Private Equity

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. Our 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. Weil advises more than 200 private equity clients worldwide, including 80% of the top 25, as ranked by PEI 300 2016. Our advice covers all aspects of the full life cycle of investments.

Notable Representations, Key Contacts

Our clients benefit from our:

 

Global platform

Across the United States, Europe and Asia, our lawyers work together to provide a seamless service to market leading players of all sizes, across all sectors. Our global private equity practice and our international offices are ranked in the top tiers by the leading legal directories.

Fully integrated offering

In addition to providing best-in-class transactional advice, we also provide our private equity clients with market leading expertise across a range of disciplines including the ability to:
  • Execute across all financing structures through our leading private equity finance team
  • Help clients raise funds in time critical situations and efficiently through our market leading fund formation team
  • Provide clients best-in-class tax and executive compensation and employee benefits advice
  • In addition, we provide a full service to our private equity clients encompassing restructuring, governance, antitrust, employment, litigation, and intellectual property.

Multi-asset offering

With the increasing trend of private equity houses diversifying into new asset classes, our fully integrated offering means that we can advise multi-asset managers on the full spectrum of their investment products, including distressed debt, infrastructure, real estate, and structured products.

Ability to execute private equity transactions for new types of buyers

We apply techniques used successfully in traditional private equity transactions to meet the needs of newer entrants to the direct market including sovereign wealth funds, pension funds and family offices. Weil has been at the forefront of this evolution and acts for a range of such investors, alongside the more traditional private equity funds.

Strong partnering skills

We work in partnership with our clients to offer a range of value-added services including bespoke training and market trend comparisons. More importantly we develop products and services designed to support our clients at different points in the life cycle of their portfolio companies.

Deep bench of private equity experts

With more than 200 lawyers worldwide, Weil has the strongest bench of lawyers dedicated exclusively to private equity. Our clients benefit from recognized leaders in their field who have been steeped in the industry from the start of their legal careers, providing insight that goes beyond just transactional advice.

Selected Representations

Major buyouts and exits

Carve-outs

Dual-track processes

Minority investments

Public to private

Key Contacts

Marco Compagnoni

Marco Compagnoni

Partner

London


Douglas P. Warner

Douglas P. Warner

Partner

New York

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Ranked Top 5 for Global Private Equity for the last 5 years

Bloomberg; mergermarket

Global Co-Head of Private Equity Douglas Warner named Private Equity MVP

Law360 2015

Co-Managing Partner of the Boston office Marilyn French Shaw named a “Dealmaker of the Year” for her role in advising Advent International in its acquisition of Australian-style yogurt company,  Noosa Yoghurt

The American Lawyer 2015

Their international offering is very important to us - they have the ability to work in numerous different jurisdictions, and are experienced in handling a variety of different types of transactions.”

Chambers USA 2016

They've got very talented individuals who have tremendous market insight and expertise. The firm itself has tremendous resources, which it can bring to bear in any area required.”

Chambers USA 2016

They do a great job weighing risks; not just telling us what the risks are, but helping us assess the situation. They're able to help us assess those risks better because they have a much better feel for market.”

Chambers USA 2016

The team scores “11 out of 10” for its “responsiveness,” "technical strength” and “good business strength,” and it “knows what is commercially important.”

Legal 500 US

Private Equity Practice Group of the Year

Law360 2012 and 2014

Band 1 for Private Equity Global-wide, Asia-Pacific-wide, and Across Europe

Chambers Global, Chambers Asia-Pacific, Chambers Europe, Chambers UK

Tier 1 for Private Equity in the U.S.

IFLR1000

Band 1 for Private Equity – UK

Chambers UK, Legal 500 UK and IFLR1000 UK

Private Equity “Law Firm of the Year”

Best Lawyers in Germany 2016

Tier 1 for Private Equity – Hong Kong

Legal 500 Asia Pacific and IFLR1000

Recipient of Private Equity “Deal of the Year” Award

China Law & Practice 2015

Three lawyers named to “Legal Power 30” list of the 30 most influential private equity lawyers in the world today

Private Equity Manager

Private Equity Client Program and Global Private Equity Watch blog named among the most “Innovative” Business of Law Initiatives of the Year

FT North America Innovative Lawyers Report

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