Repeating last year’s success, global law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP was profiled today in Law360’s second annual “Global 20” series. The “Global 20” represents those law firms with the greatest global reach and expertise. The rankings, officially announced June 29, are based on six criteria: the number of countries where the firm has offices; the number of offices outside the firm’s home country; the percentage of attorneys working outside the firm’s home country; the breadth of the firm’s international work; the size and complexity of the firm’s cross-border work; and how pioneering the firm has been in its international efforts.
Law360 described Weil as “regularly breaking new ground in markets across the world,” and noted that “with 21 offices across the [globe], about a third of the firm’s more than [1,200] attorneys are stationed outside its home base.” Weil continues to expand its global organization: in the last 15 months, the firm significantly added to its European finance, international arbitration and global funds practices in offices worldwide.
Exemplifying Weil’s global strength, Law360 pointed to three matters in particular: its representation of MF Global on its filing of the UK’s first-ever Special Administration Regime application; its representation of Sanofi in its take-over of Genzyme Corp.—marking the second biggest biotech deal ever; and its representation of Kinder Morgan in El Paso Corp.’s sale of its exploration and production business. These “entangled scenario[s],” the publication noted, are exactly the kinds of matters “that Weil has positioned itself to adeptly handle.”
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