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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

65 GRESHAM STREET, LONDON, EC2V 7NQ, ENGLAND
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London: Corporate and commercial

Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 4

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP stands out for its expertise in the interplay between US and UK tax regimes, predominantly advising on fund formation, M&A, financing and capital markets tax issues with US-UK aspects. The team is jointly-led by London co-managing partner Richard Ward and Matthew Saronson, whose practice consists of advising sponsors and investors on the US and international tax aspects of private equity funds and their operations.

Practice head(s):Richard Ward; Matthew Saronson

Other key lawyers:Cécile Beurrier

Testimonials

'A wide range of tax expertise combined with excellent commercial sense'

'Creative thinkers, fast workers and on point'

'Richard Ward is a go-to person with incredible knowledge and solutions available on the spot'

Key Clients

AIA Group Limited

PJSC Polyus

Motor Fuel Group

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

HarbourVest Partners

Tristan Capital Partners Holdings Limited

Hanover Insurance Group

Work highlights

  • Advised the AIA Group in connection with its $6 billion Global Medium Term Notes and Securities Programme and its offering of $500 million of notes
  • Advised PJSC Polyus, the largest gold producer in Russia, on the issuance of $500 million notes due 2024
  • Advised Temporis Capital Ltd in relation to the establishment of a green energy fund focussed on investments in Ireland
  • Advised JAB Holding Company in relation to arrangements with the founder and management shareholders, in connection with the acquisition of the Pret à Manger group

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 7

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Lawyers in the antitrust and competition team at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP handle merger control issues arising in relation to multi-jurisdictional corporate transactions. The group assists clients with obtaining clearance for mergers and acquisitions from the European Commission as well as from the relevant national authorities. Led by practice head Timothy McIver, the team in London works in close cooperation with the firm's New York office. Of recent note, the group assisted Discovery Communications with securing clearance for its $14.6bn acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive. Sector-specific expertise covers a wide spectrum including private equity, financial services, technology, chemicals, energy, natural resources, aviation, and communications.

Practice head(s):Timothy McIver

Key Clients

AIG

AmTrust Financial Services

The Carlyle Group

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Discovery Communications

Hamilton Insurance Group

The Hanover Insurance Group

Perform Group

Solenis

Uralchem

Work highlights

  • Advising Discovery Communications on its €14.6bn acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive, a leading developer of lifestyle content.
  • Advising Solenis on its joint venture with BASF Corporation, aiming at merging the companies' paper and water chemicals businesses.
  • Advised AIG on its $5.56bn acquisition of Validus.
  • Assisted Clayton Dubilier & Rice with obtaining a clearance in the European Union and Turkey for its acquisition of a joint controlling interest in Belron,
  • Advising AmTrust Financial Services on a take-private acquisition by Enstar Group and Madison Dearborn Partners.

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Private equity: transactions ‚Äď high-value deals (¬£250m+)
Private equity: transactions ‚Äď high-value deals (¬£250m+) - ranked: tier 4

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Led by David Innes, the corporate team at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP handles both traditional leveraged buyouts and PE secondaries work (such as the restructuring and acquisition of PE funds). The practice is instructed on transactions involving a broad range of industry assets including retail, industrial, media, telecoms and natural resources. A specialisation in the insurance sector is a hallmark of the firm, as evidenced when Katherine Ashton assisted HarbourVest Partners in its joint £1.2bn acquisition (alongside Bain Capital) of one of the UK's largest online insurers, esure. Ashton is qualified to practice in both England and the US.

Practice head(s):David Innes

Other key lawyers:Katherine Ashton

Key Clients

Clayton Dubilier & Rice

HarbourVest Partners

Bregal Freshstream

Helios Investment Partners

Precision Medicine Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R) in its acquisition of Westbury Street Holdings (WSH).
  • Assisted with the formation and negotiation of a group structure of a number of co-investment vehicles for the purposes of purchasing shares in TrueNoord Limited, a commercial aviation leasing company.
  • Advised HarbourVest Partners on its role in the £1.2bn take-private acquisition of UK insurer esure.
  • Advised OEConnection, a Providence Private Equity portfolio company, in its acquisition of Bluegrasscoms, a leading automotive business consultancy and service provider focused on the collision and aftersales market segments.
  • Advised Motor Fuel Group (MFG), a portfolio company of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, in its acquisition of MRH.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP fields 'profoundly capable lawyers who will truly get to the heart of a case'. The commercial litigation team is regularly instructed by some of the biggest companies in the world on large and complex mandates, which are frequently cross-jurisdictional. The 'sought after'  Kevin Lloyd and the 'formidable'  Richard Lawton acted for BAT Industries and BTI 2014 in litigation, which sought to recover two dividends plus interest (totalling approximately $880m) from Sequana, Europe’s largest paper and packaging manufacturing and distribution company. Lord (Peter) Goldsmith QC is London co-managing partner and chair of European and Asian litigation, while recently promoted partner Christopher Boyne and international counsel Akima Paul Lambert are also highly rated.

Practice head(s):Kevin Lloyd

Other key lawyers:Richard Lawton; Christopher Boyne; Akima Paul Lambert; Lord (Peter) Goldsmith QC

Testimonials

'It is a top-quality team, from partners down to junior associates, who are capable of grappling with the most complex cases'.

'This absolutely first-class firm is involved in the biggest and most complex commercial disputes and is stacked with talented lawyers who are also commercially aware'.

'Kevin Lloyd is deservedly one of the most highly sought after partners in the London market. He is an incredibly smart lawyer, an astute tactician, commercially savvy and a supreme negotiator - the complete package'.

'Richard Lawton is a formidable force. He is an exceptional technical lawyer who is all over the detail of a case and has sound litigation instincts. Allied to that, he is an indomitable fighter who leaves no stone unturned for his clients. Clients want him on their team'.

'International counsel Christopher Boyne is someone with the ability to take charge of the most difficult disputes. He handles - and wins - heavy, complex commercial disputes matters and is a hit with clients - one to watch'.

'International counsel Akima Paul Lambert is a pleasure to work with, client focused and very responsive'.

Key Clients

British American Tobacco

Robert Tchenguiz

Whiteleave Holdings

Litasco

Royal Dutch Shell

PJSC Tatneft

PSJC Uralkali

Work highlights

  • Acted for Whiteleave Holdings (a company ultimately controlled by billionaire Vladimir Potanin) in its shareholder dispute with Rusal, a company that is connected to billionaire Oleg Deripaska.
Leading individuals

Kevin Lloyd - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Next Generation Partners

Christopher Boyne - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Rising stars

Akima Paul Lambert - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 'has significant expertise and a deep bench, and the practice is remarkably dedicated and committed to client service'. The advocacy-led practice acts for both state and commercial clients in the full range of high-value, international arbitration disputes, and the team has particular government-related experience. Former UK Attorney General Lord (Peter) Goldsmith QC is managing partner of the London practice, and Wendy Miles QC acts in proceedings in the financial services, manufacturing, telecoms, insurance, construction, energy and natural resources sectors. Tony Dymond and Patrick Taylor are also highly rated. Samantha Rowe made partner, while Aimee-Jane Lee and the recently promoted Akima Paul Lambert and Gavin Chesney are key international counsels.

Practice head(s):Lord (Peter) Goldsmith QC

Other key lawyers:Wendy Miles QC; Tony Dymond; Patrick Taylor; Samantha Rowe; Aimee-Jane Lee; Akima Paul Lambert; Gavin Chesney

Testimonials

'The team's expertise covers multiple jurisdictions and different legal fields; it is very integrated and the lawyers work seamlessly with each other. There is also a strong sense of internal culture and pride'.

'Lord (Peter) Goldsmith QC is a consummate advocate with brilliant command of detail and process, and he is ably supported by counsels such as Gavin Chesney'.

'Wendy Miles QC is dedicated and technically excellent, while also being commercially minded and savvy'.

'Tony Dymond is a lawyer's lawyer; he is thoughtful and able to reduce complex issues to their key components'.

'Patrick Taylor is incredibly hardworking, detail-orientated in his analysis, and a powerful and impressive advocate'.

'Samantha Rowe provides sharp insight from various angles'.

'A standout individual is Aimee-Jane Lee, who has excellent attention to detail and is very smart'.

Key Clients

The Nova Group Investments

The Russian Federation

The Poddar Brothers

Work highlights

  • Represented The Nova Group Investments in an International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) claim against the Romanian Government, which was under the Netherlands-Romania BIT and related to the purported expropriation of its Romanian assets and breaches of BIT protections.
Leading individuals

Lord (Peter) Goldsmith QC - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Wendy Miles QC - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Next Generation Partners

Patrick Taylor - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Samantha Rowe  - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Rising stars

Aimee-Jane Lee - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Public international law
Public international law - ranked: tier 1

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has 'unmatched breadth of experience' across a broad spectrum of public international law-related areas. The team regularly undertakes complex cases involving international environmental law; international humanitarian law; treaty interpretation; indigenous rights; arbitrary detention; political persecution; state responsibility for internationally wrongful acts; and denial of justice claims. Lord Peter Goldsmith is particularly noted for his substantial experience in representing sovereign and commercial clients in public international law arbitration and other court proceedings worldwide. He is currently lead counsel in a series of high profile public international law disputes pursued by the State of Qatar, including in its case before the International Court of Justice under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. Wendy Miles and Patrick Taylor are the other key names for proceedings in the financial services, telecoms, construction, and energy and natural resources sectors. Aimee-Jane Lee advises on the international protection of investments, particularly under bilateral investment treaties, the Energy Charter Treaty and investor-state contracts.

Practice head(s):Lord Peter Goldsmith QC

Other key lawyers:Aimee-Jane Lee

Testimonials

'Debevoise & Plimpton is one of the very top firms in this field. It has a breadth of experience that not many firms can match.'

'Peter Goldsmith QC is a seasoned litigator; there is nothing he hasn't seen'

'Aimee-Jane Lee is the superstar in the group, and is whip smart and has excellent attention to detail.'

Key Clients

Royal Dutch Shell

Human Dignity Trust

Commonwealth Lawyers Association

International Commission of Jurists

Center for Reproductive Rights

The Nova Group Investments

The Russian Federation

Work highlights

  • Acting for Royal Dutch Shell and Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd in proceedings in the London High Court brought by over 40,000 individuals in Nigeria claiming damages in respect of the consequences of widespread oil-spill damage including due to the sabotage of oil pipelines, illegal theft of oil and illegal refining. The claim against the company was on the basis that it was alleged to owe a duty of care to people living in the vicinity of the pipeline which made it responsible for the alleged failings of its Nigerian subsidiary.
  • Representing the State of Qatar in several disputes, including in its case before the ICJ under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. The state claims that as a result of a series of discriminatory measures taken by the United Arab Emirates, including the expulsion of Qataris from its territory on 5 June 2017, Qataris have been suffering grave human rights abuses purely on the basis of their national origin.
  • Advising the State of Qatar, including in two cases before the ICJ under the Chicago Convention and the International Air Services Transit Agreement, in which Qatar is the respondent. These cases concern the decisions of the International Civil Aviation Organization Council to hear Qatar’s claims that the measures taken by the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt to close their airspace to Qatar violate their international obligations.
  • Assisting the Center for Reproductive Rights in its objective to shift the law on reproductive rights and the interpretation of the “right to health” in Ecuador, Nicaragua and Guatemala. The Center is working to have a United Nations Treaty Monitoring Body recommending these states to create a health exception for access to abortion, or, in the case of Ecuador, to interpret their current health exception for access to abortion in very progressive terms (embracing the scope of the right to health as currently developed under international human rights law).
  • Acting on a pro bono basis for the Human Dignity Trust, the Commonwealth Lawyers Association and the International Commission of Jurists as interested parties to support an action brought by Caleb Orozco, Executive President of the United Belize Advocacy Movement, in the Supreme Court of Belize challenging the constitutionality of section 53 of the Criminal Code of Belize, which effectively criminalised homosexuality.
Leading individuals

Lord Peter Goldsmith QC - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Rising stars

Aimee-Jane Lee - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 4

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

'Highly commercial and up to speed with market trends', Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's banking and finance team has a strong reputation for handling cross-border borrower-side acquisition finance mandates for core private equity sponsors and corporates, including longstanding client Clayton Dubilier & Rice. With numerous dual US and UK-qualified practitioners in London, as well as being able to tap into the expertise of finance lawyers in the US, the team is well-placed to advise on deals involving bank debt and New York-governed high yield bonds. The firm's fund financing expertise has also been appreciated by sponsor clients, which are increasingly implementing such facilities to provide further liquidity to fund acquisitions. Alan Davies is a 'top performer' and regularly handles leveraged finance work for private equity sponsors.

Practice head(s):Alan J. Davies; Pierre Maugüé; Thomas Smith

Other key lawyers:Almas Daud

Testimonials

'Thomas Smith and Almas Daud are able to explain complex issues in a straight-forward manner and focus on the real issues, rather than the minutia.'

Key Clients

Resolution Life

Motor Fuel Group

Clayton Dubilier & Rice/Solenis

American International Group Inc.

B&M

Glendower Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Motor Fuel Group, a portfolio company of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, in connection with the financing and tax structuring aspects of its acquisition of MRH.
  • Advising Clayton, Dubilier & Rice portfolio company Solenis on the financing to facilitate its combination with BASF's paper and water chemicals business.  
  • Advised AIG on financing aspects of its $5.56bn acquisition of the Bermuda based, NYSE-listed (re)insurance company Validus Holdings.
  • Advised B&M in the bridge financing of its acquisition of the French discount chain Babou.
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Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 4

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

The London office of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has more than 20 years' experience in advising clients investing and operating in India, China, Latin America, Russia and Africa. Its work encompasses M&A, joint ventures, private equity investment, fund formation, direct investment and capital markets deals. The London practice, led by corporate partner Geoffrey Burgess and securities and capital markets specialist James Scoville, works closely with teams in the firm's New York, Frankfurt, Moscow, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo offices. Also recommended is international counsel Vera Losonci who handles equity and debt offerings for issuers in emerging markets, notably Russia and the CIS. A key deal in 2018 saw Burgess advise Helios Investment Partners on its investment in a Moroccan education company.

Practice head(s):Geoffrey Burgess; James Scoville

Other key lawyers:Vera Losonci

Key Clients

AfricInvest Capital Partners

Bank of New York Mellon

Capital Group/Capital International

Helios Investment Partners

Interros International Investments

LeapFrog Investments

Morgan Stanley

NLMK

Norilsk Nickel

PJSC MegaFon

Poddar Family

PJSC Polyus Gold

Prudential Financial

Sistema

Tata Teleservices

TPG Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Helios Investment Partners on its investment in a Moroccan education company.
  • Advised Helios Investment Partners in fund arrangement aspects of the IPO on the London Stock Exchange of Vivo Energy.
  • Advised The Bank of New York Mellon as depositary bank in an IPO.
  • Represented Tata Teleservices Limited in connection with negotiation and settlement with American Tower Corporation in relation to existing telecom tower contracts.
  • Representing LeapFrog Investments in formation the of an emerging-markets impact-investing fund.

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London: Insurance

Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's London team has 'extensive' knowledge of the insurance M&A market and has worked on many of the largest deals in the sector over the last few years. The highly regarded Ben Lyon and practice head Clare Swirski are lauded for their 'excellent' technical insurance knowledge, particularly on Solvency II questions, for which Clare is described as 'the go-to person' in the market. Swirski, Lyon and James Scoville were recently part of a large transatlantic team which advised AXA on the $15.3bn acquisition of XL Group.

Practice head(s):James Scoville; Clare Swirski

Other key lawyers:Ben Lyon

Testimonials

'Good industry knowledge both for the UK and internationally'

'The team takes a commercial-minded approach to insurance transactions while focusing on an appropriate level of legal detail and risk mitigation. They are in a unique position to be able to advise on market developments and provide guidance on commercial positions to be taken in transaction documents.'

'Ben Lyon has a strong understanding of the insurance market and drivers for insurance clients, and uses that understanding to provide commercially relevant advice. He has a client-centric approach and is proactive in ensuring advice is provided in line with client requirements.

'Clare Swirski is a go-to person on Solvency II questions - she really understands the business implications.'

'Ben Lyon possesses a unique combination of deep insurance-industry knowledge and excellent M&A experience.'

'Ben Lyon applies a client-focused approach to legal representation by taking the time to understand what is motivating his clients and adjusting his approach accordingly.'

Key Clients

AXA

American International Group

Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd.

Ascot Underwriting Limited

AmTrust Financial Services

Prudential Financial Inc. / Prudential Financial Insurance Company

Assured Guaranty Corporation

The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc.

Greycastle Holdings Ltd.

Third Point Reinsurance Company Ltd.

TIAA-CREF

The Blackstone Group

The Carlyle Group

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

HarbourVest Partners

Work highlights

  • Assisted AIG in its $5.56bn acquisition of Validus Group, a Bermuda-based, NYSE-listed, (re)insurance company.
  • Advised AXA on the $15.3bn acquisition of Bermuda-based XL/Catlin Group.
  • Ongoing advice to Ascot Underwriting Limited on various insurance, corporate and regulatory matters.
  • Advised the Hanover Insurance Group on its $950m sale of Chaucer to China Re.
  • Advised HarbourVest Partners on the £1.2bn take-private of UK insurer esure.
Leading individuals

Clare Swirski - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Private funds
Private funds - ranked: tier 3

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

The investment management group at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, which¬†'provides a boutique-like experience wrapped up in a US powerhouse offering', took on more than a dozen new fund clients during 2018. The team works with a wide range of clients, from brand new fund managers and independent boutiques to global alternative asset firms and the private equity arms of major banks. In a first-time fund formation of its kind for the client, European private equity chair¬†Geoffrey Kittredge¬†advised Apera Capital on the establishment of its new debt fund, Apera¬†Capital Private Debt Fund I; the fund raised approximately¬†‚ā¨750m.¬†Funds regulatory specialist and international counsel John Young¬†joined the team from Ropes & Gray LLP¬†in September 2018, while¬†John Rife¬†was made up to the partnership and¬†Delphine Jaugey¬†was promoted to international counsel.

Practice head(s):Geoffrey Kittredge

Other key lawyers:John Rife; Delphine Jaugey; John Young

Testimonials

'The firm's private funds practice provides outstanding services well informed not only by the latest European legal developments, but also by US private funds developments'.

'Legal excellence is paired with strong negotiation experience, which helps to arrive at amicable agreements with even difficult counterparties'.

'The Debevoise & Plimpton team differentiates itself by giving true advice at critical points of the process. Unlike other firms, who tend to merely explain what the options are, Geoff Kittredge and his team give you practical advice and get the job done'.

'Geoff Kittredge is a hugely experienced partner who has an immense history assisting major PE clients. His technical knowledge, industry nous and commercial focus wrapped up in a charismatic character makes him a formidable lawyer'.

'John Rife has become a leading partner in the team. He is a technically very able lawyer with a great pedigree of experience'.

'The London private equity practice at Debevoise & Plimpton is led by a group of excellent lawyers with extensive experience in the market who work well together as a team.  When working with Debevoise you are confident that you will receive top quartile advice and will therefore be well placed in any legal discussion or negotiation'.

'This team is at the cutting edge of the fund formation space.  It is reliable, effective and always able to deliver against tight deadlines in tough situations'.

'John Rife is an excellent lawyer in the private equity market,  with a strong reputation and excellent commercial judgement.'

Key Clients

Glendower Capital

Tishman Speyer

DBAY Advisors Limited

LeapFrog

Exponent Private Equity Partners

Park Square

Morgan Stanley

Apera Capital

Baring Vostok

Metric Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising Glendower Capital in connection with the fundraising of Glendower Capital Secondary Opportunities Fund IV, which is seeking $2.5bn in aggregate commitments.
  • Advised Tishman Speyer in connection with the fundraising of Tishman Speyer European Real Estate Venture VIII, a European-focused value-add real estate fund.
  • Acted as legal counsel to Apera Capital UK in connection with the formation of its first private debt fund, Apera Capital Private Debt Fund I SCSp.
  • Advised Canson on the formation of Canson Capital Partners Co-Investment, SCSp, structured as a Luxembourg limited partnership.
Leading individuals

Geoffrey Kittredge - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Next Generation Partners

John Rife - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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London: Real estate

Construction: contentious
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 4

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's contentious practice handles a wide range of disputes relating to buildings, airports, ports, gas facilities, power projects and social infrastructure. The team is led by 'exceptional lawyer and advocate' Tony Dymond who is known for his work on disputes in the energy and infrastructure sectors. The firm's client base consists of lenders, owners and contractors in the international space. 'Sharp and inquisitive' associate Robert Hoose is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Tony Dymond

Other key lawyers:Robert Hoose

Testimonials

'The team is strong both academically and practically.'

'The contentious construction team at Debevoise & Plimpton contains an unrivalled mix of individuals.'

'Genuine in-depth construction and engineering legal expertise with an international reach.'

'Tony Dymond is extremely bright, engaging and down to earth.'

'Tony Dymond is an exceptional legal mind and grasps key issues immediately.'

'Rob Hoose has a sharp and inquisitive thought process that enables intelligent strategy and plans to develop.'

'Tony Dymond is an exceptional lawyer and advocate. He is able to quickly grasp the substantive matters within the context of large and complex disputes.'

'Tony Dymond is one of the few lawyers who genuinely understands construction and engineering delay matters.'

'Rob Hoose is a lawyer experienced in the finer points of construction; he is able to see the main issues clearly and to turn these into concise arguments.'

'Gavin Chesney has a great facility for understanding the detail of construction costs and collecting these into clear submissions.'

'Tony Dymond is clever and manages expectations of clients well.'

'Rob Hoose is very much on top of the detail and impressively so.'

Leading individuals

Tony Dymond - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 1

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 's top tier London corporate crime team is 'the real deal' according to one client, advising on matters ranging from prevention, corporate defence, sanctions, compliance and regulatory investigations. It also deals with internal investigations for boards of directors, board committees and corporations. It frequently advises clients in sectors including engineering, aerospace and defence, infrastructure projects, energy and financial services. Co-head of team Lord Peter Goldsmith QC advises on white-collar, arbitration and litigation matters domestically and internationally. Karolos Seeger, who also co-heads the team, specialises in white-collar crime, internal investigations, compliance and corrupt practices legislation. Robin Lööf was promoted to international counsel. Jane Shvets focuses on white-collar defence and internal investigations Alex Parker left the firm for an in-house role at GlaxoSmithKline.

Practice head(s):Lord Peter Goldsmith QC; Karolos Seeger

Other key lawyers:Robin Lööf; Jane Shvets; Wendy Miles QC; Thomas Jenkins; Konstantin Bureiko

Testimonials

‘Top-tier work product combined with straightforward and responsive client service make this team the real deal’.

‘The team to go for when you need agile, forward thinking lawyers who will do things the right way’.

'Debevoise’s approach represents a perfect blend of high-level legal expertise, an understanding of how businesses operate in a fast-paced global environment, and a common sense approach to proposing solutions that can be deployed in real-life’.

‘Karolos Seeger has deep experience dealing with a multitude of agencies across the world. He is experienced, hands-on and has tremendous judgement’. 

‘Many of the team are multilingual which facilitates handling cross-border matters and they are very flexible and dedicated, working all hours to get the job done’.

‘Jane Shvets is a great resource, in particular in relation to Russia related work’.

‘Jane Shvets is approachable, available and provides first-class legal advice’.

Key Clients

Société Générale

Rolls Royce plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Rolls-Royce plc in its Deferred Prosecution Agreement with the UK’s Serious Fraud Office, which has been confirmed in open court by the President of the Queen’s Bench Division (Sir Brian Leveson) and published by the SFO.
Leading individuals

Jane Shvets - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Karolos Seeger - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Lord Peter Goldsmith QC - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Latin America: International firms

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 1

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP  is praised for its 'great knowledge in a broad range of sectors and great depth in its analysis'. The team is active in a large number of Latin American jurisdictions, including Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Chile. A major recent work highlight was representing Perenco Ecuador against the Republic of Ecuador in an ICSID arbitration pertaining to Ecuador's 2006 amendment of the hydrocarbons law and a subsequent termination-of-contract dispute. The team also acted for Gramercy Funds Management and an affiliate in a dispute against the Republic of Peru arising from Peru's efforts to avoid payment of agrarian bonds issued in exchange for property expropriated by the government, and is representing a co nstruction company in its $600m ICC arbitration with a major oil company over delays and additional cost in a project. The New York-based international dispute resolution group is jointly led by Donald Donovan and David Rivkin, alongside Dietmar Prager who co-heads the Latin America group. Mark Friedman and Ina Popova are highly recommended. London-based recently promoted partner Samantha Rowe  and Patrick Taylor are also names to note; the latter has notable expertise in the oil and gas and telecoms sectors.

Rising stars

Laura Sinisterra - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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