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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

65 GRESHAM STREET, LONDON, EC2V 7NQ, ENGLAND
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London: Corporate and commercial

Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 4

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP¬†stands out for its private equity work, which includes¬† multi-jurisdictional¬†tax planning and structuring, designing tax-efficient arrangements and consultation of tax reform in the UK and US. The group also has an active M&A tax practice, with a focus on cross-border transactions.¬†Matt Saronson, noted for his ability to 'distil sophisticated concepts into plain English', advised long-standing Clayton, Dubilier & Rice on the formation of a new $100bn fund.¬†Richard Ward¬†advised Metric Capital Partners on the close of the MCP Private Capital fund III at its hard cap of¬†‚ā¨850m; a mandate that involved significant tax structuring input. 'Personable' associate¬†Patrick Fasaro¬†is recommended for his 'solutions-orientated' approach.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 7

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

The practice at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is headed by Timothy McIver , who handles a wide range of EU and UK competition law matters and specialises in securing regulatory clearances for complex international M&A and for advising on complex merger investigations before the EC and CMA. The practice is particularly strong in the financial services, technology, chemicals, telecoms and private equity sectors. McIver is acting alongside New York-based Daniel Abuhoff  to secure global merger control approvals for Discovery Communications on its acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive, and has been advising AIG on the merger control aspects of several transactions with Fairfax Financial Holdings. Other key clients of the practice include Helios Investment Partners, Dynamic Technologies and AmTrust Financial Services.

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Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions ‚Äď high-value deals - ranked: tier 4

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's London office assists private equity (and other institutional) investors with many of their most significant European and North American transactions, and it also serves as a hub for deals connected with emerging markets.¬†Geoffrey Burgess¬†heads up much of the firm's work in relation to the Indian market, and is also a key adviser on Russian inbound and outbound transactions. Africa-related deals are another pillar of the firm's work; in 2017, Burgess and others assisted Helios Investment Partners with setting up a pan-African joint venture with GBfoods. Another name to note is¬†E Raman Bet-Mansour, who recently led the advice to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice on the ‚ā¨3bn acquisition of a 40% interest in the Belron Group from D'Ieteren.¬†Katherine Ashton¬†and others acted for Caisse de d√©p√īt et placement du Qu√©bec in its investment in Datamars. Bregal Freshstream, Adveq and Precision Medicine Group are among other clients.¬†David Innes¬†leads the team, which also includes international counsel¬†Andrew Rearick.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is 'outstanding in commercial litigation'. Under the leadership of Lord (Peter) Goldsmith QC, who is London co-managing partner and chair of European and Asian litigation, the team regularly secures significant mandates from the largest companies in the world. The 'simply great' Kevin Lloyd and Richard Lawton acted for BAT Industries (BAT) and BTI 2014 in their litigation to recover dividends plus interest, totalling around $880, from Sequana, Europe’s largest paper and packaging manufacturing and distribution company; the claim arose as a result of indemnities given by BAT in an asset purchase agreement following the sale of various US assets in the 1970s and raised contractual interpretation issues and important company and accounting issues, as well as allegations of breaches of fiduciary duty by the company directors. Tony Dymond, Jane Shvets and the 'extremely hardworking' international counsel Christopher Boyne are also highly rated.

Leading individuals

Kevin Lloyd - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Next generation lawyers

Christopher Boyne - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is 'absolutely top rate; the work is of an exceptionally high level, with great research, superb drafting skills and quick response times'. The practice acts for both sovereign and commercial clients, whether as claimant or respondent, in international commercial arbitration and investor-treaty arbitration. Highlights included representing The Nova Group Investments in an ICSID claim against the Romanian Government under the Netherlands-Romania BIT, which involved the purported expropriation of its Romanian assets and breaches of their BIT protections. Lord Peter Goldsmith QC is 'undoubtedly one of the very top advocates around and his appearances are excellent'; Wendy Miles QC  acts in major investor-state and international commercial arbitration; and Tony Dymond advises on high-value disputes arising from large-scale projects, particularly in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Patrick Taylor is also highly regarded and the key international counsels are Aimee-Jane Lee and recently promoted Samantha Rowe.

Leading individuals

Lord Peter Goldsmith QC - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Wendy Miles QC - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Next generation lawyers

Patrick Taylor - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Public international law
Public international law - ranked: tier 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 'provides a first-rate standard across the board'. The practice argues public international law (PIL)-related cases under the rules of various major arbitral institutions, regional and international institutions, and under ad hoc rules and numerous systems of law. Typical work includes advising against states on human rights' issues; acting for states on key diplomatic issues; and assisting with high-value investment treaty arbitrations. Lord Peter Goldsmith QC is 'hands on and incisive'; Wendy Miles QC acts in investor-state and international commercial arbitrations, and PIL and litigation proceedings in the financial services, manufacturing, licensing, telecoms, insurance, construction, and energy and natural resources sectors; and Patrick Taylor has particular experience in the upstream oil and gas, energy and telecoms sectors. The notable international counsels are Aimee-Jane Lee and recently promoted Samantha Rowe.

Leading individuals

 Lord Peter Goldsmith QC  - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Next generation lawyers

Aimee-Jane Lee - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 5

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

As part of its broader banking and finance offering, the 'small but focused' team at¬†Debevoise & Plimpton LLP¬†provides a 'top-notch service' to both corporates and private equity firms on acquisition finance transactions. Benefiting from numerous dual US and UK-qualified practitioners in the team, it is well-placed to advise on deals utilising bank debt and New York-governed high yield bonds.¬†Alan Davies¬†handles complex cross-border leveraged finance matters and alongside lawyers from New York recently advised core client¬†Clayton, Dubilier & Rice on the financing aspects (including a $455m senior first-lien facility and a $165m second lien facility) of the acquisition of Carestream Dental. Dual New York and UK-qualified partner¬†Pierre Maug√ľ√©¬† recently advised International Paper Company on the financing to facilitate the $1.8bn combination of its North America consumer packaging business with Graphic Packaging.¬†Thomas Smith¬†is also recommended.

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Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 4

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

The London office of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has more than 20 years' experience in advising clients with investments and operations in Latin America, China, India, Russia and Africa. Its work includes private equity investments and capital markets transactions. Its highlights from 2017 included advising Helios Investment Partners and its investment vehicle Boundary Holdco on its subscription of subordinated convertible promissory notes in Africa solar startup Off Grid Electric, which aims to bring clean energy to rural Tanzania and Rwanda. Geoffrey Burgess, who focuses on transactions in Africa, India, Russia and the CIS region, is the key partner. Capital markets partner James Scoville frequently handles listings on the London Stock Exchange by companies from Russia, China and other emerging markets. Counsel Vera Losonci, who is dual-qualified in US and English law, handles debt and equity offerings for emerging markets issuers.

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London: Insurance

Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

The addition of the 'focused and responsive' Clare Swirski from Clifford Chance LLP as a consultant has boosted Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's already impressive team, as her 'technical and practical knowledge of insurance business transfers is superb'. Known for its experience in substantial cross-border matters and high-profile, complex M&A transactions, the team also regularly represents insurers in Europe, Asia and the Bermuda market in debt and equity capital markets transactions, as well as in catastrophe bond and other regulatory capital transactions. Highlights included Benjamin Lyon advising AmTrust on the acquisition of an insurance services provider; he is also leading the ongoing negotiation of local sale agreements and UK, European and US insurance regulatory advice in connection with AIG's global disposal programme.

Leading individuals

Clare Swirski - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Private funds
Private funds - ranked: tier 4

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP¬†'s 'excellent' team works on forming a range of funds across asset classes, including debt, credit and funds of funds. Geoffrey Kittredge¬†advised Metric Capital on forming its first fund, which hit its ‚ā¨850m cap at first closing, and also advises- he also acts for Exponent, Park Square Capital and Temporis Capital, as well as some venture capital fund sponsors. Regulatory specialist Patricia Volhard¬†divides her time between London and Frankfurt. John Rife, who made partner in July 2018,¬† is 'smart, responsive, proactive and practical, and doesn't introduce unnecessary conflict into the negotiation process'. Sally Gibson¬†is now an of counsel at the firm, based in Australia.

Leading individuals

Geoffrey Kittredge - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Next generation lawyers

John Rife - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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London: Real estate

Construction
Construction (contentious) - ranked: tier 5

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

‚ÄėA highly competent and skilled firm‚Äô, the construction practice at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP¬†is led by Lord Peter Goldsmith QC¬†and the ‚Äėprolific, top-class strategic thinker‚Äô Tony Dymond. The firm has a leading international arbitration practice, with a strong presence in Latin America, representing owners and contractors in high-value disputes, including major international construction and infrastructure clients. Senior associate Robert Hoose¬†is recommended for his ‚Äėexcellent legal and technical expertise.‚Äô Infrastructure and construction disputes expert Wendy Miles QC¬†joined from Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP.¬†Mining and energy specialist Samantha Rowe¬†was promoted to international counsel in May 2017.

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 1

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

‚ÄėLeading firm‚Äô Debevoise & Plimpton LLP¬†advises on a broad range of corporate defence, compliance and regulatory work. Key client sectors include engineering, aerospace and defence, infrastructure projects, energy, oil and gas, mining and financial services. Recent highlights include advising Rolls-Royce with its Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs) with the SFO and Department of Justice (DOJ) and also its leniency agreement with Brazil‚Äôs Minist√©rio P√ļblico Federal. This very high-profile case related to bribery and corruption. Lord Peter Goldsmith QC¬†co-heads the team with Karolos Seeger. Jane Shvets, who is ‚Äėa good communicator, and amazingly attentive to clients‚Äô issues and details in investigations‚Äô was promoted to partner. Wendy Miles¬†QC joined as partner from Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP¬†. Associate Robin L√∂√∂f¬†is also recommended. Junior partner Alex Parker¬†left the firm.

Leading individuals

Karolos Seeger - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Lord Peter Goldsmith QC - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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