The “Wow Factor”

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. 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.

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 the Firm and we are passionate about creating an environment where every lawyer, regardless of gender, race, religion, veteran status or sexual orientation, will be able to thrive.

With approximately 1100 lawyers spread across offices on three continents, the Firm offers clients complex corporate megadeals expertise, strong trial readiness and unmatched bankruptcy experience.  Weil advised on more than 60 transactions that were worth over $1 billion each in 2016 alone and has represented clients in five of the six largest U.S. bankruptcies in history.  More than 26 litigation partners have tried and won a case in the past 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 partners at the Firm are excited to provide associates with the chance for hands-on involvement in highly significant client matters.  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 four of our departments (Corporate, Litigation, Business Finance and Restructuring, and Tax, Executive Compensation & Benefits) and has worked for almost every bulge-bracket investment bank.

In the News

With a myriad of 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 2016, Weil won more than 70 awards in the United States alone, including 39 partners across Weil’s U.S. offices receiving 63 awards for their exemplary achievements. Some highlights for 2016 include:

  • Four lawyers recognized as “Litigator of the Week” by The American Lawyer
  • Eight lawyers recognized as MVPs by Law360
  • Four National Law Journal Trailblazers 

Delivering on Dynamic Deals

Following a strong 2015, Weil’s market leading corporate practice continued to advise on many of the largest and most high profile M&A deals of the last year, including advising on more than 60 transactions larger than $1 billion.  In 2016 alone, the Firm advised on M&A transactions valued at more than $400 billion, representing approximately 11% of global market share.

Examples of recent deals include representing:

  • The Transaction Committee of the Board of Directors of Reynolds American in its $49B merger with British American Tobacco
  • SoftBank in its $3.3B acquisition of Fortress Investment Group
  • Oracle Corporation in approximately $20B in transactions, including its acquisitions of NetSuite, Opower, Textura Corporation and MICROS Systems
  • IMS Health in its $17.6B merger with Quintiles
  • IHS Inc. in its $13B merger of equals with Markit Limited
  • The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Starz, Inc. in Starz’s $4.4B sale to Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation
  • L’Oréal USA in its $1.2B acquisition of IT Cosmetics, LLC

Bankruptcy and Restructuring

Weil pioneered the modern bankruptcy practice and the Firm’s Business Finance & Restructuring group continues to epitomize the discipline.  In the U.S. alone, Weil was involved in 10 of the largest filings in 2016, totaling roughly $50 billion in liabilities.  Over the past 12 months, Weil has performed leading-edge work for debtors and creditors alike in the most complex and consequential cases in the courts.  The Firm has a leading role in dozens of prominent bankruptcies in the most hard-hit sectors, including oil & gas, mining and retail, which is part of the reason why it was once again named a “Bankruptcy Practice Group of the Year” by Law360.  Weil is the only law firm to have received the Bankruptcy Practice Group of the Year honor every year since the inception of the award seven years ago.  The American Lawyer also featured Weil’s bankruptcy practice in an article in May reporting the Firm “scored a hat trick” as debtors' counsel in three separate bankruptcies announced in the span of one week.  Some highlights for 2016 include representing:

  • Aéropostale, Inc. in its chapter 11 case
  • Fairway Group Holdings Corp. in its chapter 11 case
  • Breitburn Energy Partners, LP in its $3.1B chapter 11 case
  • Helicopter operator CHC Group Ltd. in its $2.3B chapter 11 case
  • Golfsmith International in its chapter 11 case
  • Paragon Offshore in its $2.5B chapter 11 reorganization and confirmation trial
  • Halcón Resources in its $2.9 billion chapter 11 case
  • Vantage Drilling Company in its prepackaged chapter 11 cases to restructure more than $2.5 billion in senior secured debt

Litigation

Weil litigation capabilities include everything from antitrust, securities and complex commercial litigation to employment and environmental litigation, and everything in between.  Weil’s global litigation practice provides clients with innovative legal advice in all major substantive areas of the law.  Weil won more than 40 victories at all phases of the litigation process, including several trials, and in every discipline/practice area in 2016.  The Firm’s expertise was highlighted by Law360, which named us both a “Securities Practice Group of the Year” and a “Trials Practice Group of the Year” for 2016.  Exciting recent representations include:

  • Showtime Networks: negotiated dismissal of putative consumer class actions arising out of Manny Pacquiao/Floyd Mayweather boxing match
  • Marsh & McLennan: won groundbreaking appellate ruling in a dispute with two former executives
  • Sanofi: Second Circuit ruling affirming an order dismissing two securities fraud cases relating to statements regarding the results of clinical trials for a multiple sclerosis drug and its prospects for FDA approval
  • Procter & Gamble: secured favorable appellate rulings before the Eleventh Circuit relating to P&G’s denture cream products — effectively ending the case

Antitrust

Weil has an unparalleled track record of obtaining antitrust clearance in “bet-the-company” mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures.  At Benchmark Litigation’s 2017 U.S. awards, Weil was recognized as “Antitrust Firm of the Year.”  In December 2016, the Firm announced the addition of lateral partner Kevin Arquit as Co-Head of Weil’s leading global Antitrust/Competition practice.  The announcement garnered prominent news coverage from prestigious publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The American Lawyer.  High-profile representations in 2016 include:

  • Successfully securing clearance from the FTC for Allergan’s $39 billion sale of its global generic pharmaceuticals business to Teva Pharmaceuticals (work started in 2015). This multi-country cross border transaction was among the most complex pharmaceutical mergers ever reviewed by the FTC.
  • Advising Walgreens Boots Alliance on its $17.2 billion all-cash acquisition of Rite Aid
  • Advising Sherwin-Williams on its $11.3 billion acquisition of The Valspar Corporation

Intellectual Property

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.  Weil was named “Intellectual Property Firm of the Year” at the 2017 Benchmark Litigation U.S. Awards. The Firm recently secured victories for:

  • Illumina in a patent litigation case where Weil obtained a rare and powerful preliminary injunction barring sales of a competitor’s infringing product
  • Adobe Systems in April 2016 when the Federal Circuit affirmed a California federal jury’s verdict invalidating as obvious two digital-rights management patents asserted by Digital Reg of Texas LLP.

Diversity & Inclusion

Weil has been consistently recognized as one of the global law firms most committed to diversity and inclusion, community, and pro bono work.  We currently have five very active affinity groups – for Asian, Black, Latino, LGBT, and Women attorneys, and we were the first firm to implement affinity groups. We engage all our people in our inclusion efforts through our Upstander@Weil effort, which encourages everyone to move from a well-meaning bystander for diversity to an active Upstander. Weil was named “Best International Firm for Diversity” by Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Americas Women in Business Law Awards for 2016. We were also named among the best places to work for LGBT individuals by the Human Rights Campaign’s 2016 Corporate Equality Index.

This entrepreneurial and inclusive 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. We were the first New York firm to institute a firmwide diversity training program and a formal diversity policy (1984). 

Pro bono – “Our Finest Hours”

In our award-winning pro bono practice, Weil attorneys work on 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, and we are approaching 1 million pro bono hours since commencing our program.  We received the “Pro Bono Publico Award” from The Legal Aid Society, and were one of only ten law firms included in The National Law Journal’s “Pro Bono Hotlist,” for which we were honored for our work in achieving a settlement that will effectively put an end to solitary confinement in the state of California.

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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