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Did you know…


We view ourselves not as the London branch of a New York law firm but as the London office of one of the world’s leading international law firms.


2006 was our 10th anniversary of the opening of our London office (and 75 years since the founding of the firm).


We are the second largest of the firm’s worldwide offices. Our London office has now grown to around 100 lawyers, including 23 partners and 2 Of Counsel.


We have run our own trainee programme for the last 10 years and now recruit up to10 trainees a year.


About us


A key player on the


international legal scene


Weil, Gotshal & Manges acts for many of the most successful companies and institutions in the world in their high-stakes matters and transactions. We have more than 1,200 lawyers, including more than 320 partners, in 20 cities throughout the US, Europe and Asia.


The London office, established in 1996, has grown to become our second largest, and the hub of our European practice. Our strategy has been to pursue steady, purposeful growth, building a world-class team of lawyers who provide the best judgement on close calls and tough issues.


Trainees in London regularly work on cross-border matters, liaising with, or travelling to, our offices in Europe, Asia and the US. The London office has around 100 lawyers, over 95% of them UK-qualified, and we offer up to 10 training contracts in London each year.


Areas of work CORPORATE


Our strategy is to be the leading private equity and corporate restructuring law firm in London and Europe. Our private equity client base provides us with a breadth of challenging and international cutting-edge deals across the spectrum. We also advise on public and private mergers, acquisitions and disposals, demergers and re-organisations, equity capital markets, joint ventures and strategic alliances and corporate governance. We provide support for transactions through specialists in the fields of commercial contracts, competition, employee benefits, environment, IP, IT, pensions, real estate and tax. Our London office provides clients with same-time specialist US and European advice. We are also able to offer a specialist focus in certain industry sectors. These include retail brands, defence, infrastructure, energy, healthcare, technology, media and telecoms. The deals we work on are regularly short-listed for legal or industry awards and we are consistently ranked in the top tier of the international M&A lawyers’ league tables. In 2010, we were named “Private Equity Team of the Year” and ”US Law Firm of the Year” at the Legal Business Awards.


FINANCE


We have a broad-based international finance practice, including a structured finance group which ranks among the best practices in the City.


Our expertise includes bank and institutional lending, acquisition finance (including senior and mezzanine debt), asset finance, derivatives, refinancings and recapitalisations, debt capital markets (including high-yield), securitisation and structured finance and lease financings.


DISPUTE RESOLUTION


Few firms can match the quality and depth of our experience in litigation, arbitration and other forms of dispute resolution. We help clients solve their toughest problems in any forum throughout the world and we have an impressive and successful track record in extremely large and difficult cases.


RESTRUCTURING


Recognised as one of the leading practices in its field, the firm is involved in virtually every major reorganisation case in the US (including Lehman Brothers, AIG and General Motors) and in major international out-of-court debt restructurings. We are building on this market-leading reputation throughout Europe, focusing on transactional restructurings and insolvencies of multinational companies such as Icelandic bank Kaupthing.


COMPETITION


Our antitrust and competition practice is one of the largest, most diversified and highly respected world-wide. We provide integrated global counselling, litigation, regulatory and transactional services in many industry sectors.


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