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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Securities Litigation, White Collar & Regulatory Defense, Restructuring, Bankruptcy Litigation, Financial Institutions, Investment Management Litigation

United States: Dispute resolution

General commercial disputes

Within: General commercial disputes

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has strong renown in the market thanks to its continued involvement and successful track record in major complex litigation. For long-time client Prudential Financial, Maeve O’Connor and Edwin Schallert have handled securities class action and derivative lawsuits regarding unclaimed life insurance benefits and a putative class action concerning the interpretation of a provision of the California Insurance Code. Other ongoing cases include John Kiernan and David O’Neil’s representation of FanDuel in litigation and negotiations surrounding the issue of whether daily fantasy sports contests constitute illegal gambling. Other key figures in the department include Shannon Rose Selden, whose clients include Standard General and JC Flowers, and fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers Mark Goodman.

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United States: Finance

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

Within: Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has a rounded practice acting mainly for creditors but also for debtors. On the creditor side, in the SunEdison case, My Chi To is leading the representation of D E Shaw and Co and Madison Dearborn Partners as holders of notes and other claims against the debtor. With litigation partner Shannon Rose Selden and new arrival Christopher Updike, To also represents D E Shaw and Madison in the New York Supreme Court regarding breach of contract claims against TerraForm Power, LLC and TerraForm Power, Inc. The group is a ‘hidden gem’ and, ‘for the cost-benefit they provide, a shop to watch’ and also represented Oaktree Capital in the high-profile Energy Future Holdings Chapter 11. In the retail sector, the firm is representing hedge fund Standard General regarding its distressed investment in the second American Apparel bankruptcy and private equity sponsor Kelso & Company in connection with the prearranged Chapter 11 of Logan’s Roadhouse. In a notable debtor-side engagement, the firm is acting as aircraft counsel to CHC Group in connection with its Chapter 11 proceedings, with Richard Hahn and Jasmine Ball working alongside the firm’s aviation team. Hahn and Natasha Labovitz lead the New York-based team.

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  • Anomalies of insurance law

    Although the courts are often at pains to point out that insurance law is merely a subset of general contract law and should be applied without any concession or discrimination simply because the subject matter is insurance, there are, in fact, several aspects that are peculiar to insurance. An understanding of these anomalies will assist in penetrating the sometimes arcane depths of insurance law. They include:
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