Marilyn French Shaw retired from the partnership in 2022. She was Co-Managing Partner of the Boston office and a partner in Weil’s Private Equity practice, where she advised clients on private equity transactions, including leveraged buyouts, minority investments and public-to-private transactions, and mergers & acquisitions. She was a leading member of the Women@Weil affinity group. Marilyn regularly represented some of the country's leading private equity firms, including Advent International Corporation and Thomas H. Lee Partners.
Marilyn was ranked Band 1 for Private Equity: Buyouts in Massachusetts by Chambers USA, where she was described as “a creative negotiator who creates a lot of value" and "an excellent lawyer” who is “very bright and has a good knowledge of the market, excellent judgment and has a very effective working style, both with her client and with the other side of the table." She was also recognized for Private Equity by Chambers Global and ranked as a “Highly Regarded” lawyer for Private Equity in the U.S. by IFLR1000. Marilyn was recognized among the top 300 women lawyers globally as a leader in Private Equity in the U.S. in IFLR1000’s “Women Leaders” publication. She was recognized as an expert in Private Equity by Expert Guides’ “Women in Business Law.” Marilyn was included in Lawdragon’s “500 Leading Dealmakers in America” list. She was named among the 2015 “Dealmakers of the Year” by The American Lawyer and 2015 “Top Women of Law” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Marilyn has been named a Private Equity “MVP” by Law360 and as a “Dealmaker of the Week” by The Am Law Daily.