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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States

Work Department

Litigation, Crisis Management, White Collar & Regulatory Defense, Financial Institutions, Internal Investigations




Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Bruce Yannett in New York leads Debevoise & Plimpton LLP‘s ‘smart, pragmatic and responsive‘ team. The group is renowned for representing multinationals in the spectrum of matters involving internal and public investigations by regulators and prosecutors, but it is also adept in representing individuals. Alongside London’s Karolos Seeger, Yannett represented Rolls-Royce in parallel global investigation concerning allegations of bribery and corruption in overseas markets, leading to deferred prosecution agreements with the DOJ and the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and a leniency agreement with federal prosecutors in Brazil. Washington DC’s David O’Neil is representing Twitter in DOJ and congressional investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election; this included preparing the client’s general counsel for congressional hearings before three committees in October and November 2017. Mary Jo WhiteMary Beth Hogan and Helen Cantwell are representing the non-management members of the board of directors of CBS Corporation in an internal investigation into sexual harassment allegations against the CEO and senior news personnel. New York-based Andrew Ceresney and Matthew Biben and Washington DC’s Kara Brockmeyer are also recommended. In June 2018, the team lost Sean Hecker, who left to co-found Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP.

United States > Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is able to combine the expertise of lawyers with significant regulatory know-how across the financial services landscape with a formidable team of litigators, many of whom (including former SEC chair Mary Jo White and ex-director of enforcement at the agency Andrew Ceresney) have former high-ranking agency experience. It excels at guiding financial services clients through sensitive issues, both from a crisis management perspective as well as in the defense of agency enforcement actions and ensuing private litigation. Courtney Dankworth excels at consumer finance matters, and alongside the ‘solutions-oriented‘ Matthew Biben represented Santander Consumer USA in an investigation by the Delaware and Massachusetts Attorneys General offices into its auto lending and dealer management practices. Demonstrating the firm’s ability to handle multi-jurisdictional enforcement/investigation matters, Bruce Yannett recently represented Société Général in an investigation by the DOJ and French regulators into the potential corruption of foreign officials in Libya in connection with the bank’s equity derivatives business. Maeve O’Connor and Mary Beth Hogan are also recommended. All named attorneys are based in New York.

United States > Dispute resolution > International litigation

New York-based Debevoise & Plimpton LLP stands out for its ‘exceptional attorneys and high level of integrity‘. Department co-chairs Andrew Ceresney and Mary Beth Hogan lead the team which includes many star litigators, including former SEC chair Mary Jo White and international disputes group co-chairs Donald Donovan and David Rivkin. The firm excels in high-profile cross-border commercial litigation, white-collar crime, regulatory defense work, and cybersecurity and data privacy litigation. It has represented Société Générale in connection with an investigation by the Department of Justice and France’s Parquet National Financier into the potential corruption of foreign officials in Libya in connection with the client’s equity derivatives business; that matter was led by the chair of the white-collar defense group Bruce Yannett. Other clients include the Government of Grenada, Deutsche Bank and Rolls-Royce. Catherine Amirfar of the firm’s public international law group, IP specialist and ‘excellent litigatorDavid Bernstein, Dietmar Prager and experienced trial lawyer Sean Hecker are also recommended.

United States > Dispute resolution > Securities litigation - defense

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York has 51 partners involved in securities litigation and enforcement matters, who collectively have deep and broad experience in federal securities class action litigation, multi-jurisdictional and multidisciplinary matters involving overlapping civil litigation, federal and state enforcement actions and related legislative inquiries. Mary Jo White, who was formerly chair of the SEC, and Andrew Ceresney, a former director of enforcement at the SEC, ensure the firm has a high-calibre regulatory enforcement practice. Mary Beth Hogan and Maeve O’Connor are among the partners who ensure the litigation side of the practice is also of high quality. O’Connor is currently representing MetLife, Inc and certain officers and directors in connection with a putative shareholder class action pending in New York that challenges the company’s practices in regard to payment of death benefits and escheatment of unclaimed death benefits. While most claims have been dismissed, one Section 11 matter remains pending. Shannon Selden, who is representing private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in a putative derivative suit, is also recommended.