Firm Profile > Debevoise & Plimpton LLP > London, England

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
65 GRESHAM STREET
LONDON
EC2V 7NQ
England

Fund finance Tier 1

With an extensive portfolio of major funds clients, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP focuses on borrower-side fund financings, working on a number of high-value loan facilities for a roster of clients, which includes Blackstone, ING and EQT Partners. These include standard capital-call, NAV and hybrid loan facilities, alongside a number of innovative financing structures, which allow for capital raises from non-bank lenders. The practice has a global reach and is active in the UK, US, Europe, and Asia. Group head Alan Davies advises on acquisition and asset financing matters as well as GP facilities, Pierre Maugüé is a dual-qualified UK and US lawyer who has worked on several of the firm's headline new financing structures, and Thomas Smith, who is highly active in the fund financing market, acts for several major private equity, credit, infrastructure and alternative investment funds.

Key clients

AlbaCore

Allianz

All Seas Capital

Apera Asset Management

Avanth

Baring Private Equity Asia

Blackstone Group

Boyu

Credit Suisse

Development Partners International

EQT Partners

Exponent Private Equity

FountainVest Partners

GHO Capital Partners

Glendower Capital

Hony Capital

ICG

ING & SMBC

LGT

Morgan Stanley Europe

Navis Capital Partners Limited

Novum Capital

Pantheon

Park Square Capital

Stone Point

Tishman Speyer Properties, Inc.

Wafra

Public international law Tier 1

Highly sought out for complex and politically sensitive matters, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP fields 'a highly dedicated team of very bright lawyers' that acts on cutting-edge PIL matters. Representative work includes cases that challenge states on human rights issues of international importance; acting for states in key diplomatic issues; and assisting with the protection of large international investments. Former Attorney General Lord Peter Goldsmith QC leads the group; other respected practitioners include experienced partner Patrick Taylor, who focuses on high-value, complex and multijurisdictional investment treaty and commercial arbitration proceedings, and Samantha Rowe, who is a PIL and international arbitration expert. The senior associates to note are Merryl Lawry-White and Conway Blake. Wendy Miles QC left for a move to the Bar.

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Testimonials

‘The team is exceptional in its ability to grasp and analyse complex public international law issues.’

‘The individuals I work with are dedicated, committed, perseverent and able and willing to think outside the box.’

‘Due to the US ethos and the leadership of Lord Goldsmith this firm offers a very high quality one stop shop, very strong commercial work and also a very strong commitment to pro bono work.’

‘Lord Goldsmith. There are few advocates around who have had to grapple with such complex and significant issues as Lord Goldsmith and his calm authority and intellectual brilliance shines through.’

‘Conway Blake has actively sought out responsibility and leadership roles and this comes through clearly in his outstanding judgement and extraordinary dedication whether on high profile commercial work or on pro bono human rights work.’

‘This is a high level dedicated team of very bright lawyers. Led by Lord Goldsmith there is an associated standard and reputation that is kept intact commensurate with his practice.’

‘Lord Goldsmith QC – always timely and accurate advice with the highest level of experience brought to bear.’

Key clients

Royal Dutch Shell

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd

Center for Reproductive Rights

State of Qatar

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 1

The white-collar and regulatory defence group at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP offers advice on corporate defence, compliance and regulatory work. It frequently handles high-profile investigations by a range of enforcement agencies, including the SFO, DoJ and SEC, and is noted for successfully negotiating the Rolls Royce deferred prosecution agreement (DPA). The practice also has expertise in prevention measures, sanctions, UK Bribery Act matters and money laundering. Its international client base is made up of large corporates in the engineering, aerospace and defence, infrastructure projects, energy, oil and gas, mining and financial services sectors. The 'extremely well-qualified' team is headed by former attorney general Lord (Peter) Goldsmith QC and 'subject matter expertKarolos Seeger, who specialises in bribery and corruption, international sanctions, fraud, tax evasion and defence representations. Jane Shvets, who splits her time between London and New York, is adept at handling internal investigations, and data protection and cyber security matters.

Testimonials

‘Fantastic team of professionals with deep experience on major matters. The team is clear, insightful, respected by the authorities and very clever’.

‘Karolos Seeger and Tom Jenkins have excellent subject matter expertise and provide strategic advice and advocacy’.

‘Robin Lööf is extremely hard-working and clever’.

‘Konstantin Bureiko is highly qualified, effective and efficient, with excellent availability at all times’.

‘Jane Shvets is a very accomplished and valued client service partner who has strong expertise’.

‘A dedicated team of exceptionally well-trained individuals, with a truly global experience base – the “go-to” firm on corporate crime’

‘Karolos Seeger is exceptional. He has a brain like a computer and can put complex issues across simply and clearly. He inspires confidence, always. He is calm and collected, extremely bright and very personable.’

Key clients

Mobile Telesystems

Rolls-Royce plc

Royal Dutch Shell plc

The Associated Press

Commercial litigation: premium Tier 2

The commercial litigation team at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has 'a good range of experience and skills to draw from' in complex and cross-border disputes. 'They demonstrate deep knowledge about arbitration/litigation rules and procedures, along with an understanding of industry specifics' particularly in the financial services, including private equity, and oil and gas sectors. The group frequently handles cross-border work and counts large Russian corporates among its clients. The group benefits from the significant expertise of Lord Peter Goldsmith QC, while other key figures include recently promoted partner Christopher Boyne.

Testimonials

Debevoise’s commercial litigation team is available 24/7 and each member of the team is very committed to our matters. They demonstrate deep knowledge about arbitration/litigation rules and procedures, along with an understanding of industry specifics.

Very good team, with good partner experience, extremely strong associate support. A good range of experience and skills to draw from and very commercial.

Chris Boyne is one to watch for the future.

‘Hugo Farmer is an excellent associate, commercial in his advice, thorough in his work. Excellent.’

Key clients

AIG Inc

Premier Oil

Victor Pisante

British American Tobacco

Litasco S.A.

Royal Dutch Shell

Tatneft

Uralkali

Whiteleave Holdings Limited

Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is recognised for its work advising on M&A transactions including deals complicated by cross-border elements. The team also provides advice on regulatory issues arising from transactions and investments. The practice is led by Clare Swirski and James Scoville; Swirski leads on the regulatory work, while Scoville focuses on transactions. Ben Lyon also handles transactional matters.

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Testimonials

‘Ben Lyon – stands out because nothing is ever too much trouble for him.’

‘Claire Swirski – great technical knowledge.’

‘Strong team with the balance of James Scoville and Clare Swirski at the top with Ben Lyon supporting them both with great energy and enthusiasm.’

‘The Debevoise team have deep understanding of the particular needs of certain clients. It is this expertise in particular that in my mind differentiates the Debevoise team from their competitors. This is particularly true for PE firms with a US base as the transatlantic expertise of Debevoise is especially strong.’

‘I have been impressed with all the individuals at Debevoise, in particular the senior team I have worked with on a number of projects (James Scoville, Ben Lyon and Clare Swirski). The Debevoise team have deep experience and expertise, but to my mind what sets them apart from other teams is the flexible and innovative approaches they have suggested and a deep understanding of their client’s needs. Their work is bespoke for each client rather than a broad generic approach.’

‘Encyclopedic technical knowledge of insurance regulation. Very responsive. Able to summarise deeply technical issues, and aid the business teams in making key decisions.’

‘I have worked with Claire Swirski and Ben Lyon. Both stand out partners on client service with the right balance of outstanding legal advice with commercial pragmatism.’

‘The team has a unique combination of deep knowledge in both M&A and insurance. The team understands and provides valuable advice regarding the most complicated aspects of both. The team is also very commercial but still looks out for the interests of its clients.’

‘Ben Lyon is a rising star in the London insurance M&A market. He is one of the very few attorneys with a deep understanding of both M&A and insurance transactions. During the past few years, Ben has led Debevoise’s representation of clients in many of the large and noteworthy M&A transactions in the Lloyds insurance market. Ben is a commercial-minded attorney who can navigate high-level strategic issues but is still willing to take the time to understand the important details.’

Key clients

Covéa Group

Hamilton Insurance

Lovell Minnick Partners

American International Group

AmTrust Financial Services

AXA

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)

GreyCastle Holdings Ltd.

Prudential Financial Inc. / Prudential Financial Insurance Company

Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd.

Third Point Reinsurance Company

Ascot Underwriters

International arbitration Tier 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is 'a household name in international arbitration for good reason - the lawyers bring value, expertise, and class'. The practice fields experienced barristers and advocates, who act for government and commercial entities in the full range of arbitration disputes. It assists with the full range of issues, including interim measures, emergency injunctions, anti-suit relief, awards challenges and enforcement proceedings. Former UK Attorney General Lord Peter Goldsmith QC is London co-managing partner and European and Asian litigation chair, while Patrick Taylor has particular experience in the upstream oil and gas, energy and telecom sectors, and also handles tax-related disputes. Also key to the group is experienced partner Samantha Rowe, and international counsels Gavin Chesney and Aimee-Jane LeeWendy Miles QC left to the Bar, joining Twenty Essex in mid-2020.

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Testimonials

‘The Debevoise international arbitration team in London knows few equals. It is, by far, one of the most experienced teams in international investment and commercial arbitration, as is evidenced by their work on some of the most important high-value arbitrations. What is more, the team works seamlessly across jurisdictions, particularly with its well-established team in New York.’

‘It is difficult to contemplate a more experienced practice, with Lord Goldsmith at the helm, as one of the most experienced counsel in the field. This is evident both in written and oral advocacy, but also in the invaluable strategic advice and counsel. And, the next generation of partners with Patrick Taylor and Sam Rowe is equally impressive in their own right, with significant experience and expertise in both commercial and investment arbitration.’

‘Patrick and the team are extremely responsive and available to us. They are trusted advisers who stay on top of all the issues and are adept at seeing around corners in order to devise the optimal strategies for our case and deliver clear advice to us that gives us confidence in the choices we make. They are expert advocates who know and understand arbitration inside and out, and who work tirelessly in our best interests, delivering outstanding client service.’

‘Debevoise is a household name in international arbitration for good reason — they bring value, expertise, and class.’

‘The Debevoise international arbitration team stands out in the London market. They understand the international nature of international arbitration, largely because they have a truly international team of outstanding lawyers.’

‘I have worked most with Patrick Taylor and Georgina Petrova. They are very easy to work with, incredibly driven but also excellent team players. Having just come to the end of a large piece of work with them, I miss working with them. That is a true accolade!’

‘This practice is unique due to the team synergy once their different profiles are organised to work in a very effective structure. While the senior partners are very persuasive in their arguments towards clients and adjudicators, the equally relevant counsels provide the proper support to deliver the best possible outcome.’

Key clients

Joma Industrial Source Corporation

Seven Exploration & Production Limited

Seven Energy International Limited

The Nova Group Investments B.V.

Tethyan Copper Company Pty Limited

State of Qatar

Private funds (including infrastructure funds) Tier 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP advises institutional and individual fund sponsors and asset managers on a range of fund formation, management, and regulatory issues. The team works with a broad range of clients across the UK, US, and Europe, including private equity, debt, credit and infrastructure funds, with matters encompassing fund formation and launch, jurisdictional regulatory advice, and secondary transactions. The team has regulatory expertise across key fund jurisdictions including Germany and Luxembourg. Practice head Geoffrey Kittredge maintains a broad practice across the full range of private funds, while John Rife also advises a variety of funds on formation and management matters alongside a specialism in alternative investments and secondaries. Matthew Dickman works with a number of private equity funds on formation and investments. International counsel John Anderson rejoined the firm from an in-house position, specialising in Luxembourg and non-EU fund structures.

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Testimonials

Debevoise is one of the most experienced firms for debt funds. Their wealth of knowledge is crucial in the structuring of funds to reflect the latest trends not only in Europe but also in the US from both the GP and the LP perspective. In addition, their corporate and tax advice is exceptional, which allows them to provide a holistic approach when structuring funds.

Geoffrey Kittredge is an absolutely outstanding fund lawyer. His exceptional experience allows him to provide a balanced view incorporating the latest developments in fund terms as well as the legitimate interests of the LPs.

Delphine Jaugey is an excellent fund-lawyer with strong relevant experience in European funds structures. She is a great defender of GP interest in the negotiations with LPs.

The team and practice are leaders in their industry. The team have superior substantive knowledge; are always accessible and responsive; and work efficiently. The quality of the team makes them a pleasure to work with, and their advice is always valuable.

Debevoise are hard working and have a commercial approach, which is very valuable. On a day-to-day basis the team is led by John Rife, who is an excellent lawyer with a great future ahead of him. John is well supported by his team of Associates and Partners across the Debevoise network.

Personable, knowledgeable lawyers with a keen insight into the market. They are committed to the aims of their client, very organised and proactive. Their fees are not low but they are fair and always show value for money

Matthew Dickman and Kay Hunter personify the points mentioned above. We have spent less time with but have been equally impressed by Matt Saronson and Veronika Polakova.

 

Key clients

GHO Capital Partners

All Seas Capital Partners

Leapfrog Investments

Metric Capital

Exponent Private Equity Partners IV

Apera Asset Management

Development Partners International

LCM Capital

AlbaCore Capital Partners

Emerging markets Tier 3

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 'understands the specific complications of the emerging markets, when sometimes there is no straightforward solution'. The London office works in close collaboration with teams in New York, Frankfurt, Moscow and Hong Kong to advise clients on finance and capital markets, white-collar crime, commercial litigation, and corporate and M&A matters in emerging markets. M&A partner Geoffrey Burgess, capital markets partner James Scoville, chair of European and Asian litigation Lord (Peter) Goldsmith QC and litigation partner Patrick Taylor are the standout practitioners. International counsel Vera Losonci handles equity and debt offerings with a particular focus on issuers from emerging markets; she has 'incredible knowledge and thinks ahead to flag issues'.

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Testimonials

‘The firm has a great team with extensive experience’

‘The strength of the firm’s Russia practice and the seamless interaction between the Moscow and London teams makes this a standout service provider.’

‘Vera Losonci has incredible knowledge of her client’s businesses and works hard to ensure she stays up to date with market practice, emerging issues and client position. She has built strong relationships with individuals and institutions more broadly and thinks ahead to flag issues, often before the client has thought of them.’

‘The most valuable quality of the legal advisers for me is the ability to discuss and propose better solutions rather than to receive the instructions from me. The Debevoise practice is unique in that they can provide high-quality consultation and advice on which we can rely and they understand the specific complications of the emerging markets, when sometimes there is no straightforward solution.’

‘It is crucial to me to have a partner assigned to me who is not just a client manager, but a lawyer of the highest level. That is exactly what I get from Debevoise on every project we do together – M&A, capital markets, finance or corporate. There is always a high-level specialist with a strategic view.’

‘They are available 24/7 and are fast and efficient. They are always up to date and fully aware of all legal trends and news. Responses to our queries are not only super-fast, but also include practical solutions. Debevoise & Plimpton is our one-stop shop for all complicated legal matters and projects.’

‘I must highlight Geoff Burgess, who provides practical, business-oriented advice in addition to an understanding the legal complexities of emerging markets.’

‘The team at Debevoise is exceptional. They are of the highest intellect and work extremely hard. Their client dedication is second to none. The advice is clear, concise and always with the interests of the client’s business paramount.’

 

Key clients

Capital Group Private Markets

Helios Investment Partners

TPG Global

Premier Oil Plc

Rolls Royce

Tafneft

Royal Dutch Shell

Leapfrog Investments

Acquisition finance Tier 4

Less siloed in its approach than some of its larger peers, the 'very analytical, thoughtful and considered' three-partner finance team at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP offers a 'breadth of capabilities across different debt instruments', enabling it to effectively service a borrower-focused client base. The team is particularly well attuned to the needs of private equity sponsors, by virtue not only of its downstream financing capability but also its ability to advise on fund financing and formation issues. The 'commercial and responsiveAlan Davies is the principal contact on the downstream financing work and continues to regularly advise core client Clayton, Dubilier & Rice.

Testimonials

The financing team is excellent and has a breadth of capabilities across debt instruments (LBO debt, asset backed financing etc). The partners have a less narrow focus than in other firms. They are also more commercial and keep in mind the big picture, while being technically strong.

The pragmatic and solutions-oriented team has very wide market knowledge and a strong commercial sense.

Pierre Maugüé is technically very strong and is very good with numbers and complex financial mechanisms.

Thomas Smith is intelligent and highly commercial, with a strong ability to simplify complex issues into key messages/points for consideration.

Thomas Smith balances commercial acumen with practicality and great market knowledge.

 

 

Key clients

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice Europe

Pret A Manger (Europe) Limited

Resolution Life Group Holdings Limited

Park Square Capital Partners

Glendower Capital

Elliott Management Corporation

EQT Partners

Evercare Health Fund L.P.

Lovell Minnick Partners

Kalle Management GmbH

Hamilton Insurance Group

Drive Devilbiss Healthcare Limited

Blackstone Group

Carlyle Group

Blackstone Insurance Solutions Group

Construction: contentious Tier 4

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP handles high-value construction disputes and international arbitration, with a growing team providing the firm with a deep bench of construction expertise. Tony Dymond - 'the crown jewel of the firm's construction practice group' - leads the team; he stands out for possessing 'unsurpassed knowledge and experience of complex construction matters.' He is active on cross-border disputes in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Senior associate Robert Hoose, who has a 'superb grasp of the detail' is also an international arbitration practitioner.

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Testimonials

‘The team has a deep knowledge of industry and set-up of major infrastructure projects.’

‘They handle very large, complex arbitrations. The senior members of the team are intelligent and commercial.’

‘Tony Dymond, is the crown jewel of the firm’s construction practice group. His knowledge and experience in complex construction matters is unsurpassed, and even amongst his peers, he is highly regarded for both his advocacy and his detailed knowledge of the case.’

‘Tony Dymond is extremely driven, and he always takes the initiative to propose new ideas or next steps.’

‘Rob Hoose has a superb grasp of the detail, is practical and easy to get along with.’

Private equity: transactions – high-value deals (£250m+) Tier 4

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP advises private equity houses, pension providers, and sovereign wealth funds on investments in healthcare, insurance, natural resources, and energy. The team is integrated with its European offices and also offers emerging markets and US expertise.  David Innes leads the team, working on domestic and cross-border transactions, while US and UK-qualified Katherine Ashton specialises in alternative assets and secondaries. Former Paris office head E Raman Bet-Mansour , who splits his time between London and Paris,  has considerable experience in bulge-bracket European transactions.

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Testimonials

Very strong Secondary Private Equity capabilities, able to give best-in-class advice on structuring all type of complex secondary deals

Very competent: knowledgeable, provide good advice and are tough negotiators, as well as being  nice people to work with

Kate Ashton and Andrew Rearick are go-tos on secondary transactions. John Rife is superb on funds matters and very respected across the market. Jake Grandison is all over the detail’

 

Key clients

Clayton Dubilier & Rice

Capital Group Private Markets

Pantheon Ventures

HarbourVest Partners

Carlyle Group

Lovell Minnick Partners

DH Private Equity

Helios Investment Partners

Corporate tax Tier 5

The group at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP draws heavily on the firm's US presence to advise US investors on the tax aspects of fund formation, M&A, finance and capital markets transactions in the UK. The group is led by co-managing partner of the London office Richard Ward, who is a transactional tax expert. Matthew Saronson takes the lead assisting sponsors and investors on the US and international aspects of UK private equity investments.

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Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 6

Known for working with insurers, fund managers and investment managers on regulatory developments, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP provides 'great service' to UK, EU and US clients. The team is co-led by Frankfurt-based Patricia Volhard, who focuses on advising private funds in regulatory issues; and the ‘go-to insurance business transfer lawyerClare Swirski, who has experience in a range of transactional and regulatory matters. Well-regarded special counsel Simon Witney left for Travers Smith LLP .

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Testimonials

‘In-depth knowledge of the relevant regulatory requirements in Europe, the UK, Hong Kong  and the US’

‘Extensive technical expertise of Insurance Business Transfers and associated regulation’

‘Clare Swirski has a superb technical and practical knowledge of UK insurance business transfers. She has a very detailed grasp of all of the relevant legislation and provides sharp insights into its ramifications and application’

‘Whenever I need technical input on a difficult new issue, I often turn to Clare Swirski for advice and I can guarantee she can help’

‘A highly professional, technical insurance regulation expert and a delight to work with’

‘Superb technical and commercial understanding of the laws and regulations affecting the PE funds industry’

‘Patricia Volhard is a standout performer – top of her field’

‘Jin-Hyuk Jang is excellent’

Key clients

HarbourVest

Park Square Capital

Lexington Partners

Exponent Private Equity

CD&R

GHO Capital Partners

Apera Asset Management

LCM Capital

Elliott Management Corporation

Hamilton Insurance Group (Project Janus)

AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.

EU and competition Tier 7

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has an ‘excellent ability to address and hone in on the issue at hand’, assisting corporate clients with merger clearance aspects of significant cross-border transactions. The group acts across multiple jurisdictions and is fully integrated within the firm’s European group; it regularly collaborates with teams based in Washington DC, New York, Moscow and Frankfurt. Timothy McIver heads up the practice, which handles mandates in the financial services, private equity, technology, pharmaceuticals, media and manufacturing sectors.

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Testimonials

‘Their responsiveness is superb – both in the US and London. Their ability to address and hone in on the issue at hand is excellent.’

‘High degree of experience and expertise as well as commercial understanding and overall business insight. Responsive at all times and very effective.’

‘Anne-Mette Heemsoth is extremely competent, smart and commercially focused. She is great at communicating and has an approach to problem-solving which is creative, sustainable and economical at the same time.’

‘Tim McIver is extremely responsive, knowledgeable, always providing a valuable approach to themes under discussion.’

‘Timothy McIver showed a really good understanding of our business and was able to translate this into a critical yet productive approach when it came to the preparation of regulatory filings together with counsel of our merger partner. His input was key in obtaining the regulatory approvals in god time.’

‘The team at Debevoise – both in the UK and US – are exceptional. They are smart, practical, efficient and commercially orientated. They are a go-to group on both the simple and the most difficult cases because they know how to properly staff a file to the mandate rather than to the bottom line. There is not a matter that they cannot handle.’

‘Tim McIver is a fantastic lawyer. Very responsible and practical. He does not get the credit he deserves as one of the best in the market.’

 

Key clients

AIG

AmTrust Financial Services

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

HarbourVest Partners

InterXion

Providence Equity Partners

Solenis

Uralchem

WilsonArt

India > Foreign firms Tier 4

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP advises a varied client roster, which includes international investment banks, private equity houses, strategic investors as well as Indian corporations. Besides demonstrating strength in cross-border M&A, fund formation, capital markets and restructuring mandates, the group also excels in contentious matters  and investigations. London-based Geoffrey P. Burgess, who specialises in private equity matters, oversees the practice with transactional lawyer William Chua in Hong Kong. Fellow co-head Lord Peter Goldsmith QC splits his time between the two offices, and has acted in several international arbitrations with links to India.

Testimonials

‘Debevoise is a formidable practice when it comes to foreign firms working in India. Having worked with them on sensitive white-collar assignments as compared to other US Firms, the Debevoise team understands Asia and India very well. Philip Rohlik in China spearheads the white-collar initiative in Asia and is very thorough and hands on.’

‘The quality of work of the investment funds practice is outstanding. The notable aspects of the practice are depth of knowledge and responsiveness. Truly trusted advisors. Gavin Anderson is an excellent negotiator, draftsman and always on top of any situation.’

Key clients

TPG Global

Capital Group

HarbourVest Partners

Ontario Teachers Pension Plan

Morgan Stanley Private Equity

Rolls-Royce plc

PJSC Uralkali

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is a premier law firm with market-leading practices, a global perspective and strong New York roots. Clients look to the firm to bring a distinctively high degree of quality, intensity and creativity to resolve legal challenges effectively and cost-efficiently.

The firm: Since opening in 1989, the London office – the firm’s second-largest – it has developed remarkable talent and expertise in Debevoise’s core practice areas, including private equity, insurance, international disputes and investigations, financial institutions, M&A, finance, capital markets and tax. Market-wise and expert in English and European law, the London office is an integral part of a closely co-ordinated global practice that includes colleagues in Europe, the US and Asia.

Types of work undertaken: In the corporate and transactional arena, where English and New York law have come to occupy leading positions in much of the world, the London office boasts deep expertise in both. Some 30% of Debevoise’s London lawyers hold US qualifications, and more than 75% are English law-qualified. Further, 10% of the firm’s London lawyers are dual-qualified in both England and the US.

The office’s leading dispute resolution practice similarly spans legal regimes, as well as international borders, languages, industries and court systems. Led by a team of seven partners, the practice’s advocacy-led approach makes it distinct in the market, with capabilities ranging from international commercial arbitration, domestic and international commercial litigation, and public international law, to white-collar crime and investigations. The practice is chaired by former UK Attorney General Lord Goldsmith QC, who has been described by the major legal directories as ‘one of the great doyens of the English bar’.

Debevoise’s London transactional group has advised on some of the largest public listings, globally significant M&A transactions, and innovative acquisition financings and strategies for corporate clients, and has a market-leading fund formation practice supporting its expanding fund sponsor client base.

In close collaboration with the firm’s other offices, London office lawyers build and co-ordinate specialised teams to advise on local and international matters in the UK and throughout Europe, as well as across emerging market territories, including India, the Middle East, Africa, Russia/CIS and Latin America.

Other offices: The firm has a substantial and growing practice worldwide, operating from offices in New York, Washington DC, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Luxembourg, Moscow, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo. In Europe, each of the firm’s offices practise local, EU and New York law.

Department Name Email Telephone
Funds/investment mangagement Geoffrey Kittredge gkittredge@debevoise.com
Funds/investment management John Rife jrife@debevoise.com
Funds/investment management Patricia Volhard pvolhard@debevoise.com
M&A / Private Equity / Capital Markets Katherine Ashton kashton@debevoise.com
M&A / Private Equity Raman Bet-Mansour rbetmansour@debevoise.com
M&A / Private Equity Geoffrey P Burgess gpburgess@debevoise.com
M&A / Private equity David Innes dinnes@debevoise.com
Financial institutions and insurance / Capital markets James C Scoville jcscoville@debevoise.com
Financial institutions and insurance / Capital markets Clare Swirski cswirski@debevoise.com
Finance Alan J Davies ajdavies@debevoise.com
Finance Pierre Maugüé pmaugue@debevoise.com
Finance Thomas Smith tsmith@debevoise.com
Tax Cecile Beurreir cbeurrier@debevoise.com
Tax Matthew Saronson mdsaronson@debevoise.com
Tax Richard Ward rward@debevoise.com
Litigation Christopher Boyne cboyne@debevoise.com
Litigation Richard Lawton rlawton@debevoise.com
Litigation Kevin Lloyd klloyd@debevoise.com
International dispute resolution Tony Dymond tdymond@debevoise.com
International dispute resolution Lord Goldsmith QC phgoldsmith@debevoise.com
International dispute resolution Samantha J. Rowe sjrowe@debevoise.com
International dispute resolution Patrick Taylor ptaylor@debevoise.com
White collar & regulatory defense Karolos Seeger kseeger@debevoise.com
White collar & regulatory defense Jane Shvets jshvets@debevoise.com
Competition Timothy McIver tmciver@debevoise.com
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 Katherine Ashton  photo Katherine Ashton Dual-qualified in England and the U.S., Kate Ashton is a corporate partner…
 E Raman Bet-Mansour  photo E Raman Bet-Mansour ​E. Raman Bet-Mansour is a corporate partner in the firm’s London and…
 Cecile Beurrier  photo Cecile Beurrier Cécile Beurrier is a partner in the firm’s Tax Department whose practice focuses…
 Christopher Boyne photo Christopher Boyne Christopher Boyne is a partner based in the London office, where he…
 Geoffrey Burgess  photo Geoffrey Burgess Geoffrey Burgess is a corporate partner with a broad international practice that…
 Alan Davies  photo Alan Davies Alan Davies, a corporate partner in the firm’s European Finance Group, focuses…
 Tony Dymond  photo Tony Dymond Tony Dymond is a member of the firm’s international dispute resolution group.…
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Mr David Innes  photo Mr David Innes David Innes is head of the UK private equity group. His practice…
 Geoffrey Kittredge  photo Geoffrey Kittredge Geoffrey Kittredge focuses on private equity and investment fund formation. Mr Kittredge…
 Richard Lawton  photo Richard Lawton Richard Lawton  specialises in complex litigation and has wide-ranging experience across a…
 Kevin Lloyd  photo Kevin Lloyd Kevin Lloyd is a leading English solicitor, with broad-based complex commercial litigation…
 Pierre Maugüé  photo Pierre Maugüé Pierre Maugüé focuses his practice on acquisition and leveraged buyout financings and…
 Timothy McIver photo Timothy McIver Timothy McIver is a partner in the London office. His practice focuses on EU…
 John Rife photo John Rife John Rife is an English-qualified partner in the Corporate Department and a…
 Samantha Rowe  photo Samantha Rowe  Samantha J. Rowe is a partner in the International Dispute Resolution and…
 Matthew Saronson  photo Matthew Saronson Matt Saronson  focuses on advising sponsors and investors on the U.S. and…
 James Scoville  photo James Scoville James Scoville is a corporate partner whose practice focuses on securities matters…
 Karolos Seeger  photo Karolos Seeger Karolos Seeger focuses on white collar crime and internal investigations, in particular…
 Jane Shvets  photo Jane Shvets White Collar & Regulatory Defense Group
 Thomas Smith  photo Thomas Smith Thomas Smith is an English-qualified partner in the Finance Department. He advises…
Mr Patrick Taylor  photo Mr Patrick Taylor Mr. Taylor’s practice focuses on commercial and investment treaty arbitration, with particular…
 Richard Ward  photo Richard Ward Richard Ward is Co-Managing Partner for the firm in London, and Chair…
Number of UK partners : 24
Number of other UK fee-earners : Approximately 125

The Lex 100 Verdict

With an 'unparalleled reputation in international arbitration and a strong funds practice', Debevoise & Plimpton is an attractive option for recruits looking for 'top-tier international work in a small office'. This year the firm secures Lex 100 Winner awards for overall job satisfaction, living up to expectations, trainee confidence in retention after the training contract and financial remuneration. Trainees highlight the pay as an 'obvious draw', commenting that the firm has 'longer hours than some but bigger disputes to work on than most' and 'less administrative structure/red tape than some'. They praise the 'quality of work generated by the arbitration practice and the diversity of working cultures between teams'. But, in some cases, trainees complain about the style of training, recognising that 'the relatively little formal training compared to UK counterparts is both a good and a bad thing'. Yet, the smaller intake size does allow for personalised training and recruits 'seem to get comparatively more responsibility at an earlier stage than other firms'. 'Pro-bono at the firm is truly outstanding' say trainees, who add that 'the firm is really keen to get trainees involved in pro bono projects. It's not only excellent legal training, it's extremely fulfilling and interesting work'.