2019 Vault Rankings
“Restructuring practice is unmatched”
“Great group of people”
“No control over schedule”
“Long partnership track”
A powerhouse in restructuring, M&A, private equity, and litigation, Weil, Gotshal & Manges has long been one of the world’s leading law firms. The firm has pioneered major areas of law, such as corporate governance, private equity, and bankruptcy and restructuring, and Weil has been a fixture at the top of law firm rankings, including those compiled by The American Lawyer and Chambers USA. For instance, Weil ranks among the top 10 most profitable firms in the latest AmLaw 100 list.
To New York and Beyond
Weil was founded in New York in 1931 and has been located in New York’s iconic General Motors Building since the building opened in 1968, overlooking the city’s playground, Central Park, from its newly renovated digs. With approximately 1,100 lawyers, the firm has offices spanning three continents and seven countries, and it continues to be one of the highest-grossing law firms in the world.
Weil continues to be involved in some of the most high-profile M&A deals in the market. In 2017, the firm advised household name companies such as Campbell Soup and The Home Depot on important transactions. Over the last 5 years, Weil has handled more than 1,500 deals totaling more than $2.1 trillion in deal value. Recent banner representations include: The Transaction Committee of the Board of Directors of Reynolds American in its $49B merger with British American Tobacco; Scripps Networks in pending $14.6 billion merger with Discovery Communications; and Straight Path Communications Inc. in its $3.1 billion sale to Verizon Communications Inc.
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 2017and in many other high-profile out-of-court restructurings. Highlights include representing Takata, Westinghouse Electric, CHC Helicopter, and Tidewater in their respective chapter 11 cases, as well as J. Crew Group, Inc. in its restructuring efforts of over $2 billion in funded debt obligations.
May it Please the Court
In 2017, Weil’s litigators won more than 30 victories at all phases of the litigation process, including several trials. The group scored victories for clients such as Morgan Stanley, Illumina, Sanofi, and Showtime Networks, and won an honorable mention in American Lawyer’s Litigation Department of the Year contest and was also named a finalist for products liability. Most recently, Weil secured a complete defense jury verdict for C&S Wholesale Grocers following nine days of trial in an antitrust class action in Minnesota federal court.
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 groundbreaking $3.3B acquisition of Fortress Investment Group and Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board, as part of a consortium, in the $20B acquisition of a 55% stake in Thomson Reuters’ Financial & Risk 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. In response to the series of disasters that took place in late 2017 affecting Puerto Rico, Mexico, Houston and Las Vegas, Weil and firm individuals gave $750,000 to support relief efforts, in addition to taking part in other service-oriented projects. Weil instituted a formal Volunteer Time Off program in January 2017, becoming the first major law firm to do so. The program provides attorneys and staff with an additional day of paid time off each year which can be used for volunteer service. In pro bono, a team of Weil lawyers recently scored a major civil rights victory for a group of Mexican-American students in Tucson, Arizona, spearheading a battle for equality, freedom of speech, and access to education. The win was covered by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, GQ and Time magazine.
IN THE NEWS
Weil has advised clients on some of the largest and most innovative transactions in the marketplace across a vast number of industries, including technology, energy, financial services, retail, media, healthcare and transportation, among others. In the past year alone, the Firm has advised some of the most well-known companies in the world on deals that change how we live and work! Some of these companies include the Campbell Soup Company, The Home Depot, The Kroger Company, Sanofi, and Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. Over the last 5 years, Weil has handled more than 1,500 deals totaling more than $2.1 trillion in deal value.
Named the 2017 “Best International Firm for Diversity” by Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Americas Women in Business Law Awards, a commitment to diversity and inclusion has been at the core of the firm since it was founded in 1931. In addition to being a leader in investing in formal initiatives to cultivate an inclusive and diverse culture within the firm, Weil is also committed to engaging as a responsible corporate citizen in the communities where we live and work. Weil is one of the first law firms in the legal industry to implement a comprehensive community engagement program, including employee giving and volunteer opportunities for all U.S. and U.K. attorneys and administrative staff, taking place during and outside of work hours.
Weil continues to burnish its credentials as one of the best firms in the United States for class action defense. In April 2018, a Weil team secured a complete defense jury verdict for C&S Wholesale Grocers following nine days of trial in an antitrust class action in Minnesota federal court. In 2016, Weil was retained as lead trial counsel after the Court granted certification of classes of more than 300 retail grocers, which alleged that C&S conspired with another company to allocate certain markets in the United States, in violation of the Sherman Act. The jury’s verdict – a rare outcome in an antitrust class action – erased claims worth several hundred million dollars in treble damages, plus attorneys’ fees, and brought nine years of litigation to a close. For this monumental victory, Weil Co-Head of Litigation David Lender and Antitrust partner Eric Hochstadt were named “Litigators of the Week” by both The AmLaw Litigation Daily and Global Competition Review.
The closing of airbag maker Takata’s $1.6 billion sale to Key Safety Systems in April 2018 was the latest milestone in Takata’s exit from bankruptcy and its ongoing reorganization. This complex story involves a $650 million settlement with injured drivers in the U.S., the aligning of all of the major auto manufacturers, a stalking horse bid by KSS to buy Takata’s viable assets out of bankruptcy, and approval by multiple bankruptcy courts in the U.S. and Japan—all touched off by the largest auto safety recall in U.S. history. Weil led Takata through this entire process, which is one of the most complex in recent history. The team was featured in Law360’s “Sealing the Deal” column for their achievements. This successful outcome was a result of collaboration across many of Weil’s award-winning practices, including bankruptcy, M&A and products liability. In fact, Weil was named the national finalist for the Products Liability competition in The American Lawyer’s prestigious “Litigation Department of the Year” contest in January 2018. Weil’s involvement in high-profile bankruptcies isn’t rare—the group was involved in more than 10 of the largest bankruptcies filed in the United States in 2017 and has served as chief debtors’ counsel in five of the six largest U.S. bankruptcy filings in history.
Weil’s Banking & Finance practice provides “one-stop shopping” on highly complex financings, offering true international deal execution. The group was particularly busy in December 2017, advising on the financing aspects of two of the most high profile deals of the year: advising Barclays, Goldman Sachs, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch in providing $49 billion of financing commitments to CVS Health to finance its acquisition of Aetna; and advising Goldman Sachs in providing a bridge loan commitment of up to $9 billion in connection with Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc.’s plan to spin off to 21st Century Fox shareholders a portfolio of its news, sports and broadcast businesses to create a new “Fox.” For these achievements, along with others, the group was featured in Law360’s “Sealing the Deal” column.
Weil’s global private equity practice is recognized by the industry as being one of only a very small number of elite, market leaders in this field. The group represents the world's top PE firms-in fund formation as well as deals—the firm advises more than 200 private equity clients worldwide, including 9 out of the 10 largest global private equity funds and 70% of the top 25, as ranked by PEI 300 2018. Weil advised SoftBank in its $3.3 billion acquisition of Fortress Investment Group, which closed in December 2017, marking the first-ever take-private of a diversified alternative asset manager. In April 2018, Weil private equity partner Harvey Eisenberg was named one of The American Lawyer’s Dealmakers of the Year for guiding SoftBank through the extremely complex deal.
Launch Your Career
When you join Weil, you are not just getting a job – you are launching a career. You will work together with Weil colleagues, and partner with clients to hone your skills as a business lawyer. In doing so, you will be building capabilities that can take you in many different professional directions. You will also have access to robust training and professional development programs.
767 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10153
Phone: (212) 310-8000
Employer Type: Private
Executive Partner: Barry M. Wolf
Co-Hiring Partners: Joshua Amsel & Jackie Cohen
Total No. Attorneys 2018: 1,100
1st year: $190,000
2nd year: $200,000
3rd year: $220,000
4th year: $255,000
5th year: $280,000
6th year: $305,000
7th year: $325,000
8th year: $340,000
Summer associate: $3,700/week
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New York, NY (HQ)
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Business Finance & Restructuring
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