Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP at a Glance

Uppers

  • “The people are amazing”
  • “No hours requirement”
  • “Top clients with interesting work”

Downers

  • “The hours can be punishing at times”
  • “The partnership track is very long”
  • “Lack of transparency”

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. During the last decade or so, Weil 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

2016 was a great 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 announced value of more than $400 billion (with a b!). The firm has advised on more than 70 of these deals topping $1B each in the past 12 months. Banner representations include Straight Path Communications in its $3.1B sale to Verizon, and inVentiv Health in its $4.6B merger with INC Research. 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 restructuring departments in the world and has played an integral role in nearly every high-profile bankruptcy in history, including WorldCom, Enron, General Motors, Washington Mutual, AIG, and Lehman Brothers. And the big bankruptcy activity continues. In the U.S. alone, Weil was involved in 10 of the largest bankruptcies of 2016, totaling roughly $50 Billion in liabilities. Highlights include representing Westinghouse Electric, Basic Energy, Halcon Resources, Aeropostale, Fairway Group Holdings, and Golfsmith International, among others.

May it Please the Court

Weil's litigators are no slouches either, recently securing a rare preliminary injunction in a patent litigation case in the Northern District of California, barring competitor Qiagen from selling its competing DNA sequencer until litigation is resolved. Weil also represented Sanofi in in a groundbreaking win at the Second Circuit, which affirmed in its entirety the dismissal of a securities fraud class action and a related case for securities fraud. Other highlights in 2016 include winning significant victories for clients such as CBS Broadcasting, Credit Suisse, Adobe Systems, Kinder Morgan, and Procter & Gamble.

Private Equity

Weil's global private equity practice is recognized as being one of the market leaders in the field-PE clients include the majority of the largest and highest profile private equity funds, sovereign wealth funds, and pension funds, as well as family offices and other equity financial investors. Recent representations include advising SoftBank in its $3.3B acquisition of Fortress Investment Group and Avolon Holdings Limited in its $10B acquisition of CIT Group's aircraft leasing business. Weil also specializes in fund formation and clients in this area include Brookfield Asset Management and Providence Equity Partners.

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. Most recently, Weil was named "Best International Firm for Pro Bono Work" and "Best International Firm for Diversity" at the 2017 Euromoney Americas Women in Business Law Awards.

IN THE NEWS

Ongoing
M&A Overdrive

Weil continues to be involved in many of the biggest and most consequential deals in the marketplace, having advised on $400B+ in announced transaction value in 2016, accounting for 11% of global market share. Weil is currently advising Straight Path Communications in its $3.1B sale to Verizon, and inVentiv Health in its $4.6B merger with INC Research. Other highlights include an ongoing lead role in Dow Chemical's $130B merger with DuPont, and advising the Transaction Committee of the Board of Directors of Reynolds American in Reynolds' $49B merger with British American Tobacco.

Courtroom Tour de Force
Weil's more than 350-lawyer global litigation practice provides clients with integrated and innovative legal advice in all major substantive areas of the law. In 2016 alone, Weil won more than 40 victories at all phases of the litigation process, including several trials, and in every discipline/practice area. Weil is currently advising Sanofi in antitrust litigation against Mylan relating to Mylan's rebate program for epinephrine auto-injectors (EpiPen). Recent litigation wins have been secured for clients such as Kinder Morgan, Marsh & McLennan, CBS Broadcasting, Credit Suisse, and Adobe Systems.

Antitrust All-Stars
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 past 18 months alone, the Firm has advised on more than 50 major transactions, with a value exceeding $300B. In 2016, Weil's antitrust attorneys secured clearance from the FTC for the $39B sale of Allergan's global generic pharmaceuticals business to Teva Pharmaceutical Industries. Weil is currently antitrust counsel to Sherwin-Williams in its $11.3B acquisition of Valspar, Walgreens in its $17.2B acquisition of Rite Aid as well as J&J, Sanofi, and Allergan in several other deals.

March 2017
Bankruptcy Bastion
Weil's Business Finance & Restructuring practice sets the standard for excellence in the industry. They were involved in 10 of the largest bankruptcies of 2016, totaling roughly $50B in liabilities. The energy industry was hit particularly hard and Weil is in the thick of the action, representing debtors and creditors in more than 20 major chapter 11 cases across energy sectors, including many of the biggest bankruptcies of 2016. Weil is currently representing Westinghouse Electric in its $9.8B chapter 11, filed in March 2017. Weil has also taken center stage on many significant retail bankruptcies, including Aéropostale, Fairway, and Golfsmith.

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. Weil advises a wide range of clients on an array of transactions in this area, including landmark debt offerings, acquisition financings, IPOs and secondary offerings. In March 2017, Weil advised American Securities in its $2.5B take-private acquisition of Air Methods Corporation, which was made possible through credit facilities and a notes offering to finance the acquisition.

July 2016
Private Equity Primetime
The firm represents the world's top PE firms-in fund formation as well as deals. On the deal side, Weil is currently advising SoftBank in its $3.3B acquisition of Fortress Investment Group. In July 2016, Weil advised Brookfield Asset Management in the formation of Brookfield Infrastructure Fund III-a $14B infrastructure fund-which is the largest private fund raised by Brookfield and which was, at the time, the largest ever raised in the industry. Weil advises more than 200 private equity clients worldwide, including 80% of the top 25.

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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 2017: 1,100

  • 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: $3,462/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    80 out of 80 (2Ls) (2016)

  • 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