Offering an integrated multi-disciplinary solution to funds, corporates and financial institutions, Weil’s London office is consistently involved on high-profile matters across all our specialties.
Our focus on delivering value beyond transactional advice enables clients to maximise commercial opportunities, mitigate risk and understand the ever-changing regulatory landscape. Constantly evolving our offering in line with market trends is how we have done business since 1996, and since that time we have been involved in innovative mandates and led on novel areas of law.
In London, Weil has highly regarded practices in:
Private Equity: Entrenched in all aspects of private equity, the team includes some of the most respected private equity lawyers in the market. Providing best-in-class advice to all private equity market participants throughout the lifecycle of their investments, Weil’s lawyers offer up-to-date knowhow and a suite of services to ensure that funds gain the best possible return on investment. From pension funds to multi-asset managers, buyouts to portfolio company restructurings, our expertise covers every facet of the market. The requirements of global investors are further supported by our elite international private equity platform.
Corporate/M&A: Clients turn to Weil for strategic advice on their U.K. and cross-border M&A transactions. With an experienced team knowledgeable of the full range of deal types from takeovers, carve-outs and public-to-privates to joint ventures and distressed M&A, we work seamlessly with the Firm’s network to complete multi-jurisdictional transactions. Our public company offering also includes expertise in corporate governance and compliance and equity capital markets (including IPOs).
Private Funds: Standing apart from the rest for being the only team in London offering fully integrated funds, tax and regulatory capabilities, we provide commercial advice to managers throughout the duration of their funds’ lives, from the raising and deployment of capital to realisation. Many of the world’s leading fund managers rely on Weil for up-to-the-minute advice and solutions to stay ahead of the competition and understand the plethora of new regulation.
Leveraged Finance and High Yield: Few firms can match Weil’s ability to provide a single solution for banks and sponsors across all current European finance products, and the team has been at the forefront of trends in yankee loans, covenant lite European deals and second lien financings. Providing top tier execution capabilities to sponsors, lenders and borrowers, Weil’s lawyers have built a reputation for market innovation and for executing complex acquisition structures.
Structured Finance: The group has been at the forefront of the industry in Europe since the inception of the market and is known for complex and innovative transactions, including the creation of several of the first-ever securitisations of specific asset classes. We cover the full range of structured finance products with extensive derivatives expertise. Along with ABS and MBS experience, we have a dominant position in the revitalised European CLO 2.0 market and are active on debt portfolio trades and distressed deals.
Restructuring: From working on the European aspects of some of the most notable restructurings of recent times to our current mandate advising MF Global in its historic first-ever special administration, our stellar track record underlines both Weil’s restructuring preeminence and our proven ability to untangle complex businesses. We apply this unique insight when advising debtors, creditors, sellers and purchasers in distressed M&A and Nonperforming Loans, and other investors, with a focus on providing the most value-enhancing outcome.
Dispute Resolution: Taking a bespoke approach that consistently delivers the best result, our lawyers advise upon, manage and conduct every aspect of contentious and alternative disputes. Regarded as commercially savvy and distinguished for conducting our own advocacy in arbitration tribunals, we have led on a number of high-profile, precedent-setting court and arbitration proceedings that have involved novel areas of law. Evidencing our versatility, our experience includes energy disputes, tax litigation, structured finance disputes, IP disputes and contentious regulatory matters.
Full service: A distinctive aspect of our client offering is in-house experts in competition, tax, pensions, employment, employee incentives, real estate, intellectual property and IT who play a crucial role in ensuring that transactions, restructurings and disputes reach a successful conclusion. Weil’s Transaction Specialists also provide cutting-edge advisory support on a range of significant contentious and non-contentious matters, including recent landmark cases before the English and European courts.
Awards and Recognition
- Restructuring Team of the Year – Legal Business Awards 2014
- M&A Deal of the Year for AAR/TNK-BP – IFLR Awards 2014
- Weil Ranks in Top 5 for M&A Across the Globe in 2013 Year-End League Tables and # 4 for M&A in the UK in Q1 2014
- Weil London Office Ranked “Most Innovative Firm in Corporate Law” 2013
– The Financial Times
- A European Private Equity Law Firm of the Year winner at Financial News Awards for Excellence in Private Equity Europe 2013
- European M&A Tax Team of the Year – International Tax Review's annual European Tax Awards 2013
Pro Bono Initiatives and Community Service
The London office actively embodies Weil’s Firmwide culture of giving back to the community through a wide range of pro bono and corporate responsibility initiatives.
Weil has built an award-winning community service programme in the United Kingdom which is underpinned by a commitment to providing strategic and scalable impacts to support the interests of the vunerable. In pursuit of this aim, we collaborate with some of the world’s leading NGOs, corporates and funds, including Oxfam, Plan International, Tearfund, Age UK, Human Dignity Trust, Barnardo’s, Scope, Macmillan Cancer and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
Recently our innovative pro bono advice has led the way in a number of ground-breaking areas such as social finance and impact investing, as well as on climate change and Fair Trade issues.