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Weil Gotshal boosts hedge fund and private equity practices with Joseph Basile

Weil, Gotshal & Manges has announced the recruitment of Joseph J. Basile, who has more than 25 years' experience as a corporate, securities and finance lawyer, as a corporate partner with the firm's private equity and hedge fund practice groups in Boston.

Basile was formerly a partner with Bingham McCutchen where he represented hedge funds, private equity funds and strategic investors in complex domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and also advised on financial restructuring issues.

'Joe's diverse experience will further strengthen our hedge fund and private equity expertise and add significant depth in cross-border transactions,' says Weil Gotshal chairman Stephen Dannhauser.

Jim Westra, co-head of the global private equity practice, says: 'We are confident that Joe will be an important driver of the future growth and success of our Boston office and hedge fund business. His unique skill set will broaden our abilities to address a full range of fund clients' needs.'

Basile's arrival is part of Weil Gotshal's recent global expansion that includes the election to partner of Kevin Ban and Anthony Wang, both focused on cross-border private equity and M&A transactions, in the firm's Shanghai office. In London, Weil Gotshal has added restructuring expert Tony Horspool and banking and finance specialist Stuart Hills to its business finance and restructuring practice.

Weil Gotshal has more than 200 private equity and hedge fund attorneys worldwide and provides services in areas including fund formation, deal execution and leveraged transactions. The hedge fund transactional group represents funds in control and non-control investments in portfolio companies and structured equity investments, and fund sponsors in the formation of hedge funds, including SEC, regulatory, tax and Erisa issues.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges is a global law firm of 1,300 lawyers, including around 300 partners, with headquarters in New York and offices in Austin, Boston, Budapest, Dallas, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Miami, Munich, Paris, Prague, Providence, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Warsaw, Washington DC and Wilmington.

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