testimonials

          ‘Paul Weiss runs a unique practice in the alternative/hedge funds practice space in that it is truly innovative, thinks outside of the box and has seen more than just the “norm” in terms of fund structures, market practices and deal complexities. The people make the place and the partners/counsel/associates at Paul Weiss are the most responsive of any firm out there.’

          ‘Overall, Paul Weiss houses superb talent and is insanely responsive, which is paramount to in-house lawyers and other clients who use them as trusted counsel.’

          ‘I have worked in the private funds space for more than 30 years and with Udi Grofman for more than 25 of those, and I have learned from experience that his is the only counsel in his practice area that I can bank on. Not only does he possess unparalleled legal expertise that crushes that of his counterparts at other firms, but his range extends far beyond the usual confines of corporate practice to embrace more than a passing familiarity with virtually all related subspecialties, including corporate tax (domestic and international), employment, ERISA and litigation, allowing him to issue-spot knowledgably and to ensure that nothing potentially ancillary to our core concerns goes unaddressed. (It helps in this particular regard that he is supported by Paul Weiss’ comparably stellar capabilities in all other practice areas, so that Udi can confidently lateral anything that comes up that’s outside his sweet spot to one of his colleagues with the relevant granular expertise.) But what makes Udi stand out from the crowd is as much his business judgment as his legal knowledge. He possesses a very rare commercial sensibility, obviating the need for so much of the wasteful dialectic that characterizes most lawyer-client relationships – he “gets it” and can invariably be counted on to have already factored in the (sometimes competing) business realities before proffering his advice. Udi is my go-to guy, my touchstone, whenever a funds-related or more general legal question comes up.’

          ‘Udi Grofman is without peer. Outstanding business sense complementing nonpareil legal expertise. Prodigious work ethic. Can take his advice “to the bank.” Has strong supporting case, but unlike so many “star” practitioners, when you hire Udi, you get Udi — no bait-and-switch.’

          ‘The attorneys in the group have deep technical knowledge that is used in the most practical ways – working with the group is easy in addition their fees are very fair and the service (response time etc) is excellent – they are the best of the best.’

          ‘The partner I would single out is Udi Grofman – he is amazing, easy to talk to, and takes the most complex issues and boils then down so the lay person can understand and appreciate what is at risk and what is needed.’

          Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 1

          Counting notable companies such as IBM, Apollo and MGM among its key roster of clients, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP’s workload includes high-end M&A and IPOs, in addition to CEO succession mandates. The team is well-placed to advise on tax, securities and corporate issues relating to deferred compensation and equity-based pay plans. The team benefits from the leadership of Jean McLoughlin, who is the practice’s go-to advisor for public companies and is noted for her expertise in senior leadership succession matters. Lawrence Witdorchic, who also co-chairs the executive compensation group, and Jarrett Hoffman act for private equity funds and publicly held corporations. All named attorneys are based in New York. Former co-chair Andrew L. Gaines  left the firm in June 2022.

          Practice head(s):

          Jean McLoughlin; Lawrence Witdorchic

          Other key lawyers:

          Key clients

          Apollo Global Management

          Berkshire Partners

          Chevron Corporation

          CLEAR Secure

          Conair Corporation

          D1 Capital Partners

          Driven Brands

          European Wax Center

          General Atlantic

          General Electric Company

          Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

          IBM

          IG Group

          Inspire Brands

          Kohlberg & Co.

          KPS Capital Partners

          Lehigh Hanson

          Magnachip

          MGM

          Nuance Communications

          NuOrder

          Oak Hill Capital

          Perspecta

          QAD Inc.

          QTS Realty Trust

          M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 1

          Hailed as ‘an extraordinary practice of top individuals’, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is a top-of-the-market resource for M&A, corporate governance issues, activist campaigns, proxy fights, tender offers and unsolicited transactions. Corporate chair Scott Barshay has played a central role on some of the largest transactions in sectors including aerospace and defense, consumer and retail, TMT, industrials and healthcare; his team includes Robert Schumer, a lawyer with over 30 years’ of experience in M&A, joint ventures, LBOs and joint ventures, as well as Jeffrey Marell, who possesses extensive expertise in negotiation and contested deals, minority investments and carve-outs transactions. Named lawyers are based in New York, as is Steven Williams, whose broad expertise includes mergers-of-equals, carve-outs, spin-outs and sales of asset management firms.

          Practice head(s):

          Scott Barshay

          Other key lawyers:

          Matthew Abbott; Angelo Bonvino; Ariel Deckelbaum; Jeffrey Marell; Robert Schumer; Krishna Veeraraghavan; Steven Williams; Taurie Zeitzer; Kyle Seifried

          Testimonials

          ‘This is an extraordinary practice of top individuals. A huge knowledge of what works and what doesn’t; practical; tough when necessary; speaks the language of bankers and deal makers as well as excellent in front of clients.’

          ‘Rober Schumer and Ariel Deckelbaum are a great team. They work hard, enjoy the work, are as knowledgeable as anyone and strategic. Although now a general counsel, I was previously an M&A lawyer and truly appreciate the skill of this team.’

          Key clients

          Advance

          Kraft Heinz

          Chevron

          Qualcomm

          General Electric

          PRA Health Sciences

          Honeywell

          Teladoc Health

          IBM

          ViacomCBS

          Work highlights

          • Advised General Electric in the $30bn-plus combination of its jet leasing unit, GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), with AerCap Holdings.
          • Advising Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios in its $8.45bn sale to Amazon.
          • Advising Nuance Communications in its $19.7bn sale to Microsoft.

          M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts Tier 1

          Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP combines headline deal involvements with a pipeline of transactions on behalf of blue-chip private equity funds such as Apollo, General Atlantic, and Ares, working across the bulge-bracket and middle market on buyouts, exits, minority investments, and innovative arrangements such as SPAC deals. The firm is noted for its senior leadership on complex deals, with practice co-head Matthew W. Abbott advising General Atlantic on its $1.5 billion investment in Articulate Global as well as a number of other transactions, alongside standout transactional partners Ellen Ching, Neil Goldman, and Brian Lavin. Co-head Taurie M. Zeitzer remains a leading name in the market, advising long-standing client Apollo on its $5 billion acquisition of Verizon Media, while Brian Scrivani is noted for his prolific practice, handling a broad range of buyouts and portfolio company deals, as well as corporate governance issues. Ted Ackerman advised Brookfield and Simon Property Group in their acquisition of assets of JC Penney in bankruptcy, continuing his strong record in carve-outs and portfolio M&A. Angelo Bonvino is a senior practitioner who acts as relationship partner for top clients including Kohlberg & Co and Oak Hill Capital, while Sarah Stasny is increasingly influential, representing Roark Capital in a variety of strategic acquisitions. Justin Rosenberg remains a name to watch, maintaining a diverse client base, while Jeffrey Kochian and Gerald Brant joined the team from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in November 2021, deepening the firm’s Apollo relationship as well as expanding its capabilities in mid-market and portfolio company work. All lawyers are in New York.

          Practice head(s):

          Matthew W. Abbott; Taurie M. Zeitzer

          Testimonials

          ‘The Private Equity buyouts practice at Paul Weiss provides deep expertise and knowledge to each transaction, including awareness of emerging trends and unique aspects to process and approach that other firms may not have or may miss. They focus on knowing their clients and always being available and quick to respond with answers and solutions.’

          ‘Brian Lavin has been a reliable and trusted “go-to” resource. Brian knows his client’s business, knows the details that matter, understands the market and brings a practical solution oriented approach to all he does. Brian appropriately allocated resources in a strategic but cost effective way.’

           

          Work highlights

            Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 1

            Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP‘s eminent tax practice advises on both major transactions and restructurings, working on big-ticket M&A, multi-jurisdictional spin-offs, and take-privates for MNCs and financial institutions alike. Brad Okun is a regular port of call for the firm’s investment management clientele, routinely advising on multi-billion dollar acquisitions with targets operating across multiple sectors. Scott M. Sontag is a highly experienced advisor to public companies and private equity funds, most notably in REIT-related transactions. Jeffrey Samuels‘ renowned public company tax practice sees him advising on some of the most consequential deals in the market place, with recent highlights including twelve-figure transactions in the media sector. In addition to his active M&A tax practice, Robert Holo anchors the group’s bankruptcy offering, working with a number of creditor groups on Chapter 11 and restructuring proceedings. David W. Mayo ‘s most recent instructions include a number of high-value private equity transactions, while Lindsay Parks is a trusted advisor to the firm’s investment management and REIT clientele. Cross-border specialist Brian Krause joined the team from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in April 2021.

            Practice head(s):

            Brad Okun, Scott Sontag, Jeffrey Samuels, Lindsay Parks

            Other key lawyers:

            David W. Mayo; Brian Krause; Robert Holo

            Key clients

            Advanced Publications

            Apollo Global Management

            Brooks Automation

            Cenovus Energy

            Chevron Corporation

            Conair Corporation

            General Atlantic

            General Electric

            The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

            IBM Corporation

            IG Group

            Kohlberg & Company

            KPS

            Lehigh Hanson

            MGM

            Nuance Communications

            PRA Health Sciences

            QTS Realty Trust

             

            Antitrust > Cartel Tier 2

            The team at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP includes a number of former senior DOJ antitrust officials and leading trial lawyers, and handles a combination of major government investigations, alongside civil and criminal litigation relating to cartel activity and follow-on damages, with a highly successful record in acting for blue-chip corporates as well as individuals. The firm is a powerhouse in the financial services industry, and has also handled high-profile bid-rigging and price-fixing investigations for clients in the energy, technology and manufacturing sectors on a global basis, representing clients against DOJ and FTC investigations as well as before the European Commission and other international antitrust enforcers. The team is led by Andrew C. Finch and Aidan Synnott, a vastly experienced duo who regularly handle complex multi-jurisdictional regulatory investigations and litigation. Also of note are Joseph Bial, who acts for clients in high-stakes civil and criminal cartel proceedings, currently representing Nippon Chemi-Con in an ongoing grand jury trial relating to price-fixing, and sought-after litigator Kenneth A. Gallo, a go-to for bench trials, regulatory investigations, and private litigation for marquee clients. In March 2022, Rick Rule left the Washington DC office to found his own firm.

            Practice head(s):

            Andrew Finch; Aidan Synott

            Other key lawyers:

            Joseph Bial; Kenneth Gallo

            Testimonials

            ‘It is typically challenging to find a firm that can scale to whatever problem you have but Paul Weiss’s team has proven adept at that. They combine the highest expertise with hands on and direct problem solving skills.’

            ‘Ken Gallo is the best lawyer I have ever worked with. Ken not only has the technical legal acumen, he has combined it with the perfect deft touch on the client relations side. He is the highest caliber attorney I know.’

            Antitrust > Merger control Tier 2

            Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP remains active across a wide range of complex, high-value mergers, regularly securing clearance for big-ticket transactions in the face of FTC and DOJ scrutiny, as well as shepherding deals through multijurisdictional antitrust authorities. The firm’s expertise encompasses HSR filings and merger reviews, through to regulatory investigations and legal challenges, including associated litigation, with notably capabilities in the tech sector, which faces increasing regulatory scrutiny. The firm combines ‘hired gun’ mandates with regular transactional work for major market names including Elanco, Mastercard, and Apollo Global Management. The team includes a number of highly experienced antitrust practitioners with past DOJ and FTC experience, including former Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Andrew C. Finch, who co-leads the team and is an expert in merger reviews and investigations. Co-chair Aidan Synnott is a prolific merger counsel, and represented Conair in its sale by affiliates of American Securities LLC. All lawyers are based in New York unless otherwise stated. Washington DC-based Rick Rule left to found his own firm in March 2022.

            Practice head(s):

            Andrew C. Finch

            Other key lawyers:

            Aidan Synott

            Dispute resolution > Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal)

            As good as it gets‘, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP‘s appellate team impresses with its increasing involvement in precedent-setting cases, following the arrival of high-profile group chair Kannon K. Shanmugam in 2019. Notably, the firm secured three US Supreme Court victories in the 2020-21 term alone. The group also has experience in arguing before all 13 Courts of Appeals, as well as many state appellate courts. Washington DC-based Shanmugam is an ‘all-star in every respect‘ and recently paired up with the trial litigation team to score an 8-1 win for Goldman Sachs in a SCOTUS case with significant implications for class certification in securities class actions. In San Francisco, Meredith Dearborn is noted for her expertise in representing technology companies; she teamed up with Washington DC’s Karen Dunn to successfully defend Uber in the First Circuit in an unfair competition case. Elsewhere, Washington DC-based senior associate Aimee Brown played a key role in the firm’s successful representation of Spirit Airlines before the DC Circuit, in a matter concerning the FAA’s flight authorizations allocation at Newark Airport. New York-based Nicholas P. Groombridge, who focuses exclusively on intellectual property litigation, is also recommended.

            Practice head(s):

            Testimonials

            The team is lead by Kannon Shanmugam, which automatically makes the entire team as good as it gets.’

            Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison continues to raise its profile in the appellate area; Kannon has been tearing up the track.

            Kannon is an all-star in every respect: a brilliant lawyer and tactician, with impeccable judgment and an optimal moral compass. I couldn’t recommend the firm any more highly.

            Key clients

            Goldman Sachs & Co.

            Uber

            Borden, Charles Jr.

            Seila Law, LLC

            Henry Schein, Inc.

            Huberfeld, Murray

            Glencore International A.G., Glencore Ltd., Glencore Energy UK

            Spirit Airlines

            Exxon

            National Music Publishers’ Association, Inc. (NMPA)

            Citigroup, Inc.

            Citco Corporate Services, Inc.

            Amgen

            Genentech, Inc.

            Mastercard International, Inc.

            CNA Financial Corporation

            Paypal, Inc.

            C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.

            MGG Investment Group LP

            Finance > Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings Tier 2

            Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP has a prestigious record in issuer-side engagements, frequently representing major private equity clients in acquisition finance-driven high-yield debt offerings. The firm also advises a multitude of public companies on their high-yield offerings, along with distressed businesses seeking urgent funding. Gregory Ezring is chair of the finance and capital markets groups. He and Brian Janson often represent anchor client Apollo Global Management and its portfolio companies in their fund raising programs, including high-yield debt issuances. John Kennedy, co-head of the capital markets team, continues to be noted for high-yield offerings in the corporate recovery environment and also represents a number of foreign issuers accessing the US capital markets. Tracey Zaccone is also active in private equity-driven deals and fund raisings linked to corporate distress relating to disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

            Practice head(s):

            Gregory Ezring; John Kennedy; Brian Janson; Tracey Zaccone

            Other key lawyers:

            Mark Wlazlo

            Testimonials

            ‘Excellent group – responsive, know the market well, commercial but mindful of risk.’

            ‘I’ve worked with Paul Weiss on many bond offerings and IPOs. What really distinguishes Paul Weiss from other firms is that they understand commercial aspects of the deal as well as legal aspects, which allows them to provide commercially reasonable solutions/advice. Their advice was always well thought out and thorough, and the working groups in the deals highly appreciated their advice. All Paul Weiss team members I worked with were highly collaborative and approachable, which was a big plus.’

            ‘Individuals I worked with (e.g., Brian Janson, Gregory Ezring, Mark Wlazlo) really understood the client’s needs, commercial aspects of the deals, and legal issues, which allowed them to provide commercially reasonable solutions/advice. The individuals were highly respected and trusted.’

            Work highlights

              Finance > Commercial lending Tier 2

              Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP does ‘tremendously good work‘ for borrower clients, advising on transactions ranging from first and second lien facilities to asset-based loans and restructurings and rescue financings. The firm has a particularly strong roster of private equity clients, which it assists with the financing elements of LBOs; such clients include Apollo Global Management, Insight Partners and Oaktree Capital Management. Gregory Ezring is one of the key names in this regard, also servings as global chair of the finance and capital markets groups. Ezring sits in the New York office, which is also home to private equity specialist Monica Thurmond and global debt finance co-head Thomas De La Bastide. Eric Goodison retired from partnership in January 2021, continuing to work in an of counsel role.

              Practice head(s):

              Gregory Ezring; Thomas de la Bastide

              Other key lawyers:

              Monica Thurmond; Eric Goodison; Brian Janson; David Tarr; Austin Witt; Brian Bolin

              Testimonials

              ‘Paul Weiss has done tremendously good work for us on an number of complex transactions. They are comfortable with complexity, great at imposing order on the chaos, very efficient and response and drive points to resolution rather than merely “ping-ponging” them back and forth between counsel until the principals step in.’

              ‘Austin Witt–Highly comfortable with complexity, deeply knowledgeable, excellent at running negotiations in a pleasant, professional yet decisive manner with opposing counsel.

              Brian Bolin–Great young partner, always available, extremely intelligent, highly responsive, great demeanour with clients and their counsel.’

              Key clients

              Apollo Capital Management

              Diamond Resorts

              The Michaels Companies

              Insight Partners

              Oaktree Capital Management

              Work highlights

              • Advised portfolio companies of Apollo on the financing arrangements in connection with various transactions.
              • Represented The Michaels Companies in its $2.95bnsenior secured credit facilities in connection with its $5bn merger with funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management.
              • Advised Diamond Resorts International, alongside Apollo Global Management and their co-investors, on the financing elements of the $1.4bn sale of Diamond Resorts to Hilton Grand Vacations,

              Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 2

              Clients rate the ‘deep technical expertise' of the team at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP whose esoteric securitization practice is respected across the market, led from New York. Of note in 2021, the team continued to advise the California Public Utilities Commission on securities issues arising from the California wildfire cases. It is also a key destination for intellectual property and whole-business securitizations. In addition, the group has experience across the spectrum of asset-backed securities. The group is led by Jordan Yarett, known for whole-business securitizations. Charles Pesant has a varied practice that includes domestic and cross-border commercial vehicle and equipment fleet securitizations, as well as securities of intellectual property and franchise agreements. Robert Zochowski Jr. , who is a co-head of the finance group, is a specialist in securitizations and project financings involving esoteric assets. Intellectual property-based securitizations are also an area of expertise for Claudine Meredith-Goujon .

              Practice head(s):

              Jordan Yarett

              Other key lawyers:

              Robert Zochowski Jr; Charles Pesant; Claudine Meredith-Goujon; Lawrence Wee

              Testimonials

              ‘Partners, of counsel and associates all have deep technical expertise in what is a complex field. They also have years of on-the-ground experience that allows the firm to provide expert counsel as well as legal advice. Lawyers are always available on the phone and knowledgeable. As a client I can make the decisions I need to make with full information and with confidence when I am represented by Paul, Weiss.’

              Key clients

              Apollo Global Management

              Authority Brands

              Barclays Capital

              Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits

              California Public Utilities Commission

              Centerbridge Partners

              Deutsche Bank Securities

              Element Fleet Management

              Guggenheim Securities

              Highbluff Capital Partners

              KGK Diamonds

              Lendlease (US) Public Partnerships Holding

              One Call Corporation

              Pluczenik Diamond Company

              RBC Capital Markets

              Roark Capital Group

              SBA Restaurant Holdings, Inc.

              Stargems Group

              Wingstop Restaurants

              Zaxby’s Operating Company

              Work highlights

              • Advised an operator of coin-counting kiosks, in connection with the issuance of its Series 2018 Class A-2 Notes.
              • Advising the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) on the structuring of PG&E’s rate-neutral $7.5 billion securitization transaction that will help PG&E finance costs efficiently while benefitting customers and accelerating payment to wildfire victims.
              • Advised Authority Brands, owner and operator of 10 home service brand concepts, on its inaugural whole-business securitization.

              Industry focus > Sport Tier 2

              Based in New York, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP handles litigation, transactional and regulatory work for a range of clients, including major sports leagues, athletes, franchises, investors and broadcast companies. Acting as the chairman of the practice is Brad Karp. He and experienced litigator and trial lawyer Christopher Boehning, who acts as co-chair of the firm’s international practice, notably advised the Fédération Internationale de Football Association regarding a partnership agreement for a streaming service offering. Lynn Bayard and Theodore Wells are also noted, with experience in player health and safety issues, and complex civil and corporate litigation respectively.

              Practice head(s):

              Brad Karp

              Other key lawyers:

              Lynn Bayard; Theodore Wells; Chris Boehning

              Testimonials

              ‘Really experienced.’

              ‘Well connected, practical and up to date.’

              ‘Available, easy to work with, clear, uncomplicated.’

              ‘Chris Boehning is exceptional.’

              Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 2

              Nicholas Groombridge, a renowned patent litigator who also ‘stands out as an excellent communicator and strategist’, leads the practice at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, which has particularly strong expertise before the PTAB, complemented by a solid experience in other US venues such as the Federal Circuit and the ITC. Excelling across a wide range of fields, including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, computer software and hardware, electronics, telecommunications and financial services, the practice includes deputy chair Catherine Nyarady, Jennifer Wu, and Eric Alan Stone in New York. Steven Baughman, ‘the partner to rely on in a technical patent case’, and counsel Megan Raymond, who handles ‘difficult arguments and witnesses with grace and effectiveness’, are based in the Washington DC office.

              Practice head(s):

              Testimonials

              ‘Strategic thinkers who involve the right practice groups to not only focus on winning a case, but winning the bigger picture.’

              ‘Nicholas Groombridge stands out as an excellent communicator and strategist. He has the right combination of experience and willingness to try new strategies.’

              ‘The team (Steve Baughman, Megan Raymond) wins at an extraordinarily high rate. Judges, juries and PTAB administrative law judges trust and enjoy their work, because they are thoroughly prepared, accurate, and understandable. Their technical skills combined with first rate legal analysis are the best. The diverse ethnic and gender composition of this patent team is a wonderful bonus.’

              ‘Steve Baughman is the partner to rely on in a technical patent case, because he masters the facts and the law to produce outstanding arguments. Megan Raymond is a rising star who can handle difficult arguments and witnesses with grace and effectiveness .’

              Excellent understanding of technical details, strong oral advocacy skills and trial experience.’

              Eric Stone is an excellent advocate, with strong presence and deep understanding of technical issues.’

              Key clients

              10x Genomics

              Achieve3000

              Genentech

              Amgen

              Nearmap

              Edwards Lifesciences

              SAP AG

              Evolus, Inc.

              Vanda Pharmaceuticals

              Investment fund formation and management > Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 2

              The offering at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP provides specialized advice across the entire private equity fund lifecycle – including fund and management company formation, seed capital and strategic arrangements, employee compensation, and investment management M&A – from the firm’s New York office. The co-heads of the global funds group are Udi Grofman and Marco Masotti – the latter is particularly noted for his fundraising expertise. Other recommended attorneys at the practice include Victoria Forrester, who has overseen a number of ground-breaking fund launches for market leading clients; Amran Hussein, who is equally well versed in formation, launch and operation matters; and Conrad van Loggerenberg, whose recent highlights include bringing to market a number of credit, co-investment, seed capital and venture capital funds. Major institutional investors, including sovereign wealth funds, state pension plans, retirement funds, endowments and family offices, also regularly instruct the team.

              Practice head(s):

              Marco Masotti; Udi Grofman

              Other key lawyers:

              Matthew Goldstein; Amran Hussein; Lindsey Wiersma; Victoria Forrester; Conrad van Loggerenberg

              Labor and employment > ERISA litigation Tier 2

              Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP's growing practice focuses on high-profile and precedent-setting cases, and the firm can regularly be found acting for major companies operating in the banking, insurance and food sectors, among others. The practice is led by four partners: Theodore Wells, who works with spin-off transactions; Jessica Carey, who defended DST Systems, Inc. in a novel matter concerning alleged breaches of fiduciary duty; Kenneth Gallo and Brad Karp. Seasoned litigator Lewis Clayton is another name to note.

              Practice head(s):

              Brad Karp; Jessica Carey; Kenneth Gallo; Theodore Wells

              Other key lawyers:

              Key clients

              Carrier Global

              DST Systems, Inc. (SS&C Technologies, Inc.)

              The Kraft Heinz Company

              Work highlights

              • Represented Carrier Global Corporation in a class action against Raytheon Technologies Corporation (RTX), Otis Worldwide Corporation (Otis), and Carrier for allegedly mistreating participants in certain United Technologies Corporation ERISA and non-ERISA compensation plans after UTC spun off Carrier and Otis into separate public companies and merged with RTX.
              • Represented DST Systems, Inc., a subsidiary of SS&C Technologies, in a novel matter involving a certified action and individual actions filed in the Southern District of New York by current and former DST employees.
              • Represented and achieved a significant victory as lead counsel for certain current and former trustees of The Kraft Heinz Company’s savings plan and Kraft Heinz officers when the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted their motion to dismiss a putative ERISA class action.

              M&A/corporate and commercial > Shareholder activism Tier 2

              Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is a strong choice for advice on avoiding or mitigating the impact of activist campaigns. Its team acts for clients in a number of scenarios, including those where the investor’s goal concerns management or board changes, stock buybacks or a shift in strategy. The chairman of the corporate department in New York is Scott Barshay, who ‘uses his team well‘ to handle high volumes of work from prominent, well-known companies undertaking significant campaigns. In addition to Barshay, Robert Schumer is another name to note.

              Practice head(s):

              Scott Barshay

              Other key lawyers:

              Robert Schumer; Jeffrey Marell; Steven Williams

              Testimonials

              ‘In my opinion, Scott Barshay is the best activist defense lawyer in the USA.’

              ‘There is tremendous experience in the team. They don’t give cookie-cutter advice. They are willing to be aggressive versus activists and are not afraid to fight.’

              ‘They have good business judgement. Barshay uses his team well.’

              Key clients

              ADP

              Emerson Electric

              Barnes & Noble

              Honeywell

              Chico’s FAS

              Intel

              Commvault

              Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

              Destination XL

              Qualcomm

              Real estate Tier 2

              Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is noted for its development work in hospitality, healthcare and multifamily projects on behalf of private equity firms, gaming and hospitality resorts companies, and government institutions. Peter E. Fisch  and Harris B. Freidus  are the top partners for sales and acquisitions, construction and leasing, with Freidus highlighted for his expertise in gaming and hospitality. Salvatore Gogliormella is active in the healthcare real estate sector. Meredith J. Kane  retired from active practice. All partners are based in New York.    

              Practice head(s):

              Harris B. Freidus; Peter E. Fisch

              Other key lawyers:

              Testimonials

              ‘Harris Freidus is superbly smart and experienced. He is a well of knowledge, always acts in utmost professionalism, and is extremely sensitive to addressing client issues. Harris also treats other side counsel and his clients’ counterparts with respect and always thinks a few steps ahead, to diffuse issues before they come up.’

              Key clients

              Apollo Global Management

              CIM Group

              Collegiate Asset Management Corp.

              Covenant House, Inc

              East Gold Holdings

              Healthpeak Properties

              Holiday Retirement

              Work highlights

              • Advising the CIM Group in the refinancing of the Rockville Town Center residential/retail/hotel/parking complex in Rockville, Maryland.
              • Represented Healthpeak Properties, a healthcare REIT, in the sale of a portfolio of five independent living, assisted living and/or memory care facilities in Florida to Fortress Investment Group, and the sale of a continuing care retirement community in Santa Rosa, California, and the provision of seller financing, to Life Care Services.

              Tax > International tax Tier 2

              Based in New York, the multidisciplinary tax team at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is particularly strong on the intersection of US-Canadian, European and Asian tax law. It frequently advises on major M&A, private equity deals, SPACs, and securitizations. Practice co-chair Brad Okun focuses on tax matters connected to high-value M&A and restructurings, while co-chair Scott M. Sontag deals with cross-border restructurings and securitzations. They work alongside Jeffrey Samuels, a specialist in international tax issues related to high-value public transactions; M&A  and joint ventures expert Brian Grieve; and Robert Holo, an expert on tax-free reorganizations and SPAC deals. International transactions specialist Lindsay Parks was recently appointed deputy chair of the team, and David W. Mayo advises on corporate and partnership taxation and tax-free M&A. Additionally, cross-border tax specialist Brian Krause joined from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in April 2021.

              Practice head(s):

              Brad Okun; Scott M. Sontag

              Key clients

              Apollo Global Management

              General Atlantic

              Chevron Corporation

              Fortress Investment Group

              General Electric Co.

              IBM Corporation

              IG Group

              Lehigh Hanson

              PRA Health Sciences

              KPS Capital Partners

              Golden Gate Capital

              Brighton Park Capital

              Univision Holdings, Inc.

              Crestview Partners

              Silver Lake

              Churchill Capital Corp.

              Algoma Steel

              Intelsat S.A.

              Ligado Network

              Diamond Offshore Drilling, INc.

              Work highlights

              • Advised Apollo Global Management in a variety of its transactions, including fundraising, investments and related portfolio company matters.
              • Advised General Atlantic in a variety of its transactions, including its $800m Series C investment in Mollie.
              • Advised Chevron Corporation in its all-stock acquisition of Noble Energy Inc. at a total enterprise value of $13bn.

              Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: plaintiff Tier 3

              The antitrust team at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP represents clients on both sides of the aisle and is regularly involved in matters pertaining to monopolization, price-fixing, and unlawful conspiracy. Financial services, healthcare, entertainment and technology, and media are among the sectors who seek out the firm’s expertise in plaintiff-side cases. Antitrust heavyweight William Isaacson represents a host of global corporates, while Joseph Bial  are further key contacts. All mentioned attorneys are based in Washington DC. Rick Rule left the firm in March 2022 to found his own firm.

              Other key lawyers:

              William Isaacson; Joseph Bial

              Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings Tier 3

              Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is best known for issuer-side engagements, notably in the telecoms, hospitality and leisure, home building, consumer, healthcare and energy industries. It has a particularly impressive record in representing private equity houses and their portfolio companies in capital markets offerings; this includes anchor client Apollo Global Management, the private equity giant. The firm has also continued to impress in high-yield debt fund raisings to address Covid-19 pandemic-related liquidity constraints. Gregory Ezring has an outstanding reputation, having advised Apollo and other major issuers over the years. John Kennedy is also at the forefront of rescue financings linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, especially high-yield debt offerings; he has advised Carnival Corporation and plc in a series of debt and equity issuances. Brian Janson is another prominent figure in the high-yield debt space, acting for Apollo and other issuer clients. Tracey Zaccone is also noted for investment grade and high-yield debt, including hybrid capital offerings.

              Practice head(s):

              Gregory Ezring; John Kennedy; Brian Janson; Tracey Zaccone; Lawrence Wee

              Other key lawyers:

              Patricia Vaz de Almeida; Mark Wlazlo

              Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings Tier 3

              Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP has a broad-based practice driven by range of public companies and private equity clients such as Apollo Global Management. In 2021, the firm continued to advise clients on equity offerings to overcome liquidity constraints caused by the Covid-19 crisis. Moreover, it advised a long-listed of private equity portfolio companies on the their IPOs and advised on in excess of 20 SPAC IPOs during the year. Gregory Ezring is global head of finance and capital markets, and frequently represents public companies and private equity portfolio companies on their equity offerings. John Kennedy is co-head of the capital markets group and has continued to work on a series of headline IPOs and other equity offerings to alleviate capital constraints. Brian Janson and Tracey Zaccone are also highly rated; the former advised Clear Secure, the biometric screening company, on its $470m IPO.

              Practice head(s):

              Gregory Ezring; John Kennedy; Brian Janson; Tracey Zaccone; David Huntington; Raphael Russo

              Testimonials

              ‘Very solid team on the issuer side.’

              ‘Brian Janson – commercial and reasonable. John Kennedy – very smart. David Huntington – commercial.’

               

              Key clients

              ADT, Inc.

              Apollo Global Management, Inc.

              Carnival Corporation & plc

              Clear Secure, Inc.

              General Electric Company

              Honeywell International, Inc.

              IBM

              The Kraft Heinz Company

              Rackspace Technology, Inc.

              Roark Capital Group

              Rocket Companies, Inc.

              Sun Country Airlines Holdings, Inc.

              Work highlights

                Finance > Structured finance: derivatives and structured products Tier 3

                Led by cross-border over-the-counter derivatives expert Manuel S. Frey in New York, the team at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP advises both sell-side and buy-side clients on derivatives instruments and transactions. Its expertise in assets ranges from credit and equity to commodities and foreign currency exchange and regularly takes on mandates involving the enforcement of rights against struggling counterparties and compliance requirements. Tracey Zaccone is a key contact regarding complex securities offerings, while Brad J. Finkelstein covers derivatives products.

                Practice head(s):

                Manuel Frey

                Other key lawyers:

                Tracey Zaccone; Brad Finkelstein; Matthew Goldstein; Brian Grieve; Charles Pesant

                Industry focus > Environment: transactional Tier 3

                Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP‘s environmental practice regularly works on M&A, financings, securities offerings, joint ventures and real estate deals. The team is adept at advising numerous clients in various roles (including buyers, sellers, lenders, borrowers, investors, issuers and underwriters) engaged in transactions with considerable environmental implications. Air emissions, hazardous waste management, contaminated land, chemical use and climate change are all areas of expertise for the group, which also assists clients from the financial, industrial and extractive industries with ESG issues and sustainability concerns in relation to business operations and strategic transactions. The department is chaired by counsel William O’Brien, who possesses a wealth of experience advising public and private companies, and investment funds on the environmental aspects of their most impactful transactions. O’Brien- who is based in New York- also has a deep knowledge of environmental disclosure requirements in securities offerings and parent corporation liability.

                Practice head(s):

                William O’Brien

                Testimonials

                ‘The individuals I have worked with are very respectful, collaborative, and supportive as we work together toward the common goal of the effort.’

                Intellectual property > Copyright Tier 3

                Working closely with teams across North America, Europe, and Asia, the copyright litigators at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP manages major licensing disputes on behalf of clients in media and the music industry as well as online fashion retailers. Lynn Bayard brings litigation expertise to representing clients in the sports, media, entertainment, fashion and cosmetics sectors. Music royalties authority Jay Cohen specializes in the safeguarding of recording artists’ digital rights. All lawyers mentioned work in New York.

                Other key lawyers:

                Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: litigation Tier 3

                Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP applies a strong focus on distribution and antitrust litigation throughout several sectors, with particular expertise pertaining to the music industry and representation of both entities and individuals from the organized sports industry. Chairman and seasoned litigator Brad Karp represents entertainment companies in high-stakes litigation matters. Co-chair of the litigation department Kenneth A. Gallo is a specialist in antitrust representation. His fellow co-chair Theodore Wells is an expert in advocating during pre-trial investigations. Their colleague and co-chair Jessica Carey focuses on commercial litigation, particularly pertaining to financial institutions. Among the team is Lynn Bayard, who represents songwriters and their associations alongside her work for TV and motion picture studios. Additionally, Jay Cohen is well versed in the media sector and advises clients on cases including antitrust, securities, and IP law issues.

                Practice head(s):

                Brad Karp; Jessica Carey; Kenneth A. Gallo; Theodore Wells

                Other key lawyers:

                Work highlights

                  Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: transactional Tier 3

                  Large transactions, such as the Reverse Morris Trust transaction combining AT&T Inc.’s WarnerMedia business with Discovery are a specialty of the New York-based team at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP who are experts in the M&A, securities, and financing aspects of media and entertainment. Practice head Ariel J. Deckelbaum is an expert in public and private M&A transactions, joint ventures, and restructuring deals who represented the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of CBS Corp in the merger with Viacom. Robert B. Schumer acted alongside Deckelbaum on this matter, deploying his extensive experience in high-profile public company transactions. Further recommended is Michael Vogel, who advises media companies on M&A and other corporate matters.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Ariel Deckelbaum

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Robert B. Schumer; Michael Vogel

                  Key clients

                  Advance

                  Altice USA

                  Apollo Global Management

                  The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of CBS Corporation

                  Imagine Entertainment

                  Legendary Entertainment

                  Major League Baseball

                  MGM

                  wiip

                  Work highlights

                  • Advising Advance in the $150bn Reverse Morris Trust transaction combining AT&T Inc.’s WarnerMedia business with Discovery.
                  • Advising MGM in its $8.45bn sale to Amazon.
                  • Advised funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, Inc. in their $5bn acquisition of Verizon Media.

                  Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: transactions Tier 3

                  Finance > Capital markets: global offerings

                  Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP has an excellent record in investment grade and high-yield debt offerings for non-US issuers, most notably those based in Canada. Toronto-based Adam Givertz leads the Canada practice, which includes Christopher Cummings, who is particularly prolific in Canadian debt offerings, and Andrew Foley, both of which split their time between Toronto and New York. The group represents both issuers and underwriters.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Adam Givertz; Christopher Cummings; Andrew Foley; Tong Yu

                  Testimonials

                  ‘They are very efficient and have a great team in place. Generally, they respond within the required time frames.’

                  ‘The unquestioned leader in cross-border capital markets.’

                  ‘Andrew Foley rocks!’

                  ‘Expertise and practical advice/business judgement. Stand out partners are Chris Cummings and Adam Givertz.’

                   

                  Work highlights

                    Industry focus > Healthcare: life sciences Tier 5

                    Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is known for its patent work, offering both strategic advice and representation in key litigation. It is particularly noteworthy for its work in the biologic medicine and biosimilars space, advising Amgen on a number of biologic patent cases. The team also offers strong transactional support as part of its top-tier high-value M&A offering. Nicholas Groombridge chairs the litigation group, having led the work for Amgen. Also noteworthy are Catherine Nyarady and Eric Alan Stone . All named lawyers are New York-based.

                    Practice head(s):

                    Nicholas Groombridge

                    Other key lawyers:

                    Catherine Nyarady; Eric Alan Stone

                    Key clients

                    10x Genomics

                    Genentech

                    Amgen

                    Gilead Sciences

                    Becton, Dickinson & Company (BD)

                    Henry Schein

                    Biogen

                    Portola Pharmaceuticals

                    Carolina Liquid Chemistries Corporation

                    PRA Health Sciences

                    Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd

                    Teladoc Health, Inc.

                    Edwards Lifesciences

                    Translate Bio

                    Elanco Animal Health

                    Vanda Pharmaceuticals

                    Evolus, Inc.

                    China > Corporate and M&A: foreign firms

                    Hong Kong > Private equity

                    Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison advises sovereign wealth investors, corporates, and international and regional private equity funds on investments, co-investments and exit work. It has considerable experience in complex, sensitive, multi-jurisdictional transactions. The practice acts for clients in a broad range of sectors, including real estate, education, retail and data centre, and has notable expertise in cross-border M&A, strategic investments, joint ventures and foreign direct investments involving Greater China. Judie Ng Shortell and Greg Liu are the key names to note. In January 2022, former practice head  Betty Yap departed.

                    Key clients

                    KKR

                    Didi Chuxing

                    Tencent

                    General Atlantic

                    PAG

                    Apollo Global Management

                    DCP Fund

                    Work highlights

                    • Advised Aspex Master Fund as the lead investor on a $330m Series C+ financing round in XPeng Inc., a leading electric vehicle and technology company with operations in the US and the PRC.
                    • Advised General Atlantic LLC, a lead member of an investor consortium, in its acquisition of 58.com, China’s largest online classifieds marketplace, for an enterprise value of $8.7bn.
                    • Advised Didi Chuxing Technology Co., a leading app-based mobile transportation platform, in the carve-out and subsequent fundraising of its freight business Didi Freight, an on-demand freight logistics and delivery services provider.  

                    Japan > Capital markets: International firms and joint ventures

                    Hong Kong > TMT

                    Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison regularly advises financial sponsors on their investments in the TMT space. Particular areas of recent focus have included AI-related investments, as well as data centre acquisitions. Judie Ng Shortell and Greg Liu are the key names to note.

                    Other key lawyers:

                    Greg Liu; Judie Ng Shortell

                    Key clients

                    Didi Chuxing

                    General Atlantic

                    Wanda Sports & Media

                    Work highlights

                    • Acted for Aspex Master Fund as the lead investor on a $330m Series C+ financing round in XPeng Inc, a leading electric vehicle and technology company with operations in the US and the PRC.
                    • Advised Wanda Sports & Media (Hong Kong) Holding Co. Limited on taking Nasdaq-listed Wanda Sports Group private, the very first take-private transaction of solely Nasdaq-listed Hong Kong company.
                    • Advised Didi Chuxing on the spin-off of Didi Freight to strategically diversify its business, capture growth and capitalize its market value.

                    Hong Kong > Corporate (including M&A)

                    Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison is home to a highly-specialised practice consisting of lawyers dedicated to M&A and private equity mandates.  Clients include private equity firms and financial institutions in addition to Chinese and international companies from industries as varied as real estate, TMT, energy, food and beverage, retail and automotive. Judie Ng Shortell  and Greg Liu are the main contacts following the departure of Betty Yap.

                    Other key lawyers:

                    Key clients

                    Wumei

                    State Grid Corporation

                    Tencent

                    Didi Chuxing

                    MagnaChip Semiconductor

                    Dalian Wanda Group

                    Hillhouse Capital

                    KKR

                    DCP Fund

                    General Atlantic

                    Work highlights

                    • Advised Ageas Insurance International NV, one of the largest international insurance company, in its HK$3,100m (approximately €340m) investment in Taiping Reinsurance Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of China Taiping Insurance Holdings.
                    • Advising Wanda Sports & Media (Hong Kong) Holding Co. Limited in its tender offer, announced on December 23, 2020, to acquire all of the Class A Ordinary Shares of Nasdaq-listed Wanda Sports Group Company Limited, including shares represented by American Depositary Shares.
                    • Acted for Didi Chuxing Technology Co., a leading app-based mobile transportation platform, in the carve-out and subsequent fundraising of its freight business Didi Freight, an on-demand freight logistics and delivery services provider.

                    Chairman: Brad S. Karp

                    Firm Overview:

                    Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is a firm of about 1,000 lawyers with diverse backgrounds, personalities, ideas and interests who provide innovative and effective solutions to our clients’ most complex legal and business challenges. The firm represents many of the world’s largest and most important public and private corporations, asset managers and financial institutions, and clients in need of pro bono assistance.

                    Main Areas of Practice:

                    Litigation Practices:

                    The Paul, Weiss Litigation Department is unparalleled in achieving successful results. The firm’s lawyers regularly go up against the most skilled adversaries in the world, winning decisive trial, arbitration and appellate victories, and we have vast experience successfully handling a range of regulatory and enforcement inquiries and internal investigations. Clients include Fortune 50 corporations, and well-known financial services, energy, technology, sports, biopharmaceutical, medical device, media, asset management, insurance, industrial and other companies.

                    Securities Litigation:

                    We are widely recognized as having the nation’s preeminent securities litigation and regulatory practice. For decades, our lawyers have guided global corporations, financial institutions, boards and individuals through ‘bet-the-company’ securities-related crises, winning trials, prevailing on motions or negotiating favorable resolutions.

                    White Collar & Regulatory Defense:

                    Government investigations of corporations or individuals pose unique threats and require unique skills. Clients rely on us to protect their businesses and reputations and to manage the behind-the-scenes interplay among competing regulators and enforcement agencies.

                    Internal Investigations:

                    Companies turn to us to handle their most sensitive, threatening internal investigations. We have extensive experience conducting investigations on behalf of companies, boards, audit committees and special litigation committees in response to shareholder demands.

                    Antitrust:

                    We represent many of the world’s largest companies in the full range of U.S. antitrust litigation, counselling and investigations; clearance matters; cartel matters; and advocacy before regulators. With a deep bench of former antitrust officials and first-class trial lawyers, we handle matters involving significant reputational and financial exposure.

                    Supreme Court & Appellate Litigation:

                    Led by one of the nation’s preeminent Supreme Court advocates, we handle high-impact appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court and federal and state appellate courts, regularly winning appeals in cases of critical national and business interest.

                    Intellectual Property Litigation:

                    Our lawyers are well versed in the advanced scientific and technical aspects of patent law and have successfully represented clients in scores of enterprise-threatening patent litigations. We are also on the front lines helping clients protect and enhance their IP rights.

                    Mergers & Acquisitions Litigation:

                    We are among the leading firms representing clients in high-stakes disputes arising in the transactional context in multiple state and federal courts—including in the Delaware Court of Chancery, where we have won several recent landmark decisions.

                    Class Actions:

                    We have achieved extraordinary results at trial and in settlement negotiations in our clients’ most threatening class actions, including in consumer, employment, insurance, mass torts and product liability disputes.

                    Crisis Management:

                    When an adverse incident threatens to cause a full-blown crisis, we provide the multidisciplinary advice needed to stabilize the situation and allow the company to get back to business. We provide comprehensive counsel on all manner of crises, enabling clients to take informed action to mitigate fallout.

                    Bankruptcy Litigation: 

                    We work hand in hand with our preeminent Restructuring Department to ensure the best possible outcomes for clients facing challenging situations in the context of a bankruptcy, out-of-court restructuring or insolvency, whether domestic or foreign.

                    Cybersecurity & Data Protection:

                    We help clients manage and respond to fast-moving data breach situations, advising them on effective, proactive strategies to reduce business risk and in the defense of related litigation and regulatory enforcement matters.

                    Cryptocurrency & Blockchain: 

                    We leverage a deep familiarity with both the technology and the evolving regulatory climate of digital assets to help clients navigate enforcement challenges and mitigate legal risks, including anti-money laundering, sanctions and other financial crime risks.

                    International Arbitration: 

                    The world’s largest companies call on us to resolve their most complex and high-stakes arbitrations. We handle an array of international arbitrations in a broad range of arbitral forums.

                    Transactional Practices:

                    We advise the world’s largest corporations, financial institutions and investment managers on their most complex legal and business challenges. Our lawyers are trusted strategic partners, recognized as leaders in M&A, private equity, capital markets, finance, investment management, real estate, tax, executive compensation and corporate governance.

                    Mergers & Acquisitions:

                    Our M&A group brings vast experience to the world’s largest public and private companies, investment funds, financial advisors, financial institutions and investors on their most important M&A and activist defense matters.

                    Private Equity:

                    We represent numerous leading buyout and investment firms and their portfolio companies in leveraged buyouts, majority and minority investments, sales and divestitures, recapitalizations, venture capital deals, joint ventures and securities offerings.

                    Finance:

                    We have extensive debt financing expertise, handling lender- and borrower-side leveraged finance transactions, award-winning securitizations and complex derivatives structures.

                    Capital Markets:

                    We represent issuers and private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies in a range of complex public and private securities offerings and securities law matters.

                    Investment Management:

                    We excel at fund formation and the full range of investment advisory services, advising private funds on their most sophisticated matters.

                    Real Estate:

                    We work with prominent institutions in the development, financing, acquisition and sale of major real estate projects. Lawyers help clients break new ground on transformative residential, commercial and retail projects.

                    Tax:

                    Our tax team plays a critical role strategizing and structuring multibillion-dollar transactions, working closely with other practices to create innovative and advantageous tax solutions for clients.

                    Executive Compensation:

                    Our technically masterful, solutions-oriented team advises on compensation matters in connection with M&A transactions and proxy statements, and on ERISA fiduciary matters for investment funds and plan fiduciaries.

                    Restructuring:

                    We are one of the nation’s leading advisors to debtors, creditors, lenders and investors in the full range of domestic and cross-border restructuring matters. We expertly handle litigation and transactions involving financially distressed companies, and frequently represent purchasers of the assets, debt and securities of distressed companies.

                    Sustainability & ESG:

                    Our dedicated, multidisciplinary team helps clients navigate the economic, legal, political and reputational risks that accompany socially focused initiatives, advising on a full suite of sustainability and ESG reporting, risk and compliance concerns.

                     

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                    A Historic Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

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                    From left: Firm Chairman Brad Karp, litigation partner and former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, and co-chair of the Litigation Department Ted Wells.

                    A Culture of Inclusion

                    Inclusion is not a department or an initiative, it is an integral part of our culture. We recognize that different perspectives enrich our institution and help us solve problems more effectively.

                    “Paul, Weiss is privileged to handle the most important legal issues of our times. Our success is directly attributable to the unique skills, talents and viewpoints contributed by lawyers from a variety of backgrounds and beliefs.”

                    Brad Karp, firm chairman

                    At the Forefront of Cultural Progress

                    Paul, Weiss has a century-old tradition of breaking down walls and shattering barriers. Individuality and diversity of ideas, backgrounds and perspectives are valued here. Our firm’s commitment to cultural progress can be seen throughout our history: our work has contributed to groundbreaking societal change, from assisting Thurgood Marshall in Brown v. Board of Education to representing Edith Windsor in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court victory for marriage equality.

                    A firm’s culture greatly influences the experience of every attorney. We are proud of the collaboration, cooperation and innovation that takes place at Paul, Weiss every day, and we strive to provide all of our attorneys with the necessary tools to build stellar, rewarding careers in an inclusive environment. Our Diversity and Women’s Initiatives Committees, along with our various firmwide diversity networks, help support that goal through frequent firmwide programming, learning opportunities, networking activities and mentoring. All of these efforts are driven by our diversity, equity and inclusion strategy, implemented by our chief inclusion officer and dedicated DE&I team and focused on shaping the intellectual and cultural character of the firm.

                    Click here to learn more from Firm Chair Brad Karp, and to read the Firm Principles outlined by Simon Rifkind in 1963.

                    Awards and Recognition



                     

                     

                     

                    Paul, Weiss has been recognized many times over for our commitment to diversity and inclusion. Recent awards and recognition include:

                      • Ranked among the top 25% of “Most Diverse Law Firms” for 20 consecutive years, with two
                        number one rankings, by The American Lawyer’s Diversity Scorecard.
                      • Awarded Gold Standard Certification by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF)
                        annually since 2015 for our advancement of women lawyers.
                      • In 2022, ranked eighth among 75 large firms in Law360’s annual “Glass Ceiling Report: Women
                        in Law,” drawing on extensive survey data to examine women’s representation at all levels of
                        U.S. firms.
                      • In 2022, listed in Bloomberg Law’s annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Framework,
                        recognizing select firms for distinguished and transparent performance against key
                        demographic, leadership, innovation, and other performance criteria.
                      • Shortlisted for “Asian Diversity Initiative of the Year” in Law.comInternational’s 2022 Asia Legal
                        Awards.
                      • In 2022 and 2021, named one of the Top 50 Law Firms for Women according to Seramount,
                        formerly Working Mother Media.
                      • Ranked in The American Lawyer’s “A-List” every year since 2017, most recently ranked sixth in
                        2022.
                      • In 2021, received National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s Law Firm Diversity Award for
                        recruiting, retaining and promoting Asian American Pacific Islanderlawyers.
                      • In 2021, ranked as one of the top five firms globally for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)
                        diversity by Legal Business in their Global 100 report, and the only firm in the world to have 20%
                        BAME equity partners.
                      • In 2021, Paul, Weiss’s Colleague Connect Circles program was shortlisted for “Best Diversity
                        Initiative” by The American Lawyer.
                      • Ranked 11th among large law firms (601+ lawyers) in the 2021 Law360 Diversity Snapshot
                        Report.
                      • Shortlisted in the Financial Times’ Innovative Lawyers 2021 awards for “Innovation in Racial
                        Justice.”
                      • Ranked second in 2021 among the “Top 20 Most Innovative Law Firms in North America” list by
                        the Financial Times, which scores firms based on racial and social justice,sustainability, client
                        work and other factors.
                      • Named by Yale Law Women as one of 2020’s “Top Firms for Inclusion Initiatives” and recognized
                        for diverse leadership, training and mentorship in 2021.
                      • Recognized as “Law Firm of the Year” in 2019 by The American Lawyerin part because the firm
                        “turned an outcry over its new partner class into an opportunity to focus on diversity.”
                      • Named the top firm nationally for our percentage of Black attorneys in 2019 by the nonprofit
                        Lawyers of Color in their Black Student’s Guide to Law Schools and Law Firms.
                      • Awarded the Law Firm Diversity Award in 2018 by the Asian American Bar Association of New
                        York (AABANY).
                      • Ranked 16th (out of 197) in The National Law Journal’s 2018 LGBTQ+ Scorecard.

                    Industry-Leading DEI Initiatives

                    At Paul, Weiss, diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) is central to every aspect of the firm’s culture and every point in the talent life cycle — from pipeline development and recruitment to promotion and advancement. Our diversity initiatives and programs aim to strengthen the inclusiveness of our firm’s culture and contribute to the diversity of the legal profession overall.

                    Some of our flagship initiatives include:

                    • Inclusion Task Force: A group of associates, counsel and partners from every demographic who focus on enhancing mentorship, career development, inclusive firm culture and more. The
                      Inclusion Task Force has implemented effective, measurable improvements to firm policies,
                      processes and benefits, including market-leading family formation benefits, data analytics to flag
                      unconscious bias in performance reviews, gender pronouns in email signatures and more.
                    • Colleague Connect Circles: A unique mentorship and community-building program that creates
                      small groups of associates, counsel and partners who meet regularly to foster professional and
                      social relationships. Groups also engage with each other by attending diversity, equity and
                      inclusion workshops together on unconscious bias and LGBTQ+ allyship, and other topics. Each
                      Circle of partners, counsel and associates reflects the firm’s extraordinary diversity and variety
                      of experiences and interests.
                    • Kids Book Club: In 2021, the Paul, Weiss Networks launched the Paul, Weiss Kids Book Clubs to
                      complement the celebration of heritage months. For each Book Club meeting, a member of the
                      Network reads a heritage-themed book with their child(ren) in front of a virtual audience of
                      Paul, Weiss community members, many attending with their own children (who are often vocal
                      participants). The Book Clubs bring more conversation about diverse perspectives and
                      experiences into the homes of Paul, Weiss community members, allowing families to explore
                      themes related to women’s rights and roles in society, Black history and culture, environmental
                      justice, LGBTQ+ pride, Hispanic heritage and Asian-Pacific American culture. As the Book Clubs
                      bring Paul, Weiss into the home, and the home into Paul, Weiss, our community recognizes that
                      diversity, equity and inclusion begins at the youngest ages!
                    • New York University Law School Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law Paul Weiss Student
                      Fellowship Program: In 2019, the firm partnered with the Center on Race, Inequality, and the
                      Law at NYU Law School to create the Paul, Weiss Student Fellowships. Paid fellowships are
                      available each year to NYU Law 2Ls who spend the academic year working closely with Deborah
                      Archer, Professor of Clinical Law and Co-Faculty Director of the Center on Race, Inequality, and
                      the Law at NYU School of Law, and other leaders within the Center on projects studying race and
                      inequality throughout our society. Each year, the Paul, Weiss Student Fellows present their
                      critical research to the firm and the Law School community.
                    • Annual Diversity Networking Reception: Our Annual Diversity Networking Reception has
                      become the premier summer networking event in New York City. The event connects lawyers
                      and business professionals of color with one another and with the larger legal and business
                      communities and has been a longstanding firm tradition for the past 20 years.

                    Past speakers at our Annual Diversity Networking Reception include:


                    • Cory Booker, New Jersey Senator and former Mayor of Newark
                    • Geoffrey Canada, President, the Harlem Children’s Zone
                    • Kenneth Chenault, CEO and Chairman of American Express
                    • Harold Ford, Jr., Former U.S. Representative for Tennessee’s 9th Congressional District and
                      Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
                    • Kenneth Frazier, Chairman & CEO, Merck & Company, Inc.
                    • Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense Fund
                    • Hakeem Jeffries, U.S. Representative for New York’s 8th Congressional District and Paul, Weiss
                      alumnus
                    • Vernon E. Jordan Jr., Senior Managing Director of Lazard Freres & Co. LLC and former Political
                      Advisor to President Clinton
                    • Loretta Lynch, former U.S. Attorney General and Paul, Weiss litigation partner
                    • Raymond J. McGuire, Global Head of Corporate & Investment Banking, Citigroup, Inc.
                    • Charles J. Ogletree Jr., Harvard Law Professor and author
                    • John Payton, former President and Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense Fund
                    • April D. Ryan, White House Correspondent and Washington Bureau Chief for American Urban
                      Radio Networks & CNN Political Analyst
                    • Bryan Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative
                    • Deborah C. Wright, CEO and President of Carver Bancorp

                    Women at Paul, Weiss

                    Paul, Weiss has made tremendous strides in preparing and promoting women for partnership and
                    leadership positions, and we continue to promote women to our equity partnership at levels that
                    surpass industry benchmarks. We are sharply focused on the retention and promotion of our women lawyers, and we are committed to providing them with the tools to achieve professional success.

                    In this video, women partners, counsel, associates and alumna discuss what it’s like to practice at Paul, Weiss and the strength of the firm’s commitment to gender diversity and inclusion at all levels.

                    Read more from our Women’s Initiative Committee Co-Chairs and deputy chair.


                    Women Leaders

                    Paul, Weiss provides copious opportunities for women lawyers to grow as professionals and leaders from the moment they join the firm. They play key roles in high-profile, high-stakes matters and serve as role models for the next generation of women leaders. We encourage our women lawyers to step into positions of responsibility for both client matters and internal firm initiatives.

                    “Women are at the forefront of leadership at Paul, Weiss. We embrace the diversity of our women
                    lawyers and the breadth of experience they bring to the table.”

                    Valerie Radwaner, Firm Deputy Chair and Corporate Partner

                    In 2014, the partnership elected Valerie Radwaner as the firm’s first deputy chair after a successful career as a corporate finance partner. As deputy chair, Valerie helps the firm achieve its strategic priorities, creating a blueprint for what law firm leaders can do to help women succeed.

                    Valerie is also deeply involved in initiatives that empower women and lawyers of color, especially those at the beginning of their careers. Most recently, she presented at Fordham Law School’s Leadership Academy for Women in Law and gave opening remarks at an event for the 2020–2021 Paul, Weiss fellows at the Center for Race, Inequality and the Law at NYU Law School. You can read more here.


                    Inclusive networks

                    Open to all attorneys at the firm, Paul, Weiss’s networks focus on internal relationship-building, career development, recruitment and client relationship development. Each network sponsors cultural activities, career chats with partners, alumni and clients, and other social events to create learning opportunities for the entire firm as well as community-building within each network. The Paul, Weiss networks include Asian-Pacific Lawyers, Black Lawyers, Family, Latinx Lawyers, Pride@Work and Women.

                    The networks offer support, facilitate discussion and provide opportunities for networking inside and outside of the firm. By cultivating lasting ties with clients, law student organizations, bar associations, alumni and nonprofit groups, each network helps to make Paul, Weiss more inclusive.


                    Making a Difference

                    Paul, Weiss is committed to providing impactful public service and pro bono legal assistance to
                    individuals and organizations in need across a broad range of constitutional, civil rights, racial justice and other public interest matters. Today, we are a leader in nationwide efforts to advance racial justice, secure rights for women and the LGBTQ+ community, challenge restrictive voting laws, and promote the economic empowerment of BIPOC-owned businesses.

                    In recent pro bono matters promoting diversity and inclusion, the firm:

                    • Represented, alongside the Center for Reproductive Rights, the last remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which was widely considered to
                      be the most important reproductive justice case in decades. Following the Dobbs decision, we
                      have played a lead role in the New York Attorney General’s Reproductive Health Task Force and
                      are advising a growing number of abortion providers and funds on the post-Dobbslegal
                      landscape.
                    • Won a verdict of over $25 million against white supremacists organizers of the deadly “Unite the
                      Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017, and we continue to litigate high profile
                      matters against individuals and hate groups responsible for storming the U.S. Capitol on January
                      6, 2021and waging a campaign of violence, destruction, and intimidation against the
                      Metropolitan AME church.
                    • Represented Edith Windsor in the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of
                      Marriage Act (DOMA), leading to the recognition of the constitutional right of same-sex couples
                      to be married. Our work on behalf of the LGBTQIA+ community continues, including through
                      representations ofinstitutions that are integral to LGBTQIA+ neighborhoods, litigation to reform
                      jail policies that lead to abuses against transgender people, representations of LGBTQIA+
                      individuals in asylum proceedings, and scores of transgender name changes.
                    • Negotiated a favorable settlement in a federal voting rights lawsuit on behalf of Latinx residents
                      of Islip, Long Island, ending a discriminatory voting system.
                    • Struck down a North Carolina law requiring voters to present photo identification before casting
                      ballots, with the three-judge panel confirming that the measure “was enacted in part for a
                      discriminatory purpose” against Black voters.
                    • In collaboration with the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), published
                      influential reports on the rising tide of anti-Asian violence in New York City. The firm also
                      represents individual victims of anti-Asian hate and their families on a pro bono basis.
                    • Partnered with the Robin Hood Foundation and Echoing Green, to support non-profits with
                      leaders of color and non-profits focusing on race equity, in first-of-their-kind partnerships with
                      our transactional lawyers to provide corporate, tax, employment, real estate and data privacy
                      legal assistance to help build the capacity of these community organizations.
                    • Assisted the Black Economic Alliance Foundation with creating a multimillion-dollar
                      Entrepreneurs Fund that provides seed capital to businesses founded and led by Black
                      entrepreneurs and hosted workshops and clinics to support the economic development of Black
                      entrepreneurs, Black-owned businesses and Black women-owned businesses and advised
                      numerous nonprofits that focus on BIPOC empowerment.
                    • Led the Commission on Equal Justice in the Courts in reviewing institutional racism in the New
                      York state court system.
                    • Defended the rights of individuals with physical and mental disabilities, including obtaining a
                      landmark settlement on behalf of a class of individuals with mental illness residing in adult
                      homes in New York City, advocating on behalf of children attending NYC DOE District 75 schools,
                      which provides instructional support for students with significant challenges, and representing a
                      class of formerly incarcerated individuals suffering from serious mental illness to demand New
                      York State provide appropriate mental health housing and supportive services.
                    • Represented 400,000 NYCHA residents alleging discriminatory and unlawful NYPD stop and frisk practices, resulting in a settlement that included changes to NYPD procedures.