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Weil Adds Capital Markets Partner Merritt Johnson in New York

NEW YORK, May 11, 2021: International law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP announced today that Merritt Johnson has joined the Firm as a partner in the Capital Markets practice. Merritt is based in Weil’s New York office.

“We are pleased to welcome Merritt, who brings deep experience advising a wide range of clients on sophisticated transactions,” said Weil Executive Partner Barry Wolf. “His technical capabilities, combined with a commitment to excellent client service, make him an excellent fit for our Firm and our collaborative culture.”

“Merritt has demonstrated a real talent for counseling organizations across a broad array of industries as they navigate the most complex aspects of capital raising,” said Michael Aiello, Chairman of Weil’s global Corporate Department. “His sound business judgment and impressive practice knowledge will be significant assets to our market-leading global Capital Markets team.”

Merritt joins Weil from Shearman & Sterling, where he was a partner. His practice focuses on high-yield and investment grade debt offerings, initial public offerings, secondary equity offerings, leveraged buy-outs and liability management transactions. He represents financial institutions and corporate issuers, and has worked on transactions in a range of industries – including healthcare, mining and metals, oil and gas, media and telecommunications, consumer retail products, technology, and general industrials.

“I’m delighted to join Weil’s Capital Markets team and the Firm’s outstanding global platform,” Merritt commented. “This is an exciting opportunity to collaborate with accomplished colleagues who have consistently earned clients’ trust while working on high-stakes transactional, regulatory and litigation matters.”

About Weil's Capital Markets Practice

Weil's leading Capital Markets practice executes our clients' most complex and challenging capital-raising matters, leveraging both the excellence of our lawyers and the strength of the Firm's global platform. We are one of the very few firms that regularly advises private equity sponsors, underwriters and corporate issuers on their most significant debt and equity transactions – including high-yield debt, investment-grade debt, IPOs, secondary offerings, follow-on offerings, shelf registrations, private placements, convertible/exchangeable securities, acquisition financing and tender/exchange offers. We have extensive experience advising clients across a wide range of industries, including financial services, technology, transportation, airlines, media, telecommunications, gaming, lodging, manufacturing, energy, healthcare and life sciences, and retail and consumer products.

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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