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Gail Weinstein

  • Senior Counsel | M&A and Private Equity

New York

T: +1.212.859.8031

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Gail Weinstein counsels leading companies, private equity firms, and investment banks on M&A strategy, defense preparedness, shareholder activism, and governance.

Gail was at the forefront of market-shaping transactions during the advent of M&A in the 1980s, acting as lead legal counsel on many of the seminal contested and negotiated M&A transactions. Her decades of M&A-related experience provide critical perspective for her counseling clients on their most critical challenges today.

Gail is a well-known thought leader in the industry. She is a co-author of Takeover Defense: Mergers and Acquisitions (9th edition, Wolters Kluwer), by Arthur Fleischer, Jr., Gail Weinstein, and Scott B Luftglass, a treatise widely recognized as a definitive legal resource for this area. Her article, “A Proposed Post-Pandemic Framework for Ordinary Course and MAE Provisions in Merger Agreements,” co-authored with David A. Cooperstein, was published by the Yale Law Journal. She is also a leading author of n...

Gail Weinstein counsels leading companies, private equity firms, and investment banks on M&A strategy, defense preparedness, shareholder activism, and governance.

Gail was at the forefront of market-shaping transactions during the advent of M&A in the 1980s, acting as lead legal counsel on many of the seminal contested and negotiated M&A transactions. Her decades of M&A-related experience provide critical perspective for her counseling clients on their most critical challenges today.

Gail is a well-known thought leader in the industry. She is a co-author of Takeover Defense: Mergers and Acquisitions (9th edition, Wolters Kluwer), by Arthur Fleischer, Jr., Gail Weinstein, and Scott B Luftglass, a treatise widely recognized as a definitive legal resource for this area. Her article, “A Proposed Post-Pandemic Framework for Ordinary Course and MAE Provisions in Merger Agreements,” co-authored with David A. Cooperstein, was published by the Yale Law Journal. She is also a leading author of numerous articles and white papers on M&A-related subjects, providing insight for clients, peers, business and legal media, and the broader legal community.

Gail was twice awarded the prestigious Burton Award for distinguished legal writing and analysis, for her articles "The Dramatic Transformation of M&A Law Since 2014” and "Recent Trends in Shareholder Activism.” She serves on the M&A Editorial Board of Law 360, and she regularly presents CLE trainings and appears on Practising Law Institute panels on various M&A, corporate governance and related topics.

In addition, Gail devotes significant time to pro bono representation of and advocacy for asylum-seekers at the Southern border and various legal organizations that assist them. The 2019 documentary film Activized, produced by Spy Pond Productions, features Gail’s work in this space. The American Bar Association Committee on Immigration honored Gail with the 2021 Pro Bono Award.

Gail serves as co-chair of our Coronavirus Task Force, which has coordinated our response to client legal needs relating to the pandemic.

Professional associations

  • Former chair of the board, Parker School
  • Former member, Board of Advisors to the Dean, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Former trustee and treasurer, Barnard Foundation

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