Advent hires Weil private equity chief

Global private equity firm Advent International has appointed James Westra (pictured), co-head of private equity at law firm Weil Gotshal & Manges, as its chief legal officer.

Senior Weil Gotshal lawyer James Westra has moved in-house, joining Advent International as a managing director and chief legal officer, the buyout firm said in a statement.

Westra was a partner, member of the management committee and co-head of the private equity group at Weil. He led the opening of the firm’s Boston office in 2002, serving as its managing partner until his departure.

He leaves behind Glenn West,  the other co-head of private equity at Weil. West is a Dallas-based managing partner.

The firm recruited Harvey Eisenberg as a New York-based partner within its private equity group earlier this year. Corporate partner Joseph Basile will succeed Westra as the head of the firm's Boston office, the firm said.

As well as advising on private equity-related issues, Westra has represented public companies on general corporate matters, financing and merger deals, and counseled boards of directors on corporate governance matters, Advent said.

Advent is one of the law firm’s key private equity clients, which also include Berkshire Partners and THL Partners. Weil has worked on some of Advent’s biggest and most complex deals, including its buyouts of Boart, Longyear, Vantiv and WorldPay. Weil would continue to act for the buyout firm, Advent said.

Advent International managing partner David Mussafer said that after years of working together, Westra would “help us immensely with deal structuring and bringing best practices to support our team”.