Firm Profile > Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz > New York, United States

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
NEW YORK, NY 10019
United States

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

The New York-based employee benefits and executive compensation practice at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is well known for advising private equity managers and public companies on IPOs, high-value M&A transactions, spin-offs, and bankruptcies and restructurings. Jeannemarie O’Brien, Adam Shapiro and Andrea Wahlquist are highly regarded practitioners in this space.

M&A litigation: defense Tier 1

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York is widely regarded as one of the leading firms for deal-related litigation, thanks in part to its thriving transactional practice. Contacts include litigation co-chairs William Savitt and Jonathan Moses and emerging talent Ryan McLeod.

Shareholder activism Tier 2

Acting for boards of directors and special committees, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz has built a very strong reputation in matters relating to shareholder engagement, proxy fights, strategic defense, and general corporate governance. David Katz and Sabastian Niles are respected names in New York's corporate arena.

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) Tier 3

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz has a very strong reputation in M&A and high-profile corporate work, and brings that reputation to bear in the REITs space, where real estate M&A practice head Robin Panovka is the key contact.

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 3

New York-based Richard Mason chairs the group at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, which has represented bank and bondholder groups, acquirers, distressed investors, boards of directors, private equity sponsors and other significant creditors and shareholders in domestic and international matters.

Practice head(s):

Richard Mason

Securities litigation: defense Tier 3

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York has a standout corporate transactional practice, which leads the firm to handle complex and high-profile securities litigation for major corporate issuers, among them Fortune 500 companies, leading financial institutions and multinational enterprises. Jonathan Moses and William Savitt are the key contacts.

US taxes: non-contentious Tier 3

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is active in a range of corporate and commercial transactions. Jodi Schwartz is recognized for her experience in handling the tax aspects of cross-border M&A, joint ventures, spin-offs and financial instruments, while Deborah Paul concentrates on M&A and private equity buyouts in a variety of industry sectors.

Merger control Tier 5

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz focuses on merger control issues from its single office in New York, representing clients before the DOJ and FTC as well as in state-level investigations of mergers. Damian Didden and Ilene Gotts are contacts in the team.

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz’s New York-based white-collar team sits within the firms's wider, very highly regarded litigation department and counts a range of multinational corporations, financial institutions and their executives among its clients. The practice group has a strong in multi-jurisdictional disputes, including criminal and civil litigation. John Saverese is recommended for accounting fraud, insider trading, tax and criminal antitrust allegations.

Other key lawyers:

John Savarese; David Anders; Wayne Carlin; Ralph Levene; Paul Vizcarrondo

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz enjoys a global reputation as one of the world’s leading business law firms. The firm regularly handles many of the largest, most complex and demanding transactions, investigations and litigations in the US and around the world. Wachtell Lipton has contributed to major evolutions in corporate law in order to advance the interests of its clients. Wachtell Lipton originated the ‘poison pill’, structured the first cross-border ‘Morris Trust’ transaction between SmithKline Beckman and Beecham, and has been involved in – and litigated – transactions giving rise to most of the landmark takeover and corporate governance decisions in Delaware. Wachtell Lipton approaches its clients’ legal issues within the larger framework of each client’s strategic, business and financial goals. The firm focuses on matters that require the attention, extensive experience, expertise and reputation of its partners. The firm does not handle routine matters, limits the number and type of matters it undertakes, and operates with a ratio of partners to associates far higher than its major competitors.

Main areas of practice
Corporate: Wachtell Lipton counsels both public and private acquirers and targets, advising on a wide range of corporate matters, including: US, cross-border and international mergers and acquisitions; private equity and strategic investments; spin-offs, split-ups, securities offerings and other capital raising transactions; and is recognized for its leadership in takeover defense, shareholder activism and corporate governance.

Litigation: Wachtell Lipton’s litigation practice is consistently at the cutting edge of the leading commercial and corporate litigation battles dominating headlines. The firm makes appearances in state and federal courts throughout the country at both trial and appellate levels, as well as in arbitrations and mediations. It also has a leading practice representing companies and individuals in state and federal regulatory and criminal investigations. The firm’s litigators advise on a range of corporate governance matters and handle derivative demands and other litigation challenging the actions of boards of directors. The firm consistently handles some of the nation’s leading commercial disputes covering diverse industries and subject matters. The firm has a leading white-collar and regulatory enforcement practice. It has represented major financial institutions and multinational corporations, as well as their boards of directors and senior executives, in a range of complex and high-profile white-collar criminal and regulatory enforcement matters nationally and internationally.

Restructuring and finance: Wachtell Lipton has one of the leading restructuring practices, principally representing creditors in national and multinational bankruptcy cases and out-of-court restructurings. Attorneys in the restructuring and finance group regularly handle the financing of complicated acquisitions or divestitures of businesses in financial distress or bankruptcy, highly leveraged transactions and other major transactions involving significant debtor/creditor issues.

Antitrust: Wachtell Lipton’s leading antitrust practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and government investigations, including international antitrust and banking antitrust issues.

Tax: Wachtell Lipton has a leading tax practice advising clients on tax aspects of corporate reorganisations, acquisitions, spin-offs and other dispositions, financings, restructurings and joint ventures.

Real estate M&A: Wachtell Lipton has a leading real estate M&A practice focusing on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate governance, restructurings and joint ventures across the REIT, real estate, hospitality and gaming sectors. The firm consistently plays an active role in major transactions in these sectors, with an emphasis on large-scale public company M&A and strategic transactions.

Executive compensation and benefits: Wachtell Lipton has a leading executive compensation and benefits practice addressing the most sensitive issues facing public and private companies, both in the deal and non-deal contexts.

Department Name Email Telephone
Restructuring and finance
Executive compensation and benefits
Real estate M&A
Number of Partners : 82
Number of Lawyers : 257
Co-Chairmen of the Executive Committee : Edward D Herlihy
Co-Chairmen of the Executive Committee : Daniel A Neff