Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP at a Glance

Uppers

  • “The people are wonderful—very friendly and outgoing”
  • “No added pressure from an unreasonable hours expectation or formal target”
  • “Amazing resources and support system”

Downers

  • “Path to partnership is at least 10 years”
  • “Unpredictability of when work comes”
  • “Difficult clients”

The Buzz

  • “Bankruptcy leader”
  • “Talented”
  • “Terrible hours”
  • “Intense”

About Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

A powerhouse in restructuring, M&A, private equity, and litigation, Weil, Gotshal & Manges has long been one of the world's leading law firms. Buoyed by its role as the go-to bankruptcy firm, Weil has been a fixture at the top of law firm rankings, including The American Lawyer's "A-List" and Chambers USA.

To New York and Beyond

Weil was founded in New York in 1931 and now overlooks the city's playground, Central Park, from its Fifth Avenue office. Recently, the firm signed a 15-year lease extension for the office space in New York's iconic General Motors Building, which has been Weil's home since the building opened in 1968. With approximately 1,100 lawyers, the firm has offices spanning three continents and nine countries. Weil was among the first to establish offices in Eastern Europe after the fall of the Iron Curtain, and during the last decade or so has added offices in Munich, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Beijing. The growth has only spurred the firm's successes, as it continues to be one of the highest-grossing law firms.

Sizzling Deals

2015 was a boom year for M&A activity generally, and the Weil team was among the top of the pack. The firm advised on deals with a cumulative value of more than $670 billion (with a b!)-the highest ever volume for the firm! More than 60 of these deals topped $1B each. Banner representations include Dow Chemical's $130B merger with DuPont, Intel's $16.7B acquisition of Altera, and Verizon's $4.4B acquisition of AOL. Innovative, front-page deals like these put Weil smack at the epicenter of global M&A.

Restructured Thinking

Weil fields one of the most respected and effective restructuring departments in the world-the firm has played an integral role in nearly every high-profile bankruptcy in history. Examples include WorldCom, Enron (which earned the firm over $150 million in fees), General Motors, Washington Mutual, AIG, and, the linchpin of the financial meltdown and largest chapter 11 case in the history of the United States: Lehman Brothers. And the big bankruptcy activity continues. In the U.S. alone, Weil is currently involved in nine of the top 20 bankruptcies of 2016, based on asset value. These include four of the five largest: SunEdison, Peabody Energy, SandRidge Energy and Arch Coal. Others in the top 20 in which the firm is involved are Breitburn Energy (debtors counsel), Paragon Offshore (debtors counsel), CHC Group (debtors counsel), Ultra Petroleum and Aspect Software.

While Weil is best known for debtor work, its creditor representations have been expanding. The firm is representing the official committee of unsecured creditors in SunEdison's chapter 11 and an ad hoc group of unsecured noteholders of SandRidge in its chapter 11. SunEdison is the largest bankruptcy and SandRidge is the fourth-largest bankruptcy so far in 2016.

May it Please the Court

Weil's litigators are no slouches either, recently securing landmark wins for CBS in two sweeping class actions over the use of student-athlete names, images, and likenesses on television and photographs, cases that will shape publicity and privacy law for years to come. Weil also continues to shape digital media, recently scoring a victory for Pandora Media in its fight with the recorded music industry over royalty rates. In addition, Weil is representing MasterCard in two nationwide RICO consumer class actions involving the biggest daily fantasy sports leagues. The firm's IP attorneys are also in on the action, representing ESPN, Yahoo!, NBC Entertainment, Disney Online and others in patent litigation at the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.

Tech Savvy

In 1991, the same year the Internet was made publicly available, Weil became the first major New York law firm to open an office in Silicon Valley. Over the past 25 years, Weil has solidified its reputation as a leading law firm in the region and in the technology sector. Weil represents 67% of the Fortune 100 technology companies. Some recent noteworthy representations include advising Facebook in its acquisition of WhatsApp and Oracle in a number of recent deals, as well as advising Adobe and Microsoft in highly publicized litigation matters.

BigLaw's Biggest Givers

Weil takes pride in its culture of giving. Not only was Weil recognized by Law360 as one of the top law firms for charitable donations, but it is also an overachiever on the pro bono front. The firm's attorneys volunteered thousands of hours in a years-long federal class action that ultimately put an end to indeterminate, long-term solitary confinement in all California state prisons. Weil also secured a number of significant victories for the East End Eruv Association that recently enabled the creation of an eruv, a symbolic enclosure that allows observant Jews to perform activities otherwise forbidden on the Sabbath, in the Hamptons area of New York. The case has been covered by numerous publications, including The New York Times. The firm has racked up numerous honors for its public service, including being named to The National Law Journal's 2016 Pro Bono Hotlist.

IN THE NEWS

Ongoing
M&A Overdrive

On the heels of a record-breaking year for M&A in 2015, in which Weil advised on deals with a cumulative value of more than $670B, the firm continues to be involved in many of the biggest and most consequential deals in the marketplace. Weil is advising IMS Health in its $17.6B merger with Quintiles, IHS in its $13B merger of equals with Markit, and Oracle in its back-to-back acquisitions of Textura and Opower. Highlights from last year include lead roles in Dow Chemical's $130B merger with DuPont, Intel's $16.7B acquisition of Altera, and Verizon's $4.4B acquisition of AOL.

Antitrust All-Stars

The surge in mega-mergers has led to an uptick in antitrust activity. Weil's antitrust team is squarely on the front lines of the industry, advising on merger reviews with the potential to reshape global business. In the last two years alone, the firm has advised on roughly 40 major mergers, with significant antitrust issues, collectively worth more than $430B. Weil is currently antitrust counsel to Sherwin-Williams in its $11.3B acquisition of Valspar.

Taking Care of Business

Weil is one of corporate law's true "one-stop shops," where the M&A and PE groups are complemented by first-rate Banking & Finance and Capital Markets practices. Nothing points to comprehensive expertise more than Weil's role in implementing GE's strategic plan to sell most of GE Capital's assets. The ongoing reconfiguration has entailed a complex series of M&A and capital markets transactions announced throughout 2015, including the $30B sale of GE Capital's commercial lending arm to Wells Fargo and a $36B corporate bond exchange offer-the largest ever of its kind.

May 2016
Bankruptcy Bastion

Weil's Business Finance & Restructuring practice sets the standard for excellence in the industry, and then some. After making headlines in the chapter 11 cases for supermarket chain A&P and a host of major energy companies, the bankruptcy team recently turned heads by filing three high-profile bankruptcies in a single week-Fairway, Aéropostale, and helicopter company CHC. Weil is also representing Breitburn Energy in its just-announced chapter 11. Outside of the debtor space, Weil is representing the creditors' committee in the bankruptcy of SunEdison Inc.

Private Equity Primetime

Weil is more than a hotbed of public M&A. The firm represents the world's top PE firms-in fund formation as well as deals. In May, the firm advised Altas Partners in the formation of its $1B fund. The firm is handling recently announced deals for EQT Infrastructure, Providence Strategic Growth and Advent International. Weil advises more than 200 private equity clients worldwide, including 70% of the top 25.

March 2016
Courtroom Tour de Force

Weil's Litigation Department is making 2016 one for the annals. So far, the firm's litigators have scored roughly 20 victories, shaping case law and delivering major wins at trial and on appeal. In March Weil secured a big win at the Second Circuit for Sanofi, defeating a suite of investor class actions. Other recent wins have been for clients Pandora, Procter & Gamble, Signet Jewelers, Simon & Schuster, and Morgan Stanley, among others. Approximately two dozen litigation partners have tried cases to verdict in the past two years, avoiding more than $2B in liability for clients.

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

767 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10153
Phone: (212) 310-8000

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • Executive Partner: Barry M. Wolf
  • Co-Hiring Partners: Joshua Amsel & Jackie Cohen
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 1,100

  • Employment Contact
    Wesley B. Powell
    Director, Legal Recruiting
    (212) 833-3533
    recruit@weil.com

  • Base Salary
    All offices
    1st year: $180,000
    2nd year: $190,000
    3rd year: $210,000
    4th year: $235,000
    5th year: $260,000
    6th year: $280,000
    7th year: $300,000
    8th year: $325,000
    Summer associate: $3,077/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    78 out of 80 (2Ls) (2015)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Business Finance & Restructuring
    Corporate
    Litigation
    Tax

Major Office Locations

  • New York, NY (HQ)
  • Boston, MA
  • Dallas, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Miami, FL
  • Princeton, NJ
  • Providence, RI
  • Silicon Valley, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Beijing
  • Budapest
  • Dubai
  • Frankfurt
  • Hong Kong
  • London
  • Munich
  • Paris
  • Prague
  • Shanghai
  • Warsaw
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