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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
801 PENNSYLVANIA AVE, NW
WASHINGTON DC 20004
United States

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP operates at the top end of the market when it comes to representing multinational corporates and individual clients in internal investigations and public investigations by civil regulators and criminal prosecutors. With offices in the political and financial centers of New York, London, Hong Kong, and Washington DC, the firm is well placed to handle international mandates for large global clients. Bruce Yannett heads the group and is recommended for cases involving securities fraud, accounting fraud, bribery, cybersecurity and money laundering. Mary Jo White has notable experience in representing clients in multifaceted government investigations and is an SEC and SDNY almuna, while Andrew Ceresney acts for public companies, financial institutions and accounting firms in litigation and white-collar crime matters. In March 2022, Kristin Snyder joined in the firm’s new San Francisco office from the SEC.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Yannett

Other key lawyers:

Mary Jo White; Lisa Zornberg; Kara Brockmeyer; Andrew Ceresney; Arian June; Eric Dinallo; Winston Paes; Kristin Snyder

Key clients

American Express

Capital One

CBS Corporation

Keppel Offshore & Marine

The National Cathedral Schools

The Ohio State University

PayPal Holdings

The Rockefeller University

Rolls Royce PLC

Société Générale

Toyota Motor Corp.

Twitter

Wells Fargo

Certain Former Directors and Shareholders of Purdue Pharma, Inc.

J. Michael Pearson, former CEO of Valeant Pharmaceuticals

Marcelo Odebrecht and Emilio Odebrecht

Sally Yates, former Deputy Attorney General

Work highlights

  • Advising Royal Dutch Shell and serving as global coordinating counsel in connection with a criminal prosecution of Shell in Milan, Italy, and related matters.
  • Represented Robinhood in connection with a settlement with the SEC regarding the company’s best execution and payment for order flow practices and statements concerning its sources of revenue.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 1

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has a strong track record in representing asset managers, financial services institutions, and media, healthcare and life sciences companies in commercial disputes. The New York-based team is regularly involved in national and cross-border cases and offers experience in M&A- and PE-related matters, securities litigation, product liability claims and mass torts. Practice co-head Mark Goodman is noted for being ‘a very talented lawyer who provides excellent client service‘, with particular know-how in complex civil litigation, white-collar criminal defense and internal investigations. Goodman and fellow team leader Maura Monaghan are both also life sciences sector specialists, acting for associations, insurers, non-profits and pharmaceutical players. Susan Reagan Gittes is active for insurance companies as well as for corporations and their directors and officers in federal securities class actions. Shannon Rose Selden is a specialist in asset management cases, while Elliot Greenfield focuses on securities and shareholder disputes. Zachary Saltzman made partner in July 2021.

Practice head(s):

Mark Goodman; Maura Monaghan

Other key lawyers:

Shannon Rose Selden; Zachary Saltzman; Maeve O’Connor; Susan Reagan Gittes; Elliot Greenfield

Testimonials

‘Very high-quality attorneys and very service-oriented.’

‘Mark Goodman is outstanding. He is a very talented lawyer who provides excellent client service.’

‘Great leadership in the person of Mark Goodman.’

‘Brilliant lawyers at the very top: Mark Goodman, Shannon Rose Selden.’

Key clients

AIG

Allergan plc

Body Armor

Certain former directors and shareholders of Purdue Pharma, Inc.

Chubb

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, LLC (and associated funds)

EmblemHealth/Group Health Incorporated, Inc.

Georgia-Pacific Corporation

Glaxosmithkline

Hospital Corporation of America

JAB Holdings

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

MetLife Inc.

Prudential Financial, Inc.

Robinhood Markets, Inc.

Resolution Life

South Carolina Public Service Authority

The Alavi Foundation

Tribune Media Company

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 1

A longstanding force in complex arbitrations, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is widely admired for its impressive bench strength, with sources quick to assert that with this firm, ‘you do not hire an arbitration star, you hire a star team‘. A go-to firm globally, it is routinely selected by multinational corporations, states, NGOs and individuals to advise on the full range of international commercial arbitrations, investment treaty arbitrations and public international law cases. Equally adept in representing claimants and respondents, the group’s comprehensive experience spans all major arbitration rules and all industry areas. International disputes specialist Catherine Amirfarseems to do a week’s worth of work every day‘ and successfully defended the government of the Republic of Iraq in two separate arbitral proceedings totaling over $1bn. Ina Popova has ‘more talent in her little finger than in some entire law firms‘ and acted alongside Amirfar to co-lead the group’s defense of Iraq in the arbitration brought by Agility Public Warehousing Company. Mark W. Friedman is a ‘top-class strategist‘ and recently secured a $390m award for Perenco Ecuador in an ICSID arbitration against Ecuador. Other key names include Dietmar Prager, who has an ‘unparalleled capability to deal with foreign law matters‘, the ‘innovativeDavid W. Rivkin  and Caribbean practice group co-chair Natalie Reid. The firm also fields a talented band of rising stars including Floriane Lavaud (‘impeccable and greatly motivated‘) and Laura Sinisterra. Former group co-chair Donald Donovan retired from active practice at the end of 2021.

Testimonials

‘Debevoise’s international arbitration team is top notch. Strategic thinking and delivery of superb work product are their top qualities. When you go for Debevoise, you do not hire an arbitration star, you hire a star team.’

‘Having worked with several (if not all) of the top international law firms, Debevoise has made a great impact. Each team brings its own strength, and they operate as a seamless crew. Their professionalism and working ethos are comparable to none.’

David Rivkin’s willingness to take ownership and bringing innovative thoughts to win the case is what makes Debevoise’s arbitration practice strong.

Catherine Amirfar somehow seems to do a week’s worth of work every day — on top of being an amazing advocate for her clients, her pro bono work and commitment to the profession are so, so impressive.

‘Mark Friedman is one of the most intelligent people I have ever met. His lateral thinking can blow your mind away as you cannot anticipate his next move —something essential in disputes resolution and complex cross-border litigation. A top-class strategist.’

Ina Popova may be the Michael Jordan of international arbitration — there is more talent in her little finger than in some entire law firms.’

Dietmar Prager is fully hands on, with outstanding legal skills. He goes to the core of each issue with great analytical skills and unparalleled capability to deal with foreign law matters — his language capabilities (English, German, and Spanish) makes him versatile to cope with cases in different languages and cultures.

Floriane Lavaud is a ‘legal surgeon’, her degree of precision is formidable. She has a single objective, and it is to achieve what the client wants. Impeccable and greatly motivated.

Key clients

Barrick (Niugini) Limited and Barrick (PD) Australia Pty Limited

Discovery, Inc

Freeport-McMoRan Inc. and Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde & SMM Cerro Verde Netherlands B.V.

Gramercy Funds Management LLC

Hydro S.r.l., Costruzioni S.r.l., Francesco Becchetti, Mauro de Renzis, Stefania Grigolon and Liliana Condomitti

MAKAE Europe SARL

Perenco

Qatar Airways

State of Qatar

Tethyan Copper Company Pty Limited (jointly owned by Antofagasta Minerals S.A. of Chile and Barrick Gold Corporation of Canada).

The Republic of Iraq

World Health Organization

Work highlights

  • Representing Tethyan Copper Company in annulment and revision proceedings, defending its $6bn arbitration win against the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
  • Acting as lead counsel for the State of Qatar in a series of high-profile public international law disputes, including in two complaints before the International Civil Aviation Organization.
  • Representing the World Health Organization in a putative class action lawsuit filed in the Southern District of New York, asserting its privileges and immunities in connection with cases filed against it in US courts relating to its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dispute resolution > International litigation Tier 1

One of the best in the business‘, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP‘s international dispute resolution group fields an impressive team to handle a full range of cross-border litigation. Andrew Ceresney and Mary Beth Hogan jointly lead the predominantly New York-based team which includes the ‘formidableCatherine Amirfar, Donald Donovan and David Rivkin, who all combine cross-border litigation, international arbitration and public international law expertise and enforcement experience. The group has a strong reputation for litigation involving white-collar crime allegations and international investigations, for which Ceresney, Hogan, Andrew Levine, Bruce Yannett and Washington DC-based David O’Neil are noted. It also boasts a strong intellectual property litigation practice while Ina Popova focuses on energy, mining and TMT sector litigation.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Ceresney; Mary Beth Hogan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Debevoise’s international litigation practice is one of the best in the business. They are able to manage the complexities of cross-border litigation and dispute resolution by drawing on a wealth of talents to achieve markedly successful outcomes.

Catherine Amirfar is arguably one of the best litigation/arbitration specialist in her field. Her subject matter expertise, tactical abilities, and grounded demeanor make her a formidable advisory and also a pleasure to work with. She can see problems before they arise and makes sure to take proactive steps to ensure that such problems are stifled before they grow and is able to navigate difficult claims to safe harbor.

 

Key clients

Perenco Ecuador

Royal Dutch Shell

Alavi Foundation

Work highlights

  • Represented Royal Dutch Shell in a criminal prosecution of Shell in Milan, Italy.
  • Representing the Alavi Foundation, a Persian-American charity, in a civil forfeiture case, in which the Government is seeking for forfeit Alavi’s interest in a building it owns located at 650 Fifth Avenue.
  • Represented Perenco Ecuador in an ICSID arbitration against Ecuador, winning a record-breaking award worth $390m plus interest, net of cost recovery and other factors—the largest award issued against Ecuador in connection with Law 42.

Industry focus > Insurance: non-contentious Tier 1

Known as a ‘go-to firm when dealing with M&A transactions in the insurance space’, the team at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP regularly handles complex and high-volume insurance industry mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, and intricate financings. The client roster includes not only major insurers and reinsurers but also asset management firms, private equity funds and other capital providers. Renowned experts Nicholas F. Potter and John M. Vasily lead the team while also acting as co-heads of the firm’s financial institutions group. The practice also boasts several notable up-and-comers: Alexander Cochran, who ‘remains unflappable under pressure’, David Grosgold , who focuses on domestic and cross-border corporate transactions in the financial services and insurance industries and Marilyn Lion whose expertise includes mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions, as well as insurance and reinsurance regulatory matters. All lawyers mentioned are based in New York.

Testimonials

‘Debevoise has one of the few very high caliber insurance transactional practices; they can be counted on to think through the most complex issues and transactions with good humor, valuable insights and excellent client service. While Debevoise does have insurance regulatory specialists, a differentiator for Debevoise is that nearly all of its insurance attorneys – from partners through associates – are competent in M&A regulatory matters. This allows the deal attorneys to give regulatory advice relevant to the deal in a depth that other practices with separate regulatory counsel can’t give.’

‘Alex Cochran is our go-to partner for complicated reinsurance transactions. He is excellent at solving complex issues and constructive in conversations with counterparty counsel. He also remains unflappable under pressure. – David Grosgold is extremely smart; he is able to think through very complicated issues and economics.’

‘Go-to firm when dealing with M&A transactions in the insurance space. They are second to none and provide excellent service with top flight knowledge of the insurance space. Also Debevoise brings a strong, diverse group of attorneys to the matters it staffs.’

‘Tom Kelly – incredible industry knowledge and leading partner in the insurance space.’

‘David Grosgold – Excellent partner with incredible knowledge of the insurance sector coupled with a strong ability to advocate for his clients.

 

Key clients

AXA Equitable Holdings

Blackstone Group

Carlyle Group

Constellation Insurance Holdings (a joint venture with Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan)

Covéa Group

Global Atlantic

GreyCastle Holdings

Intact Financial Corporation

Jackson National Life Insurance

New York Life

Prosperity Life

Prudential Financial

Prudential plc

PSP Investments

Resolution Life

Stone Point Capital

Third Point Reinsurance

Work highlights

  • Advised entities managed by Blackstone in the $2.8 billion acquisition of Allstate Life Insurance Company from The Allstate Corporation.
  • Advised Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, a leading mutual life insurance company, in its $3.5 billion acquisition of Great American Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Financial Group.
  • Advised Prudential Financial, Inc. in the sale of its full-service retirement plan recordkeeping and administration business to Empower Retirement for a total transaction value of $3.55 billion.

Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 1

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP continues to lead in the practice area, utilizing the strength of its worldwide network to advise major global clients like Bank of America, GlaxoSmithKline and SpaceX in trademark, trade dress and advertising disputes. Trademark litigation authority David Bernstein leads the team, representing household names involved in high-value claims and domain name arbitrations. Megan Bannigan, who has a strong focus on the fashion industry, has appeared as an expert before the Senate Judiciary Intellectual Property Subcommittee on the issue of fraudulent trademarks. Jyotin Hamid acts for high-profile brand owners in obtaining preliminary injunctions and temporary restraining orders. Michael Schaper handles complex civil litigation and Jim Pastore acts in disputes for technology clients. All lawyers mentioned work at the New York office.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Debevoise’s experience is vast and top notch and their resources are cutting edge. Debevoise’s trademark litigation practice truly rises above even the best trademark litigation practices.’

‘Whenever I approach partner Megan Bannigan and her team with an issue, I know that they will do the most thorough job and deliver bulletproof work product. Megan always adds value by not only answering my questions but also being several steps ahead in recommending additional innovative approaches that I had not yet considered.’

‘I think what makes the Debevoise trademark practice unique is its ability to quickly develop a comprehensive strategy, incorporating advice from a number of different subject matter experts as needed, and then executing that strategy efficiently and effectively. Each of the Debevoise attorneys involved in our matter was able to provide clear, actionable guidance that strengthened our position.’

‘David Bernstein is not only incredibly knowledgeable, but he also has a unique ability to explain, both verbally and in writing, complex issues in a clear and straightforward manner.  David is uniquely gifted at exuding either strength or approachableness as appropriate, all while conveying a mastery of the subject matter. His reputation as a preeminent lawyer in his field is well-deserved.’

‘The Debevoise team is truly at the top of the game. This is the team you go to when you have the most complicated IP issues or a bet-the-company type of issue. No other firm can beat their innovative strategy, top notch legal analysis, and phenomenal litigation skills.’

‘Megan Bannigan is a true partner to our brand and has established herself as our go-to for advice on fashion law and design issues.’

Key clients

Abbott Labs

Agilent Technologies, Inc.

Bank of America

CooperVision

Costco Wholesale Corporation

GlaxoSmithKline plc

Kind LLC

Merck KGaA

MSCHF Product Studio, Inc.

SpaceX

Steve Madden

WeWork Companies Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented successfully MSCHF Product Studio, a Brooklyn-based art collective, in defending, and ultimately settling, a lawsuit brought by Nike in the Eastern District of New York, claiming that MSCHF’s Satan Shoes infringed and diluted Nike’s trademarks.
  • Representing SpaceX in opposing Subaru of America’s petition to cancel SpaceX’s STARLINK trademark registrations.
  • Represented Costco in achieving a 3-0 Second Circuit decision vacating a judgment against our client in excess of $25m in a dispute with Tiffany & Co in which Costco was accused of wilful trademark infringement and counterfeiting by marketing diamond rings that featured a Tiffany setting next to signs that included the word “Tiffany.”

Investment fund formation and management > Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 1

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP‘s ‘engaging, dynamic’ attorneys are able to ‘work cohesively as a team to seek substantive solutions that reflect the commercial consideration pertinent to the particular transaction’. The group’s highly regarded fund formation offering – which has asset management practice co-chairs Lorna Bowen and Rebecca Silberstein at its head – operates synergistically with the specialized investor-side department – headed up by Jane Engelhardt – to ‘deliver a polished, complete product to the client’. Whether advising on structuring, compliance, complex carried interest arrangements or venture capital issues, the ‘creative, commercial, and very savvy’ team’s ‘work is reliably perfect’. All previously mentioned lawyers are based in the New York office, which also fields ‘brilliant’ Justin Storms and ‘deep thinker’ Jonathan Adler. As of September 2021, the firm has also expanded its funds capabilities to better serve its growing Bay Area and West Coast client base, with the opening of a San Francisco office; counsel Joe Binder and seasoned practitioner Andrew Ahern are the key contacts there.  

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Silberstein; Lorna Bowen

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Adler; Andrew Ahern; Justin Storms; Jane Engelhardt; Andrew Ford; Sally Bergmann; Jason Auerbach; Joe Binder

Testimonials

‘The quality of the individuals in their private equity funds practice is outstanding. They are extremely strong technically, have a great understanding of the commercial context and are a pleasure to work with. They are second to none in the market.’

‘Stand out partners are Jonathan Adler and Jason Auerbach. Jonathan is highly intelligent and cuts to the heart of a problem very quickly. He is a deep thinker and very creative in finding solutions. Jason is extremely switched on and very commercial. He has a great appreciation of the wider deal.’

‘An engaging, dynamic team of partners, who are dedicated to their clients and work cohesively as a team to seek substantive solutions that reflect the commercial consideration pertinent to the particular transaction.’

‘Justin Storms is brilliant in both his technical and commercial approach. Lorna Bowen is tireless in working with all parties to get the transaction across the line. Andrew Ford brings considerable expertise and coordination of his team to bear on every transaction.’

‘The Debevoise team is creative, commercial, and very savvy on the market. They provide thoughtful, timely advice at every level and are the best resourced team of legal advisors we work with on funds matters.’

‘The group is more knowledgeable about latest market terms than almost any other firm due to their enormous and leading funds practice. They work in perfect concert internally with other practices (e.g., ERISA, Tax, Compliance) to deliver a polished, complete product to the client, saving us a lot of time. Their work is reliably perfect. Their funds tax group is extraordinary – commercial and expert in ways superior to many firms we work with. For complex multi-jurisdictional funds, we would choose Debevoise every time. They also have a long history of (i) gender and (ii) LGBTQ balance and representation, which is refreshing.’

‘Lorna Bowen – she has seen it all and previously practiced in the UK, so is an expert in both US and European funds. She is laser-focused on both the big picture and details. She is thoughtful and balanced in her negotiating approach, showing she understands the importance of relationships in this space while still protecting her client. She is accessible and humble, no ego at all, which is a delight given she is a towering practitioner. Lorna is respectful to her entire team and team-oriented. She is even-keeled and has a calming influence.’

‘Debevoise & Plimpton’s private equity funds team is a class act. The strength and depth of their institutional private equity client base speaks for itself. The team are also counsel to leading venture capital managers. The team is unique in combining a very thoughtful, intellectual and collegiate approach with innovative and responsive advice. Associates are well supported by their partners – the collaborative culture of the team is evident when working on fund launches with the team and leads to a seamless execution of matters. The memoranda for clients prepared by the private equity team detailing developments in the industry are exceptional.’

Key clients

KKR

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

HarbourVest Partners

Providence Equity Partners

PSG

The Carlyle Group

Morgan Stanley

Stone Point Capital

J.P. Morgan

Global Infrastructure Partners

Sequoia Capital

Odyssey Investment Partners

Kelso & Company

Tishman Speyer

J.F. Lehman & Company

Crescent Capital Group

One Rock Capital

Blackstone Alternative Asset Management

Oaktree Capital Management

Allianz Asset Management

Credit Suisse

Apollo Global Management

Silver Lake Waterman

Investcorp

Lightspeed Venture Partners

Oak HC/FT

Pine Island Capital Partners

Breakthrough Properties

FS Investments

StepStone Group

Wafra

Varagon Capital Partners

Ara Partners

Silicon Valley Bank

Bain Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Clayton, Dubilier & Rice on the formation of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice Fund XI, an approximately $16bn Europe and North America buyout fund, which is the client’s largest fund to date.
  • Advised KKR on the formation of KKR Core PE Fund II, a $12bn global core platform, and on the formation of KKR Asia Pacific Infrastructure Investors SCSp, a $3.9bn fund focused on infrastructure-related investments across Asia Pacific.
  • Represented HarbourVest Partners on the formation of Dover Street X, an $8bn global secondary fund.

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 1

The ‘book-smart and street-smart‘ team at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP advises its impressive roster of clients on the employee benefits and executive compensation aspects of top tier M&A, such as representing Discovery in its $130bn acquisition of WarnerMedia from AT&T. Jonathan Lewis leads the practice and notably acts for clients across the private equity, healthcare and insurance sectors, while market leader Lawrence Cagney assists financial services clients and investment funds with ERISA fiduciary responsibility matters. Meir Katz handles executive compensation and employee benefits issues arising out of M&A and securities offerings, and tax specialist Franklin Mitchell advises investment fund sponsors on ERISA issues. Recently promoted partners Michael Snypes and Washington DC-based Simone Hicks are also key members of the team. All named attorneys are based in the firm’s New York office, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Lawrence Cagney; Meir Katz; Franklin Mitchell; Michael Snypes; Simone Hicks

Testimonials

‘Debevoise attorneys not only work well with each other, but work well with their clients. This collaboration is critical on large or complex matters.’

‘User-friendly attorneys who are both book-smart and street-smart.’

Key clients

The Carlyle Group

Global Atlantic Financial Group

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Gogo

agilon health

Verizon Communications

Domtar Corporation

Third Point Reinsurance Ltd.

JAB Holdings B.V.

D.E. Shaw & Co.

The Walt Disney Company

TPG Capital

Morgan Stanley Capital Partners

Prudential Financial

Elliott Management Corporation

Discovery Communications, Inc.

The International Paper Company

HCA Healthcare

Schneider Electric

DoubleVerify

Kelso & Company

Work highlights

  • Advising Discovery in its $130bn acquisition of WarnerMedia from AT&T.

Media, technology and telecoms > Advertising and marketing: litigation Tier 1

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has an in-depth advertising litigation practice which covers the full spectrum of advertising campaigns, including the defense of ads before regulators, the litigation of false advertising disputes before the FTC and the NAD, and the defense against requests for preliminary injunctions, which is a particularly strong area. The team is led by New York and San Francisco-based David Bernstein, who is described as ‘the most knowledgeable, experienced and responsive attorney in this area of law’ and whose opinions are reportedly ‘thorough, well-reasoned, practical, and trustworthy’. Life sciences is a key sector for the team, thanks, among others, to Paul Rubin‘s (Washington DC) knowledge of the industry. Jared Kagan, who sits in New York and is also an IP lawyer, is recommended.

Practice head(s):

David Bernstein

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The depth of knowledge and experience is what differentiates this team from other law firms. The Debevoise & Plimpton Advertising and Marketing: Litigation practice consists of extremely impressive, knowledgeable, and experienced attorneys that have seen the gamut of issues that can arise in this area of law.’

‘David Bernstein is the most knowledgeable, experienced and responsive attorney in this area of law. He really is one of the best, if not “the” best, attorney in advertising litigation and his opinions are thorough, well-reasoned, practical, and trustworthy.’

‘The team brings a level of intellect and sophistication that is unmatched by any other firm, all while being able to translate their knowledge into every day language for clients who do not have that same understanding. The team has a deep bench, where even the most junior associates are strong and capable.’

‘While the entire team is outstanding, David Bernstein, Joe Hamid and Jared Kagan stand out. Many lawyers are knowledgeable – these four are uniquely capable of working with us as the client to explain, interpret, and come up with solutions that fit our unique needs and always steer us in the right direction.’

Key clients

Abbott Labs

AbbVie Inc.

Agilent Technologies, Inc.

American Express

Ancestry.com, Inc.

BodyArmor

CooperVision

Costco

Foundation Medicine, Inc.

GlaxoSmithKline plc

Kind LLC

Industrias AlEn S.A.

L’Oreal USA

Marketing Architects

Merck KGaA

Work highlights

  • Representing BA Sports Nutrition in advertising law challenges against Stokely-Van Camp, Inc. before the National Advertising Division.
  • Representing Kind LLC against advertising claims made by Clif Bar & Co.
  • Represented Allergan plc, Allergan, Inc. and Zeltiq Aesthetics, Inc. in false advertising litigation in the District of Delaware against BTL Industries, Inc.

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 1

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is well regarded by a diverse blue-chip clientele for its significant capabilities in a range of corporate and commercial tax matters, ranging from fund formations to bankruptcy proceedings and public and private financings. Recent highlights for the team include major, multinational acquisitions for market-leading players in the media and industrial sectors. The practice is jointly led by Peter Furci , a specialist in private investment funds, and Peter Schuur , who concentrates on corporate transactions in the insurance sector – where Daniel Priest is also a key contact. Gary Friedman is noted for his fluency in multi-jurisdictional M&A and financings, while the ‘practical and commercialMichael Bolotin is a regular port of call for REIT formation, real estate joint ventures, and equipment finance matters. Erin Cleary handles both US and international private equity fund formations. All named lawyers are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Peter Furci; Peter Schuur

Testimonials

‘The Debevoise tax team is one of the most commercial and user-friendly groups in the industry. They can distil thorny concepts and issues with grace and clarity, and that advice helps guide our business team in reaching their objectives. They are always available and work efficiently through any topic we bring to their attention.’

‘Peter Furci is a brilliant mind and our go-to resource for the most challenging questions we face in tax areas.’

‘Michael Bolotin is practical, commercial, and understands our business — offering thoughtful solutions to complex issues.’

Key clients

American International Group

Assurant, Inc.

The Blackstone Group

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Core & Main

Discovery Communications Inc.

Domtar Corporation

Huntsworth

International Paper

JP Morgan Investment

Massachusetts Mutual Life

Metropolitan Life Insurance Company

Mobilux Acquisition

Prudential Financial

Prudential PLC

Schneider Electric Holdings, Inc.

Solenis LLC

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has ‘excellent strength in securities litigation defense with extremely savvy and focused litigators who can deliver great results in challenging matters‘. Best known for its regulatory enforcement work, the firm also routinely represents corporations and their officers and directors in challenging, high-stakes securities litigation in federal and state courts across the US. Maeve O’ Connor in New York and Jonathan Tuttle in Washington DC are co-chairs of the practice. O’Connor and up-and-coming New York partner Elliot Greenfield are praised as ‘brilliant lawyers and incredibly strategic‘. Together, they acted for MetLife in a series of high-profile matters, including a class action alleging that the company’s practices and procedures used to estimate its reserves for group annuity payments were inadequate, and that MetLife had inadequate internal controls over financial reporting. They also secured the dismissal of a class action against VMWare, in which plaintiffs alleged that the company had artificially inflated its revenue for software.

Practice head(s):

Maeve O’Connor; Jonathan Tuttle

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent strength in securities litigation defense. Maeve O’Connor and Elliot Greenfield stand out.’

‘Extremely savvy and focused litigators who can deliver great results in challenging litigation matters. Maeve O’Connor is the standout partner.’

‘Extremely savvy and focused litigators who can deliver great results in challenging litigation matters.’

‘Incredibly smart, responsive but practical at the same time. Also, they value the client relationship and will work with us on staffing and billing. A true pleasure to work with.’

‘Maeve O’Connor and Elliot Greenfield are brilliant lawyers. They are both incredibly strategic. Elliot is the best legal writer I have ever worked with.’

Key clients

MetLife, Inc.

Prudential Financial, Inc.

Capital One Financial Corp.

JP Morgan & Chase, Inc.

Robinhood Markets, Inc.

VMware, Inc.

Tribune Media Company

Ripple Labs, Inc.

Winged Foot Golf Club and the Board of Directors of the Winged Foot Holding Corporation

J&T Banka, A.S. and Postova Banka, A.S.

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Clayton Dubilier & Rice LLC

The We Company/WeWork

The Special Committee of Liberty Broadband

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Match, Inc.

PPG Industries, Inc.

Finance > Commercial lending Tier 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, which focuses on representing borrowers from its office in New York, is prolific in all areas leveraged finance, including syndicated bank loans, high-yield debt offerings, second lien financings and mezzanine capital investment. Jeffrey Ross  leads the team and recently co-led, alongside Ramya Tiller, a team which advised Discovery Inc. on the financing elements of its $130bn acquisition of WarnerMedia. In addition to its work with corporate borrowers, the firm also works extensively with private equity houses; Clayton, Dubliner & Rice is the key client in this regard and provided the group with several cross-border acquisition financings in 2021. Ryan Rafferty, promoted to partner in July 2021, is appreciated by clients for being ‘incredibly responsive, knowledgeable and helpful on capital structure questions, existing credit agreement compliance and review’.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Ross

Other key lawyers:

Paul Brusiloff; David Brittenham; Sunil Savkar; Scott Selinger; Ramya Tiller; Ryan Rafferty

Testimonials

‘I have worked with multiple legal firms throughout my career who have helped me with designing / documenting financing agreements (debt, derivatives, private equity), managing covenants flexibility, assisting with financial reporting questions. The team at Debevoise is at the top of my list for providing such assistance.’

‘Ryan Rafferty is the key partner on our account. I find him to be incredibly responsive, knowledgeable and helpful on capital structure questions, existing credit agreement compliance and review, and understanding how our transactions activity impacts such. His understanding of capital market conditions and recent deal activity has benefited our discussions and influenced my thinking on terms and conditions, more so than previous counsels I have worked with.’

‘Scott Selinger is the best in the business. His capital markets expertise and client-first mentality are second to none. I have stopped using other law firms and consolidated all my business with Scott and his team.’

Key clients

Blackstone Group

Booz Allen Hamilton

Carlyle Group

Cerberus Capital Management

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Cloudera, Inc.

Cornerstone Building Brands

Discovery Communications, Inc.

HarbourVest

Huntsworth PLC

Kelso & Company

KKR

Morgan Stanley Investment Management

Providence

Prudential Financial

S&S Activewear

Stone Point Capital

Syniverse Holdings

Verizon Communications

White Cap Supply

Work highlights

  • Advising Discovery, Inc. on the financing aspects of its acquisition of WarnerMedia from AT&T Inc..
  • Advising Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in financing aspects of its £7bn recommended cash offer for Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC.
  • Advising entities managed by Blackstone in the financing aspects of the $2.8bn acquisition of Allstate Life Insurance Company from The Allstate Corporatio.

Finance > Financial services regulation Tier 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is highly active in advising on transactions in the financial services space, counseling clients on ensuring that M&A and investments comply with regulations on bank control and governance. The team also provides ongoing advice to clients on regulatory matters related to securities, AML/BSA, and the Volcker Rule. The practice is jointly led by Satish Kini in Washington DC and Gregory Lyons in New York. Both partners provide advice on transactions and ongoing compliance with regulations, and in recent years Lyons has developed a particular niche in advising on the establishment of industrial banks. Elsewhere, Jeffrey Robins is noted for his experience in broker-dealer and derivatives regulation, while counsel Alison Hashmall has specialisms in advising on compliance with Dodd-Frank and the Bank Holding Company Act. Counsel Caroline Novogrod Swett is another name to note and has a varied practice. Robins, Hashmall and Swett are all based in New York. David Portilla departed the practice in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Satish Kini; Gregory Lyons

Key clients

American Express

Jones Financial

Citi

Credit Suisse

Goldman Sachs

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans

Citizens Financial Group

Santander

Société Générale

Fifth Third Bancorp

Work highlights

  • Advising Citizens Financial Group, Inc., in its acquisition of 80 East coast branches, as well as the national online deposit business and wealth management platforms, of HSBC Bank USA, N.A.
  • Assisting Jones Financial to form an industrial bank and establish framework to enable clients to transfer approximately $3 billion of funds from Edward Jones brokerage accounts to the bank, with the bank making a corresponding level of margin loans to Edward Jones brokerage customers.
  • Assisting Thrivent Financial for Lutherans to add banking services to its platform of services to customers by forming an industrial bank and merging the credit union that Thrivent current sponsors into it. Thereafter, the Bank would offer a full range of banking products, including deposit, mortgage, credit card, auto loans, and student loans.

Industry focus > Environment: transactional Tier 2

Working hand-in-hand with the firm’s leading corporate group, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP‘s environmental team is well placed to handle many of the most complex, high-stakes transactions taking place in the market. Typical mandates include evaluating and mitigating the environmental risks and liabilities of domestic and international deals, ranging from M&A to securities offerings and financing matters. Despite the challenges posed by Covid-19, the group was kept busy with numerous multi-facilities transactions across a wide range of environmentally-sensitive industries, including manufacturing, paper, media, chemicals and healthcare. ESG and climate change issues are other areas of focus for the department, which is under the leadership of Stuart Hammer  in New York. Hammer is go-to counsel for several preeminent private equity firms, investment management funds and leading corporations; he is also singled out for his comprehensive knowledge of ESG matters associated with transactions.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Hammer

Other key lawyers:

Harry Zirlin

Testimonials

‘I have worked with Harry Zirlin for years. He is an accomplished lawyer in all respects and understands our business and goals. His advice and judgement over the years have been extremely helpful.’

‘Debevoise has a very strong environmental group that is able to take complex environmental issues and distill them into the key issues and bottom line concerns. They have also recognized the need to expand traditional environmental due diligence into the broader ESG (environmental, social & governance) matters that investors are increasingly interested in.’

‘Stuart Hammer is very knowledgeable, responsive, and accessible.’

Key clients

Artera Services

Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board (“CPPIB”)

Cerberus Capital Management

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Cornerstone Building Brands

Covanta Holding Corporation

Domtar Corporation

Dover Corporation

HCA Healthcare

International Paper Company

Johnson & Johnson

JP Morgan Asset Management

Kelso & Company

Morgan Stanley

Pactiv Evergreen

Rank Group

Reynolds Group

Solenis

The Carlyle Group

TPG

White Cap Supply

Work highlights

  • Advised Solenis on its sale to Platinum Equity.
  • Assisting Covanta Holding Corporation (NYSE: CVA) with its sale to EQT Infrastructure in a transaction valued at more than $5bn, in which EQT will acquire all shares of Covanta common stock for $20.25 per share.
  • Advised Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (“CD&R”) on an agreement in which CD&R funds led an investment to acquire HD Supply Holding Inc.’s Construction & Industrial-White Cap business (“White Cap”), a leading distributor of specialty concrete and construction products, for $2.9bn, and combine it with Construction Supply Group (“CSG”), a leading U.S. distributor of specialty concrete and masonry accessories.

Industry focus > Transport: aviation and air travel - finance Tier 2

Experienced in handling a broad array of aviation transactional matters, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP‘s New York-based practice covers aircraft and non-aircraft financings, capital markets deals, restructurings, and airport infrastructure development and financing. Co-heading the practice are Paul Brusiloff and Brian Liu. Praised by clients as ‘great to work with‘, Brusiloff, a long-standing counsel to American Airlines, advises borrowers on debt and equity financings. He also assists with refinancing, recapitalization and restructuring transactions. Liu acts for airlines, leasing companies and financial institutions on aviation and equipment finance deals. At associate level, Robert Gucwa advises on aviation-related secured debt and capital market financings, while Iryna Nikolaieva‘s project finance practice includes aircraft financing.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team’s expertise was second to none, but they did not rest on their laurels. They were thoughtful, proactive and responsive to us as a client.

Strong knowledge of aviation finance.

Willing to take on projects that require innovation and creativity.

Paul Brusiloff was great to work with – always available and thinking one step ahead, yet taking the time to explain all the risks and benefits to our financing team as they considered options and alternatives.

Paul Brusiloff and his team were simply wonderful, and we appreciated the different billing options proposed.

Key clients

AAR CORP

Alaska Airlines

American Airlines

JetBlue Airways

Spirit Airlines

Philippine Airlines

Work highlights

  • Advised JetBlue Airways on its offering of over 35m shares in common stock.
  • Assisted AAR CORP with grants and documentation concerning the Payroll Support Program Part 2, which was implemented under the CARES Act.
  • Advised Alaska Airlines on a sale-leaseback transaction with Air Lease Corp for 13 new 737-9 MAX aircraft.

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP caters to a range of both corporate and private equity players on major deals, leveraging a track record of deals which intersect the national, European, Asian and Latin American markets. The practice of 'user-friendly attorneys who are both book-smart and street-smart’ is co-led by Michael Diz, a San Francisco lawyer accomplished in the TMT sector, alongside New York-based Kevin Rinker, a healthcare sector expert. The New York office is likewise home to the considerable experience of Jeffrey Rosen, a veteran of countless high-profile deals, as well as Sue Meng, a well-regarded up-and-coming transactional lawyer who co-chairs the firm’s pro bono committee.

Practice head(s):

Michael Diz; Kevin Rinker

Other key lawyers:

Paul Bird; William Regner; Jennifer Chu; Sue Meng

Testimonials

‘They have a strong M&A and corporate securities practice. Their capital markets team is top-notch.’

‘Their knowledge and depth of experience.’

‘Excellent coordination and collaboration between the team members, client as well as the other side. This team works together to lead the client through the rough patches during a deal.’

‘User-friendly attorneys who are both book-smart and street-smart.’

Key clients

American Express

AVEVA Group

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Covanta Holding Corporation

Discovery, Inc.

GoDaddy

Gogo, Inc.

Johnson & Johnson

Liberty Broadband

Match Group

The Carlyle Group

Steven Cohen and Cohen Private Ventures

Solenis

Toyota Motor Corporation

Verizon

Work highlights

  • Advising Discovery, Inc. (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) in its acquisition of WarnerMedia from AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), in a transaction that values the combined entity at approximately $130bn.
  • Advised the special committee of Liberty Broadband Corporation (NASDAQ: LBRDA, LBRDK) in connection with Liberty Broadband’s acquisition of GCI Liberty, Inc. (NASDAQ: GLIBA, GLIBP) in a stock-for-stock merger. The transaction, named one of the top ten deals of the summer by Law360, is valued at $10.59bn.
  • Advised Kindred at Home (KAH) in its sale to Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), a transaction that valued KAH at $8.1bn.

M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts Tier 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP prioritises complex, high-value deals for a wide range of top private equity sponsors, regularly acting for clients including Blackstone, CPPIB, and Carlyle, on major buyouts, exits, and more bespoke arrangements such as SPAC and de-SPAC deals. The firm’s growing profile in the private equity space was reflected in its expansion into San Francisco, as well as its opening of a Luxembourg office, deepening its international reach. The team offers a deep and experience bench, led by Kevin Schmidt , an experienced advisor to the likes of Blackstone and CPPIB, and a regular contributor to thought leadership in the private equity space. Schmidt, alongside standout transactional partners Kevin Rinker  and Uri Herzberg, represented CD&R in its complex purchase and combination of Fort Dearborn and MultiColor, a deal involving the simultaneous acquisition of companies from two separate sellers. Paul Bird is another key name, handling the full range of corporate issues relating to private equity deals, while Jennifer Chu is particularly active in the healthcare and tech spaces. Christopher Anthony continues to emerge as a leader within the team, handling major deals for CD&R alongside Carlyle and Stone Point. All attorneys are in New York.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Schmidt

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Kevin Schmidt – Great client service as relationship partner, as well as business-minded advisor.’

Erica Weisgerber – Clearly vested in delivering desired outcomes, super responsive.

‘Commercial capabilities, innovative and strategic counsel.’

‘The best in the industry in terms of balancing conservativism, creative solutions and and understanding of my commercial business. In my industry there are as integral a partner to us as any deal team member, rather than a third party we simply rely on.’

‘Uri Herzberg and Kevin Rinker are the two best lawyers I have worked with in my career. Uri is the best lawyer I have met in terms of content knowledge, and client engagement and responsiveness. Kevin is someone who understands our business so well that he can act as both a legal and commercial partner to help us get to the best deals.’

Key clients

The Blackstone Group

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)

The Carlyle Group

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Morgan Stanley Private Equity

Precision Medicine Group

Stone Point Capital

TPG

Work highlights

  • Representing CD&R in a definitive agreement under which CD&R funds will acquire and combine Fort Dearborn and Multi-Color Corporation.
  • Advising Capco and CD&R on a $1.45 billion transaction under which Capco was acquired by Wipro Limited.
  • Represented Blackstone Group in its $2.1 billion investment in Medable.

Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP‘s expertise in data strategy and data security is ‘unmatched’. The team stands out for handling complex investigations and privacy incidents, including ransomware attacks. Luke Dembosky in Washington DC focuses on DOJ cyber cases and leads the team alongside New York’s Avi Gesser‘an amazing counselor’ and best known for representing international financial services firms, private equity firms, hedge funds and media organizations throughout cybersecurity incidents and civil lawsuits. Risk assessor Jim Pastore is also noted. Counsel Johanna Skrzypczyk joined the team in April 2021 from the New York Attorney General’s office and focuses on data privacy and consumer fairness. The newly opened San Francisco office, established in late 2021 also has cybersecurity capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Luke Dembosky; Avi Gesser

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The expertise of the lawyers at Debevoise is unmatched. They have some of the most experienced lawyers in the trade.’

‘Luke Dembosky is simply a brilliant, dedicated, extremely talented and yet humble individual. He is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Avi Gesser is an amazing counselor who is able to apply his expertise to provide practical advice addressing the commercial and fiduciary concerns of management responding to a cybersecurity breach.’

‘Robert Maddox is a rising star; Luke Dembosky is fantastic – his experience untouchable.’

Key clients

American Express

Bloomberg L.P.

Capital One

Deloitte

GoDaddy

Morgan Stanley/E*Trade

National Basketball Association

Prudential Financial

Robinhood

Spirit Airlines

SolarWinds

S&P Global

Warner Music Group

WPP Group

Work highlights

  • Co-representing SolarWinds in connection with the high-profile nation state cyberattack that impacted the company’s Orion products and internal systems that the company disclosed in December 2020.
  • Representing a payment services group against a putative class action complaint filed in the Northern District of California alleging violations of the California Consumer Privacy Act and related claims resulting from a data breach that may have exposed customer data.

Tax > International tax Tier 2

Based in New York, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP advises multinationals active in sectors such as banking, private equity, technology, healthcare, and insurance on cross-border tax-related issues. Its expertise ranges from international M&A transactions and public and private financings to private equity and hedge fund formations. Practice co-chair Peter Schuur focuses on corporate transactions for key players in the insurance industry, as well as international investment platform structuring and formation. Practice co-chair Peter Furci covers cross-border M&A, financings, and debt and equity securities offerings. Rafael Kariyev is an expert in the formation of private investment funds and Gary Friedman specializes in multi-jurisdictional M&A and financings. Michael Bolotin is especially strong in cross-border real estate joint ventures and the formation of real estate investment trusts, while Erin Cleary is noted for her work on the formation of international private equity funds. Daniel Priest is also recognized for advising international private equity funds.

Practice head(s):

Peter Furci; Peter Schuur

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

American International Group

Assurant, Inc.

The Blackstone Group

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Core & Main

Discovery Communications Inc.

Domtar Corporation

Huntsworth

International Paper

JP Morgan Investment

Massachusetts Mutual Life

Metropolitan Life Insurance Company

Mobilux Acquisition

Prudential Financial

Prudential PLC

Schneider Electric Holdings, Inc.

Solenis LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Discovery Communications Inc. in its acquisition of WarnerMedia from AT&T in a transaction valued at $130bn.
  • Advised Schneider Electric in its acquisition of a strategic approximately 30 percent stake in Uplight, Inc.
  • Advised International Paper on the separation of its printing papers segment in a transaction that will create two separate public companies.

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 3

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP offers significant contentious expertise to its merger clients, handling HSR filings, government investigations, and merger litigation for a wide range of corporates and private equity funds. The practice is adept in shepherding strategic acquisitions, PE-backed buyouts, and joint ventures through FTC and DOJ scrutiny, and enjoys productive relationships with regulatory agencies in the US and beyond. Areas of expertise for the firm include financial services, consumer products, technology, and manufacturing, with standout clearances in 2021 including Cornerstone’s $1bn sale of its IMP business to Nucor Insulated Panel Group, led by practice co-head Michael Schaper  in New York. Washington DC-based Ted Hassi also co-leads the team, and is active on behalf of top clients including Toyota and Verizon, particularly in merger litigation. New York’s Erica Weisgerber is active in merger control work, with specialism in pre-merger coordination, while DC-based senior associate Leah Martin is also a key contributor, acting for clients such as Toyota and CD&R.

Practice head(s):

Michael Schaper; Ted Hassi

Other key lawyers:

Erica Weisberger; Leah Martin

Key clients

Peabody Energy Corporation

Arcesium LLC

Clayton Dubilier & Rice and Portfolio Companies

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. and Toyota Canada, Inc.

Armando Kellum

GoDaddy, Inc.

Gogo, Inc.

DBS Bank Ltd.

The Bank of Yokohama Ltd

Ardagh Group

Discovery Communications

Schneider Electric

TPG Capital

Cornerstone Building Brands

Domtar Corporation

Assurant Inc.

Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company

Solenis

The Jockey Club

Albertsons Companies, Inc.

Covanta

Great American Outdoors Sports Group

TPG Capital, Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe and Kindred Healthcare LifePoint

Artera Services

AVEVA Group

Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation Tier 3

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has a varied practice in the contentious financial services space. The practice is adept at handling investigatons and prosecutions by a range of regulators, including the DOJ, OFAC, Federal Reserve, SEC, and state-level regulators. The team is also frequently engaged on class actions related to consumer lending practices, as well as securities litigation. The practice’s securities litigation work includes handling high-profile cases, such as representing Robinhood in a class action lawsuit arising from its payment for order flow practices, as well as novel cases involving the issue of whether cryptocurrencies are securities under US law. Mary Beth Hogan and Andrew Ceresney co-chair the overall litigation department; Hogan is frequently engaged on a wide range of sensitive investigations, while Ceresney has past experience serving in-house at the SEC and the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and is well-regarded for his securities litigation expertise. Maeve O’Connor is another highly-regarded securities litigator, and Bruce Yannett focuses on white-collar crime and regulatory enforcement. All named lawyers are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Mary Beth Hogan; Andrew Ceresney

Other key lawyers:

Maeve O’Connor; Bruce Yannett

Key clients

Capital One

Prudential Financial

J&T Banka, A.S. and Postova Banka, A.S

Robinhood Markets

Paypal Holdings

Wells Fargo

Resolution Life

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

JP Morgan & Chase

Clayton Dubilier & Rice LLC

AIG

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has a strong connection to financial institutions and insurance issuers, along with private equity houses and their portfolio companies. It is building its record in other industries such as construction and is building its name with key underwriters and initial purchasers. It continues to impress in SEC registered and Reg S/144A deals. Co head of the capital markets group Matthew Kaplan is an established name in the market, with fellow co-head Steven Slutzky and Peter Loughran also providing high-levels of experience in the DCM field.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Kaplan; Steven Slutzky

Other key lawyers:

Peter Loughran; Paul Rodel; Eric Juergens

Testimonials

‘The capital markets team at Debevoise offers a rare combination of strong subject matter expertise and a deep bench. The team can provide strategic advice with regard to structuring and also capacity to support a significant workload.’

‘The team provides practical advice that enables transactions to be completed in a timely and efficient manner. The strong subject matter expertise of the leaders of the team helps them offer creative solutions, rather than just a ‘check the box’ approach.’

Key clients

Alaska Air Group, Inc.

Ambac

Antares

Bank of America

Brighthouse Financial, Inc.

Booz Allen Hamilton

The Carlyle Group

Clayton Dubilier & Rice, LLC

Core & Main LP

Goldman Sachs & Co

Gogo Inc.

HarbourVest Partners

JetBlue Airways

Morgan Stanley & Co, LLC

Pacific Life

Principal Financial Group

Spirit Airlines

Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA)

Westpac Banking Corp

Warner Music Group Corp.

Work highlights

  • Advised Westpac Banking Corporation in multiple registered offerings, including its offer and sale of $1.75bn of 1.552% Covered Bonds Series 2021-C3 due September 30, 2026.
  • Advised CD&R and LABL on the offer and sale of $500m of senior secured notes due 2028 and $460m of senior notes due 2029, to fund the acquisition of LABL Holding Corporation and Fortress TopCo, Inc.
  • Advised Guardian Life Insurance on a $500m offering of 0.875% fixed rate notes due 2025, and a $500m offering of 1.250% fixed rate notes due 2027, both under its $5bn global funding agreement-backed debt issuance program.

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP continues to standout for its work in financial services, healthcare, media and entertainment, along with its frequent capital markets advice to private equity funds and their portfolio companies. The firm has also worked on a series of recent deals in the aviation sector and has landed a number of SPAC IPOs and PIPE transactions. It is best known for representing issuers. Its standing in financial services has brought it an array of landmark engagements over the years, including the recent demerger of Jackson from Prudential, establishing Jackson as an independent publicly-traded company. Matthew Kaplan  and Steven Slutzky  lead the team and Peter Loughran , the lead partner on the Jackson/Prudential demerger, is another prominent name. Paul Rodel  is another key team member. Nicholas Pellicani was promoted to partner in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Kaplan; Steven Slutzky

Other key lawyers:

Peter Loughran; Paul Rodel; Morgan Hayes

Key clients

agilon health

Alaska Air Group, Inc.

Bank of America

Brighthouse Financial, Inc.

The Carlyle Group

Clayton Dubilier & Rice, LLC

Core & Main LP

DoubleVerify

Fifth Wall

Global Atlantic Financial Group, Ltd.

Gogo Inc.

Goldman Sachs & Co

International Paper

JetBlue Airways

Morgan Stanley & Co, LLC

Principal Financial Group

Providence Equity Partners

Prudential plc

Spirit Airlines

Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA)

Warner Music Group Corp.

Westpac Banking Corp

Work highlights

  • Advised agilon health on its $1.23bn IPO, which included the full exercise of the underwriters’ option to purchase additional shares.
  • Advised DoubleVerify and its primary stockholder, Providence Equity Partners, on DoubleVerify’s $414m IPO.
  • Advised Jackson and Prudential on the separation of Jackson through a demerger, establishing Jackson as an independent publicly-traded company.

Finance > Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings Tier 3

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP operates primarily on the issuer side, representing a range a corporates and private equity houses. Financial services and insurance is a particular forte for the firm and the capital markets team. Much of the practice is driven by leveraged financings involving high-yield debt, notably for the firm’s impressive private equity client base, which includes The Carlyle Group, Stone Point Capital and longstanding anchor client Clayton, Dubilier & Rice. Matthew Kaplan , Steven Slutzky , Peter Loughran , Paul Rodel  and Eric Juergens are rounded capital markets specialist with an impressive record in high-yield debt. Nicholas Pellicani was promoted to partner in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Kaplan; Steven Slutzky

Other key lawyers:

Peter Loughran; Paul Rodel; Eric Juergens; Nicholas Pellicani

Testimonials

‘Knows the market very well, is collaborative, gives great advice, and has an outstanding work ethic. They represent us well.’

‘Steve Slutsky and Peter Loughran are incredibly experienced, have seen it all, collaborative, thoughtful, etc.’

‘Highly commercial and plug-in as though they’re an extension of our internal team. Great at anticipating issues, providing solutions, and building on prior work with our firm.’

‘I think the ability of the capital markets team to work collaboratively and seamlessly with their counterparts in M&A (and elsewhere as appropriate) is fairly unique. I think the Debevoise team is also extremely forward-leaning as it relates to new structures or other bells & whistles to incorporate into our debt financings, and they do a terrific job of getting underwriting banks comfortable with what we need.’

‘I’ve worked most with Scott Sellinger (Finance) and Steve Slutzky on the capital markets side and both are top-notch attorneys from my perspective. They are extremely commercial, able to interface with counterparties in a respectful manner yet ultimately protect our interests / achieve what we need. Their knowledge of their subject matter is beyond impressive, yet they always know how to explain things to my team at the level of detail and depth that is relevant and appropriate. They are a pleasure to work with and feel like extensions of my own team.’

Key clients

American Greetings Holding LP

Antares Holdings, LP

Atkore International Group Inc.

Booz Allen Hamilton

Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services, Inc.

Brighthouse Financial, Inc.

The Carlyle Group

Core & Main LP

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

D.E. Shaw

Gogo Inc.

JetBlue Airways

PowerTeam Services LLC

Radio Systems Holdings, Inc.

Sirius Computer Solutions, Inc.

Spirit Airlines

Stone Point Capital

Warner Music Group Corp.

Work highlights

  • Advised Sitka Holdings, LLC, a subsidiary of Ambac Assurance Corporation, in connection with the offer and sale of $1.17bn aggregate principal amount of LIBOR plus 4.50% floating rate senior secured notes due 2026.
  • Advised CD&R and LABL, Inc., in the offer and sale of $500m of senior secured notes due 2028 and $460m m of senior notes due 2029, to fund the acquisition of LABL Holding Corporation and Fortress TopCo, Inc.
  • Advised Antares Holdings LP on the offer and sale of $500m aggregate principal amount of 3.950% notes due 2026.

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 3

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has a multi-disciplinary and collaborative practice, including clients in a diverse range of industries in long-standing and complex insolvency processes, including non-contentious proceedings and litigation. Practice co-head Natasha Labovitz led the team in its advisory to Renfo Corporation, pertaining to an out-of-court restructuring transaction with an aggregate debt value of approximately $225m. Fellow co-head Sidney Levinson led the team in its representation of Brigade Capital Management LP regarding the $95m debtor-in-possession financing to Alpha Media LLC arising from its Chapter 11 case. Notable changes to the team include the promotion of Erica Weisgerber to partner in July 2021, in addition to the promotion of Nick Kaluk to counsel in January 2021. All individuals practice from the New York office.

Practice head(s):

Natasha Labovitz; Sidney Levinson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I worked with three teams at Debevoise: Corporate Law, Litigation and Bankruptcy. I was impressed with the firm’s ability to address their client’s concerns with a “1 firm” approach. At no time did I feel like the firm was acting in silos, with one team not knowing what the other team was doing.’

‘Debevoise staffs their engagement with teams that include high profile leads and highly competent junior partners and associates. The leaders are not on the team for show, they are always well informed of the happenings of the case and are actively involved in case strategy.’

Key clients

The Blackstone Group

Brigade Capital Management, LP

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

The D. E. Shaw Group

Drive Devilbiss Healthcare

Georgia-Pacific LLC

Gogo, Inc.

McKinsey & Company

HarbourVest Partners

High Ridge Brands

Renfro Corporation

Spruce House Investment Management LLC

Agricultural Bank of China, New York

TPG

Canyon Capital

EIG

Evercore

Healogics

Kelso

Oaktree

Rubric Capital

Work highlights

  • Represented a national airline in its pending chapter 11 case, implementing a comprehensive restructuring, allowing financial and fleet reorganizations to navigate the COVID-19 crisis and emerge as a better-capitalized airline.
  • Represented Renfro Corporation in an out-of-court restructuring transaction that culminated in a sale to a third-party for a purchase price that paid ABL lenders, but not term lenders, in full.
  • Represented Brigade Capital Management as the largest holder of unsecured bonds in the prepackaged restructuring of Guitar Center, implementing the company’s recapitalization through a prepackaged chapter 11 case, allowing Guitar Center to emerge from bankruptcy in December 2020.

Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: transactions Tier 3

Clients come to Debevoise & Plimpton LLP for matters of high strategic significance, evidenced by the firm’s leading role in the acquisition of WarnerMedia by Discovery. Based in New York, practice co-head Michael Gillespie has an international reach, he advises company boards and investors on their activities around the globe. Alongside Gillespie in New York, co-head Jonathan Levitsky is a specialist in public and private mergers and joint ventures who led the team in their representation of Discovery. In San Francisco, co-head Michael Diz has a broad transactional practice, complemented by his additional expertise in advising on corporate governance and fiduciary duties.

Practice head(s):

Michael Diz; Michael Gillespie; Jonathan Levitsky

Key clients

Discovery, Inc.

Liberty Broadband

Verizon Communications

Syniverse

Brigade Capital Management, LP

Elliott Management

Gogo, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising Discovery, Incmin its acquisition of WarnerMedia from AT&T Inc.
  • Advised the special committee of Liberty Broadband Corporation in connection with Liberty Broadband’s acquisition of GCI Liberty, Inc.
  • Advising Verizon Communications Inc. in its $6.25 billion acquisition of Tracfone.

Real estate Tier 3

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP‘s practice is chaired by Peter Irwin , an expert in private equity, real estate acquisitions and restructurings. Nicole Levin Mesard is a key senior counsel for leading corporates in sophisticated financings, joint ventures and infrastructure transactions. Edward Rishty is sought after by private equity funds, developers, prominent family offices and sovereign wealth funds for his transactional expertise in joint venture and capital market transactions involving real estate assets.    

Practice head(s):

Peter Irwin

Other key lawyers:

Nicole Levin Mesard; Edward Rishty

Key clients

Angelo, Gordon & Co.

ARK, The We Company’s investment platform

Avanath Capital Management

Breakthrough Properties

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Carmel Partners

Cohen Private Ventures

Elliott Investment Management

Global Atlantic Financial Group

JPMorgan Asset Management

Oaktree Capital Management

Stone Point

Third Point LLC

Tishman Speyer Properties

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Work highlights

  • Advising JPMorgan Asset Management in the ongoing development and related construction financing of multiple projects such as Lincoln Yards, a large-scale mixed use development project in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Advised Global Atlantic Group in the real estate aspects, including the acquisition of commercial mortgage loans, an $8bn annuity reinsurance transaction between two of its insurance subsidiaries and Ameriprise Financial insurance subsidiaries.
  • Represented CPP Investments in the formation of a programmatic joint venture between CPP Investments and affiliates of Greystar Real Estate Partners to pursue life sciences real estate development opportunities.

Finance > Capital markets: global offerings

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is best known for global offerings by financial services and insurance businesses. The New York-based team has an impressive record in SEC-registered and 144A/Reg S offerings for foreign issuers and continues to develop its reputation internationally. Matthew Kaplan  and Steven Slutzky  lead the department, both having strong connections to financial services issuers around the world. Peter Loughran  and Paul Rodel  are also key names, along with Eric Juergens. All are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Kaplan; Steven Slutzky

Other key lawyers:

Peter Loughran; Paul Rodel; Eric Juergens

Key clients

Alaska Air Group, Inc.

Bank of America

Brighthouse Financial, Inc.

The Carlyle Group

Clayton Dubilier & Rice, LLC

Core & Main LP

Globo Comunicação e Participações S.A.

Gogo Inc.

Goldman Sachs & Co

The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

HarbourVest Partners

JetBlue Airways

Manulife

Morgan Stanley & Co, LLC

Principal Financial Group

Spirit Airlines

Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA)

Warner Music Group Corp.

Westpac Banking Corp

Work highlights

  • Advised Westpac Banking Corporation in multiple registered offerings, including its offer and sale of $1.75bn of 1.552% Covered Bonds Series 2021-C3 due September 30, 2026.
  • Advised Jackson and Prudential plc in the separation of Jackson through a demerger, in a transaction valued at approximately $2.5bn and that establishes Jackson as an independent, publicly-traded company.
  • Advised Antares Holdings LP on the offer and sale of $500m aggregate principal amount of 3.950% notes due 2026.

Industry focus > Healthcare: life sciences Tier 4

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP provides a mix of transactional and litigation services to its clients, made up of well known pharmaceutical groups and private equity investors. The team is playing a leading role in representing Purdue Pharma directors and investors in national opioid litigation, with  Maura Monaghan leading the group’s strategy across multiple states. Mark Goodman is also a well-regarded litigator, while Andrew BabKevin Rinker, and Jennifer Chu are key names for private equity investors. Washington DC-based Paul Rubin leads the team’s FDA practice, offering particular expertise with privacy-related compliance matters. Lawyers are in New York unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Bab; Mark Goodman; Maura Monaghan; Kevin Rinker; Paul Rubin

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Adare Pharmaceuticals

Allergan plc

Allergan plc

Centerbridge Partners

Certain former directors and shareholders of Purdue Pharma, Inc.

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, LLC

CPPIB

Glaxosmithkline

HealthEdge

Hospital Corporation of America and subsidiaries

JAB Holdings

Johnson & Johnson

J.P. Morgan Securities

Lannett

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Merck KGaA

Morgan Stanley

Nestle

Novartis

Pfizer, Inc.

TPG Capital

ViiV Healthcare Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Carlyle in its acquisition of a majority stake in Saama at an approximate value of $430m.
  • Representing certain former directors and shareholders of Purdue Pharma, Inc regarding prescription opioid litigation in various fora across the country.
  • Represented JAB Holding Company in dismissing trade secret, fraud, conversion, and unjust enrichment claims brought by Mars, Incorporated.

Industry focus > Healthcare: service providers Tier 4

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP‘s health team is able to act on the full range of major legal matters for its client base, which comprises a mix of traditional providers, private equity and health-tech players. In addition to standard transactional work, the team offers strong capital markets expertise, advising on agilon health’s $1.2bn IPO. Beyond that, it offers FDA regulatory advice and healthcare litigation capabilities. The team is co-led by Andrew Bab, Mark Goodman, Maura Monaghan, and Kevin Rinker, all based in New York, and Washington DC-based Paul Rubin.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Bab; Mark Goodman; Maura Monaghan; Kevin Rinker; Paul Rubin

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very high quality attorneys.’

‘Mark Goodman is outstanding.’

Key clients

Adare Pharmaceuticals

Allergan plc

The Blackstone Group

Centerbridge Partners

Certain former directors and shareholders of Purdue Pharma, Inc.

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, LLC

EmblemHealth / Group Health Incorporated, Inc.

Glaxosmithkline

Guggenheim Securities

HealthEdge

Hospital Corporation of America and subsidiaries

JAB Holdings

Johnson & Johnson

J.P. Morgan Securities

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Merck KGaA

Morgan Stanley

Nestle

Novartis

Pfizer, Inc.

TPG Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised a healthcare company on its $1.2bn initial public offering of 53.59 million shares.
  • Advising TPG Capital and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe on the sale of Kindred Healthcare to Lifepoint Health.
  • Advised HCA Healthcare on its acquisition of an 80% stake in Brookdale Health Center Services.

Industry focus > Insurance: advice to insurers Tier 4

Experienced in a wide range of insurance disputes, the team at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP handles policyholder class actions, securities litigation, ERISA litigation and government investigations. Maeve O’Connor heads up the practice with particular expertise in defending against securities litigation, with recent successes in obtaining dismissals for prominent insurers in securities class actions. Susan Reagan Gittes has represented clients in federal and state courts in a range of litigation and regulatory matters. While both lawyers are based in New York, the firm has expanded its geographic footprint with a new office in San Francisco in September 2021.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

MetLife, Inc.

Prudential Financial, Inc.

EmblemHealth and subsidiary Group Health Incorporated

Resolution Life

AIG

Work highlights

  • Represented MetLife, Inc. and certain of MetLife’s present and former officers inconnection with a putative shareholder class-action lawsuit pending in Eastern District of New York asserting claims under the Exchange Act based on allegations that MetLife’s practices and procedures used to estimate its reserves for group annuity payments were inadequate, and that MetLife had inadequate internal controls over financial reporting.
  • Represented Prudential and its CEO, CFO and Vice Chair in connection with a securities class action lawsuit and related matters arising from a charge taken in 2019 following the Company’s annual review of its actuarial assumptions underlying its life insurance reserves.
  • Advised AIG on English High Court litigation against the company brought by former employees of AIG Financial Products alleging breach of deferred compensation and special incentive plans.

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 5

Working closely with offices outside the US, the antitrust practice at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP excels at handling matters with an international dimension in addition to its domestic litigation expertise. A duo consisting of Michael Schaper in New York and Ted Hassi in Washington DC jointly lead the practice, both of whom represent clients from various industries including technology and automotive. Also in New York, Erica Weisgerber is active on both sides of the aisle and has recently expanded her focus to COVID-related antitrust legislative developments.

Practice head(s):

Michael Schaper; Ted Hassi

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Responsiveness of the client’s need, in particular, non-U.S. clients.’

‘Good knowledge of mentality of non-U.S. clients.’

Key clients

Peabody Energy Corporation

Arcesium LLC

Clayton Dubilier & Rice and Portfolio Companies

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. and Toyota Canada, Inc.

Armando Kellum

GoDaddy, Inc.

Gogo, Inc.

DBS Bank Ltd.

The Bank of Yokohama Ltd

Ardagh Group

Discovery Communications

Schneider Electric

TPG Capital

Cornerstone Building Brands

Domtar Corporation

Assurant Inc.

Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company

Solenis

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is a premier law firm with market-leading practices, a global perspective and strong New York roots. The firm brings a distinctively high degree of quality, intensity and creativity to resolve legal challenges selectively and cost-efficiently for its clients. Deep partner commitment, industry expertise and a strategic approach enable the firm to bring clear commercial judgment to every matter. Drawing on the strength of its culture and structure Debevoise & Plimpton delivers the best of the firm to every client through true collaboration.

Main areas of practice
Mergers and acquisitions: consistently ranked among the leading M&A firms, Debevoise is one of a handful of true advisors of choice to the world’s leading corporations, financial institutions and private equity firms. The practice offers clients sophisticated, market-wise teams in both public and private M&A. They regularly develop innovative structures and approaches, deal smoothly and effectively with associated shareholder and governance issues, activist challenges and related litigation.

Private equity: the firm’s private equity group is one of the most respected in the field. The practice includes specialized groups that are experts in fund formation and investment management, buyouts and other equity and debt investments, finance, securities and capital markets, tax, and management compensation and employee benefits. The group approaches its work with a deep level of industry expertise, drawing on the firm’s myriad specialists to deliver efficient, commercial, cutting-edge results.

Funds/investment management: the funds/investment management group is one of the largest, most diverse and most successful practices of its kind in the world. The team has acted on behalf of sponsors of, or investors in, more than 2,000 private investment funds with committed capital exceeding $2.5 trillion. With a global regulatory network and deep international experience, the practice counsels across the entire life cycle of these complex products and vehicles—covering organization and economic arrangements for sponsors, fund formation, downstream transactions, exits, firm and fund restructurings, buy-side work, secondaries and wind downs.

The corporate department also includes highly active practices in capital markets, leveraged finance, business restructuring and workouts, real estate, project finance, equipment finance, structured finance, intellectual property and environmental.

Litigation: Debevoise’s top-ranked white-collar and regulatory defense team’s expertise includes defending against criminal prosecutions and civil enforcement actions, handling securities-related litigation, conducting internal investigations, negotiating complex global settlements, and facilitating cooperation with government regulators.

Debevoise brings unmatched government experience to client matters, boasting 15 former Assistant US Attorneys, two former Attorneys General and a wide range of former government lawyers. The department also includes the former chair of the securities and exchange commission, Mary Jo White, the former director of the Division of Enforcement at the SEC, Andrew Ceresney, and former leading federal district court judge, the Honorable John Gleeson.

The firm’s strategic crisis response and solutions group brings together rapid response crisis teams from a range of disciplines, aligning experience and expertise to be matched to a specific challenge.

Debevoise’s international dispute resolution group is a global leader that has racked up some of the largest awards in the world for its clients. Lawyers in the practice handle a broad range of matters, including international commercial and treaty arbitration, public international law and complex commercial litigation.

The highly regarded intellectual property group handles a wide variety of cases, including trademark, trade dress and advertising disputes; copyright matters in media and entertainment; right of publicity issues; and unfair competition, trade secret and patent cases. Many of its cases have cross-border components, and it has deep experience across a wide range of industries.

The commercial litigation practice is one of the strongest in the industry, consistently delivering outstanding results for its clients. The group is stacked with broad-gauged litigators known for their judgment, business savvy and strategic advice. The team handles cross-border and domestic disputes of every kind across a diverse range of industries.

The cybersecurity and data privacy practice has special expertise in helping clients navigate the forensic and legal aftermath of data breaches. The firm’s cross-border, interdisciplinary team also offers regulatory counseling, defends clients in government enforcement actions, litigates privacy-related class actions and other matters, and handles transactions where data protection and security issues arise.

Other areas of litigation concentration include trial practice, securities litigation, antitrust, bankruptcy, insurance industry disputes, business integrity, products liability, professional services liability, M&A litigation, employment litigation, environmental litigation, contract disputes, and sensitive litigation and advice.

Tax and employee benefits: the tax department works closely with the firm’s corporate lawyers in structuring complex transactions. The department also focuses on tax planning and advice for business entities, high-net-worth individuals and exempt organizations, and includes an active executive compensation and employee benefits practice.

Industries: Debevoise handles complex transactions and litigation for clients in a wide range of industries.

The insurance group brings more than 35 years of experience to the most complex insurance industry transactions, the highest-stakes disputes and the most challenging regulatory engagements.

The banking group advises banks and other financial institutions on the gamut of regulatory, litigation and transactional matters.

The healthcare group employs an integrated, cross practice approach covering healthcare and life sciences matters.

The technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) group advises major media, telecommunications and technology companies on some of the most significant commercial matters.

Other industries in which the firm is prominent include aviation; consumer and retail; consumer finance; energy and natural resources; industrials and manufacturing; and mining.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Aviation John T Curry III
Bankruptcy and restructuring Richard F Hahn
Bankruptcy and restructuring M Natasha Labovitz
Commercial litigation Mark P Goodman
Commercial litigation John S Kiernan
Cybersecurity and data privacy Jeremy Feigelson
Energy and natural resources Ezra Borut
Executive compensation and employee benefits Lawrence K Cagney
Financial institutions Gregory J Lyons
Financial institutions John M Vasily
Insurance Nicholas F Potter
Insurance Thomas M Kelly
Intellectual property David H Bernstein
Intellectual property Jeffrey P Cunard
International dispute resolution Donald Francis Donovan
International dispute resolution Lord Goldsmith KC
International dispute resolution David W Rivkin
Latin America Maurizio Levi-Minzi
Latin America Dietmar W Prager
Leveraged finance David A Brittenham
Litigation Mary Beth Hogan
Litigation Andrew J Ceresney
Mergers and acquisitions Gregory V Gooding
Mergers and acquisitions William D Regner
Private equity funds Rebecca Silberstein
Private equity funds Jonathan Adler
Private equity transactions Kevin M Schmidt
Project finance Douglas B Buchanan KC
Project finance Ivan E Mattei
Real estate Peter J Irwin
Securities Matthew E Kaplan
Securities Steven J Slutzky
Tax Peter A Furci
Tax Peter F G Schuur
White-collar criminal defense Bruce E Yannett
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Number of Partners : 138
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 535
Presiding Partner : Michael W Blair
Deputy Presiding Partner : Bruce E Yannett
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Other Offices : Paris
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Other Offices : Moscow
Other Offices : Hong Kong
Other Offices : Shanghai
Other Offices : Tokyo

Statement on Diversity

One of the greatest strengths of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is its community. The “Fundamental Values of the Firm” articulate the importance of “cohesiveness and collegiality within the firm, founded in the character of those we select as partners, counsel, associates and staff and in fundamental principles of fairness and cooperation” with “an emphasis on the success of the firm as a whole.”

Debevoise is committed to creating a work environment that values each individual’s contributions to our community. We recognize that we must work together every day to respect the different backgrounds, perspectives and experiences of people at the firm and to support our colleagues so they have the ability to develop to their full potential. These values are the foundation of our firm and strengthen our ability to work together as a team so that we can provide our clients with the best legal services available.

Debevoise is committed to promoting the diversity of our community. This commitment stems naturally from the values that shape our firm. To continue to flourish, our firm strives to recruit and develop the finest talent from all backgrounds and beliefs. Our ability to respond to the needs of our clients in an increasingly open and global environment requires that the members of our community have a broad range of skills and experiences. The firm’s commitment to diversity furthers these goals.

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Diversity is a Core Value and a Critical Business Priority

Debevoise’s top priority has always been to provide the best legal service to our clients, and we recognize that the inclusion, sponsorship and advancement of lawyers of color, women lawyers and LGBTQ+ lawyers within the firm are cornerstones of our continued success.

Our performance on diversity is an important business metric. Some of the ways we invest in attracting diverse talent are sponsoring diverse student groups at law schools across the country; attracting diverse candidates at the Northeast BLSA Job Fair, the Hispanic National Bar Association Job Fair and the Lavender Law Career Fair (LGBTQ+), and recruiting from historically black universities; connecting diverse candidates with diverse Debevoise lawyers to provide guidance during the recruiting process; hosting a Diversity Reception and social events for diverse offerees, enriching the summer associate experience through the involvement of Debevoise affinity groups; and providing diversity and inclusion training for summer associates.

Investing in the Development and Retention of Diverse Lawyers

Debevoise takes the necessary steps to ensure that diverse associates are able to develop their legal skills and see a career path for themselves at the firm.

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  • Mentoring programs support the retention and promotion of diverse lawyers, increase lawyer engagement and foster talent development.
  • Training and professional development programs help lawyers identify and utilize practical tools they can implement in their daily practice.
  • Affinity groups and affinity group programs strengthen the sense of community and facilitate mentorship among lawyers.
  • The Diversity Speaker Series features senior legal executives from different fields and diverse backgrounds speaking about their professional experiences and career paths.
  • To sustain a strong pipeline of women leaders at the firm, the Women’s Task Force — comprised of top management and representative male and female partners—was formed to review, update, formulate and implement initiatives designed to develop and retain women talent.


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Building an Inclusive Community of Diverse Lawyers

Our lawyers serve in leadership positions at, and the firm supports, organizations that cultivate a more diverse and inclusive legal profession and create opportunities for minority students.

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

Debevoise is active in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). Presiding Partner Michael W. Blair serves on the Executive Committee of the Board and as Treasurer. In 2017, Debevoise was named a “Top Performer” by the LCLD.

Catalyst

In 2017, Debevoise joined more than 40 leading global businesses to launch Catalyst CEO Champions for Change. Partner and Co-Chair of Debevoise’s litigation department, Mary Beth Hogan, is a member of Catalyst’s Board.

National Association of Women Lawyers

Debevoise is a member of the National Association of Women Lawyers’ Challenge Club.

Experiencing Diversity and Inclusion at Debevoise

At Debevoise, diversity and inclusion are about having an environment where everyone feels welcome, valued and comfortable—regardless of sexual orientation, gender, religion or race—so that they have the ability to develop to their full potential.

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What People Say About Us

  • #1 in the 2017 Chambers Associate Law Firm Diversity Survey.
  • #6 for Overall Diversity by Vault 2018 Best Law Firms for Diversity Survey.
  • In 2017, 66% of women litigation partners were among Benchmark Litigation’s “Top 250 Women in Litigation” in the United States.
  • Perfect Score — for the ninth consecutive year, Debevoise received a perfect score for “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI).
  • Recognized nine times by Working Mother Media as one of the “50 Best Law Firms for Women”.


Debevoise Women’s Review

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The Debevoise Women’s Review, a first-of-its-kind platform among law firms, was developed to inspire the legal and business communities to engage in discussion and collective action around gender diversity. Unlike a traditional marketing platform, the content is developed and the editorial process managed almost entirely by lawyers at the firm, most of whom are associates, allowing for an authentic, first-person perspective. Join the conversation at women.debevoise.com.

Not Just Talk: From Idea to Action

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At Debevoise, we ensure that associates have a voice in how the firm follows through on its commitment to diversity and inclusion. We value their ideas and we don’t just listen—we act. For example, the firm recently developed a new diversity training program aimed at mid-level and senior associates who are involved in assigning work to, and supervising, junior lawyers and staff. This new program was suggested by an associate at an affinity group meeting. Within a month, we had developed a program and added it to the firm’s regular mid-level and senior associate training curriculum.