Andrew Weil > DLA Piper LLP (US) > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

DLA Piper LLP (US)
444 WEST LAKE STREET
SUITE 900
CHICAGO, IL 60606-0089
United States
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Work Department

Corporate; Finance

Position

Partner

Career

Andy Weil has more than 30 years of experience in corporate and securities matters.

These have included mergers and acquisitions, public and private financings, going private transactions, restructurings, joint ventures and partnerships, securities regulations, private equity and venture capital transactions, fund formation, commercial transactions, and general corporate and securities counseling. Andy has provided extensive representation in cross-border transactions and has handled numerous REITs and real estate-related transactions.

Andy has represented many issuers and underwriters in public financing, including initial public offerings of debt and equity securities. He has also represented purchasers, sellers and investors in a wide variety of merger and acquisition transactions, as well as representing both borrowers and lenders in a wide range of financing transactions.

Andy advises boards of directors and board committees in governance, corporate control/takeover defense, proxy fights and securities regulatory compliance issues. He has acted as an expert witness in litigation related to mergers and acquisitions. In addition, Andy has acted as corporate secretary for public company clients.

Education

J.D., Northwestern University School of Law

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Tax > US taxes: non-contentious

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s ‘extremely knowledgeable’ tax group is able to draw upon its ‘strong relationships around the world’ to assist multinational corporations with transactional and operational needs, such as public mid-market M&A, post-merger integration, transfer pricing analysis and APAs as well as global tax structuring. New York partners Philip Rogers, Frank Mugabi and Maruti Narayan assisted with the post-acquisition integration following Moody’s Corporation’s multi-jurisdictional $3.5bn acquisition of Bureau van Dijk. In another highlight, New York-based Drew Young and Jonathan Klein advised Hong Kong-based Far East Consortium International on the closing and post-closing structuring analysis following its take-private acquisition of Trans World Corporation. Transactional practice co-chair Stacy Paz in Silicon Valley and Chicago-based Andrew Weil advised Rolls Royce Power Systems on the $850m sale of L’Orange to Woodward Inc. Co-chair Gerald Rokoff in New York has ‘vast experience in implementing tax-efficient structures’. Afshin Beyzaee joined the Century City office following the merger with boutique Los Angeles practice, Liner. SeoJung Park in Silicon Valley was promoted to partner in April 2018.

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)

DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s ‘responsive and communicative practice‘ fields lawyers with sector expertise in a range of industries, including technology, life sciences, healthcare and real estate; the practice is also experienced in deals involving franchising and distribution, insurance, manufacturing, and business and financial services. It acts in a variety of complex transactions, including stock-for-stock mergers, management buyouts, tender offers, proxy contests, cross-border acquisitions, and divisional purchases and sales; the team also advises special committees of boards on contests for control, including hostile bids and proxy contests, and assists with diligence and structuring issues, including tax, antitrust and IP. Active key clients include Sodexo, Grand Canyon Education, Rolls-Royce Power Systems and ASB Capital Management. New York-based US M&A chair Jonathan Klein assisted Sodexo, a Paris-based global food services and facilities management company, with its acquisition of Centerplate, a US-based sports and entertainment venue hospitality provider; Phoenix’s US education sector chair David Lewis led advice to Grand Canyon Education on its sale of Grand Canyon University (GCU) to a nonprofit entity, which led to GCU becoming one of the largest nonprofit universities in the country; Chicago partner Andrew Weil acted for Rolls-Royce Power Systems in the sale of its Germany-based fuel injector business, L’Orange, to US-based Woodward; and co-global private equity chair and co-US corporate group chair Joseph Alexander Jr, who divides his time between Dallas, Atlanta, Miami and New York, advised ASB Capital Management, one of the largest institutional investment management firms in the Washington DC area, on the sale of Infomart Data Centers’ Dallas operations to Equinix, which included the Infomart Dallas building. Other key advisers include US corporate co-chair John Gilluly, who divides his time between Houston, Austin and Dallas, San Diego office managing partner Jeff Baglio, and co-chair of the Northern California corporate and finance practice Eric Wang, who is based in both Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Recent growth for the Austin corporate practice saw the firm hire a team of six former Jackson Walker, L.L.P. partners, who advise institutional investors on investments and secondary transactions; Steven Bartz, who is experienced in fund formation, private equity, joint ventures and strategic alliances, joined the Dallas office from Thompson & Knight LLP; and Kevin Grant, who acts for strategic and financial buyers and sellers in both US domestic and cross-border M&A, and Emilio Ragosa were recruited in New Jersey from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, where Ragosa led the corporate group in the Princeton office. Also of note, Thomas Gaynor and Jinjian Huang joined the San Francisco office in 2019.