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Weil to Add Restructuring Partner Neil Devaney in London

LONDON, November 15, 2019:  International law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP today announced that Neil Devaney will join the Firm as a partner to play a leadership role in its market-leading Business Finance & Restructuring practice.

Neil is a restructuring partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, and he has extensive cross-border finance, restructuring and insolvency expertise. His practice is focused on advising clients on complex, high-value debt restructurings.  Neil also handles bespoke financing arrangements in stressed, distressed and special situations.

Weil’s London Business Finance & Restructuring practice is widely recognised as a leader in its field and was ranked first for European restructurings by value and volume in Debtwire’s most recent Europe Restructuring Advisory Mandates report.

Weil Executive Partner Barry Wolf said: “Neil is a perfect fit for our world-renowned Business Finance & Restructuring practice and he will be a key part of our continuing success.”

Matt Barr said: “Gary Holtzer, Ray Schrock and I, as Co-Heads of Weil’s Business Finance & Restructuring practice, are thrilled to welcome Neil to the Firm. Our entire department looks forward to working with him advising clients on the most significant global distressed situations.”

Weil London Managing Partner Mike Francies said: “We are delighted to have one of the leading restructuring lawyers of his generation join our market-leading restructuring practice. Neil will work closely with our highly regarded team in London and other senior Business Finance & Restructuring leaders around the world to continue to build out our platform in Europe and globally.”

About Weil’s Business Finance & Restructuring Practice

Weil invented much of what has become standard practice in the restructuring field. For more than 45 years, Weil has played a pivotal role in defining this field by offering creative, practical and thoughtful solutions for its clients.  The Firm has served as chief debtors’ counsel in six of the seven largest U.S. bankruptcy filings in history and has had key creditor roles in some of the most innovative and complex matters. Weil’s global restructuring group of more than 100 dedicated lawyers coordinate across the United States, Europe and Asia to provide clients with innovative, bespoke solutions to complex cross-border restructurings.  Weil’s broad-based practice also includes numerous significant creditor representations, representations of purchasers and sellers of distressed assets, and substantial litigation.

About Weil

Founded in 1931, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has been a preeminent provider of legal services for more than 80 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, Business Finance & 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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