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Dechert LLP

Private equity Tier 3

Dechert LLP handles private equity transactions, as well as acting for family-owned investment groups and is able to leverage its international office network on cross-border deals. Corporate practice head Eric Deltour and senior associate Geoffroy Fink are key names to note.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Dechert LLP's corporate group stands out for its 'availability, knowledge and imagination' and handles a range of transactions for its clients, which span from corporates to high-net-worth individuals. It was instructed by Newpharma on the sale of its shares to a private equity consortium. In another work highlight, the practice assisted Shanghai Shenda with its cross-border joint venture with International Automotive Components. The 'fantastic' team is headed by Eric Deltour and includes senior associates Geoffroy Fink and Ysabelle Vuillard.

Competition: EU and global Tier 4

Dechert LLP, which offers 'very good coordination between various offices across Europe', has seen its competition practice in Brussels go from strength to strength, following the arrivals of Alec Burnside and other practitioners from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP in 2017. Burnside, in particular, is 'in tune with the workings and priorities of the Commission, such that he is able to direct effort to maximum effect'. The expanded Brussels group 'is hardworking, conscientious and diligent' and 'thinks of each and every aspect of the file to protect the client's interests'. advises clients on a standalone basis on a wide range of matters, and is also able to leverage the expertise of practitioners in Frankfurt and Paris, and also those in the US. In addition to acting for existing clients, the firm has won new instructions from names such as Sun Capital, Airbus and Fresenius Medical Care. Its recent work has included Burnside, recently promoted partner Clemens Graf York von Wartenburg and Hans Jürgen Meyer-Lindemann acting for longstanding client Crown Holdings in the European Commission’s investigation into anti-competitive practices in the metal packaging sector, in violation of Article 101 TFEU. In addition, Burnside and senior associate Marjolein De Backer are acting for various third-party complainants (including Yelp and Getty Images) in the EC's investigations into Google's practices pertaining to online search and its Android platform. In 2017, von Wartenburg represented FMC in representations before the EC concerning an asset swap with DuPont, in the context of the remedies required by the EC in the $145bn Dow Chemical-DuPont merger. Anne MacGregor departed for The Capitol Forum.

Dechert has maintained a strong presence at the heart of Europe for nearly half a century. We opened an office in Brussels in 1968, becoming one of the first U.S. law firms to establish a base in the European Union’s administrative and regulatory hub.

The city’s pivotal location and its advanced connectivity with other European business centers draw a host of companies from the continent’s most complex and highly regulated industries.

Multinational and domestic undertakings, governmental authorities and institutions rely on our expertise in devising innovative solutions to their most testing challenges and call on us, too, when facing complex litigation or other disputes.

We provide commercial advice, not just legal advice.

Our timely counsel spans industries as diverse as:

  • energy and clean technology
  • mining and metals
  • real estate
  • infrastructure
  • life sciences
  • aviation
  • technology, media & telecommunications
  • banking and financial services
  • chemical
  • food and beverage

Our Brussels lawyers are qualified to represent clients before the European Commission and before European and Belgian regulators, authorities and courts. We are also qualified to practice in numerous EU Member States.

Many of the team serve as honorary professors, scientific scholars or research fellows.

Our advanced linguistic capabilities allow us to provide legal advice in English, French, Dutch or German with equal dexterity. We also work comfortably in a number of other languages.


Department Name Email Telephone
Office Managing Partner Eric Deltour +32 2 535 5418
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Alec Burnside  photo Mr Alec Burnside
Mr Eric Deltour  photo Mr Eric Deltour
Mr Clemens Graf York von Wartenburg  photo Mr Clemens Graf York von Wartenburg
Prof Dr Hans Jürgen Meyer-Lindemann  photo Prof Dr Hans Jürgen Meyer-Lindemann
Mr Michael Okkonen  photo Mr Michael Okkonen
Number of lawyers : Approximately 1000 worldwide