Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition.pdf

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based NXP Semiconductors N.V. To lead the deal, Qualcomm relied on Scott Barshay, Paul, Weiss’s global M&A head—who had joined the firm just weeks earlier from Cravath, Swaine & Moore. In April 2017, U.S. antitrust regulators approved the combination, which is expected to close by the year’s end. July 2016 The Ultimate Deal In one of the largest sports transactions ever, WME/IMG and a group of investors including private equity titans KKR & Co. and Silver Lake Partners announced on July 11 the multibillion- dollar acquisition of mixed martial arts organization The Ulti- mate Fighting Championship. The deal, a major bet on the power of live sporting events, was the largest for WME/IMG since William Morris Endeavor acquired sports-and-entertainment marketing giant IMG in 2013. Paul, Weiss was tapped by the WME/IMG consortium for the UFC deal as well as the 2013 IMG deal. GETTING HIRED Vault’s Verdict: Candidates with fantastic grades will do well at Paul, Weiss, but cookie-cutter bores will not—the firm’s culture attracts those with quirkier personalities. Several associate described the target candidates as being “nerdy,” but still socially adept. Hiring Process • “Don’t bother if you don’t have the grades—there are thousands of applicants... The firm looks for the ‘cool nerds’—the people who were their high school or college valedictorian but also, somehow, had a social life. This place likes to collect personalities.” • “I appreciated how Paul, Weiss moved very quickly to give callbacks and offers to its top candidates, who were evaluated not based solely on grades, but primarily on personality fit (although of course good grades from a top school remain a pre-requisite to a certain extent).” • “In addition to the pedigree stuff, I think there is definitely a ‘PW type.’ People here tend to be actively interested in pro bono work and tend to be a little bit nerdy. Basically, most of the associates and partners could have been very happy being law professors or working at the ACLU, but also enjoy the lawyering on some of the big cases that PW gets to handle.” • “There is a large budget to send attorneys around the country for recruitment. We have the key schools we target but the firm is open to fabulous candidates from a range of school.” Interview Questions • “Straightforward questions. Just a very competitive selection process.” • “Explain a difficult legal issue you encountered in your 1L summer job. Why did you choose to attend law school? Why are you interest in litigation/corporate? Please describe yourself.” • “Why do you want to work at PW? How do you feel about your law school? Tell me about the classes you have taken. What was the most interesting? Interviewers looked at my resume and asked specific questions about my work experience.” • “Substantive professional and personal questions that are engaging.” Lateral & Clerk Integration • “Overall it is individual people that make a difference (inviting me to lunch, etc.) but does not seem to be some big
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