Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP received four awards from the International Financial Law Review (IFLR) at the organization's annual awards dinner recently held at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York. Weil Gotshal's four IFLR awards was the most by any single law firm this year and the most ever achieved by Weil Gotshal in any single year. Along with the four top honors, the firm was short-listed for eight awards in total, again topping all other law firms. In addition to the four IFLR America awards, the IFLR Asia Awards recently recognized the firm for the Asia Restructuring Deal of the Year for the firm's work on the Nomura/Lehman Brothers restructuring.
Weil Gotshal's 2009 IFLR awards include: Exclusive Americas Law Firm of the Year, for the full complement of the firm's work in North and South America during 2008. This included headline-grabbing bankruptcy filings, such as those of Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual, as well as unprecedented restructurings, such as the firm's multi-practice approach to AIG's global divestiture and restructuring program.
M&A Deal of the Year, for the firm's handling of Lehman Brothers Holdings' divestiture of its U.S. investment banking business for $1.75 billion to Barclays, saving thousands of jobs in the process. The Weil Gotshal team on the transactions included partners Thomas Roberts, Michael Lubowitz, Stephen Dannhauser, Harvey Miller, and Lori Fife.
Exclusive M&A Team of the Year Award for the firm's work on the aforementioned Lehman Brothers transaction. The award-winning team is the same as listed above.
Private Equity Deal of theYear, for the firm's work on Advent International's acquisition of Dominican airports manager Aeropuertos Dominicanos Siglo. The Weil Gotshal team on the transaction included partners Kevin Sullivan, David Bower, Kelly Dybala, and Helyn Goldstein.
Joseph Smolinsky has joined the Business Finance & Restructuring Practice of Weil Gotshal & Manges in the New York Office. Mr. Smolinsky has over 20 years of experience in bankruptcy law advising corporations, borrowers, lenders, investors and creditors in Chapter 11 restructuring cases and out-of-court workouts.