This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2013
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Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison has gone from strength to strength since its creation in 1875. From its roots as a small New York firm, it now boasts over 700 lawyers in offices across the globe, specialising in a full range of commercial legal services. Having represented many high-profile clients in international and cross-border transactions, the firm is “unparalleled”. The firm garners 43 listings across 15 practice areas, representing seven of its offices.
|PAUL WEISS RIFKIND WHARTON & GARRISON LLP|
|TOTAL LISTINGS IN WHO’S WHO LEGAL: 43|
|Practice Area Breakdown|
|Asset Recovery||1||Insolvency & Restructuring||3|
|Business Crime Defence||5||Life Sciences||1|
|Capital Markets||3||M & A||4|
|Corporate Governance||4||Real Estate||2|
|Corporate Tax||4||Regulatory Communications||1|
The firm boasts an incredibly strong business crime defence contingent in the US. Roberto Finzi is a former federal prosecutor and is “highly sought after” by international companies for his expertise in multi-jurisdictional criminal matters and regulatory investigations. Alongside him, Mark Pomerantz is “universally recognised” for his white-collar crime expertise. A “top” litigator, he is also highly nominated in our commercial litigation chapter. Co-chair of the litigation department Theodore Wells also features in both our business crime defence and commercial litigation sections. Having represented big corporate names including Citigroup, he is regarded as an “outstanding trial lawyer”. In DC, Beth Wilkinson is “highly talented and respected” and has worked on behalf of numerous Fortune 500 companies. Mark Mendelsohn is rated highly as someone who “really knows his stuff”.
Dispute resolution is a strong suit for the firm with five lawyers featuring in our commercial litigation chapter. The litigation team in New York is “absolutely first class” and chair of the firm Brad Karp is “particularly prominent” for his finance litigation work. Alongside him, Leslie Fagen has an “amazing track record of getting the best outcome for the client”, having acted for major companies on both the plaintiff and defendant side. Moses Silverman impresses clients and peers with his diverse experience in corporate and securities litigation, and his skill in antitrust litigation earns him a further place in our competition chapter.
Several leading lawyers from Paul Weiss are noted for their M&A and corporate governance expertise. In New York, co-heads of the firm’s M&A group Toby Myerson and Robert Schumer are both highly nominated by peers and clients alike. London-based David Lakhdhir is a “stellar” lawyer, boasting many years of experience working with high-profile clients, primarily European and Asian corporations acquiring US companies. On the corporate governance side, Stephen Lamb’s practice is informed by his experience as a judge at the Delaware Court of Chancery. He is recognised in our research as “knowledgeable and efficient”. Jeanette Chan splits her time between the Hong Kong and Beijing offices and is lauded as a “technical specialist” in all M&A issues. Having worked with companies in the insurance, telecommunications, banking and pharmaceuticals industries, she is highly recommended as a “very smart lawyer”.
The firm boasts an extremely strong finance department, with inclusions in our corporate tax and capital markets chapters. Richard Bronstein and Jeffrey Samuels are co-chairs of the tax department and both are considered outstanding lawyers. The former’s specialisation in advising on domestic and offshore investment funds earns him the reputation of “the go-to lawyer in the States”. David Mayo has advised on a wide range of tax matters relating to private equity fund acquisitions, bankruptcies and raising funds. Colleague David Sicular has “extensive experience” of insolvency and bankruptcy tax issues, having represented both private and public companies in the US and abroad. Noted for his capital markets expertise, Toronto-based Christopher Cummings “really understands the commercial and business landscape”. He is joined in this chapter by Tokyo-based Tong Yu, who has acted on behalf of Asian companies in transactions with US and overseas corporations, and has also advised a major Japanese banking institution. Co-head of the capital markets and securities group Edwin Maynard is “incredibly skilled” in cross-border transactions, having advised and represented a number of underwriters, issuers and placement agents.
Two practitioners are selected for their real estate expertise. Steven Simkin heads the real estate department and is noted as a “fantastic source of advice” and a “key player in the field”, having advised on numerous hotel and entertainment developments. Partner Meredith Kane is “well informed and very bright”, impressing clients and peers with her vast experience in all aspects of real estate work.
With inclusions over a wide range of practice areas, Paul Weiss demonstrates its presence as a global player on the legal marketplace.
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP started out as a single-office law firm in New York in 1875. Today, Paul, Weiss is a New York-based law firm with a global perspective and eight offices spread across North America, Europe and Asia. Our firm of approximately 700 lawyers serves the largest publicly and privately held companies and financial institutions in the world, as well as clients in need of pro bono assistance. With a results-focused mindset, we have achieved an unparalleled record of success for our clients, both in their high-stakes litigations and high-value transactions. Paul, Weiss is equally recognised for its work in the real estate, communications, financial services, capital markets and tax sectors.
Our litigation department has been at the epicentre of every major challenge in the financial services industry over the past 10 years, and recently we achieved a series of multibillion-dollar trial victories for clients following franchise-threatening claims. For decades, our deal team has guided clients on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and the full range of other strategic transactions. Paul, Weiss is ranked among the top law firms in the global table of M&A legal advisers compiled by Thomson Reuters and mergermarket’s global buyouts ranked by value.
Our real estate department represents some of the most prominent real estate institutions in New York City and around the globe, and we are honoured to work with them on projects that will impact how we live, work, learn and play for decades to come. Our bankruptcy and corporate restructuring department has been a critical adviser in almost every major bankruptcy over the past several years. Paul, Weiss has become a powerhouse in the private equity arena, and we are at the centre of some of the most innovative and complex financing matters.
Paul, Weiss has received many accolades over the years, and we are particularly proud to have been named an American Lawyer “A-List” law firm every year since the list’s inception. The ranking is based on a firm’s diversity, pro bono work, financial performance, and associate training and satisfaction. Paul, Weiss has a tradition of public engagement and seeks to nourish lawyers who practise their craft without ignoring the important impact they can have on a democratic society. Simon H Rifkind, senior partner, distinguished federal judge and mentor to generations of Paul, Weiss lawyers, said of the firm: “Its partners are committed to providing excellence in the rendition of legal services at the pinnacle of the profession while remaining actively engaged in matters of social consequence.”
1285 Avenue of the Americas
Tel: 212 373 3000
Fax: 212 757 3990
2001 K Street, NW
Tel: 202 223 7300
Fax: 202 223 7420
500 Delaware Avenue, Suite 200
Post Office Box 32, Wilmington
Tel: 302 655 4410
Fax: 302 655 4420
Other offices: Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo, London, Toronto
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