International law firm Weil,
Gotshal & Manges LLP has announced it has appointed Joseph J. Basile as
managing partner of its Boston office. Basile, a partner in the Corporate
department, focuses his practice on complex domestic and cross-border M&A
transactions, control and minority investments, joint ventures and strategic
alliances in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. His
clients include major private equity funds and hedge funds and
corporations. He succeeds James Westra, who is leaving to become managing
director and chief legal officer at the private equity firm Advent
International, a long-standing client of Weil.
“Based on his proven leadership at the Firm, devotion to clients and
commitment to the community, Joe was the natural choice to lead the Boston
office in its next phase of growth,” said Barry Wolf, executive partner of Weil.
“Jim has been a tremendous partner and friend for the past nine years and we
greatly appreciate his contributions to the Firm and look forward to continuing
our strong personal relationship with him as well as our business relationship
“I’m thrilled to take on a broader role at the Firm,” Basile said. “Under
Jim’s leadership, Weil has become one of the premier law firms in New England
and I am pleased to be taking the lead at this phase of our development.
This is an exciting time for our clients and for our Firm and I am honored to be
asked to lead the office in our future successes.”
“I’ve enjoyed my time here at Weil and the deep relationships I’ve developed
with the great professionals at the Firm,” said Westra. “While I’m going to miss
the camaraderie with the people here at the Firm and our clients, I’m also
looking forward to my next new career challenge at Advent and am excited to
foster our relationship in a different capacity.”
Basile is involved in a number of non-profit and civic activities including
the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, the Center for Nonprofit Management at
Stonehill College and the Northeast Wilderness Trust. In addition, Basile
is a member of the Board of Fellows of Stonehill College, a member of the Board
of Directors of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable and co-chair of the Board
of Advisors of the Joseph W. Martin, Jr. Institute for Law and Society.
Basile is also a former member of the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission.
Basile, 59, lives in Boston with his wife Maureen. He graduated from
Stonehill College and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
About Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP (www.weil.com), an international law firm of over
1,200 lawyers, including approximately 300 partners, is headquartered in New
York with offices in Beijing, Boston, Budapest, Dallas, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong
Kong, Houston, London, Miami, Munich, Paris, Prague, Providence, Shanghai,
Silicon Valley, Warsaw, Washington, D.C. and Wilmington.