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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

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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

Almost One Fifth of the Global 100 Firms Have Atlanta Offices

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : October 01, 2014

In this year's Global 100 ranking by The American Lawyer, there are 19 firms with Atlanta offices, including DLA Piper, the No. 2 firm on the list after Baker & McKenzie.

Icahn, Wachtell Meet Again Over eBay

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : September 30, 2014

Nine months after Carl Icahn called for a split of eBay and PayPal, the San Jose-based online auction and retailing giant has turned to the activist investor's longtime nemesis, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, for legal counsel.

Who's On and Off the Global 100 List

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : September 29, 2014

Several firms appear for the first time on the Global 100 list, while others fall off.

Dialing It In

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : September 29, 2014

Verizon's record-breaking $130 billion deal to fully own Verizon Wireless was more than 10 years in the making. But it all came down to a last-minute phone call.

Wachtell Fends Off Class Action Sparked by Avon Bribes Flap

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : September 29, 2014

Allegations that Avon bribed its way into the Chinese market sparked a massive internal probe and a criminal settlement. But a judge sent a proposed securities class action over the scandal back to the drawing board on Monday, dealing a defeat to plaintiffs lawyers at Motley Rice.

A Year of Slow But Solid Growth for Global 100 Firms

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : September 29, 2014

A surge in dealmaking boosted the top and bottom lines for the world's top-grossing firms, which experienced steady if unspectacular growth in 2013.

Big Suits

Jan Wolfe : The American Lawyer : September 29, 2014

U.S. ex rel. O'Donnell v. Countrywide; In re AIG 2008 Securities Litigation; ViaSat v. Space Systems/Loral; Gilead v. La Roche; O'Bannon v. NCAA

Big Deals

MP McQueen, Vinayak Balasubramanian, Alexandra Wilson and Wenxiong Zhang : The American Lawyer : September 29, 2014

Kinder Morgan Reorganization; Fox Asset Sale; Walgreen/Alliance Boots; Dollar Tree/Dollar General /Family Dollar; AbbVie/Shire

Judge Nixes Hedge Fund's Bid to Block $3.7B Bank Merger

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : September 28, 2014

The ruling offers an answer to an unsettled question for securities fraud litigants, and it removes one roadblock to the proposed $3.7 billion merger between CorpBanca, one of Chile's largest banks, and Brazil's Itaú Unibanco.

Breyer Demands More Changes to HP Derivative Deal

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : September 26, 2014

Judge says the settlement's release is too broad.

New Deals

Valori Corral-Nava : New York Law Journal : September 25, 2014

German multinational engineering conglomerate Siemens AG announced late Sunday it would acquire the Dresser-Rand Group, a Houston-based maker of compressors, steam turbines, gas turbines and engines for the oil and gas industry, in an all-cash deal worth $7.6 billion.

CalPERS Flags Concerns Over HP Settlement

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : September 24, 2014

In a letter, the pension fund's GC said deal needs to be transparent about how much will be paid to plaintiffs lawyers.

CalPERS Flags Concerns Over HP Settlement

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : September 24, 2014

The nation's largest public pension fund this week became the latest to voice concerns over a settlement that would extinguish shareholder derivative litigation over Hewlett-Packard's botched 2011 acquisition of British software firm Autonomy.

Deal of the Week: Trio of Firms Involved in $7.6 Billion Deal

Brenda Sapino jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : September 23, 2014

Baker Botts of Houston and two other firms represent Houston-based Dresser-Rand Group in its pending acquisition by Siemens for about $7.6 billion.

Four Am Law Firms Advise on Siemens' $7.6 Billion Energy Deal

Valori Corral-Nava : The Am Law Daily : September 23, 2014

Latham & Watkins, Gibson Dunn, Wachtell and Baker Botts are advising on the all-cash deal that sees German multinational engineering conglomerate Siemens AG acquiring Dresser-Rand Group, a Houston-based maker of compressors, steam turbines, gas turbines and engines for the oil and gas industry.

Advisers Found Liable for Boards' Violations

William Savitt : The National Law Journal : September 22, 2014

Courts say third parties have aided and abetted directors in litigation over mergers and acquisitions.

Freshfields Adds Four But Loses One, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

The Magic Circle firm's New York hiring spree continued, although one partner has left the London-based legal giant's office in Washington, D.C., for a top in-house job at Chevron. The Am Law Daily looks at those moves and more in our latest tally of notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

What Has Happened to Stock Options?

Joseph E. Bachelder III : New York Law Journal : September 19, 2014

In his Executive Compensation column, Joseph E. Bachelder III examines the 100-year history of stock options, including periods of extraordinary popularity (e.g., the 1990s) and less popularity when the stock markets were in the doldrums, and takes a look at where options are today.

Freshfields Poaches Fried Frank Capital Markets Team

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 19, 2014

Valerie Ford Jacob, the head of the capital markets group at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, is leaving with partners Michael Levitt and Paul Tropp to join Magic Circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in New York. The moves are the latest high-profile lateral hires by Freshfields in the U.S.

Asia Deal Digest: Sept. 18, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : September 18, 2014

*Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance on $916 million Laos hydropower project development and financing*Latham & Watkins advises Chinese private equity firm FountainVest Partners on its first U.S. investment*Cleary leads state-run Korea Development Bank's $750 million note issuance

Orrick Hires Five Former Supreme Court Clerks

Marcia Coyle : Supreme Court Brief : September 17, 2014

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has lured three U.S. Supreme Court clerks fresh out of the marble palace and two more veteran high court clerks to a swiftly growing Supreme Court and appellate practice.

Am Law Firms Land Roles on Big Real Estate Deals

Valori Corral-Nava : The Am Law Daily : September 17, 2014

A flurry of real estate transactions totaling $6.9 billion has yielded work for several Am Law 100 firms, including Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, Willkie Farr & Gallagher and Goodwin Procter.

Freshfields Bags M&A Bigwig From Shearman & Sterling

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : September 16, 2014

The Magic Circle firm has hired Shearman's M&A partner Peter Lyons as it continues to boost its ranks in U.S. transactional work.

The American Lawyer Names Global Legal Awards Grand Prize Winners

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : September 16, 2014

The American Lawyer announced Monday the winners of its Global Legal Awards grand prizes. In the climax of a thrilling event at Gotham Hall in New York City, four grand prizewinners were chosen from more than 270 nominations to be named as the year's best cross-border legal work across corporate, finance, disputes and citizenship.

O'Melveny Team Delivers $700 Million Investment in XPO Logistics

David Ruiz : The Recorder : September 12, 2014

Singapore- and Canada-based investment funds will own 22 percent of common shares in the transportation logistics company.

Am Law Firms Score on Slew of Financial Services Deals

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : September 10, 2014

A handful of Am Law 100 firms took lead roles on recent deals in the financial services sector, including Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; and Squire Patton Boggs.

Four Am Law Firms Lead Way on Scandinavian M&A Deals

Valori Corral-Nava : The Am Law Daily : September 08, 2014

Davis Polk, Jones Day, Sidley Austin and Wachtell Lipton advised on two cross-border M&A transactions with a northern European twist worth a combined $4.7 billion.

Lure of the Legal Giants, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 07, 2014

Baker & McKenzie, Jones Day, Norton Rose Fulbright and Squire Patton Boggs all experienced churn to their robust partnership ranks in the first week of September; a high-profile in-house lawyer joins Ballard Spahr as a Bingham McCutchen partner heads the other way; and Milbank brings on a top federal prosecutor in our latest look at notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Freshfields Bolsters U.S. M&A Ranks With Wachtell, Skadden Alums

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

The Magic Circle has had its problems trying to make inroads in the U.S., but Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, one of the London-based legal giants that has perhaps had the most success stateside, is ramping up its bid for transactional work in New York by hiring two former partners from Wall Street stalwarts Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. The new additions come after Freshfields recently saw two partners depart from its U.S. ranks.

Greenberg's $25 Billion Case Against U.S. Set for Trial

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : September 02, 2014

Maurice "Hank" Greenberg's $25 billion lawsuit against the U.S. government over the bailout of American International Group Inc. moved a step closer to trial last week, as a federal judge denied the government's motion for summary judgment.