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Dechert LLP

CIRCA CENTRE, 2929 ARCH STREET, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19104-2808, USA
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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP’s ‘excellent’ team is particularly strong in the field of commercial real estate finance and regularly handles the purchase and sale of real estate debt products, along with the origination, disposition and securitization of commercial real estate loans. The firm also has extensive expertise in capital markets transactions and frequently advises on debt and equity offerings. Richard Jones heads the practice and recently advised real estate lender Silverpeak on a CMBS investment and purchaser risk retention transaction valued at $938m. Other key figures include Laura Swihart, who along with finance partner Devin Swaney advised Freddie Mac on approximately 50 deals over the course of 12 months, the majority of these being securitizations of mortgage loans secured by multifamily properties; and Philadelphia-based Jason Rozes, whose client roster includes a mix of commercial and investment banks, institutional lenders and REITs. The firm has a solid West Coast presence; out of the San Francisco office, the firm acted for RBC Capital Markets on a $798m mortgage loan provided to the affiliates of Blackstone Group as financing for its $1.8bn acquisition of Alecta Pension’s US real estate portfolio. Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays and Starwood Property Trust are also key active clients. Kahlil Yearwood moved to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

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United States: Antitrust

Civil litigation/class actions: defense
Civil litigation/class actions: defense - ranked: tier 2

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP’s Steven Bizar and Christine Levin are representing RW Sauder in two trials (including class action litigation initiated by direct purchaser plaintiffs) over an alleged price-fixing conspiracy among producers of shell eggs and egg products. Another ongoing matter involves George Gordon, counsel Stephen Brown and others defending Lannett Company in a generic pharmaceuticals price-fixing MDL. Washington DC-based Paul Denis, and Ethan Litwin in New York, are part of the team which is handling 100 putative class actions for American Airlines over allegations it colluded with three other US airlines to co-ordinate capacity for air passenger services. Michael Weiner, who heads the practice with Bizar, also practices in New York. The firm’s other work covers litigated DOJ/FTC merger challenges and regulatory proceedings. Named lawyers are based in Philadelphia, except where otherwise stated.

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Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 1

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP’s heavyweight team includes Paul Friedman, Michael Weiner and Ethan Litwin, who acted as lead trial counsel to Monsanto and its Precision Planting equipment business in the DOJ’s lawsuit challenging Deere & Co’s $190m acquisition of Precision Planting. In another highlight, Weiner and counsel Jill Ross are working with the Brussels and Hong Kong offices to assist SK Hynix (a subsidiary of SK Telecom) with obtaining clearances across multiple jurisdictions for its $18bn consortium bid with Bain Capital and others to acquire Toshiba’s NAND business. Paul Denis and Craig Falls are other key figures in the group, which has also acted for third parties in transactions, such as US Ecology and Amicus Economists. Weiner leads the team with Philadelphia-based Steven Bizar. Named individuals are located in New York or Washington DC, except where otherwise stated.

Leading lawyers

Paul Denis - Dechert LLP

Next generation lawyers

Craig Falls - Dechert LLP

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United States: Dispute resolution

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to corporates - ranked: tier 2

Dechert LLP

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to individuals - ranked: tier 2

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP’s New York team was joined in January 2017 by David Kelley from Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, who became practice co-chair alongside the Chicago-based David Kistenbroker. Other new arrivals include New York-based Benjamin Rosenberg, who joined from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, and Christina Guerola Sarchio in Washington DC, who joined from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. The firm has particular expertise in securities-related matters; Andrew Levander represented the former senator, Jon Corzine, in investigations and litigation arising from MF Global’s bankruptcy, leading to a negotiated settlement with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Jonathan Streeter is representing James Icahn in pending investigations by the Southern District of New York Attorney’s Office and the SEC into insider trading allegations. In another key mandate, the group is serving as Toyota’s independent monitor as part of a deferred prosecution pertaining to compliance and safety. The ‘sharp and practicalCatherine Botticelli in Washington DC is also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Andrew Levander - Dechert LLP

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 2

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP’s commercial litigation team is ‘highly responsive, well equipped and focused in its engagements’. In a significant move, Christina Guerola Sarchio joined the firm from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP; she brings an exceptional class action practice and notable trial expertise, complementing the department’s already significant trial capabilities. In a high-profile engagement, Andrew Levander, Linda Goldstein and Nicolle Jacoby are representing Fox News Network in sexual harassment and gender discrimination cases. Other leading partners in the team include litigation chair Matthew Larrabee, cross-border insolvency expert Dennis Hranitzky, Los Angeles office managing partner William Oxley and Philadephia-based Steven Bizar, who is ‘uniquely skilled in his ability to address highly complex matters in a manner that is consumable by all interested parties’.

Leading lawyers

Christina Guerola Sarchio - Dechert LLP

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP has ‘a highly experienced and capable arbitration team with outstanding international exposure’. In New York, the team handles international commercial arbitrations, and its Washington DC office is a key name for investor-state arbitration matters, where ‘strong’ department co-chair Arif Ali represented MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas in an arbitration against the Republic of Croatia under UNCITRAL rules and is also representing the same client in an ongoing ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Croatia. Also in Washington DC, Alexandre de Gramont is ‘top-notch’ and recently promoted partner Érica Franzetti is also noted. John Roesser recently left the firm.

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International litigation
International litigation - ranked: tier 1

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP is ‘outstanding, first rate’, according to one client, who describes ‘a strong team with deep knowledge of the subject matter and which provides very sound advice’. The firm regularly advises investment funds, multinational corporations, bondholders and sovereigns in complex cross-border disputes. In New York, the ‘bright, very sharp, very strategicDennis Hranitzky is ‘an expert in sovereign disputes’ and leads the international and insolvency litigation group with Gary Mennitt. The team is ‘brilliant, dedicated to its clients and is certainly a tier-one firm’, according to one client. Other recommended lawyers include counsel Debra O’Gorman and Los Angeles-based Andrew Wong. A key highlight from 2017 saw the firm act for hedge fund Contrarian Capital Management in judgment enforcement proceedings in four countries and in a challenge to a scheme of arrangement by Indonesia Pulp & Paper Group.

Leading lawyers

Dennis Hranitzky - Dechert LLP

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M&A litigation: defense
M&A litigation: defense - ranked: tier 3

Dechert LLP

At Dechert LLP, ‘response times are second to none, the level of service is excellent and the team delivers its knowledge of the law and industry trends in real time and in depth’. Linda Goldstein in New York, who helped secure successive victories in a merger consent proceeding and appraisal action for Albertsons relating to its $9.4bn merger with Safeway, and Chicago-based David Kistenbroker are the firm’s leading lights. Kistenbroker and Joni Jacobsen defended Swisher Hygiene and others against actions seeking injunctive and monetary relief after the sale of assets to Ecolab. Washington DC-based Joshua Hess is ‘confident, smart, available and able to provide concrete answers’.

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: consumer products (including tobacco)
Product liability, mass tort and class action: consumer products (including tobacco) - ranked: tier 4

Dechert LLP

Los Angeles-based William Oxley heads Dechert LLP’s product liability, class actions and mass tort department. Recent highlights include representing Japanese manufacturer Takata and its affiliates in relation to the high-profile airbag inflator recall, including over 100 class actions and personal injury matters. In other work, the team continues to assist longstanding client Pfizer with consumer products matters. Robert Heim in Philadelphia is also active in the sector.

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense
Product liability, mass tort and class action: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense - ranked: tier 3

Dechert LLP

The ‘knowledgeable’ team at Dechert LLP defends pharmaceutical and medical devices manufacturers in product liability litigation and consumer fraud claims. Led by Philadelphia-based Hope Freiwald, the team continues to represent AbbVie in national product liability litigation involving testosterone replacement therapy AndroGel, which allegedly causes a variety of injuries, including pulmonary embolism. The team is headed by William Oxley in Los Angeles. Philadelphia-based Ben Barnett and Nathan Hoffman in Chicago also active in the department. In May 2018, Sheila Birnbaum, Mark Cheffo and Douglas Fleming joined the firm’s New York office from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP.

Leading lawyers

Sheila Birnbaum - Dechert LLP

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: toxic tort - defense
Product liability, mass tort and class action: toxic tort - defense - ranked: tier 3

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP’s product liability and mass torts practice is particularly active in asbestos litigation. Led by Los Angeles-based practice head William Oxley, the team recently obtained two complete defense verdicts for Union Carbide in lawsuits involving claims alleging that exposure to products manufactured by the client causes mesothelioma. In other work, Chicago-based Nathan Hoffman and Erik Snapp continue to represent Pfizer in asbestos litigation. The firm’s client roster also includes Takata and AbbVie. Philadelphia-based Ben Barnett and Hope Freiwald are other names to note. In May 2018, Sheila Birnbaum, Mark Cheffo and Douglas Fleming joined the New York office from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP.

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Securities litigation: defense
Securities litigation: defense - ranked: tier 2

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLPprovides excellent levels of service from experts in the law and dogged fighters for their clients’ interests’. The firm has ‘star power among its senior talent’, which includes firm chairman Andrew Levander, who last year argued an appeal for Rockstar Games. David Kistenbroker, who practices in both New York and Chicago, is global head of the securities litigation practice. With Joni Jacobsen in Chicago, he represented Asanko Gold in a 10b-5 class action in which plaintiffs alleged the company made false or misleading statements about mineral resource estimates. The same team secured the dismissal of a 10b-5 case for Anavex Life Sciences and former executives that centered on claims that they misled investors about the efficacy of an experimental Alzheimer’s drug to artificially inflate the price of its stock. Global litigation head Matthew Larrabee in New York and key partner Michael Kichline in Philadelphia are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Andrew Levander - Dechert LLP

David Kistenbroker - Dechert LLP

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United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt offerings
Capital markets: debt offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 4

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP has an active debt practice, which stands out for its niche expertise in life sciences and permanent capital vehicles, especially business development companies. In a recent example of its work in this area, Philadelphia-based partners Kenneth Young and Gregory Schernecke advised business development company Corporate Capital Trust on a private offering of $140m of senior notes. Boston-based corporate finance specialist Thomas Friedmann co-chairs the capital markets group and assisted Eagle Point Credit Company with several recent deals, including handling its $31.6m public notes offering. David Rosenthal co-chairs the department from New York.

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Capital markets: equity offerings
Capital markets: equity offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 3

Dechert LLP

Capital markets: equity offerings - advice to managers - ranked: tier 4

Dechert LLP

At Dechert LLP, Boston-based group co-head Thomas Friedmann is well known for his specialist skill set in acting for business development companies. In a recent example, Friedmann advised Eagle Point Credit on its $30.3m public offering. The firm is also active on behalf of underwriters, with Philadelphia-based partners James Lebovitz and Gregory Schernecke advising the underwriters on Amicus Therapeutics’ $258.8m public offering. David Rosenthal co-leads the practice from New York and with Schernecke acted for the joint book-running managers on Inovio Pharmaceuticals’ $75m public offering. Other key clients include Franklin Square Capital Partners, Golub Capital and Stifel Nicolaus.

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Capital markets: global offerings
Capital markets: global offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 4

Dechert LLP

Capital markets: global offerings - advice to underwriters - ranked: tier 4

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP’s strong focus on life sciences and permanent capital vehicles ensures a steady stream of work for clients in those areas. Among its work for the latter, Philadelphia-based partners Kenneth Young and Gregory Schernecke assisted business development company Corporate Capital Trust with its $140m private notes offering. Elsewhere, New York’s David Rosenthal, acting with the Paris office, advised the joint lead managers and book-runners on Biom’Up’s €38.1m IPO in Paris.

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Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings
Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 4

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP houses a robust issuer-side practice, which has specialist expertise in advising life sciences companies and permanent capital vehicles. Boston-based Thomas Friedmann co-heads the department and led advice to Eagle Point Credit Company on several deals over the past year, including on its $31.6m notes offering. Stephen Leitzell - who is a key name in Philadelphia - advised B&G Foods on a $500m notes offering. New York’s David Rosenthal co-chairs a team that also includes James Lebovitz and newly made-up partner Gregory Schernecke - both of whom operate from Philadelphia.

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Commercial lending
Commercial lending: advice to borrowers - ranked: tier 5

Dechert LLP

Commercial lending: advice to lenders - ranked: tier 4

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP is recommended both for its lender-led expertise, where it acts for a range of institutions and alternate lenders, and for its borrower work. Scott Zimmerman leads the global leveraged finance team, which was bolstered in New York by the arrival of Jeff Norton from Linklaters LLP. He joins a team that includes the impressive Jay Alicandri, who is noted for advising borrowers and lenders, Jeffrey Katz and the Philadelphia-based Sarah Gelb. Borrower-led highlights included representing Mexican railroad giant GMexico Transportes on the $1.5bn financing for its acquisition of Florida East Coast Railway Holdings. On the lender side the firm represented ING Capital on $300m worth of facilities to Tree Line Capital Partners, a direct lender to small and medium-sized companies in the US. Another significant client on the direct lender side is Prospect Capital Corporation, which it advised on several transactions, including a $64m loan to finance ICV Partners’ acquisition of RME Group Holding Company.

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Financial services regulation
Financial services regulation - ranked: tier 6

Dechert LLP

Noted for its ‘excellent technical knowledge and relationships with the regulators’, Dechert LLP provides ‘thorough and accurate’ advice across a range of regulatory matters for clients including Melrose Credit Union, Interactive Brokers Group and Independent Community Bankers of America. The team is perhaps best-known for its work on behalf of asset management clients, both on discrete regulatory issues as well as regulatory driven transactional activity. The excellentThomas Vartanian has vast knowledge of the Dodd-Frank Act and is noted for his expertise at guiding clients through the intricacies of the Volcker Rule, both in terms of ensuring that existing activities and operations are compliant with it, as well as its impact on hedge and private equity funds on investments in and acquisitions of financial institutions and bank holding companies. Boston-based Thomas Friedmann has niche expertise advising on the regulatory issues impacting on business development companies; he was recently involved in the firm’s work for CION Investment Corporation on its $277m acquisition of Credit Suisse’s business development company. Senior counsel David Ansell is regularly involved in financial services M&A and, alongside counsel Robert Ledig, recently provided regulatory input for ECN Capital on the $1.25bn sale of its US commercial and vendor finance business to PNC Bank. David Harris is also recommended.

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Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate
Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate - ranked: tier 4

Dechert LLP

The financial restructuring practice at Dechert LLP continues to be recognised for its creditor and cross-border representations, particularly in mandates involving Latin American clients. Co-chair Allan Brilliant is advising an international committee, holding over $2.7bn bonds, in the bankruptcy proceedings of Oi and its subsidaries in Brazil, Netherlands and Portugal. In addition the team acts for an ad hoc group in connection with a potential restructuring of Brazilian mining company Samarco Mineração and in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico’s debt crisis, the group is engaged by Peaje Investments, the largest holder of unwrapped special revenue bonds issued by the Puerto Rico Highways & Transportation Authority. Practice co-head Michael Sage is advising Oglethorpe Power Corporation on Westinghouse Electric Corporation’s bankruptcy and resulting delays on the company’s building obligations at Vogtle Electric Generating Plant; the team also pursued enforcement of guarantee provided by Westinghouse Electric Corporation’s parent company Toshiba in this matter.

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Structured finance: securitization
Structured finance: securitization - ranked: tier 1

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP’s finance group is singled out for its knowledge of ‘cutting-edge structures addressing the new risk retention rules for CLOs’. The team advises issuers and underwriters in CMBS, CRE and auto loan securitizations, and has particular strength in acting for CLO managers. Richard Jones heads the department, which includes Laura Swihart, who specializes in MBS and acts for sell-side clients like Freddie Mac; the ‘client-focused’ Sean Solis, who is a key contact in the CLO group and advises managers such as Apollo Global Management; and the Charlotte-based John Timperio, whose expertise spans ABS and CLO transactions. The team was joined by a number of new arrivals in 2017, including Bruce Bloomingdale, from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. Krystyna Blakeslee was promoted to partner in the Hartford office. In June 2018, Will Cejudo joined in Washington DC from Clifford Chance.

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United States: Industry focus

Healthcare: life sciences
Healthcare: life sciences - ranked: tier 4

Dechert LLP

At Dechert LLP, the group is known for its expertise in patent litigation, as well as regulatory and transactional matters. In Philadelphia, George Gordon, who specializes in antitrust matters, has been defending Lannett Company against price-fixing claims, while Martin Black successfully represented Svenska Cellulosa (SCA) in a patent infringement dispute regarding the client’s hygiene product. Boston-based practice co-chair Andrea Reid assisted Nimbus Therapeutics with the development and implementation of a patent portfolio strategy regarding a program for patients with autoimmune disorders. The group is also led by New York-based David Rosenthal and also includes David Schulman in Washington DC.

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United States: Intellectual property

Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)
Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) - ranked: tier 2

Dechert LLP

The practice at Dechert LLP has experience in trademark prosecution, portfolio management and clearances. In Philadelphia, highly regarded practice head Glenn Gundersen has significant expertise assisting clients with licensing, opposition and cancelation proceedings, as well as the IP aspects of transactions. Clients include DirecTV, Brietling and Zara.

Leading lawyers

Glenn Gundersen - Dechert LLP

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United States: Investment fund formation and management

Alternative/hedge funds
Alternative/hedge funds - ranked: tier 4

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP is ‘very responsive to clients’ needs, introducing them to a cross-section of people from across the firm as they encounter various regulatory and tax considerations’. The firm acts for leading names in the sector, as well as managers linked to investment banks and new managers. David Vaughan, a former SEC policy adviser who divides his time between New York and Washington DC, is a key contact, as is New York-based Matthew Kerfoot, who advises leading banks on fund finance matters. Timothy Spangler in Costa Mesa is ‘accessible and helpful - he brings a global perspective to things’; he has expertise in fund formations and mergers. Karl Paulson Egbert is now at Baker McKenzie LLP in New York, while Timothy Clark returned to the New York office from O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

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Mutual/registered/ exchange-traded funds
Mutual/registered/exchange-traded funds - ranked: tier 1

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP continues to ‘exceed the expectations’ an array of leading managers and their funds’ trustees, and has a particular strength in cross-border work. Stuart Strauss, Allison Fumai, Richard Horowitz and Jeremy Senderowicz in New York continue to serve as counsel to Morgan Stanley Mutual Funds’ retail funds, while in Washington DC, Thomas Bogle advises MainStay Funds’ funds and trustees. Also in Washington DC, Robert Helm and Douglas Dick continue to advise a leading manager on its retail funds fleet, while Helm and Boston-based John O’Hanlon act as fund counsel for a family of funds with $2tn under management. Christopher Harvey, Christopher Christian and Geoffrey Kenyon (whose ‘years of experience enable him to provide perspective on a wide range of matters’) in Boston and Stephen Cohen in Washington DC are also noted. Harvey and Helm share leadership of the practice. Stephanie Capistron in Boston and Brenden Carroll in Washington DC are new partner promotions. Other clients include Deutsche Bank ETFs and Van Eck ETFs.

Leading lawyers

Robert Helm - Dechert LLP

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Private equity funds (including venture capital)
Private equity funds (including venture capital) - ranked: tier 5

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP has a particular strength in funds subject to European regulation, such as those using Luxembourgish and Irish vehicles. The team advises a number of emerging managers; Carl de Brito in New York and David Vaughan in Washington DC advised Australis Partners on the launch of its first Latin America mid-market fund, which raised $379m, while Vaughan and Russel Perkins in New York advised Bregal Sagemount on a $960m fund formation, the manager’s first fund open to outside capital. Other clients include Barings, Crescent Capital Group and Innovatus Capital Partners.

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United States: Labor and employment

Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional
Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional - ranked: tier 3

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP’s Andrew Oringer is ‘a remarkable ERISA lawyer’ and heads the executive compensation practice alongside Philadelphia-based David Jones, who recently acted for Ipsen in its acquisition of global oncology assets from Merrimack Pharmaceuticals. New York-based Stephen Skonieczny advised Lexmark on the sale of its enterprise software business, Kofax, to a newly formed entity affiliated with Thomas Bravo, while Philadelphia-based Eric Rubin assisted ECN Capital with the sale of various of its assets, including its commercial aviation business. Other noteworthy clients include KKR, Credit Suisse and Monster Worldwide. In June 2018, Steven Rabitz joined in New York from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP.

Leading lawyers

Andrew Oringer - Dechert LLP

Steven Rabitz - Dechert LLP

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: large deals ($1bn+)
M&A: large deals ($1bn+) - ranked: tier 5

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP has continued to expand its team in the US and globally. In 2017, partners Nazim Zilkha, Gareth Clark and Jeff Norton joined the New York office from White & Case LLP, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and Linklaters LLP respectively. London, Hong Kong and Singapore have also recently benefited from lateral hires. The firm advised GMéxico Transportes, a subsidiary of Grupo México, on its acquisition of the Florida East Coast Railway from Fortress Investment Group and individual shareholders. It also advised H&E Equipment Services on its proposed $1.2bn acquisition of Neff Corporation. The firm continues to make an impression in financial services and healthcare deals and is a growing force in technology. Other clients include ECN Capital, MSD Partners, Select Medical Corporation, Lazada, Lexmark, Ipsen and GIC. Mark Thierfelder is chair of the firm's corporate and securities group, while experienced Philadelphia partner Henry Nassau has ‘spectacular judgment’ and is recommended for board and company representation. Jonathan Kim, Derek Winokur, Christian Matarese and Markus Bolsinger are also key members of the team, along with Latin America expert Howard Kleinman. Former chairman of the firm Barton Winokur is a ‘brilliant lawyer and negotiator’. Attorneys are based in New York unless stated otherwise. Former partner Carmen Romano has retired.

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Private equity buyouts
Private equity buyouts - ranked: tier 4

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP’s bold global investment into its private equity practice is certainly earning recognition. Having achieved real traction in New York with a number of important hires, it has turned its sights to building its platforms in London and Asia. Clients now include Bregal Partners, Centre Partners Management, One Equity Partners, Court Square Capital Partners, GIC, Graham Partners, Quilvest Private Equity and Blackstone Tactical Opportunities Advisors. It maintains a solid middle-market footing and is gaining further ground in big-ticket deals. Healthcare and financial services are two key sectors for the team, which provides ‘good value for money’ and a ‘good overall service’. The firm advised new client MSD Partners on its acquisition, alongside CCMP Capital Advisors and Alberta Investment Management, of Hayward Industries. It also represented GIC, as part of a private equity consortium led by Blackstone, in the acquisition of a majority stake in Thomson Reuters. Mark Thierfelder is chair of the global private equity practice and has an outstanding reputation. Philadelphia partner Geraldine Sinatra is ‘great with strategy and high-level business advice’ and is ‘good at applying her broad knowledge to the situation at hand’. Jonathan Kim and Christian Matarese are both up-and-coming names, and Markus Bolsinger has helped elevate the team in New York. Derek Winokur and Philadelphia-based CEO Henry Nassau are also recommended. Named lawyers are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Next generation lawyers

Christian Matarese - Dechert LLP

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United States: Tax

International tax
International tax - ranked: tier 3

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP’s areas of strength include financial services, asset management and investment funds, structured finance and securitization, as well as middle-market private equity. Daniel Dunn has been assisting global hedge fund investor EnTrustPermal with its ongoing cross-border restructuring, including complex treaty, tax sharing, risk allocation and tax credit work, while Steven Clemens advised independent financial services company ECN, headquartered in Toronto, on the sale of its US commercial and vendor finance business to PNC Bank for approximately $1.25bn. Andrew Bloom and Boston’s Adrienne Baker are leaders in asset management matters. Attorneys mentioned are based in New York unless otherwise specified.

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US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 5

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP’s ‘excellent’ tax department offers a ‘quick turnaround, industry knowledge and sensible solutions’. It is best known for its expertise in advising asset management and healthcare companies on their transactions, as well as handling securitization, structured finance, private equity transactions and fund matters from a tax perspective. Practice lead Daniel Dunn advised HVAC Holdco on its sale of Service Logic to affiliates of Warburg Pincus. Andrew Bloom regularly represents Apollo Global Management, such as in the $729m reset of its 2012 CLO, and Steven Clemens assisted ECN Capital with the disposal of its US commercial and vendor finance business to PCN Bank for $1.25bn. Michael Rufkahr in Washington DC acted for Fannie Mae in the securitization of single-family rental loans worth $944.5m. Investment tax lawyer Adrienne Baker in Boston is recommended. Joseph Riley joined from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in February 2017. Named lawyers are based in New York except where otherwise specified.

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