| 1931 (New York City)|
1.27 billion USD (2016)
| Barry M. Wolf, Executive Partner, Management Committee Chair|
New York City, New York, United States
Weil, Gotshal & Manges, headquartered in New York City, is an American international law firm. With over 1,000 attorneys, the firm has offices in Boston, Washington, D.C., Miami, Houston, New York, Silicon Valley, Dallas, Paris, London, Munich, Prague, Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Frankfurt, Budapest, Warsaw and Dubai.
Weil is consistently ranked as one of the most prestigious law firms in the world. The firm has a gross annual revenue in excess of $1.1 billion, making it amongst the world's most profitable law firms according to The American Lawyer's AmLaw 100 survey.
The firm is best known for representing some of the world's largest companies and financial institutions through its corporate (including subgroups specializing in banking & finance, structured finance, capital markets, technology and IP transactions, private equity), mergers & acquisitions, and restructuring practices. The firm is recognized as the most prominent debtor firm in the United States, having served as chief debtor's counsel in 5 of the 6 largest corporate bankruptcy filings in history.
Weil, Gotshal & Manges Wikipedia
The firm was founded in New York City in 1931 by Frank Weil, Sylvan Gotshal, and Horace Manges. Since 1968, Weil has been headquartered in the General Motors building, overlooking Central Park, in New York City's Manhattan borough.
After its founding in 1931, the firm grew steadily in the following decades, taking on clients including General Electric and General Motors, and becoming one of the largest law firms in the country. In 1975, the firm opened an office in Washington, D.C., its first outside New York City, followed in the 1980s by locations in Miami, Houston and Dallas. In 1991, the year that the internet became publicly available, Weil was the first global, non-California law firm to open a Silicon Valley office, in Redwood Shores, California. Later, the firm further spread its practice, notably in non-contentious finance and private equity practice.
The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the subsequent move by Central and Eastern European countries toward market-based economies prompted the firm to launch its international expansion. It established offices in Budapest, Prague and Warsaw in the early 1990s, followed by the establishment of offices in Frankfurt, London, Munich and Paris. In the 21st century, the firm established offices in Beijing, Dubai, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. As of 2012 one-quarter of the firm's lawyers practiced outside the U.S.
Chambers and Partners gives the firm high marks in the following practice areas: bankruptcy, corporate, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, private equity: buyouts, investment funds: fund formation, financial services regulation, intellectual property, antitrust, patent litigation, labor and employment, securities litigation, entertainment litigation and tax.