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Weil, Gotshal & Manges hires new partner for PE practice

Weil, Gotshal & Manges has added Christopher Machera as a partner in the law firm’s private equity practice. Based in Weil’s New York office, Machera was previously a partner at Greenberg Traurig. He is also a former vice president and associate general counsel at Goldman Sachs.


NEW YORK, July 11, 2016: International law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP announced today that Christopher Machera has joined as a partner in the Firm’s Private Equity practice. He is based in Weil’s New York office.

“Chris started his career at Weil and we are delighted to welcome him back to the Firm,” said Weil Executive Partner Barry Wolf. “He will be a valuable and seamless addition to our Private Equity practice, given his experience and knowledge of the Firm, and a great asset to our more than 200 private equity clients.”

Mr. Machera has extensive experience representing private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies in various transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, minority investments, and general corporate governance matters. He was an associate in Weil’s New York office from 2005 to 2011, when he joined Goldman Sachs as Vice President and Associate General Counsel. In that role, he provided internal counseling to Goldman’s Merchant Banking Division and was responsible for overseeing legal aspects of numerous transactions and related issues affecting the Division and its portfolio companies. Most recently, he was a partner at Greenberg Traurig.

Douglas Warner, co-head of Weil’s global Private Equity practice, commented: “Many of us have worked with Chris, both as a former colleague at Weil and during his time at Goldman Sachs, and we all have a very high regard for his intelligence, drive and professionalism. We are delighted that he is returning to the Firm. ”

Mr. Machera commented: “I am thrilled to be returning to Weil and to once again be part of the Firm’s specialized team of lawyers dedicated to private equity transactions. I look forward to working with my former colleagues to advise a wide range of private equity clients worldwide on their most important transactions.”

About Weil’s Private Equity Practice
Weil’s global Private Equity practice is recognized by the industry as being one of only a very small number of elite, market leaders in this field. Our clients include the majority of the largest and highest profile private equity funds, sovereign wealth funds and pension funds, as well as family offices and other equity financial investors. Weil advises more than 200 private equity clients worldwide, including 80% of the top 25, as ranked by PEI 300, 2016. Our advice covers all aspects of the full life cycle of investments.

About Weil
Founded in 1931, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has been a preeminent provider of legal services for more than 80 years. With approximately 1,100 lawyers in offices on three continents, Weil has been a pioneer in establishing a geographic footprint that has allowed the Firm to partner with clients wherever they do business. The Firm’s four departments, Corporate, Litigation, Business Finance & Restructuring, and Tax, Executive Compensation & Benefits, and more than two dozen practice groups are consistently recognized as leaders in their respective fields. Please see for more information, including awards and rankings.