Wachtell Lipton was founded on a handshake in 1965 as a small group of lawyers dedicated to providing advice and expertise at the highest levels. We have achieved extraordinary results following the distinctive vision of our founders -- a cohesive team of lawyers intensely focused on solving our clients' most important problems.
Our distinctive structure defines our approach.  We maintain a ratio of associates to partners significantly below that of other firms.  We focus on matters that require the attention, extensive experience and sophistication of our partners.
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We have experience in the fields of mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, takeovers and takeover defense, corporate and securities law and corporate governance. We handle some of the largest, most complex and demanding transactions in the United States and around the world.
Wachtell Lipton is dedicated to providing advice and expertise at the highest levels and achieving extraordinary results for our clients. We seek individuals who are talented, motivated and committed in order to maintain our record of excellence.

Executive Compensation and Benefits

Wachtell Lipton's executive compensation and benefits attorneys work closely with the most senior executives of our largest clients to address the most sensitive issues facing public and private companies both in the deal and non-deal contexts.  Management succession, board composition and similar issues are essential to the success of business combinations, and executive compensation arrangements often are the foundation of people-based businesses. Our practice continues to evolve as tax rules, securities laws and corporate governance standards relating to executive compensation continue to expand in response to scrutiny by shareholder activists and the popular press.