Firm Profile > Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP > New York, United States

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
767 5TH AVENUE
NEW YORK, NY 10153
United States

Corporate governance Tier 1

Led out of New York by Howard Dicker, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s public company advisory group stands out for its strength in providing ‘thoughtful advice and guidance on complex, oftentimes sensitive issues’ to a varied client base of public companies and not-for-profit organizations. The team is noted for its significant firepower in the securities regulation and disclosure space, where it brings together the expertise of former SEC staff members, including Washington DC-based duo P.J. Himelfarb and Adé Heyliger, and a number of highly regarded securities litigators. In addition, the department regularly acts in conjunction with other of the firm's teams on M&A transactions, initial public offerings, and restructuring matters. ‘Smart and dedicated attorneyLyuba Goltser (New York) is well versed in issues relating to boards, such as fiduciary duty breaches, board structure, and ESG matters, among others. Former practice co-head Ellen Odoner retired from the partnership at the end of 2020.

Practice head(s):

Howard Dicker

Other key lawyers:

Lyuba Goltser; Adé Heyliger; P.J. Himelfarb

Testimonials

‘Depth of knowledge and experience, thought leadership and responsiveness. Extraordinary!’

‘Pragmatic, available and accessible partners and associates who provide thoughtful advice and guidance on complex, oftentimes sensitive issues. Great representation of talented, best-in-class practitioners.’

‘Weil’s public company governance team has deep knowledge related to issues pertaining to board of directors and governance matters.’

‘Extremely responsive. The right balance of confidence with humility. A real pleasure to work with. This applies to both Lyuba Goltser and Howard Dicker.’

‘Lyuba Goltser is a smart and dedicated attorney with deep knowledge in the area of public company governance.’

Key clients

Annaly Capital Management

Apergy

Briggs & Stratton

Brooks Brothers

Cardtronics

Churchill Capital

Dow

Dun & Bradstreet

Franklin Resources

IQVIA

Jefferies

Kroger

Legg Mason

Magellan Health

MarketAxess Holdings

Signet Jewelers

Thyrv

Vonage

Westinghouse

Willis Towers Watson

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

Based in New York, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP fields an employee benefits and executive compensation team with an excellent reputation for handling big-ticket M&A transactions, restructurings and bankruptcies. Recent highlights were for clients in the retail, financial services, manufacturing, energy and electronics sectors. Practice head Paul Wessel and Amy Rubin are well known for their expertise in handling the executive compensation issues of M&A, restructurings and IPOs, while Sarah Downie assists a roster of private fund sponsors with ERISA fiduciary compliance and prohibited transaction matters. Also recommended are Michael Nissan, a go-to name for advising private equity funds and their portfolio clients with management compensation arrangements, and Jennifer Britz, who focuses on issues pertaining to equity and incentive compensation plans and severance agreements.

Practice head(s):

Paul Wessel

Other key lawyers:

Amy Rubin; Sarah Downie; Michael Nissan; Jennifer Britz

Key clients

24 Hour Fitness

Advent International Corporation

AK Steel Corporation

Apergy Corporation

Black Knight, Inc.

Briggs & Stratton

Brookfield Asset Management

Brooks Brothers

Campbell Soup Company

ChargePoint, Inc.

Churchill Capital Corp III

Cornell Capital

Culligan International Company

Eli Lilly and Company

EQT Infrastructure

Exide Technologies

Fiera Infrastructure Inc.

Fortress Value Acquisition Corp.

Froneri International Limited

Genstar Capital

The Gores Group

Graycliff Partners

J. Crew Group

Lee Equity Partners

Legg Mason, Inc.

Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.

PG&E

Sanofi S.A.

SiriusXM

Speedcast International, Inc.

Topgolf International, Inc.

TPG

Willis Towers Watson PLC

WPX Energy, Inc.

Environment: transactional Tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP fields a well-established environmental practice that is adept at identifying and managing environmental risks both in the transactional context and beyond. Based in Washington DC, the team advises on the environmental aspects of all types of corporate transactions, ranging from M&A and financing deals to special projects involving real estate, infrastructure development, securities and warranties insurance. In addition to traditional corporate work, the team is also recognized for its historical track record in environmentally-sensitive restructuring and bankruptcy cases. Spearheading the department is Annemargaret Connolly, who is highly skilled at addressing environmental issues and potential liabilities to facilitate clients' business objectives. Environmental compliance is another area of activity for the group, which advises on all aspects of climate change and sustainability. Other contacts in DC include counsels Thomas Goslin, who is noted for his in-depth knowledge of the renewable and traditional power generation sector, and Matthew Morton who is trusted by clients from a variety of industries, such as chemicals, manufacturing and waste management. John O’Loughlin is another seasoned practitioner with more than three decades of experience dealing with government agencies.

Practice head(s):

Annemargaret Connolly

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Morton; Thomas Goslin; John O’Loughlin

Key clients

Apergy Corporation (n/k/a ChampionX Corporation)

The Blackstone Group

Brookfield Asset Management

Campbell Soup Company

Citi

Credit Suisse

Culligan International Company

Exide Holdings, Inc.

Emerald Performance Materials LLC

Froneri International Limited

Genstar Capital, LLC

Goldman Sachs

Knowlton Development Corporation (KDC/ONE)

Montagu Private Equity LLP

Morgan Stanley

Mudrick Capital Acquisition Corporation

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Pretium Packaging LLC

Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC

WPX Energy, Inc.

General commercial disputes Tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP fields a 'highly skilled and attentive' nationwide team representing clients in commercial disputes and class actions covering consumer fraud, unfair competition, IP infringement, trade secrets and bankruptcy. among other areas. Among recent highlights, a team led by David Lender (New York) obtained a defense jury verdict in an $800m antitrust class action for its client C&S Wholesale Grocers, and Diane Sullivan (New Jersey) and Edward Soto (Florida) successfully defended Repsol against a multibillion-dollar fraudulent conveyance and environmental tort claim in New Jersey. Gregory Silbert (New York) continues to defend Farmers Insurance in multiple cases across the US involving allegations that the company violated antitrust and RICO laws, including a case which Silbert won in the Eleventh Circuit regarding complaints filed in Utah, Indiana and Mississippi. Jared Friedmann (New York) is also a standout litigator, with a strong corporate defense practice.

Practice head(s):

David Lender; Gregory Silbert; Edward Soto

Other key lawyers:

Diane Sullivan; Jared Friedmann

Testimonials

‘Weil is very professional, organized, and prepared. Their work is top notch. Their strategic advice and experience gives the client a sense of confidence and comfort.’

Key clients

C&S Wholesale Grocers

Sears Holdings Corporation

Sanofi

Panasonic Corporation

Johnson & Johnson

ExxonMobil

Starbucks

ViacomCBS

BASF

Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc.

H&R Block

PG&E

Core-Mark Holding Company

Farmers Insurance

Rent the Runway

Ross Stores

AdColony

J. Crew

M&A litigation: defense Tier 1

Based in New York, the securities litigation practice at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, which is jointly led by highly regarded partners Joseph Allerhand and John Neuwirth, is active in state and federal courts across the country. The firm's market-leading expertise in appraisal disputes is just one key strand within the practice, which is consistently involved in emerging areas of deal-related litigation. Veteran litigator Jonathan Polkes scored a seminal win on behalf of Carlyle Group in litigation concerning the application of a material adverse effect clause triggered in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Neuwirth and Joshua Amsel successfully resolved a massive federal litigation on behalf of pharmaceutical giant Sanofi in disputes brought by contingent value rights holders following the company's $20.1bn acquisition of Genzyme Corporation. Up-and-coming partner Evert Christensen is playing a central role in the firm's defense of Fidelity National Financial in a $150m appraisal claim arising out of the company's $2.7bn acquisition of FGL Holdings. Greg Danilow retired at the end of 2019.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Allerhand; John Neuwirth

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Polkes; Evert Christensen; Joshua Amsel

Testimonials

‘The team manages to understand all aspects of your business and provides advice that is targeted for your company.’

‘We have entrusted Weil with our business for some time because we know that we will get top-tier service from all attorneys involved in our engagements. Since so many of our engagements ultimately involve dealing with shareholder issues and litigation, it is important to draw on a firm with a pronounced and dedicated securities litigation capability, which is one of the traits that distinguishes Weil from other firms, and their people in that space are particularly sharp.’

‘John Neuwirth, the co-head of Weil’s securities litigation practice, has been our lead lawyer. We have had nothing but great experiences with John. He is extremely intelligent, aggressive but sensible, and at the end of the day, always focused on the client. He understands and clearly conveys the business ramifications of litigation. In addition, Evert Christensen is a securities litigation partner who works closely with John, and has for several years. Evert has extremely high acumen. He is a very impressive lawyer.’

‘The firm has deep substantive knowledge coupled with a pragmatic willingness to roll up their sleeves and do the hard work to get results. Their corporate litigators are involved from the nascent stages of deal work with their transactional collogues to proactively manage litigation risk before potential disputes reach the courtroom. Unwavering credibility and judgment to boot.’

‘John Neuwirth has become the go-to guy as the leader the group, with a rare blend of judgement, smarts and guts. Josh Amsel and Evert Christenson are relatively younger partners who are well steeped in all aspects of Delaware law and can be trusted for bet the company litigation and everything in between. Joseph Allerhand remains the senior statesman of the group with unmatched experience and bona fides as a leading expert in this area.’

Key clients

Sanofi

Willis Towers Watson

Morgan Stanley

Walgreens Boots Alliance

Brookfield Asset Management

BTG Pactual

Fidelity National Financial

Jefferies Financial Group

J.C. Flowers

Eli Lilly

Merger control Tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is a go-to firm for high-profile, business-critical merger clearance and litigation, fielding a deep bench of specialists with extensive public and private-sector experience. The team handles major transactions in the tech and healthcare spaces, with standout clients including Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, and Walgreens. Moreover, it is regularly mandated as specialist antitrust counsel on major deals, a standout example of which was its global representation of Allergan in the $63bn acquisition by AbbVie. The vastly experienced Steven Newborn heads the team, and has continued his successful record in merger clearance; he led advice on the Allergan deal. Former senior FTC lawyer Jeffrey Perry is also a key player, regularly securing unconditional deal clearances for major clients. Michael Moiseyev joined from the FTC in April 2020, and specializes in healthcare and tech work, bringing a number of new clients and notably representing Microsoft in its acquisition of ZeniMax. Brianne Kucerik stands out on the more junior end of the partnership. She has experience defending large-scale mergers in a variety of industries before the DOJ and FTC, including a key role in the Allergan transaction. Megan Granger was promoted to the partnership in January 2020 in recognition of her strong contribution to the merger control team. All named lawyers are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Steven Newborn

Other key lawyers:

Jeffrey Perry; Michael Moiseyev; Brianne Kucerik; Megan Granger;

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories

AbbVie

BASF

Blackstone Capital Partners

Johnson & Johnson

Kinder Morgan

Microsoft

Sanofi

The Sherwin-Williams Company

Walgreens Boots Alliance

William Hill

Patents: licensing Tier 1

The team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP shoulders a substantial transactional caseload in addition to a busy stand-alone licensing practice. The group frequently joins forces with its corporate colleagues in M&A, private equity, finance, and restructuring to guide clients through strategic and often large-cap transactions, both in the US and abroad. The stand-alone practice includes portfolio acquisitions and divestitures, strategic alliances, research and developments agreements, as well as e-commerce and other commercial contracts. New York-based practice head Michael Epstein and his team are particularly active in the healthcare and life sciences sectors, including for e-health clients, with the consumer product and technology sectors as other especially prominent sectors. Charan Sandhu and Jeffrey Osterman complete the New York partner trio while Karen Ballack is the key contact in the Silicon Valley office.

Practice head(s):

Michael Epstein

Other key lawyers:

Charan Sandhu; Karen Ballack; Jeffrey Osterman

Testimonials

‘Weil’s team is a valued partner. They have a deep understanding of technology and vast legal experience. Their drafting and negotiation skills are first-rate, and importantly, the kind of people who you want to have on your side – ethical and professional.’

‘Karen Ballack is outstanding in legal knowledge and experience; one of the best drafters in the business.’

‘Charan Sandhu is a great strategist and has a deep understanding of her client’s business needs.’

‘Anne Capella has a deep understanding of patent issues; applies litigation experience to practical solutions.’

‘Marisa Geiger is super responsive; a great drafter and negotiator.’

‘Excellent IP transactions team. Deep knowledge of IP and licensing for a variety of transaction types.’

‘Sound judgement and negotiation skills, organization, clear thinking, and leadership.’

‘The level of expertise and attention to detail is extraordinary. I have worked with many firms and this is by far the most thorough group in which I have the utmost confidence.’

‘Karen Ballack and her team Alexa Clinton and Marisa Geiger are a force to be reckoned with! They are extremely knowledgeable and attentive to the needs of their clients.’

Key clients

American Securities

Benefytt Technologies, Inc.

The Blackstone Group

Campbell’s Soup Company

ChargePoint, Inc.

Churchill Capital Corp III

Eli Lilly and Company

Exide Technologies

Froneri International Limited

Healthcare Merger Corp.

Legg Mason, Inc.

L’Oreal USA, Inc.

MGM Resorts International

Montagu Private Equity

Wyndham Destinations, Inc.

Quest Diagnostics

Sanofi

SiriusXM

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has maintained its outstanding reputation for debtor-side work, displaying high-level expertise in exchange offers, debt for equity swaps and pre-packaged Chapter 11 cases, as well as conventional Chapter 11 reorganizations and international insolvencies involving multiple jurisdictions. In addition, the group is rapidly gaining notoriety in the creditor space, through its increasing representation of notable equity sponsors, ad hoc creditor groups and official committees of unsecured creditors. The New York-based team is jointly chaired by Gary HoltzerRay Schrock and Matt Barr. Other key practitioners include Garrett Fail, who assists with crisis management and corporate governance issues, and also turns his hand to domestic and international debt restructurings. The practice was recently strengthened by the promotions of Candace Arthur, Kevin Bostel and Andriana Georgallas to partner in January 2020. Renowned lawyer Marcia Goldstein retired from the firm in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Gary Holtzer; Ray Schrock; Matt Barr

Other key lawyers:

Garrett Fail; Candace Arthur; Kevin Bostel; Andriana Georgallas

Testimonials

‘Weil has a long history of expertise in restructuring. More than most firms, restructuring is an essential component of Weil’s DNA.’

‘Ray Schrock is absolutely top-notch. Great judgment; peerless in meetings; effective in court. Highly recommended.’

‘Weil’s corporate restructuring team is widely recognized, and they demonstrated to us that their reputation is well-earned. They provided simply exceptional service and output throughout the bankruptcy process.’

‘We were fortunate to have practice group chair Matt Barr lead our team, and our engagement was led on a day-to-day basis by counsel Scott Bowling. Both were unfailingly courteous, professional, and responsive, and both their advice and work product were phenomenal. Our entire team was extremely impressed by, and appreciative of, the outstanding work of Matt, Scott, and the rest of their team. Of particular additional note, Jessie Chiang led the documentation of our corporate restructure, and she skilfully led my business colleagues through the most technical details of our complex transaction with frequent and skilful communications.’

‘The platform delivers for clients because it is always able to provide a team that includes expert deal-making lawyers and extremely experienced and sophisticated bankruptcy practitioners that can manage every issue that may be encountered by a client.’

‘I have worked closely with all three current co-heads in the past year (and have known them each for over 20 years). They are all different in their style and focus, but are all excellent practitioners and bring to each one of their mandates the team that is the best fit for the client.’

‘Key partners supporting these co-heads who I think deserve special recognition are: Ronit Berkovich (one of the best creative and technically nuanced/ competent bankruptcy partners I have ever worked with), Paul Genender (litigation – excellent in the the management of the extemporaneous court room dynamic), Mariel Cruz (M&A -excellent negotiation perspective and nuanced approach), Alfredo Perez (solid, smart, calm partner who just gets it done -every time), Alex Welch (recently promoted partner who is an up-and-comer and runs a process like a seasoned professional), Scott Bowling (another one to watch) and many more.’

Key clients

Speedcast International Limited

CEC Entertainment, Inc.

Brooks Brothers Group, Inc.

VIVUS, Inc.

J.Crew Group, Inc.

Fieldwood Energy LLC

EP Energy Corporation

Chisholm Oil and Gas Operating, LLC

NPC International

24 Hour Fitness

Securities litigation: defense Tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York is recognized by clients for the dedication and specialization of its team, as well as the individual capabilities of its lawyers. The firm has a deep bench of partners focused exclusively on securities, breach of fiduciary and M&A litigation, regulatory matters and corporate governance disputes. Its role in high-profile matters that shape the future of the market was confirmed in 2020 when it secured a favourable settlement for Signet Jewelers in a consolidated multibillion-dollar securities class action involving multiple allegations of fraud. Veteran litigator Joseph Allerhand led that case with Stacy Nettleton, who is 'a stand-out junior partner with a bright future'. Allerhand and John Neuwirth, who is 'extremely intelligent, aggressive but sensible, and at the end of the day, always focused on the client', are co-heads of securities litigation. Up-and-coming partners Evert Christensen and Caroline Zalka, who handle both deal-related cases and securities fraud claims, are increasingly prominent in the market.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Allerhand; John Neuwirth

Other key lawyers:

Evert Christensen; Caroline Zalka; Stacy Nettleton

Testimonials

‘We have entrusted Weil with our business for some time because we know that we will get top-tier service from all attorneys involved in our engagements. Since so many of our engagements ultimately involve dealing with shareholder issues and litigation, it is important to draw on a firm with a pronounced and dedicated securities litigation capability, which is one of the traits that distinguishes Weil from other firms, and their people in that space are particularly sharp.’

‘John Neuwirth, the co-head of Weil’s Securities Litigation practice, has been our lead lawyer on all of our litigation engagements. We have had nothing but great experiences with John. He is extremely intelligent, aggressive but sensible, and at the end of the day, always focused on the client. He understands and clearly conveys the business ramifications of litigation. In addition, Evert Christensen is a securities litigation partner who works closely with John, and has for several years. Evert has extremely high acumen. He is a very impressive lawyer.’

‘The team has a depth of experience in the securities litigation space that is unparalleled. ’

‘Stacy Nettleton has an incredible way to bring a practical perspective into your litigation strategy. She has a wonderful presence in the court room and also a stand out presence in the boardroom. Stacy is a true professional.’

‘Gold standard in terms of substantive work and results fostered by a group of dedicated specialists who focus solely on business and securities litigation.’

‘John Neuwirth is well recognized as an expert in this field with countless dismissals and successes to back up that reputation. Stacy Nettleton is a stand-out junior partner with a bright future.’

Key clients

Sanofi

Carlyle Group

Signet Jewelers

BTG Pactual

lululemon athletica

Morgan Stanley

AMC Entertainment

Walgreens Boots Alliance

Willis Towers Watson

Sasol

Fidelity National Financial

Pilgrim’s Pride

Elanco Animal Health

Eli Lilly

Campbell Soup Company

Quad/Graphics

Jefferies Financial Group

Ascena Retail

J.C. Flowers & Co.

GMF Capital

Technology transactions Tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP's dedicated technology and IP transactions team handles a mix of standalone commercial and advisory mandates, as well as matters relating to corporate finance, M&A and restructurings. Standalone work includes outsourcing transactions, patent acquisitions, licensing agreements, strategic alliances, research and development collaborations, and internet related agreements. The team's industry expertise covers emerging technologies in the IT, software, transport, life sciences and healthcare sectors. Global head Michael Epstein has over 30 years' experience in the market. He is based in New York alongside Jeffrey Osterman and Charan Sandhu. In Silicon Valley, Karen Ballack is a strong choice for strategic advice on IP development and commercialization.

Practice head(s):

Michael Epstein

Other key lawyers:

Jeffrey Osterman; Charan Sandhu; Karen Ballack

Testimonials

 

Key clients

American Securities

Benefytt Technologies, Inc.

The Blackstone Group

Campbell’s Soup Company

ChargePoint, Inc.

Churchill Capital Corp III

Eli Lilly and Company

Exide Technologies

Froneri International Limited

Healthcare Merger Corp.

Legg Mason, Inc.

L’Oreal USA, Inc.

MGM Resorts International

Montagu Private Equity

Wyndham Destinations, Inc.

Quest Diagnostics

Sanofi

SiriusXM

US taxes: non-contentious Tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP handles the tax aspects of many of the most significant corporate and financing transactions in the market. Practice head Joseph Pari, who works between the firm’s offices in New York and Washington DC, leads a team of seasoned practitioners with expertise in major acquisitions, disposals, securitizations, REITs and fund formations for blue-chip corporates, financial institutions and asset management firms. Chapter 11 filings, and the associated reorganizations and restructurings, are a further key strength. Stuart Goldring, who serves on the executive committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Tax Section, is recommended for his deep knowledge of tax matters for financially troubled companies. The broadly experienced Chayim Neubort is another key figure at the New York office. Also recommended is Noah Beck, a seasoned transactional lawyer.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Pari

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Goldring; Mark Schwed; Chayim Neubort; Noah Beck

Advertising and marketing: litigation Tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP's multi-disciplinary team has core strengths in consumer class actions, false advertising and antitrust matters, with an impressive client roster including Sanofi, Stabucks and Johnson & Johnson. The practice is jointly led by Randi Singer, who is recommended for Lanham Act false advertising disputes, and Carrie Mahan, who is a key name for antitrust-related work and is especially active in the hospitality space, acting for high-profile clients such as Hilton. Singer is based in New York, while Mahan is in Washington DC. On the West Coast, Silicon Valley-based David Singh is recommended for consumer class action and false advertising matters.

Practice head(s):

Randi Singer; Carrie Mahan

Other key lawyers:

David Singh

Key clients

Johnson & Johnson

Hilton Domestic Operating Company, Inc.

NBA All-Star Zion Williamson

Sanofi

Starbucks

AdColony

Core-Mark

CareDx

Capital markets: debt offerings Tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has an established DCM practice, which complements the firm's wider expertise in private equity and restructuring. In 2020, the firm saw particular growth in debt offerings linked to liquidity constraints caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. In the latter part of 2020, the firm saw additional activity in high-yield debt, as private equity transactions gained momentum. While better known for issuer representation, the firm is gaining more traction on the underwriter side, thanks in part to the experience of Michael Hickey; he led the team that advised JP Morgan, as representative of the underwriters, on a $3bn senior unsecured notes offering by Occidental Petroleum Corporation. Another name to note is Corey Chivers, who has impressive connections to big-name corporate issuers and is designated underwriters' counsel for the likes of Microsoft. Frank Adams is also a frequent advisor on high-value and headline transactions for issuers, while Faiza Rahman is an emerging talent in investment grade and high-yield debt offerings. Alexander Lynch leads the capital markets team.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Lynch

Other key lawyers:

Michael Hickey; Corey Chivers; Frank Adams; Faiza Rahman

Testimonials

‘We have entrusted Weil with our business for several years because we know that we will get top-tier service from all attorneys involved in our engagements. Many of our capital markets engagements deal with complex corporate and financing structures, require bespoke solutions and are typically time sensitive. Weil always brings the right resources to bear, quickly and efficiently.’

‘Capital Markets head Alex Lynch and Capital Markets partner Frank Adams are the main points of contact with respect to these engagements. They are intelligent, commercial and practical in their negotiations. Alex and Frank, as well as their teams, know the market and are able to guide us on the best course of action in any given situation.’

‘The Weil capital markets and debt offerings team are unique in that they really get to know their client’s business and because of that they are in a position to negotiate with bank lawyers to get better provisions for our company. It happens multiple times in every negotiation against every bank and it is really impressive to watch. This brings them great credibility with company management and makes them indispensable in negotiating debt offerings.’

‘Frank Adams is the lead partner and always available 24/7 for consultation. He practical, down to earth, brings in subject matter experts when he needs and is as scrupulously ethical and honest as Abe Lincoln.’

Key clients

AK Steel Corporation

AMC Entertainment

Avolon Holdings Limited

Black Knight, Inc.

Blackboard Inc.

Campbell Soup Company

Citigroup

Deutsche Bank

Eli Lilly and Company

Fidelity National Financial

GameStop Corporation

Genworth Financial, Inc.

Goldman Sachs

Iron Mountain

Johnson & Johnson

JPMorgan

SoftBank Group

TE Connectivity

The Estee Lauder Companies

Tidewater Inc.

Willis Towers Watson

Capital markets: equity offerings Tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP landed a series of major equity mandates for big-name corporates in 2020, while also consolidating its prominence in the SPAC segment. In one standout matter, the team advised Dun & Bradstreet Holdings on its $1.98bn IPO and $400m concurrent private placement—one of the first major equity offerings to close after the Covid-19 outbreak. In addition, the firm's private equity practice also continues to deliver a steady pipeline of exit transactions and portfolio company fund raisings. The team remains better-known for issuer-side engagements, but has made solid progress on the underwriter side. Although largely industry agnostic, the firm has seen growth in healthcare IPO work. Alexander Lynch is noted for engagements from private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, and has an outstanding record in SPAC IPOs. Other names to note are Corey ChiversFaiza Rahman, an emerging talent for private equity-related deals; Heather Emmel, who focuses on SPAC transactions; and Michael Hickey, who is helping to develop the firm's underwriter relationships.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Lynch

Other key lawyers:

Corey Chivers; Faiza Rahman; Heather Emmel; Michael Hickey 

Key clients

Advent International

AK Steel Corporation

Avolon Holdings Limited

Barclays

Black Knight, Inc.

Campbell Soup Company

Cannae Holdings, Inc.

Ceridian HCM Holding Inc.

Churchill Capital Corp III

Citi

Deutsche Bank Securities

Dun & Bradstreet Holdings

Eli Lilly and Company

Fidelity National Financial

Foley Trasimene Acquisition Corp.

Fortress Value Acquisition Corp.

Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Gores Holdings

Healthcare Merger Corp.

Iron Mountain Incorporated

J.P. Morgan

Morgan Stanley

Sanofi S.A.

Softbank

TE Connectivity

Thomas H. Lee Partners

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

TPG

Trebia Acquisition Corp.

WPX Energy, Inc.

Copyright Tier 2

The team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP focuses exclusively on IP litigation and counseling, with significant work handling copyright infringement cases, DMCA safe harbor compliance, and music licensing disputes. Among its core clients, the team has had repeat engagements representing radio broadcasters and television networks. New York-based practice leader Benjamin Marks advises music streaming companies, social media platforms, ISPs, publishers, and radio and television broadcasters; he has a long track record of advising on high-risk claims regarding fair use doctrine, DMCA, and secondary liability matters. Randi Singer divides time between New York and Silicon Valley, and co-heads the firm's privacy and cybersecurity group; she has also handled major copyright claims for e-commerce and internet-based platforms.

Practice head(s):

Benjamin Marks

Other key lawyers:

Rani Singer

Testimonials

‘Responsiveness, excellent communication skills with clients, patience and insight on issues and expertise.’

‘Benjamin Marks is superb on copyright and intellectual property issues and represented our organizations for well over a decade.’

Key clients

Sirius XM Radio

Pandora Media

Alibaba Group

Getty Images

Facebook (including subsidiaries Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus)

Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, SAGE Publications

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

North American Concert Promoters Association

Spotify

eBay

Association of American Publishers

Twitter

Copyright Clearance Center

Hearst Communications

American Folk Art Museum

Healthcare: life sciences Tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has a significant presence in top-end life science transactions and litigation. Among its recent standout work, the team advised Eli Lilly on its negotiation with Gates Foundation to make its antibody therapies available and supplied to lower-income countries. Co-head and leading patent litigator Edward Reines acted alongside Derek Walter (both in Silicon Valley) in securing a complete, $24m verdict for Bio-Rad Laboratories and the University of Chicago in a patent infringement suit brought against 10X Genomics concerning certain genetic testing methods. In New York, co-head and fellow patent litigator Elizabeth Weiswasser represents leading clients in business-critical litigation concerning biologics, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and medical devices. Jeffrey Osterman focuses on commercial and technology transactions in the healthcare space.

Practice head(s):

Edward Reines; Elizabeth Weiswasser; Michael Epstein

Other key lawyers:

Derek Walter; Jeffrey Osterman

Key clients

Sanofi

Johnson & Johnson

AbbVie

Eli Lilly

Guardant Health

Illumina

Bio-Rad Laboratories

Pacific Biosciences

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Quest Diagnostics

International tax Tier 2

Recent workflows for Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s international tax practice have included tax-forward, global corporate restructurings in the oil and gas sector; exits in the for-profit healthcare space; and inbound investment structuring for prominent sovereign wealth funds. Kimberly Blanchard is a name to note for institutional investor work, having advised public pension funds on a suite of investments and recapitalizations. Greg Featherman acted on corporate and private equity-backed M&A and take-private transactions in the fintech sector. The team is also retained by a considerable number of SPACs, for which Devon Bodoh, practice head Joseph Pari and Mark Schwed handle big-ticket IPOs and forward purchase agreements. Schwed is also active on the REIT front, with a spate of $1bn+ deals under the belt. The tax group is split between New York and Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Pari

Other key lawyers:

Kimberly Blanchard; Greg Featherman; Devon Bodoh; Mark Schwed

Testimonials

‘A very smart and creative tax group.’

Key clients

Hour Fitness Worldwide, Inc.

Front Yard Residential Corporation

AK Steel Corporation

Genstar Capital, LLC

American Securities LLC

The Gores Group / Gores Metropoulos, Inc.

Apergy Corporation (n/k/a ChampionX Corporation)

Legg Mason

Berkshire Partners

Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.

Black Knight, Inc.

MGM Resorts

The Blackstone Group L.P.

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Brookfield Asset Management Inc.

PG&E

Brooks Brothers

PSP Investments

Campbell Soup Company

Legg Mason, Inc. YCEC Entertainment, Inc.

Sanofi S.A. N

Churchill Capital Corp III

SoftBank Group Corp.

CPP Investments N 29 SiriusXM

Dunn and Bradstreet Holdings, Inc.

Total S.A. N

Foley Trasimene Acquisition

TPG Capital/TPG Global

Froneri International Limited

Willis Towers Watson PLC

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

The New York-based team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is appreciated for being 'very thorough and bringing significant resources to the table'. It is sought out by large employers, in particular from the financial and professional services sectors. The group has considerable knowledge of discrimination and wage and hour class and collective actions, misconduct allegations and restrictive covenant actions. Practice head Gary Friedman is 'strategic, has an encyclopedic knowledge of applicable employment-related laws, and obtains results'. Jeffrey Klein has more than 35 years of experience, while Nicholas Pappas and counsels Ami Zweig and Celine Chan are also integral team members.

Practice head(s):

Gary Friedman

Other key lawyers:

Jeffrey Klein; Nicholas Pappas; Ami Zweig; Celine Chan; Quinn Christie

Testimonials

‘There is no finer team than the Labor and Employment team at Weil. From partner to associate, the Weil team provides top class legal services in terms of strategy and work product.’

‘Gary Friedman is an outstanding lawyer. He is strategic, has an encyclopedic knowledge of applicable employment-related laws, and obtains results. He works very well with clients, and makes an effort to understand our businesses. Gary also surrounds himself with associates who strive for the same level of excellence.’

‘Experienced, practical and user friendly. Nothing phases them because they have seen it all.’

‘Gary Friedman is a star. On many occasions I’ve called him with a difficult situation and each time he has delivered. He’s thoughtful and practical. Gary is also a hell of a nice guy.’

‘The team is very thorough and brings significant resources to the table. They work extremely hard and have quickly grasped particularly complex business operations.’

‘Gary Friedman has done an excellent job of keeping us informed in what is our first potential class action case. He’s done an admirable job leading his team and advising us on matters adjacent to the litigation in addition to the litigation itself.’

‘Quinn Christie and Ami Zweig have quickly become subject matter experts on the way our business operates and have been able to digest and organize copious amounts of varying and sometimes confusing data and organize it into a coherent narrative.’

‘The team is direct and detailed. When you are working with them, you know you have a highly talented group supporting you. The lead attorney for our company is Gary Friedman and I can say that without a doubt he is a highly regarded and trusted advisor to us. He is smart, strategic and can help you navigate even the most complex situation effortlessly.’

Key clients

Sterling Jewelers

Marsh & McLennan Companies and its Guy Carpenter subsidiary

Goldman Sachs

L3 Technologies (n/k/a L3Harris Technologies)

AlixPartners

Country Fresh

NBA Pro Basketball Player Zion Williamson

Air Methods

ScotiaBank

Epiq Systems

Creative Artists Agency

Mastercard

Ingevity

Community Brands

Elite Model Management

Briggs & Stratton

Vonage

Leading trial lawyers Tier 2

David Lender - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP New York partner David Lender has a varied trial practice, which includes sprawling class actions and multidistrict litigation. Lender is currently representing ExxonMobil in state and federal court cases across the country regarding the alleged environmental impact of its use of MTBE as an additive in gasoline. Highlights in the antitrust space include acting for H&R Block in seven lawsuits by plaintiffs alleging that the company attempted to enter agreements with its competitors that would lower employee wages and stifle career advancement.

M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has a prolific M&A offering, and has continued to record solid deal numbers, combining a regular flow of mandates from top clients including Eli Lilly, Maxim, and Magellan Health, with strong capabilities in handling major bet-the-company deals, generally. Corporate department chair Michael Aiello maintained his profile in the market as lead counsel to long-standing client Willis Tower Watson in relation to its pending merger with Aon, a major development in the risk advisory sector valued at $80bn. Elsewhere, the team has been active in the technology, fintech, and healthcare sectors, and also regularly works on restructuring-driven transactions and distressed M&A. Gavin Westerman and Mariel Cruz are both active in the firm's restructuring department and the corporate team. Senior partner Michael Lubowitz is another key team member, who represents clients in a variety of transactions, with a notable expertise in bulge-bracket work on behalf of major investment banks. Frederick Green is a respected senior figure, and has a broad practice across business combinations, securities transactions, and wider corporate advisory work, including activist investor issues and commercial matters. Matthew Gilroy is a highly rated younger partner with a strong deal sheet, having recently led on deals for Eli Lilly and Churchill Capital Corp. Jackie Cohen is also noted as an up-and-comer, with a diverse practice encompassing work for acquirers, targets, investors, and special committees on large-scale mergers, exits, and SPAC investments. All named lawyers are in New York.

Practice head(s):

Michael Aiello; Michael Lubowitz

Other key lawyers:

Gavin Westerman; Mariel Cruz; Frederick Green; Matthew Gilroy; Jackie Cohen

Testimonials

‘Diverse, talented group of practitioners. Representation of talented, best in class female partners. Collegiate teams that work seamlessly to drive outcomes and provide guidance and support in complex transactions. Excellent experience in advising and assisting to resolve interloper and activist engagement in complex transactions.’

Key clients

AK Steel Corporation

Apergy Corporation (n/k/a ChampionX Corporation)

Benefytt Technologies, Inc.

Brookfield Asset Management Inc.

Black Knight, Inc.

Campbell Soup Company

ChargePoint, Inc.

Churchill Capital Corp III

Discovery Communications, Inc.

Eli Lilly and Company

Emerald Performance Materials LLC

Fidelity National Financial, Inc.

Fiera Infrastructure Inc.

Fortress Value Acquisition Corp.

Front Yard Residential Corporation

Healthcare Merger Corp.

Legg Mason, Inc.

Magellan Health, Inc.

Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.

MCS

Quest Diagnostics Inc.

RealPage, Inc.

Sanofi S.A.

SiriusXM

Principal shareholders and directors of Skillz Inc.

SoftBank Group Corp.

Total S.A.

Willis Towers Watson PLC

Media and entertainment: litigation Tier 2

Based in New York, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP stands out in particular for its strength in copyright law, particularly in the music sector, though the team is also highly proficient in handling copyright matters in the publishing and photography segments. Benjamin Marks leads the practice and has been acting for Pandora in disputes concerning its royalty rates to musicians and record labels. Yehudah Buchweitz is another key name, with expertise in both commercial disputes and antitrust matters, and acting for clients including Viacom. Also recommended is Jessica Falk. Bruce Rich has retired.

Practice head(s):

Benjamin Marks

Other key lawyers:

Yehudah Buchweitz; Jessica Falk

Key clients

Sirius XM Radio

Pandora Media

Getty Images

CBS Corp.

S&P Global

North American Concert Promoters Association

Facebook (including subsidiaries Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus)

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Leonard Lauder

Association of American Publishers

Spotify

Twitter Inc.

Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, SAGE Publications

Discovery Communications

A&E Networks

Alibaba

Creative Artists Agency and Zion Williamson

The Spectator (1828), Ltd

Hearst Communications

Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP stands out through its combination of in-depth technology and life sciences sector knowledge and comprehensive patent disputes offering, with the strong district court experience and PTAB practice , especially in inter partes reviews, combining well with the team's Federal Circuit and ITC investigations skills. The locations of practice heads Brian Ferguson in Washington DC, Edward Reines in Silicon Valley and Elizabeth Weiswasser in New York indicates the national scope of the practice, with recent highlights also including a number of cross-border matters, for example involving Japan, China or France. Garland Stephens and Doug McClellan are the key contacts in the Houston office. Derek Walter in Silicon Valley is particularly effective in life sciences litigation.

Practice head(s):

Brian Ferguson; Edward Reines; Elizabeth Weiswasser

Other key lawyers:

Anish Desai; Derek Walter; Garland Stephens; Doug McClellan; Anne Cappella

Testimonials

‘Weil is without question one of the very best patent law firms in the US! They did a fantastic job! They had total credibility with the judges.’

‘Garland Stephens is amazingly smart and very, very experienced both in bringing and defending patent infringement actions. I have seen him argue several times before the PTAB and the Federal Circuit and he was outstanding.’

‘Judges love Ed Reines. Total credibility. Excellent trial skills.’

Key clients

General Electric

Sanofi

Johnson & Johnson

Hewlett-Packard, Inc.

Bio-Rad Laboratories

Illumina

Nuance Communications

LiquidPower Specialty Products, Inc.

Pacific Biosciences

Guardant Health

Altria

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

AbbVie

Oracle

Private equity buyouts Tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP stands out for its strong share of work from a number of major private equity funds, with regular representations of Blackstone, Advent International, and Providence, among others. The team handles a variety of complex buyouts, sales, restructurings, and minority investments, and has been particularly active in the SPAC market during 2020, with its representation of Gores Holdings IV in its $16.1bn combination of UWM being a standout transaction in the space. The practice group is jointly led by New York's Doug Warner, who has extensive expertise in in leveraged buyouts and disposals in the US and Europe, acting for the likes of TPG and Centrebridge; and Boston-based Kevin Sullivan, who leads the team's relationship with Providence and affiliated funds, and regularly represents other of the team's key clients. Sullivan also stands out for his role in establishing the firm's Global PE Watch tool, a notable innovation providing market intelligence to funds and investors. New York's Christopher Machera has continued to build his reputation as an emerging market leader, advising Blackstone on a number of transactions, including the $3.2bn sale of Vivint to Sunrun; while Boston's Shayla Harlev is noted for her productive relationship with Berkshire Partners, as well as her recruitment of Charlesbank as a new client, further bolstering the firm's portfolio.

Practice head(s):

Doug Warner; Kevin Sullivan

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Marchera; Shayla Harlev

Key clients

Advent International

American Securities

AMP Capital

Antin Infrastructure Partners

Apollo Infrastructure

Aterian Investment Partners

Berkshire Partners

Blackstone

Centerbridge Partners

Cornell Capital

CPPIB

CVC Capital Partners

EQT Infrastructure

Genstar Capital

GI Partners

Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division

The Gores Group

J.C. Flowers & Co

Lee Equity Partners

Oak Hill Capital Partners

OMERS Private Equity

Providence Equity Partners/Providence Strategic Growth Partners

PSP Investments

Snow Phipps

Softbank Group/Softbank Vision Fund

Susquehanna Growth

TCV

Thomas H. Lee Partners

Thompson Street

TPG and TPG Growth

Trive Capital

Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP handles matters across the spectrum of fund formation, and is active in both high-end and middle-market deals, acting for well-known names like Brookfield as well as emerging managers working in the middle-market. Buyout funds are a key area of work for the firm, both in terms of their mid-market and large-scale clients, with notable recent instructions including Lee Equity Partner's third fund, which closed at $803m; Brookfield Capital Partners V, a $9bn fund; and Altas Partners Holdings II, which reached $3bn in commitments, the latter of which was handled by practice head Jonathon Soler. Soler focuses predominantly on sponsor-side work, particularly fund formation and operational matters, and also has an investor-side practice. Andrew Chizzik leads the firm's work for Brookfield Asset Management and handles several of the team's largest matters, such as the $20bn formation of Brookfield Infrastructure Fund IV. Stephanie Srulowitz is also recommended for fund formation, in addition to advising sponsors on carried interest sharing and other governance issues, as well as secondary transactions. All lawyers are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Jonathon Soler

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Chizzik; Stephanie Srulowitz

Key clients

22C Capital

Altamont Capital Partners

Altas Partners

American Securities

Backcast Partners

Berkshire Partners

Brookfield Asset Management

Centre Partners Management

Cohesive Capital Partners

Crow Holdings Capital Partners

Genstar Capital

Graycliff Partners

IFM Investors

Jadian Capital

JLL Partners

Lee Equity Partners

Lindsay Goldberg

Mubadala Investment Company

Snow Phipps Group

Strattam Capital

Stripes Group

TPG Global

WindRose Health Investors

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

With a breath of experience in product liability work Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP  has assisted industry-leading companies in complex consumer class actions and mass torts. The firm can also draw on extensive regulatory expertise, advising clients and representing them in proceedings before relevant agencies and commissions. Moreover, the team has been praised for its 'client-centric approach'.  Following Arvin Maskin’s retirement in December 2020, acclaimed trial lawyer Diane Sullivan in Princeton now leads the group together with David Singh in Silicon Valley, who acts for some of the practice’s most high-profile clients. Silicon Valley-based Bambo Obaro was promoted to partner in January 2020 and plays a key role in several core matters.

Practice head(s):

Diane Sullivan; David Singh

Other key lawyers:

Theodore Tsekerides; Bambo Obaro

Testimonials

‘Weil Gotshal & Manges has great legal networks and they are very professional to propose legal strategy. We feel very secured by seeing their professional service, such as their legal documents and negotiation with plaintiffs.’

‘I would recommend David Yohai, David Singh, David H. Leslie, Audrey Stano.’

Weil Gotshal & Manges always takes a client-centric approach and they listen to our needs and wants and provide us with the practive solutions. We were impressed by their professional service. Weil Gotshal & Manges came over to Japan to have interviews with our relevant employees for the class action, and they quickly understand the complex business and technical issues, and the way they conduct the interview is very professional.’

Key clients

Johnson & Johnson

Procter & Gamble

Exxon Mobil

Repsol, S.A.

Tarkett Sports

PG&E Corporation

Panasonic Corporation of North America

Starbucks

Core-Mark

Dometic Corporation

PetroChina International (America)

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP combines broad industry coverage with extensive first chair trial experience and regulatory expertise to defend clients in a wide range of product liability and toxic tort disputes. This includes litigation commenced by states and municipalities, state attorney actions and nationwide consumer class actions. The team acts for clients in high-profile issues such as the talcum powder litigation, or disputes related to plastic pollution. Arvin Maskin, long at the helm of the firm’s practice, retired in December 2020. New Jersey-based Diane Sullivan, a star in the product liability and toxic torts space, now leads the practice together with recognized litigator David Singh in California. Bambo Obaro, who is involved in a wide array of product liability matters, was promoted to partner in January 2020.

Practice head(s):

Diane Sullivan; David Singh

Other key lawyers:

Theodore Tsekeredis

Testimonials

‘Communicative and supportive. Great outcomes.’

Key clients

Johnson & Johnson

Procter & Gamble

Exxon Mobil

Repsol, S.A.

Tarkett Sports

PG&E Corporation

Panasonic Corporation of North America

Starbucks

Core-Mark

Dometic Corporation

PetroChina International (America)

Real estate Tier 2

At Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, a key distinguisher is the heavy emphasis on real estate-related restructuring, which also often sees the team involved in M&A and spin-offs. In addition, the group also counts its joint venture work as a defining trait, working on single asset and portfolio acquisitions of all asset classes via structures such as bridge and preferred equity, forward purchases and cutting-edge hybrid structures. The representation of REITs and real estate funds is also a strength for the group, which has recently advised on numerous fund formations for Opportunity Zone investments, calling upon the firm’s dedicated private funds departments in New York and London to complement its offering in this space. New York-based duo Michael Bond and Philip Rosen jointly chair the practice; the former provides the team with development and leasing expertise, while the latter is recommended for his hospitality and gaming practice which supplements the group’s core asset expertise in the office, co-working platform, retail, student, logistics and mixed-use segments.

Practice head(s):

Michael Bond; Philip Rosen

Other key lawyers:

Evan Levy; David Herman

Testimonials

‘I find their team to be very responsive and knowledgeable.  What I particularly like is their ability to focus on what issues are must haves and what issues may perhaps not be standard, but can be conceded if the deal team does not believe they are worth fighting for.’

‘Weil is able to involve lawyers with whatever specialty we have required on a deal.’

Key clients

24 Hour Fitness

AIG

Amherst Holdings, LLC

Atalaya Capital Management LP

Belmond Ltd.

The Blackstone Group

Brookfield Asset Management Inc.

C-III Asset Management

Cain International

CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.

Centerbridge Partners

Colony Capital

Dwight Capital

Fortress Credit Corporation

Front Yard Residential Corporation

HEI Hotels & Resorts

J. Crew

JZ Capital

King Street Capital

LendLease Group

Madison International Realty, LLC

MGM Resorts International

The Moinian Group

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

OPTrust

PropCap Advisors

Sears Holdings

SoftBank Group Corp.

Topgolf International, Inc.

TPG Global

Walnut Capital Management

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) Tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has deep experience in IPOs and follow-on offerings, private placements of debt and equity, public debt issuances and M&A. The firm has developed a strong relationship with Brookfield Asset Management, having advised the client on transactions with a total value surpassing $40bn. Other key clients include CBL, Iron Mountain and Sears Holdings. Michael Bond and Philip Rosen co-head the firm from its New York office. Also recommended in the team are Evan Levy, who has broad experience in financing and securities offerings, and David Herman, who focuses on M&A, restructuring and dispositions, with a particular emphasis on the retail sector.

Practice head(s):

Michael Bond; Philip Rosen

Other key lawyers:

Evan Levy; David Herman

Testimonials

‘Evan Levy is our relationship partner. He is smart and experienced.’

Key clients

AIG

The Blackstone Group

Brookfield Asset Management Inc.

CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.

Colony Capital

Front Yard Residential Corporation

Herald Square Properties

Iron Mountain Incorporated

MGM Resorts International

OUTFRONT Media

Sears Holdings

Silverpeak Real Estate Partners

Structured finance: securitization Tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP's New York-based securitization team is known for its track record in whole-business securitizations and transactions involving esoteric assets, such as music royalties. The group is also highly active in the CLO space, with a number of major fund-side clients. Practice head Frank Nocco leads on much of the esoteric work, with recent highlights including the securitization of diamond inventories and in an asset-backed medium term note offering effected by a bankrupt company. Shawn Kodes' broad-based practice covers auto loans and leases, as well as US and foreign trade receivables. Jason Smith has experience in structuring rental care fleet financings, and vehicle and equipment lease securitizations.

Practice head(s):

Frank Nocco

Other key lawyers:

Shawn Kodes; Jason Smith

Key clients

American Securities LLC

Apollo Credit Management

BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Limited

Blackstone

BlueBay Asset Management

Brigade Capital Management

Brookfield Asset Management Inc.

Caribbean Financial Group

The Carlyle Group

CELF Advisors LLP

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC

Delaware Life Insurance Company

Fair Oaks Capital Ltd

Goldman Sachs

GreensLedge Capital Markets LLC

Guggenheim Partners / Guggenheim Securities

Hertz Global Holdings, Inc.

Lendmark Financial Services, LLC

Libremax

Oaktree Capital Management (Europe) LLP

OnDeck

Providence Equity Partners

SkillSoft Corporation

Tempo Music Investments, LLC

Thomas H. Lee Partners

Telecoms and broadcast: transactions Tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has a strong track record in mergers and takeovers, equity investment and bankruptcies, acting for a range of telecoms, broadband and broadcasting companies. Michael Aiello chairs the corporate department and advises and has an active public companies practice with a number of clients active in these sectors. Fellow practice head Frederick Green is an expert in corporate and securities transactions, with a particular focus on telecoms infrastructure. Michael Lubowitz, is another key name and recognized here for his transactional work in the wireless and wireline spaces. All lawyers are based in New York. Former practice head Howard Chatzinoff has retired.

Practice head(s):

Michael Aiello; Fred Green

Other key lawyers:

Michael Lubowitz

Key clients

Apax Partners

Antin Infrastructure

Apollo Infrastructure

Berkshire Partners

Discovery, Inc.

Fiera Infrastructure

FirstLight Fiber

GI Partners

Goldman Sachs

Guggenheim Securities

Picture Head Holdings

Providence Equity Partners

PSP Investments

Scripps Network Interactive

Speedcast International

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

Covering the full litigation life-cycle, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP acts for plaintiffs and defendants in a range of trade secret and restricted covenant matters. The firm has a deep bench of expertise across relevant disciplines, including employment, technology, IP and patent work, which it combines with its broad geographic coverage, across the US and abroad. First-chair trial lawyer Gary Friedman in New York is an expert in labor and employment law issues in the area; he co-leads the practice with Dallas-based Paul Genender, who specializes in commercial litigation. Also notable is experienced litigator Bambo Obaro, who is based in Silicon Valley and frequently represents clients in complex technology cases.

Practice head(s):

Gary Friedman; Paul Genender

Other key lawyers:

Jeffrey Klein; Bambo Obaro

Testimonials

‘The distinguishing attributes of the Weil, Gotshal & Manges team includes: superior intellectual skills matched by equally impressive command of the law, an uncompromising commitment to the “win”, interest in developing younger lawyers capable of operating at the Weil performance expectation level, and perhaps most importantly, guided by an acutely calibrated moral compass – doing the “right thing” in the “right way”.’

‘Paul Genender’s knowledge of the law and its practice are unimpeachable. I have observed his preparation and his work including a number of highly contentious depositions, court hearings, and difficult negotiations with opposing counsel. All were handled in superlative fashion and all contributed to acquiring the win.’

Key clients

Marsh & McLennan Companies and its Guy Carpenter subsidiary

L3 Technologies (n/k/a L3Harris Technologies)

AlixPartners

Creative Artists Agency

S&P Global Platts

Internetwork Expert

Sena Lifestyle Studio

FleetPride, Inc.

Varian Medical Systems

Workplace and employment counseling Tier 2

The New York-based group at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has established itself as a go-to name for the management teams of large corporations across various industries; key clients include Goldman Sachs, the Creative Artists Agency and Mastercard. Areas of experience include compliance audits, workforce reductions and terminations as well as training sessions and whistleblower matters. The team is led by the 'incredibly knowledgeable' Gary Friedman, who is an expert in conducting internal investigations arising from a variety of allegations. Jeffrey Klein has notable experience in the sports sector, and Nicholas Pappas and counsel Ami Zweig are also integral team members.

Practice head(s):

Gary Friedman

Other key lawyers:

Jeffrey Klein; Nicholas Pappas; Ami Zweig

Testimonials

‘Gary Friedman is an excellent lawyer. He is smart and has great technical knowledge, but more importantly, he is incredibly pragmatic and understands that there are often commercial factors that are important to keep in mind. He has been our trusted adviser on employee issues for over a decade. He is truly first rate.’

‘Gary Friedman is a fantastic lawyer. He is incredibly knowledgeable and has subject matter expertise, and he is a great communicator and is thoughtful in his approach. These situations, particularly with respect to employees, can have an emotional element to them, but Gary is a calm and steady voice in the face of that.’

‘ Solid team with a deep bench.’

‘Gary Friedman is a true professional. He has seen it all. As such, he has a tremendous demeanor and provides sound, practical advice. He’s great in a pinch. Moreover, he is responsive and personally engaged. In sum, Gary is the best employment lawyer that I have dealt with.’

Key clients

Mastercard Inc.

Signet Jewelers

Creative Artists Agency

NBA Pro Basketball Player Zion Williamson

Ingevity

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Goldman Sachs

Annaly Capital Management

Scotiabank

FleetPride, Inc.

Willis Towers Watson

The Trump Group

Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings Tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP recorded a strong performance in 2020, thanks in part to the surge in acquisition financing activities among its private equity clients. The firm maintains an outstanding corporate issuer client base that regularly accesses the high-yield debt markets. Given the nature of the firm's prestigious client base, it is active in both domestic and international offerings. Though it is better known for issuer engagements, the team is gaining ground on the underwriter side, an areas where emerging talent Michael HickeyCorey Chivers is an experienced capital markets specialist with an impressive record in high-yield debt deals. Heather Emmel is also making an impression in the high-yield space. Alexander Lynch leads the wider capital markets group.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Lynch

Other key lawyers:

Michael Hickey; Corey Chivers; Heather Emmel

Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 3

On the defense side of antitrust litigation, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP specializes in the application of antitrust laws to music licensing, patent and other IP-related disputes. Handling civil and criminal cases in state and federal courts across the US, the 'collaborative and engaged’ practice also frequently defends clients in suits alleging collusion, illegal pricing and restraints of trade, as well as monopolization claims. In Washington DC, group head Steven Newborn and Carrie Mahan routinely act as lead counsel in multi-district litigations. Other standout practitioners include Adam Hemlock and Eric Hochstadt, both of whom are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Steven Newborn

Other key lawyers:

Carrie Mahan; Adam Hemlock; Eric Hochstadt

Testimonials

‘I find Weil to be efficient relative to their competitors and they really value client relationships. Repeat work matters to them and building trust and loyalty is something that is intrinsic across the firm.’

‘The team at Weil is collaborative and engaged across the firm – they do not work in silos and where expertise sits in a group beyond the one the main matter sits in they introduce and utilise appropriately experienced practitioners to drive outcomes.’

‘There is a disproportionate number of super talented women at Weil across practice areas who make for diverse teams which I appreciate.’

‘I found them cost-effective and practical in their approach.’

‘Strong antitrust litigation practice, comparable to Dechert and some other firms.’

‘Carrie Mahan is an excellent lawyer that is fully committed to her clients. Eric Hochstadt is also an outstanding lawyer.’

Key clients

Bridgestone

Bio-Rad Laboratories

GrubHub

Hilton

H&R Block

Marelli (f/k/a Calsonic Kansei)

Nuance Communications

Panasonic

Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Saks Fifth Avenue

Torrent Pharma, Inc.

ViacomCBS

Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 3

Led from Texas by Rodney Moore  (who splits his time between Dallas and Houston) and also regularly drawing upon the expertise of corporate and finance practitioners based out of the firm's New York headquarters, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP's 'thorough and thoughtful' oil and gas transactions team is well equipped to resource big-ticket and often complex mandates throughout the value chain. Benefiting from deeply entrenched private equity relationships, as well as strong and developed ties with many public and private oil and gas companies, the team stands out in upstream and midstream oil and gas-related M&A and joint venture mandates. Working in harness with New York corporate heavyweight Michael Aiello, Moore recently played a pivotal role in the firm's work for French multinational integrated oil and gas company, Total, on its $4bn acquisition of all of the oil and natural gas assets, liabilities, businesses and operations of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in Mozambique and South Africa. The team is also well placed to pick up a significant flow of work as a result of the major economic harm the sector suffered as a result of the pandemic, both in terms of distressed M&A, as well as formal insolvency and restructuring mandates, by dint of the firm's market-leading insolvency offering.

Practice head(s):

Rodney Moore

Other key lawyers:

Jeff Malonson; Samuel Peca

Testimonials

The firm provides a high level of specialized expertise and experience.’

‘The team is extremely thorough and displays a thoughtful approach.’

Key clients

Aethon Energy Management

Apergy Corporation

Basic Energy Services, Inc.

ChampionX Corporation

Cresta Energy LLC

Discovery Midstream Partners LLC

Emerge Energy Services L.P.

EP Energy Corporation

Epic Midstream

Gavilan Resources, LLC

Halcón Resources Corporation

HPS Investment Partners

Kinder Morgan

Kingfisher Midstream, LLC

Old Ironside Energy

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Total S.A.

WPX Energy, Inc.

Media and entertainment: transactional Tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP handles a full range of M&A, joint venture, private equity investments, and corporate finance, for clients in the areas of TV, film, music and new media. Howard Chatzinoff co-chairs the practice and has currently been very active advising Discovery and Major League Baseball on joint ventures. Also recommended are senior partner Michael Lubowitz, and Jackie Cohen, who is highly skilled in M&A, divestitures and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Howard Chatzinoff; Michael Lubowitz

Other key lawyers:

Jeffrey Osterman; Jackie Cohen

Key clients

AMC Entertainment Inc.

Discovery Communications, Inc.

Goldman Sachs, Inc.

LBI Media, Inc.

Liberty Media Corporation

Major League Baseball Players Association

MGM Resorts International

Picture Head Holdings, LLC

Providence Equity Partners

Scripps Network Interactive

SiriusXM

Skillz Inc.

Starz, Inc.

Thryv Holdings, Inc.

TPG Global, LLC

Shareholder activism Tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP's public company advisory group has experience in shareholder engagement and proxy contests. Corporate group chair Michael Aiello in New York has notable takeover defense experience; Adé Heyliger is a standout practitioner in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Michael Aiello

Other key lawyers:

Adé Heyliger

Sport Tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP‘s multidisciplinary practice group handles a wide range of litigation and disputes, representing major league athletes, professional organizations, teams, and team staff. The firm is representing Zion Williamson in connection with a multimillion-dollar ongoing dispute and litigation arising out of an agreement entered into, prior to turning professional. In addition, the team has experience in labor and employment matters, with practice head Jeffrey Klein taking the lead in representing numerous college football coaches in high-profile employment disputes. Alongside Klein, Yehudah Buchweitz and Eric Hochstadt also jointly lead the practice. Buchweitz’s expertise is in complex commercial litigation, with a specific focus on sports broadcasting, while Hochstadt focuses on civil antitrust matters and class actions. Andrew Tulumello joined the team from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in June 2021. All named lawyers are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Klein; Yehudah Buchweitz; Eric Hochstadt

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Tulumello

Key clients

Zion Williamson (NBA #1 Draft Pick)

Creative Artists Agency

CBS Corporation

Providence Equity Partners

Topgolf International

Major League Baseball Players Association

Jim Harbaugh

Trademarks: litigation Tier 3

The ‘incredibly knowledgeable’ trademark litigation team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is a key resource for clients operating in the digital media landscape, including music streaming companies, social media platforms, and major radio and television broadcast corporations. Based in New York, head of the IP practice Benjamin Marks is a highly experienced trademark litigator for a number of notable clients in the financial services sector, and has expertise in digital rights management matters. Splitting her time between New York and Silicon Valley, ‘highly responsive, direct, and super smartRandi Singer specializes in trademark litigation and false advertising. Additionally, New York-based partner Jessica Falk is known for her litigation experience on fair use and alleged DMCA violations. In January 2020 Bruce Rich retired.

Practice head(s):

Benjamin Marks

Other key lawyers:

Randi Singer; Jessica Falk

Testimonials

Incredibly knowledgeable! Extremely fast turnaround times and topnotch work product.

 

Excellent legal advice with a high-touch focus that feels like a smaller firm.

 

Randi Singer is highly responsive, direct, and super smart. She gets the business context.

Key clients

American International Group

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Alibaba

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.

The Spectator (1828) Ltd.

Facebook

eBay

Hilton Domestic Operating Company

CareDx

Sanofi

Cartel Tier 4

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP‘s antitrust services include the representation of clients in government investigations, amnesty proceedings, and international investigation coordination. Adam Hemlock in New York and the Washington DC-based Steven Newborn head the department, which places an emphasis on assisting Japanese clients with US-led antitrust investigations and has been particularly active of late in the electronics space. Associate Kayleigh Golish (New York) offers key support to the cartel practice, from investigations right through to follow-on litigation.

Practice head(s):

Adam Hemlock; Steven Newborn;

Other key lawyers:

Kayleigh Golish;

Key clients

Bridgestone

Marelli (f/n/a Calsonic Kansei)

Chemtrade Logistics Income Fund

Panasonic

ERISA litigation Tier 4

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP defends plan sponsors in defined contribution fiduciary breach litigation, health plan litigation and DOL enforcement actions. New York-based Jeffrey Klein and Nicholas Pappas are the main contacts.

International trade Tier 4

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP runs a strong CFIUS practice, with the international trade team often collaborating with the firm’s highly regarded M&A and private equity groups. The department’s recent investment work stands out in sectors such as financial services, technology, and manufacturing, among others. Practice head Theodore Posner has longstanding broad experience working for the government as well as in private practice; his expertise also stands out in relation to issues arising at the junction of trade law and policy, in addition to trade-related dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Theodore Posner

Key clients

Chevron Corporation

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Company

The Williams Cos.

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board

Brookfield Asset Management

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

Traditionally, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has a discernable strength in handling appeals in all federal circuit courts. However, of recent note, the group’s growing appetite for US Supreme Court work manifested itself in its high-profile appearance on behalf of the petitioners in Republic of Hungary v Simon, a case raising complex jurisdictional questions pertaining to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act and international comity; Gregory Silbert led on the appellate effort. The department is led out of New York and Washington DC, respectively by Silbert and the 'extremely quick-thinking' Zachary Tripp. In addition, the firm has presence in Silicon Valley, where Edward Reines specializes in IP appeals.

Practice head(s):

Gregory Silbert; Zachary Tripp

Other key lawyers:

Adam Banks; Edward Reines

Testimonials

‘Zack Tripp is phenomenal. He is extremely quick-thinking, he writes beautifully, and he gets right to what matters. He knows the US Supreme Court especially well. We retained Zack to write a couple briefs for us this year and they were excellent — well-designed, well-researched, and altogether persuasive.’

Key clients

Signet Jewelers Ltd.

C&S Wholesale Grocers

Willis Towers Watson plc

Sterling Jewelers, Inc.

Illumina, Inc.

Farmers Insurance Group

Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.

Westinghouse Electric Corporation

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Morgan Stanley

Pandora Media

Getty Images, Inc.

Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.

HP Inc.

Sanofi S.A.

Bridgestone Corporation

Commercial lending

The team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP showcases impressive breadth of service, acting for investment banks, private equity firms and corporate borrowers in all types of financings. Many of the largest investment banks, including Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank, consult the firm for assistance in their capacity as arrangers, while the firm also aids a number of private equity firms with acquisition financing and dividend recapitalizations. The firm's focus on the borrower side is high-value investment-grade transactions. As a recent example, in 2020 the team worked with General Electric Company on a $15bn senior unsecured revolving credit facility. Based in New York, Daniel Dokos and Douglas Urquhart lead the practice group. Other key team members include Morgan Bale, who focuses on representing banks in cross-border acquisition financings, and Heather Viets, who in recent years has developed a strong reputation as a generalist finance lawyer.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Dokos; Doug Urquhart

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘Responsive and agile – the team is able to digest and provide guidance and advice on complex structures and security issues efficiently and in a way that can be understood by the client. The way the team works drives better instructions and therefore superior outcomes more cost efficiently than their competitor firms.’

‘Doug Urquhart and Sabrina Lyon are technically excellent, accessible, responsive and highly engaged – you always feel like the only deal notwithstanding how busy they truly are.’

Key clients

Advent International Corporation

Deutsche Bank

Alaska Air Group, Inc.

Doncasters Group

American Securities

Forest City Enterprises, L.P.

Avolon Holdings Limited

Goldman Sachs

Berkshire Partners

J.Crew Group, Inc.

Briggs & Stratton Corporation

JP Morgan Chase

Brookfield Asset Management

Kayne Anderson

Campbell Soup Company

Lee Equity Partners

Cardtronics

Lindsay Goldberg

Ceridian HCM Holding Inc.

Morgan Stanley

Citi

Providence Equity Partners/Providence Strategic Growth

Cornell Capital

Thomas H. Lee Partners

Credit Suisse

Westinghouse Electric Company

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

The white-collar defense, regulatory and investigations team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP acts for major corporations, financial institutions and individuals in a range of investigations, enforcement matters and litigation. Key areas of focus include criminal antitrust law, securities violations, FCPA matters, environmental crime, cyber security and economic sanctions. The team is headed by Steven Tyrrell in Washington DC and Christopher Garcia in New York. Tyrell is well versed in multi-jurisdictional investigations and anti-corruption issues, while Garcia has noted expertise in insider trading and DOJ and SEC investigations. Sarah Coyne is another contact in the New York team.

Practice head(s):

Steven Tyrrell; Christopher Garcia

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Coyne; Susan Shin

Key clients

Sanofi

Vantage Drilling

SourceAmerica

Morgan Stanley

Abraaj Investment Management Ltd.

VEREIT

Suffolk County Police Benevolent Association

BTG Pactual

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Diversity and Inclusion

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

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

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

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

Q&A with Diversity Leadership

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and Accolades

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

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

Diversity Stats

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