Private Equity

Weil's global private equity practice is recognized by the industry as being one of only a very small number of elite, market leaders in this field. Our clients include the majority of the largest and highest profile private equity funds, sovereign wealth funds and pension funds, as well as family offices and other equity financial investors. Weil advises more than 200 private equity clients worldwide, including 8 out of the 10 largest global private equity funds and 72% of the top 50, as ranked by PEI 300 2019. Our advice covers all aspects of the full life cycle of investments.

Notable Representations, Key Contacts

Our clients benefit from our:


Global platform

Across the United States, Europe and Asia, our lawyers work together to provide a seamless service to market leading players of all sizes, across all sectors. Our global private equity practice and our international offices are ranked in the top tiers by the leading legal directories (Chambers & Partners, Legal 500 and IFLR1000).

Fully integrated offering

In addition to providing best-in-class transactional advice, we also provide our private equity clients with market leading expertise across a range of disciplines including the ability to:

  • Execute across all financing structures in coordination with our private equity finance team
  • Help clients raise funds in time critical situations and efficiently through our fund formation team
  • Provide clients tax and executive compensation and employee benefits advice
  • In addition, we provide a full service to our private equity clients encompassing restructuring, governance, antitrust, employment, litigation, and intellectual property.

Multi-asset offering

With the increasing trend of private equity houses diversifying into new asset classes, our fully integrated offering means that we can advise multi-asset managers on the full spectrum of their investment products, including distressed debt, infrastructure, real estate, and structured products.

Ability to execute private equity transactions for new types of buyers

We apply techniques used successfully in traditional private equity transactions to meet the needs of newer entrants to the direct market including sovereign wealth funds, pension funds and family offices. Weil has been at the forefront of this evolution and acts for a range of such investors, alongside the more traditional private equity funds.

Strong partnering skills

We work in partnership with our clients to offer a range of value-added services including bespoke training and market trend comparisons. More importantly we develop products and services designed to support our clients at different points in the life cycle of their portfolio companies.

Deep bench of private equity lawyers

With more than 200 lawyers worldwide, Weil has a strong and deep bench of lawyers dedicated exclusively to private equity. Having been steeped in the industry from the start of their legal careers, our clients benefit from our sophisticated market knowledge of our team and their ability to provide insight that goes beyond just transactional advice.

Selected Representations

Major buyouts and exits


Dual-track processes

Minority investments

Public to private


Key Contacts

Marco Compagnoni

Marco Compagnoni



Douglas P. Warner

Douglas P. Warner


New York

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Weil advises 8 out of the 10 largest global private equity funds

PEI 300 2019

Band 1 for Private Equity Globally

Chambers Global 2019

Ranked Tier 1 for Private Equity in the U.S., U.K., France, China and Hong Kong

IFRL1000 2019

Named Private Equity “Practice Group of the Year”

Law360 2017, 2016, 2014 & 2012

Band 1 for Private Equity – UK

Chambers UK 2019, Legal 500 UK 2018 and IFLR1000 UK 2019

Tier 1 for Private Equity – Hong Kong

Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019 and IFLR1000 2019

Harvey Eisenberg Named “Private Equity Dealmaker of the Year”

The Deal 2019

Private Equity Client Program and Global Private Equity Watch blog named among the most “Innovative” Business of Law Initiatives of the Year

FT North America Innovative Lawyers Report 2015

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