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Dechert LLP
32 RUE DE MONCEAU
PARIS 75008
France

France > Dispute resolution: International arbitration Tier 1

Dechert LLP Paris is highly regarded for its Latin American arbitration practice where the firm acts for investors and state entities in high-stakes disputes. In parallel, the firm has built an impressive non-Hispanic practice, notably in relation to Eastern Europe with the hire of the high-profile Claudia Annacker and Enikő Horváth  from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in September 2020 which also further enhanced the group’s investment arbitration and international public law capabilities. The pair is notably handling state succession and human rights law issues. The firm is also representing a number of Eastern European states in high-stakes investment disputes, recently winning a landmark exequatur case before the Paris Court de Cassation for the state of Poland. The practice is also growing its African and Arabic caseload, notably handling a new high-profile telecoms mandate, and acts in a sensitive high-profile dispute in relation to Asia. The pharmaceutical industry, one of the firm’s core sectors, generates regular work for the arbitration team. Practice head Eduardo Silva Romero is one of the best in his field, with the excellent José Manuel García RepresaPhilip Dunham and Erica Stein other key members of the team. Associate Audrey Caminades also deserves a mention. Xavier Nyssen has retired.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Silva Romero

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Technical skills and competence as well as accuracy were really good.  The firm put always great attention to find the best solution for us as clients: they always drove us to look at the different alternatives and they helped us to consider all the possible solutions with the related pros and cons.’

‘We worked in strict contact with Philip Dunham. We appreciated his dedication, the efforts to deeply understand the scenario and to find the best possible solution. We found that on top of the technical skills, Philip shown great patience and shared our same values in terms of honesty. They have also shown great empathy along the entire process.’

‘Excellent command of the issues and law. Outstanding personnel; they listen, understand and explain well. We appreciate the team for its advice and hard work and particularly like their balancing of where and when to take the initiative. They have a wealth of experience on international arbitration and investor-state arbitration.’

‘Eduardo Silva Romero is highly ethical and his teams are consummately professional. He never loses his cool and knows what matters and when to put his foot down to resolve issues.’

‘It has been our experience that the firm adopts a strong client-centered approach, where they put the clients’ needs first. The practice also has strong work ethic where the team would work tirelessly to complete the complex legal projects entrusted to them. We have found that the firm’s members have top notch legal training and acumen, and because it recruits its talents from diverse backgrounds, the combined diversified perspectives and life experiences frequently enable the team to arrive at novel and unique solutions to what may appear at first as intractable legal issues.’

‘Philip Dunham generally would go to great lengths to learn about his clients – their industries, assets and liabilities, and their concerns, so as to be sure that the solutions he provides would be the most suitable and innovative solutions to his clients. Philip also has great analytical skills, so that he can pierce through complex legal situations to reveal the critical issues at the core, and to then arrive at logical conclusions to resolve them. Philip also has excellent people skills. He is personable, persuasive and able to read others well.’

‘They are capable to provide an excellent legal representation with an experienced team of lawyers. We appreciate the partners’ involvement in the case.’

‘We work with Eduardo Silva Romero and Erica Stein. Both are excellent and smart lawyers who can effectively advise us at each stage of the case. Written pleadings were clear and read well. Oral advocacy was very good as well. Eduardo is one of the top leading arbitration practitioners of today. He has an extensive knowledge of the field and of the key players. He is a great asset for all strategic decisions. Erica is very good with the witnesses and at the cross-examination. She is also very involved in the cases. Both are pleasant to work with.’

Key clients

Georgia

Republic of Poland

Rizzani De Eccher S.p.A. (RdE)

Arab Republic of Egypt

Republic of Colombia

Czech Republic

Greece

Autopista del Norte S.A.C.

Interconexión Eléctrica

Katoen Natie Group

Republic of Guatemala

Republic of Paraguay

Georgia

Republic of Poland

Rizzani De Eccher S.p.A. (RdE)

Arab Republic of Egypt

Republic of Colombia

Czech Republic

Greece

Autopista del Norte S.A.C.

Interconexión Eléctrica

Katoen Natie Group

Republic of Guatemala

Republic of Paraguay

Work highlights

  • Representing Poland in various investment cases in the mining sector and in enforcement proceedings in France.
  • Representing the European investors RdE and Trevi in the first ICSID investment arbitration brought against the State of Kuwait in a dispute over a billion-dollar construction project to build an expressway.
  • Representing two telecoms companies in proceedings against an African State in a multi-billion-dollar ICC arbitration arising from the implementation of a mobile phone network licence.

France > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

Complementing its M&A capabilities, Dechert LLP is renowned for its antitrust work in the life sciences sector. Market leaders such as Roche, MSD, AbbVie and GlaxoSmithKline turn to Mélanie Thill-Tayara for advice on competition law. Co-leader of the practice Alain Decombe has 30 years of experience in international commercial transactions and corporate reorganisations. Sophie Pelé is an expert in pharmaceutical regulations, with clients describing her as ‘humble, accessible and endowed with a critical mind’. Anne-Charlotte Rivière and François Hellot left the practice in 2021.

Testimonials

‘The team is very competent in the field of health products and more particularly in the regulatory specificities related to product registration, market access, medico-economic evaluation, reimbursement, setting of the price by CEPS. Rather rare on the market, the team operates both in pharma and in the field of medical devices.’

‘Sophie Pelé differentiates herself from her colleagues by a pragmatic approach, an ability to provide cutting-edge legal support, whether in advice or in litigation before the Council of State. Sophie is comfortable working with international departments and coordinating work with different European firms.’

‘I was mainly in contact with Sophie Pelé who was able to help us in understanding the legal and regulatory elements. This double expertise has been of great value to us. The quality of listening to Sophie Pelé is also very appreciable, as well as her availability.’

‘High-quality multidisciplinary team with rare responsiveness. Their availability is constant despite the size of the firm, which is particularly rare.’

‘Exceptional knowledge of our industry.’

‘Sophie Pelé’s team is remarkable: responsive, anticipating of new regulations.’

‘Sophie Pelé is humble, accessible, endowed with a critical mind and a force for proposals.’

Key clients

Abivax

Archimed

Benta Pharma

CTRS

Interchim

KKR

Medincell

Roche

Virbac Santé Animale

Work highlights

  • Represented Roche in a case before the French Competition Authority relating to alleged abuse of collective dominance with Novartis concerning the off label use of Roche’s drug Avastin in the ophthalmic field.
  • Advised Benta Pharma in connection with its takeover of Famar Lyon following its bankruptcy.
  • Assisted Virbac Santé Animale, a French pharmaceutical group dedicated to animal health, with the purchase of assets from Elanco Animal Health Inc following the approbation, subject to remedies, of the Elanco/Bayer Animal Health deal by the European Commission.

France > Compliance Tier 2

Dechert LLP has strengthened its compliance practice with arrival of the very experienced Karen Coppens who relocated from the London to the Paris office in September 2019 where she played an instrumental role in the high-profile Airbus corruption case. Recently, the team has been busy assisting clients with compliance due diligence work in relation to corporate M&A transactions. It is also increasingly solicited to provide strategic advice on environmental, social and corporate governance issues. Additionally, the firm provides training for clients. Several French companies have entrusted Africa-related corruption allegations to the firm. Finally, the Paris team, often working in close collaboration with international colleagues, also advises on data privacy and whistleblowing issues. The practice is co-headed by Karen Coppens, litigator Jacques Sivignon  and employment law expert Philippe Thomas.

Practice head(s):

Karen Coppens; Jacques Sivignon; Philippe Thomas

Testimonials

‘I have worked most closely with Karen Coppens, formerly of the London office and now in Paris.  Karen is whip-smart, practical, and client-focused.  Her advice is consistently not just correct, but useful.’

‘Excellent team of specialists. Karen Coppens is a go-to-person.’                      

‘They have extensive contentious experience having worked on some very significant matters which give them a real sense as to what happens when the authorities get involved. Very practical, hands-on and they give clear practical advice.’                        

‘Karen Coppens is an excellent lawyer with strong strategic vision of matters and excellent understanding of matters at stake.’

Key clients

Airbus SE

Work highlights

  • Advised Airbus SE on a multi-jurisdictional investigation further to allegations of fraud and corruption, and on the coordinated settlement agreements with the French Parquet national financier, the UK Serious Fraud Office, and the US Department of Justice and the US Department of State.

France > EU, competition and distribution Tier 2

Coordinating with offices in Brussels, Frankfurt and the US, the antitrust and competition team at Dechert LLP in Paris employs the bench strength of its global network to advise international corporates on antitrust litigation and a broad spectrum of competition law and regulatory matters. These include private enforcement, merger control, dawn raids,  cartel claims, abuse of dominance cases, and sanctions matters.  Shepherded by experienced regulatory litigator Mélanie Thill-Tayara, the team assists clients from the life sciences, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, financial services, tech, and consumer goods sectors. The January 2021 appointment of Laurence Bary as partner and of Marion Provost as national partner, both with years of experience of appearing before the FCA and the European Commission, bolstered the Paris presence.

Practice head(s):

Mélanie Thill-Tayara; Mike Cowie; Steven Bizar

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Melanie Thill-Tayara and Laurence Bary are excellent professionals. They have been showing incredible dedication to our company since the beginning of our collaboration together. They have shown great calm and strength in crisis management, which was very much appreciated.’

‘They have established relationships of trust and are transparent. Icing on the cake: A very nice female team.’

‘Marion Provost is an expert in competition law: she has a perfect understanding of the economic issues for companies and provides a vision and very practical advice for her clients.’

Key clients

ArchiMed

ArianeGroup

Cora

Crown Holdings

Deutsche Bahn AG

IBM

Ipsen

Roche

Virbac Santé Animale

Work highlights

  • Represents Roche in a case before the French Competition Authority relating to an alleged abuse of collective dominance with Novartis concerning the ‘off label use’ of Roche’s drug Avastin in the ophtalmic field where Novartis markets blockbuster Lucentis.
  • Represented Cora in two follow-on damages claims against cartelists sanctioned by the French Competition Authority as claimants in the fresh dairy products sector and the homecare and personal care sectors.
  • Advised Virbac SA, a French pharmaceutical group dedicated to animal health, in connection with the purchase of assets from Elanco Animal Health Inc following the approval, subject to remedies, of the Elanco/Bayer Animal Health deal by the European Commission.

France > Private equity: Fund formation Tier 2

Dechert LLP’s team is a strong choice for advice on the formation of venture capital, growth capital and buyout funds. In addition, its other work includes exits and IPOs, secondary transactions, fund reviews and transactions for management companies. The firm's roster of clients includes sponsors, PE funds and institutional investors. The group is led jointly by Sabina Comis and Cyril Fiat.

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Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Cyril Fiat: exceptional technical level and ability to understand the needs of his clients. Very favourable customer experience. Transparency of fees and responsiveness.’

‘Cyril Fiat, who leads the fund creation team, has been trained with the largest lawyers/firms in this field and as such benefits from experience and perspective which already make him a key player in the sector. He is available and attentive to his customers.’

‘The team is very experienced in the field of fundraising. They are also creative in setting up innovative carried interest mechanisms.’

‘High availability, knowledge of the sector and current fundraising which allows sharing of best practice, an ability to negotiate in our best interests with our institutional investors. The partners I have worked with are Sabina Comis and Cyril Fiat.’

‘Outstanding team led by Sabina Comis. Technical skills and deep industry knowledge of the private equity space. Without a doubt amongst the best teams in that space in France.’

‘Sabina Comis is extremely valuable to us as she is the only practitioner in France who couples outstanding legal, regulatory and tax expertise on PE fund formation. She has a team of dedicated, responsive and smart associates working with her.’

Key clients

KKR

Artémis – Financière Pinault

Rothschild & Co Asset Management Europe / Rothschild Martin Maurel

17 Capital

Cheyne Capital Management

Blisce / Alexandre Mars / EPIC Foundation

Truffle Capital

Capital Croissance

Bpifrance Investissement

Domnin de Kerdaniel and Filippo Monteleone

Work highlights

  • Advised Domnin de Kerdaniel and Filippo Monteleone on the acquisition of Essling Capital, a French management company approved by the AMF.
  • Advised Blisce on the structuring and fundraising of its second venture capital fund, Blisce Fund II.
  • Advised Capital Croissance on the creation and fundraising of a French impact investing private equity fund (Edelweiss Transition & Impact I) set-up as a fonds professionnel de capital Investissement to invest in small-caps SMEs.

France > Private equity: venture/growth capital Tier 2

The venture capital group at Dechert LLP acts for both target companies and investors and is repeatedly called upon to advise on major fundraisings. The group works across multiple sectors, including the technology, life sciences, fintech, assurtech, digital, and aerospace. The team is led by Xavier Leroux.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Business-oriented.’

 

Key clients

Shift Technologies

Vestiaire Collective

Ostium Goup

Olgram

Alma

Iziwork

Earthcube

Work highlights

  • Advised new French Insurtech unicorn Shift Technology on a Series D investment round of $220m.
  • Advised new French unicorn Vestiaire Collective on its new €178m financing round, backed by global French luxury group Kering and US investment firm Tiger Global Management.
  • Advised tech start-up Earthcube on its €20m Series A financing round.

France > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 3

Dechert LLP runs a busy practice. The team has strong expertise in international cases, notably acting in enforcement proceedings of foreign judgements in France, lately especially in relation to Lebanon, and arbitration exequatur cases. The life sciences sector is another core area of expertise, notably in the field of product liability. Corporate litigation completes the firm’s range, with the team recently acting in a hard-fought shareholder disputes mixing commercial and criminal proceedings. Jacques Sivignon is in charge of the practice. Laurent Martinet left the firm in October 2021.

Practice head(s):

Jacques Sivignon

Testimonials

‘The team  has shown a high level of professionalism. The lawyers have answered our queries in a swift and efficient manner. Their legal opinions and studies are straightforward, well structured and denote a deep knowledge of the law and legal practice.’

‘We are working mainly with Laurent Martinet and Vincent Rouer have shown high level of professionalism and knowledge and are always ready and available to answer our queries. Their advice and opinions were very useful to our corporation.’

‘In-depth knowledge of commercial litigation at an international level with defined strategies and consistent coherent communication.’

‘Jacques Sivignon has systematically provided high-quality work with sound advice and guided strategies. His in-depth knowledge of commercial litigation which he can explain to the client in comprehensible terms is an asset that is very much appreciated.’

‘Jacques Sivignon’s advice has always been excellent and remarkable. Thanks to his insightful analysis, which allowed us to have a clear idea of our legal position and his invaluable advice which went beyond legal interpretation, we were able to find a winning solution for all parties. What sets Me Sivignon apart is his vast experience in the field of litigation and his legal expertise.’

Key clients

Albéa Group

Alten

BYD

Comsa Emte

Dow Chemical

Enedis

Eurogroup

Groupe Casino

Signify (Philips)

Steva

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented COMSA against BOUYGUES before the Paris Court of Appeal in a complex litigation.
  • Successfully represented Dow Chemical Company before the Civil Court of Evry at the final hearing of the Agent Orange matter.
  • Successfully represented a medical device company in a strategic product liability case regarding heart valve implants.

France > Employment Tier 3

Dechert LLP is particularly popular with US and UK companies whom the team regularly assists with M&A-related work and sensitive individual and collective files. The practice also regularly advises clients from the pharmaceutical and technology sectors. It is recommended for its know-how in managing sensitive individual files involving the top management, including matters involving accusations of harassment, insider trading or disclosure of confidential information. The employment team is also particularly savvy in data privacy issues. Lately, the team has advised on a number of restructuring and M&A matters. Practice head Philippe Thomas and Thibault Meiers are recommended. Senior associate Sophie Montagne also deserves a mention.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Extremely responsive and commercial, the team understands the challenges of a global business operating in France and provided practical, commercial advice. The team feels like an extension of our in-house team.’

‘Philippe Thomas is calm, confident and commercial.  He is super helpful and understands our business. He is a pleasure to work with. Maelle Chause is responsive and helpful and commercial.’

‘Excellence in legal analysis combined with pragmatism and availability. A faultless practice.’

‘Philippe Thomas and his team manage to combine quality, availability and responsiveness in an exceptional way. The analyses are both pragmatic and sophisticated. Communication on files is excellent and greatly facilitates the work.’

‘Excellent employment law team (employer side) led by Philippe Thomas.’

‘Philippe Thomas is a very ‘hands-on’ first-class lawyer, with an appreciable commercial approach.’

Key clients

Bénéteau

BNY Mellon

Branded

Certares

Hysetco

Invoke

Pimco

Société Générale

Bénéteau

BNY Mellon

Branded

Certares

Hysetco

Invoke

Pimco

Société Générale

Work highlights

  • Advised Crown Holdings on the sale of its European tinplate business to an affiliate of KPS Capital Partners.
  • Advised Benta Pharma, a Lebanese family-owned pharmaceutical group, on employment law in connection with its takeover of Famar Lyon, in bankruptcy.
  • Advised HysetCo, a pioneer in hydrogen energy which owns the world’s largest fleet of hydrogen taxis operated by Hype, in connection with the acquisition of Slota Group.

France > Real estate Tier 3

Focussing on real estate finance, Dechert LLP distinguishes itself by handling some of the most significant real estate transactions in the hospitality and leisure industry. The firm namely advised a group of banks in connection with the acquisition financing and refurbishment of a key real estate complex in the Opera district of Paris. Privat Vigandhas strong expertise in real estate financing and a historical relationship with key players in the sector’.

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Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is very experienced in real estate financing and investment. It has access to complimentary areas of legal expertise within Dechert allowing to propose a full-service offer.’

‘Privat Vigand has strong expertise in real estate financing and a historical relationship with key players in the sector, making him a privileged advisor. In addition, he remains on top of the transaction during the whole process.’

‘What we appreciate is that in addition to the professionalism of the partners a very high level of confidence which can only be built over the years which allows a perfect and rapid understanding of our expectations.’

‘In Privat Vigand we appreciate a very good knowledge of real estate practices on a very wide scope (from promotion to hotel financing) as well as a good knowledge of LBO financing and his keen sense of smooth negotiation.’

‘Great responsiveness of the team and great involvement of Privat Vigand.’

‘Privat Vigand is very involved in the files that he manages. Very pedagogical thus allowing to reach the balance in the negotiations.’

Key clients

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Natixis

La Banque Postale

Le Crédit Lyonnais

SCOR Investment Partners

BRED

Socfim

Caisse d’Epargne Ile-de-France

Work highlights

  • Advised a group of banks, including Crédit Agricole CIB as coordinator and arranger, SCOR Investment Partners as arranger, as well as BRED, Socfim and Caisse d’Epargne Ile-de-France as lenders, in connection with the financing of the acquisition and refurbishment of an emblematic real estate complex in the Opera district of Paris, by RedTree Capital.
  • Assisted Natixis, La Banque Postale and Le Crédit Lyonnais on the financing of the acquisition of 19 portfolio assets located in France, as part of a broader acquisition by Batipart and Covéa of a portfolio of 42 retail assets sold by Adeo and located in France, Spain, Italy and Portugal.
  • Acted as counsel for ING Bank N.V. in connection with the financing of the acquisition of eleven logistics platforms located in the Paris region and near other major regional cities.

France > Tax Tier 3

Co-managing partner Sabina Comis has established Dechert LLP as one of the market’s go-to practices for sophisticated private equity work, spanning transactions and fund formation, a remarkable combination in the market. The compact team, which runs mostly as a stand-alone practice, is in high demand and worked on a high number of transactions in 2021. Large French, US and UK and mid-size funds are clients, as well as leading French family offices and high-level CEOs in relation to fund formation and investment work. The team is also the preferred advisor to a leading US private equity house for its largest transactions in France. The tax team has recently diversified its range of intervention, notably assisting colleagues from other practice areas. For instance, the group recently advised on a real estate tax transaction and was involved in a very large international M&A transaction involving several offices abroad. Lately, the tax team also has assisted several individual private investors with their relocation from London to Paris. Senior associate Etienne Bimbeau is the other key name in the team.

Practice head(s):

Sabina Comis

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great availability. Very good knowledge of the latest market trends.’

‘Great team between tax and corporate. Very good communication and team spirit between them.’

‘Sabina Comis is top, super professional, talented, dedicated, with a great network and a lot of emotional intelligence when needed.’

‘Excellent firm.’

‘Sabina Comis is the best of her field on the Parisian market. She has expertise and experience that are recognised and respected by her peers in Paris, but also in an international context. Her rigour, listening skills, and commercial sense of the deal, but also her perseverance and tenacity make her an important asset in supporting investment funds. She also knows how to surround herself with high-quality associates whom she supports in their development, such as Etienne Bimbeau whose expertise and sense of advice are well beyond other lawyers of his generation.’

‘Outstanding team led by Sabina Comis. Technical skills and deep industry knowledge of the private equity space. Without a doubt amongst the best teams in that space in France.’

‘Sabina Comis is extremely valuable to us as she is the only practitioner in France who couples outstanding legal, regulatory and tax expertise on private equity fund formation. We have worked with her for several years now and fully trust her technical skills and business acumen. She has a team of dedicated, responsive and smart associates working with her.’

Key clients

KKR

Elsan

ArchiMed

Blisce

Mérieux Equity Partners

Caravelle

Groupe Artémis – Financière Pinault

Rothschild Martin Maurel

Edmond de Rothschild Private Equity (France)

17 Capital

HysetCo

Natixis

CACIB

Unibel

Bel

Certares

Work highlights

  • Advised Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) on the leveraged buy-out tax structuring of the acquisition of Elsan group from CVC Partners.
  • Advised Domnin de KERDANIEL and Filippo MONTELEONE in connection with the tax structuring of the acquisition of Essling Capital.    
  • Advised Blisce in connection with the structuring of its second fund, Blisce Fund II.

France > Mergers and acquisitions Tier 4

Dechert LLP

Practice head(s):

Alain Decombe; Ermine Bolot

Other key lawyers:

Delphin Boucher

Testimonials

‘Dechert delivered an exceptional level of service, both perfect from a point of view of the legal fundamentals associated with M&A operation, knowing how to bring an extraordinary creativity and experience throughout our project.’

‘Professionalism, experience and creativity constitute an alloy of skills, incredibly powerful, at a unique level in the place of Paris from my point of view, and absolutely decisive in a context of M&A operation.’

‘Ermine Bolot offers tailor-made support by taking into account and anticipating the specificities and needs of her client. At each stage of a project, the team is always responsive and a source of proposals to iron out difficulties.’

‘Ermine Bolot is an excellent professional. She always brings pragmatic solutions, she is very knowledgeable and always available and makes sure that the services rendered meet our high expectations.’

‘Delphin Boucher: very reliable and diligent. Strong understanding of client needs.’

‘Well-composed team with good coordination, efficient and rapid execution.’

‘Great mastery for each lawyer in his field. Alain Decombe is very business-oriented which makes things easier. Very good network that he puts to the benefit of his clients so that they develop more business.’

Key clients

Arkema

Air Liquide

Bénéteau

Crown

Groupe Bel

HysetCo / STEP

Pepsico

Seppic (an Air Liquide subsidiary)

Unibel

Virbac

Work highlights

  • Advised Virbac in connection with several asset purchase agreements with Elanco Animal Health Inc. regarding certain components of their research programs and products.
  • Advised Air Liquide France Industrie in connection with the sale of SUDAC Air Service, a subsidiary specialised in compressed air services for industrials, to Veolia Industries Global Solutions.
  • Advised Crown Holdings, Inc. in connection with the sell its European Tinplate business to an affiliate of KPS Capital Partners, LP for €2.25bn.

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration Tier 2

More than half of Dechert LLP‘s global arbitration cases involve clients in Latin America, where the firm has ‘deep knowledge’ and has built a strong reputation as a go-to adviser for states and state-owned entities. The practice also represents investors and is currently handling major cases against Panama, Peru, Chile and Uruguay. Given its strong state-side focus the practice is best known for its investment arbitration expertise; nevertheless, it also has an extensive commercial arbitration client base, with energy, construction, mining and telecoms all among the sectors where the practice has particularly strength. The vastly experienced Paris-based Eduardo Romero, an ‘outstanding lawyer and an excellent strategistheads the practice alongside Washington DC-based Arif Ali. The ‘tirelessJosé Manuel García Represa is another high-profile senior figure; he is currently involved in more than 20 arbitrations and has played an influential role in many of the firm’s high-stakes’ matters. Senior associate Catalina Echeverri Gallego, who has recently started taking on work as an arbitrator alongside her practice as counsel, provides additional support. However, Érica Franzetti moved to King & Spalding LLP in October 2021.

Practice head(s):

Arif Ali

Eduardo Silva Romero

Testimonials

‘A team that has deep knowledge of the Latin American reality and mastery of international arbitration.’

‘Eduardo Silva Romero is a world authority on arbitration and José Manuel García Represa a tireless young partner with experience that few others his age have. Gabriela González-Giráldez is sophisticated and a perfectionist.’

‘Dechert’s work is more than remarkable. The team adjusts to the client’s circumstances and undertakes deep legal analysis. Communication is excellent and inspires confidence in an experienced team in a complex field.’

‘Eduardo Silva Romero is a highly recognised lawyer in the investment arbitration field. His extensive experience as a litigator and arbitrator is a fundamental resource to build client confidence and obtain results.’

‘A very united team that is prepared and committed to the causes. The partners and associates are professional and technically excellent, with a lot of experience in complex conflict resolution.’

‘Dechert is a law firm that has demonstrated extensive experience in international commercial arbitration, specifically construction arbitration. They are experts in handling hearings, specifically cross-examinations of witnesses.’

‘Eduardo Silva Romero stands out for his knowledge of commercial arbitration. He is an outstanding lawyer and an excellent strategist. José María García is an excellent trial lawyer and expert in damages.’

‘Associate Antonio Gordillo’s thoroughness, attention to detail, and dedication to cases is spectacular.’

Key clients

Interconexión Eléctrica

Katoen Natie

Carlos Mario Rios Velilla & Francisco Javier Rios Velilla

Autopista del Norte

Republic of Colombia

Republic of Ecuador

Argentine Republic

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Colombia against the Mexican telecommunications company América Móvil in investment arbitration arising from the state’s enforcement of a contractual clause regulating the restitution of assets to the state after the termination of a concession contract.
  • Successfully advised the Belgian logistics group, Katoen Natie, in a dispute involving the company’s 30-year concession contract, agreed in 2001, to build and operate a container terminal in the port of Montevideo.
  • Representing one of the largest power transmission companies in the world against the Republic of Chile, in ICISD arbitration arising from the construction and operation of a power line and the imposition of fines.

Dechert’s team in France consists of approximately 75 highly regarded lawyers who collaborate with colleagues throughout Europe, the United States, Asia and the Middle East. We structure corporate and financial transactions, advise on a wide range of regulations, IP, antitrust and employment matters and resolve disputes through litigation or arbitration.

Dechert lawyers in France are widely recognized by market sources and leading legal directories. Our dynamic, results-focused team includes professionals with dual training in law and business. In addition to French law, many are qualified to practice U.S. or English law and are members of the bar in Paris, England and New York.

French and multinational companies rely on our ability to blend a robust knowledge of local law with wider international experience. We apply the insights and experience that come from working across many jurisdictions, cultures and business traditions.

Clients come back to Dechert when facing their most complex or intricate challenges, trusting that our in-depth market knowledge and tireless dedication will help achieve commercial objectives.

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Office Managing Partner Alain Decombealain.decombe@dechert.com+33 1 57 57 82 82
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Dechert has a multinational identity that is fundamentally diverse. The firm’s commitments to diversity and inclusion are not simply words written on a website – they are guiding principles that all those at Dechert should live by every day. The numbers speak for themselves – 43% of our Policy Committee (the senior management team) are women or diverse partners, 62% of the lawyers promoted to partner in January 2021 are women or diverse, and 77% of the most recent incoming class – Dechert’s future – are women or diverse.

The following are just some of the key measures that Dechert has undertaken to improve diversity and inclusion at the firm.

Affinity Groups
To effect change, affinity groups identify and address diversity and inclusion-related issues, and create new and recurring programming focused on the attainment of professional and business development skills. They offer enhanced mentoring opportunities, retreats and educational workshop for diverse attorneys. Our affinity groups include:

  • Asian Affinity Group
  • Black Lawyers Alliance
  • Dechert’s Family Network
  • Global Women’s Initiative
  • Latino Affinity Group
  • LGBTQ Affinity Group
  • Dechert Heroes (Veterans Affinity Group)

Aspiring Solicitors
Dechert is an Affiliate Partner of Aspiring Solicitors (AS). 2020/2021 marks the fifth successful year of Dechert’s sponsorship of the organization’s national Commercial Awareness Competition, with the winners offered a vacation scheme and opportunity to interview for a training contract at Dechert.

Diversity and Inclusion Week
As part of the firm’s inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Week (July 20-24, 2020), Dechert hosted journalist and filmmaker Afua Hirsch for a provocative conversation about race, identity and belonging, as well as how what we learn (or don’t learn) about our history has an impact on racism and inequality today.

The firm also held fast-paced virtual quizzes focused on diversity, inclusion and world culture, with a charitable donation made to the winning teams’ chosen charities focused on social justice.

Diversity Champions
Recognizing the individuals who serve as role models for the inclusive, open culture we value, Dechert offers the Diversity Champions award. In 2020, our people submitted 100 nominations. Four Diversity Champions were recognized at our annual all-hands event, with honorees each awarded a bonus.

Global Women’s Initiative
Members of Dechert’s Global Women’s Initiative (GWI) meet regularly with firm leadership to identify and implement initiatives that promote opportunities for women to advance and lead throughout the firm. Individual offices provide additional formal and informal support for women lawyers.

GWI initiatives include formal and informal mentoring, development training, meetings and events for summer associates, internal and external networking, special interest events, and leadership training. The GWI launched the Sponsorship and Sustained Support (SASS) program for senior women associates to help navigate the path to partnership.

Inclusive Leadership
Commitment to diversity and inclusion stems from the top. Our partners have been participating in quarterly, interactive sessions on inclusive leadership since 2018. Topics include affinity bias, attribution bias, covering, in and out groups, priming, unconscious bias, and inclusive leadership in times of crisis. Interactive sessions include dramatizations that prompt conversations long after the programming ends.

This program continues today, with the February 2021 session focused on actionable allyship. Inclusive leadership training has also been expanded to associates and business service professionals.


CLIENT:
COMPANY/FIRM: Citigroup
TESTIMONIAL: “Dechert consistently provides differentiating legal advice, particularly on large, complex transactions.”


CLIENT:
COMPANY/FIRM: Sun Capital
TESTIMONIAL: “The firm did a great job throughout the entire process. They have been proactive and delivered quality advice. As always, a pleasure working with such a great team.”


CLIENT:
COMPANY/FIRM: Credit Suisse
TESTIMONIAL: “We continually have the highest degree of confidence in the work product and coverage of the Dechert team, and they are always a pleasure to work with.”


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COMPANY/FIRM: Saint-Gobain
TESTIMONIAL: “Saint-Gobain frequently turns to Dechert to defend the company in its most consequential, high-stakes litigation in the United States. Their sophistication, depth of experience, and legal creativity – especially in the area of complex mass tort litigation, is simply unrivalled. When the case is unprecedented and alleged to be perilous, there is no better partner to have in the trenches than Dechert.”


Dechert is a recommended firm in the Green Guide EMEA 2022. Learn more about this recognition.