Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
787 Seventh Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10019-6099, U.S.A.
Opened in 1888, our New York office continues to be the cornerstone of our global practice. Centrally located in midtown Manhattan, the office currently comprises close to 400 attorneys specializing in the full spectrum of corporate and securities law matters, litigation, business reorganization and restructuring, real estate, tax, intellectual property, executive compensation and employee benefits, and trusts and estates.
For well over a century our clients have relied on our creativity and skill in structuring and implementing complex transactions and solving difficult legal problems. We provide comprehensive counsel on critical business and legal issues in virtually all areas of business law.
As the firm continues to expand internationally, the New York office increasingly serves as the lynchpin on complex transactions that span multiple borders. The comprehensive support services and resources of the New York office are easily accessible to all of our attorneys worldwide. Through technology and sophisticated methods of information sharing, our New York attorneys are closely linked to their colleagues abroad, allowing them to provide a broad range of legal services seamlessly across practice areas and borders.
Our Corporate and Financial Services Department offers corporations and financial institutions broad expertise in all types of commercial transactions and regulatory matters, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity/venture capital, investment management, insurance, broker-dealer regulation, private placement and banking, institutional lending, structured finance, and 144A offerings. We are among the national leaders in the areas of M&A and public offerings of all types of securities by both U.S. and foreign issuers. Leveraging 25 years of experience in the fund industry, the firm’s Asset Management Group provides an extensive array of legal services to, among others, registered open-end and closed-end funds, hedge funds and private equity funds, and their directors, managers, shareholders, clients, and service providers. The practice includes the practical experience of a former Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management and other former senior SEC staff members. Since 2007, Chambers USA - America’s Leading Lawyers for Business has ranked Willkie in the number one tier nationally for Investment Funds: Registered Funds.
Our Litigation Department represents clients in a vast array of forums, including federal and state court actions, government regulatory and administrative proceedings, and arbitration, mediation and other alternative dispute-resolution proceedings. We are well known for our expertise in all of the major areas of business and corporate litigation, including securities and transactional litigation, class-action lawsuits, battles for corporate control, antitrust issues, white collar crime, First Amendment and media litigation, accountants’ and other professional liability actions, patent litigation, insurance brokerage and coverage actions, environmental litigation, and employee benefits and employment litigation. We are also recognized for our expertise in the area of accounting irregularities, and compliance and enforcement.
Consistently ranked among the top bankruptcy practices by Chambers USA, our Business Reorganization & Restructuring Department represents debtors, lenders, secured and unsecured creditors, creditors’ and shareholders’ committees, shareholders, governmental units, investment advisors, investors, landlords and tenants, and entities seeking investment opportunities in chapter 11 cases. The practice also includes deal structuring with respect to potential insolvency and bankruptcy issues.
Our Insurance and Reinsurance Practice Group comprises an interdisciplinary team of lawyers in several offices with expertise in insurance and reinsurance transactions, regulation and litigation. The group is recognized as one of the leading practices in the industry, representing insurance companies, investment banks, sponsors and other financial institutions in M&A, capital markets and regulatory matters in the United States, London, Europe, Asia and Bermuda.
Our acclaimed Real Estate Department, which in recent years has handled some of the most significant transactions in the U.S. and abroad, is regularly involved in major domestic and international transactions, including REIT mergers, debt and equity offerings, pooled and stand-alone securitized financings, development projects, commercial leases, sales and acquisitions, construction and permanent financings, restructurings, joint ventures, private placements of domestic and foreign real estate funds, and real estate aspects of corporate and bankruptcy transactions. We have significant experience in all aspects of the real estate capital markets and all property types, including retail, office, healthcare, lodging and gaming, storage, and residential.