Wachtell has experience in the fields of mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, takeovers and takeover defense, corporate and securities law and corporate governance. They handle some of the largest, most complex and demanding transactions in the United States and around the world. They counsel both public and private acquirors and targets, handle sensitive investigation and litigation matters and corporate restructurings, and counsel boards of directors and senior management in critical situations. They have...
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Competitive is an understatement when it comes to landing a spot at the uber-elite Wachtell—the firm is one of the most selective law firms. Candidates should take interview prep seriously and be ready to discuss their interest in the firm’s specific work as well as substantive legal topics. Hard work and intellectual rigor form the backbone of the firm, but lawyers also value collaboration and get along well. Associates describe the firm structure as flat and believe partners are supportive of their development, though they feel decision-making from the top can be a bit opaque. The firm has a formal work assignment system for junior associates; as associates progress in seniority, there is a more free-market approach. Assignments themselves are high level, and associates are entr...
Many factors set Wachtell Lipton apart, including our size, our structure, our culture, our work, and our compensation. The firm was founded in 1965 by four law school classmates who wanted to practice law together, two of whom are still very active and set the tone for all of us. We are a true partnersh...
Each year, a significant chunk of the world’s dealmaking—major mergers and acquisitions, antitrust and shareholder litigation, big-name restructurings, and multi-billion-dollar real estate ventures—gets cranked through the well-oiled machine that is Wachtell Lipton. Manning the apparatus are a gifted few, whose compensation far outstrips industry standards. While it may not be the biggest or the highest revenue-maker as a firm, it is the most profitable place in the world to practice law. Wachtell Lipton is one of the smallest firms in the AmLaw 100, but it is continually one of the top firms (and usually the top firm) when it comes to PPP, and it stands above the going market rate for first-year associate salaries.
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Wachtell Lipton is dedicated to providing advice and expertise at the highest levels and to achieving extraordinary results for our clients. We seek individuals who are talented, motivated and committed in order to maintain our record of excellence. Our associates, paralegals and administrative staff are critical to this mission. Our lawyers and staff work closely together across departments comprising an elite legal team. We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment.
Wachtell Lipton is an equal opportunity employer. As such, it adheres to an employment policy that prohibits discriminatory practices or harassment against applicants or employees based on any legally impermissible factor(s) including, but not necessarily limited to, race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, disability or any protected military or veteran status.