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Weil Adds Banking & Finance Partner Dr. Ralf Defren in Frankfurt

NEW YORK, January 4, 2021: International law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP announced today that Dr. Ralf Defren has joined the Firm as a partner. Based in the Firm's Frankfurt office, he will lead Weil's Banking & Finance practice in Germany.

“We are very happy to welcome Ralf, a highly regarded lawyer who has worked on a range of important and complex transactions,” said Weil Executive Partner Barry Wolf. “He will be a tremendous asset to our clients while also playing a key role in the continued expansion of our market-leading global platform.”

“Ralf brings to our Firm impressive depth and breadth of experience, most notably advising on the financing aspects of deals,” said Gerhard Schmidt, Managing Partner of Weil’s German offices. “In leading our Banking & Finance team in Germany, Ralf will play an important role in leveraging our capabilities to clients globally, and will be a key asset, in particular, to our M&A, private equity and restructuring practices.”

Dr. Defren joins Weil from the Frankfurt office of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, where he was a partner focused on a broad range of financing transactions.

Dr. Defren commented: “I am thrilled to join Weil’s global Banking & Finance practice and look forward to advising the Firm’s clients on their most complex transactions. It will be a privilege to collaborate with our stellar team of lawyers in Germany and across our global offices.”

About Weil in Germany

Weil’s German offices, based in Frankfurt and Munich, work together closely to provide seamless support to domestic and international clients, handling both sophisticated cross-border transactions and multi-jurisdictional disputes with a focus on Private Equity, Mergers & Acquisitions, Restructuring, Dispute Resolution, Finance, Tax and Employment. The offices’ remarkably diverse client base is engaged in a variety of industries and includes some of the world’s leading financial institutions and major international corporations.

About Weil

Founded in 1931, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has been a preeminent provider of legal services for the past 90 years. With approximately 1,100 lawyers in offices on three continents, Weil has been a pioneer in establishing a geographic footprint that has allowed the Firm to partner with clients wherever they do business. The Firm’s four departments, Corporate, Litigation, Restructuring, and Tax, Executive Compensation & Benefits, and more than two dozen practice groups are consistently recognized as leaders in their respective fields.

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