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Dechert LLP
PARIS 75008

France > Dispute resolution: International arbitration Tier 1

A global leader in the field, Dechert LLP‘s Paris office contributes significantly to the firm’s impressive reputation in this area and has a sizeable practice. The team stands out for its ability to attract top-notch investment and commercial arbitration cases and has established itself as a go-to-firm for Latin America and Spanish-related issues. The firm manages an equally prominent caseload in relation to Eastern Europe; in recent work, the firm recently obtained the annulment of two arbitration awards by the Paris Court of Appeal for Poland on the basis that they are contrary to European law. The firm also has a significant practice acting for companies, with clients drawn from sectors including energy, construction, banking, mining, telecoms and life sciences. The Paris team is headed by Eduardo Silva Romero, who also co-chairs the firm’s global practice, and includes stellar practitioners in José Manuel García Represa and Philip Dunham. Claudia Annacker and Enikő Horváth are also prominent names in the field, handling arbitration and public international law work. Associate Audrey Caminades provides additional support.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Silva Romero

Other key lawyers:

Claudia Annacker; José-Manuel García Represa; Philip Dunham; Enikő Horváth


‘A team oriented towards understanding customer needs. Excellent both from a technical point of view and from a strategic point of view, mixing civil law and common law lawyers. It has powerful software as support tool management.’

‘Listens to the customer. Precise and succinct opinions, systematically integrating strategy elements with different options (mentioning the advantages and disadvantages of each option).’

‘The firm adopts a strong client-centered approach; they put 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. In striving to achieve the best results for the clients, they would try and go beyond boundaries and challenge assumptions, and think outside the box. Members have top-notched legal training and acumen, and because Dechert recruits its talents from diverse backgrounds, so that the combined diversified perspectives and life experiences frequently enable the team to arrive at novel and unique solutions to what may appear at first sight as being intractable legal issues.’

‘Philip Dunham generally would go to great lengths to learn about his clients – their industries, strengths, assets and liabilities, as well as their concerns, so as to be sure that the solutions he provides would be the most suitable and innovative solutions to suit his clients’ needs. Philip also has great analytical skills, such that he can parse 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. Our clients have come to trust him to give excellent advice, and/or to reach favorable negotiations with the opposing side, if and when more diplomatic approaches are needed.’

‘High quality work, done very efficient and in a timely manner.’

‘Claudia Annacker and Eduardo Silva Romero are very responsible, always ready to help.’

Key clients

The Republic of Poland

Czech Republic

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

Interconexión Eléctrica

Arab Republic of Egypt

Hellenic Republic


The Argentine Republic

Work highlights

  • Represented the Republic of Poland in successful annulment proceedings of two arbitration awards before the Paris Court of Appeal, on the basis that they are contrary to European law.
  • Representing a French pharmaceutical company in two ICC commercial arbitrations arising from product licensing agreements.
  • Representing European investors in the first ICSID investment arbitration brought against the State of Kuwait in a dispute arising from the construction of an expressway in Kuwait City.

France > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

Dechert LLP is a popular choice for M&A, antitrust, and regulatory advice as well as litigation and arbitration services and is sought out by top life sciences and healthcare companies. The practice is jointly led by private equity specialist Alain Decombe and Mélanie Thill-Tayara, who has a wealth of experience with high-stakes competition matters. Key lawyer Sophie Pelé is also recommended for her ‘sharp and rare expertise’ in the regulatory and public law aspects of the sector.

Practice head(s):

Alain Decombe; Mélanie Thill-Tayara

Other key lawyers:

Jacques Sivignon; Sophie Pelé; Ermine Bolot; Marion Provost


‘Dynamic team able to coordinate complex regulatory files across Europe. Excellent expertise in the medical device sector and the ability to navigate between advice and litigation when it comes to decisions relating to market access, reimbursement, clinical studies.’

‘Sophie Pelé, partner, has a sharp and rare expertise on the Paris market. She strives to always consider solutions that correspond to the client’s strategy, a very good understanding of the business.’

Key clients


HRA Pharma

Mayoly Spindler




Work highlights

  • Represented 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 ophthalmic field where Novartis markets blockbuster drug Lucentis.
  • Advised Mayoly Spindler, a French pharmaceutical group, in connection with its acquisition of Ipsen Consumer Healthcare branch, which includes established brands such as Smecta®, Forlax® and Tanakan®, distributed in more than 80 countries.
  • Advised Sofinnova Partners on a long-term strategic and financial partnership in life sciences with Apollo.

France > Compliance Tier 2

Dechert LLP is able to provide all-round support in relation to anti-corruption, ESG, anti-bribery, anti-money laundering, whistleblowing and data privacy issues. The Paris team combines French and UK expertise and assists clients facing regulatory investigations in the respective countries. The team also offers preventive support in the form of compliance programmes and training. It regularly assists clients with the conduct of internal investigations. The client base includes French and international corporations, as well as executives. The practice is co-headed by the highly experienced Karen Coppens, litigator Jacques Sivignon and employment law expert Philippe Thomas, who also advises on data privacy issues.

Practice head(s):

Karen Coppens; Jacques Sivignon; Philippe Thomas


‘Superb team.’

Work highlights

  • Represented a group of Canadian directors of UBISOFT before the Paris Court of Appeals in relation to insider information.

France > EU, competition and distribution Tier 2

Dechert LLP’s expertise is in the life sciences sector, with a strong pharmaceutical client base; Mélanie Thill-Tayara, who is co-head of the firm’s global life sciences practice, represented Roche before the Paris Court of Appeal in an appeal against an FCA sanction for alleged abuse of dominant position. The firm’s recent work has focused on antitrust litigation, particularly appeals against FCA sanctions and follow-on actions regarding cartels – including the alleged commodity chemicals and dairy products cartels – as well as advice on FCA investigations. Laurence Bary and Marion Provost have recently handled the appeal of a fine before the FCA.

Practice head(s):

Mélanie Thill-Tayara

Other key lawyers:


‘Serious innovation.’

‘Complete team with extensive experience in French and European competition law; tactical, strategic, in-depth knowledge of the pharmaceutical market and its regulation which impacts a “simple” application of competition law.’

‘Mélanie Thill-Tayara: remarkable for finesse in competition law, knows how to surround herself with the best and highlight their specificities. Great proximity to the client, perfect knowledge of the authorities, of the system, deep-dive in the impressive market. Marion Provost: excellent collaborator.’

‘Outstandingly excellent support in complex antitrust matters. Melanie Thill-Tayara and Laurence Bary are extremely efficient, hard working and organised and controlled end-to-end complex case management, fact-finding and defence strategy to perfection. Excellent strategic and pragmatic advice. The excellence and dedication justifies the fee.’

‘Melanie Thill-Tayara: very sharp strategic advice in complex antitrust matters. Very respected by the judges and the authorities, very persuasive. Laurence Bary: does all the heavy lifting in complex case management, manages a small team of associates and maintains excellent relationship with and attention to the client. Very knowledgeable with a pragmatic approach, self-confident and very convincing.’

Key clients



Cora and Supermarchés Match

Deutsche Bahn AG



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 ophthalmic field where Novartis markets blockbuster Lucentis.
  • Representing Deutsche Bahn before the French courts in the context of both (i) public enforcement proceedings in the commodity chemicals cartel, and (ii) private enforcement claims for damages.
  • Handled merger control and FDI filings for French investment fund Archimed in the context of its acquisition of Carso.

France > Private equity: Fund formation Tier 2

Dechert LLP's multifaceted practice is integrated in the firm's tax group and handles a variety of matters from secondary transactions to fund reviews and transactions for management companies. The team is co-led by Sabina Comis, who draws on her considerable tax expertise to advise on the creation and structuring of private investment funds, including joint ventures and evergreen vehicles. Cyril Fiat jointly leads the practice, regularly advising alternative investment fund managers on the creation and fundraising of French and pan-European investment vehicles. Associate Antoine Pian is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Sabina Comis; Cyril Fiat

Other key lawyers:


‘Great responsiveness, rigorous analysis, great ability to negotiate while maintaining a constructive climate.’

‘Very efficient team in practice. Extensive knowledge of the issues and the business and driving force in the application of new regulations.’

‘The rationales for choosing Dechert are the following: expertise in PE and fund formation, and the capability to support multiple topics (e.g. corporate, tax, labour, fund structuring) in multiple geographies. We worked with Dechert to focus on the relevant path, optimizing time, effort and cost.’

‘Pragmatic and responsive, Dechert’s team stands out from other firms for its in-depth knowledge of both tax and regulatory aspects applicable to the private equity and asset management sector. Able to model their tax advice on excel and offer effective and innovative solutions, and thus position themselves as an essential partner for our development in France and abroad. Undoubtedly one of the best private equity teams on the market.’

‘Sabina Comis is a great technician, and also has in-depth knowledge of the asset management market in France and abroad. She is thus able to anticipate the problems specific to funds with European and American strategies, and to quickly mobilize the appropriate teams to deal with them. Her knowledge, her experience and her qualities as a negotiator make her a real deal-maker. This is the person you want to have by your side when entering a meeting or negotiation.’

‘Cyril Fiat: great technical qualities, depth of analysis, strength of proposal, solid in-depth knowledge of the market and current standards on the various clauses. Antoine Pian: responsiveness, technical qualities developed with regard to seniority.’

‘At ease with numbers, Sabina Comis is a pragmatic lawyer who provides concrete and easily implementable solutions. Endowed with a great situational intelligence, she knows how to defuse a conflict and refocus the debate.’

‘Cyril Fiat is distinguished by his professionalism, his commercial approach to the issues entrusted to him and above all his availability.’

Key clients

17 Capital

Arev Capital

Artémis – Financière Pinault

Blisce / Alexandre Mars / EPIC Foundation

Bpifrance Investissement

Capital Croissance

Cheyne Capital Management


LVMH Investissements (LVMH Luxury Ventures)

M Capital

Rothschild & Co Asset Management Europe / Rothschild Martin Maurel

Sofinnova Partners


Truffle Capital

Téthys Invest

Work highlights

  • Advised Five T Hydrogen on the Hy24 project, a joint venture between Five T Hydrogen and Ardian which received AMF approval as a portfolio management company to manage a hydrogen-related infrastructure fund.
  • Advised Sofinnova Partners in connection with a long-term strategic and financial partnership in life sciences with Apollo who will take a minority equity interest in Sofinnova and commit up to €1 billion of managed capital to Sofinnova’s existing funds and in future strategies.
  • Advised Blisce on the structuring of its second fund, Blisce Fund II.

France > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 3

Dechert LLP‘s team, led by Jacques Sivignon who ‘provides outstanding legal support in complex commercial litigation‘, stands out for his ability to handle a wide range of cases for a highly diverse client base. The practice often acts for international companies, funds and banks, including several key names in the healthcare sector. The group is sought after to handle complex shareholder conflicts, corporate and financial cases, including those with a cross-border nexus. In recent work, it has been handling several cases for clients facing issues linked to the bankruptcy of another company. The practice also assists several Lebanese banks and has strong know-how handling arbitration award exequatur cases before French courts – which is a continuum to the firm’s leading arbitration practice.

Practice head(s):

Jacques Sivignon


‘The team is exceptional, always available despite very short deadlines, with a perfect knowledge of French procedures. They know how to adapt to the specific case and to the specificities of the countries with which they deal.’

‘Jacques Sivigon and Arthur Boeuf are available, competent, versatile and always ready to listen.’

‘The team works in a very professional manner; they are coherent, to the point and very responsive.’

‘Jacques Sivignon is an excellent partner with a hands-on approach and great overview, enabling guidance on the right strategy to adopt.’

‘An excellent team with strong specialists’.

‘Jacques Sivignon provides outstanding legal support in complex commercial litigation. He is very skilled, pragmatic and has a good understanding of business. He provides us with excellent and practicable solutions.’

‘Incredible track record of success.’

‘Competence and professionality.’

Key clients






Signify (Philips)


Work highlights

  • Secured a complete victory for ITW’s construction products division in proceedings with NORMA Group, over the termination of a 30-year exclusive distribution contract.
  • Representing a Swiss holding company in a shareholder’s dispute with the majority shareholder of a large French food manufacturer undergoing restructuring proceedings.
  • Representing a major Chinese manufacturer of electrical cars in judicial proceedings initiated by a Swiss car distributor seeking to annul an ICC arbitral award.

France > Employment Tier 3

Dechert LLP stands out for its deep knowledge of data protection, harassment and #MeToo issues, as well as internal investigations. Recently, the practice has also been instructed by clients to assist with the implementation of new working organisation schemes and has handled complex collective law issues, including advising on several collective redundancy plans, a spin-off project and several domestic and global M&A deals, especially in the healthcare sector. The practice also handles individual and collective employment litigation. The client base is made up of large French and international companies, including major industrial manufacturers, IT companies and healthcare corporations. The practice is headed up by Philippe Thomas and includes Thibault Meiers providing key support.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Thomas

Other key lawyers:


‘Responsiveness. Very short response times. Clear answers.’

‘Thibault Meiers always brings appropriate answers.’

‘Excellent cooperation. The support is very fast and efficient. The team knows how to highlight the risks while remaining pragmatic and being a real partner for decisions.’

‘Thibault Meiers provides very reactive advice. He understands business and his support goes beyond a single piece of information. He is very pragmatic’.

‘The team is super responsive, commercial and understands the challenges of a US-based employer.’

‘Philippe Thomas is excellent, smart, knowledgeable, commercial and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Always friendly, available and with a good sense of priorities and urgency.’

Key clients

HRA Pharma

Mayoly Spindler

Vestiaire Collective

Work highlights

  • Advising Laboratoire Mayoly on all labour and employment law aspects of a major acquisition from Ipsen.
  • Representing a leader in LED lighting products manufacturing in proceedings with former employees of business units that were sold several years ago.
  • Assisting a medical devices manufacturer in conducting an internal investigation into sexist behaviour involving a board member.

France > Real estate Tier 3

Dechert LLP ‘s practice is formed of real estate finance specialists, led by Privat Vigand, whom is noted for his ‘excellent knowledge’ of the subject. It is equipped to advise its notable clients on financial matters of considerable value, advising on the financing and refinancing of acquisitions involving portfolios of multiple assets; a key example being its assisting of Natixis on such a deal, valued at €218m. Many of the team's matters are cross-border in nature.

Practice head(s):

Privat Vigand


‘The team benefits from an excellent knowledge of real estate financing and complex transactions, involving multi-borrowers and multiple jurisdictions.’

‘The partner Privat Vigand combines an excellent knowledge of real estate financing with knowledge of LBO-type financing, which makes him very specialized and competent on particularly complex structurings. He is also very calm and didactic in exchanges, whether with his client or the opposing party, which allows a quality and productive exchange without tension.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas

Crédit Agricole CIB

ING Bank


Amundi Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Advised Natixis on the financing of the acquisition by Powerhouse Habitat of a residential portfolio of 16 assets from EDF valued at €218m.
  • Advised Crédit Agricole CIB in connection with the financing of a portfolio of five student residences from Uxco Group.
  • Advised Amundi Asset Management in connection with the refinancing of the acquisition on a prestigious hotel in the 7th district of Paris sold by Colony Capital.

France > Tax Tier 3

Dechert LLP  is a leading name in the field of asset management and private equity. The practice assists many leading international private equity funds and prestigious family funds with fund structuring, fundraising, regulatory and carried interest work. The practice also handles transactional M&A and private equity tax, and also advises on real estate tax matters. Practice head Sabina Comis is highly regarded. Senior associate Etienne Bimbeau is also a key name in the team.

Practice head(s):

Sabina Comis

Other key lawyers:

Etienne Bimbeau


‘Pragmatic and responsive, with in-depth knowledge of both tax and regulatory aspects applicable to the private equity and asset management sector. Able to model their tax advice on excel and offer effective and innovative solutions. Undoubtedly one of the best private equity teams on the market.’

‘A great technician, Sabina Comis also has in-depth knowledge of the asset management market in France and abroad. She is able to anticipate problems specific to funds with European and American strategies. Her knowledge, her experience and her qualities as a negotiator make her a real deal-maker. This is the person you want to have by your side when entering a meeting or negotiation.’

‘The tax team, of limited size, operates in “task force” mode with high added value for its clients.’

‘At ease with numbers, Sabina Comis is a pragmatic lawyer who provides concrete and easily workable solutions. Endowed with a great situational intelligence, she knows how to defuse a conflict and refocus the debate. Talented, “hardworking” and creative, Etienne Bimbeau is a lawyer who brings added value around a table. His unfeigned humility echoes his sympathetic character.’

‘Very competent and innovative tax team. They have a very sharp knowledge of the market. A team with which it is very pleasant to work and to establish a great relationship of trust’.

‘Sabina Comis is very competent, knows the market perfectly, and constantly seeks the right solution adapted to the client’s needs. Sabina is very dynamic and cheerful.’

Key clients

17 Capital


Arev Capital




Cathay Capital


Edmond de Rothschild REIM

Elyan Partners (ex- Edmond de Rothschild Private Equity France)

Groupe Artemis – Financière Pinault

ING Bank N.V.


Lauxera Capital

LVMH Investissements


Rothschild Martin Maurel

Sofinnova Partners

Supernova Invest

Téthys Invest

Work highlights

  • Advised Crown Holdings on the French tax aspects of the partial sale of its European Tinplate business to an affiliate of KPS Capital Partners.
  • Advised Five T Hydrogen on the tax structuring on a joint venture between Five T Hydrogen and Ardian.
  • Advised ArchiMed on the tax structuring of the purchase of a majority stake in CARSO group.

France > Mergers and acquisitions Tier 4

Practice head(s):

Alain Decombe; Ermine Bolot

Other key lawyers:


‘Real deal makers. They know how to guide us in risk-taking and take a stand. A talented team.’

‘Vianney Toulouse: Vianney is an excellent professional, who goes into his files in depth. Fine negotiator / very good interpersonal skills.’

‘Proximity, competence, availability. Very good team from the partner to the collaborators.’

‘Ermine Bolot: great competence, great clarity of her reasoning, finesse of approach, reasonable fees.’

‘Very responsive multidisciplinary team capable of responding to all subjects, knowing how to deal with time constraints and respecting the planned billings, taking care not to exceed the planned budgets while meeting the quality of the needs.’

‘Ermine Bolot was remarkable in the management of the project, both very professional but taking into account the operational constraints, a real business partner always available, and always remaining in a good mood despite the many difficulties encountered and that she managed to overcome with flying colours.’

Key clients


Air Liquide



Crown Holdings, Inc.

FiveT Hydrogen AG

Groupe Bel


HRA Pharma

Mayoly Spindler

Work highlights

  • Advised Mayoly Spindler on its acquisition of Ipsen’s Consumer Healthcare business.
  • Advised Five T Hydrogen on the Hy24 project, a joint venture between Five T Hydrogen and Ardian to launch ultimately the largest hydrogen fund.

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


‘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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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.

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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.”

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.”

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