Robert A. Schwed

Retired Partner

Schwed, Robert A.

Robert Schwed joined the firm in 2002 and retired as a partner in 2015. With more than 35 years of experience in private equity, Mr. Schwed built a substantial practice working with private equity firms and their portfolio companies in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions. With his extensive experience and knowledge of a wide range of transactions, Mr. Schwed successfully represented a variety of clients, including industrial, financial services, healthcare, retail, and media and communications companies.

Mr. Schwed represented venture capital and buyout firms and other institutional investors in equity and debt investments, public and private buyout transactions and workouts, recapitalizations and other restructurings. He also acted as general counsel to private equity firms, including advising firms seeking to raise investment capital from institutional investors.

Honors & Awards

  • Listed for his private equity: buyouts practice in the 2009-2016 editions of Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business, with sources describing him as a "superb counsellor with exceptional judgement" and "exceptionally intelligent, innovative and entrepreneurial." He is also noted by clients for his "fund, transactional and entrepreneurial strengths."
  • Recognized for exceptional standing in the legal community in the area of private equity: buyouts in each edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business since 2003. In 2014, sources stated he is a "superb counselor with exceptional judgment" and has "fund, transactional and entrepreneurial strengths." 
  • Selected for inclusion in Metro Edition magazine as a 2011 and 2012 "New York Super Lawyer"

Publications & News


March 23, 2016

Chambers Global 2016 Ranks WilmerHale Lawyers, Practices

Chambers Global has named 27 WilmerHale lawyers among “The World's Leading Lawyers for Business” in its 2016 edition. Additionally, the firm is ranked in 15 practice areas that span five regions.

May 19, 2015

WilmerHale Practices, Lawyers Ranked Among Nation’s Best by Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2015 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 46 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale attorneys as leaders in their respective fields.

March 12, 2015

WilmerHale Lawyers, Practices Recognized in 2015 Edition of Chambers Global

Thirty-one WilmerHale lawyers are named among "The World's Leading Lawyers for Business" in the 2015 edition of Chambers Global. In addition to these individual accolades, the firm is recognized in 17 practice areas that span six different regions.

March 14, 2014

Chambers & Partners Recognizes WilmerHale in its 2014 Global Edition

Twenty-nine WilmerHale lawyers have been named among the “World's Leading Lawyers for Business” in the 2014 edition of Chambers Global. In addition to these individual accolades, 13 of the firm's practice areas were also recognized.

May 24, 2013

Chambers USA 2013 Final Results Announced

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business today announced its final rankings for the 2013 edition, in which 93 WilmerHale lawyers and 44 firm practice areas have been recognized as leading in their field.

June 7, 2012

Chambers USA 2012 Final Results Announced

March 30, 2012

Chambers USA 2012 Preliminary Results Announced

March 16, 2012

Chambers Global 2012 Ranks 29 WilmerHale Lawyers, 12 Practices

November 9, 2011

WilmerHale Aids American Dental Partners Inc. in $398 Million Deal

March 25, 2011

Chambers Global 2011 Ranks 25 WilmerHale Lawyers and 17 Firm Practices

Professional Activities

Mr. Schwed was an adjunct professor at George Washington University School of Law, where he taught a course in venture capital law.
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BA, cum laude, Williams College

JD, magna cum laude, Harvard Law School

Bar Admissions

New York

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