Our Practice

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 more than 75% of the top 25, as ranked by PEI 300 2017. Our advice covers all aspects of the full life cycle of investments.

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.

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 through our leading private equity finance team
  • Help clients raise funds efficiently and in time critical situations through our market-leading fund formation team
  • Provide clients best-in-class tax, 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 growing 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 experts With more than 200 lawyers worldwide, Weil has the strongest bench of lawyers dedicated exclusively to private equity. Our clients benefit from recognized leaders in their field who have been steeped in the industry from the start of their legal careers, providing insight that goes beyond just transactional advice.

 


Ranked Top 5 for Global Private Equity for the last 6 years
Bloomberg; mergermarket

Tier 1 for Private Equity in the U.S., U.K., France, China and Hong Kong
IFLR1000

Band 1 for Private Equity Globally and across Asia and Europe
Chambers Global, Chambers Asia-Pacific, Chambers UK, Chambers Europe

Tier 1 Nationwide for Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”

“Asset and Investment Management Team of the Year”
Financial News’ Legal Services Awards Europe 2017

“Pan-European Legal Adviser of the Year”
Real Deals’ Private Equity Awards 2017

“Law Firm of the Year” in Asia (Transactions)
PEI 2017

Private Equity “Practice Group of the Year”
— Law360 2016, 2014 and 2012

Band 1 for Private Equity – U.K.
Chambers UK, Legal 500 UK and IFLR1000

Private Equity “Law Firm of the Year”
Best Lawyers in Germany 2016

Five Weil Private Equity partners noted as being among the best in France
— Option Finance Group’s 2016 Option Droit & Affaires law firm rankings

Tier 1 for Private Equity – Hong Kong
Legal 500 Asia Pacific and IFLR1000

Three lawyers named to “Legal Power 30” list of the 30 most influential private equity lawyers in the world today
Private Equity Manager

Private Equity Client Program and Global Private Equity Watch blog named among the most “Innovative” Business of Law Initiatives of the Year
Financial Times’ North America Innovative Lawyers Report