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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
1395 BRICKELL AVENUE, SUITE 1200
MIAMI, FL 33131
United States

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP offers a destination merger and antitrust practice, working with top clients including Microsoft, Walgreens, and Johnson & Johnson on high-value strategic mergers, often bet-the-company deals with significant multijurisdictional elements and facing significant regulatory scrutiny. The team offers a deep and focused bench with significant in-house agency expertise, with practice head Steven Newborn a former head of the FTC Mergers I Division with a strong reputation in complex merger proceedings, while Jeffrey Perry , Steven Bernstein , and Michael Moiseyev also held senior FTC positions. The firm has capabilities in key industry sectors including energy, technology, and pharma, and also regularly works with many of the wider firm’s private equity clients on strategic buyouts. Brianne Kucerik continues to establish herself as a top-level practitioner, handling a number of major deals facing DOJ and FTC oversight, and notably cleared MGM’s purchase of The Cosmopolitan casino for $1.6bn, while John Scribner has a strong record in the pharma and tech sectors, regularly advising Sanofi on transactions. Jeff White has seen a prolific 2021, particularly on behalf of major private equity funds and portfolio companies in various industries, while Vadim Brusser  was promoted to partner in January 2021 and heads up the firm’s HSR and merger regulatory practice, handling all aspects of global pre-merger issues. All lawyers mentioned are in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Steven Newborn

Other key lawyers:

Jeffrey Perry; Mike Moiseyev; Steven Bernstein; Brianne Kucerik; Jeff White; John Scribner; Vadim Brusser

Testimonials

‘Incredibly knowledgeable and commercially savvy. Always able to distill a lot of information into business friendly advice.’

‘Steve Newborn – commercial, intelligent, thoughtful and pragmatic. Steve has seen it all and brings an enormous breadth of experience and perspective to every matter. A pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

BASF Corporation

Booking Holdings

Brookfield Asset Management

Charles River Laboratories

Facebook

Johnson & Johnson

Kinder Morgan

Microsoft Corporation

Sanofi

The Sherwin-Williams Company

Walgreens Boots Alliance

Work highlights

  • Advised Microsoft in the antitrust aspects of its $7.5 billion acquisition of ZeniMax Media, Inc.
  • Represented Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. as its global antitrust counsel in the company’s $21 billion sale to Analog Devices, Inc. The transaction valued the combined enterprise at over $68 billion.
  • Advised Charles River Laboratories in the antitrust aspects of its approximately $875 million acquisition of Cognate BioServices, Inc. and in the antitrust aspects of its approximately $292.5 million acquisition of Vigene Biosciences.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has a well-established commercial disputes practice which regularly takes on class actions before the Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation (MDL) and under various state multi-district litigation statutes, as well as class and collective actions in state and federal courts around the United States. High-stakes cases involving consumer fraud, unfair competition, alter ego liability, insurance, intellectual property and trade secrets litigation. Other areas of strength are bankruptcy litigation and cases involving alleged violations of the federal RICO or antitrust laws and state unfair practices laws. Clients include financial institutions, consumer and retail, media and entertainment, chemical, energy, and industrial companies as well as insurance, pharmaceutical and consumer goods companies and private equity funds. The New York-based David Lender co-chairs the global litigation department, while the US complex commercial litigation group is being led by Edward Soto  in Miami, Gregory Silbert in New York, and new arrival Drew Tulumello who joined the Washington DC office in June 2021 together with Chantale Fiebig, both formerly at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Diane Sullivan  in New Jersey is a specialist in commercial, mass tort and class action cases in the life sciences, healthcare, pharmaceutical, and consumer product sectors.

Practice head(s):

David Lender; Gregory Silbert; Edward Soto; Drew Tulumello

Other key lawyers:

Diane Sullivan; Chantale Fiebig; David Singh; Pravin Patel

Testimonials

‘Strong legal strategy skills; good partnership with in-house counsel; efficient and easy to work with.’

‘The Weil team provides excellent service in handling disputes. The team is very thorough and briefs the dispute extremely well.’

‘Weil’s team always get the points of a dispute quickly and precisely.’

‘Pravin Patel works diligently and gets analysis and advice to us quickly. He always gets the argument and will not have us lost in complicated legal analysis about cases and laws. We appreciate his service.’

Key clients

Visa

PepsiCo

General Electric

ViacomCBS

Sanofi

ExxonMobil

Simon & Schuster

ICBC Standard Bank

Giant Eagle

Core-Mark

Repsol

Serta Simmons Bedding

GlobalFoundries

Work highlights

  • Acted as lead trial counsel for regional pharmacy retailer Giant Eagle, negotiated a successful settlement in the midst of a multi-week bellwether jury trial of claims brought by Lake and Trumbull (Ohio) counties in the first claims brought against pharmacy retailers in the opioid MDL, encompassing more than 3,000 lawsuits, pending in the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.
  • Representing GE in a number of multi-billion dollar disputes with Siemens and several of its subsidiaries relating to GE’s wind turbine technology, including a successful ITC arbitration in May 2021, an ITC investigation, and a related patent infringement litigation in federal court.
  • Serving as lead counsel to Sanofi in a multi-billion dollar offensive complaint alleging that competitor Mylan used its monopoly power to provide an unfair advantage for its Epipen and ice Sanofi out of the epinephrine auto injector market.

Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers Tier 1

Diane SullivanWeil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Diane Sullivan in New York concentrates on high-value disputes and bet-the-company trials. Among her many successes is a highly favorable settlement for Giant Eagle in the first-ever federal jury trial against pharmacies in the opioid MDL which highlights her cross-practice expertise and high-profile work. Mass torts are another specialism in her varied practice. As first-chair lawyer in a mass tort trial, Diane secured the first defense verdict for Johnson & Johnson in New Jersey state court.David Lender – Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Working from the firm’s New-York office, David Lender has over 25 years of experience in areas such as antitrust litigation and complex class actions. Of note is his representation of General Electric in multiple high-value IP disputes. Lender’s appearances in a variety of courts also include representing ExxonMobil in federal and state courts in connection with the use of the chemical MTBE in gasoline.

Work highlights

    Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense Tier 1

    The firm is at this top in this practice area‘, says a client of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, noting that it has ‘an experienced team that gets great results‘. The firm has a strong bench of M&A litigators and is not only a leading player in the Delaware Court of Chancery, but also in other fora across the US. The team is involved in emerging areas of the market, notably SPAC-related litigation, largely due the heavy involvement of its transactional lawyers in SPAC and de-SPAC transactions. It recently advised Churchill Capital Corp. III in stockholder litigation in Delaware following its $11bn merger with healthcare data analytics firm MultiPlan. John Neuwirth, who led the defense of Churchill, Joseph Allerhand and Caroline Zalka are co-heads of the ‘super-sophisticated and experienced‘ securities litigation practice, in which veteran litigator Jonathan Polkes and emerging talents Joshua Amsel and Evert Christensen are play key roles. Christensen worked alongside Neuwirth to defend Brookfield Asset Management in a precedent-setting matter that struck down a key point of law in Gentile v. Rossette concerning a “dual-natured” claims precedent that allowed certain claims to be both direct and derivative. All mentioned lawyers are based in New York.

    Practice head(s):

    John Neuwirth; Joseph Allerhand; Caroline Zalka

    Other key lawyers:

    Stacy Nettleton; Joshua Amsel; Evert Christensen

    Testimonials

    ‘The firm is at this top in this practice area. There is an experienced team that gets great results.’

    ‘Stacy Nettleton is fantastic. She is collaborative, results driven and strategic. She gives the matter her attention and does a great job of communicating with her clients.’

    ‘Super sophisticated and experienced; solely focus on corporate and securities litigation and in the mix of all things Delaware and beyond.’

    ‘Smart, hard working, creative, and pragmatic. See the whole field and unparalleled judgment. John Neuwirth undisputed leader of the practice group and ably assisted by superstar partners Evert Christiansen and Josh Amsel.’

    Key clients

    Sanofi

    Willis Towers Watson

    Morgan Stanley

    Walgreens Boots Alliance

    Brookfield Asset Management

    BTG Pactual

    Fidelity National Financial

    Jefferies Financial Group

    Churchill Capital Corp. III and Churchill Capital Corp. IV

    Eli Lilly

    MGM Resorts

    American Securities

    Work highlights

    • Representing Brookfield in securing a groundbreaking Delaware Supreme Court decision that overturned a lower court ruling in a multi-hundred million dollar shareholder class/derivative litigation, reversed a 15-year-old precedential ruling, and will have a profound impact on the future of Delaware corporate law and corporate transactions.
    • Representing Churchill Capital Corp. IV in a vanguard SPAC litigation (involving Lucid Motors); and continuing to defend Churchill Capital Corp. III in a litigation in Delaware that will likely add significant contour to SPAC governance moving forward (involving MultiPlan).
    • Representing Morgan Stanley in the decade-long Tribune LBO fiduciary duty and fraudulent conveyance litigation by affirming a dismissal before the Second Circuit.

    Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 1

    At Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York, the ‘talented, strategic' team handles both securities litigation, corporate governance and regulatory enforcement matters, frequently acting for publicly traded corporations, financial institutions, private equity firms and other major companies, among them Carlyle Group, General Electric and AMC Entertainment. John Neuwirth and Caroline Zalka are co-heads of the securities litigation practice. Neuwirth successfully represented Brookfield and certain of its affiliates in a precedent-setting stockholder derivative and class action suit before the Delaware Supreme Court. Stacy Nettleton , who is ‘highly engaged, smart and is a wonderful communicator and strategist‘, Joshua Amsel , and Evert Christensen are recommended as standout securities litigators. Veteran litigator Joseph Allerhand  retired in 2021.

    Practice head(s):

    John Neuwirth; Caroline Zalka

    Other key lawyers:

    Stacy Nettleton; Evert Christensen; Joshua Amsel

    Testimonials

    ‘The team is talented, strategic and communicates well.’

    ‘Stacy Nettleton is a stand out. She is highly engaged, smart, and has the client’s needs in mind. She is a wonderful communicator and strategist.’

    ‘They are collaborative and they just get it. Great quality work every time.’

    ‘Stacey Nettleton — always responsive, excellent client focus, great collaboration and teamwork.’

    ‘Solely focus on corporate and securities litigation, and have for last 30 years.’

    ‘Tough, creative, sophisticated and not afraid to try cases. John Neuwirth equally skilled and renowned in the securities area as well. Josh Amsel and Stacey Nettleton superstars in their own right.’

    ‘The team guides us well through the maze of a US class action matter, good tactical recommendations and outstanding project management and the ability to summarize complex issues and fact patterns succinctly.’

    Key clients

    Brookfield Asset Management

    Carlyle Group

    Signet Jewelers

    BTG Pactual

    General Electric

    Morgan Stanley

    AMC Entertainment

    Walgreens Boots Alliance

    Willis Towers Watson

    Sasol

    Fidelity National Financial

    Pilgrim’s Pride

    Elanco Animal Health

    Churchill Capital Corp. III and Churchill Capital Corp. IV

    Campbell Soup Company

    Quad/Graphics

    Jefferies Financial Group

    Ascena Retail

    Cannae Holdings

    Work highlights

    • Represented Brookfield Asset Management in securing a precedent-setting decision that overturned a lower court ruling in a multi-hundred million dollar shareholder class/derivative litigation, reversed a 15-year-old precedential ruling, and will have a profound impact on the future of Delaware corporate law and corporate transactions.
    • Representing Churchill Capital Corp. IV in a vanguard SPAC litigation (involving Lucid Motors); and continuing to defend Churchill Capital Corp. III in a litigation in Delaware that will likely add significant contour to SPAC governance moving forward (involving MultiPlan).
    • Representing Morgan Stanley in the decade-long, billion-dollar Tribune LBO fiduciary duty and fraudulent conveyance litigation by affirming a dismissal before the Second Circuit.

    Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 1

    The practice at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP  has an international presence with offices in the US, UK, and across Europe and Asia, with this breadth of knowledge grants the team particular expertise in advising global debtors. Notable work includes its representation of Johnson & Johnson, in regard to the Chapter 11 cases of Imerys Talc America, Inc. filed in the District of Delaware. Another key matter for the firm was the representation of an ad hoc group of lenders pertaining to the Chapter 11 cases of Seadrill Limited, in which the team created a plan of reorganization which included $350m in new financing. Gary Holtzer , Ray Schrock  and Matt Barr are the co-chairs of practice and reside in the New York office. Garrett Fail is noted for his handling of crisis management and corporate governance related matters. Developments in the team included the arrival of Kathleen Aka from Ropes & Gray LLP, and the partner promotions of David Cohen, Matthew Goren, Natasha Hwangpo and Alexander Welch. All lawyers mentioned are in New York.

    Practice head(s):

    Gary Holtzer; Ray Schrock; Matt Barr

    Other key lawyers:

    Garrett Fail; Candace Arthur; Kevin Bostel; Andriana Georgallas; David Cohen; Matthew Goren; Natasha Hwangpo; Alexander Welch

    Testimonials

    ‘The top tier practitioners for the most complex deals.’

    ‘All superb technically and strategically and all really excellent at their craft.’

    Key clients

    Basic Energy

    Crestline Hotels & Resorts

    AMC

    Healogics, Inc.

    RentPath

    Chisholm Oil and Gas Operating, LLC

    Fieldwood Energy

    Briggs & Stratton

    CBL & Associates

    NPC International Inc.

    Work highlights

    • Represented AMC Entertainment Holdings, the largest movie exhibition company in the United States and globally, on a series of novel out-of-court restructuring and capital raising measures, including a multibillion-dollar debt exchange and groundbreaking at-the-market (ATM) equity offerings.
    • Advised Fieldwood Energy, one of the largest independent oil and gas exploration and production companies in the Gulf of Mexico, in its chapter 11 restructuring and won confirmation of a complex and unprecedented chapter 11 plan that saved over 1,000 jobs during the Pandemic.
    • Represented an investment bank as debtor-in-possession lender and equity interest holder in the chapter 11 cases of Katerra Inc. and its affiliates.

    Industry focus > Environment: transactional Tier 1

    Fielding a team of Washington practitioners with Wall Street business sensibilities, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP's environmental transactional team is rated for its longstanding experience in this field. Its impressive track record features high-value M&A, divestitures, financings, restructurings and securities disclosures in almost every environmentally-sensitive industry, including hazardous waste management, heavy manufacturing, chemicals, and energy. In the last year alone, the environmental group advised on more than 100 M&A and private equity deals with a total deal value of over $190bn. SPAC IPOs and De-SPAC transactions are a particular area of strength for the firm, and the team is also often involved in real estate acquisitions and bankruptcy matters. Additionally, the group offers advice to corporate clients on ESG and sustainability concerns, including those related to climate change, in the context of company operations as well as investment and financing processes. Department head Annemargaret Connolly  enjoys a strong reputation in the market for her involvement in highly complex and environmentally challenging transactions. She is based in Washington DC, and works closely with the firm’s European and Asian offices in cross-border deals. Also in DC, Thomas Goslin is noted for his experience of transactional mandates involving the renewable and traditional energy and natural resources sectors, while Matthew Morton is increasingly active in mandates pertaining to sustainability and ESG factors on behalf of corporations, institutional investors and private equity sponsors. Counsel John O’Loughlin is another contact for private equity, corporate and financial services clients.

    Practice head(s):

    Annemargaret Connolly

    Key clients

    Advent International

    American Securities

    Ardian

    Blackstone

    Churchill Capital Group

    Citi

    Cornell Capital

    Fortress Investment Group

    Genstar Capital

    Golden Gate Capital

    Goldman Sachs

    The Gores Group

    Lendlease Americas Inc.

    MGM Resorts International

    Micron Technology, Inc.

    Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

    QuickChek Corporation

    RBC Capital Markets

    Sanofi

    Searchlight Capital Partners

    TPG

    TruArc Partners (f/k/a Snow Phipps Group)

    Work highlights

    • Advising Gores Guggenheim, Inc., a SPAC sponsored by affiliates of The Gores Group and Guggenheim Capital, in its pending $20bn business combination with Polestar Performance AB (Sweden), a global pure play manufacturer of premium performance electric vehicles, which is currently owned by Volvo Car AB (Sweden), a designer, manufacturer and supplier of automobiles, trucks and vans, and Zhejiang Geely Holding (China), a manufacturer and distributor of automobiles.
    • Advised Churchill Capital Corp IV, a SPAC sponsored by Churchill Capital Group, in its $11.75bn merger with Lucid Motors, a designer, developer and manufacturer of luxury electric automobiles that use its proprietary EV and battery technology and a marketer of such technology for other applications.
    • Assisted Gores Holdings V, Inc., a SPAC sponsored by The Gores Group, in its $8.5bn business combination with Ardagh Metal Packaging S.A. (AMP), a supplier of sustainable and infinitely-recyclable beverage can metal packaging to global, regional and national beverage producers, with AMP’s parent, Ardagh Group S.A. (Luxembourg), a global supplier of glass and metal packaging products for beverages, food and other consumer products, retaining an approximately 80% stake in AMP.

    Intellectual property > Patents: licensing Tier 1

    With over three decades of experience advising on technology and IP transactions under his belt, New York's Michael Epstein, who has lately advised on a number of global pharmaceutical deals and private equity investments in emerging technologies, heads the dedicated team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. The renowned practice shoulders a significant workload consisting of independent licensing work, and matters involving the patent aspects of M&A, private equity, financing and restructuring transactions. New York duo Charan Sandhu and Jeffrey Osterman, and Karen Ballack in Silicon Valley, complete the group which, in addition to boasting strong cross-border capabilities, is also well known for its prowess in assisting with research and development collaborations, licensing agreements, co-marketing arrangements, outsourcing transactions, professional services agreements and e-commerce agreements. The department's client roster includes names from the technology, life sciences, electronics and software sectors.

    Practice head(s):

    Key clients

    Advent International

    Allego Holding B.V.

    American Securities

    Bain Capital Private Equity

    Bio-Rad Laboratories

    Blackstone

    ChargePoint, Inc.

    Churchill Capital Group

    Eli Lilly and Company

    EO Charging

    Exide Technologies

    Fortress Investment Group

    Goldman Sachs

    The Gores Group

    Guggenheim

    Hologic, Inc.

    L’Oréal USA

    Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.

    MGM Resorts International

    Micron Technology, Inc.

    NPC International Inc.

    The Progeria Research Foundation

    Providence Equity Partners

    PSG

    Sanofi

    SiriusXM

    SumUp Payments Limited

    Vonage Holdings

    Work highlights

    • Advised Eli Lilly and Company on the technology & IP aspects of its up to $1.25bn research and collaboration agreement with MiNA Therapeutics, Ltd.
    • Advising Bio-Rad Laboratories in connection with its global patent cross-licensing and covenant not to sue arrangements related to microfluidic genetic analysis technology and single-cell genomics, including several related patent sublicense arrangements, on the technology & IP aspects of the settlement of its protracted worldwide legal battles with 10x Genomics.
    • Advising Halozyme Therapeutics on a global collaboration and license agreement with ViiV Healthcare.

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

    Praised for its ‘strong executive compensation practice, particularly in the private equity space’, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s stellar workload includes high-end M&A and private equity transactions. Also noted for its capability in handling a broad range of employee benefit issues, the New York-based team is led by Paul Wessel, who has deep experience advising public companies on compensation matters relating to IPOs, bankruptcies and restructurings. ‘Emerging as a leader in this space’, Amy Rubin is a key member of the group and advised Gores Guggenheim in its $20bn merger with Polestar Performance AB. Michael Nissan is the go-to contact for private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, including Advent International and Blackstone, while Sarah Downie advises senior executives and public companies on matters relating to severance agreements. Aimee Adler, who joined from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in September 2021, is a ‘great addition to the team’.

    Practice head(s):

    Paul Wessel

    Other key lawyers:

    Amy Rubin; Michael Nissan; Sarah Downie; Aimee Adler; Jennifer Britz

    Testimonials

    ‘Weil has a strong executive compensation practice, particularly in the private equity space.’

    ‘Aimee Adler is a great addition to the team. Amy Rubin is emerging as a leader in this space.’

    Key clients

    24 Hour Fitness Worldwide Inc.

    Advent International Corporation

    Allego Holding B.V.

    American Securities

    Ardian

    Bain Capital Private Equity

    Berkshire Partners

    Blackstone

    Briggs & Stratton

    Brooks Brothers Group, Inc.

    Cardtronics

    ChargePoint, Inc.

    Churchill Capital Group

    Core-Mark Holding Company, Inc.

    Cornell Capital

    CVC Capital Partners

    Eli Lilly and Company

    EO Charging

    Eurazeo

    Exide Holdings, Inc.

    Fortress Investment Group

    Front Yard Residential Corporation

    Genstar Capital

    Work highlights

    • Advising MSP Recovery, LLC in its $32.6bn merger with Lionheart Acquisition Corp. II.
    • Advising Gores Guggenheim, Inc. in its pending $20bn business combination with Polestar Performance AB (Sweden).
    • Advising MGM Resorts International (MGM Resorts) in the pending acquisition of MGM Growth Properties LLC (MGP) by VICI Properties Inc.

    M&A/corporate and commercial > Corporate governance Tier 1

    Public companies, private entities and not-for-profit organizations are among the diverse array of clients at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. The New York-based group is praised for its ability to provide ‘responsive and seamless’ advice to clients in a variety of sectors, which range from healthcare and technology to financial services. The cross-departmental team, which is led by Howard Dicker, works in tandem with the firm's M&A, IPO and restructuring practices. Its work covers a number of key areas, such as ESG, day-to-day disclosure issues, executive compensation and board-level matters. ‘Brilliant and thoughtful’ lawyer Lyuba Goltser has ‘a wealth of knowledge', including expertise in not-for-profit governance, and has also worked on a number of SPAC transactions in 2021, an area of focus for the group. The team is also experienced in providing securities regulatory advice, as exemplified by former SEC employees P.J. Himelfarb and Adé Heyliger, who are both based in Washington DC.

    Practice head(s):

    Howard Dicker

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Responsive and seamless.’

    ‘Lyuba A. Goltser is a brilliant and thoughtful lawyer with tremendous dedication to her clients and their projects. She has a wealth of knowledge and provides timely and constructive advice.’

    Key clients

    24 Hour Fitness Worldwide Inc.

    Allego Holding B.V.

    Annaly Capital Management

    Arrival

    ATI Physical Therapy Holdings, LLC

    Briggs & Stratton

    Brookfield Asset Management Inc.

    Campbell Soup Company

    Cardtronics

    CBL & Associates Properties

    CEC Entertainment, Inc.

    Churchill Capital

    Core-Mark Holding Company, Inc.

    CPP Investments

    Dow Inc.

    EO Charging

    The Estee Lauder Companies

    Foley Trasimene Acquisition Corp.

    Fortress Investment Group

    Franklin Resources

    TPG

    Vonage Holdings

    Wejo Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advising MSP Recovery on the governance and securities aspects of its $32.6 billion business combination with Lionheart Acquisition Corp. II.
    • Advised Gores Holdings IV, Inc. on the governance and securities aspects of its business combination with United Wholesale Mortgage, LLC.
    • Advised Cardtronics plc (United Kingdom) on the governance and securities aspects of its $2.5 billion sale to NCR Corporation.

    Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions Tier 1

    Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has an ‘exceptionally hard working and diligent‘ team that covers the full suite of M&A, restructuring and standalone technology transactions. The dedicated practice represents a mix of technology and life sciences companies, as well as banks and private equity investors, on their most business critical deals, including domestic and cross-border strategic alliances, IP acquisitions and disposals, research and development agreements, outsourcing transactions and licensing agreements. Key to the team’s popularity is its ‘deep knowledge and experience in the technology field’ including its ‘ability to deal with challenging personalities in stressful negotiations‘. The largely New York-based group is co-chaired by the versatile Jeffrey Osterman and the ‘outstandingCharan Sandhu, who took over from former global practice head Michael Epstein, a partner with over 30 years’ experience in the market. Other key individuals include recently promoted partner Adam Dennis, and Silicon Valley-based partner Karen Ballack who is noted for her ‘great expertise, creativity, and good judgment‘.

    Practice head(s):

    Jeffrey Osterman; Charan Sandhu

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Excellent attention to detail, knowledge of IP transactions laws, understanding of technology, ability to deal with challenging personalities in stressful negotiations.’

    ‘Exceptionally hard working and diligent. Strong commitment to diversity and excellence.’

    ‘The Technology Transactions team has deep knowledge and experience in the technology field. They are trusted partners in thinking through issues and strategies to close gaps during negotiations. This team’s expertise leads to efficiencies that, in many cases, make it more cost efficient to use them than using a firm with lower billing rates.’

    ‘Karen Ballack and Charan Sandhu are both outstanding partners. They both apply great expertise, creativity, and good judgment in their work. Both are responsive and excellent drafters.’

     

    Key clients

    Advent International

    Allego Holding

    American Securities

    Bain Capital Private Equity

    Bio-Rad Laboratories

    Blackstone

    ChargePoint

    Churchill Capital Group

    Eli Lilly and Company

    EO Charging

    Exide Technologies

    Fortress Investment Group

    Goldman Sachs

    The Gores Group

    Guggenheim

    Hologic

    L’Oréal USA

    Maxim Integrated Products

    MGM Resorts International

    Micron Technology

    NPC International

    The Progeria Research Foundation

    Providence Equity Partners

    PSG

    Sanofi

    SiriusXM

    Vonage Holdings

    Work highlights

    • Advising Maxim Integrated Products, a designer, developer and manufacturer of integrated circuits, on the technology and IP aspects of its $21 billion sale to Analog Devices, in a transaction that values the combined enterprise at over $68 billion.
    • Advising Advent International on the technology and IP aspects of the $3 billion merger of its portfolio companies: Clearent LLC, a provider of payment processing services to financial institutions, ISOs and agents, developers and merchants; and Transaction Services Group Limited (New Zealand), a provider of business management software and integrated payments solutions to the health, fitness and childcare businesses, to form Xplor Technologies.
    • Advised Churchill Capital Corp IV, a SPAC sponsored by Churchill Capital Group, on the technology and IP aspects of its $11.75 billion merger with Lucid Motors, a designer, developer and manufacturer of luxury electric automobiles, in a transaction that values Lucid at approximately $24 billion and that included a $2.4 billion private placement in public equity.

    Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 1

    Widely praised by its high-profile clientele, the ‘brilliant and incredibly creative’ Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP draws on its close interdisciplinary ties with the firm’s private funds group, advising on numerous capital raisings for established market players and up-and-comers alike. Led by the highly experienced federal income tax specialist Joseph Pari, who splits his time between the firm’s New York and Washington DC offices, the team regularly handles multi-billion dollar corporate and capital markets transactions, and bankruptcies for some of the biggest entities in the world. Stuart Goldring is widely recognized as one of the preeminent advisors for financially troubled companies, working with debtors, creditors, and investors on the full range of proceedings. Chayim Neubort assists various MNCs active in a range of sectors with internal tax planning and reorganization matters, while Noah Beck works chiefly with private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies on transactional tax issues. DC-based Graham Magill‘s federal income tax practice encompasses both high-value deals and restructurings, with recent highlights including major acquisitions in the pharmaceutical sector. Prominent recent hires include private investment fund expert Andrew Morris, who joined from Linklaters LLP in November 2021. Stanley Ramsay and Mark Schwed  have left the practice. All named lawyers are based in New York unless noted otherwise.

    Practice head(s):

    Joseph Pari

    Testimonials

    ‘All of Weil’s tax lawyers are smart and creative, but the bankruptcy team, led by Stuart Goldring, is light years ahead of any other firm’s.’

    ‘Stuart Goldring – he’s the bankruptcy tax god who literally wrote the book on bankruptcy tax. He’s also a delight to work with and speak with.’

    ‘The team I work with understands tax issues faced by corporations utilizing the U.S. Bankruptcy code to restructure its debt. The Weil team is an expert in this area with years of exceptional experience.’

    ‘Same comments as above – the individuals I work with understands tax issues faced by corporations utilizing the U.S. Bankruptcy code to retructure its debt. The Weil team is an expert in this area with years of exceptional experience.’

    ‘Brilliant team and incredibly creative.’

     

    Key clients

    Advent International

    AltC Acquisition Corp.

    American Securities

    Amherst Holdings, LLC

    ATI Physical Therapy Holdings, LLC

    Basic Energy Services, Inc.

    Berkshire Partners

    Blackstone

    Brookfield Asset Management

    Brooks Brothers

    CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.

    CEC Entertainment Inc.

    ChargePoint, Inc.

    Churchill Capital Corp

    Core-Mark Holding Company, Inc.

    Definitive Healthcare Corp.

    EQT Partners

    First Light Acquisition Group, Inc.

    First Watch Restaurants, Inc.

    Foley Trasimene Acquisition Corp.

    Fortistar Sustainable Solutions Corp.

    Fortress Value Acquisition Corp.

    Front Yard Residential Corporation

    Genstar Capital

    The Gores Group

    GI Partners

    Healogics, Inc.

    ICG Strategic Equity

    Leafly Holdings, Inc.

    LTS (Jorge Paulo Lemann Fund)

    Magellan Health, Inc.

    Micron Technology, Inc.

    MSP Recovery, LLC

    Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.

    MGM Resorts International

    Providence Equity Partners

    PSG

    QuickChek Corporation

    Restaurant Brands International

    Sears Holdings Corporation

    Sanofi

    SiriusXM

    Speedcast

    TPG

    Vonage Holdings

     

    Work highlights

    • Advising MSP Recovery, LLC on the tax aspects its pending $32.6bn business combination with Lionheart Acquisition Corp. II, a SPAC sponsored by Lionheart Equities and Nomura Securities International.
    • Advising Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. on the tax aspects its pending $21bn sale to Analog Devices, Inc.
    • Advising MGM Resorts International on the tax aspects of the pending acquisition of MGM Growth Properties LLC in a transaction with a total enterprise value of approximately $17.2bn.

    Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: consumer products (including tobacco) Tier 2

    Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP provides a cradle-to-grave service to many global companies in relation to product-related concerns, including advice on crisis management and strategic development, as well as in the context of devising ‘innovative legal strategy’ to repel, at the earliest stage possible, potentially reputation-threatening litigation. New Jersey-based trial lawyer Diane Sullivan has had a string of high-profile successes in many first-of-kind and bellwether cases in the product liability/mass tort space, including for Johnson & Johnson in the talcum powder mass tort. Sullivan co-heads the team alongside ‘excellent and hardworking‘ Silicon Valley-based David Singh, who is noted for his aptitude at handling high-profile consumer product-related class actions. Bambo Obaro is also based out of Silicon Valley and regularly partners up with Singh on major consumer class actions, including his starring role in securing the dismissal of a significant consumer class action in New York federal court for a leading coffee and retail company. The arrival in June 2021 of versatile Washington DC-based litigators Drew Tulumello and Chantale Fiebig from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP strengthens the firm’s credentials, including in relation to food and beverages consumer product liability matters.

    Practice head(s):

    Testimonials

    ‘It is a hardworking team with a commitment to diversity and innovative legal strategy.’

    ‘David Singh is an excellent, hardworking lawyer who is dedicated to advancing the profession.’

     

    Key clients

    Johnson & Johnson

    The Procter & Gamble Company

    PepsiCo Inc.

    Frito-Lay North America

    Core-Mark Holding Company

    The Quaker Oats Company

    General Electric Company

    Sanofi

    Dometic Corporation

    Welch Foods

    Panasonic Corporation

    Tropicana Products Inc.

    Tarkett Sports

    Work highlights

    • Represented a leading global coffee brand in Second Circuit victory affirming the complete dismissal of a high-profile consumer class action in New York federal court for a leading global coffee and retail company alleging the company’s Manhattan stores have for many years been permeated with a toxic pesticide.
    • Representing Johnson & Johnson in the mass tort alleging that personal hygiene products containing talcum powder cause certain types of cancer.
    • Representing PepsiCo in a billion-dollar action filed in California Superior Court alleging that PepsiCo misled the public about the recyclability of their products and seeking to hold them liable for cleaning up all marine plastic pollution on California oceans, beaches, and waterways.

    Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort Tier 2

    Appreciated by clients for its ‘great service and availability’, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP‘s ‘hardworking‘ team excels at handling high-stakes toxic tort disputes for energy, utilities, retail and pharmaceutical companies, in federal and state courts throughout the country. With a large group of lawyers with first-chair trial experience in the product liability and broader commercial litigation fields, the firm has great experience as trial and national co-ordinating counsel in big-ticket disputes, including as it relates to talcum powder litigation, water contamination and disputes related to plastics pollution. The team also regularly handles toxic tort disputes in a bankruptcy context, where it is able to draw upon expertise within the firm’s market-leading insolvency offering. New Jersey-based product liability and mass tort litigator par-excellence Diane Sullivan  co-heads the team alongside the ‘excellent’ David Singh  out of Silicon Valley. New York-based Theodore Tsekerides  is also a key figure, including in bankruptcy-related matters and is recognized as a ‘great communicator’. 

    Practice head(s):

    Testimonials

    ‘A solid, hardworking team with a commitment to diversity.’

    ‘Great service and availability, coupled with high-quality work.’

    ‘David Singh is an excellent lawyer, devoted to his practice and advancing the legal profession at large.’

    ‘Ted Tsekerides is a great communicator.’

    Key clients

    Johnson & Johnson

    ExxonMobil

    PepsiCo Inc.

    Giant Eagle

    PG&E

    Starbucks

    Sanofi

    Exide Holdings

    Greenstone Assurance Ltd.

    Work highlights

    • Won Second Circuit victory affirming the complete dismissal of a high-profile class action in New York federal court alleging that a leading global coffee and retail company’s Manhattan stores have for many years been permeated with a toxic pesticide.
    • Representing Repsol, S.A. in a series of complex environmental and business litigations involving allegedly more than a billion dollars in liabilities in connection with the pollution of the Passaic River, one of the EPA’s largest Superfund projects in history.
    • Serving as one of the primary nationwide lead trial counsel for Johnson & Johnson in the mass tort alleging that personal hygiene products containing talcum powder cause certain types of cancer.

    Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

    Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

    Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has maintained an impressive flow of big-ticket equity offering engagements. It has achieved further prominence in SPAC IPOs and de-SPAC transactions, representing a number of major sponsors such as Foley Trasimene Acquisition Corp, Fortress Value Acquisition Corp, The Gores Group and TPG Pace. Although traditionally more active on the issuer-side, the capital markets team has become considerably closer to financial institutions in recent years, thanks in part to the presence of Michael Hickey and recent hire Merritt Johnson . Alexander Lynch  leads the capital markets team and is a big name in equity offerings, including in the SPAC field. Heather Emmel is also prominent in SPAC offerings and Corey Chivers  is another senior practitioner across the debt and equity segments.

    Practice head(s):

    Alexander Lynch

    Other key lawyers:

    Michael Hickey; Merritt Johnson; Heather Emmel; Corey Chivers

    Testimonials

    ‘Merritt Johnson is an incredible resource (both when I was a banker and now on the buyside). He has an encyclopaedic understanding of securities law, is friendly and commercial and goes above and beyond to get to the right solution.’

    ‘Effective, practical advise and fantastic turn-around!’

    ‘Excellent client coverage from a deep bench of counsels’

    ‘Great knowledge, client coverage, availability to provide advice across a wide variety of different situations with expertly researched and nuanced advice.’

     

    Key clients

    Allego Holding B.V.

    AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc.

    AltC Acquisition Corp.

    ATI Physical Therapy Holdings, LLC

    Austerlitz Acquisition Corporation

    Avista Public Acquisition Corp.

    ChargePoint, Inc.

    Churchill Capital

    Credit Suisse

    Deep Lake Capital Acquisition Corp.

    Definitive Healthcare Corp.

    First Light Acquisition Group, Inc.

    First Watch Restaurants, Inc.

    Foley Trasimene Acquisition Corp.

    Fortress Value Acquisition Corp./Fortress Capital Acquisition Corp.

    Goldman Sachs

    The Gores Group

    Jack Creek Investment Corp.

    Marquee Raine Acquisition Corp.

    Morgan Stanley

    MSP Recovery, LLC

    Portillo’s, Inc.

    Software Luxembourg Holding S.A. (Skillsoft)

    Sovos Brands

    TPG Pace

    Work highlights

    • Advised The Gores Group on seven SPAC IPOs and six de-SPAC transactions.
    • Advised Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan and Credit Suisse, as representatives of the underwriters, on the $1.6bn IPO of Oatly Group AB.
    • Advised Definitive Healthcare Corp (a portfolio company of Advent International), on its $483m IPO.

    Finance > Commercial lending

    A ‘dedicated team with great market knowledge’, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is highly regarded across the market for its acquisition finance practice, which advises lenders and borrowers alike. Operating from New York, the US department is led by Douglas Urquhart  and counts premier investments banks, major private equity companies, and international corporate borrowers among its client base. Daniel Dokos  leads the global practice and assists the firm’s largest borrower clients on complex work including revolving credit facilities. When it comes to lender work, Morgan Bale  is a specialist; in 2021 he was instructed by a number of key investment banks. Heather Viets is another name to note, having built up a strong reputation for advising financial institutions and issuers on banking and securities transactions,

    Practice head(s):

    Daniel Dokos; Douglas Urquhart

    Other key lawyers:

    Andrew Colao; Benton Lewis; Morgan Bale; Heather Viets; Justin Lee; Andrew Yoon

    Testimonials

    ‘Very strong track record in high profile investment grade events. Differentiated knowledge of precedents. Not just processing – real tangible input and ideas.’

    ‘Morgan Bale an outstanding partner with very deep, relevant experience.’

    ‘Dedicated team with great market knowledge.’

    ‘Andrew Yoon and Benton Lewis are the lead finance partners servicing our firm. Both provide great coverage and are practical, commercial lawyers.’

    Key clients

    Advent International Corporation

    Alaska Air Group, Inc.

    American Securities

    Asurion LLC

    Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc.

    Avolon Holdings Limited

    Bain Capital

    Berkshire Partners

    Black Knight, Inc.

    Brookfield Asset Management

    Campbell Soup Company

    CEC Entertainment

    Citi

    Core-Mark Holding Company, Inc.

    Cornell Capital

    The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

    Flexera Software LLC

    General Electric Company

    GI Partners

    Work highlights

    • Advised Citi in $9.1bn committed unsecured bridge financing to support the acquisition by Parker-Hannifin Corporation of Meggitt plc.
    • Advised American Securities in $1.1bn senior secured bridge, term and ABL revolving facilities to finance its $1.37bn take-private of Foundation Building Materials, Inc.

    Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 2

    Clients believe that Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP‘s securitization lawyers ‘excel at getting deals done while protecting their clients’ interests vigorously’. In 2021, the group handled significant esoteric securitizations, involving assets including diamond inventories. The group also has an established whole-business securitization practice, in addition to solid ABS and CLO product lines. The department is led by New York’s Frank Nocco, who also co-leads the firm’s global structured finance and derivatives group, and has experience in transactions in the US and abroad. Also in New York, Shawn Kodes has broad securitization experience, spanning auto and equipment loans and leases, consumer and commercial loans, and healthcare receivables; and Jason Smith is well-versed in structuring rental car fleet financings, and vehicle and equipment lease securitizations.

    Practice head(s):

    Frank Nocco

    Other key lawyers:

    Shawn Kodes; Jason Smith; Jeffrey Dawidowicz

    Testimonials

    ‘They are engineers and think outside the box. They have in depth knowledge’

    ‘Top-tier experts in securization transactions, particularly as it relates to more unique, complex and unusual situations’

    ‘Frank Nocco and Jeff Dawidowitz — excellent client service, knowledge of the sector, responsiveness, problem solving, attention to detail and ability to focus on key issues.’

    ‘Weil is a key trusted partner for my firm. They excel at getting deals done while protecting their client interests vigorously. They have wide ranging expertise across traditional and esoteric securitized asset classes.’

    ‘Shawn Kodes – great commercial mind, thinks through all risks, puts in a high degree of effort to deliver a great level of service.’

    Key clients

    Advent International Corporation

    Apollo Global Management, LLC

    BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Limited

    Blackstone / GSO

    BlueBay Asset Management LLP

    Brigade Capital Management LP

    CELF Advisors LLP

    CFG Partners, LP

    Credit Suisse

    Culligan International Company

    Delaware Life Insurance Company

    Deutsche Bank

    Fair Oaks Capital Ltd.

    Fieldwood Energy LLC (n/k/a QuarterNorth Energy Holding Inc.)

    Foley Trasimene Acquisition Corp.

    Goldman Sachs

    Guggenheim

    Lendmark Financial Services, LLC

    Lenovo Group Limited

    Oaktree Capital Management

    On Deck Capital, Inc.

    Sanofi

    Tempo Music Investments

    Wells Fargo

    Work highlights

    • Advised Apollo Global Management, as lender and structuring agent, in a $4 billion rental car ABS facility for The Hertz Corporation.
    • Advised Guggenheim Securities, as placement agent, in a Section 4(a)(2) ABS private placement bond offering by Presidio Finance LLC, a special purpose affiliate of Presidio Investment Holdings LLC, a differentiated oil and gas operator focused on the development and application of unified communications technologies to optimize mature, producing oil and natural gas assets in the United States.
    • Advised Lenovo Group Limited (China), at the time, one of the largest personal computer makers and providers of IT products and services in the world, in its amended and renewed $3 billion multi-jurisdictional, multi-currency, off-balance sheet accounts receivable securitization.

    Industry focus > Healthcare: life sciences Tier 2

    Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is known for its contentious work, advising on both commercial and criminal litigation, offering particular expertise in patent litigation, where it advises clients such as Regeneron and Johnson & Johnson on the defense of their IP portfolio. The team also acts on government investigations and product liability cases. On the corporate side, the practice advises larger pharmaceutical and technology companies on their acquisitions of smaller, innovative manufacturers. It also has experience acting on Strategic alliances and licensing agreements. The New York office hosts significant portions of the IP team, including co-head Elizabeth Weiswasser, who acts on major patent litigation, and Jeffrey Osterman, who advises on IP aspects of transactions. Silicon Valley-based Edward Reines is also well regarded for his IP and corporate disputes expertise. Derek Walter is based in the same office.

    Practice head(s):

    Edward Reines; Elizabeth Weiswasser

    Other key lawyers:

    Key clients

    Sanofi

    Johnson & Johnson

    AbbVie

    Invitae

    Guardant Health

    Illumina

    Bio-Rad Laboratories

    Pacific Biosciences

    Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

    Eli Lilly

    Quest Diagnostics

    Work highlights

    • Representing Regeneron in patent and antitrust litigation against Novartis.
    • Represented Bio-Rad Laboratories in its six-year battle with competitor 10X Genomics.
    • Advised Eli Lilly in connection with the technology and IP aspects of its $1.25bn research and collaboration agreement with MiNA Therapeutics and $1bn acquisition of Prevail Therapeutics.

    Intellectual property > Copyright Tier 2

    Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP advises and litigates on behalf of major social media platforms, digital music streamers, book publishers and e-commerce companies, on a comprehensive range of copyright issues, including secondary liability, DMCA compliance, and infringement and licensing disputes. The team is led in New York by Benjamin Marks, who specializes in music copyright royalty cases and currently represents music streamer Pandora before the Copyright Royalty Board in a multi-billion-dollar dispute. Randi Singer works in New York and Silicon Valley, acting for publishing, social media and e-commerce, including giants Facebook/Meta and eBay, in complex infringement matters. Todd Larson offers music licensing expertise in the New York office.

    Practice head(s):

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Weil has deep knowledge of copyright and other IP matters relevant to the tech/internet industries. They are second-to-none in their substantive expertise, and they have a keen understanding of the client’s business.’

    ‘Randi Singer successfully combines deep substantive knowledge with strong business acumen and practical instincts. She is extremely well-rounded in her experience — able to weigh in on all manner of IP issues and to bring to bear her years of practice with tech/internet clients.’

    ‘Weil’s team draws on deep subject matter expertise and extensive experience to provide insightful and practical counsel on a range of intellectual property issues. Their litigators are outstanding in all respects – strategic, efficient, creative, and highly effective. They focus on the details and keep their eyes on the big picture. Weil’s team understands business issues and works collaboratively with clients to achieve excellent results.’

    ‘Benjamin Marks stands out for his expertise in intellectual property, broad experience, thoughtful approach, and outstanding litigation skills.’

    Key clients

    Getty Images

    Sirius XM Radio

    Pandora Media

    Alibaba Group

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Facebook/Meta (including subsidiaries Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus)

    eBay

    Old Market Group Holdings Corp. (f/k/a Fairway Group Holdings Corp.)

    North American Concert Promoters Association

    Association of American Publishers

    Twitter

    Spotify

    Hearst Communications

    Mood Media

    Entercom Communications

    American Folk Art Museum

    Work highlights

    • Represented Getty Images in an over $3bn copyright infringement action alleging Getty Images had unlawfully copied, displayed and intentionally altered the photographer credit information for more than 47,000 photographs.
    • Represented Pandora and Sirius XM in the Web V Copyright Royalty Board proceedings against the recorded music industry to determine statutory royalty rates to be paid by non-interactive webcasters.
    • Represented Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in a trademark infringement, copyright ownership, and contract royalty dispute with Vanderbilt University, which resolved favourably on the eve of trial.

    Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) Tier 2

    Praised by clients for their ‘incredibly strong’ performance in high-stakes cases, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP combines expertise from the firm’s employment, technology, IP, and litigation teams to advise on the full range of trade secret matters. In New York, John Barry – a September 2021 from Proskauer Rose LLP – is noted for his capabilities in the private equity and financial services sectors, representing data analytics companies and multinational tech entities in restrictive covenant disputes and misappropriation claims. Also in New York, first-chair trial lawyer Gary Friedman handles trade secrets litigation proceedings across the nation, most recently in the insurance and software sectors, while Nicholas Pappas is recommended for his capabilities in employment disputes at the state and federal level. In Boston, the ‘superb‘  Patrick O’Toole frequently works with various corporate clients and private equity firms on trade secret matters arising from transactions. The Silicon Valley-based Bambo Obaro heads up the firm’s trade secrets taskforce, variously advising clients on non-compete agreements and litigating in state and federal courts.

    Practice head(s):

    John Barry; Gary Friedman; Nicholas Pappas; Patrick O’Toole; Bambo Obaro

    Other key lawyers:

    David Lender

    Testimonials

    ‘Patrick O’Toole is a leading trade secrets practitioner in Massachusetts and nationally. He successfully tried a landmark trade secrets case in Massachusetts, resulting in an award of multiple damage, several million dollars in attorney’s fees, and sweeping injunctive relief. The case continues to be the leading trade secrets case in Massachusetts on the scope of equitable relief and other distinct topics. The court specifically noted Mr. Toole’s trade secret expertise and capabilities. He also engineered an extraordinary settlement in federal court in North Carolina in a complex trade secret/breach of fiduciary duty case.’

    ‘Having tried a 3-month criminal environmental case with Mr. Toole, I can attest to his trial skills, courtroom acumen, and strategic thinking. Mr. O’Toole is a superb litigator with specialized knowledge in trade secrets.’

    ‘The Weil team is incredibly strong when it comes to trade secret matters. They are able to provide insight that only the most experienced practitioners can provide because they have done so many high stakes cases in this area. They do a great job of helping companies see around the corners and anticipate 3-5 steps ahead in the litigation.’

    ‘David Lender is the absolute best on trade secret cases or any other complex commercial litigation for that matter. David is absolutely one of the most brilliant, strategic and a masterful communicators I have ever worked with. David is as good as it gets at digesting vast amounts of information in a targeted manner and then translating it into a storyline that judges and juries can understand. It doesn’t get any better than David Lender, especially on the most complex matters!’

    Key clients

    Marsh & McLennan

    Ascential Group LLC

    AlixPartners

    Giant Eagle, Inc.

    Schindler Elevator Company

    Varian Medical Systems

    Internetwork Expert

    ChampionX

    Community Brands

    Work highlights

    • Representing Ascential, a B2B information and data analytics company, in connection with enforcing restrictive covenants against the owner of an acquired business after he threatened to start a competing company.
    • Representing global restructuring consultancy AlixPartners in two separate cross-border trade secrets disputes with former managing directors in Paris and Italy who are alleged to have stolen proprietary AlixPartners information.

    Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense Tier 2

    Based in New York, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is appreciated for having a ‘good understanding of client needs and nuances’ when acting for financial institutions, and public and private corporations, with notable experience handling discrimination, wage and hour, and restrictive covenant actions. Leading the practice is John Barry, who joined the team from Proskauer Rose LLP in September 2021. With over 30 years of experience, Gary Friedman is noted for his expertise in ‘complex employment related legal matters.’ Counsel Ami Zweig is recognized as an integral team member. In April 2021, Jeffrey Klein departed the firm to join Clarick Gueron Reisbaum LLP.  

    Practice head(s):

    John Barry

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘If the issues are complex, difficult and of a magnitude that there will likely be board-level involvement due to the types of issues involved, then Weil is the perfect law firm for the matter.’

    ‘No issue is too complex for the Weil employment litigation team.’ 

    ‘Gary Friedman is the best employment lawyer I have ever worked with on complex employment-related matters. Gary is brilliant, quick-witted and has great judgment. He is great at taking you through his thought process and guiding you to the most correct answer. Most importantly, Gary wins and it is often at an early stage in the case before protracted litigation. I would highly recommend Gary for any complex employment-related legal matter.’

    ‘Excellent experience. Very responsive. Good counsel.’

    ‘Good understanding of client needs and client nuances.’

    ‘We have been working with the Weil team for over a year and find the team to be extremely knowledgeable, reliable, as well as aggressive and capable.’

    ‘They always seem to bring the right expert(ise) to bear for our needs.’

    ‘We primarily work with Gary Friedman and his team, and really appreciate their tenacity and action-oriented approach, as they skillfully navigate the process and personalities involved.’

    Key clients

    Goldman Sachs

    Sterling Jewelers

    Marsh & McLennan Companies

    Discovery Communications

    PepsiCo

    Air Methods

    Community Brands

    Ascential Group

    AlixPartners

    FXCM

    Briggs & Stratton

    Scotiabank

    Semarchy

    Work highlights

    • Counselled Ascential in connection with enforcing restrictive covenants against the owner of an acquired business after he threatened to start a competing company.
    • Represented Goldman Sachs in a high-stakes discrimination and retaliation suit in New York federal court.
    • Represented AlixPartners in two separate cross-border trade secrets disputes with former managing directors in Paris and Italy who are alleged to have stolen proprietary AlixPartners information.

    Labor and employment > Workplace and employment counseling Tier 2

    Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP's broad expertise in non-contentious employment and workplace matters complements its strength in labour litigation. The team provides management – including employers, boards, board committees, directors and executives – with assistance across the gamut of employment-related issues. Its lawyers have extensive experience in administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Committee (EEOC) and National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The team is led by New York-based partner John Barry, who joined from Proskauer Rose LLP and brings experience in assisting clients with crisis management and business agreements. Gary Friedman and counsel Ami Zweig are other names to note. Jeffrey Klein retired from the firm in April 2021.

    Practice head(s):

    John Barry

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘The firm provides helpful insight into best industry practices and trends in workplace and employment issues.’

    ‘Gary Friedman is a wealth of knowledge, particularly on New York employment law issues, and provides workable advice on compliance and implementation.’

    ‘Weil is amazing at providing practical advice on issues where judgement is paramount. Weil is always great at taking it one step further and providing real world advice based on their vast experience with how issues really play out in the real world. They are great at helping in-house lawyers see around the corner and create the best scenario. We often use them at the beginning of an issue and have been successful in preventing 100% of the matters we worked with them on from turning into a litigated matter. Now that is a great track record!’

    ‘Gary Friedman is the absolute best when it comes to counseling on employment matters. Gary is always great at seeing around the corner and helping in-house counsel ensure matters develop in the best way possible under the circumstances. Gary is an amazing sounding board and a trusted advisor to me on the most complex employment law issues.’

    ‘Excellent experience. Very responsive. Good counsel.’

    ‘Good understanding of client needs and client nuances.’

    Key clients

    Marsh & McLennan Companies

    Goldman Sachs

    Union Pacific

    TIAA

    Briggs & Stratton

    Varian Medical Systems

    Community Brands

    M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 2

    At Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, key distinguishers include the team’s well-established proficiency in SPAC and de-SPAC transactions, as well as its expertise in shareholder activism, defense tactics and hostile takeovers. The practice, which is an active player in the Silicon Valley and Texas markets, is led from New York by corporate chair Michael Aiello, a major figure in the market for bet-the-company transactions. Michael Lubowitz heads the M&A practice and thrives on strategic investment, hostile tender offer and spin-off deals, among others, while Matthew Gilroy is reputed for both domestic and cross-border transactions.

    Practice head(s):

    Michael Aiello; Michael Lubowitz; Frederick Green

    Other key lawyers:

    Matthew Gilroy; Jackie Cohen

    Key clients

    ABD Insurance and Financial Services, Inc.

    Allego Holding B.V.

    ATI Physical Therapy Holdings, LLC

    Austerlitz Acquisition Corporation

    Cardtronics plc

    ChargePoint, Inc.

    Chevron U.S.A. Inc.

    Churchill Capital Corp

    Core-Mark Holding Company, Inc.

    Deluxe Corporation

    Eli Lilly and Company

    EO Charging

    Foley Trasimene Acquisition Corp.

    Fortress Value Acquisition Corp.

    Front Yard Residential Corporation

    GS Acquisition Holdings Corp

    Hologic, Inc.

    Magellean Health, Inc.

    Marquee Raine Acquisition Corp.

    Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.

    MGM Resorts

    Micron Technologies

    MSP Recovery, LLC

    QuickChek Corporation

    Sanofi

    SiriusXM

    Principal shareholders and directors of Skillz Inc.

    Topgolf International, Inc.

    Trebia Acquisition Corp.

    Vonage Holdings

    Wejo Limited

    ABD Insurance and Financial Services, Inc.

    Allego Holding B.V.

    ATI Physical Therapy Holdings, LLC

    Austerlitz Acquisition Corporation

    Cardtronics plc

    ChargePoint, Inc.

    Chevron U.S.A. Inc.

    Churchill Capital Corp

    Core-Mark Holding Company, Inc.

    Deluxe Corporation

    Eli Lilly and Company

    EO Charging

    Foley Trasimene Acquisition Corp.

    Fortress Value Acquisition Corp.

    Front Yard Residential Corporation

    GS Acquisition Holdings Corp

    Hologic, Inc.

    Magellean Health, Inc.

    Marquee Raine Acquisition Corp.

    Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.

    MGM Resorts

    Micron Technologies

    MSP Recovery, LLC

    QuickChek Corporation

    Sanofi

    SiriusXM

    Principal shareholders and directors of Skillz Inc.

    Topgolf International, Inc.

    Trebia Acquisition Corp.

    Vonage Holdings

    Wejo Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advising MSP Recovery, LLC in its pending $32.6bn business combination with Lionheart Acquisition Corp. II, a SPAC sponsored by Lionheart Equities and Nomura Securities International, a combination that was, at the time, one of the top three largest SPAC transactions ever.
    • Advising Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. in its pending $21 billion sale to Analog Devices, Inc., in a transaction that values the combined enterprise at over $68bn.
    • Advising MGM Resorts in the pending acquisition of MGM Growth Properties LLC (MGP) by VICI Properties Inc., in a transaction with a total enterprise value of approximately $17.2bn.

    M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts Tier 2

    Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP remains a key player in the private equity space, prioritising a high volume of deals on behalf of major relationship clients such as Advent International, Blackstone, and Goldman Sachs, to name a few, with expertise in the bulge-bracket through to the middle-market, and in a wide range of transactional arrangements, from buyouts and minority investments through to carve-outs, take-privates, and growth equity deals. The firm is also noted for its strong record in key growth industries such as tech and software, as well as in innovative deal structures, with a leading role in several SPAC transactions, most notably Gores Guggenheim, Inc’s $20bn merger with Polestar, as well as 50-50 fund exits and continuity fund deals. The practice is led from New York by Doug Warner , who counts among his relationship clients TPG, EQT Partners, and Centerbridge, remaining highly active in high-value private equity-backed deals, alongside Kevin Sullivan in Boston, who works prolifically on behalf of Providence and its associated portfolio companies. New York’s Christopher Machera advises top funds including Blackstone on buyouts and minority investments, and has notable capabilities in advising portfolio companies on governance issues and distressed situations. In Boston, Ramona Nee won plaudits for her key role in Advent’s purchase of McAfee for an estimated $14bn, a deal which included over 70 add-on transactions in a variety of jurisdictions.

    Practice head(s):

    Doug Warner; Kevin Sullivan

    Other key lawyers:

    Key clients

    Advent International

    American Securities

    Apollo

    Ardian

    Aterian Investment Partners

    Berkshire Partners

    Blackstone

    Centerbridge Partners

    Charlesbank Capital Partners

    Cornell Capital

    CPP Investments

    CVC

    EQT

    Genstar Capital

    Goldman Sachs

    The Gores Group

    ICG Strategic Equity

    Lee Equity Partners

    Northleaf Capital Partners

    Oak Hill Capital Partners

    OMERS Private Equity

    Providence Equity Partners

    PSG

    PSP Investments

    Searchlight Capital Partners

    Snow Phipps Group

    Tidemark Capital

    TCV

    TPG

    Trive Capital

    Work highlights

    • Advising Advent International and CPP Investments, as part of an investor group, in the investor group’s pending approximately $14 billion acquisition of McAfee.
    • Advised Gores Guggenheim, Inc., a SPAC sponsored by affiliates of The Gores Group and Guggenheim Capital, in its pending $20 billion business combination with Polestar Performance.
    • Advised Goldman Sachs as the founding and largest shareholder of Global Atlantic Financial Group Limited in KKR’s acquisition of a controlling interest in Global Atlantic in a transaction valued at approximately $4.7 billion.

    Media, technology and telecoms > Advertising and marketing: litigation Tier 2

    Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is best known for handling federal and state court Lanham Act false advertising claims and related marketing and unfair competition disputes. The broad practice includes experts in IP, media, competition and commercial litigation, and it stretches from Washington DC, where co-head Carrie Mahan sits, to New York and California, where her counterpart Randi Singer is based, focusing on copyright, Lanham Act false advertising and trademark litigation, among other areas. Also in California, David Singh is recognized for handling false advertising class actions. Hilton is among the team’s main clients and is assisted in collaboration with the firm’s antitrust department. In DC, associate Arianna Scavetti is up-and-coming.

    Practice head(s):

    Randi Singer; Carrie Mahan

    Other key lawyers:

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    Testimonials

    ‘Incredibly smart, driven and very responsive support stemming from a true understanding of not just legal issues but also business context. Randi Singer exemplifies this.’

    I was impressed by the strategic and substantive abilities of Randi Singer and her counsel Olivia Greer, who represented a co-defendant in two recent recent IP/antitrust matters. They were bright, efficient, and able to see all the way down the field.

    Key clients

    Sanofi S.A.

    Hilton

    PepsiCo, Inc.

    Tropicana Products Inc.

    Frito-Lay North America Inc.

    The Quaker Oats Company

    Welch Foods Inc.

    AdColony

    Core-Mark Holding Company

    CareDx, Inc.

    Work highlights

    • Representing a leading global coffee and retail company in a high-profile false advertising class action in New York federal court.
    • Represented AdColony in a putative class action claiming defendants collected personally identifiable information from children and used it to provide targeted behavioral advertising without parental consent.
    • Represented Hilton in two nation- and industry-wide antitrust class action lawsuits alleging that that Hilton and defendant hotels entered into an illegal agreement to eliminate competition for branded keyword search advertising.

    Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: litigation Tier 2

    Embedded in music and cable TV litigation, the New York-based team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has extensive expertise in all matters pertaining to content distribution and defamation defense for trade associations. Additionally, practice head Benjamin Marks is an expert in digital rights management who recently advocated on behalf of Pandora Media in the Phonorecords III and IV proceedings before the Copyright Royalty Board.  Todd Larson , a specialist in litigation pertaining to copyright and royalties, was also key on this case. Yehudah Buchweitz is an experienced commercial litigator in matters of copyright, the First Amendment, and right of publicity. Randi Singer , a specialist in secondary liability theories of infringement, is also a key member of the team.

    Practice head(s):

    Benjamin Marks

    Testimonials

    ‘Weil has deep knowledge of IP/media matters relevant to the tech/internet industries. They are second-to-none in their substantive expertise, and they have a keen understanding of the client’s business.’

    ‘Randi Singer successfully combines deep substantive knowledge of IP & media issues with strong business acumen and practical instincts. She is extremely well-rounded in her experience — able to weigh in on all manner of IP issues and to bring to bear her years of practice with tech/internet clients.’

    ‘Weil’s team draws on deep subject matter expertise and extensive experience to provide insightful and practical counsel on a range of intellectual property issues. Their litigators are outstanding in all respects – strategic, efficient, creative, and highly effective. They focus on the details and keep their eyes on the big picture. Weil’s team understands business issues and works collaboratively with clients to achieve excellent results.’

    ‘Benjamin Marks stands out for his expertise in intellectual property, broad experience, thoughtful approach, and outstanding litigation skills. David Lender stands out as a fantastic trial lawyer, with valuable and varied experience, insightful thinking, and a collaborative approach to solving problems.’

    Key clients

    Sirius XM

    Pandora Media

    Getty Images

    ViacomCBS

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Facebook/Meta (including subsidiaries Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus)

    North American Concert Promoters Association

    Simon & Schuster

    Association of American Publishers

    Discovery Communications

    A&E Television

    Spotify

    Twitter

    The Spectator (1828), Ltd.

    Samsung Electronics

    Mood Media

    Work highlights

    • Represented Getty Images in a $3+ billion copyright infringement action alleging Getty Images had unlawfully copied, displayed and intentionally altered the photographer credit information for more than 47,000.
    • Represented Pandora and Sirius XM in the Web V Copyright Royalty Board proceedings against the recorded music industry to determine statutory royalty rates to be paid by non-interactive webcasters.
    • Represented The Spectator in a trademark dispute, preserving the company’s ability to expand its brand to a new U.S. edition.

    Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: transactions Tier 2

    Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP covers M&A and investments in the telecoms and broadcast space with a particular focus on the satellite and broadcast sectors. Clients additionally benefit from the firm’s dedicated technology and IP transactions practice that works as an integral part of the broader team. Michael Aiello leads the team, an experienced corporate practitioner- he recently led the team out of New York in representation of SiriusXM in the acquisition of Stitcher and 99% Invisible Inc. Co-head of the transactions practice Frederick Green , also based in New York, worked alongside Aiello in this matter, and focuses his practice on corporate and securities law.  Another such expert is Brian Gingold who heads the real assets practice. Gingold is based in New York and in a recent highlight advised AMP Capital Investors in its acquisition of ITS ConGlobal. Howard Chatzinoff has retired from the firm.

    Practice head(s):

    Michael Aiello

    Other key lawyers:

    Frederick Green; Brian Gingold

    Key clients

    AMP Capital

    Antin Infrastructure

    Apollo Infrastructure

    Berkshire Partners

    Blackstone

    Fiera Infrastructure

    Genstar Capital

    GI Partners

    Infinite Electronics, Inc.

    Lee Equity Partners

    Panasonic Avionics Corporation

    Providence Equity Partners

    PSG

    PSP Investments

    SiriusXM

    Speedcast International Limited

    TCV

    Thryv Holdings, Inc.

    TPG Tech Adjacencies

    Trive Capital

    Vonage Holdings

    AMP Capital

    Antin Infrastructure

    Apollo Infrastructure

    Berkshire Partners

    Blackstone

    Fiera Infrastructure

    Genstar Capital

    GI Partners

    Infinite Electronics, Inc.

    Lee Equity Partners

    Panasonic Avionics Corporation

    Providence Equity Partners

    PSG

    PSP Investments

    SiriusXM

    Speedcast International Limited

    TCV

    Thryv Holdings, Inc.

    TPG Tech Adjacencies

    Trive Capital

    Vonage Holdings

    Work highlights

    • Advised Apollo Infrastructure in its acquisition of Lendlease (US) Telecom Holdings LLC (n/k/a Parallel Infrastructure).
    • Advising Vonage Holdings Corp., a provider of cloud-based unified communications and other IP services in the business market, in its pending $6.2 billion sale to Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (Ericsson) (Sweden), a developer and manufacturer of network equipment and software and provider of services for network and business operations.
    • Advised Fiera Infrastructure, together with APG Group, in the acquisition of the equity interests not already owned by Fiera in Conterra Networks.

    Real estate > Real estate investment trusts (REITs) Tier 2

    Based in New York, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP fields a team of experts across banking, capital markets and restructuring, and handles public and private REITS offerings, IPO’s and M&A. The practice is now jointly managed by Philip Rosen  and Evan Levy who is ‘incredibly knowledgeable’, according to clients, and maintains an active real estate private equity practice. Former practice head Michael Bond  remains a core member of the group and advises on commercial lending transactions. The group leverages its wider firm capabilities across tax to handle large real-estate related transactions, including UPREIT and DownREIT acquisitions — David Levy, who joined from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in March 2021, is the main contact here. Elsewhere, the group strengthened its senior headcount with Jannelle Seales, who was elevated to the partnership in January 2022.

    Practice head(s):

    Evan Levy; Philip Rosen

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Evan Levy is an all-star incredibly knowledgeable and efficient.’

    Key clients

    Amherst Holdings, LLC

    Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc.

    Blackstone

    Brookfield Asset Management Inc.

    CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.

    Colony Capital

    Front Yard Residential Corporation

    Hersha Hospitality Management

    Iron Mountain Incorporated

    Island Capital Group

    JZ Capital Partners

    King Street Capital

    Lexington Hotel JV LLC

    MGM Resorts International

    Monarch Alternative Capital

    Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

    Oxford Properties Group

    Work highlights

    • Advising MGM Resorts International (MGM Resorts) in the pending acquisition of MGM Growth Properties LLC (MGP), a leading publicly traded REIT, by VICI Properties Inc., in a transaction with a total enterprise value of approximately $17.2bn that will include the redemption of a majority of MGM Resorts’ units in MGP’s operating partnership for approximately $4.4bn in cash.
    • Advised CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. in extremely complex chapter 11 cases with over $4bn in debt, including certain non-debtor subsidiaries that are directly at issue in the cases.
    • Advised Front Yard Residential Corporation (FYR), a REIT that acquires, owns and manages single-family rental properties throughout the United States, in its $2.5bn take-private by a partnership formed by Pretium Partners and Ares Management.

    Tax > Financial products Tier 2

    Based in Washington DC, the team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, under the leadership of Joseph Pari, works closely with the firm’s capital markets and banking and finance teams to advise on a wide variety of financial products. The key contact is Daniel Nicholas, an expert in the tax aspects of debt instruments, with knowledge in debt modifications, restructurings, interest deductibility, tax fungibility and withholding, as well as derivatives. The team was joined by a number of lawyers, including David Levy from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, who is experienced in REIT-related taxation and joined the firm in March 2021.

    Practice head(s):

    Joseph Pari

    Other key lawyers:

    Key clients

    Apollo Global Management

    BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Limited

    Blackstone CLO Management LLC

    Blackstone Ireland Limited

    Blackstone Liquid Credit Strategies LLC

    BlueBay Asset Management LLP

    Brigade Capital Management LP

    CELF Advisors LLP

    CFG Partners, LP

    Credit Suisse

    Delaware Life Insurance Company

    Deutsche Bank

    Fair Oaks Capital Ltd.

    Goldman Sachs

    Guggenheim

    Lendmark Financial Services, LLC

    Oaktree Capital Management

    On Deck Capital, Inc.

    Work highlights

    • Advised Apollo Global Management, as sponsor, and the issuer, on the tax aspect of Donlen’s $1.9 billion issuance of four classes of Series 2021-1 asset backed variable funding notes secured by a collateral pool of Donlen-managed vehicle leases.
    • Advised Credit Suisse, as lender and structuring agent, on the tax aspect of an asset-backed financing to support the acquisition by a KKR-led consortium of a $1.1 billion music portfolio from Kobalt Music Royalty Fund II.
    • Advised Blackstone Liquid Credit Strategies LLC (BLCS) (an affiliate of Blackstone), as collateral manager, on the tax aspect of the $610 million issuance of 144A / Reg S CLO notes by Wellman Park CLO, Ltd. (Cayman Islands) and Wellman Park CLO, LLC, CLO issuers, and secured primarily by first lien loans managed by BLCS.

    Tax > International tax Tier 2

    Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP advises sovereign wealth funds and pension funds on tax matters concerning cross-border M&A, restructuring, and bankruptcy. The team also covers international tax planning and obtains favorable rulings from the IRS and European and Asian tax authorities. Based in Washington DC, practice head Devon Bodoh is noted for his work on tax-related issues concerning cross-border M&A spin-offs, SPAC IPOs and de-SPAC transactions. In New York Kimberly Blanchard advises on international restructurings, joint ventures and M&A, while Greg Featherman is a specialist in foreign tax credits, cross-border M&A, and spin-offs. The team has seen a recent influx of partners, including fund formation expert Andrew Morris from Linklaters LLP in November 2021, private equity specialists Jason Vollbracht from Deloitte Global Services Ltd in September 2021 and Hillel Jacobson from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in April 2021, and REIT expert David Levy from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in March 2021. Additionally, Stanley Ramsay and Mark Schwed departed in May and April 2021.

    Practice head(s):

    Devon Bodoh

    Testimonials

    ‘Very creative in thinking, highly technical, and able to bring ideas to economic impact to client.’

    ‘It is rare that the level of technical skills can also translate into basics that a C suite can understand economic and even financial statement impact.’

    ‘They can solve problems other firms cannot.’

    ‘Devon Bodoh is incredibly responsive and creative.’

    ‘Kim Blanchard is a top advisor with excellent experience across a wide range of technical tax items and transaction structure.’

    ‘Kim Blanchard is a legend of US and international tax.’

    Key clients

    24 Hour Fitness Worldwide Inc.

    Advent International

    Aleph Capital

    Allego Holding B.V.

    American Securities

    Amherst Holdings, LLC

    Ardian

    Austerlitz Acquisition Corporation

    Cardtronics plc

    Cobham Limited

    CPP Investments

    Culligan International Company

    CVC Capital Partners

    Crestview Partners, L.P.

    Deep Lake Capital Acquisition Corp.

    Deluxe Corporation

    Depop Limited

    EO Charging

    Eurazeo

    Foley Trasimene Acquisition Corp.

    Goldman Sachs

    The Gores Group

    The Government of the United Kingdom

    Hologic, Inc.

    ICG Strategic Equity

    J.C. Flowers

    Kainos Capital

    Kantar Group

    Lee Equity Partners

    LTS (Jorge Paulo Lemann Fund)

    Marquee Raine Acquisition Corp.

    Mubadala

    OMERS

    Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

    Poppulo

    PSG

    PSP Investments

    Restaurant Brands International

    Sanofi

    Speedcast

    SumUp Payments Limited

    Vonage Holdings

    Wejo Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advised Foley Trasimene Acquisition Corp. II on the tax aspects of a $9bn business combination with Paysafe Limited, a specialized payments platform with an international presence. The transaction included a $2bn private placement in public equity to finance, in part, the business combination with Paysafe Limited.
    • Advised Allego Holding B.V. (The Netherlands) (a portfolio company of Meridiam Infrastructure Partners), an operator of a major pan-European electric vehicle (EV) charging network that, at the time, had deployed over 26,000 charging ports across 12,000 public and private locations, in 12 European countries, on the tax aspects of its pending $3.14bn business combination with Spartan Acquisition Corp. III, a SPAC sponsored by Spartan Acquisition Sponsor III LLC (an affiliate of Apollo Global Management) that was focused on the energy value-chain.
    • Advised Wejo Limited (United Kingdom), a provider of organized, analyzed and enhanced streams of connected in-vehicle data to automotive manufacturers, traffic analysts, parking app developers, smart city planners and governments, on the tax aspects of its pending $1.1bn business combination with Virtuoso Acquisition Corp., a SPAC sponsored by Virtuoso Sponsor LLC.

    Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 3

    With a strong track record in securing pre-trial victories for defendants, including motions to dismiss and defeating class certification, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP covers a wide range of industries and claims in its antitrust and competition practice. Clients praise the practice group for its ability to ‘truly listen’ and create ‘a solid relation of trust and efficiency.’  Steven Newborn leads the group from Washington DC, where Carrie Mahan is regularly involved in high-stakes class actions and civil litigation, including in the agribusiness, food, and hotel sectors. In New York, Eric Hochstadt is active on the defense side in matters pertaining to monopolization, no-poaching, and price-fixing, while Adam Hemlock is another key contact on the East Coast.

    Practice head(s):

    Steven Newborn

    Testimonials

    ‘Firms always require briefing, which can be time- and energy-consuming. With the team at Weil, I had the impression they really get who we are and what we do, what matters to us, our appetite for risk/no risk very quickly. The team truly listens to and hears their client. This creates a solid relation of trust and efficiency as everything is running more smoothly.’

    Key clients

    BASF Corporation

    Bridgestone

    Bio-Rad Laboratories

    GrubHub

    Hilton

    H&R Block

    Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation

    Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

    Saks Fifth Avenue

    Sanofi

    Simon & Schuster

    Torrent Pharma

    ViacomCBS

    Work highlights

    • Successfully defended Hilton, resolving a nationwide antitrust consumer class action and a parallel litigation filed against Hilton and other major hotel chains where plaintiffs alleged that defendant hotel companies conspired to eliminate competition for branded keyword search advertising against each other.
    • Representing Regeneron Pharmaceuticals in a competitor case for wrongful patent enforcement and anticompetitive adverse to Novartis and Vetter for restraining trade and attempting to monopolize the market for anti-VEGF prefilled syringes in the U.S.
    • Representing BASF in an industry-wide class action alleging a group boycott of electronic platforms in the crop inputs industry.

    Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

    Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP acts for large international companies and high-profile individuals on criminal, regulatory and civil matters. It has particular expertise in antitust, securities, sexual harassment, sanctions and FCA issues. Washington DC’s Steven Tyrrell co-heads the team alongside New York’s Christopher Garcia with Tyrrell recommended for FCPA and DOJ matters, and Garcia handling government investigations involving securities, tax and wire fraud. Sarah Coyne, who is also based in New York, is a former federal prosecutor who has recently been dealing with a number of abuse and discrimination, and regulatory investigations.

    Practice head(s):

    Steven Tyrrell; Christopher Garcia

    Other key lawyers:

    Sarah Coyne; Susan Shin

    Testimonials

    ‘It was very comforting to know that when the firm was needed they where always available.’

    Key clients

    Sanofi

    Vantage Drilling

    S&P Global

    BTG Pactual

    Morgan Stanley

    Abraaj Investment Management Ltd.

    VEREIT

    United Way

    National Women’s Soccer League Players Association

    Work highlights

    • Successfully resolved an SEC investigation into S&P Global regarding a potential violation of securities laws.
    • Representing the US National Women’s Soccer League Players Association in connection with a league-wide investigation into allegations of player abuse and discrimination.
    • Representing the Boards of Trustees of United Way Worldwide and United Way USA in an investigation into allegations of harassment and retaliation.

    Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices Tier 3

    Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP combines broad-based product liability expertise with an overarching complex commercial litigation group, enabling it to effectively resource increasingly high-profile matters in the space. New Jersey-based Diane Sullivan is the most prominent figure in the group and by dint of her ‘exemplary trial skills‘ is regularly brought in at a late stage when a case is heading towards trial. This was recently exemplified by her representation of pharmacy retailer, Giant Eagle, as replacement lead trial counsel in a bellwether MDL opioid jury trial. Washington DC-based Chantale Fiebig was also involved in the aforementioned matter and her arrival in June 2021 from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP strengthens the firm’s offering, in light of her strong all-round advocacy skills and eclectic litigation offering.

    Practice head(s):

    Other key lawyers:

    Key clients

    Johnson & Johnson

    Giant Eagle

    PG&E

    Sanofi

    Exide Holdings

    Greenstone Assurance Ltd.

    Work highlights

    • Represented Giant Eagle as replacement lead trial counsel in a bellwether MDL opioid jury trial, successfully securing dismissal of all charges.
    • Represented Johnson & Johnson in thwarting the bankruptcy plan of Johnson & Johnson’s talc supplier, Imerys Talc America, Inc., which would have potentially saddled Johnson & Johnson with billions of dollars on indemnity claims.
    • Representing Sanofi against four separate actions in California federal court relating to alleged false and deceptive advertising of their ICYHOT and ASPERCREME patches.

    Finance > Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

    Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has a healthy high-yield debt practice, in large part driven by its extensive private equity and corporate client base, along with an impressive pipeline of engagements from underwriter clients. Frank Adams  is a prominent figure in acquisition and leveraged finance, along with high-yield debt. Michael Hickey has played a pivotal role in developing stronger connections to underwriters and in elevating the firm’s standing in high-yield debt. Corey Chivers  is also a key name, along with prominent emerging talent Merritt Johnson , a recent hire from Shearman & Sterling LLP. Alexander Lynch  heads the capital markets group. All named individuals are based in New York.

    Practice head(s):

    Alexander Lynch

    Other key lawyers:

    Frank Adams; Michael Hickey;  Corey Chivers; Merritt Johnson

    Work highlights

      Industry focus > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 3

      Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s team is ‘very experienced in complicated matters', ‘very responsive’ and is particularly recommended for its close cooperation with the firm’s restructurings and Chapter 11 bankruptcy practice. Other areas of strength include M&A, joint ventures and the financing of securitization transactions, as well as providing experienced counsel in the private equity space. Working out of both Dallas and Houston, Rodney Moore leads the department and is known for advising PE firms and public and private companies on acquisitions, divestitures and joint venture transactions in the oil-and-gas industry.

      Practice head(s):

      Rodney Moore

      Other key lawyers:

      Samuel Peca

      Testimonials

      ‘The Weil team is very experienced in complicated matters and very responsive. The team assisted me in a time-intensive transaction and kept up their energy throughout the transaction. Because the energy team works with Weil’s top-rated restructuring team, their experience is vast in very complicated transactions.’

      ‘Rodney Moore is a very experienced partner who worked closely with me. He provided expert advice in our transaction and advocated well with opposing counsel. Samuel Peca handled most of the work on the transaction and did an excellent job.’

      Key clients

      Aethon United

      Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.

      Apergy Corporation

      Basic Energy Services, Inc.

      Blackstone Energy Partners

      ChampionX

      Chevron U.S.A. Inc.

      Chishom Oil and Gas Operating LLC

      EP Energy Corporation

      Fieldwood Energy LLC (n/k/a QuarterNorth Energy Holding Inc.)

      Gavilan Resources

      Golden Gate Capital

      GSO

      Kinder Morgan

      Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

      PSP Investments

      RBC Capital Markets

      Searchlight Capital Partners

      SMBC Nikko Securities

      Truist Securities

      Wells Fargo

      Work highlights

      • Advising Blackstone Energy Partners, as 70% stakeholder in Vine Energy, (a developer of natural gas properties in the Haynesville Basin of northwest Louisiana), on the latter’s pending $2.2bn sale to Chesapeake Energy Corporation.
      • Advised oil-and-gas exploration and production business EP Energy Corporation, and certain of its affiliates, on their chapter 11 cases involving approximately $4.9bn in funded debt obligations.
      • Advised Fieldwood Energy (an acquiror and developer of conventional oil and gas assets in North America, including the Gulf of Mexico), on its $1bn sale of all deepwater assets and certain shallow water and other assets to QuarterNorth Energy Holding, as part of Fieldwood’s chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

      Industry focus > Sport Tier 3

      Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s practice extends to a variety of litigation and labor disputes, under which it handles employment arrangements and contract negotiations for major league athletes, major players unions and major league teams. For instance, the firm represented NBA star Zion Williamson in connection with an ongoing dispute arising out of a marketing contract entered into prior to his professional career. The team is jointly led by Andrew Tulumello in Washington DC, who joined the practice from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in June 2021, and brings notable expertise regarding high-profile labor disputes. Leading the practice alongside Tulumello are Yehudah Buchweitz and Eric Hochstadt , with expertise in complex commercial litigation in the sports broadcasting sector and experience in class actions and civil antitrust matters. respectively. Former practice head Jeffrey Klein retired in April 2021. All named lawyers are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

      Practice head(s):

      Andrew Tulumello; Yehudah Buchweitz; Eric Hochstadt

      Other key lawyers:

      David Lender

      Testimonials

      ‘Solid team on the plaintiff’s side of sports litigation led by David Lender.’

      ‘Strong trial skills and industry knowledge.’

      ‘Very media savvy.’

      Key clients

      NBA All-Star Zion Williamson

      NFL Players Association

      National Women’s Soccer League Players Association

      Professional Tennis Players Association

      Staten Island Yankees

      Tri-City ValleyCats

      Men’s U.S. National Soccer Team Players Association

      CBS Sports

      Providence Equity Partners

      Topgolf International, Inc.

      Work highlights

      • Represented NBA star pick Zion Williamson in connection with litigations arising out of a marketing contract he entered into prior to going pro.
      • Advised the U.S. National Soccer Team Players Association in submitting an amicus brief to the Ninth Circuit in support of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team players in litigation.
      • Represented two Minor League Baseball teams in lawsuits against the New York Yankees and Houston Astros, as well as Major League Baseball (MLB).

      Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 3

      Life sciences and technology expert Edward Reines, and Elizabeth Weiswasser, a skilled biopharma litigator with a broad experience handling patent cases for pharma and biotech companies, co-head the practice at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. The firm has a solid presence in Silicon Valley, Houston, New York, and Washington DC as well as strong cross-border capabilities. The department has a good track record of PTAB proceedings as well as before the Federal Circuit, and is enjoying an increasing number of successes at the ITC. Additional expertise comes from Silicon Valley's Anne Cappella and Derek Walter, with the latter being particularly well-versed in the life sciences space; and Anish Desai in New York. In 2021 Brian Ferguson in Washington DC and Houston-based partners Garland Stephens and Doug McClellan left the practice, with the latter retiring.

      Key clients

      General Electric

      Sanofi

      Johnson & Johnson

      Hewlett-Packard, Inc.

      Bio-Rad Laboratories

      Illumina

      Nuance Communications

      LiquidPower Specialty Products, Inc.

      ArcherDX/Invitae

      Nanostring

      Guardant Health

      Altria

      Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

      AbbVie

      Work highlights

      • Secured a victory before the ITC for Regeneron when competitor Novartis withdrew its patent infringement case seeking to prevent Regeneron from selling its most important drug product in the US.
      • Secured an initial determination at the ITC finding that Intuitive Surgical is violating J&J’s patent rights and would be ordered to cease and desist sales of its robotic surgical staplers in the US.
      • Won a jury verdict in Delaware federal court for ArcherDX in a competitor patent infringement dispute with Qiagen.

      Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 3

      With 'deep knowledge of trademark, counterfeit and other IP matters relevant to the tech/internet industries', the team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP navigates complex issues of secondary liability involved in representing major e-commerce and social media companies. The group is led by Benjamin Marks, a seasoned litigator who specializes in trademark infringement disputes involving issues of digital rights management. In addition to acting for the firm’s tech platform clients, Randi Singer represents major brands like Hilton, CareDx and Sanofi in advertising matters, across the pharmaceuticals, consumer products and biotech sectors. Jessica Falk brings expertise to infringement cases involving multinationals in publishing and insurance. All lawyers mentioned are in New York.

      Practice head(s):

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘Weil has deep knowledge of trademark, counterfeit and other IP matters relevant to the tech/internet industries. They are second-to-none in their substantive expertise, and they have a keen understanding of the client’s business.’

      ‘Randi Singer successfully combines deep substantive knowledge of trademark and other IP matters with strong business acumen and practical instincts. She is extremely well-rounded in her experience — able to weigh in on all manner of IP issues and to bring to bear her years of practice with tech/internet clients.’

      ‘Weil’s team draws on deep subject matter expertise and extensive experience to provide insightful and practical counsel on a range of intellectual property issues. Their litigators are outstanding in all respects – strategic, efficient, creative, and highly effective. They focus on the details and keep their eyes on the big picture. Weil’s team understands business issues and works collaboratively with clients to achieve excellent results.’

      ‘Benjamin Marks stands out for his expertise in intellectual property, broad experience, thoughtful approach, and outstanding litigation skills.’

      Key clients

      American International Group

      The Spectator (1828) Ltd

      Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

      Samsung Electronics

      eBay

      Old Market Group Holdings Corp. (f/k/a Fairway Group Holdings Corp.)

      Alibaba Group

      Sanofi

      Hilton

      Facebook

      Association of American Publishers

      CareDx

      Work highlights

      • Representing American International Group, Inc. in its defense before the Eighth Circuit of our total summary judgment victory in a billion-dollar trademark infringement dispute over the rights to use the mark “AIG.”
      • Representing The Spectator in a high-stakes trademark infringement dispute, preserving the company’s ability to expand its brand to a new U.S. edition.
      • Represented Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in a trademark infringement, copyright ownership, and contract royalty dispute with Vanderbilt University, which resolved favourably on the eve of trial.

      Investment fund formation and management > Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 3

      With a client base covering both domestic sponsors in Europe, and international sponsors in the US, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is able to leverage its global strength to offer equally expert advice on local and cross-border mandates. The team is active across the full asset management deal spectrum, including assisting with structured secondary sales of interests in funds, fund restructurings, majority acquisitions, minority investments in sponsors, spin-outs of merchant banking groups from large financial institutions, and governance advice. Practice head Jonathon Soler splits his workload between sponsor firms and their funds, and institutional investors. Andrew Chizzik is a key partner for Brookfield Asset Management, one of the firm’s most notable clients, for which it regularly raises multi-billion dollar funds; a recent example is the $20bn Infrastructure Fund IV. All named attorneys are based in New York.

      Practice head(s):

      Jonathon Soler

      Other key lawyers:

      Andrew Chizzik; Stephanie Srulowitz

      Key clients

      22C Capital

      Altamont Capital Partners

      Altas Partners

      Backcast Partners Management

      Berkshire Partners

      Brookfield Asset Management

      Centre Partners Management

      Cohesive Capital Partners

      Crow Holdings Capital Partners L.L.C.

      Genstar Capital

      Graycliff Partners

      Jadian Capital

      JLL Partners

      Kainos Capital

      Lee Equity Partners

      Lindsay Goldberg

      Madryn Asset Management

      Pacific Avenue Capital Partners

      Sixth Street Partners

      Stripes Group, LLC

      TPG Global

      Quad Partners

      Work highlights

      • Advised Genstar Capital on its formation of Genstar Capital Partners X, a $10.2bn fund, which closed with $1.5bn of committed overage capacity from select limited partners, for total capital raised, including overage capacity, of approximately $11.7bn.
      • Advised Brookfield Asset Management pn the formation of Brookfield Infrastructure Debt Fund II, a $2.7bn fund.
      • Advised Lindsay Goldberg on its formation of Lindsay Goldberg V, a $3.4bn global buyout fund.

      M&A/corporate and commercial > Shareholder activism Tier 3

      Real estate Tier 3

      Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP utilizes its real estate, finance and tax experience to represent REITs, and institutional and private investors on IPOs, secondary and follow-on offerings, private placements of debt and equity, and public issuances of debt. It is also well known for its strengths handling restructuring mandates, in which practice head Michael Bond has deep experience as counsel in complex restructurings, joint ventures and REITs.  Philip Rosen is heavily involved in restructuring work, and is continuing to advise WeWork on restructuring of its lease portfolio. All lawyers are based in New York.

      Practice head(s):

      Michael Bond; Philip Rosen

      Key clients

      24 Hour Fitness Worldwide

      AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc.

      American Securities

      Amherst Holdings, LLC

      Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc.

      Blackstone

      Brookfield

      CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.

      CEC Entertainment, LLC

      Churchill Capital Corp IV

      Cold Creek Solutions, Inc.

      Front Yard Residential Corporation

      Genstar Capital

      Goldman Sachs

      HEI Hotels & Resorts

      Island Capital Group

      JZ Capital Partners

      Lendlease Americas, Inc.

      Lexington Hotel JV LLC

      MGM Resorts International

      Miami Waterfront Ventures Parent LLC

      Monarch Alternative Capital

      Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

      Topgolf International, Inc.

      TPG Global/TPG Real Estate

      WeWork

      Work highlights

      • Advising MGM Resorts International in the pending acquisition of MGM Growth Properties LLC, a leading publicly traded real estate investment trust, by VICI Properties Inc.
      • Advised Amherst Holdings, LLC in the formation of The Amherst Group, a data, analytic and research focused financial services holding company with expertise in the real estate, mortgage and related structured finance markets.
      • Advising JZ Capital Partners, together with Redsky Capital, LLC, a fully integrated acquiror, developer, owner and operator of urban real estate, in the approximately $1bn liquidation of a series of investment partnerships that owned, through private REITs, properties in Brooklyn and Miami.

      Antitrust > Cartel Tier 4

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

      Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP continues to raise its game in the US Supreme Court and the recent arrival of Washington DC-based SCOTUS advocate Andrew Tulumello from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP should further boost its profile in this regard. Among its recent high-profile wins, New York-based practice co-chair Gregory Silbert successfully obtained a unanimous SCOTUS victory for the Republic of Hungary in a case testing the reach of US jurisprudence over foreign sovereigns. The group also draws on the senior experience of Washington DC-based department co-chair Zachary Tripp and Silicon Valley-based patent appeals head Edward Reines. In Washington DC, the firm additionally gained new co-chair Mark Perry, who joined the firm in May 2022 and was formerly co-head of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP‘s practice.

      Key clients

      Republic of Hungary

      Willis Towers Watson

      Bridgestone Corp.

      Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.

      Morgan Stanley

      NBA Star Zion Williamson

      Illumina

      Sanofi

      Westinghouse Electric Co.

      Getty Images Inc.

      HP Inc.

      American International Group

      Sears Holdings

      U.S. Chamber of Commerce

      Epiq Systems Inc.

      Kinder Morgan

      U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team Players Association

      Association of American Publishers

      Work highlights

      • Secured a unanimous victory for the Republic of Hungary before the US Supreme Court in a case providing guidance on the limits of claims that can be brought against foreign sovereigns in US courts.
      • Obtained a victory for Westinghouse Electric Company in a certified interlocutory appeal before the Third Circuit, which addressed the issue of first impression in bankruptcy law.
      • On behalf of an asset management client, successfully convinced the Delaware Supreme Court to overturn its precedent, Gentile v. Rossette, in a ruling that will have a significant impact on shareholder litigation and Delaware corporate law.

      Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: transactional Tier 4

      Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP represents a long list of private equity, banks, and investment firms across the media and entertainment industry where its international network allows the firm to handle complex multijurisdictional transactions. Michael Lubowitz , a seasoned M&A practitioner, co-heads the practice out of New York. Alongside him is co-head Jackie Cohen , also in New York. She is an expert in corporate cross-border matters and recently led the team in advising Marquee Raine Acquisition Corp.

      Practice head(s):

      Michael Lubowitz; Jackie Cohen

      Key clients

      Aleph Capital

      AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc.

      The Anthem Entertainment Group Inc.

      Blackstone

      Clearhaven Partners

      CPP Investments

      Crestview

      Discovery Communications, Inc.

      Goldman Sachs

      J.P. Morgan

      Major League Baseball Players Association

      Marquee Raine Acquisition Corp.

      MGM Resorts

      Morgan Stanley

      Providence Equity Partners

      SiriusXM

      Skillz Inc.

      Starz, Inc.

      TCV

      Thryv Holdings, Inc. (f/k/a Dex Media, Inc.)

      Topgolf International, Inc.

      Trader Interactive, LLC

      Trebia Acquisition Corp.

      Vivial Media LLC

      Work highlights

      • Advised Marquee Raine Acquisition Corp., a SPAC sponsored by an affiliate of The Raine Group LLC and Marquee Sports Holdings SPAC I, LLC, in its $1.2 billion business combination with Enjoy Technology, Inc., an operator of a “Commerce at Home” platform that, through its “Mobile Stores,” offers online retailing of entertainment products, tablets, rides and computers.
      • Advised Topgolf International, Inc. (a portfolio company of Providence Equity Partners, Dundon Capital Partners and WestRiver Group), an operator of golf entertainment facilities in the United States and the United Kingdom that offer point-scoring golf games, food, beverages, music and apparel, in its $2.5 billion merger of equals with Callaway Golf Company a designer, developer, and marketer of golf clubs.
      • Advised SiriusXM, a provider of audio entertainment as both a programmer and provider of a platform for subscription and digital advertising-supported audio products, in its up to $325 million acquisition of Stitcher, a creator of original podcasts, operator of multiple content networks, and provider of podcast ad agency services, and its acquisition of 99% Invisible Inc., the owner and operator of 99% Invisible, a podcast that exposes the unseen and overlooked aspects of design, architecture and activity that shapes the world.
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      Diversity and Inclusion

      A commitment to diversity and inclusion has been at the core of our firm since Frank Weil, Sylvan Gotshal, and Horace Manges found many doors closed to them because of their religious beliefs. They founded Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP to open those doors. For over 30 years, Weil has been a leader in investing in formal initiatives to cultivate an inclusive culture where all feel comfortable and encouraged to excel.

      We believe the results of our inclusion efforts tell a remarkable story. Today, 16 Firm leaders are LGBT+, people of color, or women serving as heads of practice groups, Firmwide committee chairs, or Management Committee members. The General Counsel and three Management Committee members (19 percent) are women. Three of the Firm’s practice group leaders and two office heads are attorneys of color.

      Weil has consistently been at the forefront of law firm diversity training programs for over two decades, and regularly introduces new programs and initiatives to further bolster our efforts in this area. For example, in 2011, Weil implemented an annual 2-hour diversity education requirement for all US attorneys and staff. Each year, a new program is developed and customized specifically for Weil to provide concrete skills for achieving inclusion. Program topics have included unconscious bias, mentoring and delivering feedback across difference, working with difference generations, religious diversity, and managing cross-cultural relationships. In 2015, Weil launched an innovative new initiative called Upstander@Weil to inspire all attorneys and staff to stand up for inclusion in the workplace, community and at home. This campaign expands the powerful “ally” concept within the LGBT+ community to a broader spectrum of groups, including people of color, women, veterans, etc.

      For more information on Diversity & Inclusion at Weil, click here.

      Q&A with Diversity Leadership

      Business Finance & Restructuring Partner Jacqueline Marcus discusses her role as Diversity Committee Co-Chair, TOWER Co-Chair, and one of the Firm’s first flex-time partners.

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      Jacqueline Marcus
      Diversity Committee Co-Chair
      and TOWER Co-Chair

      Q: How did you get involved in Diversity and Inclusion efforts at Weil?

      I’ve been involved with the Firm’s Diversity Committee for more than 20 years. I first started as the counsel representative when now –retired partner Andrea Bernstein was heading up the Committee. Andrea was a true pioneer in this area so I’ve had some big shoes to fill. I took over from Andrea as Chair in 2015. As of this year, Chris Garcia became Co-Chair of the committee. With respect to gender diversity, I became Co-Chair of TOWER, the Taskforce of Women’s Engagement and Retention, in 2014. I currently co-lead this effort with Britta Grauke in Frankfurt and Paul Genender in Dallas.

      Q: Tell me about the Committees and what your roles entail.

      The Diversity Committee consists of partners, counsel and senior staff in Weil’s offices around the world, and we work closely with our very talented Global Diversity team, led by Weil’s Global Diversity & Social Responsibility Director Meredith Moore. Because we currently have TOWER dedicated to gender diversity, the Diversity Committee is focused on race, sexual orientation, gender identity, veterans, disability, and other forms of diversity. It’s really a collaborative effort to leverage off of everyone’s ideas. In each of these committees, we are focused on recruitment, retention, development, and advancement. We discuss metrics, feedback from recent programs and initiatives, and ideas for new efforts. In addition, I often work with other groups like Business Development and Legal Recruiting, for example, because issues of Diversity and Inclusion are relevant and important in every area of our Firm. I try to go to recruiting events as often as I can to show support and importance for diversity to new recruits. I also try to attend a number of affinity group meetings and events so that I can learn, first hand, what is important and impactful for our diverse associates.

      Q: Do you receive feedback on programs and initiatives from lawyers and staff who aren’t involved specifically with the Diversity Committee?

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      Yes, we’re always looking for feedback. While we love the positive feedback, negative feedback can be helpful too. It’s wonderful that Weil has been doing diversity programming and events for so long. There is a risk, however, that people can get “diversity fatigue,” so it’s a challenge to keep things interesting and current. Many of the programs we embark on are based on or inspired by feedback. Our Upstander initiative, for example, was developed in part because we heard from many of our people that they wanted to do more for inclusion but didn’t know how. Mentoring circles developed because of feedback from female associates that some wanted more access to female partners, some to male partners, and others to female senior associates. The program incorporated elements of all three (one female and one male partner and 5-6 female associates across levels). As time went on, some female associates wanted male associates to participate, so now more than half of the circles include equal numbers of men and women.

      Q: What’s an example of a recent program or initiative that you feel was particularly successful?

      As a result of recent and ongoing events, we as a Firm wanted to be more forthright about addressing racial issues, so we devoted our 2017 annual diversity training to “Talking Boldly About Race: Being an Upstander in a Time of Cultural Unrest.” Because the sessions were so interactive, there were differences in the subjects that were raised and the individual experiences that were shared. We followed up with a session open to all where the facilitator, Verna Myers, shared her insights from the 30 sessions we held at the Firm. A lot of people attended and participated in discussing what they had learned during the diversity training and in the months since. This is also a great example of our efforts to keep our ideas for programming fresh and to maintain the momentum over time. Diversity also isn’t just about race, ethnicity or gender, but it’s also ways of thinking about things – perspectives and perceptions, so our 2017 diversity month theme was “Diversity of Thought.” I think we can sometimes forget that not everyone has the same opinions as we do or thinks the same way that we do.

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      Q: Why do you think diversity and inclusion are so important at Weil?

      It truly is ingrained in firm culture – the Firm was founded by three gentlemen who couldn’t find work because of their religion, so I think it’s particularly incumbent upon us to “pay it forward.” It may not be the case these days that people can’t find work because they are Jewish, but whatever the defining characteristic may be, I feel that it’s incumbent upon us to make sure that those kinds of barriers to advancement don’t exist for other people now or in the future. And the Firm and its clients reap the benefit of our diversity efforts – research reflects diverse work groups produce better work product.

      Q: How important do you think diversity is to clients?

      Law firms have been completing diversity surveys for years, and I think sometimes in the past, clients’ inquiries regarding the diversity of their law firms was simply about “checking a box.” What’s changed in the past several years is that companies are actually withholding work if your survey results aren’t adequate. The other thing that’s changed is that clients and potential clients are not only asking for diversity statistics firmwide, but what they really want is diverse teams working on their matters. We believe that diverse teams bring a greater array of skillsets, experiences, and creativity, and allow more voices to be heard in terms of approach, which ultimately generates a better work product. In addition, many of our clients are international and global, so it’s important to have teams that can be sensitive to issues all over the world.

      Q: In addition to being involved in Weil’s Diversity efforts, you were also one of the Firm’s first flex-time partners. Can you explain what the flex-time program is?

      You could say that career path diversity is another way we strive to be inclusive at the Firm. Weil created the role of “Flex-Time Partner” in 2007, which is available for both women and men who have made a long-term career choice to work on a flexible schedule. I was among the first in that class, which also happens to be the first time that women comprised more than one-half of the new partner class at the Firm. Now I’m currently one of four Flex-Time Partners at the Firm. Additionally, the firm has a long-standing Flex-Time Program for associates to adopt a reduced work schedule while continuing their commitment to practicing law.

      Q: Why did you choose to work as a Flextime partner and how has it worked out for you?

      What prompted me to be flex-time was my personal upbringing. I was brought up in a Sephardic Jewish family with strong pride in the traditions of our culture. It was highly unusual for a woman to get an education or have a job. While my parents were very supportive an encouraging, at the same time, these cultural traditions were ingrained in me. When I had my first child, I didn’t feel comfortable working full time, so that’s when I started flex-time. I was an associate at that time and after several years I did become counsel and eventually partner. I’m eternally grateful to the firm for making that flex-time option available for me. What’s interesting and different these days is there’s much more focus on work life balance, and much more effort by the firms to make working easier for men and women with families. Maybe this will mean that less people will opt for the flex-time arrangement, and instead utilize these other programs and be able to juggle the demands of work and family better more easily.

      Q: What’s next for Diversity & Inclusion at Weil?

      From a diversity and gender point of view, I think we’re generally doing a pretty good job of bringing people into the firm, although we need to maintain a focus on this area. Where we are redoubling our efforts is making sure that everyone has the tools and the opportunities to thrive at the firm, so that you’ll see the percentages of female, people of color, and LGBT+ partners accelerate over time. Our work is far from over, but we’re up for the challenge!

      Awards and Accolades

      Below are a few of the awards Weil has received honoring our commitment to diversity and inclusion:

      • Best International Firm for Diversity‘ – Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Americas Women in Business Law Awards 2017
      • Top 10 for Diversity‘ – Chambers Associate 2017
      • Top Law Firm for Equality: 100% Rating in the Corporate Equality Index‘ – Human Rights Campaign Foundation 2018
      • Leadership and Excellence in Inclusion and Diversity Award‘ – Morgan Stanley Legal Compliance and Division 2016

      Diversity Stats

      Firm has a written diversity strategy that has been communicated to all Firm attorneys.Firm gives billable credit for work that is directly related to diversity efforts (but is not pro bono work).Firm ties a component of partner compensation to diversity efforts.Firm has a diversity committee that includes senior partners and that reports to the Firm’s highest governing body.Firm has a full or part-time diversity professional who performs diversity-related tasks.Firm has affinity or employee resource groups for its women and diverse attorneys, which meet at least quarterly.Firm has a succession plan that specifically emphasizes greater inclusion of women and diverse lawyers.Firm mandates and monitors that minority and women attorneys have equal access to clients, quality work assignments, committee appointments, marketing efforts and Firm events.Firm requires inclusion of at least one diverse candidate in all hiring decisions.Firm policy specifically prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.Firm provides opportunity for attorneys to voluntarily disclose their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression through Firm data collection procedures.Firm policy specifically provides for paid maternity leave. Firm policy specifically provides for paid paternity leave. Firm has a formal, written part-time policy that permits partners to be part-time. Firm has a flex-time policy.Firm provides for or mandates diversity training for all lawyers and staff.Firm has a supplier diversity program.
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