William Welty, a Corporate associate based in Hong Kong, was named a “Private Equity: Rising Star” at the International Financial Law Review’s (IFLR) Asia Awards 2014 ceremony in Hong Kong on February 26, 2014. In addition, the firm was recognized for its work on the Focus Media take-private transaction, which was named “2014 Private Equity Deal of the Year” (Weil represented CITI and CS, financial advisors on the deal).
Mr. Welty has worked on a wide variety of corporate and transactional matters for public and private companies, private equity sponsors, and financial advisors, including domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, tender offers, proxy fights, restructurings, and joint ventures.
Weil wrapped up 2013 as one of the pre-eminent legal advisors on private equity and M&A deals throughout the Asia-Pacific region, and was ranked #2 for Asia-Pacific private equity deals in 2013 (based on value) in Bloomberg’s Asia Pacific Legal Advisory Mergers & Acquisitions 2013. Weil worked on a number of high-profile transactions in the region in 2013 in addition to the Focus Media privatization, including the $2.8 billion proposed take-private of Giant Interactive Group; Apache Corporation’s $3.1 billion sale of a 33 percent stake in its Egyptian oil and gas business to Sinopec; and Applied Materials’ $29 billion merger with Tokyo Electron.
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Keith Flaum, a partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions practice group in Weil’s Silicon Valley office, was profiled in a Q&A interview about his deal practice in the “Plugged In Column” published by The Recorder. The profile states that he has worked on “the splashiest tech deals of the last six months,” including Applied Materials’ $29 billion merger with Tokyo Electron, Lenovo’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility, and, most recently, Facebook’s $16 billion acquisition of WhatsApp, “the biggest Internet deal in a decade.”
Commenting on the best career advice he ever received, Mr. Flaum said that, “a client does not care if a deal is valued at one million or multi-billion dollars – every single deal is important to the client. I completely agree, and I try to bring the same enthusiasm and level of quality and service to every deal I work on.”
Mr. Flaum is highly regarded in his practice area and has consistently been recognized as a leading mergers & acquisitions lawyer. He was recently named one of the “Top 100 Leading Lawyers" in California by the Daily Journal and was recognized in Who's Who Legal M&A 2010 as a leader in mergers & acquisitions work. Mr. Flaum was named as one of a dozen "Dealmakers of the Year" in 2006 by The American Lawyer for representing eBay, in its acquisition of Skype Technologies for up to $3 billion. In 2012 and in 2006, he was named one of the "California Attorneys of the Year" by California Lawyer. Mr. Flaum is also included in the Chambers Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers for Business, the Chambers Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business and Lawdragon's "Top 500 Leading Dealmakers."