Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Firm Snapshot. Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP was founded over 125 years ago upon principles that still characterize our practice today.  Our founders and memorable colleagues, like Wendell Willkie and Felix Frankfurter, established a strong foundation of integrity, innovation, pragmatism, flexibility and intellectual agility designed to continually meet the ever-changing business needs of our clients.  These values form our approach to providing legal and business advisory services today. 

Willkie is an elite international law firm that offers a wide range of legal services.  Our attorneys provide effective and efficient solutions to the evolving needs of a diversified client base.  Our strength lies not only in the breadth of our practice areas but also in the expertise that each of our attorneys contributes to the firm.  We take pride in knowing that we deliver the highest quality work product to all of our clients.

Core Areas of Expertise. 

- Asset Management

- Business Reorganization and Restructuring

- Communications, Media & Privacy

- Competition and Antitrust

- Corporate and Financial Services, including, Banking and Institutional Lending/Debt Finance, Private Equity/Venture Capital, Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets and Corporate Governance

- Environmental Health & Safety

- Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits

- Foreign Corrupt Practices Act/Antibribery

- Intellectual Property

- Litigation, including Antitrust, Business Litigation, Insurance and Reinsurance, Complex Commercial, Securities Litigation, Enforcement and Regulation and White Collar Criminal Defense

- Private Clients

- Real Estate

- Tax

Our Culture.  When our attorneys are asked what differentiates Willkie from its peers, the answer is clear – our culture.  Our guiding principles of transparency, communication, respect and dedication foster a collaborative work environment.  From support staff to the co-chairs of the firm, every member of the team is respected and valued for their contributions.

Dedication to Service. Willkie’s commitment to a wide array of pro bono and public service projects continues to have a real and measurable impact on innumerable lives.  Our firm encourages everyone to participate in our long tradition of providing free legal services to the community. 

In the past few years, Willkie’s domestic offices have billed over 100,000 pro bono hours assisting organizations such as the Legal Aid Society, the Innocence project and the Washington Lawyers Committee.  In addition to in-house opportunities, Willkie maintains two full-time associate externships on a rotating basis; one at MFY Legal Services, Inc. and one at Her Justice

Commitment to a Diverse Workforce
.  Recruiting and maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace are top priorities at Willkie. Our firm is an equal opportunity employer and we recognize the importance of promoting diversity in both our law firm and in the legal profession.  Willkie strives to foster a welcoming merit-based environment where people of all backgrounds can succeed.

Promoting diversity and inclusion not only affirms Willkie’s core values, but with a diverse work force, the firm is better equipped to service our clients and the broader communities in which we work and live.

Awards/Rankings

 

FIRM AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS

(Practice area and team recognition)

  • Corporate Intl Global Awards – 2014
    Willkie named “Complex Commercial Litigation Firm of the Year” in Washington, D.C

    Willkie named "Asset Management Law Firm of the Year" and "Financial Services Sector Regulatory Law Firm of the Year" in Washington, D.C.

Corporate Intl Global Awards – 2014
Willkie named "Cross-Border M&A Firm of the Year" in France.

  • Juve Awards 2013
    Frankfurt office nominated among a short list of firms for "M&A Firm of the Year."

Law360 FCPA Powerhouse Firm – June 2013
Willkie recognized as one of the top 10 “Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Powerhouse Firms.”

Law360 – 2012 Real Estate Group Of The Year – January 2013
Willkie honored for its significant accomplishments and extensive range of services in the area of real estate.

Chambers USA Awards for Excellence –  2013
Willkie nominated among a short list of firms for the "Chambers USA Awards for Excellence 2013" in the area of Insurance.

Law360 – Pro Bono Firm of the Year – September 2012
Willkie profiled as one of the top pro bono firms, based on major victories and number of attorney hours committed to pro bono activities.

Juve Awards 2012
Frankfurt office nominated among a short list of firms for "Private Equity and Venture Capital Firm of the Year."

Chambers USA Awards for Excellence –  2012
Willkie nominated among a short list of firms for the "Chambers USA Awards for Excellence 2012" in the area of Investment Funds and Securities Regulation.

IFLR Europe Awards 2012 – European Private Equity Team of the Year – March 2012
Firm honored for overall excellence in the area of private equity.

Law360 - 2011 Private Equity Group Of The Year – January 2012
Willkie honored for its significant accomplishments and extensive range of services in the area of private equity.

 

INDIVIDUAL ATTORNEY AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

  • Law360 Rising Stars – 2014 & 2012
    2014:  Partners Sameer Advani (Securities), Laura Delanoy (M&A), David Drewes (Real Estate) and Robert Langdon (Private Equity) recognized as top practitioners in their respective areas of practice.

2012:  Real Estate partner Thomas Henry selected as one of only five attorneys nationwide to be named "Rising Star" in the area of Real Estate.

Corporate partner Russell Leaf selected as one of only five attorneys nationwide to be named "Rising Star" in the area of Private Equity.

  • Lexology/ILO – 2014 Client Choice Awards
    Partners Mitchell Auslander and Xavier Dieux honored for excellence in the categories of Insurance and Reinsurance  (United States:  New York) and General Corporate (Belgium), respectively.
  • Partner Mitchell Auslander honored for excellence in the area of Insurance and Reinsurance in New York..
  • Partner Xavier Dieux honored for excellence  in the area of General Corporate Law in Belgium.
  • Law360 MVP –  2013
    Partner Gordon Caplan selected as one of only five attorneys nationwide to be named MVP in the area of Private Equity.
  • Am Law Litigation Daily – Litigator of the Week – December 2013
    Partner Joseph Baio recognized for his lead role in winning a landmark verdict in the high-profile copyright infringement case of Agence France Presse v. Daniel Morel v. Getty Images, Inc., et al.
  • New York Law Journal Lifetime Achievement Awards – November 2013
    Willkie’s Gov. Mario M. Cuomo recognized for of his career accomplishments and the profound impact he has made on the law, in New York’s legal community and as New York State’s Governor.
  • Ethisphere Magazine – Attorneys Who Matter 2013, 2012
    Partners Martin Weinstein, Michael Schachter and Mei Lin Kwan-Gett recognized for their achievements in advancing corporate ethics and compliance.
  • New York Law Journal Rising Star - 2013
    Litigation partner Todd G. Cosenza included in an elite group of attorneys from across New York State to comprise the NYLJ’s inaugural class of "Rising Stars."
  • National Bar Association - Young Lawyers Division’s Trailblazer Award 2012/2013
    Business Reorganization and Restructuring partner Shaunna Jones recognized as a young lawyer who demonstrates unprecedented achievement in law practice.
  • Euromoney Legal Media Group’s - Americas Women in Business Law Awards 2013
    Partner Margot Schonholtz recognized for “Best in Insolvency & Restructuring.”
  • France’s Best Lawyers/Les Echos - 2013
    Paris partner Marie-Hélène Raffin recognized in Les Echos as Best Lawyers’ 2013 selection for “Paris Tax Lawyer of the Year.”
  • Turnarounds & Workouts – Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers - 2013
    Business Reorganization and Restructuring partner Rachel Strickland was once again one of 12 attorneys nationwide to be profiled on T&W’s "Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers" special report.
  • ·         Chambers USA –  Women in Law Awards 2013
    Partner Mei Lin Kwan-Gett recognized as "Up & Coming Litigation Lawyer of the Year."
  • Lexology/ILO – 2013 Client Choice Awards
    Partners Mitchell Auslander, Xavier Dieux and Eduardo Fernandez honored in the categories of Litigation (United States:  New York), General Corporate (Belgium) and M&A (France), respectively.
  • National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges  – Next Generation Program  2012
    Business Reorganization and Restructuring partner Shaunna Jones among a select group of up-and-coming bankruptcy professionals nationwide invited to participate in NCBJ’s prestigious Next Generation Program.
  • France’s Best Lawyers/Les Echos - 2012
    Paris partner Daniel Payan recognized in Les Echos as Best Lawyers’ 2012 selection for "Paris Private Equity Lawyer of the Year."
  • Belgium’s Best M&A Lawyer/DE TIJD – June 2012
    Brussels partner Xavier Dieux profiled as Belgium’s leading M&A lawyer.
  • BTI Client Service All-Star Team - 2012

    Real Estate partner Eugene Pinover and Intellectual Property partners John DiMatteo and Eugene Chang recognized by leading corporate counsel for superior client service.

 

DEAL AND MATTER AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

  • IFLR Europe Awards 2014 – Project Finance Deal of the Year – April 2014
    Willkie recognized for its representation of the lenders in the Marseille L2 Ring Road PPP.
  • ·         Option Finance Awards – LBO Deal of the Year – March 2014
    Firm recognized for representing PAI Partners in its acquisition of IPH from Investcorp.
  • ·         Option Finance Awards – M&A Deal of the Year – March 2014
    Firm recognized for representing CEPL shareholder Arcapita in the restructuring and subsequent sale of CEPL to ID Logistics.
  • M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards – 2014
    Willkie recognized for its role representing the majority second lien noteholder in the Ahern Rentals chapter 11 reorganization in the category “Restructuring Deal of the Year (over $500M to $1B).”
  • Law 360 "How They Won It" Series – December 2013
    Willkie litigation team profiled for winning a landmark verdict in the high-profile copyright infringement case Agence France Presse v. Daniel Morel v. Getty Images, Inc., et al.
  • Global M&A Network Turnaround Atlas Awards  – Large Market Turnaround of the Year – June 2013
    Firm recognized for its role in the out-of-court restructuring of Kerzner International Limited.
  • Global M&A Network Turnaround Atlas Awards  – Upper Mid Market Turnaround of the Year – June 2013
    Firm recognized for its role in the out-of-court restructuring of Barneys New York.
  • Global M&A Network Turnaround Atlas Awards – Middle Market Chapter 11 Reorganization of the Year – June 2013
    Firm recognized for its role in Reddy Ice’s chapter 11 plan of reorganization and sale.
  • CF News Award  – Best External Growth (Midcap)  –  May 2013
    Paris office recognized for advising Kiloutou on its acquisition of equipment rental specialist BM Location from Group Monnoyeur.
  • Club des Trente Award – 2012 Corporate Finance Transaction of the Year - May 2013
    Paris office recognized for advising Bonduelle in its inaugural bond issue on the European private placement market.
  • IFLR Europe Awards 2013 – Private Equity Deal of the Year – March 2013
    Willkie recognized for its representation of AXA Private Equity in the sale of its majority stake in Home Shopping Europe (HSE24).
  • IFLR Americas Awards 2013 – Private Equity Deal of the Year – March 2013
    Willkie recognized for its representation of Riverstone Holdings LLC in the $7.15 billion consortium LBO of El Paso Corporation’s exploration and production units.
  • Project Finance Magazine Awards – Deals of the Year Europe – February 2013
    Paris office recognized for advising on the “European High-Speed Rail Deal of the Year 2012” (€1.8 billion Nîmes-Montpellier high speed railway bypass PPP).
  • NYSE Euronext’s Top Secondary Transaction of 2012
    The deal team, in which Willkie played a major role, honored for the Bonduelle Group’s inaugural bond issue on the European private placement market.
  • Law 360 “How They Sealed The Deal” Series – October 2012
    Willkie real estate team profiled for its representation of Sunrise Senior Living in the real estate aspects of its landmark merger with Health Care REIT  ("Sealing the Deal: Willkie Serves Up $3.2B Sunrise Megadeal”).
  • International M&A Advisor Awards – October 2012
    The deal team, in which Willkie played a major role, in the out-of-court restructuring of PlayPower, Inc., honored in the category for “Restructuring Deal of the Year.”
  • IFLR Americas Awards 2012 – Restructuring Deal of the Year – March 2012
    Firm recognized for its lead role in the cross-border restructuring of Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • IFLR Europe Awards 2012 – Private Equity Deal of the Year – March 2012
    Willkie recognized for its representation of PAI partners in the $1.1 billion sale of its 50 percent stake in Yoplait to U.S.-based General Mills.

 

SIGNIFCANT FIRM RANKINGS

Global Competition Review – GCR 100 – 2014
Willkie’s Paris Antitrust and Competition team ranked as “Elite” in France.

BTI  – Client Service A-Team 2014
Willkie recognized for overall excellence in client service.

SNL Financial – 2014 Insurance Legal Adviser Rankings – January 2014
Willkie ranked #1 - Insurance Legal Adviser by deal value and #2 adviser based on number of deals.

Chambers Global – The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2014
The firm and many of its attorneys individually are recognized for outstanding work in the areas of Banking & Finance; Bankruptcy/Restructuring; Capital Markets; Competition/European Law; Corporate/M&A; Climate Change (Global-Wide); Dispute Resolution (Litigation, Elite); FCPA Experts; International Trade (Anti-Corruption); Investment Funds (Hedge Funds); Private Equity (Buyouts); Projects (International); Restructuring/Insolvency; and Tax.

For the fourth consecutive year, the firm ranked in Band 1 for Restructuring/Insolvency (France).

Chambers UK – A Client’s Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2014
The firm and several of its attorneys individually are recognized for outstanding work in the areas of Insurance (Non-contentious) and Corporate Crime & Investigations.

Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2013
The firm and many of its attorneys individually are recognized for outstanding work in the areas of Antitrust; Bankruptcy/Restructuring; Climate Change; Corporate/M&A (The Elite); Environment (Transactional); FCPA Experts; Financial Services Regulation (Broker Dealer: Compliance); Government Relations; Insurance (Dispute Resolution: Policy Holder, Transactional & Regulatory); Intellectual Property (Patent); Investment Funds (Hedge Funds, Registered Funds); Litigation (General Commercial - The Elite, Securities, White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations); Private Equity (Buyouts); Real Estate (Corporate & Finance, "Dirt"); Securities (Enforcement, Litigation, Regulation); Tax; Technology & Outsourcing; Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite; and Wealth Management.

The firm received Band 1 rankings for Insurance (Transactional & Regulatory) and Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite (for the second consecutive year). Additionally, Willkie was nominated among a short list of firms for the "Chambers USA Awards for Excellence 2013" in the area of Insurance

Chambers Europe – Europe’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2013
The firm and many of its attorneys individually are recognized for outstanding work in the areas Banking & Finance, Capital Markets (Equity), Competition/European Law, Corporate/M&A (High End), Dispute Resolution (Litigation), Employment, Environment, Private Equity, Projects (International), and Tax.  Willkie once again received Band 1 rankings in the categories of Competition/European Law, PFI/PPP, Private Equity (High End), Public Law, and Restructuring/Insolvency.  

Chambers Global – The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2013

The firm and many of its attorneys individually are recognized for outstanding work in the areas of Banking & Finance, Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Capital Markets (Debt & Equity), Competition/European Law, Corporate/M&A, Corporate/M&A (Competition), Climate Change (Global-Wide), Dispute Resolution (Litigation), FCPA Experts; Investment Funds (Hedge Funds); Private Equity (Buyouts); Projects (International); Restructuring/Insolvency; and Tax.

For the third consecutive year, the firm ranked in Band 1 for Restructuring/Insolvency (France).

BTI  – Client Service A-Team 2014
Willkie recognized for overall excellence in client service.

BTI  – Brand Elite 2013
Willkie recognized for delivering exceptional innovation and premium value and for significant client recommendations.

BTI  – Client Service A-Team 2013
Willkie recognized for overall excellence in client service.

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