Firm Profile > Debevoise & Plimpton LLP > New York, United States

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
919 THIRD AVENUE
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States

Advertising and marketing: litigation Tier 1

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP covers a full range of marketing and advertising litigation and has a strong track record in federal and state courts. The large and experienced team also appears in matters before the National Advertising Division (NAD), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In terms of sector strengths, the team is especially experienced in the life sciences sector, with an enviable client roster including AbbVie, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck and Novartis. Practice head David Bernstein is a respected name in the market for both false advertising and trademark law. Newly promoted partner Megan Bannigan is most most active in the consumer products, cosmetics and entertainment sectors.

Practice head(s):

David Bernstein

Other key lawyers:

Megan Bannigan

Key clients

Abbott Labs

AbbVie Inc.

American Express

Ancestry.com, Inc.

Body Armor

Costco

Foundation Medicine, Inc.

GlaxoSmithKline plc

Kind LLC

Industrias AlEn S.A.

L’Oreal USA

Marketing Architects

Merck KGaA

Novartis Pharmaceutical Corp.

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

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice primarily operates from the firm's office in New York. Led by Jonathan Lewis, the team regularly assists a solid client roster of private equity firms and investment funds with big-ticket M&A transactions. Meir Katz is a 'great collaborator and negotiator', who has noted expertise in advising clients on equity-based incentive compensation programs. Franklin Mitchell is a key contact for assisting both investment fund sponsors with ERISA-compliant investment strategies and financial services entities with ERISA fiduciary responsibility matters. Also recommended is Lawrence Cagney, a leading figure in the market.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Lawrence Cagney; Meir Katz; Franklin Mitchell

Testimonials

Strategy planning, market knowledge, and great negotiation skills‘.

Very commercial and able to represent our firm well with counterparties, particularly in situations that are very personal to the other side and often become emotional‘.

‘Accessible and easy to work with. I felt that they always had my best interests at heart’.

Meir Katz is easy to work with and pragmatic‘.

Key clients

Cohen Private Ventures

Global Atlantic Financial Group

Warner Music Group

Gogo, Inc.

BMO Financial Group

Verizon Communications, Inc.

NaviHealth Holdings, LLC

Third Point Reinsurance, Ltd.

JAB Holdings BV

D.E. Shaw & Co., LP

The Walt Disney Company

TPG Capital LLC

Morgan Stanley Capital Partners

Prudential Financial Inc.

Elliott Management Corporation

General commercial disputes Tier 1

Well regarded for its consistent success at the motion-to-dismiss stage of court proceedings, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's 'outstanding' New York team handles cross-border and domestic litigation in various fields, including financial services, healthcare and life sciences. With a wealth of experience in white-collar crime disputes and government investigations, 'stellar attorney' Mark Goodman has continued to attract business critical mandates. In one recent matter, Goodman is representing Georgia-Pacific LLC and Koch Industries regarding Bestwall LLC's pending Chapter 11 proceedings in the US Bankruptcy Court. Fellow practice head Maura Monaghan has a phenomenal reputation in healthcare litigation. Currently, she is retained by former directors and shareholders of Purdue Pharma to defend the company in its nationwide opioid litigation. Maeve O’ Connor stands out for her expertise in securities and insurance litigation. Susan Reagan Gittes and Elliot Greenfield are also key members of team, with diverse experience in commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Mark Goodman; Maura Monaghan

Other key lawyers:

Maeve O’Connor; Susan Reagan Gittes; Elliot Greenfield

Testimonials

‘Mark Goodman is very responsive, has a calm demeanor and gives extremely practical advice. He is a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

adidas America, Inc.

Allergan plc

Body Armor

Purdue Pharma, Inc.

Chubb

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, LLC

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.

South Carolina Public Service Authority

The Alavi Foundation

Tribune Media Company

VMWare, Inc.

Insurance: non-contentious Tier 1

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's impressive roster of clients includes major insurers, reinsurers, asset management firms, private equity funds and other capital providers. In New York, John Vasily's practice focuses on significant US insurance M&A deals as well as transactions in emerging markets. He heads the practice jointly with Nicholas Potter who has significant experience in corporate transactions, including life insurance 'embedded value' and excess reserve financings. David Grosgold and Marilyn Lion are also recommended, and together lead the team in advising New York Life in its $6.3bn acquisition of Cigna's group life and disability insurance business. The arrival of Eric Dinallo, former Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, in March 2020 has further strengthened the group's offerings.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Potter; John Vasily

Other key lawyers:

David Grosgold; Marilyn Lion; Alexander Cochran; Eric Dinallo

Testimonials

‘Having worked in this space for some twenty years, The Debevoise Corporate Insurance / M&A team is a top-tier firm. They have the substantive knowledge for transactions in this space on a global basis (US, Europe, Asia and other emerging markets). In addition, they understand the business considerations on deals and know how to find creative solutions for thorny issues.’

‘John Vasily is a superior lawyer that understands what is important to us as a client, both from a risk tolerance perspective as well as the style of work that we appreciate as a company.’

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

International arbitration Tier 1

Clients rate Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s ‘intellectual depth’ and also point out that ‘from associate to the senior partner, everybody on the team understands the case’. In part, this in-depth understanding is owed to the group’s sophisticated ability to advise both claimants and respondents by simultaneously tackling issues of public international law, investment treaty arbitration, and international commercial arbitration. The department’s sector-specific expertise is also highly varied, spanning mining and natural resources, energy, construction, financial services, and telecoms, among others. Following its mining sector victory for Tethyan Copper Company Pty in an ICSID arbitration in 2019, the second-largest arbitral award rendered under the auspices of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), a team led by Donald Donovan, Mark Friedman, and Natalie Reid, is defending the award against an annulment application submitted by the Republic of Pakistan. Well known in the market for its strong leadership, the group is jointly headed by Donovan and David W. Rivkin — respectively, past Presidents of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) and the International Bar Association. Furthermore, the team is a popular choice among Latin American parties, with Dietmar Prager co-chairing the Latin America practice. Clients and peers alike highly recommend ‘excellent lawyer’ and current President of the American Society of International Law Catherine Amirfar, and Ina Popova who has ‘a brilliant legal and strategic mind’. Associate Laura Sinisterra and counsel Floriane Lavaud are rising stars in the team.

Practice head(s):

Donald Donovan; David W. Rivkin

Other key lawyers:

Mark Friedman; Catherine Amirfar; Dietmar Prager; Ina Popova; Floriane Lavaud; Natalie Reid; Laura Sinisterra

Testimonials

‘The Debevoise team is particularly impressive given not only its deep bench in international arbitration, but that the team they devised deliberately for our matter each provided subject-matter expertise that was unique to the arbitration at issue.’

‘Ina Popova has a brilliant legal and strategic mind, and would be happy to work with her on future matters. She is candid in her case assessment when presented with challenging facts and circumstances, but works with the client to unravel complex issues and find the best path toward resolution.’

‘Their knowledge of international arbitration practice and the multi-dimensional chess board it presents is amazing. They are able to successfully present arguments regarding the “gray areas” better than anybody. Their team approach means that from associate to the senior partner, everybody on the team understands the case. They are just a cut above everybody I have seen.’

‘Donald Donovan is the among the deans of this practice. I have never seen a lawyer that can explain things to business leaders and hold their attention like him. Natalie Reid is an extraordinary talent too, I always feel comfortable.’

‘Great ability to grasp the needs of clients quickly and precisely. Great speed of response to our requests.’

‘They completely understood what the client was requesting and embraced relevant cultural differences. They appropriately lead the client to the conclusion we wanted.’

‘Intellectual depth. Not only are the partners brilliant but the counsel and associates are also truly talented in their own right. There is also incredible dedication to the client. Each and every lawyer demonstrates a strong commitment to meeting the client’s business objective.’

‘Mark Friedman has a brilliant mind and no fear of tackling unique problems. Ina Popova has exceptional persuasion skills in several languages. Carl Riehl is a mathematical genius, one of a kind for a lawyer practicing at this level. Floriane Lavaud is an exceptional attorney that is truly dedicated to her clients.’

‘Debevoise’s team is exceptional in its professionalism, legal depth, client service, political and contextual understanding, and ability, most importantly, to focus on winning solutions for its clients.’

‘Catherine Amirfar is a global legal expert, an excellent lawyer, and a pleasure to work with. Natalie Reid is an exceptional lawyer and consummate diplomat and legal expert. Elizabeth Neilsen is an exceptional lawyer, sharp, focused, and always client-focused. An exceptional team across the board.’

Key clients

Barrick (Niugini) / Barrick (PD) Australia Pty

Freeport-McMoRan Inc. / Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde / Government of Qatar

Gramercy Funds Management LLC

Hydro S.r.l., Costruzioni S.r.l.

Occidental Petroleum Company

Makae Europe Sarl

Nova Group Investments B.V.

Perenco Ecuador

Qatar Airways

Royal Dutch Shell

SMM Cerro Verde Netherlands B.V.

Tethyan Copper Company Pty

The Republic of Iraq

World Health Organization

International litigation Tier 1

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's 'very intelligent and highly experienced' New York-based litigation team combines deep expertise in white-collar and regulatory defense with a breadth of experience in general commercial litigation. Its strong regulatory defense group—which includes former SEC director of enforcement Andrew Ceresney, who leads the team alongside Mary Beth Hogan—means the group excels in politically and public relations sensitive disputes. Other names to note for white collar and regulatory defense matters include Bruce Yannett, John Gleeson, Andrew LevineMary Jo White and Washington DC-based David O’Neil. For public international law issues, Donald DonovanCatherine Amirfar and Ina Popova are names to note Other areas of focus include cross-border intellectual property disputes, as well as commercial litigation in the insurance, private equity and healthcare sectors. The firm is also noted for its strong international arbitration practice where David Rivkin is a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Ceresney; Mary Beth Hogan

Other key lawyers:

Bruce Yannett; John Gleeson; David O’Neil; Andrew Levine; Mark Friedman; Mary Jo White; Donald Donovan; Catherine Amirfar; David Rivkin; Natalie Reed; Julianne Marley; Aasiya Glover; Ina Popova

Testimonials

‘The team is very professional with lots of knowledge and experience in international arbitration.’

‘The team members are very Intelligent and highly experienced and able to manage the case in the best way, they also very respectful and polite. The whole team stand out headed by Catherine Amirfar, Natalie Reed, Julianne Marley, Aasiya Glover.’

Key clients

Perenco Ecuador Limited

Cuba Export, Havana Club Holdings and Pernod Ricard

The Nova Group Investments B.V.

Government of Qatar

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

Keppel Corporation

Merck KGaA

Audit Committee of Mobile Telesystems

Royal Dutch Shell

Tethyan Copper Company Pty Limited

The Alavi Foundation

Twitter, Inc.

WeWork Companies Inc.

World Health Organization

Trademarks: litigation Tier 1

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP focuses on novel and high-profile IP matters involving trademarks, copyrights, and rights of publicity. The team has a track record of success in cases throughout the US, from district courts to the Supreme Court, and has also been involved in significant trademark actions with international elements. It also has experienced in prosecuting and defending against motions for preliminary injunctions. Areas of particular strength for the team include consumer products, fashion and luxury goods, food and beverage, and entertainment. Based in New York, practice leader David Bernstein is 'one of the leading lights' in trademark litigation, while Megan Bannigan 'stands out' for her representation of clients in industries such as consumer products, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals. Jyotin Hamid handles trademark and trade dress cases, including obtaining temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions for widely known brands. Jim Pastore and Michael Schaper focus primarily on copyright matters, but also have experience in trademark disputes.

Practice head(s):

David Bernstein

Other key lawyers:

Megan Bannigan; Jyotin Hamid; Jim Pastore; Michael Schaper

Testimonials

‘The IP group at Debevoise is the best IP group anywhere. They are not only knowledgeable IP practitioners and outstanding litigators, but they’re bright business advisors. They understand how to advise the client on what’s best for client and not just best for the law firm.’

‘David Bernstein and Jared Kagan are absolutely outstanding. Nobody better than them – individually and as a team.’

‘Expertise makes Debevoise unique. They represent clients on the most high profile trademark and IP litigations, or they are drafting amicus briefs on behalf of the International Trademark Association. If there is an IP litigation issue that matters, Debevoise is there and stands out amongst the rest. Knowing Partner Megan Bannigan has testified before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Intellectual Property provides excellent peace of mind that she is one of the country’s leading experts on IP and trademark law and she will be providing you with sound, practical and informed advice.’

‘Megan Bannigan at Debevoise stands out because of her tremendous drive, unsurpassed knowledge, creative solutions and quick, insightful communications. She is the superstar lawyer you want to work with when you need high caliber advice for the most difficult trademark and IP litigation issues.’

While I sometimes find myself chasing other law firms I work with for responses, Megan and the Debevoise team are several steps ahead and always anticipate what’s on the horizon.

If you have a trademark or IP litigation issue, Megan and the Debevoise team are who you want to call to ensure your case goes smoothly and is resolved professionally, quietly and economically.

‘Debevoise boasts one of the the country’s top trademark litigation teams, led by David Bernstein. They have done extensive work for businesses in the sports and entertainment industry, so they are very familiar with the sorts of sophisticated and complex issues that can arise.’

‘David Bernstein is one of the leading lights of the trademark litigation bar. His extensive experience over many years as well as his practical approach to solving problems makes him the “go-to” attorney for important litigation in this area.’

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories

Bank of America

Booking Holdings Inc.

Catalyst Inc.

Costco Wholesale Corporation

Cubaexport, Havana Club Holdings and Pernod Ricard

Exponent Private Equity LLP

GlaxoSmithKline plc

Industrias AIen, SA

James Beard Foundation

Kind LLC

Lululemon Athletica Inc.

Mark Anthony, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, White Claw

Merck KGaA

Novartis

NBC Universal, Rory McIlroy

Revive Organics

Steve Madden

Tory Burch

Wave Hill Inc.

WeWork Companies Inc.

US taxes: non-contentious Tier 1

Acting for a varied roster of blue-chip clients, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's tax team is rated for its depth knowledge and breadth of service, working in conjunction with the firm’s corporate and financial practices. Co-chaired from New York by Peter Furci and Peter Schuur, the team advises a range of major corporations, lenders, insurers and private equity funds on M&A transactions, IPOs and fund formations. Furci is adept at handling the tax aspects of major corporate and commercial deals, and also regularly works on matters involving emerging markets, distressed debt and real estate funds. Schuur is highly experienced in the realm of private investment fund structuring, while Erin Cleary frequently advises on private equity fund formation, both domestically and internationally. Also recommended are Gary Friedman, the private investment fund specialist Rafael Kariyev and Michael Bolotin, who focuses on REIT taxation.

Practice head(s):

Peter Schuur; Peter Furci

Other key lawyers:

Erin Cleary; Gary Friedman; Rafael Kariyev; MIchael Bolotin

Testimonials

‘The Debevoise tax team is very commercial, exceptionally creative, always responsive, and thinks holistically about issues they encounter. They have deep expertise of the fund formation market, and that makes them a valuable thought partner in other transactional matters that touch on the funds.’

‘Peter Furci is a panoramic thinker who can distil the most complex issues and provide clear, actionable advice for our whole team. Michael Bolotin always guides us towards commercial solutions, and is always available to respond — no matter the issue or the time of day!’

‘Very strong US team with respect to general, insurance, partnership, employment, M&A and structuring tax issues.’

‘Debevoise brings significant expertise to a wide variety of tax topics. They are very responsive in all matters. Their partners possess both technical skill and real life experience which is invaluable from a Corporate Tax Director’s perspective. They are involved in all significant industry issues, thus they are able to provide views on a wide variety of topics. Peter Schuur has been our lead partner for years now and is technically skilled, easy to deal with and always available.’

Key clients

Artera Services, LLC

AVEVA Group

Blackstone

BrandSafway

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Global Atlantic Financial Group

Interxion

Johnson & Johnson

Lightspeed

The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Match Group Inc.

Morgan Stanley

New York Life Insurance

Pathway Vet Alliance

Prudential

Resolution Life

Third Point Reinsurance Ltd.

Verizon

Warner Music Group

Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 2

Recognized by clients for its ‘breadth of knowledge‘, the team at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP was further strengthened in 2020 by the hire of Avi Gesser from Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. This effectively broadens an already strong offering led by the ‘top-notchLuke Dembosky and privacy specialist Jeremy Feigelson. The group regularly handles complex work in breach response, and also covers classified matters affecting law enforcement, emerging data technologies such as artificial intelligence, and cyber investigations with a focus on the national security space. The group is also noted for its proprietary data portal that enables clients to quickly assess their breach notification obligations and generates relevant templates. Risk assessor Jim Pastore and GDPR expert Jane Shvets are other important contacts. Named lawyers are based in New York, aside from Shvets, who divides time between New York and London.

Practice head(s):

Luke Dembosky; Jeremy Feigelson

Other key lawyers:

Jim Pastore; Jane Shvets

Testimonials

‘The team’s breadth of knowledge stands out; I would consider them not just practitioners, but experts in the field. The availability and responsiveness of the team should also be commended.’

‘Luke Dembosky and Jim Pastore are top-notch experts in their field. Luke has the extensive experience as a prosecutor and understands the intersection of technology and law. Luke is very practical and understands his role as a trusted advisor. Jim knows the state and regulator rules/thresholds like none other and knows how to meaningfully counsel on potential risk.’

Key clients

Bloomberg L.P.

Capital One

Edward Jones

GoDaddy

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

Major League Baseball

PayPal Inc.

Prudential Financial Services

The American Express Company

The National Basketball Association

Environment: transactional Tier 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP works on complex domestic and international transactions involving potentially significant environmental issues at facilities located all over the world that are subject to different regulatory regimes. Its impressive track record features high-stakes M&A, securities offerings, financings and other corporate matters within environmentally-sensitive industries such as chemicals, healthcare and manufacturing. In addition to transactional matters, the practice is a strong performer in the ESG field, assisting private equity firms and investment funds in the evaluation of ESG-related risks, initiatives and global climate change issues. Leading the practice is Stuart Hammer in New York who is recommended for helping clients allocate environmental risks associated with their transactions. Also recommended in New York is Harry Zirlin, who often advises on the environmental aspects of real estate and bankruptcy-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Hammer

Other key lawyers:

Harry Zirlin

Testimonials

‘The D&P environmental team is smaller than some of its legal competitors, which allows for a more personalized touch and focus on deals, which I believe sets them apart. In the last 12-18 months, D&P has been more intentional about internal collaboration across the world, particularly by uniting counsel in New York and London. In addition, D&P has been expanding the breadth of environmental offerings to reflect more recent changes to the transactional process by introducing ESG, sustainability and similar “green” elements into deal reviews where it makes sense.’

‘The main environmental lawyer I deal with at D&P is Stuart Hammer, with whom I have worked with for at least 15 years. Stuart brings an intensity to work that represents a reasonable balance of project urgency with providing a quality work product.’

Key clients

Adare Pharmaceuticals

The Carlyle Group

Cerberus Capital Management

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Cornerstone Building Brands

CSN Steel

D.E. Shaw

Domtar

Elliott Management

JP Morgan Investment Management

Kelso & Company

Morgan Stanley Investment Management

Rank Group

Reynolds Group

Solenis

TPG

US LBM

Financial services regulation Tier 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's expertise in financial services regulation spans traditional areas, such as bank M&A, to more esoteric matters in involving fintech and crypto-assets. Led by Satish Kini in Washington DC and Gregory Lyons in New York, the practice group has recently counseled fintech clients on issues such as the launch of new products and acquiring regulatory approval to enter new areas of the market. Further, Lyons assisted Jones Financial with the creation of an industrial bank, advising on state-level and FDIC approval, in addition to a range of other regulatory issues, including Volcker Rule compliance and consumer lending regulations. Kini, a former senior lawyer at the Federal Reserve, is noted for his work in the area of anti-money laundering regulations; his clients include major US and international banks, as well as non-bank institutions. Another key contacts in the New York office is Jeffrey Robins, who chairs the team's broker-dealer practice. David Portilla joined Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Satish Kini; Gregory Lyons

Other key lawyers:

Jeffrey Robins; Chen Xu; Alison Hashmall

Testimonials

‘Great balance of expert technical knowledge with a realistic commercial approach.’

Key clients

American Express

Bank of New York Mellon

Citi

Credit Suisse

Goldman Sachs

Morgan Stanley

Royal Bank of Canada

Santander

Société Générale

Fifth Third Bancorp

International tax Tier 2

The international tax experts at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP work hand-in-hand with the firm’s top-tier corporate transactions group to deliver comprehensive tax advice on headline deals. Co-head Peter Schuur is highly sought after in the insurance sector, where clients including Prudential, MetLife and AXA frequently approach him for advice on top-flight M&A deals, disposals, multibillion-dollar reinsurance exchanges, distribution agreements and all other corporate activity. Co-head Peter Furci and Rafael Kariyev have a focus on private equity and investment funds, covering emerging market funds, hedge funds and REITs. Also recommended in the team are Gary Friedman, Michael Bolotin, Erin Cleary and newly promoted partner Daniel Priest, all of whom are noted for their robust international tax and regulatory knowledge in the context of headline corporate transactions. The team is based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Peter Schuur; Peter Furci

Other key lawyers:

Rafael Kariyev; Gary Friedman; Michael Bolotin; Erin Cleary; Daniel Priest

Testimonials

‘Having Debevoise & Plimpton on board enables us to seamlessly and consistently handle our projects. The team aligns with other offices within the firm where there is a cross-border or international element. The team has high professionalism, responsibility, customer focus, rapid response.’

Key clients

Artera Services, LLC

AVEVA Group

Blackstone

BrandSafway

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Global Atlantic Financial Group

Interxion

Johnson & Johnson

Lightspeed

The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Match Group Inc.

Morgan Stanley

New York Life Insurance

Pathway Vet Alliance

Prudential

Resolution Life

Third Point Reinsurance Ltd.

Verizon

Warner Music Group

M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP combines a consistent pipeline of deals with solid involvement in high-value transactions, working on behalf of major corporates, investors, and financial institutions on business-critical and strategic M&A. The firm prioritizes a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach, allowing it to act on a range of major cross-border transactions, as well as deals in key sectors including healthcare, technology, and automotives. Notable clients include American Express, GoDaddy, and Johnson & Johnson, and the team continued to expand its client base in 2020, with highly-rated partner William Regner and the vastly experienced Jeffrey Rosen advising Match Group on its complex $30bn separation from IAC. Another major deal within the tech space was Interexion's $8.4bn merger with Digital Realty, a standout mandate for Sue Meng. Elsewhere, Jennifer Chu has remained active in healthcare deals for public and private companies, and Paul Bird is noted for his prolific transactional practice in corporate M&A and private deals, particularly in the media and industrials sectors. Alexander Cochran and Uri Herzberg are also recommended on the more junior end of the partnership. The team is led by Michael Diz and Kevin Rinker, both recognized as key players within the M&A space, and regularly acting for major clients such as Amazon and GoGo Inc, respectively. All named lawyers are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Michael Diz; Kevin Rinker

Other key lawyers:

Jeffrey Rosen; Paul Bird; William Regner; Jennifer Chu; Sue Meng; Uri Herzberg; Alexander Cochran

Key clients

Amazon

American Express

AVEVA Group

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

GoDaddy

Gogo, Inc.

InterXion

Johnson & Johnson

Liberty Broadband

Match Group

The Carlyle Group

Steven Cohen and Cohen Private Ventures

Toyota Motor Corporation

Tribune Media Company

Verizon

Private equity buyouts Tier 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's broad private equity practice acts for bulge-bracket buyout funds, middle-market players, and major alternative investment bodies such sovereign wealth funds in an array of challenging transactions, Highlights in 2020 included representing CD&R in its $4.7bn acquisition of WhiteCap, and acting for Morgan Stanley in its $2.6bn sale of Pathway Vet Alliance. The PE team is a key component of the firm's global service provision, a network that sees it acting at the forefront of deals across Europe and Asia. Kevin Schmidt leads the New York-based team, and is a regular adviser to major funds, including Blackstone, Brookfield, and CPPIB. Schmidt is also a thought leader on innovations within the industry, including PIPE transactions. Paul Bird led on the CD&R/WhiteCap deal, and is a highly experienced transactional lawyer with expertise in a variety of sectors. Christopher Anthony is recognized as an emerging talent within the private equity team, heading major deals for the likes of CD&R and other bulge-bracket clients across the globe. Jennifer Chu remains highly active on behalf of clients such as Blackstone and the Carlyle Group, with particular strength in the insurance and fintech sectors, while Uri Herzberg also works prolifically with funds and portfolio companies on transactions and investments, most notably in the healthcare sector.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Schmidt

Other key lawyers:

Paul Bird; Jennifer Chu; Uri Herzberg; Christopher Anthony

Testimonials

‘Our lead partner is very responsive and is appropriately immersed in the details. I feel that Debevoise gives us commercial advise and does a great job protecting our interests. I rely on and trust their advice a great deal.’

‘They have a strong commercial perspective, deep industry expertise and provide excellent customer service.’

‘Highly knowledgable and experienced in the industry; well respected and highly regarded among both other law firms and parties to transactions, yet generally operate with no ego and in the interest of getting deals done; thinks about the client as a whole and not just any one transaction, and builds relationships that clients can depend and rely on.’

‘Kevin Schmidt is our relationship partner and actively works on most of our engagements with Debevoise – and those he doesn’t work on, he makes a point to check-in on. Very responsive, speaks the language of deal teams and not just lawyers, and takes a client view, not a single-transaction view.’

‘Trusted advisors – commercial and practical.’

‘Paul Bird – calming influence, remarkable ability to make everyone feel like they won. Uri Herzberg – smartest guy in the room. Photographic memory. Kevin Schmidt – Commercial instincts. Knows how to get deals across the finish line.’

‘The team’s significant experience in the private equity industry, familiarity with our needs over multiple decades, and commitment to serve its clients stands out compared to its peers.’

‘Kevin Schmidt and Chris Anthony have been outstanding thought partners as we look to make good investments. Their approach is detailed yet commercial, and they have upheld our firm’s values when representing us with our counterparties. ’

Key clients

The Blackstone Group

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)

The Carlyle Group

Cerberus Capital Management

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Elliott Management

Kelso & Company

Morgan Stanley Private Equity

Stone Point Capital

TPG

Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP advises co-investment funds, separately managed accounts, and both open- and closed-end funds on fund formation, dealing with a wide range of asset classes including infrastructure, buyout, senior and mezzanine debt, credit opportunities, real estate, and venture capital among others. Alongside the fundraising practice, the team advises on structuring and restructuring of private equity firms, succession planning, and joint ventures, alongside a strong regulatory practice. Rebecca Silberstein leads the group alongside Lorna Bowen, while other key names within the team include Jonathan Adler, Andrew Ahern, Justin Storms, and David Schwartz.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Silberstein; Lorna Bowen

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Adler; Andrew Ahern; Justin Storms; David Schwartz

Securities litigation: defense Tier 2

The securities litigation group at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 'stands out for its sophistication, its overall quality and its stellar track record'. Well known for its federal and state regulatory enforcement work, the firm also handles a wide range of securities litigation that includes class actions and multi-jurisdictional matters for both financial services institutions and corporate issuers. The group is led by Maeve O’Connor in New York, who is 'smart in all the ways that matter most for a litigator', and Jonathan Tuttle in Washington DC, who has 'a no-nonsense approach that makes him a terrific resource and asset for clients'. O'Connor and up-and-coming partner Elliot Greenfield secured a favourable settlement for MetLife in a class action challenging the company's practices with regard to payment of death benefits and escheatment of unclaimed death benefits. In New York, former chair of the SEC Mary Jo White takes the lead on regulatory enforcement matters.

Practice head(s):

Maeve O’Connor; Jonathan Tuttle

Other key lawyers:

Mary Jo White; Elliot Greenfield

Testimonials

‘The Debevoise securities litigation team stands out for its sophistication, its overall quality, and its stellar track record. In addition, the attorneys I know in the group are extremely dedicated to their clients, and are delightful to work with.’

‘In my view, their strength is in good old-fashioned lawyering, which they do extraordinarily well.’

‘Maeve O’Connor is one of the best and most intelligent lawyers I have ever worked with, period. Maeve is smart in all the ways that matter most for a litigator. She is a brilliant strategic and tactical thinker, always several steps of her opponents and always taking an approach that will resonate with the audience, whether judges, clients, or opposing counsel. In fact, she’s kind of a judge-whisperer, somehow able to put forward the winning argument every time.’

‘Jon Tuttle is simply amazing, with deep knowledge about the securities industry and legal issues and a practical, no-nonsense approach that makes him a terrific resource and asset for clients.’

‘Excellent to work with as co-counsel, collaborative and collegial.’

‘Maeve O’Connor and Elliot Greenfield are outstanding attorneys, very good to work with as co-counsel.’

‘They are some of the smartest, most ethical lawyers and are also a pleasure to work with. The firm values the relationships with its clients and provides top notch, highly strategic legal work but understands the need for a strong relationship and partnership with in-house counsel. Their mid-level and senior associates are very strong, and they only bill for partner time when necessary and appropriate.’

‘They take diversity seriously and their teams represent this commitment, especially when it comes to women.’

‘Elliot Greenfield and Maeve O’Connor are two of the smartest lawyers 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

Elyse Douglas, former Chief Financial Officer of Hertz Global Holdings, Inc.

Telecoms and broadcast: transactions Tier 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has expertise in both the telecoms and broadcasting sectors, with a varied client roster including traditional communications and media companies, new market entrants and financial investors. Michael Diz is a key name and has recently handled deals for broadband, mobile and video conferencing providers. Diz jointly leads the team alongside Jonathan Levitsky, an expert in TV broadcasting deals, and Michael Gillespie, who has been particularly active in the areas of electric and driverless vehicles. Clients in this sector also benefit from the wider M&A expertise of lawyers including Paul Bird, William Regner and Jeffrey Rosen. All named lawyers are based in the New York office.

Practice head(s):

Michael Diz; Jonathan Levitsky; Michael Gillespie

Other key lawyers:

Paul Bird; William Regner; Jeffrey Rosen

Testimonials

‘Exceptional technical ability and attention to detail. I feeling strongly when working Jon and the team all angles of risk will be covered.’

‘Have worked extensively with Jon Levitsky. He’s extremely smart and I find him much more into the detail than many other partners. Also has huge expertise and thought power when thinking through risks and anticipating areas of potential issue.’

‘They have a deep knowledge of our business and great experience in big and complex deals.’

Key clients

Liberty Broadband

Verizon Communications Inc.

Gogo, Inc.

Amazon

Tribune Media Company

Nexstar Media Group

Elliott Management Corporation

Transport: aviation and air travel - finance Tier 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's practice covers the full range of aviation transactional matters. The group is jointly led by Brian Liu and  Paul Brusiloff. Liu advises on all aspects of aviation and equipment finance, and recently led advice to JetBlue Airways on its $808m offering of EETCs; while Brusiloff represents airlines and other borrowers in complex debt and equity financing and refinancing, and recapitalization and restructuring transactions, and represented American Airlines in the sale and leaseback of 22 Boeing Dreamliner aircraft. Also highly rated is Raymond Wells, whose broad expertise includes corporate financing and aircraft financing. All named practitioners are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Brian Liu; Paul Brusiloff

Other key lawyers:

Raymond Wells

Key clients

AAR CORP

Alaska Airlines

American Airlines

JetBlue Airways

Spirit Airlines

Capital markets: debt offerings Tier 3

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has a highly rated DCM practice, particularly on the issuer side. Much of the practice is linked to financial institutions and insurers, and is also driven by the firm's numerous private equity sponsor clients and their portfolio companies. It also has a more than respectable underwriter-oriented practice. Co-head of the capital markets group Matthew Kaplan has an extensive record in debt offerings, acting for a range of corporate issuers, private equity firms and underwriters. Fellow co-head of the group Steven Slutzky is also noted for investment grade and high-yield debt offerings. Peter Loughran and Paul Rodel are also leading DCM practitioners, both enjoying strong reputations in US and global offerings.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Kaplan; Steven Slutzky

Other key lawyers:

Peter Loughran; Paul Rodel; Eric Juergens 

Key clients

Warner Music Group Corp.

Alaska Air Group, Inc.

AXA, SA

Bank of America

Brighthouse Financial, Inc.

Global Atlantic Financial Group, Ltd.

Globo Comunicação e Participações S.A.

Goldman Sachs & Co

Morgan Stanley & Co, LLC

Spirit Airlines

Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA)

The Carlyle Group

Westpac Banking Corp

Principal Financial Group

JetBlue Airways

Clayton Dubilier & Rice, LLC

Gogo Inc.

Core & Main LP

HarbourVest Partners

The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

Capital markets: equity offerings Tier 3

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is noted for its record in the media and entertainment, and financial services sectors, but also stands out for its experience of private equity-related exits and fund raisings. The Carlyle Group, Clayton Dubilier & Rice and HarbourVest Partners are among its regular private equity clients. Team members are highly-rated for their versatility, with many advising on capital markets offerings as part of their wider focus on private equity, M&A and other corporate and financing transactions. Matthew Kaplan, for example, co-heads the capital markets group, and is also a key name in the private equity and banking teams. Steven Slutzky co-heads the capital markets group and is also part of the private equity department. Peter Loughran and Paul Rodel are also recommended for capital markets work.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Kaplan; Steven Slutzky

Other key lawyers:

Peter Loughran; Paul Rodel 

Key clients

Warner Music Group Corp.

Alaska Air Group, Inc.

AXA, SA

Bank of America

Brighthouse Financial, Inc.

Global Atlantic Financial Group, Ltd.

Globo Comunicação e Participações S.A.

Goldman Sachs & Co

Morgan Stanley & Co, LLC

Spirit Airlines

Booz Allen Hamilton

The Carlyle Group

Westpac Banking Corp

Principal Financial Group

JetBlue Airways

Clayton Dubilier & Rice, LLC

Gogo Inc.

Core & Main LP

HarbourVest Partners

The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings Tier 3

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP operates a principally issuer-side practice, tapping into the firm's broad corporate client base, along with a range of private equity houses and their portfolio companies; in 2020, it represented anchor private equity client Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and a portfolio company in a string of high-yield offerings relating to acquisitions. Further, a group led by Eric Juergens represented PowerTeam Services (a Clayton, Dubilier & Rice portfolio company) in its $587m offering of senior secured first priority notes relating to its $850m acquisition of Miller Pipeline and Minnesota. The core team is active in both US and global offerings, where it has noted strength in Latin America originating transactions. Peter Loughran, and capital markets group co-heads Steven Slutzky and Matthew Kaplan, are the most senior and active partners in the high-yield space. Paul Rodel is another key figure.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Kaplan; Steven Slutzky

Other key lawyers:

Peter Loughran; Eric Juergens; Paul Rodel

Testimonials

‘Extremely strong technical understanding of the debt capital raise process including keen awareness of market terms and ability to exceed those terms on our behalf.’

‘Very approachable and willing to talk through complexities inherent in the debt docs. Also do a good job representing us with counterparties and striking the appropriate ‘tough but fair’ approach.’

Key clients

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Gogo Inc.

Stone Point Capital

Radio Systems Holdings, Inc.

Booz Allen Hamilton

Warner Music Group Corp.

The Carlyle Group

Core & Main LP

Spirit Airlines

Sirius Computer Solutions, Inc.

Brighthouse Financial, Inc.

American Greetings Holding LP

PowerTeam Services LLC

Atkore International Group Inc.

D.E. Shaw

AIA Group Limited

Antares Holdings, LP

Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services, Inc.

Alliant Insurance

JetBlue Airways

Financial services litigation Tier 3

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is retained by major financial institutions to handle sensitive investigations and enforcement actions, but also stands out in securities class actions and civil RICO claims. The team includes a number of partners with substantial government experience, including Andrew Ceresney, who served in senior positions at the SEC and the US Attorney's office for the Southern District of NY, and Bruce Yannett, a former Assistant US Attorney for the District of Columbia. Avi Gesser joined the team in January 2020 from Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.

Practice head(s):

Mary Beth Hogan; Andrew Ceresney

Other key lawyers:

Bruce Yannett; Maeve O’Connor

Testimonials

‘Deep industry expertise coupled with comprehensive full service breadth of general practice.’

‘Nick Potter, Maeve O’Connor, Andrew Ceresney are all stars.’

Key clients

Capital One

Bank Hapoalim

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

Robinhood Markets

Paypal Holdings

Wells Fargo

Prudential Financial

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

JP Morgan & Chase

Clayton Dubilier & Rice LLC

Merger control Tier 3

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP combines deep regulatory expertise in merger control filings both within the US and internationally, with a team of accomplished litigators able to defend mergers before the DOJ and FTC, as well as state bodies. The firm works on a variety of global merger clearances in key industries, such as financial services, healthcare, medical devices, and telecoms, with notable clients including Arteta, GoDaddy, and CD&R. The team is led by New York's Michael Schaper, who regularly defends mergers against FTC and DOJ challenges and investigations, and DC-based Ted Hassi, who is active in a variety of merger control filings and litigation, including CD&R's $2.9bn acquisition of WhiteCap. Also noted are Erica Weisgerber, a counsel in the New York office who is a regular contributor to complex merger litigation, and DC-based lead antitrust associate Leah Martin, who has expertise in regulatory matters and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Michael Schaper; Ted Hassi

Other key lawyers:

Erica Weisgerber; Leah Martin

Testimonials

‘Very hands-on, responsive, and experienced.’

‘Mike Schaper is extremely knowledgeable and client-focused.’

Key clients

GoDaddy, Inc.

Gogo, Inc.

Clayton Dubilier & Rice and Portfolio Companies

Ardagh Group

Discovery Communications

Schneider Electric

TPG Capital

Toyota Motor Corporation

AVEVA Group

Artera LLC

Verizon Communications, Inc.

Elliott Management Corporation

American Express

Real estate Tier 3

At Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, the real estate team is well placed to act across the entire spectrum of matters including acquisitions, dispositions and leasing transactions, large-scale development projects, restructurings and, where applicable, financing and joint venture agreements. Key personnel operate from the New York office, including practice chair Peter Irwin, who specializes in representing private equity funds. Additional names to note include retail and commercial asset specialist Nicole Levin Mesard, and Edward Rishty, who caters to a broad client base of hedge funds, developers, sovereign wealth funds and family offices. Rishty is also recognized for his experience of capital market transactions relating to property.

Practice head(s):

Peter Irwin

Other key lawyers:

Nicole Levin Mesard; Edward Rishty

Key clients

ARK, The We Company’s investment platform

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Carmel Partners

Elliott Management Corporation

FC Encore

JPMorgan Asset Management

Oaktree Capital Management

New York Life Insurance Company

The Brickstone Companies

Third Point LLC

Tishman Speyer Properties

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Angelo, Gordon & Co.

Point72 Ventures

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 3

Based in New York, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is distinguished in part by its diverse client base, comprising a notable mix of bondholders, secured lenders, debtors, private equity sponsors and financial advisors. Cross-departmental collaboration is a key feature of the work, with the team able to draw on the extensive international resources of the firm, including well-regarded global practices in finance, tax, litigation, internal investigations and real estate. Contacts in the team include co-chairs Natasha Labovitz and Sidney LevinsonJasmine Ball, who has extensive experience of distressed M&A, complex restructurings and Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings; and counsel Erica Weisgerber, a name to note for bankruptcy litigation.

Practice head(s):

Natasha Labovitz; Sidney Levinson

Other key lawyers:

Jasmine Ball; Erica Weisgerber

Testimonials

‘Excellent, experienced practical lawyers who do not waste time by posturing or taking indefensible positions. They are also responsive and thorough. Many firms might say the same thing about themselves, but this team distinguishes itself by being reasonable while at the same time defending their clients.’

Key clients

The Blackstone Group

Brigade Capital Management, LP

B. Riley Financial Inc.

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Citadel Advisors, LLC

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

The D. E. Shaw Group

EIG Global Energy Partners

Georgia-Pacific LLC

Gogo, Inc.

HarbourVest Partners

High Ridge Brands

McKinsey & Company

Oaktree Capital Management

Renfro Corporation

TPG Growth

Capital markets: global offerings Tier 4

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has an established record in global offerings, including SEC-registered offerings. Reflective of the sector strengths of the wider firm, the team is especially experienced in acting for financial services and insurance businesses. The media industry is another active sector for the firm, where the New York team has represented Brazil's Globo Comunicação e Participações for many years, including its recent 144A/Reg S offering of $500m senior unsecured notes. Matthew Kaplan has an excellent reputation in financial services offerings for global issuers such as Australia's Westpac Banking Corporation. Peter Loughran and Paul Rodel are also active in financial services and insurance offerings for both issuers and underwriters.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Kaplan; Steven Slutzky

Other key lawyers:

Paul Rodel; Peter Loughran

Key clients

Warner Music Group Corp.

Alaska Air Group, Inc.

AXA, SA

Bank of America

Brighthouse Financial, Inc.

Global Atlantic Financial Group, Ltd.

Globo Comunicação e Participações S.A.

Goldman Sachs & Co

Morgan Stanley & Co, LLC

Spirit Airlines

Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA)

The Carlyle Group

Westpac Banking Corp

Principal Financial Group

JetBlue Airways

Clayton Dubilier & Rice, LLC

Gogo Inc.

Core & Main LP

HarbourVest Partners

The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

Healthcare: life sciences Tier 4

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP fields a multidisciplinary team with expertise in corporate and commercial transactions, litigation and intellectual property. The group has particular experience of matters in the pharmaceutical sector, but also has notable depth of experience in healthcare M&A and investments, often acting for private equity firms involved in this sector. FCA litigation is another area of strength, as are FDA and FTC regulatory matters; Washington DC-based Paul Rubin is a contact in this space. In New York, Andrew Bab and Kevin Rinker are recommended private equity financing deals and acquisitions, while Mark Goodman and Maura Monaghan stand out for commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):

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

Testimonials

‘Outstanding overall quality of lawyers.’

‘Mark Goodman is simply outstanding. He is a true professional and extremely dedicated. He is responsive, a quick study, very practical and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Adare Pharmaceuticals

Allergan

Armando Kellum, former CEO of Sandoz

The Blackstone Group

Certain former directors and shareholders of Purdue Pharma, Inc.

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, LLC

Glaxosmithkline

Hospital Corporation of America and subsidiaries

JAB Holdings

J.P. Morgan Securities

Manna Pro

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Merck KGaA

Morgan Stanley

Pathway Vet Alliance

Precision Medicine

TPG Capital

Healthcare: service providers Tier 4

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's healthcare team has experience of transactions, litigation and regulatory matters, with particular strengths in M&A, mass torts and class actions, capital markets and IP law. In this regard, the team acts for a variety of service providers, life sciences companies and private equity investors. Contacts in the team include litigator Maura Monaghan and Kevin Rinker, who has advised major companies on healthcare transactions. Monaghan and Rinker co-lead the service group alongside New York-based Andrew Bab and Mark Goodman, and Paul Rubin in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Kristin Kiehn

Testimonials

‘Outstanding individual attorneys’

‘Mark Goodman is an outstanding litigator and advisor. He is very responsive and extremely dedicated to his clients. He is an excellent communicator and gives very practical advice.’

‘Kristin Kiehn is also excellent. She is very bright and an outstanding lawyer. She is also very responsive.’

Key clients

The Blackstone Group

Centerbridge Partners

Certain former directors and shareholders of Purdue Pharma, Inc.

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, LLC

EmblemHealth / Group Health Incorporated, Inc.

Guggenheim Securities

HealthEdge

Hospital Corporation of America and subsidiaries

JAB Holdings

J.P. Morgan Securities

Kindred Healthcare

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Morgan Stanley

Prudential Financial

TPG Capital

Insurance: advice to insurers Tier 4

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's insurance litigation practice handles a variety of insurance disputes, including policyholder class actions, coverage disputes and ERISA litigation. Based in New York, practice head Maeve O’Connor has significant experience in defending securities litigation and is representing Prudential Financial and certain officers in connection with a securities class action lawsuit arising from a charge to reserves as a result of an actuarial review. Susan Reagan Gittes is working with O'Connor on this dispute and has experience in federal and state courts representing insurance companies in a broad range of litigation and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Maeve O’Connor

Other key lawyers:

Susan Reagan Gittes

Key clients

MetLife, Inc.

Prudential Financial, Inc.

EmblemHealth and subsidiary Group Health Incorporated

Resolution Life

Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 5

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP litigates putative class actions across a broad range of sectors, including financial services, energy, transportation, healthcare and pharmaceuticals. Monopolization and price-fixing expert Ted Hassi and antitrust-savvy litigator Michael Schaper, based in Washington and New York respectively, jointly lead the group. Counsel Erica Weisgerber’s practice encompasses both class and individual actions. In January 2020, former group co-heads Daniel Abuhoff and Gary Kubek retired from the partnership, but remain with the team in of counsel roles.

Practice head(s):

Michael Schaper; Ted Hassi

Other key lawyers:

Erica Weisgerber; Leah Martin

Key clients

Peabody Energy Corporation

Arcesium LLC

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

Armando Kellum

DBS Bank Ltd.

The Bank of Yokohama Ltd

Commercial lending

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP focuses its highly capable practice on borrower-side advice, and is consulted by some of the world's largest private equity firms to assist with their most important financing transactions, often involving complex financial structures, syndicated lending, second lien financings and mezzanine capital investments. The group also has an extensive portfolio of corporate borrower clients, which includes leading companies from the software, healthcare and media industries. Jeffrey Ross chairs the finance group and focuses on advising private equity firms on complex acquisitions transactions. The team also includes Paul Brusiloff, Sunil Savkar and of counsel David Brittenham, all of whom handle complex leveraged transactions. Ryan Rafferty is a highly regarded associate in the team.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Ross

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

Debevoise provides consistently good advice and is always prepared to execute complex transactions. The team is dedicated to providing the best service and the highest quality work product. With over thirty years experience with the team, there is no doubt in my mind that they are the best in the business.

Very knowledgeable with high grade loan structures. Ability to quickly analyze and provide detailed and understandable guidance. Also, brings perspective of work they have done in other areas when applicable to provide context.

Jeff Ross has been a pleasure to work with. He understands the complexities of our credit agreement and is able to help us resolve issues and provide solid guidance. One of the best high yield term-loan specialists I have worked with.

Very sharp team, filled with seasoned experts who know the space and can advise you on strategic decisions with a commercial lens.

Partner Jeff Ross is an “all star”, combining highly strategic advice with deep experience in complex leveraged finance markets. His trusted counsel has been vitally important in all stages of the investment lifecycle and I couldn’t recommend working with him highly enough. Moreover he always brings a great, diverse team to each engagement.’

Debevoise’s Leveraged Finance practice is truly top notch. In terms of sophistication, depth and breadth of experience and ability to ramp up quickly to respond to client demands. I have worked them on both leveraged buyouts and complex mergers/JV situations and they are always thoughtful, up to date on market trends and highly accommodating. As compared to other top firms I have worked with, they go above and beyond to provide a superior level of client intimacy.’

Diligent, detail-oriented, thoughtful. Overall an outstanding team that works hard and produces terrific results.’

Scott Selinger – Smart, practical and efficient. He focuses on the key issues without getting bogged down with academic points.’

Key clients

The Blackstone Group

Barnes & Noble

Booz Allen Hamilton

The Carlyle Group

Cerberus Capital Management

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Cornerstone Building Brands

Crescent Capital

Elliott Management Corporation

Epicor Software

EQT Partners

International Paper

Kelso & Company

Kindred Healthcare

Morgan Stanley Capital Partners

Providence Equity Partners

Resolution Life

Third Point Re

TPG Capital

White Cap

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Captained by Bruce Yannett, the white-collar and regulatory defense team at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP continues to act at the top of the market in global investigations conducted by civil regulators and criminal prosecutors. With offices in several key financial and political hubs, including New York, London, Hong Kong, and Washington DC, the firm is well placed to handle multi-jurisdictional matters for corporate and individual clients. Mary Jo White is another name to note; she is well-versed in assisting boards of directors with crisis managements situations. Washington DC’s Kara Brockmeyer is recommended for anti-corruption and fraud matters, while Andrew Ceresney is rated for his experience of federal and state government investigations and litigation. Eric Dinallo joined as partner from Guardian Life Insurance and Winston Paes was recently promoted to partner. All named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Yannett

Other key lawyers:

Mary Jo White; Lisa Zornberg; Avi Gesser; Kara Brockmeyer; Andrew Ceresney; Mary Beth Hogan; Arian June; Eric Dinallo; Winston Paes

Testimonials

‘Debevoise’s corporate investigations and white collar criminal defense practice is best in class’.

‘They are thoughtful, highly collaborative and very effective at crafting and executing on strategy’.

‘Debevoise has shown creativity and flexibility in crafting alternative billing arrangements in high-stakes regulatory inquiries’.

‘They are adept at staffing matters with professionals with the right mix of experience and skill necessary to match clients’ needs’.          

 ‘The team has vast experience with complicated, multijurisdictional investigations and the bench strength to pull in additional resources when needed’.

‘The experience they bring goes beyond purely legal and extends to external communications and governance’.

‘The quality and speed of the advice is second to none’.   

‘They are clearly devoted to diversity and inclusion and give a lot of data on who has worked on our matters’.

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

Latin America: International firms > Compliance and investigations Tier 1

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's prominence in Latin America compliance and investigations stems in large part from its roles in cases linked to Operação Lava Jato (operation car wash) in Brazil. With the scandal reverberating into other jurisdictions, the firm is now active in a broader range of geographies, notably Mexico and Argentina. Moreover, the practice now ranges across a number of segments, including anti-corruption, FCPA and white-collar crime investigations, anti-money laundering and the compliance aspects of M&A and other transactions. Much credit should go to Andrew Levine, who has committed much of his time to representing Latin American corporates and individuals. David O’Neil, a former senior figure at the US Department of Justice, and Bruce Yannett, chair of the white-collar and regulatory defence practice group are also senior names with plenty of Latin America experience. Kara Brockmeyer, is a former chief of the SEC enforcement division’s FCPA unit, and is another key player in Latin America matters.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Very practical, straightforward and business-oriented.

Multidisciplinary and multi-jurisdictional team of highly experienced specialists. Appropriately commercial and sensitive to deal dynamics. Client friendly analysis and deliverables. Inspires trust.

What I particularly appreciate when working with Debevoise is the incredibly good communication and good team spirit, along with the partners’ encyclopedic knowledge and massive experience.

Andrew Levine is a superstar. He has a wealth of experience and is passionate about his area of practice. He is extremely articulate and maintains a calm demeanor in trying circumstances. He has an amazing analytical ability.

Andrew Levine managed a team through a difficult due diligence process. He was able to look around corners and anticipate additional issues, and present solutions to address them.

Key clients

Keppel Corporation

Marcelo Odebrecht

Emilio Odebrecht

Rolls-Royce

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration > International arbitration Tier 1

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's 'proactive and intelligent' team has an impressive breadth of expertise in international arbitration across the Latin American region. The New York-based team is co-led by prestigious arbitrator Donald Donovan and Dietmar Prager, and acts for its impressive roster of multinational corporates, international organizations and NGOs across a range of commercial, investment treat and public international law disputes. Mark Friedman is highlighted for his broad disputes practice while David Rivkin has particular expertise in energy and natural resources arbitration; while Ina Popova, who splits her time between New York and Paris, and counts energy, mining, technology, media and telecoms among her sector specialisms. Patrick Taylor and London-based Samantha Rowe have particular energy sector experience, while associates Laura Sinisterra and Guilherme Recena Costa (who has notable experience in Brazil-related matters) are other names to note. Unless otherwise stated, all recommended individuals are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

They are excellent professionals. Very quick and they know the industry perfectly.’

Proactive and intelligent.

Key clients

Tethyan Copper Company (jointly owned by Barrick Gold and Antofagasta Minerals)

Perenco Ecuador

Freeport Mc-MoRan

Gramercy Funds Management

Mitsui

Occidental Petroleum

Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP continues to advise a number of Brazilian clients in headline cross-border transactions. Moreover, it impresses in insurance industry deals and private equity transactions across Latin America. The firm's leading compliance and investigations practice makes it particularly adept in due diligence exercises in M&A deals. Chile, Peru, Colombia and Mexico are other key markets for the practice. Maurizio Levi-Minzi has a long track record in Latin America transactions and David Grosgold is noted for insurance deals throughout the region; he recently advised Chubb International Holdings, Agencia en Chile on its acquisition of two Chilean insurance companies, Banchile Seguros de Vida and Segchile Seguros Generales from a subsidiary of Quiñenco and other minority investors.

Key clients

AIG

Ambev

AFP Habitat

AXA

Brasil Warrant

Brookfield Asset Management

Canada Pension Plan No Investment Board (CPPIB)

Chubb

Companhia Brasileira de No Metalurgia e Mineração

Companhia Siderúrgica No Nacional (CSN)

Exor/PartnerRe

Gávea Investimentos

GP Investments

Organizações Globo

Prudential Financial

Prumo Logistica

The Capital Group

The Carlyle Group

The Travelers Companies

Vinci Partners

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.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
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 QC
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 QC
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 : 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.