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Dechert LLP

Banking and finance > Investment funds Tier 2

Acting across the entire value chain, Dechert LLP covers the whole spectrum of matters relevant to investment funds, fund managers and initiators as well as institutional investors. With a focus on alternative investments such as real estate, private equity and debt, the group advises on the structuring, launch and documentation of such funds – including numerous Luxembourg-based vehicles – as well as on participations in various closed and open-ended forms of investment. Related corporate, supervisory and tax law issues are just as much a part of its case load as are compliance, ESG and Brexit issues. Angelo Lercara, who specializes in the structuring and marketing of financial products and alternative investment funds, and tax structuring expert Hans Stamm jointly lead the practice. Joachim Kayser joined Goodwin in June 2021.

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‘Fast, competent, pragmatic. That’s what you want from a firm.’

‘Excellent team structure and interaction between London, Germany and Luxembourg; pragmatic and quick solutions.’

‘Angelo Lercara is quick-witted.’

‘Always solution-oriented and pragmatic compared to the competition.’

‘I value Dechert as a leading firm with a truly global and integrated wealth management practice.’

‘I have been working with Mr. Angelo Lercara for more than five years in the funds sphere and wealth management  in general. He always combines an extremely high level of technical knowledge with strong business acumen. He is particularly responsive when it comes to day-to-day business and visionary when it comes to more strategic issues. He also demonstrates a strong ability to effectively assess risk.’

Key clients

Swiss Capital Alternative Investments AG / Stepstone

Altarius Asset Management Ltd. / Malta Fund Manager/AIFM

Aukera Real Estate

Northwood Investors

Work highlights

  • Advice to Altarius Asset Management Ltd. / Malta Fund Manager/AIFM on the launch of several VC funds.
  • Advising Aukera Real Estate on the structuring and launch of a Luxembourg-based fund that invests in real estate loans and is distributed to German investors who are subject to the requirements of German insurance supervisory law.
  • Advising Swiss Capital Alternative Investments AG/ Stepstone, among other things, on the launch of a globally investing fund platform for German institutional investors with investments via special funds. The investment volume exceeds €1bn.

Corporate and M&A > M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m) Tier 4

Dechert LLP particularly stands out at the intersection between private equity and venture capital. The team has experience in various sectors, such as automotive, TMT, finance and healthcare. Other key topics include interfacing issues such as corporate financing and restructuring, which practice head Federico Pappalardo routinely advises on. His team includes Giovanni Russo (corporate law, M&A, PE, and VC), Carina Klaes-Staudt (transactions and restructuring-related advice) and Dominik Stuhler, who joined the team in May 2021 from Allen & Overy LLP and complements the advisory services with expertise in PE, restructuring and transactions in the real estate sector.

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Key clients

Akka Technologies

Assmann Holding GmbH

Berwind Group

Branded Group

Cathay Capital Private Equity

Crown Holdings

YIELCO Investments

Lazada Group

Onefootball GmbH

Shurgard Europe

Target Global

Vestiaire Collective

VIA Optronics

Work highlights

  • Advising OneFootball GmbH on the acquisition of Dugout, a digital media company.
  • Advised VIA optronics AG, a Bavarian manufacturer of advanced display solutions, on the $94 million cross-border IPO on the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Advised Crown Holdings on the sale of their European tinplate business to the financial investor KPS Capital Partners, LP.

Established in 2012, Dechert’s Frankfurt office is located in the leading financial centre of Germany and continental Europe.

Our Frankfurt team represents international investment banks, financial institutions, private equity funds, investors, sponsors, companies and local authorities in a broad array of legal services, with a focus on asset management, banking regulation, tax, regulatory and insurance supervisory matters. We assist domestic and international clients with complex multi-jurisdictional mergers and acquisitions, tax and finance transactions, and other corporate matters. We also advise on all areas of German and European competition law.

With lawyers who speak German, English, French, Italian, Spanish and Russian, we offer true multinational legal advice. They work closely with members of Dechert’s Munich office and the global Dechert network to help clients navigate the most complex regulatory and business landscapes.

Office Managing Partner Federico 89 21 21 63 11
Number of lawyers : Approximately 1000 worldwide
Other offices : Austin
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Other offices : Washington, D.C.

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.

TESTIMONIAL: “Dechert consistently provides differentiating legal advice, particularly on large, complex transactions.”

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.”

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.”

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