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Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 260
  • Gross Revenues: $601,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $2,310,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $4,755,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -6

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is a New York-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2014 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz has 260 attorneys and is the 172nd largest firm in the United States.  With $601,000,000 in gross revenue in 2013, the firm placed 54th on The American Lawyer's 2014 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2013 Global 100 survey, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katzranked as the 63rd highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in NY.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 54 -6 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 54 -6 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 172 -2 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 172 -172 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 96 17 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 37 -24 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 85 -12 Summer programs

In the News

Big Deals

Brian Baxter : New York Law Journal : December 18, 2014

Phoenix-based PetSmart announced an agreement to sell itself for $8.7 billion to a consortium led by London-based private equity firm BC Partners.

Am Law Firms Advise on Repsol's Canadian Energy Deal

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : December 16, 2014

Spain's Repsol SA will acquire Talisman Energy Inc., one of the largest remaining independent oil and gas firms in Calgary, for $12.9 billion. Repsol called upon Sullivan & Cromwell and Canadian firm Bennett Jones for advice, while Talisman turned to Norton Rose Fulbright, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Blake, Cassels & Graydon.

A&P, Wachtell Join Namenda Fight as Actavis Appeals Injunction

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : December 16, 2014

Less than a week after a judge blocked Actavis from forcing patients to switch to new version of its Alzheimer's drug Namenda, the company brought on new legal firepower from Arnold & Porter and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz to take the case to the Second Circuit.

PetSmart, Riverbed LBOs a Boon to Half-Dozen Big Firms

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 15, 2014

Wachtell, Simpson Thacher, Schulte Roth, Skadden and Paul Hastings grabbed roles on the largest leveraged buyout for a U.S. company in 2014 as PetSmart, the nation's largest pet-store chain, on Sunday acquiesced to the demands of an activist investor and agreed to sell itself for $8.7 billion to a group led by private equity firm BC Partners. One day later, another activist fund headed by a Harvard Law School graduate prevailed in its bid to force an LBO at Riverbed Technology.

Skadden Says 'Aloha' to Busy December Deal Week

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 04, 2014

As the holiday season rolls around, transactional work for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom is ramping up. The firm recently grabbed a role on a handful of big deals worth more than $15 billion for clients like Hawaiian Electric Industries, Japan's Ostuka Holdings, the Robb Report and Singapore's sovereign wealth fund.

Plaintiffs Seek Approval of Verizon-Vodafone Class Action Accord

Amaris Elliott-Engel : Commercial Litigation Insider : December 03, 2014

Shareholders who brought a class action objecting to Verizon Communications' $130 billion acquisition of Vodafone's 45-percent stake in the American telecom's wireless business have asked for final court approval of their non-monetary settlement.

Despite Bingham's Demise, Tina Brozman Foundation Lives On

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : December 01, 2014

Bingham McCutchen has supported The Honorable Tina Brozman Foundation, a nonprofit named in honor of a former bankruptcy partner at the firm who died of ovarian cancer at 54, since its inception in 2008. And while Bingham McCutchen itself appears to have avoided bankruptcy, the foundation expects to remain unaffected by the deal struck last week between the firm and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

December Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : December 01, 2014

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : December 01, 2014

ZF Friedrichshafen/TRW Automotive; Becton Dickinson/CareFusion; SAP / Concur Technologies; Targa/Atlas Pipeline; Siemens / Dresser-Rand; Silicon Valley Corporate Splits

Georgetown Law's Judicial Panel Discusses IoT, Wearables

Mark Gerlach : Law Technology News : November 25, 2014

Eleven judges gathered at the Advanced E-Discovery Institute to discuss views from the bench.

Halliburton, Baker Hughes in Big Energy Deal

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : November 24, 2014

Halliburton and Baker Hughes announce agreement for Halliburton to acquire Baker Hughes for $34.6 billion.

Dealmakers of the Week: Cary Hyden and Paul Tosetti of Latham & Watkins

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : November 21, 2014

The two corporate partners led the deal for Latham & Watkins' representation of Allergan in a hotly contested takeover battle against Valeant Pharmaceuticals that ended with the company being bought by Actavis plc.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : November 20, 2014

A roundup of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

Big Deals

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : November 20, 2014

Teams from Wachtell Lipton recently advised Halliburton on its $34.6 billion cash-and-stock takeover of oil field services rival Baker Hughes, and Allergan on its proposed $66 billion cash-and-stock sale to fellow pharmaceutical company Actavis.

Actavis Pays $66B for Allergan

Jennifer Genova (compiled from ThomsonReuters Financial and other sources) : New Jersey Law Journal : November 20, 2014

Pharmaceutical company Actavis PLC, based in Dublin, Ireland, with U.S. headquarters in Parsipanny, N.J., on Nov. 17 announced it has paid about $66 billion in cash and stock for Botox manufacturer Allergan Inc. in Irvine, Calif.

Halliburton, Baker Hughes in Big Energy Deal

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : November 17, 2014

Halliburton and Baker Hughes announce agreement for Halliburton to acquire Baker Hughes for $34.6 billion.

Wachtell Rides Allergan, Halliburton to $100 Billion Deal Day

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : November 17, 2014

The Am Law 100's most profitable firm on a per partner basis took the lead on two big deals announced Monday: Halliburton's $34.6 billion acquisition of oil services rival Baker Hughes and Botox maker Allergan on its proposed $66 billion sale to Actavis. A half-dozen other Am Law 100 firms also had key roles on both transactions.

Dragon Founders Lose Again Despite 'Sloppy' Goldman Advice

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : November 13, 2014

Sometimes bad advice is negligence, and sometimes it's just bad advice.

Wachtell Bags Third Big Banking Deal in Two Weeks

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : November 12, 2014

The Wall Street stalwart took the lead Wednesday advising BB&T Corp. on its $2.5 billion cash-and-stock purchase of Susquehanna Bancshares, having recently handled two other banking mergers for clients AmericanWest Bank and Sterling Bancorp.

Allergan Shareholders' Push to Replace Board Foiled as Premature

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : November 12, 2014

Allergan shareholders' effort to replace the Botox manufacturer's entire board with directors who support a proposed $5.3 billion acquisition by Valeant Pharmaceuticals International was dealt a setback last week when the Delaware Court of Chancery ruled their claim was not ripe for adjudication.

Latham Vows Extra Rounds in Allergan Takeover Fight

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : November 05, 2014

Allergan and its lawyers at Latham & Watkins filed a notice of appeal on Wednesday after a judge largely sided with hostile bidder Valeant Pharmaceuticals and the activist hedge fund Pershing Square.

From Don Julio to Medical Research, It's All M&A to Cravath and S&C

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 03, 2014

Monday was a three-deal day for the corporate lawyers at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Sullivan & Cromwell, as the two leading Am Law 100 firms each advised clients on a trio of notable transactions. Covington & Burling, Hogan Lovells, Jones Day, Kirkland, Davis Polk and Wachtell also had key roles on five separate deals.

November 2014 Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : November 01, 2014

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : October 29, 2014

Burger King-Tim Hortons, Electrolux-G.E. Appliance Division, Roche-InterMune, Norwegian Cruise Lines-Prestige Cruises

Freshfields Takes On the Wall Street Elite

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : October 29, 2014

Will Freshfields's splashy new hires in New York allow it to attain the first-tier status in dealmaking that has eluded Magic Circle firms in the United States?

Kirkland's Latest Raid Targets Skadden, But Simpson Partner Slips Away

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : October 28, 2014

A few months after losing out in its pursuit of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett IPO specialist Joshua Ford Bonnie, Kirkland & Ellis has poached Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom corporate finance partner Richard Aftanas in New York.

Deal of the Week: Southwestern Energy to Buy Shale Assets

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : October 27, 2014

Porter Hedges represents Houston-based Southwestern Energy Co. in its pending purchase of shale assets in West Virginia and Pennsylvania for $5.375 billion.

Wachtell, Cleary Gottlieb Grab Lead Roles as TPG Ups Stake in CAA

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : October 21, 2014

The private equity firm is stepping up its investment in Creative Artists Agency to become the majority owner of the talent agency. TPG turned to Wachtell Lipton, Rosen & Katz for legal advice, while CAA tapped Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.

Six Am Law 100 Firms Smooth Way for Another Pipeline Deal

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 20, 2014

As the U.S. moves to become the world's largest oil producer, lawyers from Cooley, Latham & Watkins, McGuireWoods, Norton Rose Fulbright, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz are helping QEP Resources unload its natural gas pipeline and processing unit for $2.5 billion in cash to Tesoro Logistics, a refinery operator owned by Tesoro Corp.

Wachtell Advises Chesapeake on $5.38 Billion Asset Sale

Wenxiong Zhang : The Am Law Daily : October 17, 2014

Chesapeake Energy announced Thursday that it would sell a large portion of its gas business in Northern West Virginia and Southern Pennsylvania to Houston-based rival Southwestern Energy. The deal allows Chesapeake to pay down a substantial amount of debt accrued from past expansion efforts.