Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP > Washington DC, United States > Firm Profile

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
2001 M STREET, NW, SUITE 600
WASHINGTON, DC 20036
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
United States

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP houses a ‘creative and innovative’ team that leverages its integrated transatlantic capabilities to act for some of the world’s leading corporates on a host of big-ticket competition mandates, including notable involvement in advising Microsoft on its acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Maintaining its status as a destination practice, the team is able to handle DOJ and FTC processes for mergers and joint ventures, as well as international agency approvals, investigations, and litigation. Co-head Brianne Kucerik  is noted for her work on business-critical transactions across a wide range of industries, encompassing contentious investigations and global approvals. Assisting Kucerik are fellow co-heads Michael Moiseyev and Jeffrey Perry; Moiseyev is a former FTC Merger Division head and boasts deep experience in a range of sectors including tech and healthcare, while Perry, also a former FTC division head, focuses on securing clearance for contested deals. Elsewhere in the team, Jeff White represents clients complex, multi-national M&A transactions before state, federal and international competition authorities, and Megan Granger acts for clients across industries such as tech, pharma and medical devices. Both Carrie Mahan and Vadim Brusser  have departed the firm , while former global antitrust head Steven Newborn has retired.

Practice head(s):

Brianne Kucerik; Michael Moiseyev; Jeffrey Perry

Other key lawyers:

Jeff White; John Scribner; Megan Granger; Eric Hochstadt

Testimonials

‘The combination of experience of the advisors (e.g. former FTC lawyer) along with their desire to understand our business strategy sets them apart. Steve Newborn does not just give great advice, but also give it in the context of our business goals. They really understand what we are trying to accomplish.’

‘Brianne Cucerik is an amazing legal talent, and they have also built a team of lawyers who is always our go-to advisor for all things mergers/and antitrust activities.’

‘Creative and innovative in their approach. Know the company well and understand our products and technology. Responsive and dedicated.’

‘John Scribner and Eric Hochstadt are excellent.’

Key clients

Meta Platforms

Microsoft Corporation

Sanofi

NJOY

Abbott Laboratories

Johnson & Johnson

Lone Star Funds

Cedar Fair

Providence Equity Partners LLC and Ambassador Theatre Group

IQVIA Holdings

Bausch + Lomb

TPG Capital

American Securities

Work highlights

  • Represented Microsoft Corporation in its $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
  • Represented Meta Platforms in its acquisition of Within Unlimited, including in the subsequent litigation against the FTC.
  • Acted for Lone Star Funds in its multi- billion dollar sale of construction chemicals company, MBCC Group, to Swiss multinational company Sika AG.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP  fields a deep bench of ‘top tier talent’ that is adept across the entire breadth of commercial litigation, frequently handling class actions in state and federal courts across the United States. Consumer fraud, unfair competition, alter ego liability, insurance, trade secrets litigation, and alleged violations of federal RICO or antitrust laws are among the core pillars of the group’s practice. New York’s David Lender and Gregory Silbert jointly chair the department alongside Washington DC-based Andrew Tulumello. Lender continues to litigate complex business-critical cases, including successful representing several minor league baseball teams as lead trial counsel in connection with significant breach of contract and antitrust litigation brought against Major League Baseball, while trial lawyer Tulumello routinely tries cases before every level of the court system in the United States. Diane Sullivan is based in New Jersey and is a key name when it comes to all aspects of commercial, antitrust, patent, mass tort, and class action cases. Chantale Fiebig is another important contact within the firm’s Washington DC office.

Practice head(s):

David Lender; Gregory Silbert; Andrew Tulumello

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Expertise in every area of law we’ve needed including corporate law, trial law, employment law. In instances where there have been complex situations they have provided excellent advice at each step.’

‘Top tier talent that are always available, thoughtful and business minded. See many of the team as an extension of our team.’

Key clients

Serta Simmons Bedding, LLC

ExxonMobil Corporation

Repsol, S.A.

Meta Platforms

Tri-City ValleyCats

Norwich Sea Unicorns

IQVIA Holding Inc.

BNSF Railway

Visa

Simon & Schuster

PepsiCo

Tarkett Sports

Comcast Cable Communications

Nike

GlobalFoundries U.S. Inc.

Frontier Communications

United Therapeutics

Washington State University

Work highlights

  • Acted for Serta Simmons Bedding in Texas bankruptcy court that paved the way for the company to emerge from chapter 11 bankruptcy.
  • Represented Spanish energy company Repsol in litigation involving more than a billion dollars in liabilities in connection with the alleged pollution of the Passaic River in New Jersey, one of the EPA’s largest Superfund projects in history.
  • Represented Meta in a high-stakes trial victory over the Federal Trade Commission in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, in which the FTC aimed to block Meta’s acquisition of virtual reality app developer Within Unlimited, Inc.

Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers Tier 1

David Lender is co-chair of the litigation department at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York, with proven trial experience on both the plaintiff and defendant side. Among his varied workload is patent litigation as well as high-stakes class actions which recently included acting for Grubhub in defense of a large antitrust class action which had ramifications for the e-commerce food delivery industry. Key clients for Lender are AIG and Exxonmobil, for whom he acted in a breach of contract trial in October 2023.Diane Sullivan at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, who operates between New Jersey and New York, is a leading trial lawyer in the area product liability and environmental mass torts, but also has a wide-ranging and versatile practice across commercial, antitrust, patent, mass tort, and class action cases. Sullivan appears in cases which are often groundbreaking in their respective industry, a recent example of which was securing victory in an important plaintiff patent infringement jury verdict. This trial for Altria and Philip Morris USA against competitor RJ Reynoldsworth had ramifications for the future of the e-vapor technology industry.

Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense Tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York has ‘subject matter experts dedicated solely to securities and corporate governance litigation, and that expertise is brought to bear both in the courtroom and boardroom‘. The firm is active in the Delaware Chancery Court and the Delaware Supreme Court, though it handles matters across the country. It has carved out a leading role in SPAC-related cases, which continue to be a key facet of the market, as well as maintaining a strong track record of success in appraisal litigation. John Neuwirth (who is ‘the literal master of M&A litigation‘) and Caroline Zalka jointly lead the securities litigation practice, in which many partners handle deal-related cases. Zalka and key partner Jonathan Polkes are representing Warner Bros. Discovery in class actions concerning the $40bn merger between AT&T’s WarnerMedia and Discovery, Inc. Stacy Nettleton also plays a key role in the practice, while Joshua Amsel and emerging partner talent Evert Christensen are ‘top-notch standouts who are equally smart, hard working, pragmatic‘. In late 2023, Stefania Venezia was made up to partner in recognition of her work on securities and M&A litigation, as well as regulatory investigations.

Practice head(s):

John Neuwirth; Caroline Zalka

Testimonials

‘Weil has a dedicated litigation department with subject matter experts dedicated solely to securities and corporate governance litigation. That expertise is brought to bear both in the court room and board room, and the winning results speak for themselves.’

‘John Neuwirth is literal master of M&A litigation, with a well-earned reputation in the Delaware courts as a savvy and trusted bet the company litigator. John is supported by top-notch standouts like Evert Christenson and Josh Amsel, who are equally smart, hard working, pragmatic, and have tremendous judgement.’

Key clients

Brookfield Asset Management

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Walgreens Boots Alliance

Morgan Stanley

Warner Bros. Discovery

ATI Physical Therapy

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Masimo Corp.

Fidelity National Financial

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended long-time client AMC Entertainment in fast-tracked stockholder litigation in Delaware Chancery Court arising from its planned overhaul of its capital structure.
  • Represented Morgan Stanley in the litigation and investigations fall-out from Elon Musk’s proposed, abandoned, and then completed $44bn acquisition of Twitter.
  • Representing Warner Brothers Discovery, Inc. in connection with two putative securities class actions arising out of the highly publicized $40 billion merger between AT&T’s WarnerMedia and Discovery, Inc.

Environment > Environment: transactional Tier 1

Beyond its proficiency in managing intricate environmental risk and due diligence affairs, especially within hazardous waste management, heavy manufacturing, chemical, and energy sectors, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP‘s Washington DC-based environmental transactions team regularly collaborates with the firm’s broader corporate department to advise clients on a range of corporate transactions. These range from mergers and acquisitions and divestitures to real estate, financing and capital markets matters. Annemargaret Connolly leads both the firm’s regulatory and environmental transactional practices and is known for her prowess in assessing environmental liability risks in a transactional context, as well as providing comprehensive regulatory advice on sustainability, climate change and related ESG topics. Counsel Matthew Morton advises corporations, private equity sponsors and other institutional investors on a range of transactional and restructuring projects relating to environmental matters, including due diligence, environmental risks and liabilities, and ESG factors, while John O’Loughlin is an expert in environmental, health and safety regulatory matters, particularly in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, medical device and food manufacturing sectors.

Practice head(s):

Annemargaret Connoly

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘For such a small team, they do an extraordinary job and are known throughout the industry as the best at what they do.’

‘Matthew Morton is very experienced in business as well as being an expert in environmental law.’

‘John O’Loughlin may be the most versatile, intelligent and yet straightforward lawyer I have ever worked with. I highly recommend him.’

‘The Weil environmental team has an unmatched depth of experience across a broad array of transaction types.’

‘Annemargaret Connolly and Matthew Morton are both smart, practical and efficient lawyers who don’t lose sight of the big picture when negotiating the environmental portions of deals. It is always a pleasure to work with them because I know the deal will run smoothly with respect to environmental.’

Key clients

Advent International Corporation

AltC Acquisition Corp.

American Securities

BCI

Blue Bird Corporation

Brookfield Asset Management

Brookfield Business Partners L.P.

CIBC Capital Markets

CIIG Capital Partners, Inc.

Conair LLC

CPP Investments

CVC Capital Partners

Deutsche Bank

Ember Infrastructure Management, LP

Foundation Building Materials LLC

Genstar Capital, LLC

GHK Capital Partners LP

Glencore plc

Goldman Sachs & Co.

J.P. Morgan

The Kroger Co.

Max US Bidco Inc.

MGM Resorts International

Mizuho Securities

Morgan Stanley

MUFG

PAI Partners

Paragon Medical

RBC Capital Markets

Sanofi S.A.

TD Securities

TPG Capital LP

TruArc Partners

Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised The Kroger Co on its merger with Albertsons Companies, Inc in a transaction with an Albertson enterprise value of approximately $24.6 billion.
  • Advised Glencore PLC, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and British Columbia Investment Management Corporation, as the shareholders of Viterra Ltd. (Netherlands) in its approximately $18 billion business combination with Bunge Ltd, a global agribusiness and food company that buys, sells, stores, transports, and processes oilseeds and grains to make protein meal for animal feed and edible oil products for commercial customers.
  • Advised Brookfield and Brookfield Business Partners in their pending sale of Westinghouse Electric Company to a consortium of Cameco Corporation, a producer of uranium, and Brookfield Renewable Partners, in a transaction that implied a Westinghouse enterprise value of $8 billion.

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 1

Led by heads Matt Barr, Gary Holtzer and Ray Schrock, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP handles complex restructuring matters alongside every type of consensual and litigated restructuring transactions. The firm has served as chief debtors’ counsel in a number of major bankruptcy filings, as well as representing clients in complicated international insolvencies. In the case of Talen Energy Supply, LLC and its direct and indirect wholly owned subsidiaries, New York based Matt Barr and Alexander Welch advised Talen Energy Supply in connection with their evaluation of strategic alternatives with respect to $5bn in funded indebtedness. The team is part of a global network, utilizing its offices in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai to assist on restructuring matters across the globe. Garrett Fail’s practice covers all aspects of domestic and international debt restructurings, including crisis management and corporate governance, while Ronit Berkovich represents a range of parties across the debtor and creditor landscape, including acting as debtors’ counsel in large chapter 11 cases. Jeffrey Saferstein practices in corporate restructurings and workouts, as well as bankruptcy and specialized financings. Candace Arthur is noted for her advisory services for a range of parties in out-of-court and in-court domestic and international corporate restructurings. Kelly DiBlasi and Jessica Liou are names to watch, and Lauren Tauro was promoted to partner in January 2023. Unless otherwise stated, all lawyers included are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Matt Barr; Gary Holtzer; Ray Schrock

Testimonials

‘Weil’s Bankruptcy/Restructuring: Weil’s deep and broad subject matter expertise makes them one of the only firms that can handle ANY debtor side mandate at the highest quality level. Decades of complex company-side representations has resulted in a practice culture DNA that enables them to optimally advocate for their clients both legally and in the sphere of deal negotiation.’

Key clients

Core Scientific

Western Global Airlines

Digital Currency Group

Sunlight Financial

Air Methods

Scandinavian Airlines System

Serta Simmons

Softbank

Catalina Marketing

iFIT Health & Fitness Inc.

 

Work highlights

  • Assisted Scandinavian Airlines with its chapter 11 cases with approximately $1.35 billion in total funded debt obligations.
  • Represented Air Methods Corporation in connection with its chapter 11 cases with approximately $2.24 billion in total funded debt obligations.
  • Counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in connection with the chapter 11 cases of Cineworld Group PLC with approximately $5.35 billion in total funded debt obligations.

Intellectual property > Patents: licensing Tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP assists a large roster of blue-chip clients with technology and IP transactional matters, including patent acquisitions and divestitures, license arrangements, and technology and IP joint ventures. The department is jointly led by Charan Sandhu and Jeffrey Osterman from the firm’s New York office. While Sandhu has vast experience in complex technology and IP transactions as well as licensing agreements, Osterman’s practice focuses on technology outsourcing and integration as well as on patent and content licensing. Other notable members of the team are Karen Ballack in Silicon Valley, who advises on the development, commercialization and other exploitation of technology and IP, and New York’s Dennis Adams, whose practice spans across the technology and life science industries. Also in New York, Olivia Greer focuses on assisting clients with privacy and data security issues. Michael Epstein retired from the partnership in late 2022.

Practice head(s):

Charan Sandhu; Jeffrey Osterman

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Advent International Corporation

AltC Acquisition Corp.

Avista Public Acquisition Corp. II

British Columbia Investment Management Corporation

Brookfield Business Partners L.P.

Cedar Fair, L.P.

CIIG Capital Partners II, Inc.

CPP Investments

Eli Lilly and Company

Glencore plc

Goldman Sachs Asset Management, L.P.

Greater Sum Ventures

Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc.

ICG Strategic Equity

Iron Mountain Incorporated

Jack Creek Investment Corp.

Keter Environmental Services, LLC

The Kroger Co.

Mudrick Capital Management

Sanofi S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised The Kroger Co on the technology, data privacy and IP aspects of its merger with Albertsons Companies, Inc. in a transaction that implies an Albertson enterprise value of approximately $24.6bn.
  • Advising Glencore PLC, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and British Columbia Investment Management Corporation, as the shareholders of Viterra Ltd. on the technology, data privacy and IP aspects of its approximately $18bn business combination with Bunge Ltd.
  • Advised CPP Investments, together with Silver Lake, on the technology, data privacy and IP aspects of its acquisition of Qualtrics in a transaction that implies a Qualtrics enterprise value of approximately $12.5bn from SAP SE.

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is a key player in managing the executive compensation and employee benefits dimensions of major private equity deals, M&A, fund formations, and IPOs. The firm is sought after by private equity sponsors, portfolio companies, and multinational corporations, exemplified by its counsel to Viterra shareholders, including Glencore plc, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, and British Columbia Investment Management Corporation, in the $18 billion business combination with Bunge Ltd. Paul Wessel spearheads the practice from New York, assisting corporations, boards, private equity entities, and financial institutions with M&A and financial restructurings. Amy Rubin advises both public and private companies, along with their boards and compensation committees, on matters stemming from private equity deals, recapitalizations, and bankruptcy proceedings. Jennifer Haydel Britz focuses on equity and incentive plans, non-qualified pension plans, ERISA, and change in control agreements. Amanda Rotkel specializes in advising private equity funds and public companies on dispositions and IPOs, while Regina Readling handles executive compensation agreements’ tax, securities law, disclosure, and corporate governance aspects. Michael Nissan retired from the partnership in December 2023.

Practice head(s):

Paul Wessel

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is very customer-focused with excellent communication skills. They are available at all hours of the day and night, including weekends. Executive comp/benefits can be a very touchy topic on M&A deals and they handle it with a great deal of skill.’

‘Regina Readling and Paul Wessel are excellent. Both are knowledgeable of trends in the industry, and specifically current trends in pharmaceutical/biotech. They can distill complex topics into easy-to-understand terms and provide solid actionable advice.’

Key clients

Advent International

AIG

BCI

Blackstone

Brookfield

CPP Investments (Canada Pension Plan Investment Board)

Genstar Capital

Glencore plc

Goldman Sachs

Intermediate Capital Group

Iron Mountain Incorporated

Kainos Capital

The Kroger Company

Lee Equity Partners

Mudrick Capital Management LP

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

PAI Partners

Providence Equity Partners

Prudential

PSP Investments

Sanofi S.A.

Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P.

TPG

Viterra Ltd.

WEX Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised The Kroger Company on its merger with Albertsons Companies, Inc..
  • Advised The Blackstone Group on its acquisition of a majority stake in New Tradition Media.
  • Advised Serta Simmons Bedding, LLC, a portfolio of Advent International, on its $315 million senior secured term and revolving facility and $100 million asset-based revolving credit facility for business operations post Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP houses a ‘top corporate governance practice’ that is equipped to handle a range of matters including ESG, day-to-day disclosure issues, executive compensation and board-level matters. Boards, committees, executive officers and investors turn to the team for its ability to assist on cross-border M&A and restructuring transactions with substantial securities law elements, seamlessly integrating the firm’s M&A, private equity, capital markets and restructuring teams to assist on matters. The practice is jointly steered by Lyuba Goltser  and Howard Dicker. Goltser advises clients on the full range of high-stakes corporate governance, securities law and regulatory compliance issues, while Dicker specializes SEC accounting issues. Washington DC-based Adé Heyliger, described as a ‘top practitioner’, is a key port of call for public companies, corporate boards and foreign private issuers seeking advice on SEC disclosure and regulatory matters. Attorneys mentioned are based New York unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Lyuba Goltser; Howard Dicker

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Weil has a top corporate governance practice. They have a particuarly strong Public Company Advisory Group and are very knowledgable on SEC matters.’

‘Adé Heyliger is a top practioner in this space. He is one of the most well regarded securities and corporate governance lawyers in the industry.’

Key clients

Advent International Corporation

Allego N.V.

AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc.

American Securities

The Blackstone Group, Inc.

Blue Bird Corporation

British Columbia Investment Management Corporation

Brookfield Asset Management Inc.

The Campbell Soup Company

Citigroup Global Markets Asia Limited

CPP Investments

Dow Inc.

The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.

Glencore plc

IQVIA Holdings

Iron Mountain Incorporated

Jefferies Financial Group

The Kroger Co.

MarketAxess Holdings, Inc.

MGM Resorts International

Mudrick Capital Management, L.P.

Neogen Corporation

Portillo’s Inc.

PSP Investments

Regis Corporation

Sanofi

Sculptor Capital Management

Sleep Number Corporation

Sovos Brands, Inc.

Synchrony Financial

Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P.

TPG Inc.

Viterra Ltd.

Warner Bros. Discovery, Inc.

WEX Inc.

Willis Towers Watson plc

Work highlights

  • Advising The Kroger Co on the governance, security regulation, SEC disclosure and no-action with respect to its merger with Albertsons Companies, Inc., a food and drug retailer operating, at the time, in 34 states and the District of Columbia in a transaction that implies an Albertson enterprise value of approximately $24.6 billion.
  • Advising Glencore PLC  as the shareholders of Viterra Ltd. on the governance, securities regulation and SEC reporting aspects, as well as listing rule implications of its approximately $18 billion.
  • Advising Cedar Fair, L.P. on the governance and disclosure aspects of its merger with Six Flags Entertainment Corporation in a transaction that implies a combined enterprise value of approximately $8 billion.

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

Drawing on a network of attorneys specializing in tax, antitrust, IP, and real estate law, the team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP combines firmwide expertise with core transactional capabilities to advise on all aspects of cross-border M&A. The firm has cultivated a strong network of offices across the US, enabling it to routinely assist major domestic and international corporations from across the tech, finance, and pharmaceutical sectors. Acting on behalf of an array of financial institutions, private equity firms, and boards of directors, the New York-based co-heads Michael Aiello and Michael Lubowitz are experienced handling all aspects of corporate governance matters, spin-offs, and hostile tender offer. Similarly based in NY, Matthew Gilroy routinely represents special committees and investment banks in multi-jurisdictional acquisitions. Frederick Green retired from the partnership in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Michael Aiello; Michael Lubowitz

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The firm is excellent in all ways. Michael Aiello is great at keeping everything balanced and putting issues in perspective. He has a very strong network within the M&A community.’

Key clients

Advent International Corporation

American Securities LLC

The Blackstone Group, Inc.

Brookfield Asset Management

Brookfield Business Partners L.P.

Cedar Fair, L.P.

Centerview Partners LLC

Churchill Capital Corp VII

CPP Investments

Glencore plc

The Gores Group

The Kroger Co.

Lazard Freres & Co. LLC

MGM Resorts International

Micron Technology, Inc.

Mudrick Capital Management, L.P.

Paragon Medical Inc.

Sanofi S.A.

TPG Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Micron Technology, Inc. on its $100bn commitment to build a semiconductor fabrication facility in New York state.
  • Advised The Kroger Co. on its merger with Albertsons Companies, Inc. in a transaction that implies an Albertson enterprise value of approximately $24.6bn.
  • Advised Centerview Partners and Lazard Frères, as financial advisors to Newmont Corp on its acquisition of Newcrest Mining Ltd. in a transaction that implies a Newcrest enterprise value of A$28.8bn.

Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions Tier 1

Acting for domestic and international clients alike, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP remains a dominant force in the tech transactions space and is noted in the market for its ability to handle the tech, IP, and data privacy elements of high-value M&A deals. The leadership trio comprises Jeffrey Osterman and Charan Sandhu from the New York office as well as Karen Ballack, who is based in Silicon Valley. Osterman is a key contact for technically complex matters relating to pure patent licensing and tech integration, while Sandhu is a first-choice contact for advising on transactions involving the intersect of IP and tech, and Ballack frequently advises private equity investors from the tech field on the IP aspects of corporate deals. Also in the New York office, Dennis Adams is a key contact for advice on software licensing matters, while Olivia Greer has demonstrable experience in privacy and data security concerns, in addition to assisting clients with generative AI tools.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Osterman; Charan Sandhu; Karen Ballack

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Advent International Corporation

AltC Acquisition Corp.

Avista Public Acquisition Corp. II

British Columbia Investment Management Corporation

Brookfield Business Partners L.P.

Cedar Fair, L.P.

CIIG Capital Partners II, Inc.

CPP Investments

Eli Lilly and Company

Glencore plc

Goldman Sachs Asset Management, L.P.

Greater Sum Ventures

Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc.

ICG Strategic Equity

Iron Mountain Incorporated

Jack Creek Investment Corp.

Keter Environmental Services, LLC

The Kroger Co.

Mudrick Capital Management

Sanofi S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised The Kroger Co. On various matters including the tech, IP, and data privacy aspects of its merger with Albertsons Companies, Inc.
  • Advised Glencore PLC, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and British Columbia Investment Management Corporation on the tech, data privacy, and IP aspects of its $18bn business combination with Bunge Ltd.
  • Advised CPP Investments on the tech, data privacy, and IP aspects of its acquisition of Qualtrics, valued at $12.5bn.

Tax > International tax Tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP offers tax-efficient solutions to US and non-US investors active in a wide range of transactions including private equity and private funds matters, restructurings and recapitalizations, securitizations, REITs, capital markets, and M&A. The team has particular strengths in the bankruptcy tax space, routinely advising on the full lifecycle of a restructuring including modification of debt, tax planning for liquidation, and employment tax liabilities. The global tax group routinely collaborates with the private funds group often advising new entrants to the funds and private equity market on tax related matters. Splitting his time between the Washington DC and Miami office, Devon Bodoh heads the practice which includes New York-based Greg Featherman. Both Bodoh and Featherman have extensive expertise advising clients on cross-border mergers, acquisitions, spinoffs and other divisive strategies, restructurings, bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy workouts, the use of net operating losses, foreign tax credits, and other tax attributes and consolidated return matters. In New York, 'excellent professional' Helyn Goldstein is also a key team member.

Practice head(s):

Devon Bodoh

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The tax team is top notch, delivering in all fronts in the tax space. They were incredible at weeding through the legal elements to achieve my business objectives.’

‘Helyn S. Goldstein is an excellent professional with a wealth of experience in all kinds of tax matters. She’s a good communicator and has the ability to navigate the technical tax issues in all of our business transactions.’

 

Key clients

Advent International

Aman Group S.a.r.l.

British Columbia Investment Management Corporation

Brookfield

CPP Investments

Eli Lilly and Company

Glencore plc

Hayfin Capital Management

Intermediate Capital Group

JPMorgan Chase

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Providence Equity Partners

PSP Investments

Sanofi S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advising Glencore PLC, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and British Columbia Investment Management Corporation, as the shareholders of Viterra Ltd on the tax aspects of its approximately $18 billion business combination with Bunge Ltd.
  • Advised Brookfield Asset Management Inc on the tax aspects of the spin-off of a 25% interest in its asset management business through a newly listed company, Brookfield Asset Management Ltd.
  • Advised CPP Investments, together with Silver Lake, on the tax aspects of its acquisition of Qualtrics.

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP‘s experienced non-contentious tax practice handles complex M&A, capital markets offerings, restructurings, securitizations, and real estate investments, among other matters. The team has a strong reputation for its private funds expertise, which extends to advising newer entrants to the market such as sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, and DFIs, as well as for its tax bankruptcy offering, regularly representing debtors, creditors and other investors in relation to a wide range of matters, including tax efficient plans of reorganization and liquidation. Practice head Joseph Pari, operating from both New York and Washington DC and with major clients in the tech and private equity spaces, has a broad practice covering mergers, spin-offs, workouts, and financings. Stuart Goldring in New York is well known for handling federal income tax matters for financially distressed companies, advising debtors, creditors, acquirers, and investors. Devon Bodoh in Washington DC heads the firm’s international tax practice. New York’s Chayim Neubort has considerable experience advising major corporations on internal tax planning and reorganizations. Noah Beck, also in New York, primarily works with private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Pari

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Goldring; Chayim Neubort; Noah Beck; Graham Magill; Andrew Morris

Testimonials

‘The team is superior in its capability, creativity, and collaboration on tax matters. The client-centric team demonstrated a strong sophistication in all facets of tax.’

Key clients

Advent International

Altas Partners LP

BCI

Brookfield

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Citibank

Covetrus

CPP Investments;

CVC Capital Partners

Danaher Corporation

The Estée Lauder Companies

General Electric Company

Genstar Capital, LLC

Glencore plc

Greenbriar Equity

Hayfin Capital Management

ICG Strategic Equity

Johnson & Johnson

JPMorgan Chase

The Kroger Company

MGM Resorts International

Mudrick Capital Management, L.P.

MUFG Securities Americas Inc.

NEOGEN Corporation

OMERS Private Equity Inc.

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

PAI Partners

PSP Investments

RBC Capital Markets, LLC

Sanofi S.A.

TD Securities Inc.

Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P.

33. WindRose Health Investors, LLC

Work highlights

  • Advising The Kroger Company on the tax aspects of its merger with Albertsons Companies, Inc., a food and drug retailer operating, at the time, in 34 states and the District of Columbia in a transaction that implies an Albertson enterprise value of approximately $24.6 billion.
  • Advising Glencore PLC, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and British Columbia Investment Management Corporation, as the shareholders of Viterra Ltd on the tax aspects of its approximately $18 billion ($6.2 billion in stock, $2 billion in cash and $9.8 billion assumption of debt) business combination with Bunge Ltd.
  • Advised Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (n/k/a Brookfield Corporation.) on the tax aspects of the spin-off of a 25% interest in its asset management business through a newly listed company, Brookfield Asset Management Ltd., with a market value of more than $50 billion as of the spin-off date.

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

‘Creative and innovative in approach’, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP blends deep subject matter knowledge with exceptional strategic litigation prowess, and is a popular choice for leading consumer brands to handle large-scale product liability actions. As a ‘very effective litigator’, group co-head Diane Sullivan is regularly involved in bet-the-company litigation and has recently worked alongside the firm’s insolvency team to advise clients on exposure to potential tort and product liability claims through the so-called 'Texas Two-Step' bankruptcy legal maneuver. Recognized as a ‘good problem solver’, Theodore Tsekerides has also been involved in high-profile bankruptcy proceedings emanating from product liability claims, and worked with Sullivan in connection with the bankruptcy proceedings of J&J’s talc supplier, Imerys Talc America, which involved indemnity claims relating to talc claims liability. Washington DC-based individual Arianna Scavetti has gained a strong reputation advising manufacturers, including those within the food and beverages space, on consumer protection class actions brought by plaintiffs alleging false or misleading product labeling and marketing. Silicon Valley-based partner David Singh co-heads the product liability and mass tort group alongside Sullivan and regularly handles class actions including the defense of clients against allegations of false and deceptive advertising.

Practice head(s):

Diane Sullivan; David Singh

Testimonials

‘Creative and innovative in their approach. Know the company well and understand our products and technology.’

Diane Sullivan is a very effective litigator.’

Theodore Tsekerides is a good problem solver. He presents strategy, executes, and resolves.’

Key clients

Repsol, S.A.

ExxonMobil Corporation

PepsiCo

Burger King Corporation

Tarkett Sports

Nike

Johnson & Johnson

Dometic Corporation

Paramount Global

General Electric Co.

The Procter & Gamble Company

Sanofi, S.A.

Alibaba Group

Energy Transfer LP

Republic of Hungary and Magyar Államvasutak Zrt. (MÁV)

Work highlights

  • Successfully resolving a multi-jurisdictional, multi-billion dollar fraudulent conveyance and alter ego dispute in New Jersey and Delaware courts for Repsol, arising out of the pollution of the Passaic River in New Jersey.
  • Acting for Dometic in a lengthy series of multistate putative class actions in Florida federal court asserting billions of dollars in damages, alleging that cooling units in various Dometic refrigerator models purportedly contained a latent defect causing them to leak coolant and fail.
  • Defending Nike in a consumer class action in Missouri federal court alleging that the company’s advertising claims about its sustainable products are false and deceptive ‘greenwashing’.

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

With a robust bi-coastal disputes offering which draws from strong core toxic tort/product liability expertise as well as broader general complex commercial litigation prowess, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is regularly seen in high-profile class action and MDL litigation in venues throughout the country, including many traditionally plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions. In addition to being well-versed in leading the overarching strategy on cases involving accusations of damage caused by toxins in the soil, air and water, as well as a result of topical and oral use, the team is frequently brought in on the eve of important bellwether trials, often where another firm is national coordinating counsel. In this regard, New Jersey-based litigator Diane Sullivan regularly achieves success in bet-the-company trials in mass tort cases throughout the country, including in cases involving first-of-its-kind, novel issues of law. Along with Silicon Valley-based co-head David Singh, Sullivan recently successfully represented Burger King in a high-profile case brought by a class of plaintiffs regarding “forever chemicals” in the packaging. An ‘excellent problem-solver’, New York-based Theodore Tsekerides is also recommended and has recently been integral to the firm’s work for Johnson & Johnson regarding its liability in relation to asbestos poisoning in its talc products, particularly in light of his combined product liability and toxic tort and restructuring expertise.

Practice head(s):

Diane Sullivan; David Singh

Other key lawyers:

Ted Tsekerides; Arianna Scavetti; Pravin Patel

Testimonials

They excel in perfectly balancing execution and keeping the client informed,  so it feels like a seamless, inevitable outcome.’

Ted Tsekerides is an excellent problem solver. He presents strategy, executes, and resolves.’

Key clients

Repsol, S.A.

ExxonMobil Corporation

PepsiCo

Burger King Corporation

Tarkett Sports

Nike

Johnson & Johnson

Dometic Corporation

Paramount Global

General Electric Co.

The Procter & Gamble Company

Sanofi, S.A.

Alibaba Group

Energy Transfer LP

Republic of Hungary and Magyar Államvasutak Zrt. (MÁV)

Work highlights

  • Representing Repsol in a multi-jurisdictional, multibillion-dollar fraudulent conveyance and alter ego dispute in New Jersey and Delaware courts arising out of the pollution of the Passaic River in New Jersey.
  • Decisively ending for Dometic an over six-year series of multistate putative class actions in Florida federal court asserting billions of dollars in damages, alleging that cooling units in various Dometic refrigerator models purportedly contained a latent defect causing them to leak coolant and fail.
  • Representing Nike in defense of a consumer class action in Missouri federal court alleging that the company’s advertising claims about its sustainable products are false and deceptive “greenwashing.”

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 2

The securities litigators at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York ‘anticipate problems and produce excellent work‘, handling ecurities, derivative, breach of fiduciary duty and M&A litigation, as well as internal investigations and regulatory enforcement actions for some of the largest corporations in the US. John Neuwirth and Caroline Zalka lead the practice and are ‘dependable, expert, and a pleasure to work with‘. Neuwirth and up-and-coming partner Joshua Amsel are key counsel to AMC Entertainment in a high-value matter. Jonathan Polkes, who is a key adviser to Morgan Stanley,  Stacy Nettleton, who has forged a strong reputation in matters concerning the Covid pandemic and the #MeToo movement, and emerging talent Evert Christensen also play pivotal roles in the practice. Regulatory enforcement specialist Robert Stern in Washington DC is ‘insightful, tenacious and a great advocate’. He is currently acting for RBC Capital Markets in a case seeking to recoup underwriter fees paid to investment banks that underwrote Puerto Rico’s general obligation debt.

Practice head(s):

John Neuwirth; Caroline Zalka

Testimonials

‘Technically excellent lawyers; Excellent knowledge of the law.’

‘Josh Amsel is an excellent attorney.’

‘Great depth of talent and resources within the firm that the team draws upon effectively as needed’

‘Robert Stern a great partner, insightful, tenacious and a great advocate and counsel.’

‘The quality of the partners, dogged pursuit of client interests, and consistent winning results.’

‘John Neuwirth, Josh Amsel, and Carolyn Zalka are top-notch in all respect — dependable, expert, and a pleasure to work with. All the first people to call with bet the company litigation and related issues.’

‘The Weil securities litigation team is first-rate. They have a comprehensive grasp of the subject matter, are well-respected, anticipate problems, and produce excellent work product. The representation they provide is stellar. Among their many strengths is responsiveness and practicality.’

‘John Neuwirth is a fantastic lawyer. He has the ability to convey complex material very simply, and connects with judges. He understands pressure points and litigation strategy, and is respectful and responsive. Josh Amsel is also an excellent lawyer – he is a strong team leader with a good grasp of the facts and a strong writer.’

Key clients

Brookfield Asset Management

Getty Images

Elanco Animal Health

Morgan Stanley

AMC Entertainment

Walgreens Boots Alliance

TripAdvisor

Marathon Digital Holdings

Warner Bros. Discovery

Telos Corp.

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended long-time client AMC Entertainment in fast-tracked stockholder litigation in Delaware Chancery Court arising from its planned overhaul of its capital structure – one of the highest-profile Delaware corporate disputes to take shape this year.
  • Represented Morgan Stanley in the litigation and investigations fall-out from Elon Musk’s proposed, abandoned, and then completed $44B acquisition of Twitter.
  • Secured two dismissals for Telos Corporation, in a securities fraud class action in which plaintiffs attempted to utilize unforeseen events – the COVID-19 pandemic and major cyberattacks on government agencies – to attack the company’s revenue and growth forecasts.

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is a major player in investment grade, high-yield debt and acquisition financing-related debt offerings. It remains noted for its advice to major corporates, private equity houses and their portfolio companies, along with a range of underwriters. Convertible debt offerings are a recent area of further growth, along with bankruptcy and financial distress-driven transactions. Alexander Lynch leads the capital markets team and is noted for convertible debt offerings.  Corey Chivers  and Frank Adams  are key partners in the team with Merritt Johnson and Michael Hickey providing further senior firepower, the latter rated for his bank relationships. Barbra Broudy is also a key name. All named partners are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Lynch

Other key lawyers:

Corey Chivers; Frank Adams; Merritt Johnson; Michael Hickey; Barbra Broudy

Testimonials

‘The capital markets team is a strong and coordinated and they are intuitively collaborative as an extension of my business. They manage to be very efficient, looking straight to the points that need to be addressed.’

‘Frank Adams has proven to be an established individual in the market, who knows the best course of action and who skillfully navigates all processes. He demonstrates a strong level of sophistication and commercial awareness. Barbra Broudy has also been a key advisor. She shows a strong level of sophisticated legal advice and good judgement in our interactions.’

 

Key clients

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Citigroup

Deutsche Bank

The Estée Lauder Companies

Goldman Sachs & Co.

Iron Mountain Incorporated

J.P. Morgan Securities

Marvell Technology, Inc.

Mizuho Securities

Morgan Stanley & Co.

MUFG Securities Americas Inc.

RBC Capital Markets, LLC

Softbank Vision Fund

Talen Energy Supply

TD Securities Inc.

TE Connectivity

Truist Securities, Inc.

WEX Inc.

Willis Towers Watson

Work highlights

  • Advised Softbank Vision Fund II-2 as sponsor of a $2.8bn  exchange offer of WeWork.
  • Advised The Estée Lauder Companies on its $2bn offering of investment grade senior unsecured notes.
  • Advised Morgan Stanley, as sole bookrunner, in a $2bn 144A/Reg S offering of senior secured and senior guaranteed notes by Royal Caribbean Cruises to refinance existing indebtedness.

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP remains best known for representing private equity sponsors and private equity-backed companies in equity offerings. It is further recognised for M&A-related equity financings. It continues to make further headway in representing large corporates and financial institutions in equity offerings. The firm has also achieved further growth in advising bulge-bracket banks as underwriters. Alexander Lynch leads the highly rated team and is a major figure in high-value equity offerings, including IPOs, especially for private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies. The team also includes Corey Chivers , Heather Emmel and younger partner Barbra Broudy. Michael Hickey and Merritt Johnson have continued to develop the team’s connections to investment banks. All are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Lynch

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Weil’s team is a pleasure to work with, they are always accessible and responsive. The entire team is strong.’

‘Alex Lynch provides strong service and his dedication as a legal advisor is clear. He has extensive legal knowledge and always stays calm under pressure. He is also an expert in simplifying complicated situations.’

 

Key clients

Acacia Research Corporation

Advent International

Allego N.V.

AMC Entertainment Holdings

Batak, LLC

Blue Bird Corporation

First Watch Restaurants

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Portillo’s

Sovos Brands

Thomas H. Lee Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Advent International and Batak, as selling shareholders, on a $201m block trade.
  • Advised Portillo’s, a publicly traded company backed by Berkshire Partners, on its $190m synthetic secondary offering of 8m shares of its common stock.
  • Advised Portillo’s on a $182m synthetic secondary offering of 8m shares of its common stock by affiliates of Berkshire Partners and other selling stockholders.

Finance > Commercial lending

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP combines strong lender and borrower-side lending practices, notably advising banks and private equity investors on asset-based loans and leveraged buyout structures, including multi-currency lending. Heading the firm’s global finance practice is Daniel Dokos, whose specialisms include cross-border financing arrangements, usually tied to acquisitions, advising both lenders and borrowers on such transactions and also assisting with recapitalization loans. He is ably supported by co-heads Andrew Colao, who represents private equity in leveraged finance deals, and Dallas’ Courtney Marcus, who advises a broad spectrum of industries in seeking to arrange mezzanine financing, bridge loans and loan restructurings. Heather Viets is recommended for a range of financing types, including bridge loans and first and second lien credit facilities, while Justin Lee focuses on structuring cross-border financings. All lawyers named are based in New York unless otherwise specified.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Dokos; Andrew Colao; Courtney Marcus

Testimonials

‘Weil has a strong leveraged finance practice with a deep bench of business savvy partners. They are great at thinking creatively and appreciate what I’m trying to do commercially. They are a true advisor and thought partner.’

Key clients

Advent International

American Securities

Asurion, LLC

Avolon Holdings Limited

BNP Paribas SA

Bridgeport Partners LP

Brookfield

Campbell Soup Company

Citibank

CVC Capital Partners

Dun & Bradstreet Corporation

The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.

Fortress Investment Group LLC

General Electric

Goldman Sachs

Greenbriar Equity

Jefferson Capital Systems, LLC

Johnson & Johnson

JPMorgan Chase

The Kroger Company

Montagu Private Equity

Morgan Stanley

OMERS

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

PAI Partners

Talen Energy Supply

Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P.

WEX Inc.

Willis Towers Watson

Work highlights

  • Advised The Kroger Co on committed senior unsecured bridge financing to support its $24.6bn acquisition of Albertsons Companies, Inc.
  • Advised JPMorgan as administrative agent in an amendment and extension of Ford Motor Company’s $17.2bn senior unsecured revolving facilities.
  • Advised Brookfield Business Partners on the financing aspects of its sale of Westinghouse Electric Company to a consortium led by Cameco Corporation, a producer of uranium, and Brookfield Renewable Partners in a transaction that implied a Westinghouse enterprise value of $8bn.

Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP advises leading investment firms and banks, as well as other financial institutions, on the issuance and financing of traditional and esoteric asset-backed securitizations. When it comes to esoteric ABS matters, the firm is well-versed in pharmaceutical and music royalties, diamond sales receivables and oil & gas sales. The firm is additionally experienced in the establishment of CLO vehicles for its clients. On top of leading the practice, Frank Nocco represents a broad range of clients, including issuers, underwriters, investors and collateral managers, in their securitization matters, across traditional or novel asset classes. Shawn Kodes advises leading asset managers and other financial institutions as well as being experienced in guiding entities through their first securitization transactions. Jason Smith is accustomed to an assortment of asset classes, such as rental car fleet financings, vehicle and equipment fleet leases, solar loans, student loans and royalty receivables. Matt Nemeth is also noted for his work in the traditional and esoteric asset classes sectors. All lawyers are in New York.

Practice head(s):

Frank Nocco

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The firm’s practice is innovative with deep knowledge and expertise in structured finance. They work with some of the leading clients in the business, particularly on matters that require creativity and innovation.’

‘Shawn Kodes is a stand out partner and a key reason we continue to prioritize doing business with the firm. He’s very commercial with a balance of presenting risk and rewards for his clients.’

Key clients

Aflac

AIG

Atlas

Blackstone

Brightwood Advisors

Brookfield Asset Management

Caribbean Financial Group Inc.

The Carlyle Group

Choron Holdings

Citi

Corebridge

Credit Suisse

Delaware Life Insurance Company

Donlen

Elanco Animal Health Incorporated

Enterprise Fleet Management

EPIQ Systems

Goldman Sachs Lending Partners LLC

Greensledge

Guggenheim Securities LLC

The Kenan Advantage Group, Inc.

KKR

Lendmark Financial Services LLC

Morgan Stanley

Newtek

Nuveen

OMERS Private Equity

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Redding Ridge Asset Management

Sanofi S.A.

Service Properties Trust (RMR Group)

Teachers Advisors

WEX Inc.

Wheels, LLC

Work highlights

  • Advising Brookfield Asset Management in connection with a new $10.70 billion private debt fund they are launching in connection with Societe Generale focused initially on power, renewables, data, midstream and transportation sectors.
  • Advised Donlen and Donlen’s subsidiaries Wheels and LeasePlan, as sponsor, and Wheels Fleet Lease Funding 1 LLC, as issuer, in connection with a $1 billion issuance of 144a asset-backed notes secured by leases and leased vehicles.
  • Advised Guggenheim Securities, as underwriter and placement agent, in a $750 million issuance of ABS 144A/Reg S and privately placed notes by Jonah Energy ABS I LLC, secured by proved, developed, and producing oil and gas assets.

Industry focus > Sport Tier 2

With a team praised as ‘first class from top to bottom’, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is noted for its ability to handle complex litigation, contract negotiations, and corporate transactions arising within the sports sector. With a client list encompassing high-profile athletes, players' associations, and media and entertainment corporations, the practice stands out in particular for its bespoke guidance regarding antitrust claims as well as disputes over programming rights and e-commerce issues. Andrew Tulumello co-heads the team from Washington DC and is an expert in commercial litigation and sports-related appeals, whilst Yehudah Buchweitz co-leads from New York and focuses on rights of publicity and antitrust matters. Also in Washington DC, Arianna Scavetti has vast experience acting in investigations surrounding allegations of sexual harassment and emotional abuse. Zach Schreiber and David Lender are also highlighted as key contacts in New York.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Tulumello; Yehudah Buchweitz; Eric Hochstadt

Testimonials

‘The team was first class from top to bottom. Always responsive, informative and very, very knowledgeable and always patient in explaining details to “laypeople”. Could not be in better hands than working with this team of smart and caring people.’

‘David Lender was an incredible lead on our case from start to finish. Both he and his team were outstanding in every way. Zach Schreiber was a standout for his communication skills, knowledge, and genuine caring about clients was evident right from the start and never changed. An incredible effort and calm, thoughtful approach to all aspects of our case made a huge difference.’

 

Key clients

Washington State University

National Women’s Soccer League Players Association

Zion Williamson

Tri-City ValleyCats

Norwich Sea Unicorns

CBS Sports

Major League Baseball Players Association

DIRECTV

Shohei Ohtani

Warner Bros. Discovery

Work highlights

  • Advised Washington State University in connection with a high-profile litigation dispute with ten departing members of the NCAA Pac-12 Conference concerning governance rights and the direction of the Pac-12 Conference going forward.
  • Advised several Minor League Baseball teams in a dispute against Major League Baseball and certain professional MLB clubs and negotiated a favourable settlement worth tens of millions of dollars which resolved a pending U.S. Supreme Court cert petition and multi-day trial scheduled in New York state court.
  • Advised Zion Williamson in connection with litigations arising out of a marketing contract he entered into prior to turning professional.

Intellectual property > Copyright Tier 2

The copyright team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP draws on the strength of the firm's global network to advise and represent social media platforms, digital music streamers, book publishers, insurers, and companies in the consumer electronics, pharma, and e-commerce sectors on a comprehensive spectrum of copyright issues, ranging from infringement and licensing disputes to secondary liability and DMCA compliance. The practice is headed by Benjamin Marks, who specializes in music copyright royalty cases and acts for clients in litigation involving emerging tech, such as generative AI. Randi Singer brings experience to representing clients in the publishing, social media, and e-commerce spaces, including Meta and eBay, involved in high-stakes infringement matters. Todd Larson provides expertise in royalty rate-setting proceedings and the negotiation of music publishing and sound recording performance licenses. All lawyers mentioned work in New York.

Practice head(s):

Benjamin Marks

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Getty Images (US), Inc.

A&E Television Networks

MGA Entertainment

Sirius XM Radio Inc. and Pandora Media, LLC

American International Group, Inc. (AIG)

Alibaba Group

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

Samsung Electronics

eBay

North American Concert Promoters Association

Sanofi

Godiva Chocolatier, Inc.

CareDX, Inc.

Kano Computing Limited

Association of American Publishers

Work highlights

  • Defeated a motion to dismiss in a trademark and copyright infringement lawsuit on behalf of A&E, challenging competitor Reelz’ airing of a programme A&E alleges to be a copycat of Live PD.
  • Commenced an AI-related case for Getty Images as plaintiff against Stability AI, alleging copyright and trademark infringement.

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP‘s trade secrets cohort is well-placed to assist its clients in the array of matters; its workload is formed in large part of assisting in the enforcement of and defense against employee non-solicits, no-hires and NDAs, as well as in assisting in disputes pertaining to alleged misappropriation. Team head John Barry is based in New York and is a renowned name in the employment field and an experienced litigator in trade secret cases. Further, counsel Celine ChanRebecca Sivitz and associate Lauren Kelly are names to note for their employment capabilities; all work between the New York and Boston hubs. On the West Coast, San Francisco’s Bambo Obaro is the standout attorney, with experience defending against and obtaining emergency remedies in trade secret cases. Team changes include the departure of Paul Genender, formerly at the Dallas office, who left for Paul Hastings LLP in September 2023, the departure of Gary Friedman who left the New York office to join Seyfarth Shaw LLP in February 2024, and the departure of Patrick O’Toole, formerly at the Boston office, who left to Kirkland & Ellis LLP, the same firm from which Peter Mee joined the New York office in November 2023.

Practice head(s):

John Barry

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Russell Reynolds Associates

Schindler Elevator

Ceridian HCM Holding

Apollo Management

Nexa Equity

Visa

Leap

Kroll, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising successfully in favor of Russell Reynolds Associates, enforcing employee non-solicit and no-hire, and confidentiality/non-disclosure provisions in RRA’s Stock Agreement against a former partner who left RRA with three other RRA employees to start a competing firm.
  • Representing the client in a number of high-stakes and high-profile restrictive covenant and trade secret matters on both the plaintiff and defense side that were critical to its business.
  • Successfully representing Schindler Elevator Corporation and its affiliate Slade Industries Inc. in a significant restrictive covenant, common law, and misappropriation dispute involving several former senior leaders who resigned to join an industry competitor.

Labor and employment > Workplace and employment counseling Tier 2

The Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP employment practice group advises a range of clients, including financial advisors and lenders, large retailers, and consultancies in a wide range of US and international employment counseling issues. Over the past twelve months, the practice has worked on a variety of workplace investigations and provided clients with counseling on various trade secrets engagements and discrimination claims. In New York, John Barry heads the practice with strong experience in conducting internal inquiries and providing counsel on matters arising from executive terminations, hiring senior executives from competitors, and claims of discrimination. In Boston, Rebecca Sivitz, promoted to partner in January 2024, is well versed in advising clients regarding labor relations strategies, restrictive covenant and trade secret matters, and other employment-related matters. The Boston office is also strengthened by the arrival of Peter Mee from Kirkland & Ellis LLP in November 2023. Mee will advise clients, particularly private equity sponsors, on employment-related issues which arise from national and international corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

John Barry

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Russell Reynolds Associates

Goldman Sachs

Apollo Management

Lendlease

Talen Energy

CAPCO

Kroger Company

Community Brands

Flexport

Schindler Elevator

OPE Inmar Investment Holdings LLC

BAPS

Work highlights

  • Winning a TRO in the S.D.N.Y. in favor of Russell Reynolds Associates (RRA), enforcing employee non-solicit and no-hire, and confidentiality/non-disclosure provisions in RRA’s Stock Agreement against a former partner who left RRA with three other RRA employees to start a competing firm.
  • Representing a premier global investment bank in connection with allegations brought by a female managing director claiming gender, pregnancy and parental discrimination in the firm’s decision not to promote her to partner, including related arbitration proceedings.
  • Leading an internal inquiry that was of critical importance to a major energy sector company and its highest-ranking executives, against the backdrop of the company’s chapter 11 restructuring process.

M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts: large deals ($500m+) Tier 2

Weil counts a varied range of large-cap private equity sponsors, emerging investors, as well as pension and sovereign funds in its client roster and regularly acts as lead counsel on transactions ranging from high-value leveraged buyouts and take-private acquisitions to minority investments and growth capital series financings. In New York, Christopher Machera maintains close relationships with leading investors such as Blackstone and Goldman Sachs, while Doug Warner handles high-value leveraged buyouts and minority investments especially for funds active in the infrastructure and tech sectors. Machera and Warner co-lead the team with Kyle Krpata, a strategic and private equity M&A expert based in Silicon Valley, and Ramona Nee, who advises on leveraged buyouts and growth investments from the Boston office. Fund mergers are a particular area of focus for New York-based lawyers Brian Parness and Harvey Eisenberg, who recently led on TPG’s $3.4bn acquisition of Angelo Gordon. Silicon Valley lawyer Jenna McBain is a key contact for funds seeking to invest in infrastructure and real assets.

Practice head(s):

Doug Warner; Kyle Krpata; Christopher Machera; Ramona Nee

Other key lawyers:

Brian Parness; Harvey Eisenberg; Jenna McBain; Nicholas Doloresco; Timothy Burns; Jakub Wronski

Testimonials

‘The Private Equity team, as well as all other practice areas needed to get a deal done (leveraged finance, executive compensation, antitrust, regulatory, etc.), are all at the top of their game and give commercial, pragmatic and timely advice in an integrated manner.’

‘Tim Burns punches above his weight. He understands the business rationale and has a very commercial mindset.’

Key clients

Advent International

American Securities

Antin Infrastructure Partners

Aterian Investment Partners

Apollo

Ardian

Avista Capital Partners

BCI

Blackstone

Blue Star Innovation Partners

Brookfield

Coatue

Cornell Capital

CPP Investments

CVC

Deep Lake Capital

EQT

Genstar Capital

GHK Capital Partners

Goldman Sachs & Co.

The Gores Group

Greater Sum Ventures

J.C. Flowers & Co.

Kainos Captial

KSL Capital Partners

Lee Equity Partners

Linden Capital

Motive Partners

Nexa Equity

Oak Hill Capital

OMERS

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

PAI Partners

Pacific Avenue

Permira Advisers

Providence Equity Partners

PSG

PSP Investments

Searchlight Capital

Softbank Vision Fund

Susquehanna Growth Equity

TCV

Thomas H. Lee Partners

Thompson Street Capital Partners

Tidemark Capital

TPG

Trive Capital

TruArc Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Advent International on its acquisition of Maxar Technologies Inc. at an enterprise value of approximately $6.4bn.
  • Advised Blackstone on its $5.2bn sale of Vivint, Inc. to NRG Energy.
  • Advised TPG on its up to $3.4 billion acquisition of Angelo, Gordon & Co., L.P., in a transaction that includes an earn-out payment based on Angelo Gordon’s future financial performance of up to $400m.

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP specializes in litigation involving Lanham Act disputes and consumer false advertising claims, while also remaining active in advising on regulatory investigations. The group represents strong clients from a range of sectors including technology, food and beverages, and consumer products. Areas of recent growth include matters pertaining to sustainability and consumer protection claims. Heading the team is Randi Singer, based between New York and Silicon Valley. She has extensive experience in advertising, marketing, trademark, and IP disputes, but maintains particular expertise in Lanham Act false advertising matters. In Washington DC, Drew Tulumello is recognized for his work in commercial litigation, often representing the food and beverages sector. David Singh, based in Silicon Valley, notably leads the firm’s national class action practice and represents impressive clients. Additionally, Washington DC-based Arianna Scavetti is an asset to the team and is frequently involved in false and misleading advertising class actions.

Practice head(s):

Randi Singer

Key clients

Sanofi S.A.

PepsiCo, Inc.

Burger King

Meta Platforms, Inc.

CareDx, Inc.

Nike

The Quaker Oats Company

Chobani, LLC

Tarkett Sports

Godiva Chocolatier, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Godiva Chocolatier in several nationwide consumer false advertising class actions alleging that Godiva failed to disclose to consumers that its Signature Dark Chocolate contains elevated levels of lead.
  • Representing PepsiCo in an action alleging that PepsiCo and nine other major consumers misled the public about the recyclability of their products and is seeking to hold them liable for remediating marine plastic pollution on California oceans, beaches, and waterways.
  • Represented Burger King in three consumer class actions regarding “forever chemicals” (PFAS) Burger King uses in food packaging.

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

The New York-based team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is renowned for its deft handling of licensing, copyright, and contractual matters. The team attracts high-profile music clients with its precedent setting experience before the Copyright Royalty Board and rates courts. An additional result of its copyright prowess is its position at the center of critical matters addressing the legal implications of generative AI art, while the team is also well versed with the Lanham Act and has achieved numerous successes in false advertising claims. Benjamin Marks chairs the team and is currently representing Getty Images in a copyright claim against Stability AI and its image software program. Yehudah Buchweitz has assisted with novel issues relating to breaches of contract and anti-trust matters. Randi Singer works on IP matters and is well versed with the secondary liability aspects of a copyright lawsuit. David Yohai  is able to cater to top media clients in the field of commercial, IP, and class action matters.    

Practice head(s):

Benjamin Marks

Key clients

Getty Images

A&E Television Networks

Sirius XM Radio

Pandora Media

Creative Artists Agency

Paramount Global

Meta Platforms

Samsung Electronics

eBay

WB Discovery

North American Concert Promoters Association

Association of American Publishers

Work highlights

  • Represented Simon & Schuster, a subsidiary of Paramount Global, in two cases when the S.D.N.Y. granted the dismissal of all claims in two separate antitrust class actions regarding e-books and print books.
  • Representing A&E as plaintiff in a mega trademark and copyright infringement lawsuit challenging competitor Reelz’ airing of a copycat version of Live PD.
  • Representing Getty Images as plaintiff in a cutting-edge copyright infringement lawsuit against Stability AI arising from Stability AI’s illegal scraping of 12 million copyrighted images copied from Getty Images’ web sites.

Tax > Financial products Tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP benefits from the firm’s global presence, enabling it to provide multi-jurisdictional tax advice on private equity and funds matters, securitizations, REITS, capital markets, and other financing matters. Practice head Joseph Pari, who is based in Washington DC and New York, has extensive expertise advising on federal income taxation matters. In Washington DC, Daniel Nicholas practice covers worldwide finance, capital markets and derivatives transactions, with a specific focus on debt instruments, asset-based financing transactions and derivatives, international taxation, and taxation of financial products. Also in DC, Graham Magill and Devon Bodoh advise debtors, creditors, and other investors on modifications of debt and debt and equity exchanges whilst David Levy has a special focus on REITs and other real estate-related tax work.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Pari

Key clients

Aflac

Credit Suisse

Elanco Animal Health Incorporated

Guggenheim Securities

The Kenan Advantage Group, Inc.

Lendmark Financial Services LLC

Nuveen

OMERS Private Equity

The RMR Group LLC

Service Properties Trust

SVC ABS LLC

WEX Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Guggenheim Securities, as underwriter and placement agent, in a $750 million issuance of ABS 144A/Reg S and privately placed notes by Jonah Energy ABS I LLC, secured by proved, developed, and producing oil and gas assets.
  • Advised Service Properties Trust, as sponsor, in its $610.2 million issuance of 144A/Reg S asset-backed mortgage notes backed by commercial real estate properties and triple-net leases by SVC ABS LLC, with Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs acting as lead underwriters.
  • Advised Lendmark Financial Services, LLC as sponsor and servicer, in a $350 million 144A/Reg S asset-backed securitization facility by Lendmark Funding Trust 2023-1 backed by a portfolio of personal consumer loans and retail sales finance contracts.

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 3

Counting leading global tech giants, publishers, and pharma corporations among its impressive roster of clients, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP excels across all stages of litigation, with a strong track record of securing pre-trial victories as well as defeating class certifications. Former FTC litigation director Steven Newborn, merger review and clearance expert Brianne Kucerik, former FTC assistant director Jeffrey Perry, and Michael Moiseyev, who focuses on cross-border mandates, jointly oversee the ‘excellent’ practice; all four are based in Washington DC. New York’s Eric Hochstadt focuses on class actions and a broad range of other civil antitrust litigation, with a notable emphasis on sports-related cases. The ‘deeply experienced’ Adam Hemlock , also in New York, takes point on cartel matters, amnesty proceedings, and consumer class actions in the electronics and pharma industries.

Practice head(s):

Steven Newborn; Brianne Kucerik; Michael Moiseyev; Jeffrey Perry

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent team with deep experience in the field.’

‘Adam Hemlock is deeply experienced in both civil and criminal antitrust matters. He is knowledgeable and has excellent judgment in guiding clients to a favorable result.’

Key clients

Meta Platforms, Inc.

Saks Fifth Avenue

BASF Corporation

Simon & Schuster

IQVIA

Grubhub

NanoString Technologies, Inc.

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Torrent Pharmaceuticals

Visa

LiquidPower Specialty Products (LSPI)

Work highlights

  • Represented Meta Platforms in its acquisition of Within Unlimited, a deal which has been challenged by the Federal Trade Commission.
  • Representing Saks Fifth Avenue in a consolidated “no-poach” putative nationwide class action lawsuit.
  • Representing BASF Corporation in several class actions alleging that various manufacturers, wholesalers, and retails of crop inputs conspired to boycott the entry of electronic platforms.

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

The increasingly prominent practice at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP continues to make inroads into the appellate space under the leadership of department co-head Mark Perry in Washington DC. Collectively, the team has extensive experience in arguing cases before all thirteen federal circuits and the US Supreme Court, as well as in various state intermediate and supreme courts. Its subject matter expertise is equally far-reaching and spans a range of commercial and constitutional areas, including recent cases covering antitrust, IP, the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, bankruptcy and class actions. Among Perry’s recent highlights, he successfully represented Apple before the Ninth Circuit in a high-profile antitrust case brought by Epic Games. Fellow group co-head Zachary Tripp, who splits his time between DC and New York, scored a significant SCOTUS win with a 9-0 ruling on behalf of an individual in a bankruptcy-related case. The team also includes practice co-head Gregory Silbert and appellate-focused partner Adam Banks—both of whom are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Mark Perry; Gregory Silbert; Zachary Tripp

Other key lawyers:

Adam Banks; Edward Reines; Andrew Tulumello

Testimonials

‘Zachary Tripp is a clear communicator and stands out for his great legal strategy.’

Key clients

Apple

Sears Holdings

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Comcast Cable

Microsoft

Serta Simmons Bedding

GrubHub

CareDx

BNSF Railway

Patriarch Partners/Lynn Tilton

Minor League Baseball Teams

Zion Williamson, NBA All-Star Basketball Player

Lendlease

Speedcast

Prime Insurance Co.

Government of Hungary

Sanofi

Nuance Communications

Rimini Street

Morgan Stanley

Work highlights

  • Scored a 9-0 SCOTUS ruling in a bankruptcy-related case.
  • Obtained a win for Apple before the Ninth Circuit in a high-profile antitrust case brought by Epic Games.
  • Represented a number of Minor League Baseball teams in high-profile litigation, including several recent appeals, regarding consolidation of the minor leagues.

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

Drawing upon the expertise of litigators with product liability and consumer class action experience, as well as those with overarching commercial disputes prowess, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP provides ‘creative and innovative’ legal strategies to pharmaceutical clients fending off potentially-brand threatening plaintiff challenges. The firm is able to advise on matters from cradle to grave, including on risk management processes, discovery and motions through to trial and appeal. New Jersey-based trial expert Diane Sullivan is one such lawyer who is in demand for her exceptional advocacy skills and ability to provide highly persuasive arguments to juries, often involving highly technical scientific information, and is regularly parachuted in on the eve of high-profile bellwether MDL trials. Recognized as an ‘excellent problem solver’, New York-based Theodore Tsekeridesexecutes and resolves’, both at a trial stage, as well as in relation to the overarching litigation strategy. On the West Coast, Silicon Valley-based David Singh co-heads the team with Sullivan and has experience of handling false advertising consumer class actions in the sector.

Practice head(s):

Diane Sullivan; David Singh

Other key lawyers:

Theodore Tsekerides; Arianna Scavetti; Pravin Patel

Testimonials

They are creative and innovative in their approach.’

‘Theodore Tsekerides is a good problem solver. He presents strategy, executes, and resolves.’

Key clients

Repsol, S.A.

ExxonMobil Corporation

PepsiCo

Burger King Corporation

Tarkett Sports

Nike

Johnson & Johnson

Dometic Corporation

Paramount Global

General Electric Co.

The Procter & Gamble Company

Sanofi, S.A.

Alibaba Group

Energy Transfer LP

Republic of Hungary and Magyar Államvasutak Zrt. (MÁV)

Energy > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 3

With significant expertise in complex M&A, joint ventures, restructurings, and financings, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP continues to assist a range of energy and private equity companies in oil and gas exploration and production, energy trading operations, and low-carbon energy matters. Omar Samji focuses on hydrogen, carbon capture and sequestration, and energy storage, while Chris Bennet notably concentrates on the midstream oil and gas sectors, where he advises on divestitures, joint ventures, and partnership development and negotiation. Working closely with Samji and Bennet, Cody Carper is recognized for his knowledge of upstream and midstream oil and gas asset acquisitions and divestitures, energy financing, and equity joint venture transactions. All lawyers mentioned are in Houston.

Practice head(s):

Omar Samji

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Antero Midstream

The Energy & Minerals Group (EMG) and Vision BlueResources

Guggenheim Securities LLC

IMTT

Rangeland Energy

WhiteHawk Income Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Rangeland Energy on the sale of its subsidiary Rangeland Midstream Canada Ltd to Kingston Midstream Alberta Limited.
  • Advised Guggenheim Securities in a $200 million 4(a)(2) re-securitization by PureWest Funding III LLC of new securities issued by two existing SPV subsidiaries of PureWest Energy, LLC under their previous PDP Oil & Gas Securitization platforms.
  • Advised Energy and Minerals Group (EMG) and Vision Blue Resources in their investment in Serra Verde.

Finance > Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP remains best known for advising private equity houses and their portfolio companies on debt financing matters. It is also noted for debt restructuring engagements. Along with financial sponsors, the firm is also expanding its presence in underwriter-side representation, advising many of the major banks on high-yield offerings. Corey Chivers and Frank Adams are the US team’s most senior high-yield debt experts, with Merritt Johnson and Michael Hickey providing additional expertise and extensive investment bank relationships. All named individuals are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Lynch

Other key lawyers:

Corey Chivers; Frank Adams; Merritt Johnson; Michael Hickey

Key clients

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Citigroup

Deutsche Bank

The Estée Lauder Companies

Goldman Sachs & Co.

Iron Mountain Incorporated

J.P. Morgan Securities

Marvell Technology, Inc.

Mizuho Securities

Morgan Stanley & Co.

MUFG Securities Americas Inc.

RBC Capital Markets, LLC

Softbank Vision Fund

Talen Energy Supply

TD Securities Inc.

TE Connectivity

Truist Securities, Inc.

WEX Inc.

Willis Towers Watson

Healthcare > Life sciences Tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP‘s ‘responsive and dedicated’ life sciences practice melds an active transactional life practice with a patent practice that covers both patent strategy and disputes before the PTAB and Federal Circuit Courts, working together to see through collaborations and licensing agreements in the sector. The firm’s efforts are spearheaded by patent litigators Elizabeth Weiswasser and Silicon Valley’s Edward Reines, who handle matters pertaining to biologics and small molecules among a range of other complex patent issues. Derek Walter, also based in Silicon Valley, is another name to note for patent litigation in the pharmaceuticals and biotech spaces. Transactions with a substantial IP element are overseen by Jeffrey Osterman and Charan Sandhu, who also advise on joint ventures and technology transfers. Lawyers mentioned are based in New York unless otherwise specified.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Weiswasser; Edward Reines

Testimonials

‘Creative and innovative in their approach. Know the company well and understand our products and technology. Responsive and dedicated.’

Key clients

CareDx

Invitae

Regeneron

Synthego

NanoString

Sanofi

BeiGene

Daiichi Sankyo

Elanco Animal Health

Johnson & Johnson

Torrent Pharmaceuticals

Abbott Laboratories

Bausch + Lomb

Eli Lilly

Quest Diagnostics

Work highlights

  • Secured an important decision from the PTAB in favor of Regeneron, protecting the client’s novel biologic to treat macular degeneration and other serious eye diseases.
  • Secured the invalidation of two Agilent patents before the PTAB that were asserted against Synthego, a CRISPR-focused synthetic biology company.
  • Represented Invitae in bringing two parallel infringement suits against Natera relating to DNA sequencing technology.

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

With full-service intellectual property capabilities, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is ‘creative and innovative in its approach‘ to patent litigation and represents tech and life sciences companies at all levels of the US court system, with particular strength in patent appeals and proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. In New York, patent litigator Elizabeth Weiswasser has extensive experience working with clients in the life sciences sector, including companies active in the biologics, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and medical devices spaces, and Anish Desai is a skillful trial lawyer in the patent litigation space across a broad range of venues. The duo co-chair the group with Silicon Valley lawyer Edward Reines, who specializes in litigating patent and other IP cases in both the tech and life sciences industries. Also in Silicon Valley, pharma expert Derek Walter acts for the likes of Synthego and Pacific Biosciences in all stages of patent litigation.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Weiswasser; Edward Reines; Anish Desai

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Creative and innovative in its approach. Knows the company well and understands our products and technology. Responsive and dedicated.’

‘Edward Reines and Derek Walter are excellent.’

Key clients

Hewlett-Packard, Inc.

Bio-Rad Laboratories

Illumina

Comcast

Palo Alto Networks

Tesla

Invitae

NanoString

Guardant Health

Altria

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

BeiGene

Synthego

Pacific Biosciences

Parse Biosciences

NeoGenomics

Daiichi Sankyo

Work highlights

  • Acted for Altria in a competitor infringement suit in the Middle District of North Carolina, delivering a plaintiff jury verdict and securing follow-on rulings.
  • Represented Synthego in a case before the PTAB which invalidated two Agilent patents, including all 63 claims in those patents, that were asserted against the client.
  • Acted for Regeneron in a case before the PTAB which protected the client’s biologic to treat macular degeneration and other serious eye diseases.

Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 3

A team that ‘balances thorough legal research and know-how with pragmatic business guidance’, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP covers a full array of trademark mandates for a stellar client roster that includes digital music streaming companies, leading social media platforms, major entertainment companies, and internet service providers. Benjamin Marks spearheads the practice, contributing his considerable expertise in advising on high-stakes trademark, copyright, and music licensing disputes. ‘Go-to lawyer’ Randi Singer is a strong choice for brand owners, internet, and e-commerce platforms, and traditional media companies, with Todd Larson being routinely entrusted by large-scale media and entertainment companies. ‘Problem-solver’ Jessica Falk brings strength in fashion, media, and tech. All listed attorneys are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Benjamin Marks

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Weil’s trademark practice group offers first-rate advice and representation and is backed by a deep bench of expert lawyers across various other practice groups.’

‘The team balances thorough legal research and know-how with pragmatic business guidance. They are responsive and collaborative, working closely with our in-house legal team to develop strategy.’

‘Jessica Falk combines solid legal and practical business advice to help guide our IP monitoring and enforcement practice. She is a problem-solver, always leading with guidance that helps resolve matters without resorting to litigation.’

‘Randi Singer is our go-to lawyer when seeking pragmatic business advice. Randi leverages her legal know-how to help us develop winning strategies wherever we are faced with challenges or risks. She expertly weaves law practice and procedure into her representation whenever necessary to ensure we are zealously protecting our interests.’

Key clients

Getty Images (US), Inc.

A&E Television Networks

MGA Entertainment

Sirius XM Radio Inc. and Pandora Media, LLC

American International Group, Inc. (AIG)

Alibaba Group

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

Samsung Electronics

eBay

North American Concert Promoters Association

Sanofi

Godiva Chocolatier, Inc.

CareDX, Inc.

Kano Computing Limited

Association of American Publishers

Work highlights

  • Secured a resounding early victory by beating-back a motion to dismiss in a trademark and copyright infringement lawsuit on behalf of A&E, challenging competitor Reelz’ airing of a copycat version of A&E’s successful reality show, Live PD.
  • Commenced an AI-related case for Getty Images as plaintiff against Stability AI, alleging copyright and trademark infringement.
  • Successfully resolved several nationwide consumer false advertising class actions for the iconic Brussels-based Godiva Chocolatier, alleging that Godiva failed to disclose to consumers that its Signature Dark Chocolate contains elevated levels of lead.

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP acts for prominent asset managers, namely Brookfield Asset Management and Sixth Street Partners, but is also frequently assists middle market and emerging clients in the space, where they cover the full spectrum of assets, with their recent workload including a multitude of buyout and growth equity funds. Practice head Jonathon Soler works on the sponsor side advising funds and institutional investors on formation matters and minority interest sales. Andrew Chizzik works with fund sponsors and limited partners on structuring and negotiating terms of private equity funds, real estate funds and venture capital funds, while Stephanie Srulowitz has extensive experience in secondary transactions, fund restructurings and continuation funds. All lawyers mentioned are in New York.

Practice head(s):

Jonathon Soler

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Very user friendly, responsive, team oriented, great market knowledge, highest quality at all levels.

Key clients

Altas Partners

American Securities Partners

Backcast Partners Management

Brookfield Asset Management

Centre Partners Management

Cimarron Healthcare Capital

Crow Holdings Capital Partners

Genstar Capital Partners

Jadian Capital LLC

Lee Equity Partners

Pacific Avenue Capital Partners

Sixth Street Partners

Strattam Capital

Stripes Group

TPG

Tritium Partners

WindRose Health Investors

Work highlights

  • Advised Brookfield Asset Management in its formation of Brookfield Infrastructure Fund V, having raised $30 billion for the strategy.
  • Advised Genstar Capital in its formation of Genstar Capital Partners XI, L.P.
  • Advised Brookfield Asset Management in its formation of Brookfield Capital Partners VI, L.P., a $12 billion buyout fund focused on investments globally.

Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions) Tier 3

The New York-based group at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP boasts a varied offering that includes trade secrets and restrictive covenant litigation, discrimination claims, and wage and hour mandates. Another pillar of practice is the handling of claims of misconduct against C-Suite executives and litigation arising from corporate transactions and restructurings. At the helm of the practice, New York-based employment all-rounder John Barry specializes in disputes emerging from executive terminations, mass exoduses, and discrimination and harassment claims. Over in Boston, Peter Mee joined the firm from Kirkland & Ellis LLP in November 2023. Also in Boston, Rebecca Sivitz made partner in January 2024 and has knowledge of executive disputes, investigations, and complex union matters. New York-based counsel Celine Chan focuses on employment-oriented investigations. Gary Friedman left the firm in February 2024.

Practice head(s):

John Barry

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Russell Reynolds Associates

Goldman Sachs

Apollo Management

Lendlease

Talen Energy

CAPCO

Kroger Company

Community Brands

Flexport

Schindler Elevator

OPE Inmar Investment Holdings LLC

BAPS

Work highlights

  • Won a TRO in the S.D.N.Y. in favor of Russell Reynolds Associates, enforcing employee non-solicit and no-hire, and confidentiality/non-disclosure provisions in RRA’s Stock Agreement against a former partner who left RRA with three other RRA employees to start a competing firm.
  • Represented a global investment bank in connection with allegations brought by a female Managing Director claiming gender, pregnancy and parental discrimination in the firm’s decision not to promote her to Partner, as well as a related arbitration.
  • Lead an internal inquiry of critical importance to a major energy sector company and its highest-ranking executives, against the backdrop of the company’s chapter 11 restructuring process.

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

Complemented by the firm’s dedicated technology and IP transactions practice, the telecoms and broadcast transactional team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP draws on interdisciplinary expertise to advise clients involved in all aspects of the telecoms industry. The group advises telecoms companies and investors on M&A, spin-offs and restructurings, working closely with the firm’s M&A and private equity, banking and finance and capital markets teams. Michael Aiello heads the firm’s corporate department from New York, offering advice on high-value transactions to broadcasters, media companies and a range of other telecoms clients. Also based in New York, co-head of the US real assets practice Brian Gingold applies his corporate expertise, including experience in M&A, joint ventures, investments and recapitalizations, to the telecoms and broadcast sector.

Practice head(s):

Michael Aiello

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Advent International

Antin Infrastructure Partners

Apollo Global Management

Bain Capital

Earthlink

Endurance Parent, Inc.

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

The Kantar Group Limited

Morgan Stanley Senior Funding, Inc.

Nielsen Consumer LLC (d/b/a NielsenIQ)

Parallel Infrastructure LLC

Trive Capital Management LLC

Warner Bros. Discovery, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Advent International on its acquisition of Maxar Technologies Inc. and Nielsen Consumer LLC, in an approximately $1.65bn senior secured term and revolving facility to finance the acquisition of GfK SE and in a $475m senior secured term and in an $120m incremental secured revolving facility.
  • Advising Apollo Global Management and its portfolio company Parallel Infrastructure LLC on Parallel Infrastructure’s sale to Harmoni Towers.
  • Advised Morgan Stanley on its $500m senior secured revolving facility for Outfront Media Capital LLC.

Real estate > Real estate investment trusts (REITs) Tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP represents key real estate companies and public REITs in REIT transactions. Clientele seek out the team for its expertise on formation of joint ventures, debt offerings, acquisitions and divestments, and distressed matters. Team lead Philip Rosen uses his background in real estate and infrastructure to advise on REIT acquisitions and debt cases, while co-lead Evan Levy excels in REIT transactions, focusing on REIT formations. Also noted is Jannelle Seales who centers her work on M&A, divestitures, and joint ventures. All aforementioned lawyers are based in New York. Michael Bond  has retired from practice.

Practice head(s):

Evan Levy; Philip Rosen

Other key lawyers:

Jannelle Seales; Avelina Burbridge; Carolyn Stoner

Key clients

Amherst Holdings, LLC

Blackstone Tactical Opportunities Advisors L.L.C.

Brookfield Asset Management

Cedar Fair, L.P.

Conair LLC

Digital Realty

Fortress Investment Group LLC

HPS Investment Partners, LLC

The Kroger Co.

Lendlease Americas, Inc.

MGM Resorts International

Micron Technology, Inc.

Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC

WeWork

Work highlights

  • Advised Iron Mountain Incorporated on its $1 billion offering of senior unsecured 144A / Reg S notes to repay existing indebtedness.
  • Advising Micron Technology, Inc. on its up to $100 billion commitment to build a semiconductor fabrication facility in New York State.
  • Advising The Kroger Co. on its merger with Albertsons Companies, Inc. and the District of Columbia in a transaction that implies an Albertson enterprise value of approximately $24.6 billion.

Real estate Tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP‘s is well-versed in mergers, acquisitions, and large investments, in addition to sales, loan negotiations, debt structuring, and financings. Based in New York, the team is co-led by Phillip Rosen, recommended for his transaction and restructuring experience where he often acts on behalf of major private equity groups, funds, and institutions. Fellow co-head Evan Levy is particularly prominent for his financing, workout, and development project expertise, along with his strong track record in REIT work and securities offerings. Jannelle Seales is another key member of the team on acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures, as is Pejman Razavilar on joint ventures, financings, and investment vehicles.

Practice head(s):

Evan Levy; Philip Rosen

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Aman Group S.a.r.l.

Amherst Holdings, LLC

Atalaya Capital Management LP

ATCO Properties & Management LLC

Blackstone Tactical Opportunities Advisors L.L.C.

Brookfield Asset Management

Cedar Fair, L.P.

Conair LLC

Crow Holdings Capital Partners

Digital Realty

Earthlink

Fortress Investment Group LLC

HPS Investment Partners, LLC

Innovo Property Group Holdings

Lendlease Americas, Inc.

MGM Resorts International

Micron Technology, Inc.

The Kroger Co.

Trive Capital

TruArc Partners

Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC

WeWork

Work highlights

  • Advising Micron Technology, Inc. in its up to $100 billion commitment to build a semiconductor fabrication facility in New York State.
  • Advising The Kroger Co in its merger with Albertsons Companies, Inc.
  • Advising Lendlease Americas, Inc. in a $15 billion venture to develop new properties in three major areas in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP routinely advises companies that are facing allegations of FCA offenses, commodities fraud, sanction violations, and environmental crimes. The firm has a strong team located in New York, which includes Sarah Coyne, Daniel Stein, and Jonathan Polkes. In addition to being highly skilled at conducting highly sensitive investigations, Coyne regularly advises clients within the financial sector on allegations of insider trading and securities fraud. Both Polkes and Stein are noted for their capabilities with handling complex litigation matters. Practicing in Washington DC, Drew Tulumello is a further standout member of the team who frequently assists clients with government investigations. Steven Tyrrell left the Washington DC office in December 2023.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Coyne; Daniel Stein

Other key lawyers:

Gary Friedman; Pravin Patel; Jonathan Polkes; Drew Tulumello

Testimonials

‘The team at Weil Gotshal including partners Sarah Coyne, Gary Friedman, and Pravin Patel bring a unique combination of strength when providing legal advice in a complex criminal investigation. They had a diverse team with subject matter expertise in tax, employment and white-collar defense.’

‘Sarah Coyne, Gary Friedman, and Pravin Patel have each been tremendous in providing subject matter advice. They also have a great “bedside” approach when explaining complex issues to our corporate directors. They are honest and have an innovative approach.’

Key clients

National Women’s Soccer League Players Association

Morgan Stanley

Air Methods Corporation

Board of Directors of Aerojet Rocketdyne

King Street Wireless

Work highlights

  • Conducted an investigation on behalf of the National Women’s Soccer League Players Association into allegations of sexual harassment, abusive coaching, and toxic environments around the league.
  • Represented Morgan Stanley in the litigation and investigations fall-out from Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter.

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Number of partners: approximately 280
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Firm Overview: Founded in 1931, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is a preeminent provider of global legal services. With offices on three continents, Weil has been a pioneer in establishing a geographic footprint to partner with clients wherever they do business. The Firm’s four departments, corporate, litigation, restructuring, and tax, executive compensation and benefits, and more than two dozen practice groups are consistently recognised as leaders in their respective fields.

Main Areas of Practice:

Restructuring: Weil’s Restructuring Department is a renowned group that has an outsized presence in the industry. The Firm invented much of what has become standard practice in the restructuring field. For more than 50 years, Weil has offered creative, practical and thoughtful solutions for its clients on both the company and creditor sides. The global department comprises more than 100 dedicated lawyers, including many recognised as leaders in their field. The largest, most complex and most important restructuring matters in history require a truly international firm like Weil that can handle all aspects of the process globally.

M&A: With more than 650 corporate lawyers across the U.S., Europe and Asia, Weil is regularly involved in the largest and most innovative transactions in the world. The Firm consistently ranks among the top-ten firms globally for volume of M&A transactions. Over the last five years, Weil has handled more than 1,700 deals totaling nearly $2.5 trillion in deal value.

Private Equity & Fund Formation: Weil’s Private Equity practice is recognised as an elite market leader in the field. Its clients include high-profile private equity funds, sovereign wealth funds and pension funds, as well as family offices and other equity financial investors. With nearly 300 private equity lawyers worldwide, Weil advises more than 300 private equity clients, including the top 10 largest global private equity funds and 80% of the top 25 largest global private equity funds as ranked by PEI 300 2023. Weil’s Private Funds practice is fully integrated with its transactional practice, allowing it to provide comprehensive support for all clients.

Finance: Weil’s global finance team comprises lawyers in its Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, and Structured Finance & Derivatives practices in many of the world’s key financial centers, including New York, Dallas, Silicon Valley, London, Paris and Frankfurt. Weil’s broad-based Banking & Finance practice advises corporate borrowers, financial institutions and private equity sponsors on innovative financing transactions. Its capital markets practice represents both issuers and underwriters on all types of public and private debt and equity offerings. The Firm’s Structured Finance & Derivatives practice develops cutting-edge structures at the forefront of the marketplace and has deep experience in the establishment of CLO/CDO vehicles.

Litigation: Weil’s global Litigation Department provides clients with integrated and innovative legal advice in all major substantive areas of the law. Its multidisciplinary, trial-ready approach helps clients manage risk across geographies at every stage of the dispute resolution process and before courts of all levels. With approximately 350 litigators worldwide, Weil excels in multi-jurisdictional corporate and commercial litigation, shareholder and transactional disputes, competition law issues, cross-border regulatory and internal investigations, IP litigation, employment disputes, international arbitration, tax controversy, and crisis management and risk mitigation, as well as strategic corporate counseling.

Tax: Weil’s global Tax practice houses approximately 80 lawyers across the U.S., London, Paris, Munich and Frankfurt, delivering innovative, comprehensive and tax-efficient solutions on every type of domestic and cross-border transaction presenting significant tax issues, including complex M&A; private equity and fund formation matters; restructurings and recapitalisations; securitisations; real estate and REITs; and capital markets and other financing matters.

Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits: Weil’s Executive Compensation & Benefits practice based in the U.S. and U.K. advises clients on the legal and financial risks associated with compensation and benefit arrangements in M&A, private equity, private funds and restructuring transactions — many of which involve sensitive issues for senior management, transition planning and compensation.

Pro Bono: Weil is widely recognised for its Pro Bono practice, ranking among the best firms for pro bono in the U.K. by Legal Week and named Best International Firm for Pro Bono by Euromoney Americas Women in Business Law Awards. To date, the Firm has performed more than 1 million pro bono hours.

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Zachary Tripp photo Zachary Tripp Co-Head of Weil’s national Appeals and Strategic Counseling practice
Andrew Tulumello photo Mr Andrew Tulumello Co-Head of Weil’s national Complex Commercial Litigation practice
Steven Tyrrell photo Mr Steven Tyrrell Co-Head of Weil’s White Collar Defense, Regulatory and Investigations practice
Jeff White photo Mr Jeff White