The Chambers 2004 Awards recognized Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP as the Law Firm of the Year in two categories.
Weil Gotshal was awarded the 2004 Law Firm of the Year in Western Europe: France and the 2004 Law Firm of the Year in the United States for Private Equity.
In explaining Weil Gotshal's inclusion on the 2004 Award's "short list" for France Law Firm of the Year, Chambers observed: "Its 2003 merger with Serra, Leavy & Catals was clearly a good move. Serra Leavy had recently won Vivendi as a client and represented it in the sale of its book publishing business outside the USA. Since then, the firm has gone from strength to strength, most notably in private equity ...."
Chambers cited Weil Gotshal's Private Equity practice for inclusion in their "short list" as follows: "The practice has gained momentum both domestically and overseas, culminating in one of the most dynamic practices in this sector. Its Paris satellite, post-merger with Serra, Leavy & Catals, has raised an already substantial European profile. Its New York team continues to make headlines with such deals as the $1.2 billion takeover of Jostens."
Weil Gotshal acted as legal counsel to Vivendi Universal on the merger of Vivendi Universal Entertainment and NBC, the completion of which was announced recently. The merger has created one of the world's most profitable and fastest-growing media companies. The new company is 80 percent owned by General Electric, NBC's parent company, with 20 percent held by Vivendi Universal.
Elizabeth Stotland Weiswasser, a partner in the Life Sciences Practice at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, has been selected as a recipient of the 2004 Burton Awards For Legal Achievement. The awards are being given to partners at only 20 law firms from among the top 500 law firms eligible.
The Burton Awards, now in their fifth year, were established by William C. Burton to promote and reward the refinement and enrichment of good legal writing.
Scott Green, director of audit and compliance for Weil Gotshal and author of the recent book Manager's Guide to The Sarbanes-Oxley Act: Improving Internal Controls To Prevent Fraud, has been named by the Institute of Internal Auditors as the recipient of its 2004 Outstanding Contributor Award. Mr. Green was selected for his article Fighting Financial Reporting Fraud, published in the December 2003 issue of Internal Auditor.