This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2014
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In recent years Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison has gone from strength to strength, reporting double digit increases in gross revenue in 2011 and 2012.
|PAUL WEISS RIFKIND WHARTON & GARRISON|
|Business Crime Defence||5||Investigations||4|
|Capital Markets||4||Life Sciences||1|
|Corporate Governance||3||Private Funds||3|
|Corporate Tax||2||Product Liability Defence||1|
|Insolvency & Restructuring||3||Telecoms & Media||1|
Chair of the firm Brad S Karp took on the role in 2008 and has placed great emphasis on client service and putting clients’ interests first. This level of dedication ensures the firm has an impressive roster of clients and most recently its securities litigation practice has represented Citigroup, Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase.
|Total Listings in WWL||48||Established||1875|
|Home jurisdiction||US||Total size of firm||800|
|Number of partners||131||Number of offices||8|
PEOPLE AND PRACTICES
The firm’s corporate practice is home to more than 250 lawyers representing clients such as Goldman Sachs, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Fontainebleau and Oak Hill Capital Partners. Robert B Schumer in New York is chair of the corporate department and co-head of the firm’s merger and acquisitions group. He is particularly recommended for his work in the area of contested matters, including unsolicited offers and proxy contests. He was recently part of a team advising William Morris Endeavor Entertainment on its proposed acquisition of sports and media talent agency IMG Worldwide. Co-head of the firm’s global mergers and acquisitions group Toby S Myerson is a “star” in the field. His practice has seen him represent corporations, financial institutions and investment banks in transactions including representing Citigroup in its acquisition of Nikko Cordial for $14 billion in cash and stock and sale of three Nikko businesses for $10.8 billion in cash. He is also a “leading authority” on corporate governance issues. Wilmington-based Stephen P Lamb is “highly knowledgeable” on Delaware corporate law and governance issues arising in transactional and litigation contexts. David K Lakhdhir is located in the firm’s London office and advises European and Asian clients on the acquisition of US companies, as well as advising US financial institutions and private equity investors in European and Asian transactions. Xiaoyu Greg Liu in Beijing focuses on cross-border M&A transactions in greater China. His notable transactions include working on the establishment of the Shanghai Disneyland joint venture between Disney and Shanghai Shendi Group. Hong Kong-based Jeanette Chan concentrates her practice on joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and private equity investments. She is particularly active in the Chinese telecoms, IT and media markets and is noted for her “impressive knowledge of the industry”.
Paul Weiss’ litigation practice is “sensational” and covers a broad range of areas from white-collar crime and regulatory defence to securities litigation and product liability defence. Chair of the firm Brad Karp maintains a “very active” practice focusing on commercial litigation and business crime defence. His significant matters include representing Bank of America in litigious and regulatory matters arising out of its 2008 merger with Merrill Lynch. Theodore V Wells Jr is co-chair of the litigation department and has a broad practice including white-collar criminal defence, civil and corporate litigation, SEC regulatory work, health-care fraud, investigations, environmental matters and class actions. Peers describe him as a “great strategist”. Mark F Pomerantz is a “formidable trial lawyer” with experience in investigations undertaken by the US DoJ and state and local prosecutors. He has handled matters involving alleged corporate misconduct, securities and bank fraud, mail and wire fraud, FCPA violations, tax offences and bribery. Chair of the FCPA group Mark F Mendelsohn is “in high demand” due to his prior experience serving as deputy chief of the fraud section of the criminal division of the DoJ. Beth A Wilkinson specialises in white collar crime defence, internal investigations, product liability and complex civil litigation. She was recently appointed by the Federal Trade Commission to lead its investigation of Google. Moses Silverman’s skills lie in antitrust, securities, corporate and commercial litigation. He is also active in arbitration.
Recent activity in the firm’s pro bono practice includes filing an amicus brief on behalf of the National Women’s Law Center and 68 other organisations in the Supreme Court of the US in support of the contraception regulations in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Paul Weiss represents individuals in need of legal representation across constitutional, civil and human interest areas and also partners with many public interest organisations including Advocates for Children, Immigration Equality and the Legal Aid Society.
Paul Weiss has a long-standing history of promoting diversity within the legal profession notable by the fact that in 1949, when no other law firm would hire an African-American despite his qualification, it hired William Coleman Jr, editor of the Harvard Law Review and former Supreme Court clerk. Today, the firm has affinity groups, networking events and mentoring programmes, as well as women’s initiatives and diversity outreach programmes.
Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison announced five additions to its partnership in 2014 in its New York and Washington, DC offices. The remainder of 2014 will see the firm continue to provide clients with an excellent service as it continues to strive to be the “go-to firm” for clients’ most critical legal challenges and business goals.
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 800 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: +1 212 373 3000
Fax: +1 212 757 3990
2001 K Street, NW
Tel: +1 202 223 7300
Fax: +1 202 223 7420
500 Delaware Avenue, Suite 200
Post Office Box 32, Wilmington
Tel: +1 302 655 4410
Fax: +1 302 655 4420
Other offices: Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo, London, Toronto
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