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Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Work Department

Private equity; corporate/M&A.


Full CV available on www.weil.com.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Hall of Fame)

Michael FranciesWeil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

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.

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

(Hall of Fame)

Michael FranciesWeil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

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.