Transportation & Automotive

Whether it is aviation or automotive, Weil has led groundbreaking representations in transportation and related areas. Weil’s restructuring of American Airlines, including our client’s merger with US Airways, is the most successful chapter 11 case in airline history, enabling creditors to receive a full recovery on their claims and providing a substantial distribution to stockholders. In the American Airlines matter, our world renowned Bankruptcy lawyers teamed up perfectly with our premier M&A lawyers to handle both the restructuring and the related multibillion-dollar M&A deal synchronously.
The Firm’s many practice groups have successfully worked together to assist the automotive sector as well, in both restructuring and corporate finance matters.  Weil helped General Motors avoid systematic failure and save hundreds of thousands of jobs by bringing the “New GM” out of bankruptcy in just 40 days. Weil has also been involved in some of the largest financings on record in the automotive industry, making Weil the “go-to” firm when the stakes are the highest. The Firm, for example, advised J.P. Morgan, Citi, and Goldman Sachs, as lead arrangers, in the $18.5 billion financing for Ford, the largest ever financing in the automotive industry to this day. Most recently, the Firm advised General Motors in its $11 billion revolving credit facilities, the largest unfunded non-investment grade revolver in history at the time and the third-largest financing in the automotive industry behind the $18.5 billion Ford transaction and the $17 billion financing Daimler Chrysler obtained in 1999.

Weil’s deep resources in the United States and abroad with significant experience across all legal disciplines has enabled the Firm to provide outstanding service to many companies and investors in the shipping and logistics sector.

Weil has also successfully provided representation of clients in significant litigation in the industry, including two major antitrust litigations in which American Airlines prevailed against Sabre Holdings and Travelport in a dispute over the online market for airline ticket distribution. The Firm has also won a number of autoparts liability matters for our clients.

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Weil was recognized in FT’s US Innovative Lawyers Report 2013 (Corporate) for representing AMR, the parent company of American Airlines, in American's $11 billion merger with US Airways Group while under chapter 11 protection.