Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Finance > Acquisition finance Tier 1

The 'small but effectivenine-partner banking team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP has a well hedged client base, advising creditors and debtors across the key debt financing products through the capital structure. Tom Richards has done a 'fantastic job' of developing the firm's borrower side offering, including for high-profile sponsors such as Advent and Bain Capital, which are appreciative of his conversance with the full array of financial products, including bank/bond financings on big-ticket multi-jurisdictional mandates. Appreciated for his 'technical skills and can-do-attitude', Chris McLaughlin  has a more balanced practice, which as well as private equity work also encompasses a growing amount of work for the private credit funds, increasingly dominating the European mid-market lender space. Paul Stewart is also effective at advising private credit funds on their lending activity and is a key member of a team that also includes Reena Gogna , whose lender practice encompasses private credit funds and traditional commercial/investment banks, and the 'extremely hardworking' Paul Hibbert , who has been instrumental in leading the development of the infrastructure finance practice at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Chris McLaughlin; Tom Richards; Reena Gogna; Paul Stewart

Other key lawyers:

Paul Hibbert; James Clarke; Alastair McVeigh


Weil have a small but effective team. They are good at both sponsor and lender work.’

Tom Richards has done a fantastic job at building up the office’s sponsor-side credentials.’

We use Chris McLaughlin for many deals and are impressed with his technical skills and can do attitude.’

Paul Hibbert is extremely hard working and excellent at getting the deal over the line.’

Key clients







Goldman Sachs




Credit Suisse

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Morgan Stanley







Work highlights

  • Advising Advent International, in relation to the senior and second lien facilities and preference share issuance, in each case, incurred in connection with its acquisition of Cobham plc for approximately £4bn.  
  • Advised the lenders and underwriters on over €6.5bn of financings for Hellman & Friedman portfolio company Verisure, the European personal alarm business.
  • Representing JP Morgan and the other lenders on TeamSystem’s entry into a €1,580m bridge facilities agreement comprising a €180m super senior revolving credit facility, €1,100m senior secured bridge facility and €300m senior bridge facility, and related intercreditor arrangements.

Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions – high-value deals (£250m+) Tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP continues to expand its presence in the high-value private equity market, receiving mandates from a number of new clients across the full spectrum of PE transactions. These new client wins come on top of the practice’s work for established clients such as Advent International and Bain Capital, for which it handles buyouts and investments as well as portfolio company M&A. The team has also been increasingly active in the growth capital sector, working on matters involving funds focusing on tech investments.  Heavyweight partners  Marco Compagnoni (described by one client as ‘the godfather of private equity’) and Michael Francies  jointly lead the team, which has continued to grow over the last year thanks to the addition of M&A and PE partner Murray Cox  – a rare departure from Slaughter and MayJonathan Wood is another key partner in the team, alongside the ‘exceptionally creative and clever thinker’ Simon Lyell and Lewis Blakey, who was promoted to partner in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Marco Compagnoni; Michael Francies


‘Simon Lyell is an exceptionally creative and clever thinker who is able to articulate ideas very clearly, coming up with creative solutions to corporate issues on restructurings where we have worked together. The equity side of a distressed deal is so important and Simon provides clear and concise advice, really understanding the financial and inter creditor issues his clients face. He is a joy to work with and an outstanding lawyer leading his field.’

‘Outstanding partner-led client service delivered commercially and with a strong understanding of our internal processes and risk tolerance.’

‘Top quality people, very diligent. Strong advocates for client positions.’

‘Well-established legal firm with deep cross-functional expertise globally – one stop shop. Very commercial and pragmatic with good understanding of our needs. High calibre professional.’

‘Top-quality team, led by the godfather of private equity, Marco Compagnoni.’

‘Simon Lyell is outstanding, blending a keen eye for detail, technical skills and pragmatism. Chris McLoughlin [finance]  added a huge amount of value on the finance workstream, offering critical insights into market terms and ultimately negotiating substantially better terms than we or our financial advisers had hoped for.’

‘Strong advocates for our interest and excellent ability to articulate our positions. In-depth knowledge of deal terms and conditions, as well as options for structures.’

‘Marco Compagnoni is the leader of the pack. He has years of experience in making deals happen, when lesser lawyers would fail to find solutions. He has bags of energy, enthusiasm and an unslaked thirst for satisfying clients. He inspires huge loyalty for good reason: he will do what it takes to deliver for his client.’

Key clients

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Bain Capital Credit

Terra Firma

Apax Digital

M&G Investments

Blackstone Growth


Polhem Infra

AP1 & AP4

Cobham (portfolio company of Advent)

Kantar (portfolio company of Bain Capital)

TSG (portfolio company of Advent)

Howdens (portfolio company of General Atlantic and CDPQ)

Advent International

Bain Capital

Providence Equity

Ontario Teachers’

CVC Capital

General Atlantic


Montagu Private Equity

PAI Partners

Hg Capital

Public Sector Pension Investment Board

Antin Infrastructure

Generation Investment Management

Aleph Capital

Investor AB



THI Investments

AMP Capital

Icon Infrastructure

Work highlights

  • Advised Bain Capital Credit who are acquiring the savings & retirement and protection businesses of LV= (the 150 year old life insurance company which was until recently called Liverpool Victoria) in a highly complex demutualisation of the life insurance company.
  • Advised CVC Capital on its acquisition of all of Fairfax interests in run-off insurance services provider RiverStone Europe, to CVC Strategic Opportunities Fund II. As part of the transaction, OMERS also agreed to sell all of its interests in RiverStone Europe.
  • Advised Advent International and Bain Capital, as shareholders in both Nexi and Nets, on the merger of Nexi and Nets that will create a New Group having an enterprise value of €7.8 billion.

Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 2

'Able to bring best practices and knowledge from a broad range of situations',  Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP frequently advises fulcrum stakeholders involved in many of the highest-profile cross-border mandates in the market. Although the six-partner team generates most of its own deal flow, and is by no means reliant on referrals from the US, its ability to draw on its strength across the Atlantic provides flexibility and reassurance to debtor clients, in particular, on matters with a transatlantic nexus. The 'incredibly astute and commercial' Neil Devaney  has developed a particularly strong reputation for creditors and frequently takes the lead advising ad hoc groups of bondholders on major cross-border restructuring situations, where his ability to manage different stakeholder interests and reach consensual solutions is widely appreciated. Mark Lawford is praised for his 'powerful analytical skills and ability to think laterally', ensuring that he is a popular choice among a range of creditors, debtors and IPs across a varied array of complex mandates, often including a contentious angle. Andrew Wilkinson co-heads team alongside Devaney and has vast experience advising creditors and debtors in high-value cross-border mandates. Of the more junior partners, the 'terrific' Gemma Sage continues to impress through her excellent work for stakeholders engaged in restructurings and formal insolvency procedures. The firm has seen a number of departures over the last year, with Adam Plainer  joining Dechert LLP , Clare Cottle  joining Akin Gump LLP  and Alex Wood   joining Shearman & Sterling LLP ,  but retains a strong bench of talent.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Wilkinson; Neil Devaney

Other key lawyers:

Mark Lawford; Gemma Sage; Matt Benson; Jenny Davidson; Nick Fortune


Strong restructuring expertise, very thorough.’

‘The very experienced team is able to bring best practices and knowledge from a broad range of situations.’

The team has a very broad knowledge of the various stakeholders in the stressed credit/financial restructuring market, particularly credit investors.’

The firm has a depth of experience of restructuring in many markets and at varying business levels built up over many years. That means they know what they’re doing and have the confidence and ability to adapt to new situations which, in the restructuring field, is happening all the time.’

The incredibly astute and commercial Neil Devaney is a leading individual in the world of creditor-side restructuring representation. His strategic thinking, intellectual and innovative guidance, managing different stakeholder interests, structuring transactions involving complex issues and layered capital structures and reaching consensual solutions stands him apart from other practitioners in the market.’

Neil Devaney always understands the business being restructured, financial as well as legal issues and what a client needs. He is incredibly astute and commercial.’

Mark Lawford: one of the keenest intellects I have come across in over 30 years of practice. His powerful analytical skills match his ability to think laterally as well as get things done; a rare combination in one person of all the attributes of a very effective lawyer.’

 ‘Andrew Wilkinson: enormous experience. He leads the field when it comes to innovation. Hayley Lund [disputes]: practical, responsive, hands-on and very efficient. Maeve Brady: a pleasure to work with, her straightforward approach is exactly what is needed with determined opponents.’

Key clients

Ad hoc group of bondholders of Digicel

Ad hoc group of bondholders of Ferroglobe

Ad hoc group of bondholders of NMC Health plc

Ad hoc group of bondholders of OHL

Ad hoc group of lenders to Seadrill

AMC Entertainment/Odeon Cinemas Group Limited

David Soden and Nick Edwards, the Joint Liquidators of Paragon Offshore plc

Dream Cruises

HM Treasury


Ad hoc group of bondholders of Abengoa

Ad hoc group of senior creditors of KCA Deutag

Asia Research & Capital Management Ltd


The RCF lender group and the Agent in relation to Flint


Folli Follie

Lehman Brothers Holding Inc and Lehman Brothers Holdings Scottish LP 3

Work highlights

  • Advising Floatel in connection with its evaluation and execution of various strategic alternatives to improve its liquidity profile, including potential refinancing and restructurings.
  • Advising ARCM, the Hong Kong-based hedge fund, in its role as the largest creditor, on their opposition to Premier Oil Plc’s proposed $2.4bn debt extension, $500m equity raise and $871m acquisition of North Sea assets, to be implemented by way of schemes of arrangement in Scotland.
  • Advising an ad-hoc committee of creditors in the $1.9bn financial restructuring of KCA Deutag, an international drilling, engineering and technology group, completed through a debt for equity swap and implemented by way of English Scheme of Arrangement.

Finance > Securitisation Tier 2

At Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP, 'all the lawyers are exceptionally smart but they also take the time to know and understand their clients'. The firm has a dominant position in the manager-side CLO market, which in 2020 was the largest sector in the broader ABS market, and it frequently acts for the largest CLO managers, among them Blackstone and Carlyle. Nevertheless, the practice has a broader focus and is involved in high-value and innovative structures. One example is its work for work for The Very Group on its Irish shopping catalogue receivables securitisation, as well as on the refinancing of their £1.3bn UK securitisation programme. Practice head Jacky Kelly led that deal and also acted for Goldman Sachs in the structuring of US solar panel receivables backed bond issuance, ensuring compliance with EU regulations. Brian Maher is a key adviser to leading CLO manager Apollo for new issuance and refinancings.

Practice head(s):

Jacky Kelly

Other key lawyers:


‘Commercial, responsive and practical with excellent market knowledge.’

‘A very well resourced team with a pool of talented associates who can all contribute to transactions.’

‘Very pragmatic and straight to the point advice.’

‘Strong leadership from Jacky Kelly and Brian Maher. All the lawyers are exceptionally smart but they also take the time to know and understand their clients. They are very commercial and deliver excellent, “on-point” advice. On brief for our more complex transactions and they deliver without fail.’

Key clients


Deutsche Bank

Shop Direct / The Very Group

Goldman Sachs






Fair Oaks

Work highlights

  • Represented The Very Group on their Irish shopping catalogue receivables securitisation, as well as on a refinancing of their £1.3bn UK securitisation programme, securing increased funding through the creation of new instruments – one of the first UK deals to gain the preferential STS (simple, transparent, standardised) label in the UK following the end of the Brexit transition period.
  • Advised the SME lender on a securitisation based on the UK government’s CBILS scheme for providing funding to SMEs, using a bespoke structure to avail of an 80% government guarantee of the financing.
  • Acted as Blackstone’s sole counsel on numerous large CLOs, developing new market features such as increased ability to restructure investment assets due to the impact of Covid-19, a senior loan facility which sits alongside the normal CLO senior notes and new rating agency criteria.

Investment fund formation and management > Private funds Tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP offers integrated funds, tax, and regulatory expertise to its clients, which include well-known fund managers active within the private equity, infrastructure, and credit spaces. The team advises clients on large-scale fundraisings, operational and regulatory issues, secondary transactions, including innovative fund-to-fund structures, and fund restructurings. Practice head Ed Gander is an active adviser to top clients on fundraisings and operational issues, and has previously run his own private equity fund, while James Sargent advises on fundraisings, co-invests, and GP-led secondaries for funds across a diverse range of strategies. James Bromley has a growing market profile, and is noted particularly for his work on high-profile spin-outs and social impact funds.

Practice head(s):

Ed Gander

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Advent International and Bain Capital

bd-capital Partners

Brookfield Asset Management Inc.


Castleforge Partners Limited

Dalmore Capital


Victory Advisors

Yoo Capital Fund II (GP) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Pai Partners on the raising of its €2bn PAI Strategic Partnerships Fund and the GP-led secondaries process for PAI Europe V.
  • Advised Brookfield Asset Management on its acquisition of a stake in Oaktree Capital to create a combination of asset managers with around $600bn of assets under management.
  • Advised InfraRed the establishment of InfraRed European Infrastructure Income Fund IV, targeting €1.5bn.

Corporate and commercial > M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+ Tier 3

A versatile offering, coupled with an impressive and expanding bench of market-leading practitioners, underpins Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP's stellar reputation for major M&A transactions. The firm added well-regard private equity and M&A lawyer Murray Cox  from Slaughter and May in 2021, following on from the hire of David Avery-Gee from Linklaters  in 2019. Avery-Gee jointly leads the practice with veteran partner Michael Francies, with the team drawing on the firm's strengths in private equity and SPAC deals to play an increasing role in the City M&A market. Francies and Avery-Gee are praised by clients for their 'attentiveness and versatility', routinely leading on many of the firm's most significant mandates. The team received a further boost in 2021 with the addition of renowned  competition and regulatory expert Jenine Hulsmann from Clifford Chance LLP.

Practice head(s):

David Avery-Gee; Michael Francies

Other key lawyers:


Highly professional and responsive to all client requests. No turnaround time and 24/7 availability during crisis time. Being one of the top corporate law firms globally, WGM’s systems, diversity, innovation etc are of the highest standard.

I am particularly impressed by this practice’s ability to combine high end UK and US capability, which was what we needed on the matter on which we consulted them. We also needed insolvency expertise on both sides of the Atlantic which they were able to provide, and coordination of all these various aspects.’

Key clients

Highland Gold Mining


Eli Lilly



Montagu Private Equity







HM Government


Howden Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Willis Towers Watson on its pending combination with Aon plc.
  • Advised Her Majesty’s Government as part of a 50/50 consortium with India-based Bharti Global in the consortium’s acquisition of OneWeb Global.
  • Advised InPost and Advent as selling shareholders on the English and U.S. aspects of the offering and listing of InPost on the Euronext Amsterdam.

Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations Tier 3

At Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP, the team handles a broad spectrum of high-profile tax disputes and is notably active in litigation against the tax authorities and insurance-related mandates. The group also works closely with the firm's global network on cross-border issues and has significant experience before the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice. Key practitioners include Oliver Walker, Jenny Doak, Jamie Maples and newly promoted partner Christopher Marks. Aron Joy and counsel Hayley Lund also contribute to the practice.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Walker; Jenny Doak; Jamie Maples; Christopher Marks

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Littlewoods Group

Joint Special Administrators of MF Global UK

Advent International

Providence Equity Partners

Work highlights

  • Advising the joint special administrators of MF Global UK on the administration of MF Global UK under the UK’s Special Administration Regime.

Finance > Derivatives and structured products Tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP has a 'technical, commercial and very responsive' structured finance practice that has a dominant position in the CLO market, in which it is the leading adviser on the manager side. Alongside that, the firm handles a range of derivatives transactions, including hedging transactions for issuer SPVs, repos and TRS structure for CLO managers, and infrastructure fund hedging strategies. It is also involved in emerging areas of structured finance, notably the incorporation of ESG issues into CLOs and other structured finance transactions. Jacky Kelly leads the practice and is highly regarded for her work on CLOs and securitisation, while counsel Andrew Lauder, who 'provides practical solutions and is always very responsive', handles a broad range of OTC derivatives and structured capital markets transactions, particularly TRS and repo-linked funding platforms, synthetic securitisations and bespoke repackaging transactions.

Practice head(s):

Jacky Kelly

Other key lawyers:


‘Practical solutions and good turnaround times.’

‘Andrew Lauder provides practical solutions and is always very responsive.’

‘The uniqueness of our engagement was  that the transaction was extremely time constrained and almost working- around-the-clock type. The lawyers in Weil are competent, responsive and professional.’

‘The type of deals this team gets involved in are usually very demanding in terms of transaction management and require responsiveness beyond the usual parameters. Andrew Lauder is the counsel on the derivatives side and is technical, commercial and very responsive.’

Key clients









Fair Oaks


Work highlights

  • Advising Advent International on deal contingent FX hedging in respect of an initial public offering (IPO) of InPost on Amsterdam’s Euronext exchange. The firm negotiated bespoke deal contingent long form confirmations (to hedge the IPO proceeds in EUR into USD) with Citi and Goldman Sachs.
  • Acting for the lenders and hedge counterparties in connection with a debt financing for APG Asset Management in relation to their acquisition of a stake in BRISA, Portugal’s largest toll road operator. Advising Natixis, Mediobanca, BBVA, Banco Comercial Português, Bank of China and Intesa Sanpaolo on intercreditor arrangements, negotiation of transaction documents and execution of interest rate hedging, including novation of deal contingent trades.
  • Acting for MUFG, Santander and CA-CIB as mandated lead arrangers in a financing for the acquisition by First Sentier of Wheelabrator (a UK waste-to-energy business). Negotiating hedging documents for interest rate and inflation hedging, arrangements for novation of deal contingent hedging into secured ISDAs, and negotiation of customised IBOR fallbacks wording to tie the ISDA fallbacks into the process envisaged by the senior facilities agreement.

Finance > High yield Tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP has a small high yield practice in London but is nevertheless involved in high-value transactions for key players in the market, including sponsors, investment banks and bond investors. Its work stems largely from acquisition finance and refinancings, and a key deal in 2020 saw the firm advise JP Morgan and other investment banks on three transactions with an aggregate value of €6.5bn as part of a refinancing for Hellman & Friedman portfolio company Verisure. Patrick Bright and Nitin Konchady, who splits his time between London and New York, took the lead on that deal are the firm's principal high yield practitioners. Clients report that they are 'very focussed on outcomes and provide clear explanations of complex issues'.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Bright; Nitin Konchady


‘Very focussed on outcomes. Clear explanations and able to simplify the descriptions of complex issues so that client is able to make informed decisions and be confident they are the right ones. Very responsive to questions, in a timely manner.’

‘A pragmatic and client-friendly practice. Always looking for ways to get transaction done and to provide solutions to problems as they arise.’

‘Patrick Bright is very responsive and always comes up with a practical and well thought out solution to problems as they arise.’

Key clients

Advent International (sponsor)

Bain Capital (sponsor)

Bank of America (underwriter)

Ellerman Investments (sponsor)

Goldman Sachs (underwriter)

HLD (sponsor)

Paprec (issuer)

Infopro Digital (issuer)

J.P. Morgan (underwriter)

Ashmore Group (asset manager)

Montefiore (sponsor)

Morgan Stanley (underwriter)

Novalpina Capital (sponsor)

Sculptor Capital Management (asset manager)

The Very Group Limited (issuer)

TowerBrook Capital Partners (sponsor)

Work highlights

  • Advising JP Morgan and the other investment banks on the €1.1 billion high yield bridge to bond financing supporting Hellman & Friedman’s fund-to-fund transfer of TeamSystem, an Italian software business. We also represented Goldman Sachs on the €300 million private offering of senior notes as part of the same transaction. This was a high profile transaction, and was featured in several press articles on the private equity market trend of portfolio companies being transferred internally from one fund to another controlled by the same sponsor.
  • Three separate transactions valued at over €6.5bn of financings advising, among other investment banks, J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and Morgan Stanley in connection with refinancings for Hellman & Friedman portfolio company Verisure, the European personal alarm business.
  • Represented bond investors in connection with Aston Martin’s $335m second lien split coupon notes offering. This high-profile transaction involved complex negotiations with 12 different investors with a unique set of covenants and included detachable warrants. The transaction was part of a larger, transformative strategic cooperation with Daimler (coming in the wake of Canadian billionaire Lance Stroll acquiring a significant equity stake in Aston Martin) and a separate first lien bond refinancing.

Investment fund formation and management > Real estate funds Tier 3

Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure Tier 3

Known for advising infrastructure funds and private equity, Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP specialises in the M&A and acquisition financing aspects of the sector. The firm’s work covers the key areas of energy, social, transport and TMT, advising on data network being an example of recent activity. James MacArthur assists private equity sponsors, pension funds and multi-asset managers on investments in infrastructure. He co-leads the practice with Paul Hibbert, whose forte is acquisition and leveraged finance, acting for private equity sponsors and lenders, with a particular focus on infrastructure. The team has been boosted by the arrival of Murray Cox, who joined from Slaughter and May in 2021 and brings expertise advising listed companies, financial sponsors and sovereign wealth funds on a range of M&A and corporate finance matters.

Practice head(s):

James MacArthur; Paul Hibbert

Other key lawyers:

Emma Serginson; Murray Cox


‘Top tier corporate and finance practice’.

‘Paul Hibbert is a great lawyer, with strong technical expertise, problem solving skills and a wealth of experience spanning a number of complex structured financings. He is very proactive, personable and client-driven and has a very good understanding of the wider commercial aspects of a transaction’.

‘Emma Serginson showed exceptional dedication and resilience throughout a recent process’.

Key clients


AMP Capital

Antin Infrastructure Partners

APG Asset Management

Argos Wityu

Basalt Infrastructure Partners


First Sentier Investors

Global Infrastructure Partners

iCON Infrastructure

InfraRed Capital Partners

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

OMERS Infrastructure

Polhem Infra

Terra Firma

THI Investments

Whitehelm Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Antin Infrastructure Partners on the sale of Kellas Midstream to a consortium of GIC and BlackRock’s Global Energy & Power Infrastructure Funds.
  • Advised the lenders to First Sentier Investors in its acquisition financing of Wheelabrator UK, the largest pure play waste-to-energy business in the UK and a developer, owner and operator of strategically located waste-to-energy facilities.
  • Advised Polhem Infra and KLP investing alongside Foresight Energy Infrastructure Partners, BAE Systems Pension Funds Investment Management and Arcano Partners, on the acquisition of the 231MW Skaftåsen onshore wind farm. The Skaftåsen wind farm will be the first in the world to feature the most powerful onshore wind turbines developed to date.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 4

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP displays a broad range of tax expertise, from advising on private equity and corporate M&A, to corporate insolvencies and group restructurings. Oliver Walker has extensive experience in handling a broad range of transactions in the corporate M&A and private equity space, while Jenny Doak has a strong focus on SPACs and M&A work. Aron Joy is also noted and has particular expertise in fund tax matters.

Practice head(s):

Jenny Doak; Oliver Walker

Other key lawyers:


I have worked with WG&M for more than 15 years across multiple specialisms / product areas and it is not an understatement to say that everyone I have worked with has been incredibly capable, trustworthy and most importantly a pleasure to interact with. Their team culture and respectful, common-sense approach is something I have always valued highly and why I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them as a team.’

Aron Joy and his team provide excellent support on tax issues arising during the fund establishment and fund raising process. They are always on top of the issues and willing to make themselves available at short notice.’

Key clients

Brookfield Asset Management

Advent International

Sculptor Capital LP

Montagu Private Equity

Bain Capital


Fidelity National

bd-capital Partners

HM Treasury

General Atlantic

Fortis Inc.

PSP Investments



Antin Infrastructure


Work highlights

  • Advised Brookfield Asset Management on the structuring, establishment and initial closing of its first pan-European core-plus real estate fund with a with total equity commitment to date of €1.14bn.
  • Advised Foley Trasimene Acquisition Corp. II on its pending $9bn merger with Paysafe Group.
  • Advised Odeon Cinemas Group Limited and its subsidiaries on its refinancing, involving an entry into a new £400m term loan facility agreement, which enabled it to refinance its existing revolving credit facility and provide further working capital.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Mining and minerals

Industry focus > TMT

Investment fund formation and management > Private funds (including infrastructure funds)

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP has made a bold intention to build up a City competition practice with the hire of well-regarded partner Jenine Hulsmann  from Clifford Chance LLP. The addition of Hulsmann also adds further depth to the firm's growing public M&A offering.


With approximately 1,100 lawyers in offices on three continents, Weil operates according to the ‘one firm’ principle, allowing the firm to bring the right mix of firm-wide skill and local-market presence to deliver coordinated legal advice to help clients achieve their sophisticated goals and objectives. Weil’s London office is a leader in the U.K. legal market and is the hub of our European practice. Weil’s strategy is focused on long-term investment in recruiting and retaining exceptional talent at all levels. Few firms place greater emphasis on pro bono work. Weil’s award-winning pro- bono programme is deeply ingrained in the firm’s culture.


Private Equity: Entrenched in all aspects of private equity, the team includes some of the most respected private equity lawyers in the market. Providing best-in-class advice to market participants throughout the lifecycle of their investments, Weil’s lawyers offer up-to-date know-how to ensure that funds gain the best possible return on investment with a complete solution from transactions and fundraising, to financing, restructuring and tax. From pension and growth funds to multi-asset managers, buyouts to portfolio company restructurings, the firm’s expertise covers every facet of the market.

Private Equity Infrastructure: Weil’s private equity infrastructure team advises a number of the leading infrastructure funds and other investors on their investments in infrastructure assets across the transportation, energy, social infrastructure and telecommunications sectors. The team has a very strong capability in cross-border M&A, financing and restructurings across the sector.

Corporate/M&A: Clients globally turn to Weil for strategic advice on their UK and cross-border M&A transactions. The experienced team is knowledgeable across the full range of deal types from takeovers, carve-outs and public-to-privates to joint ventures and distressed M&A. Weil’s public company offering also includes corporate governance and compliance, and equity capital markets (including IPOs).

Private Funds: Offering fully integrated funds, tax and regulatory capabilities, the private funds team provides leading commercial advice to managers throughout the duration of their funds’ lives, from the raising and deployment of capital to realisation. Many of the world’s leading fund managers rely on Weil for up-to-the-minute advice and solutions to stay ahead of the competition and understand the plethora of new regulation.

Leveraged Finance & High Yield: Weil’s preeminent London leveraged finance and high yield expertise is underpinned by a full service banking and finance practice advising both financial institutions and private equity sponsors. The team has a reputation as go-to advisors for the largest and most complex financings in the market. Its breadth and depth of knowhow stems from the diversity of work, advising across a variety of different products, sectors and client types.

Structured Finance: The London structured finance group has been at the forefront of the industry in Europe since the inception of the market and is known for complex and innovative transactions, including the creation of several first-ever securitisations of specific asset classes. Weil covers the full range of structured finance products with extensive derivatives expertise. Along with ABS and MBS experience, Weil has a dominant position in the revitalised European CLO 2.0 market and is active on debt portfolio trades and distressed deals.

Restructuring & Insolvency: Weil’s London restructuring team has advised on the highest profile and most complex cases in the marketplace. Weil advises a broad client base that includes debtor and creditor representations, directors, private equity houses, senior, mezzanine and subordinated lenders, purchasers and sellers of distressed M&A assets and NPLs and substantial bankruptcy litigation. Weil’s unparalleled global presence provides the US–UK–European link that very few other firms are able to, providing clients with fully integrated cross-border advice and up-to-the-minute global restructuring know-how.

Dispute Resolution: Weil’s London disputes practice advises on the most high-profile and technically complex cases in the market, including novel areas of law which have resulted in judgments that are now the leading authorities on points of law. The firm advises upon, manages and conducts all aspects of commercial disputes and investigations, from strategic advice during the early stages of negotiations to courtroom and arbitration advocacy. Weil’s lawyers are regarded as commercially savvy, distinguished and unique in the London market for conducting their own advocacy in arbitration tribunals.

Tax: The Weil London tax team provides cutting edge advice on structuring and implementing transactions, as well as providing a sophisticated consultancy service to clients. The team collaborate with our transactional teams and colleagues across the globe to provide structuring solutions that work from a tax, regulatory and wider legal perspective.

Competition: Weil’s Competition practice forms a key part of the firm’s global Antitrust/Competition offering, providing clients with the international reach and experience required to handle multinational regulatory issues, particularly involving the EU and US competition laws and enforcement. The team has achieved significant success before all major authorities and courts in Europe and the United States.

Transactional Support: Weil’s team of in-house transaction specialists leverage the expertise of the firm’s full-service capabilities, and provide a further distinctive aspect of the comprehensive client offering. The transaction specialist team provide specialist advice on corporate governance and compliance, employment, data protection, intellectual property, management incentives, real estate, and technology.

The firm has offices in Beijing, Boston, Dallas, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Miami, Munich, New York, Paris, Princeton, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Washington DC.

Managing Partner (London), M&A/Corporate Michael Francies
Arbitration, Litigation Jamie Maples
Banking – Sponsors & Lenders Chris McLaughlin
Banking – Sponsors Tom Richards
Banking – Lenders Reena Gogna
Banking – Lenders Paul Stewart
Banking – Lenders Alastair McVeigh
Capital Markets – High Yield Patrick Bright
Capital Markets – Equity, M&A/Corporate David Avery-Gee
Competition/Antitrust Jenine Hulsmann
Employment Ivor Gwilliams
Graduate Recruitment Yohanna Wilson
IP/IT Barry Fishley
M&A/Corporate Murray Cox
Private Equity Marco Compagnoni
Private Equity Infrastructure James MacArthur
Private Equity Infrastructure Paul Hibbert
Private Funds, Pro Bono Ed Gander
Private Equity, Pro Bono Simon Lyell
Private Equity, Property/Environment Mark Thompson
Restructuring Andrew J. Wilkinson
Restructuring Neil Devaney
Structured Finance Jacky Kelly
Structured Finance Brian Maher
Tax Jenny Doak
Tax Oliver Walker
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The Lex 100 Verdict

An American heavyweight in financial markets, Weil, Gotshal & Manges London LLP is more than just an outpost of a famous law firm. The firm has an ‘unparalleled reputation in the financial world’, and trainees particularly love the fact that Weil ‘has a strong UK feel for a US firm, as the work is largely derived from UK origins’. The ‘international appeal’, ‘prestige’ and ‘impressive client base’ were but some of the factors which convinced recruits to apply and subsequently join the firm. As one trainee comments: ‘it had everything I was looking for in one place’. Weil is the deserving recipient of four Lex 100 Winner medals this year for its salary, inclusiveness, confidence of being kept on, and social life. Training is described as being ‘largely on the job’, which suits some trainees more than others, though ‘this does vary from team to team’. Culturally the firm is friendly and accommodating: ‘everyone is extremely helpful, has been exceedingly supportive whilst working from home, and people are always happy to help and answer questions, no matter how busy they are’. Long hours are not uncommon, however, and more than one trainee said that the work/life balance was the worst thing about the firm. ‘Weeks of 3am finishes’ and ‘several competing deadlines’, occasionally left recruits ‘feeling pressured’. Some teams are reported to have a hierarchical working structure too. On the plus side, there is a ‘continuous stream’ of pro bono opportunities, which are 'plentiful and interesting’. Indeed, ‘launching a pro bono partnership’ was one trainee’s best moment. To work with ‘industry titans’ in a firm which offers ‘top-quality work, a friendly culture and a high level of responsibility for trainees’, research Weil, Gotshal & Manges.