The world's largest multinational corporations, top-tier international investment banks, private equity and hedge funds and entrepreneurs all rely on our Corporate Department to resolve their thorniest legal and business challenges. Our lawyers have earned high praise for their innovative approach to complex transactions and are recognized internationally as leaders in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, finance and investment funds.

Recognition

Our practice is frequently and consistently recognized for its work. Recent honors include:

  • The American Lawyer
    • "Global Finance Deal of the Year: Insolvency and Restructuring (U.K.)" – counsel to EnQuest in connection with a restructuring of the company’s debt obligations (2017)
    • "Global M&A Deal of the Year: Offshore" – counsel to EXOR in its successful bid for PartnerRe (2016)
    • "Global Finance Deal of the Year: Private Restructuring" – counsel to Winding-up Board of Glitnir Bank hf, in the former Icelandic bank’s chapter 15 case (2016)
    • The American Lawyer has named Paul, Weiss to its "A-List" 14 times since its inception in 2003
    • The firm has been consistently recognized as a "Dealmaker of the Year" (2004-2016)
    • Paul, Weiss has been recognized for more than 20 "Canadian Big Deals" since 2008
  • Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017
    • Asia-Pacific
      • Leading Firm — Corporate/M&A
      • Leading Firm — Corporate/M&A: Private Equity
    • China
      • Leading Firm — Corporate/M&A: The Elite (International Firms)
      • Band 1 Firm, One Star Individual, Two Band 1 Lawyers and Two Leading Lawyers — Private Equity Buyouts & Venture Capital Investment (International Firms)
    • Japan
      • Leading Firm and One Leading Lawyer — Capital Markets: International: US Law
  • Chambers Europe 2017
    • One Top-ranked Practitioner — Capital Markets: Debt (UK)
    • One Top-ranked Practitioner — Capital Markets: Equity (UK)
  • Chambers Global 2017
    • Asia-Pacific
      • Leading Firm — Corporate/M&A
      • Leading Firm — Corporate/M&A: Private Equity
    • Canada
      • Leading Firm and One Top-ranked Practitioner — Corporate/M&A (Expertise Based Abroad) (USA)
      • One Top-ranked Practitioner — Corporate/M&A (Foreign Experience) (USA)
    • China
      • Three Top-ranked Practitioners — Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-Based (International Firms)
      • Leading Firm — Corporate/M&A: The Elite (International Firms)
    • Japan
      • Leading Firm and One Top-ranked Practitioner — Capital Markets: International: US Law
    • United Kingdom
      • One Top-ranked Practitioner — Capital Markets: Equity: UK
    • United States
      • Leading Firm and Two Top-ranked Practitioners — Banking & Finance
      • Leading Firm, Three Top-ranked Practitioners and One Up and Coming Practitioner — Capital Markets: Debt & Equity
      • One Top-ranked Practitioner — Capital Markets: Derivatives
      • Leading Firm and Two Top-ranked Practitioners — Capital Markets: Securitisation
      • Leading Firm, Two Band 1-ranked Practitioners and One Up and Coming Practitioner — Corporate/M&A
      • Leading Firm and One Top-ranked Practitioner — Corporate/M&A (Foreign Expertise) (Canada)
      • Leading Firm, One Band 1-ranked Practitioner and One Top-ranked Practitioner — Investment Funds: Hedge Funds
      • Leading Firm, One Top-Ranked Practitioner and One Up and coming Practitioner — Investment Funds: Private Equity: Fund Formation
      • Leading Firm and Two Top-ranked Practitioners — Private Equity: Buyouts
  • Chambers UK 2017
    • One Top-ranked Practitioner — Capital Markets: Debt (London Firms)
    • One Top-ranked Practitioner — Capital Markets: Equity (London Firms)
    • One Top-ranked Practitioner — Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability (London Firms)
  • Chambers USA 2018
    • Leading Firm and Two Top-ranked Practitioners — Banking & Finance (Nationwide)
    • Leading Firm and Three Top-ranked Practitioners — Capital Markets: Debt & Equity (Nationwide)
    • One Top-Ranked Practitioner — Capital Markets: Derivatives (Nationwide)
    • Leading Firm and Two Top-ranked Practitioners — Capital Markets: Securitization (Nationwide)
    • Leading Firm — Corporate M&A: The Elite (Nationwide)
    • Leading Firm, Two Band 1-ranked Practitioners and Three Top-ranked Practitioners – Corporate M&A: The Elite (New York)
    • Leading Firm, One Band 1-ranked Practitioner and One Top-ranked Practitioner —Investment Funds: Hedge Funds (Nationwide)
    • Leading Firm, One Band 1-ranked Practitioner and One Up and Coming Practitioner — Investment Funds: Private Equity Fund Formation (Nationwide)
    • Leading Firm and Four Top-ranked Practitioners — Private Equity: Buyouts (Nationwide)
    • Leading Firm — Retail (Nationwide)
  • Corporate Board Member 2006-2016

    For the ninth consecutive year, Paul, Weiss has been named one of "America's Best Corporate Law Firms" by Corporate Board Member magazine and global business advisory firm FTI Consulting, Inc. The comprehensive ranking is based on survey feedback from directors of publicly-traded companies in the United States. "America's Best Corporate Law Firms" are those firms with "unmatched integrity and reputation" in the arenas of corporate litigation, transactions and corporate governance. 
  • The Deal 2018
    • "Dealmaker of the Year"
    • "Media/Entertainment Law Firm of the Year"
    • "Private Equity Law Firm of the Year"
  • Financial Times "Innovative Lawyers Report"

    Since 2010, Financial Times has consistently recognized Paul, Weiss as one of the most innovative law firms in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
    • 2015 - Paul, Weiss ranked in the Top 15 - we were commended for "Expanding Clients Business" with special recognition going to Robert Schumer for his work on the competitive bidding process for Time Warner Cable's $787.7 billion merger with Charter Communications; and for "Enabling Clients Business" receiving commendation for the team's design of Preferred Sand's complex out-of-court restructuring, which also ensured that the company's chief executive and founder remained the majority owner. 
    • 2014 - Paul, Weiss ranked in the Top 15 - the award specifically acknowledged our ability to consistently craft creative solutions to meet our clients' strategic objectives in this challenging environment, and the impact of our work on shaping the law so that our clients can effectively grow their businesses.
    • 2012 - Paul, Weiss ranked in the Top 10 - we were Highly Commended for Finance (Film Library Securitisation and Dynergy Restructuring); and Intellectual Property (Rockstar Bidco Patent Purchase).
    • 2011 - Paul, Weiss ranked in the Top 19 - we were a Standout (Top Tier) for Finance (Fontainebleau Restructuring); Highly Commended in Corporate Law (Shanghai Disney); Highly Commended in Energy (EnCana Split); and Commended for Finance (Exit Financing for AbitibiBowater Restructuring).
    • 2010 - Paul, Weiss ranked in the Top Three - we were Commended for Financial Services (Spin Out of Trilantic from Lehman Brothers); and for M&A (Citigroup Sells Nikko Assets).
  • IFLR1000 2018
    • Canada
      • One Highly Regarded Lawyer — Mergers & Acquisitions
    • China
      • Leading Firm and Two Highly Regarded Lawyers — Mergers & Acquisitions — Foreign Firms
      • Tier 1 Firm and Two Highly Regarded Lawyers — Private Equity — Foreign Firms
    • Hong Kong
      • Leading Firm, One Market Leader and Two Highly Regarded Lawyers — Mergers & Acquisitions
      • Tier 1 Firm, One Market Leader and Two Highly Regarded Lawyers — Private Equity
    • Japan
      • Leading Firm and One Highly Regarded Lawyer — Capital Markets: Debt – Foreign Firms
      • Leading Firm and Two Highly Regarded Lawyers — Capital Markets: Equity – Foreign Firms
      • Leading Firm and Two Highly regarded Lawyers — Mergers & Acquisitions — Foreign Firms
    • United Kingdom
      • Two Highly Regarded Lawyers — Capital Markets: Debt & Equity
      • Leading Firm – Capital Markets: High Yield
      • Leading Firm and Two Highly Regarded Lawyers — Mergers & Acquisitions
      • Notable Firm and One Highly Regarded Lawyer — Private Equity
    • United States
      • Leading Firm, Two Market Leaders, Three Highly Regarded Lawyers and Three Notable Practitioners — Banking and Finance
      • Leading Firm, One Market Leader and Two Notable Practitioners — Capital Markets: Debt
      • One Highly Regarded Lawyer — Capital Markets: Derivatives
      • Leading Firm, One Market Leader, Two Highly Regarded Lawyers and Five Notable Practitioners — Capital Markets: Equity
      • Leading Firm — Capital Markets: High-Yield
      • Leading Firm, One Market Leader and One Highly Regarded Lawyer — Capital Markets: Structured Finance and Securitization
      • Leading Firm— Hedge Funds
      • Two Market Leaders and One Highly Regarded Lawyer— Investment Funds
      • Leading Firm, Two Market Leaders, Four Highly Regarded Lawyers, seventeen Notable Practitioner and Two Rising Stars — Mergers & Acquisitions
      • Tier 1 Firm, Four Highly Regarded Lawyers, Eight Notable Practitioner and One Rising Star — Private Equity
      • Tier 1 Firm and One Highly Regarded Lawyer— Private Equity Funds
  • The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017
    • China
      • Leading Firm — Corporate and M&A: Foreign Firms
      • Tier 1 Firm and Two Leading Lawyers — Private Equity/Venture Capital: Foreign Firms
    • Hong Kong
      • Leading Firm — Corporate and M&A
      • Tier 1 Firm and Two Leading Lawyers — Private Equity
    • Japan
      • Leading Firm and One Leading Lawyer — Capital Markets: International Firms and Joint Ventures
      • Leading Firm — Corporate and M&A: International Firms and Joint Ventures
  • The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017
    • Leading Firm — Equity Capital Markets
  • The Legal 500 United States 2018
    • Leading Firm, One Leading Lawyer, One Next Generation Lawyer and Three Recommended Lawyers — Alternative/Hedge Funds
    • Leading Firm and Four Recommended Lawyers — Capital Markets: Debt Offerings (Advice to Issuers)
    • Leading Firm — Capital Markets: Debt Offerings (Advice to Underwriters)
    • Leading Firm and Five Recommended Lawyers — Capital Markets: Equity Offerings (Advice to Issuers)
    • Leading Firm and One Recommended Lawyer — Capital Markets: Global Offerings (Advice to Issuers)
    • Leading Firm — Capital Markets: Global Offerings (Advice to Underwriters)
    • Leading Firm and Six Recommended Lawyers — Capital Markets: High-Yield Debt Offerings (Advice to Issuers)
    • Leading Firm and One Recommended Lawyer — Structured Finance (Derivatives and Structured Products)
    • Tier 1 Firm, One Leading Lawyer and Four Recommended Lawyers — Structured Finance: Securitization
    • Leading Firm, Two Leading Lawyers and Eight Recommended Lawyers — M&A: large deals ($1bn+)
    • Leading Firm, One Leading Lawyer and Six Recommended Lawyers — Private Equity Buyouts
    • Leading Firm, One Leading Lawyer, Two Next Generation Lawyers and Two Recommended Lawyers — Private Equity Funds
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" 2019
    • "Best Law Firms" 
      • Tier 1 Firm — Corporate (National and New York)
      • Tier 1 Firm — Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity (National and New York)
      • Tier 1 Firm — Mergers & Acquisitions (National and New York)
      • Tier 1 Firm — Private Funds/Hedge Funds (National and New York)
      • Tier 1 Firm — Securities/Capital Markets (National and New York)
      • Tier 1 Firm — Securitization and Structured Finance (National and New York)
      • Leading Firm — Venture Capital (National and New York)
    • The Best Lawyers in America 
      • Nine partners are listed across eight practice areas: Corporate; Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity; Mergers & Acquisitions; Private Funds/Hedge Funds; Securities Capital Markets; Securitization and Structured Finance; and Venture Capital.
  • Vault.com 2018
    • Leading firm – General Corporate Practice; M&A; and Securities/Capital Markets

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