Prominent Matters

Recognized by clients, the media, and professional commentators as best in class, Weil’s lawyers are known for the clarity, timeliness, and effectiveness of their counsel, and as a result, have become their clients’ call of first resort for solutions to their toughest legal challenges. Weil’s one-firm approach ensures that the Firm works seamlessly to handle the most complex Corporate, Litigation, Regulatory, Tax, and Restructuring challenges.

Recent experience includes advising:

  • Basic Energy in its $1.1 billion prepackaged chapter 11 filing
  • Halcón Resources in its $2.9 billion chapter 11 case
  • KKR Credit in its $1.5 billion investment in shipping loans and establishment of a new shipping portfolio management company
  • Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the chapter 11 case of SunEdison
  • Ad hoc group of unsecured noteholders of SandRidge Energy
  • Aéropostale, Inc. in its chapter 11 case
  • Breitburn Energy Partners, LP in its $3.1 billion chapter 11 case
  • Paragon Offshore in its $2.5 billion chapter 11 reorganization and confirmation trial
  • Fairway Group Holdings Corp. in its chapter 11 case
  • Helicopter operator CHC Group Ltd. in its $2.3 billion chapter 11 case
  • Golfsmith International in its chapter 11 case
  • Term loan lenders of Things Remembered in its out-of-court restructuring
  • Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the chapter 11 case of Ultra Petroleum
  • Ad hoc group of lenders to Aspect Software
  • Ad Hoc Creditors’ Committee in negotiations with Ukraine for the restructuring of 14 sovereign and sovereign-guaranteed Eurobonds
  • The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc. (A&P) in its chapter 11 case
  • Vantage Drilling Company in its prepackaged chapter 11 cases to restructure more than $2.5 billion in senior secured debt
  • Significant creditor interests in connection with the debt issued by Puerto Rico and its public corporations
  • Endeavour International and its subsidiaries in its $1.1 billion chapter 11 cases
  • Barclays Bank on the £1.5 billion restructuring of the General Healthcare Group
  • Chassix Holdings, Inc. and its domestic subsidiaries, in connection with the prearranged chapter 11 restructuring of their $700 million capital structure
  • National Public Finance Guaranty Corporation in the City of Stockton, California’s and City of San Bernardino, California’s chapter 9 bankruptcy cases
  • The Financial Guaranty Insurance Company in connection with the chapter 9 bankruptcy case filed by the City of Detroit, Michigan
  • The KPMG Administrators of MF Global UK in a landmark settlement of the MF Global group’s pension liabilities
  • AMR Corporation, parent company of American Airlines, in its chapter 11 process and emergence from bankruptcy, as well as its subsequent merger with US Airways
  • Lehman Brothers in its chapter 11 bankruptcy
  • General Motors and its debtor affiliates in their restructuring and chapter 11 cases, including the unprecedented section 363(b) sale of the ongoing company
  • Texas Rangers Baseball Partners, the owner and operator of the Texas Rangers Major League Baseball Club, in its prepackaged chapter 11 case

Recent experience includes advising:

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • The Dow Chemical Company in its $130 billion all-stock merger of equals with E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
  • DIRECTV in its $67.1 billion sale to AT&T
  • General Electric Company in its strategic plan to sell most of GE Capital’s assets, including several related multi-billion dispositions
  • Sanofi in its pending $25 billion exchange of its animal health business (Merial) for the consumer healthcare business of Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH
  • Oracle Corporation in approximately $20 billion in transactions, including most recently, its acquisitions of NetSuite, Opower, Textura Corporation, MICROS Systems, Responsys, Acme Packet and Eloqua
  • Willis Holdings Group in its $18 billion merger with Towers Watson
  • IMS Health Holdings, Inc. in its $17.6 billion merger with Quintiles Transnational Holdings Inc.
  • Intel Corporation in its $16.7 billion acquisition of Altera Corporation
  • JAB Holding Company, as leader of an investment group, in that group's $13.9 billion take private of Keurig Green Mountain Inc.
  • HNA Group Co. Ltd. in its $6.5 billion acquisition of a 25% stake in Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. from affiliates of The Blackstone Group and its approximately $6 billion acquisition of Ingram Micro Inc. by its member Tianjin Tianhai Investment Co Ltd.
  • Yahoo! Inc. in all technology and IP aspects of its pending $4.83 billion sale of its operating business to Verizon Communications Inc.
  • Verizon Communications Inc. in its $4.4 billion acquisition of AOL Inc.
  • Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Starz, Inc. in Starz’s $4.4 billion sale to Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation

Private Equity – Execution and Fund Formation

  • Brookfield Asset Management in the formation of Brookfield Infrastructure Fund III — a $14 billion infrastructure fund — which is the largest private fund raised by Brookfield and the largest ever raised in the industry
  • Perella Weinberg Partners in its agreement to combine with Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co.
  • Avolon Holdings Limited in its $10 billion acquisition of the aircraft leasing business of CIT Group Inc.
  • Brookfield Asset Management in the formation of Brookfield Capital Partners IV, a $4 billion private equity fund
  • Thomas H. Lee Partners and inVentiv Health, Inc. in THL’s sale of a 50% interest in inVentiv to Advent International, valuing inVentiv at $3.8 billion
  • PSP Investments as part of a global investor group in the group’s agreement to acquire ownership stakes in AlixPartners
  • Gores Holdings, Inc. in its acquisition of Hostess Brands, LLC, a transaction valued at approximately $2.3 billion
  • OMERS Private Equity, together with Harvest Partners, in the approximately $1 billion take private acquisition of Epiq Systems Inc. and combination with Document Technologies Inc.
  • Altas Partners in the formation of Altas Partners Holdings LP, a $1 billion fund
  • TPG Growth and TPG Special Situations Partners in the acquisition of a minority stake in Spotify Technology S.A.

Finance

  • Advent International and Bain Capital on a dual track process leading to the IPO of Worldpay
  • AMC Entertainment Holdings on financing for the $1.2 billion acquisition of Odeon & UCI Cinemas Group and the $1.1 billion acquisition of Carmike Cinemas
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan and the other underwriters in a $19.75 billion debt offering by Microsoft to finance its acquisition of LinkedIn
  • Cotiviti Holdings on its $246 million IPO
  • General Electric Capital Corporation’s $36 billion debt exchange offer, at the time the largest debt exchange offer in history
  • GE and Synchrony Financial in a $20 billion stock exchange offer to complete the split off of Synchrony from GE, at the time the largest equity exchange offer in history
  • Goldman Sachs on an $8 billion financing for Great Plains Energy Inc. to finance its pending $12.2 billion cash and stock acquisition of Westar Energy Inc.
  • Hertz in the establishment of its rental car securitization financing platform and in securitization-related aspects of the spin-off of Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation
  • JAB Holding on $6.4 billion multicurrency financing for its acquisition of Keurig Green Mountain Inc.
  • Ollie’s Bargain Outlet on its IPO and follow-on offerings

Antitrust M&A

  • Allergan in its $39 billion sale of its global generic pharmaceuticals business to Teva Pharmaceuticals
  • AbbVie in its $21 billion acquisition of Pharmacyclics
  • The Sherwin-Williams Company in its proposed $11.3 billion acquisition of Valspar
  • Johnson & Johnson in the $2 billion sale of its Cordis business to Cardinal Health

Recent experience includes advising:

  • Adobe Systems in a patent litigation case in which the Federal Circuit affirmed a California federal jury’s verdict invalidating as obvious two digital-rights management patents asserted by Digital Reg of Texas
  • CBS Broadcasting Inc. in a definitive landmark victory affirmed by the Sixth Circuit in which the Middle District of Tennessee granted the dismissal with prejudice of a putative class action relating to rights of publicity and the broadcast of college sports games
  • Illumina in 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
  • Lehman Brothers in securing an appellate victory before the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, that entered judgment defeating a suit brought by a minority investor objecting to a $16 billion sale by Lehman of apartment owner Archstone Enterprise LP to Equity Residential and AvalonBay Communities in 2012
  • Littlewoods Group in a landmark victory in its long-running dispute with HMRC, concerning interest on overpaid VAT, in which the High Court held that Littlewoods’ claims, worth approximately £1.25 billion, succeed in full — representing one of the largest money judgments ever handed down by the English courts
  • Marsh & McLennan in a summary judgment victory, affirmed by the Second Circuit, in a dispute with two former executives that provides judicial guidance for companies as to how they may conduct internal investigations against a backdrop of government regulatory and criminal investigations
  • Michael Foods, Inc. in defeating certification of a class of consumers that purchased eggs and egg products – which sought more than $7 billion in damages – in a federal antitrust MDL encompassing two nationwide class actions and more than 10 individual lawsuits
  • Morgan Stanley in securing a jury verdict of no liability following a trial in the Southern District of New York of rare private insider trading claims asserted by a Russian billionaire and his investment vehicle relating to transactions that occurred at the cusp of the financial crisis
  • Nortek Global HVAC in obtaining two significant victories in related federal class actions alleging that Nortek had breached express and implied warranties in the sale of air conditioners containing allegedly defective copper coils, including the denial of class certification in the Southern District of Florida, and then the dismissal, with prejudice, of a 20-count nationwide class action complaint in the Middle District of Tennessee
  • Procter & Gamble in securing multiple victories in a products liability MDL, including numerous rulings by the Eleventh Circuit that paved the way for the dismissal with prejudice of hundreds of plaintiffs’ claims alleging that their use of Fixodent denture cream caused neurologic injury
  • Sanofi 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 arising out of statements regarding the results of Phase 3 clinical trials for a multiple sclerosis drug and its prospects for FDA approval – the first Second Circuit opinion to address the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Omnicare decision
  • Showtime Networks in successfully negotiating the dismissal of putative consumer class actions arising out of the Manny Pacquiao/Floyd Mayweather boxing match
  • T-Mobile in a patent litigation case in which the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court’s ruling that the carrier had not infringed a patent held by Novo Transforma because the technology was, in fact, unpatentable under the Supreme Court’s Alice test

Our Tax, Executive Compensation & Benefits Department is fully integrated with the Firm’s other practices. Lawyers in this department provide sophisticated and innovative advice on the most complex deals, as well as on high-profile restructurings and workouts, financing arrangements, capital markets transactions and other matters. View Business Finance & Restructuring, Corporate and Litigation matters.