July 12, 2012
As the first half of 2012 has come to a close, international law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP took home the top spot in Bloomberg’s Global Private Equity ranking based on the value of deals announced through June 2012. With over 21% of the market share for 2012, Weil easily took the first spot in the league tables.
Weil actively represents more than 50 sponsor clients globally, and the firm’s success in 2012 includes advising on a diverse array of deals, many of which have been the highest-profile and most innovative announced this year. These deals include Thomas H. Lee Partners’ $2.69 billion acquisition of Party City; Providence Equity Partners and an investor group’s C$1.1 billion acquisition of Q9 networks; Centerbridge Partners’ $1.1 billion take-private of P.F. Chang’s China Bistro; and AMC’s sale to Dalian Wanda Group from a group of private equity investors for $2.6 billion.
Perennially recognized as a leader in private equity by those covering the industry, Weil has more than 200 lawyers in the US, Europe and Asia advising global private equity firms. Bloomberg creates its ranking by compiling the deal value for all transactions announced up to June 30, 2012, including Mergers, Acquisitions, Divestitures, Self-tenders and Spinoffs. Deal values are then cumulated, and firms are ranked accordingly.