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Allergan in several other deals. March 2017 Bankruptcy Bastion Weil’s Business Finance & Restructuring practice sets the standard for excellence in the industry. They were involved in 10 of the largest bankruptcies of 2016, totaling roughly $50B in liabilities. The energy industry was hit particularly hard and Weil is in the thick of the action, representing debtors and creditors in more than 20 major chapter 11 cases across energy sectors, including many of the biggest bankruptcies of 2016. Weil is currently representing Westinghouse Electric in its $9.8B chapter 11, filed in March 2017. Weil has also taken center stage on many significant retail bankruptcies, including Aéropostale, Fairway, and Golfsmith. Taking Care of Business Weil is one of corporate law’s true “one-stop shops,” where the M&A and PE groups are complemented by first-rate Banking & Finance and Capital Markets practices. Weil advises a wide range of clients on an array of transactions in this area, includ- ing landmark debt offerings, acquisition financings, IPOs and secondary offerings. In March 2017, Weil advised American Securities in its $2.5B take-private acquisition of Air Methods Corporation, which was made possible through credit facilities and a notes offering to finance the acquisition. July 2016 Private Equity Primetime The firm represents the world’s top PE firms-in fund forma- tion as well as deals. On the deal side, Weil is currently advising SoftBank in its $3.3B acquisition of Fortress Invest- ment Group. In July 2016, Weil advised Brookfield Asset Management in the formation of Brookfield Infrastructure Fund III—a $14B infrastructure fund—which is the largest private fund raised by Brookfield and which was, at the time, the largest ever raised in the industry. Weil advises more than 200 private equity clients worldwide, including 80% of the top 25. GETTING HIRED Vault’s Verdict: Weil pulls most of its associates from the same top schools as other prestigious firms, though several associates mentioned a particular interest in Michigan students. A stellar resume will get a candidate in the door, then it’s up to her to prove she’s someone with whom the interviewer would like to work. Hiring Process • “If you’re a jerk, you can’t sit with us. Weil really seems to find a way to weed out the bad apples in its recruiting process and find the most genuine, passionate, and caring people from each of the top schools (something not always easy to find in those environments).” • “Weil really values personality and fit and a lot of people seem to join the firm because they like the people. The firm is of course looking for intellectual aptitude, the ability to work hard, and strong experience, but being personable and ‘being yourself’ are also important qualities in a candidate.
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