The “Wow Factor”
Weil is recognized globally as one of the most prestigious international law firms whose success comes through our role as strategic business partners and as innovative problem solvers. Talented attorneys who want to tackle complex, challenging matters on behalf of world-class clients will find those opportunities at Weil in our uniquely entrepreneurial culture.
With approximately 1200 lawyers spread across 20 offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, the Firm offers clients complex corporate megadeals expertise, strong trial readiness and unmatched bankruptcy experience. Weil advised on more than 50 transactions that were worth over $1 billion each in 2013 alone and has represented clients in five of the six largest U.S. bankruptcies in history. Weil litigators tried more than seven cases to jury, bench, or arbitration verdicts or decisions in last two years.
Weil attorneys are fortunate to be able to work with world class clients, including leading companies, private equity firms, and financial institutions, and are excited to provide associates with the chance for hands-on involvement in highly significant client matters. In fact, our attorneys advised 43 percent of Fortune 500 tech companies in the past year alone. In private equity, we advise many of the biggest players in the industry and regularly represent more than 200 sponsor clients in the United States on deal execution matters, including some of the most prestigious private equity funds, hedge funds, sovereign wealth funds, and pension funds. Weil advises major banks across all of four of our departments (Corporate, Litigation, Business Finance and Restructuring, and Tax, Benefits and Executive Compensation) and has worked for almost every bulge-bracket investment bank.
Weil’s success centers on our business acumen and culture of practicing pragmatic law. We are strategic business partners with our clients and deal facilitators, rapidly coming up with solutions – rather than just pointing out legal issues. Our litigators take a 360-degree view of a client’s business needs, the risks and rewards, before recommending the best course of action – including whether or not to go to trial.
We train and mentor our associates so that they can achieve rewarding careers and, through our team-oriented approach, ultimately “wow” clients. We know that development of our associates to their full potential is essential for our future success and it is something we take seriously. Diversity is also important to this Firm and we are passionate about creating an environment where every lawyer, regardless of gender, race, religion or sexual orientation, will be able to thrive.
In the News
With myriad rankings by publications such as The American Lawyer, the Financial Times, and Chambers, Weil’s standing as one of the world’s most prestigious firms is unquestioned.
In the first half of 2014 Weil won approximately 25 awards in the United States alone, including:
Being named Transaction Team of the Year for Media, Technology & Telecoms by Legal 500 as part of its inaugural US Awards for 2014
Six partners aged 40 and under being recognized as “rising stars” in their respective fields by various publications
Three partners being named among the Top Women Lawyers in California of 2014 by the Daily Journal
Two partners being among the winners at the third-annual Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Americas Women in Business Law Awards
Major M&A Mojo
In addition, the firm was named The Recorder’s 2014 Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group of the Year and continues to be involved in headline-grabbing deals. For the first half of 2014, Weil was ranked #1 in Global Private Equity and #4 in Global M&A (as primary counsel to a buyer, seller or target) with nearly $170 billion in announced transactions. Examples of deals include representing:
Facebook in its $16 billion acquisition of WhatsApp, a provider of a cross-platform mobile messaging application that allows a client to exchange messages without having to pay for short messaging service (SMS).
DIRECTV in its approximately $67.1 billion acquisition by AT&T, one of the largest global deals in recent history. The transaction will combine complementary strengths to create a unique new competitor with unprecedented capabilities in mobility, video and broadband services.
Weil successfully represented lululemon athletica in securities class action litigation brought against the company in connection with its decision to pull certain merchandise from stores due to an unacceptable level of sheerness. Rejecting the plaintiff's allegations regarding falsity, scienter, and loss causation, the Southern District of New York dismissed all claims.
Weil’s preeminent Intellectual Property practice is regularly engaged in highly-sophisticated licensing, outsourcing, diligence and other projects for a roster of clients that reads like a Who’s Who of top life sciences, technology and media companies. The firm recently secured victories for:
HarperCollins in its copyright infringement action against e-book publisher Open Road Integrated Media. HarperCollins was granted motion for summary judgment and Open Road was denied cross-motion for summary judgment.
A group of Hoak, Meredith, and Scripps local television stations ensuring that they will get to present their antitrust claims to a jury challenging the licensing practices of SESAC.
American Airlines and US Airways Join Forces
Weil represented American Airlines and its affiliates in their chapter 11 cases, including American's approximately $18 billion merger with US Airways Group which was effected pursuant to a plan of reorganization. The recent merger and plan consummation marked the successful conclusion of one of the highest-profile corporate restructurings in the country that delivered a full recovery to creditors and an extraordinary distribution to AMR's existing shareholders, a first for a major airline bankruptcy.
Weil’s leadership is vibrant, diverse, and evolving, and continually advances an inclusive environment. We have been recognized as one of the international law firms most committed to diversity and inclusion, community, and pro bono work. We won Best Gender Diversity Initiative from Chambers in 2013, and have five very active affinity groups – for Asian, Black, Latino, Women, and LGBT attorneys. Weil was named among the best places to work for LGBT individuals by the Human Rights Campaign’s 2014 Corporate Equality Index.
This entrepreneurial and diverse culture makes for a work experience that is professionally rewarding and personally fulfilling. Weil is a place where so many talented lawyers from many kinds of backgrounds want to stay.
Pro bono – “Our Finest Hours”
In our award-winning pro bono practice, Weil attorneys performed more than 80,000 hours of pro bono service in 2013 across a range of cases – everything from asylum matters to death penalty cases to corporate advice for charitable organizations. Weil maintains the goal that all lawyers at the firm perform 50 hours of pro bono work each year. We are proud to have won the Legal Aid Society’s 2013 Pro Bono Publico Award, and we were named to the National Law Journal’s 2013 Pro Bono Hot List for Work with Hurricane Sandy Victims. The Firm’s Boston office was honored in the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s 2014 Excellence in the Law Awards for our dedication to pro bono service. Additionally, we were recognized in The American Lawyer’s pro bono special report for our ongoing commitment to pro bono, both in the U.S. and globally. The Firm was ranked 16th for national pro bono efforts and 11th for international pro bono efforts among AmLaw 200 firms.
Weil’s commitment to our pro bono program is an ingrained part of our culture, and we are pleased that many of our institutional clients share our commitment and actively work with us on initiatives in a number of areas, including criminal justice reform, human rights, community and economic development, children’s welfare, civil and constitutional rights, health and environmental issues, and asylum and immigration. It is in this spirit that we refer to time spent on pro bono work as “our finest hours.”
Our Firm is particularly proud of its externship programs that allow full-time associates the opportunity to work exclusively on pro bono matters with leading public service and charitable organizations for a period of several months. Partner organizations include Lawyers Alliance for New York, The Legal Aid Society Criminal Practice Program, Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, and the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program.
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