Weil Named 2020 Fund Formation Practice Group of the Year by Law360

Weil has been profiled by Law360 as a 2020 “Fund Formation Practice Group of the Year” for leading some of the year’s most significant and successful fundraises.

The article noted the Private Funds practice’s recent achievements for clients across the fund sponsor spectrum, a record that includes the formation of landmark multibillion-dollar funds, middle-market funds and funds for emerging clients.

Law360 highlighted Weil’s work advising Brookfield Asset Management in the formation of its $20 billion global infrastructure fund, the second-largest fund of its kind to date, and its $9 billion buyout fund. Funds of this magnitude and complexity, with hundreds of global investors, require not only leadership but seamless teamwork.

“This is reflective of what our group is able to bring to bear on these types of transactions in a highly coordinated, very efficient way that ultimately delivers the client what they’re looking for,” said Jonathon Soler, head of Weil’s U.S. Private Funds practice.

The article also highlighted Weil’s success advising Altas Partners in its formation of a $3 billion buyout fund, Lee Equity Partners in $803 million buyout funds and Graycliff Partners in its $350 million private buyout fund.

The Private Funds practice has long excelled at the forefront of the industry, providing the expertise for novel developments in the market and the ever-evolving array of fund terms and structures.

“We continue to grow with market development areas that our clients are focused on,” Mr. Soler said. “As the industry has grown and our clients have gone in different directions, we’ve tried to be right alongside them, and hopefully in front of them, to be sure that we’re in a position to advise them on those developments.”

Weil’s dynamic work culture and commitment to collective excellence is key to its success. Mr. Soler was struck by the collaborative spirit when he joined almost 20 years ago, and he has continued to cultivate the mindset.

“It became very clear to me right out of the gate that there was a special culture in this group — a high level of connectedness amongst the attorneys where everyone seemed invested in our collective success,” Mr. Soler said.