Originally founded in 1875, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison is a New York-based international firm with over 1000 lawyers across eight offices. The firm services its Greater China clients from its offices in Beijing and Hong Kong.
Focusses / specialisms
The firm is best known for its private equity work and technology expertise. It also has a strong M&A team alongside a leveraged finance and capital markets practice.
Key clients of the firm include KKR, APM Monaco, Tencent, IDG Capital, Wumei Holdings, State Grid International Development and Wanda Sports Group.
Research period review: 30th edition (2019/2020)
During the research period the firm kept busy with private equity work, spin offs, investments, stake acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures and other acquisitions in the technology, retail, energy, logistics, education and food and beverage sectors. It also handled leveraged finance mandates and listings in the US.
In 2019 the firm was hit with the departures of partner Jeanette Chan and Corinna Yu to Airwallex.
Deal highlights: 30th edition (2019/2020)
-KKR $794 million majority stake acquisition of NVC Lighting’s China lighting business
-State Grid $2.23 billion acquisition of Chilquinta Energía
-Wanda Sports Group Nasdaq IPO
-Wumei $2.1 billion acquisition of Metro AG’s Chinese retail, wholesale and cash and carry operations
-Zhuan Zhuan $300 million financing
Client feedback: 30th edition (2019/2020)
“As a leading firm, Paul Weiss’s team has helped clients throughout the whole process, including but not limited to due diligence, structure designing, legal document negotiation, working out a closing plan, coordinating local counsel as well as other legal service providers in other jurisdictions.”
“Accurate, practical and commercial advice, technically very strong, user friendly and reliable.”