Firm Profile > Dechert LLP > Washington DC, United States

Dechert LLP
1900 K STREET, NW
WASHINGTON DC 20006
United States

Merger control Tier 1

Dechert LLP offers a full-service and trial-ready merger clearance department, handling multijurisdictional transactions across the globe in collaboration with teams in Brussels, Frankfurt and Paris or local counsel. The team implements the Dechert Antitrust Merger Investigations Timing Tracker ("DAMITT") into its practice to record the duration of merger investigations in the US and EU. Steven Bizar in Philadelphia and Michael Weiner in New York are in joint charge of the stellar team. The latter specializes in merger clearance combined with technology industry know-how. Washington DC is home to four notable practitioners: Mike Cowie is well versed in healthcare and life sciences and James Fishkin shows specific expertise with supermarket chains and other retailers. Guiding companies in structuring joint ventures is a strong suit of Craig Falls' practice and Rani Habash advises on pre-deal risk assessments as well as antitrust provisions with counter parties and litigates merger challenges. Shari Ross Lahlou joined  from Crowell & Moring LLP in April 2019 after Ethan Litwin departed to Constantine Cannon LLP in March of the same year.

Practice head(s):

Steven Bizar; Michael Weiner

Testimonials

‘Craig Falls is extremely knowledgeable and does a fantastic job of ensuring we are always aware of anti-trust cases that could affect our organization. He ensures our planned actions are always in compliance with the law.’

‘Craig and Dechert have an exceptional reputation in the anti-trust world which provides for instant credibility with our suppliers’ attorneys.’

Key clients

One Equity Partners (PeroxyChem)

CVS Health

Fresenius Medical Care

J.H. Whitney & Co.

DTE Energy Company

Travelport

Mutual/registered/exchange-traded funds Tier 1

Dechert LLP represents many of the largest mutual fund managers, advising in some capacity 24 of the world’s 25 largest asset managers. The team advises on regulatory and compliance matters, investigations, and the formation of management of open- and closed-end funds and exchange-traded funds. Its transactional capabilities come to the fore in supporting M&A of financial services companies, and other funds on behalf of funds-of-funds. Practice heads Christopher Harvey in Boston and Washington DC-based Robert Helm (‘a true business lawyer’) have expertise in regulatory matters including reorganization deals, registration and proxy statements, and requests for exemptive relief from the SEC. Notable recent SEC work include permission for a registered fund’s board of directors, in certain circumstances, to meet telephonically, where the board would normally have been required to meet in person under the 1940 Act. Christopher Christian and Geoffrey Kenyon in Boston, and Douglas Dick in Washington DC have experience in advising offshore funds and trusts, while New York-based Stuart Strauss and Stephanie Capistron (also in Boston) specialize in exchange-traded funds.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Harvey; Robert Helm

Testimonials

‘Great breadth of knowledge of laws and regulations that impact funds; provide very thoughtful and practical advice.’

‘Rob Helm is a true business lawyer and problem solver. I value his advice and he thinks about problems as if he were spending his own money.’

‘We work closely with Rob Helm.  Not only is his expertise of tremendous value, but he is always accessible to each trustee and his personality makes him a joy to work with.’

‘The level of insight and attention paid to our business is outstanding.  All of our trustees have tremendous confidence in Rob Helm and his associates.’

‘Dechert has built an incredibly strong team of investment management lawyers on a global basis.  There is almost no area of expertise for fund lawyers that is not housed within the Dechert firm.’

Key clients

MainStay Funds

Morgan Stanley Mutual Funds

Structured finance: securitization Tier 1

Dechert LLP's securitization team is particularly active in the RMBS and CMBS markets. Indeed, a team including Devin Swaney is a key advisor to Freddie Mac in all of its structured MBS issuances, and Laura Swihart has extensive experience acting both for issuing trusts and underwriting banks in real estate and mortgage-related securitizations. Away from real estate-related work, Malcolm Dorris has experience of asset classes such as auto loans, and John Timperio in Charlotte has a strong reputation in the CLO and structured credit space, where he acts for collateral managers and initial purchasers. Also of note in 2019, the team promoted three new partners: Matthew Fischer, Gennady Gorel in Philadelphia and Christopher Desmond in the Boston office. Richard Jones and Philadelphia-based David Forti jointly chair the global finance and real estate practice.

Practice head(s):

Richard Jones; David Forti

Key clients

Affirm

Credit Suisse

Freddie Mac

Figure Technologies

Golub Capital

KKR

Octagon Credit Investors

Starwood Property Trust

Toorak Capital Parnters

TPG RE Finance Trust

Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 2

Dechert LLP provides antitrust litigation assistance on the full range of alleged violations with a strong suit in pharmaceuticals and healthcare clients. The antitrust practice is under tandem leadership: Steven Bizar in Philadelphia, and Michael Weiner in New York. Bizar focuses on antitrust and trade regulation trial work in addition to class action defense. Philadelphia-based 'excellent' George Gordon is a member of the life sciences group and takes on antitrust disputes arising out of licensing, collaboration and asset purchase. The team, that thinks 'in a pragmatic and intelligent way', received a significant boost in April 2019, when chemicals expert Shari Ross Lahlou joined from Crowell & Moring LLP in Washington DC. On the other hand, Paul Denis and Paul Friedman retired from practice at the end of 2018 and Ethan Litwin left to join Constantine Cannon LLP in March 2019.

Practice head(s):

Steven Bizar; Michael Weiner

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The addition of Shari Lahlou strengthens the Dechert class action defense team.’ 

‘I find the Dechert team to consistently think about competition issues in a pragmatic and intelligent way.’

‘George Gordon is excellent.’

‘David Kelley has an exceptionally strong eye for detail that has been a benefit to our company. He also has an exceptional demeanor and ability to focus. He is bright and quick while providing strategic guidance and valuable training.’

‘David is an extremely talented attorney who cares a great deal about our business.’ 

Key clients

One Equity Partners (PeroxyChem)

CVS Health

Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Fresenius Kidney Care

Lannett Company, Inc.

R.W. Sauder

Occidental Petroleum Corporation and Occidental Chemicals Corporation

Marriott International Inc.

Citron Pharma

Humana, Inc.

Travelport

E-discovery Tier 2

Dechert LLP's Philadelphia-based team, praised as 'absolutely world-class', specializes in handling e-discovery in high-stakes, bet-the-company litigation. It is adept at handling matters such as remote document review and legal hold notification in matters including antitrust, commercial disputes, criminal investigations, international arbitration and mass torts. Ben Barnett ('the best in the business') leads the group, and has a strong track-record in US civil litigation and in high-profile multi-jurisdictional matters involving agencies such as the UK Serious Fraud Office and France's National Financial Prosecutor's Office. Matt Tate brings to bear experience in data privacy issues, particularly in cross-border matters.

Practice head(s):

Ben Barnett

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Deep technical know-how, practical approach, and very impressive individuals work together to create greater than the sum of all parts. Absolutely world-class with the results to prove it.’

Ben Barnett is the best in the business. He has vision, patience, and total command of the international landscape in this area. There is simply no one in the same class.’

Key clients

Airbus Group

General commercial disputes Tier 2

Actively involved in prominent disputes for clients from a broad range of industries, Dechert LLP fields a deep bench of attorneys with experience up to appellate and Supreme Court level. The firm's scope is nationwide. In Texas federal court, Andrew Levander, Mauricio Espana and Hector Gonzalez (from the New York office) are representing Spanish manufacturer Ulma Forja in a false advertising and unfair competition case. In another key win, department head Christina Sarchio successfully secured dismissals of two class action cases in New Jersey state court for client Apple. Another success came in the form of a complete defense verdict for Quest in a trade secrets jury trial in federal court in Los Angeles; Christopher Ruhland from the LA office and Jonathan Loeb from Silicon Valley led on this case. Team co-head William Oxley, based in LA, continues to represent Union Carbide in asbestos lawsuits. Among notable arrivals, Robin Nunn joined the DC office from Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in February 2019 to chair the consumer financial services practice.

Practice head(s):

Christina Sarchio; William Oxley

Other key lawyers:

Linda Goldstein; David Stern; Christopher Ruhland; Matthew Larrabee; Michael McGinley; Michael Kichline

Key clients

Erie Indemnity Company

Public Financial Management

Union Carbide

Nationwide

CVS Pharmacy

Wellpartner

PPG Industries and its CEO Michael H. McGarry and CFO Vincent J. Morales

Nederlander Organization

DLL

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

Apple

Rent-A-Center

National Basketball Players Association

Boiron

JPMorgan

Ooma

Samsung

Turtle Beach Corporation

Belveron Capital Partners/Park Lake Owners

Sierra Income

Fox News Network

Macquarie

Ferring

Interactive Brokers

Rockstar Game

Pathfinder Strategic Credit

BC Investment

Ulma Forja

News Corporation

BLOM Bank

Fransabank

The Bank of New York Mellon

Strategos Capital Management

International tax Tier 2

Dechert LLP provides international tax advice to mutual funds, private equity funds, and other private and non-private investment entities on matters relating to M&A, debt restructurings, real estate finance, and securities and financial products, among other key areas. The global tax group chaired by Joshua Milgrim, who advises on the tax aspects of cross-border M&A, financing and securities deals, large-scale joint ventures, and business structuring and reorganizations. Daniel Dunn and Steven Clemens are also key figures in the team, specializing in high-value private equity transactions and strategic M&A. Also recommended are Ari Zak and Joseph Riley, both of whom have expertise in the taxation of mutual funds and ETFs, as well as business development companies. Adrienne Baker is a contact in the Boston office, where she acts for clients such as CVC Credit Partners. Edward Lemanowicz in Philadelphia is another name to note. Named attorneys are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Joshua Milgrim

Key clients

Bain Capital

Barings

Court Square Capital Partners

CVC

Fannie Mae

FS/KKR Advisor

GICJMP Group

One Equity Partners

Quilvest

Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices Tier 2

Dechert LLP handles a range of mass tort, multi-district litigation and class actions, having recently handled disputes covering opioids and birth control devices. Sheila Birnbaum is known for product liability defense, serving as national counsel and lead defense counsel in tort cases across the US. She co-leads the practice with Mark Cheffo, who has expertise acting for corporates and individuals in the pharmaceutical, medical device manufacturing, bioengineering and industrial products industries. In a recent highlight, the team is continuing its representation of Purdue Pharma, acting as national defense and lead trial counsel in over 2000 cases connected to highly publicized opioid litigation. All named lawyers are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Sheila Birnbaum; Mark Cheffo

Other key lawyers:

Judy Leone; Robert Heim; Douglas Fleming III; William Oxley

Key clients

Purdue Pharma

AbbVie

Johnson & Johnson

State Farm

Pfizer

Bayer

Saint-Gobain

Real estate Tier 2

Commercial real estate finance is keystone of the 'smart, creative and solution-oriented' team at Dechert LLP. The practice group routinely handles mortgage and mezzanine loans, distressed debt and restructuring matters, and risk retention issues, as well as the acquisition and disposition of loan interests. The team has an enviable client roster of funds and investment trusts, in addition to leading bank lenders and underwriters, such as Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse. In Philadelphia, the 'extraordinarily talented' David Forti is rated for his expertise in preferred equity transactions, CMBS securitization, post-closing modifications, work-outs and foreclosures. Forti leads the practice alongside Richard Jones, who splits his time between New York and Philadelphia, gearing his practice towards capital markets transactions and mortgage finance.

Practice head(s):

David Forti; Richard Jones

Other key lawyers:

Laura Swihart; Matthew Fischer; Stewart McQueen; Krystyna Blakeslee

Testimonials

‘Very thorough, risk-management oriented, tenacious for your side, but friendly to work with.’

I value Laura Ciabarra’s ability to build trust and true friendship with her clients, which enables both sides to share and debate ideas freely and devise effective solutions to thorny deadlocks in deal negotiations. She is also expert at neutralizing tensions between sides and maintaining her composure throughout.’

‘The Dechert team is smart, creative and solution-oriented.  They have the ability to manage large, complex transactions in a seamless manner with a deep bench of talent that works tirelessly to figure out deal structures that most others would find impossible to grasp. In addition, while they fiercely represent their own clients’ interests, it always feels like they are trying to find solutions that make the deal work for all parties involved.’

‘Dave Forti is extraordinarily talented, smart, creative, hard-working and trustworthy.  He has the ability to think, speak and understand everything going on in a deal from a big picture perspective to the most minute detail.  Dave also has a fantastic grasp on the commercial aspects of real estate transactions which further distinguishes him from his peers.’

‘Best deepest team in structured CRE lending, from real estate to cmbs and portfolio lending to securities and syndicated lending. The best group over multiple cycles. Knowledge of precedent is outstanding.’

‘David Forti is the best in the lender counsel business for large complex transactions Justin Gdula, a close second. Matt Ginsburg, Jason Rozes, Krystina Blakeslee, and others are all standouts. There is a rare blend of commercial, tough, experienced, fair and good for business on both sides of a negotiation.’

Key clients

Bank of America / Merrill Lynch

Citigroup Global Markets Realty Corp.

Credit Suisse

Exantas Capital Corporation

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation

Goldman Sachs

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts

Starwood Property Trust

TPG RE Finance Trust

Wells Fargo

Securities litigation: defense Tier 2

The trials, investigations and securities practice at Dechert LLP is 'very professional and responsive' and clients note that is 'projects confidence in its ability to do the work efficiently and effectively'. The firm has a large corporate client base in the finance sector that includes many funds, so it has a prominent role in mutual fund litigation. Its regulatory enforcement practice has also emerged as one of the largest and most diverse in the US. The 'very highly thought of and very candid' David Kistenbroker, who works in the New York and Chicago offices, and New York-based David Kelley lead the practice, which represents companies and their officers and directors in securities litigation class actions, shareholder derivative suits, mutual fund litigation, M&A litigation, banking and financial institution litigation, broker-dealer disputes, internal investigations and SEC and other regulatory proceedings. Joni Jacobsen in Chicago, Michael Kichline in Philadelphia and, in New York, Andrew Levander and global litigation head Matthew Larrabee are recommended.

Practice head(s):

David Kistenbroker

Testimonials

They were willing to put a cap on fees through the motion to dismiss phase which we thought projected confidence in their ability to do the work efficiently and effectively.

The firm is very professional and responsive.

David Kistenbroker is very highly thought of and very candid.

Key clients

Antares Pharma, Inc.

Molson Coors Brewing Company

LSB Industries

Former CFO Ronald Winowiecki of Perrigo Co. plc.

Talmer Bancorp, Inc.

Digital Ally

Intelligent Systems Corporation

Mallinckrodt Public Limited Company

Swisher Hygiene Inc.

Former CFO Greg Rush of Syneos Health

Walters Investment Management Corp.

Lipocine, Inc.

Higher One Holdings, Inc.

PPG Industries, Inc. and its CEO Michael H. McGarry and CFO Vincent J. Morales

Nederlander Organization

Mark Frissora

Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. and director Eric Chen

Security Investors LLC

Calamos Advisors LLC

Prudential Investments LLC

Independent Trustees of funds advised by Pacific Investment Management Company LLC

Harbor Capital Advisors Inc.

New York Life Investment Management LLC

Metropolitan West Asset Management LLC

Fusion Connect

Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) Tier 2

Dechert LLP's trademarks group is led by Philadelphia-based Glenn Gundersen, an expert in trademark searching and clearance, with additional capabilities in prosecution, fair use and licensing. Gundersen advises clients including Apple, Marriott and Zara on portfolio management issues. Associate Jennifer Insley-Pruitt in New York regularly assists Gundersen with managing these portfolios.

Practice head(s):

Glenn Gundersen

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Apple

Willis Towers Watson

The Ivy League

Zara

VF

Aetna

Marriott

Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 3

Dechert LLP’s reputed Title 1 expert and employee benefits and executive compensation co-chair Andrew Oringer is a go-to name for clients seeking ERISA fiduciary guidance on investments of plan assets and fund formation projects. Steven Rabitz further strengthens this side of the New York-based practice; their client roster includes global investment banks, hedge funds, investment banks, asset managers and other financial institutions. Core benefits advice on corporate transactions is handled from the Chicago office by co-chair David Jones and Eric Rubin, whose typical mandates include mid-cap M&A transactions for public companies and portfolio acquisitions for private equity funds. The team’s client base predominantly consists of financial services names, although manufacturing, real estate and technology are additional fields of expertise.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Oringer; David Jones

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC and Credit Suisse Asset Management

Graham Partners

Lexmark International

Griffon Corporation

Court Square Capital Partners

HFF, Inc.

Blackboard Inc.

US Ecology, Inc.

Eurovia SAS

B&G Foods

Berwind Corporation

Healthcare: life sciences Tier 3

Dechert LLP regularly advises on cross-border matters, leveraging the expertise of its life sciences teams across the US, Europe and Asia. The practice is jointly led by Andrea Reid, who focuses on IP-driven transactions and patent portfolio management, David Rosenthal, who is particularly experienced in corporate finance, licensing and capital markets transactions, and Mélanie Thill-Tayara in the firm's Paris office. Sheila Birnbaum and Mark Cheffo focus on product liability, mass torts and insurance litigation, and led the 2,250 cases connected to the Opioid litigation for Purdue Pharma. Martin Black and Katherine Helm, based in Philadelphia and New York respectively, successfully represented SpePharm, a subsidiary of Norgine, in a licensing dispute against Eisai. Carl Morales is another name to note in New York; he focuses on prosecuting patent portfolios for FDA-approved or soon-to-be-approved drug products. Other standout highlights include representing Eli Lilly in a patent infringement action by Genentech involving the client’s autoimmune antibody drug Taltz.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Reid; David Rosenthal; Mélanie Thill-Tayara

Key clients

AbbVie

Aquestive Therapeutics

Bayer

CVS Health

Daiichi Sankyo

Edge Therapeutics (Now PDS Biotechnology)

Eli Lilly and Company

Endo Pharmaceuticals

Ferring Pharmaceuticals

Kymera Therapeutics

Lannett Company

Pfizer

Purdue Pharma

Royalty Pharma

SpePharm

Zyla Life Sciences (formerly Egalet Corporation)

International litigation Tier 3

Dechert LLP’s international litigation group is led out of New York by Gary Mennitt, and is renowned for its work in multi-jurisdictional insolvency litigation. Splitting his time between Philadelphia and Washington, Michael McGinley is a contact for issues involving federal jurisdiction and foreign sovereign immunity. Former practice co-head Dennis Hranitzky left the firm for Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP.

M&A litigation: defense Tier 3

Dechert LLP is frequently called upon by large corporations and financial institutions to handle merger-related cases in both federal and state courts throughout the US, including the Delaware Court of Chancery, as well as SEC and stock exchange inquiries and investigations arising out of M&A transactions. It acts for acquirers, sellers, bidders, corporate officers and directors, special board committees, investment banks, venture capitalists, individual investors, private equity firms, hedge funds and other stakeholders. David Kistenbroker, who works in the Chicago and New York offices, and New York-based David Kelley lead the trials, investigations and securities practice, which is responsible for deal-related litigation. Joni Jacobsen and emerging talent Angela Liu in Chicago, as well as up-and-coming partner Joshua Hess in New York, are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

David Kistenbroker

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Qihoo 360 Technology

Nederlander Organization

Sierra Income Corporation

Talmer Bancorp, Inc.

Intelligent Systems

Swisher Hygiene Inc.

Former CFO Greg Rush of Syneos Health

Bravo Brio Restaurant Group

Turtle Beach Corporation/VTB Holdings, Inc./Stripes Group

Private equity buyouts Tier 3

Mark Thierfelder heads up the 'thoughtful and attentive' practice group at Dechert LLP, which has core strengths in middle-market funds work, but is developing a strong reputation for larger-cap work as well. Though middle-market work remains the focus, a recent example of the firm's trend toward large-cap work is its advice to GIC on the sale of Refinitiv to London Stock Exchange Group for an enterprise value of $27bn. The practice is particularly active in working with funds involved in the healthcare and life sciences industries, taking advantage of booms in these sectors to secure notable growth mandates, as well as life-cycle investments, buyouts, and exits. Key names to note are Geraldine Sinatra, a prolific transactional partner in Philadelphia, and the 'highly effectiveMarkus Bolsinger, who is rated for his work in securing new clients, as well as for acting on significant cross-border transactions. Bolsinger divides his time between New York and Germany.

Practice head(s):

Mark Thierfelder

Testimonials

Dechert has been our most important and strategic legal adviser for our largest private equity transactions. Dechert provides thoughtful and balanced advice and acts as a true partner. They are more commercial, dependable, and responsive than other law firms we work with.

Mark Thierfelder and Jonathan Kim have been outstanding partners at Dechert.

Most issues and negotiations are gray. Judgement and communication are critical. I have found Henry Nassau’s judgement and communications to be stellar.

We have worked with Dechert for over a decade and they have become our go to firm. Their knowledge, expertise and client service have put them in a position to displace the other firms we previously worked with over the past 20 years.

The team we work with at Dechert is outstanding. Henry Nassau, Jeff Legath, John LaRocca, Jon Stott, Sarah Gelb, Abbi Cohen, David Jones, Josh Milgrim and many others have a collective knowledge and expertise, coupled with outstanding customer service that sets them apart from others we have worked with at competing law firms over the last 20 years. They have truly become our trusted advisors, and an integral part of our extended team and we greatly value their advice and guidance.

Very detailed analysis but with practical advice.

The Dechert team led by Eric Siegel is incredibly responsive, practical, and knowledgeable.

Thoughtful and attentive to detail. The team makes an effort to understand our business objectives and then applies that understanding to the legal analysis and discussion.

Markus Bolsinger stands out as a business-oriented advisor and highly effective manager of complex processes.

Deep knowledge and experience on key M&A issues including tax and employment matters.

Josh Milgrim  is the go to guy for any tax issue. He is GREAT at structuring transactions and has deep knowledge and foresight on tax related topics.

Jonathan Kim has the ability to summarize key M&A issues and provide various ideas around a successful resolution. Meticulous at his work.

Deep bench. Able to go head to head with high-powered law firms representing major PE Sponsors. Responsiveness and familiarity with the sensitivities of a sovereign foreign investor.

Excellent client service. Proactively gives us the feeling that we are in good hands and that they will be strong advocates for our positions. Great personal familiarity with team members and tendencies. Team is unafraid to come up with interesting solutions to problems and analyze costs/benefits of pursuing alternative routes. Makes it very easy for us to make decisions with confidence.

We have used Dechert on a number of transactions, I really trust them. One of my go-tos- they have been terrific on pharma transactions, but they have very good range. I love the combination of Mark Therfielder and Gareth Clark- it’s a very good combination of substance and fundamental legal points- getting the technical points correct. Incredible client service, they constantly stay in touch with me. Very good at managing relationships. Lean internally and able to compensate for that. Very much on top of where the booby traps are going to be on a transaction. As thorough as any lawyers I’ve ever worked with.

Key clients

GIC

Court Square Capital Partners

One Equity Partners

MSD Partners

Cerberus Capital Management

Further Global Capital Management

Graham Partners

Morgan Stanley Capital Partners

Sterling Investment Partners

Centre Partners

Bregal Partners

Quilvest

Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort Tier 3

Specializing in pharma work, Dechert LLP acts in a range of toxic tort related matters, including insurance and building materials. New York-based Sheila Birnbaum focuses on complex product liability, mass torts, and insurance litigation. She co-leads the practice with Mark Cheffo, also in New York, who acts for corporates and individuals in the pharmaceutical, medical device manufacturing, bioengineering, and industrial products industries. In a recent highlight, the team represents Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics in civil litigation and regulatory matters connected to its use of materials containing perfluorooctanoic acid.

Practice head(s):

Sheila Birnbaum; Mark Cheffo

Other key lawyers:

Robert Heim; Douglas Fleming III; William Oxley

Key clients

Purdue Pharma

AbbVie

Johnson & Johnson

State Farm

Pfizer

Bayer

Saint-Gobain

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 3

Financial restructuring is a small but rather active practice of Dechert LLP's in New York. Working both for creditors and debtors, the team is zealously engaged in cross-border restructurings and insolvencies. Particularly vibrant was the offshore drilling market in Brazil, where group co-head Allan Brilliant represented a number of funds in different Chapter 15 cases. His counterpart Michael Sage regularly acts for financial institutions that have invested in troubled companies' debt as well as in bankruptcies,  restructurings, and divestitures. The team has a significant role in the opioid scandal litigation, defending Purdue Pharma.

Practice head(s):

Allan Brilliant; Michael Sage

Testimonials

‘Allan Brilliant is definitely one the most experienced restructuring lawyers around. His ability to foresee problems and solutions is remarkable’

Key clients

Alden Global Capital

Aurelius Capital Management

Davidson Kempner

Elliott Associates

HIG Capital

Marblegate Asset Management

Monarch Alternative Capital

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company

Stonehill Capital Management

York Capital Management Global Advisors

Alternative/hedge funds Tier 4

Dechert LLP focuses on cross-border fund formation and regulatory advice. The DC team has core strengths in funds regulatory work. Practice head David Vaughan, formerly the senior private fund policy advisor at the SEC, has unique experience of compliance issues in the formation of domestic and offshore private funds, and Michael Sherman handles compliance with the Investment Advisers Act and Investment Company Act for advisers specializing in non-standard asset classes (such as collateralized loan obligations, real estate and tax credit). Timothy Spangler in Orange County and Matthew Kerfoot in New York have active investor-side practices, while Timothy Clark (also in New York) advises on the cross-border transactional aspects of hedge funds investing in emerging markets.

Practice head(s):

David Vaughan

Capital markets: debt offerings Tier 4

Dechert LLP’s niche expertise in permanent capital vehicles translates into a practice specializing in advising business development companies on debt issuances. Other sweet spots include life sciences and cross-border offerings. The group consistently advises on the full spread of securities transactions, including public and private offerings, international listings and exchange offers. Boston-based Thomas Friedmann co-heads the practice and is a key contact for work involving business development companies. David Rosenthal co-chairs the department from New York and focuses on clients in the life sciences, medical device and technology sectors. In Philadelphia, William Lawlor, Ian Hartman and Eric Siegel are key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Friedmann; David Rosenthal

Other key lawyers:

Ian HartmanWilliam Lawlor; James Lebovitz; Harry Pangas; Eric Siegel 

Key clients

Alcentra Capital Corporation

Amkor Technology

Aquestive Therapeutics

B&G Foods

Crown Holdings

EaglePoint Credit Company

Egalet Corporation

FS Investment Corporation

Golub Capital BDC, Inc.

Hercules Capital

Horizon Technology Finance

Janney Montgomery Scott

Ladenburg Thalmann

LandBridge Capital

Main Street Capital Corporation

Morgan Stanley (as issuer)

ORIX USA Corporation

PennantPark Investment Corporation/PennantPark Floating Rate Capital

Piper Jaffray

Raymond James

Stifel Nicolaus

TriplePoint Capital

UBS

WhiteHorse Finance

Capital markets: equity offerings Tier 4

The ‘very friendly and available’ team at Dechert LLP secures a significant volume of mid-market equity transactions, particularly offerings involving permanent capital vehicles and life sciences companies. The practice also stands out for its relatively even balance of issuer and underwriter representations, including major New York investment banks. Boston-based department co-chair Thomas Friedmann also co-heads the firm’s permanent capital practice and is recognized for his expertise in advising business development company clients; he acts as a lead relationship partner for issuers such as Eagle Point, Golub Capital BDC and PennantPark. In New York, Howard Kleinman is highlighted for his ability to make a ‘complicated deal seem very simple’ and handles a wide range of public and private offerings. New York-based life sciences specialist David Rosenthal co-chairs the group and is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Friedmann; David Rosenthal

Other key lawyers:

Howard Kleinman; Harry Pangas

Testimonials

Very friendly and available most of the time.

The team identified the relevant issues and worked in an efficient manner preventing unnecessary work and costs.

The team showed depth and they also had good chemistry with our inside general counsel.’

Howard Kleinman stood out by showing lots of interest in the transaction from the beginning and following up when needed. He made a complicated deal seem very simple and was very pragmatic.’

Key clients

Alcentra Capital Corporation

Amkor Technology

Aquestive Therapeutics

B&G Foods

Bain Capital Specialty Finance

Diffusion Pharmaceuticals

Eagle Point Credit Company

FS Investment Corporation

Golub Capital BDC, Inc.

Hercules Capital

Horizon Technology Finance

Janney Montgomery Scott

Jefferies

Ladenburg Thalmann

LandBridge Capital

Main Street Capital Corporation

Morgan Stanley (as issuer)

PennantPark Investment Corporation/PennantPark Floating Rate Capital

Piper Jaffray

Raymond James

Stifel Nicolaus

TriplePoint Capital

UBS

WhiteHorse Finance

Capital markets: global offerings Tier 4

Dechert LLP’s US capital markets group leans on the firm’s international platforms across Europe, Asia and the Middle East to support its advice to US and non-US issuers and underwriters on multi-jurisdictional offerings. Life sciences-related work remains a key pillar of the practice and the team is also strong in representing private equity firms and portfolio companies on IPO exits and debt financings. Other notable sweet spots include permanent capital vehicles, sovereign bond offerings and regulatory and compliance matters. Boston-based Thomas Friedmann co-chairs the department and advises domestic and international issuers and investment banks on securities transactions, with an emphasis on permanent capital vehicles. New York-based life sciences specialist David Rosenthal co-leads the group and  specializes in representing corporations, investment banks and venture capital firms in public and private offerings.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Friedmann; David Rosenthal

Key clients

Alcentra Capital Corporation

Amkor Technology

Aquestive Therapeutics

B&G Foods

Bain Capital Specialty Finance

Diffusion Pharmaceuticals

EaglePoint Credit Company

FS Investment Corporation

Golub Capital BDC, Inc.

Hercules Capital

Horizon Technology Finance

Janney Montgomery Scott

Jefferies

Ladenburg Thalmann

LandBridge Capital

Main Street Capital Corporation

Morgan Stanley (as issuer)

PennantPark Investment Corporation/PennantPark Floating Rate Capital

Piper Jaffray

Raymond James

Stifel Nicolaus

TriplePoint Capital

UBS

WhiteHorse Finance

Capital markets: high-yield Tier 4

Dechert LLP’s high-yield debt practice has a focus on issuer-side mandates and enjoys strong relationships with certain repeat issuers, such as B&G Foods. The group also plugs into the firm’s extensive international network to secure a significant volume of cross-border deals, with Europe and Latin America notable sweet spots in that regard. Other team strong suits include life sciences and permanent capital vehicles. Boston-based Thomas Friedmann co-chairs the global corporate finance and capital markets practice and represents both issuers and investment banks on public and private securities transactions. New York-based department co-chair David Rosenthal also co-leads the life sciences practice and has a broad focus on growth industries. Philadelphia-based Stephen Leitzell represents public and private companies, as well as private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, on high-yield debt offerings.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Friedmann; David Rosenthal

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Alcentra Capital Corporation

Amkor Technology

Aquestive Therapeutics

B&G Foods

Crown Holdings

EaglePoint Credit Company

Egalet Corporation

FS Investment Corporation

Golub Capital BDC, Inc.

Hercules Capital

Horizon Technology Finance

Janney Montgomery Scott

Ladenburg Thalmann

LandBridge Capital

Main Street Capital Corporation

Morgan Stanley (as issuer)

ORIX USA Corporation

PennantPark Investment Corporation/PennantPark Floating Rate Capital

Piper Jaffray

Raymond James

Stifel Nicolaus

TriplePoint Capital

UBS

WhiteHorse Finance

Commercial lending Tier 4

Dechert LLP has an active team led by Scott Zimmerman out of New York. The practice is especially strong on the borrower side, representing a mix of corporates and private equity funds on leveraged loans and acquisition financings, as well as refinancings and highly structured debt. The firm also has a particularly strong niche in fund finance work, thanks in part to the expertise of Jay Alicandri, and it regularly represents investment managers on negotiating their loan facilities. The team is also active in the direct lending sphere, where it represents a range of alternate financiers. The experienced Jeffrey Katz has strong expertise representing borrowers and lenders, as does Philadelphia-based partner Sarah Gelb.

Practice head(s):

Scott Zimmerman

Testimonials

‘Great senior level attention. Unlike other firms, I generally deal with one partner on a deal rather than many partners or junior level staff’

‘Deep knowledge of structured lending to credit funds and financing for asset managers. Partners are diligent and focused, and generally great to work with’

‘Jeff Katz provides a wide range of expertise from leveraged lending and restructuring advice. He excels at thinking several steps ahead in helping us thinking about structuring a document and implications. He has a nice balance of thinking like an investor while balancing role as attorney’

‘Jay Alicandri is very smart, diligent, and focused. He’s personable and a pleasure to work with’

Key clients

B&G Foods

Bregal Partners

Court Square Capital Partners

Morgan Stanley Capital Partners

FS/KKR

ING Capital

PennantPark Investment Corporation

Prospect Capital Corporation

Hercules Capital

American Express Global Business Travel (GBT)

Blackstone/GSO Secured Lending Fund

Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design Tier 4

Dechert LLP has a nationally-renowned Title 1 offering spearheaded by practice co-head Andrew Oringer and Steven Rabitz, which provides fiduciary guidance to global investment banks, broker-dealers, mutual funds and trust companies on the management of their pension plan assets. Asset managers also entrust the team to advise on the structuring and implementation of financial products to retirement plan clients, as well the DOL’s ongoing changes to (and repeal of) the fiduciary rule.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Oringer

Key clients

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC and Credit Suisse Asset Management

Numerous financial institutions

Graham Partners

Lexmark International

Griffon Corporation

Court Square Capital Partners

HFF, Inc.

Blackboard Inc.

US Ecology, Inc.

Eurovia SAS

B&G Foods

Berwind Corporation

Environment: transactional Tier 4

Dechert LLP is a destination firm for corporates, private equity investors, bank lenders, non-profits involved in domestic and cross-border M&A, infrastructure projects, real estate and financing matters. In addition to advising on environmental due diligence in the context of corporate transactions, the practice group provides standalone advice on environmental risks, and works with clients on the development of appropriate mitigation mechanisms. Key figures in the team include practice head Abbi Cohen and John Ix, both of whom have experience of a huge variety of regulatory compliance matters. Cohen and Ix are both based in Philadelphia.

Practice head(s):

Abbi Cohen

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Dechert team can deal with almost any situation, no matter how difficult. The firm’s approach is very practical and solution-oriented. They appreciate what it takes to get transactions done, including the sensitivities of different types of counterparties and position proposals.’

‘Both Abby Cohen and John Ix have proven themselves to us over a range of difficult transactions with financial, strategic and regulatory stakeholders.’

Key clients

Graham Partners

Court Square Capital Partners

Berwind

Eurovia

One Equity Partners

US Ecology

Select Medical Corporation

PPC Enterprises

International arbitration Tier 4

The Washington DC-based international arbitration practice at Dechert LLP acts both for claimants and respondents in investment treaty arbitration. Notably, the team is often retained for contentious issues involving alleged corruption and other economic crimes. It is also well-positioned to handle cross-border work thanks to the firm’s global presence; multiple work highlights demonstrate the team’s ability to cooperate with colleagues in Paris and London. Global group co-chair Arif Ali heads up the US practice and divides time between Washington DC and London. Alexandre de Gramont is praised for his ‘superb drafting and analytical skills’.

Practice head(s):

Arif Ali

Other key lawyers:

Alexandre de Gramont; Érica Franzetti; Juan Felipe Merizalde Urdaneta

Testimonials

Certainly, this is an exceptional team with highly specialized professionals not only in arbitration procedures, but also in substantive matters related to the origin of the dispute, typically in sectors such as energy, construction, and mining.

Arif Ali is an excellent strategic thinker with superb client- and leadership skills.

Alexandre de Gramont is a gifted litigator with superb drafting and analytical skills.

For our case, Arif Ali put together a great team led by a knowledgeable appeals attorney and associates that responded to our needs with work of unmatched quality.

Special consultant Juan Felipe Merizalde Urdaneta is truly remarkable. His attention to detail and profound knowledge of arbitration makes him stand out. He makes himself available 24/7 and is always on top of things. He has a unique way of looking at difficult problems and making them simple and in a very persuasive narrative.

Key clients

MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas

The Republic of Poland

Afilias USA

Plurinational State of Bolivia

The Czech Republic

DotConnect Africa

DotGay LLC

DotMusic

International trade Tier 4

Jointly led by Amanda DeBusk and Jeremy Zucker, Dechert LLP's DC-based international trade and government regulation practice is praised by clients as 'practical and business-oriented'. DeBusk previously served as the US Commerce Department Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement, and regularly acts alongside Melissa Duffy in export controls mandates. The team also places special emphasis on regulatory compliance matters, and attracts praise for its depth of expertise in Office of Foreign Assets Control affairs. Indeed, the group's recent work includes notable representations involving violations of OFAC's sanctions regulations in the travel and the aviation sectors.

Practice head(s):

Amanda DeBusk; Jeremy Zucker

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Dechert has a great personal touch; the team is practical, business-oriented, highly available and gets the job done on time.

My company has critical international trade needs, and we rely heavily on Dechert’s team. We view the team as one of the best. The team is led superbly by Jeremy Zucker, who is incredibly practical and conscious of time and cost in line with the requirements of our business. Jeremy is one of the best US lawyers with whom I have dealt in my 15 years of practising.

Jeremy Zucker is exceptional when it comes to his knowledge and skill in his practice area. He instils great confidence by providing clear and practical advice in a manner which is easily understood by non-legal staff members.

Jeremy Zucher is very personable and knowledgeable, and has excellent oral and written skills; he also shows great understanding of complex legal issues in the area of finance.

Key clients

August Koehler SE

Ford Motor Company

GIC Private Limited

Hotelbeds Group

Apollo Aviation

Trace International, Inc.

M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 4

Dechert LLP utilizes two key elements of its firm-wide offering to maintain a consistent flow of high-value M&A. The firm's global platform allows it to act on complex cross-border mandates, as well as seek transactional and regulatory expertise from across its office network, while its close relationship with private equity funds has produced fruitful relationships with both target companies and the funds themselves. Aside from private companies and funds, the healthcare and life sciences industries are key sources of work. The prolific Mark Thierfelder heads up the practice from New York, while Markus Bolsinger is recognized for his international capabilities (practicing in both New York and Germany) and his record in attracting new clients to the firm. The 'excellent' and 'knowledgeable' Geraldine Sinatra in Philadelphia is also highly rated by clients.

Practice head(s):

Mark Thierfelder

Other key lawyers:

Markus Bolsinger; Geraldine Sinatra; William Lawlor; Jonathan Kim; Eric Siegel

Testimonials

We work with Gerrie Sinatra and Greg Schernecke. They are both extremely knowledgeable about our industry, which is critical in terms of deal structure and due diligence, and they are excellent negotiators who are always up to speed on what the market is doing. They are extremely responsive and, through the resources of the firm, are able to provide a broad array of specific subject matter expertise. Gerrie is an excellent partner who gets involved personally when the situation warrants. Greg is extremely dedicated, hard working, knowledgeable and practical.

Jonathan Kim  is a practical and business-oriented solutions provider with exceptional responsiveness, thoughtfulness and thoroughness.

Key clients

Anvil International

American Express Global Business Travel

B&G Foods

Berwind Group

Blackboard

Centric Brands

CIT Group

Court Square Capital Partners

Edge Therapeutics

FS/KKR Advisor

GIC

Golub Capital

HFF

Nicholas Financial

OppenheimerFunds

Select Medical Corporation

US Ecology

Stifel

Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings) Tier 4

Dechert LLP 's practice focuses on advising pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies on a wide range of matters, spanning patent portfolio development for pre-public and discovery stage clients, the management of international patent portfolios and the representation in adversarial proceedings at the USPTO as core lines of work. The group is a key player in the firm's international life sciences practice and well versed in multi-jurisdictional matters. Boston's Andrea Reid and Austin's Jeffrey Plies direct the life sciences powerhouse.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Reid; Jeffrey Plies

Other key lawyers:

Chad Davis; Carl Morales

Testimonials

Dechert really is a team – amazing and seamless ability to bring deep expertise to bear, while also having a key relationship manager. They get client service right.

Collaborative, deep expertise, steady hand on the tiller with excellent advice, timely delivery and to the upmost quality. A true Rolls Royce firm.

Highly creative team, especially in the small molecule and formulation areas.  Fantastic work cleaning up inherited files.

Andrea Reid is an exemplary lawyer and leading light in IP thinking.  Further, she is an amazing manager and developer of talent, as evidenced by the amazing associates and young partners she has groomed.

Andrea Reid – Outstanding in her field, highly personable, deep expertise and experience, trusted advice, delivers everything that is required of a strategic patent attorney, collaborative and knowledgeable contributing across whole landscape of our complex corporate structure and other patent firms.

Paul Fleming – Experience based on real world experience of pharma, delivers above and beyond what is expected, superb scientific roots. Trusted team member.

Carl Morales – Carl does an excellent job approaching a problem from new angles and finding a solution to otherwise impossible issues. He is responsive and takes a lot of pride in his work.

Key clients

Arrakis Therapeutics

AstraZeneca/Omthera

Centrexion Therapeutics

Ferring Pharmaceuticals

ImmuneSensor Therapeutics

Incyte Corporation/Calithera Biosciences

Kymera Therapeutics

Kyn Therapeutics

Merck KGaA

Nimbus Therapeutics

Pfizer

Rafael Pharmaceuticals

US taxes: non-contentious Tier 4

Dechert LLP's 'strong tax group' is led by Josh Milgram in New York, who specializes in the tax aspects of public and private M&A, financial transactions and securities offerings, restructurings and workouts, and the formation of investment management companies. Also recommended in New York is Daniel M Dunn, who works on a variety of corporate, financing and private equity transactions. Edward Lemanowicz is a key figure in the Philadelphia office, while Adrienne Baker in Boston maintains a broad tax practice, including work on hedge funds, private equity funds and partnership taxation.

Practice head(s):

Josh Milgram

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very strong in the fund space, private and public. Strong knowledge for tax of securitization transactions.’

‘Dechert has a strong tax group.’

‘Ari Zak- smart, knowledgeable, thoughtful.’

‘Adrienne Baker is our primary lawyer. She is very smart, easy to deal with and up to date on all developments. She offers practical advice.’

Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 5

Dechert LLP has a strong global funds practice that counts dozens of the world's asset managers among its key clients. Among the team's recent highlights, Carl de Brito advised international investment firm Barings on the formation of Barings Asset-Based Income Fund (BABIF), its first commingled fund focusing on equity investments in real assets. Also recommended in the team are Russel Perkins and David Vaughan. Named attorneys are based in the firm's New York office.

Practice head(s):

David Vaughan; Carl de Brito

Other key lawyers:

Jay Zagoren

Key clients

Barings

Crescent Capital Group

Generation Investment Management

LA Capital

Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 6

Dechert LLP can look back on an exceptionally successful 2019, having secured multiple jury trial victories and several IPR successes. The practice demonstrates particular strength in the life sciences, especially in Hatch-Waxman litigation, but also delivers in disputes arisen from a range of other sectors, including the telecommunications and technology sectors. Litigation regarding licensing agreements is another core area of the team. Thanks to the firm's international office network, the group is able to join forces with overseas colleagues for cross-border disputes. The practice heads are Jeffrey Plies in Austin and Martin Black in the Philadelphia office. Stephen Rabinowitz joined the New York office in October 2018, coming from Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP. Other key locations are the Princeton and Silicon Valley offices.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Plies; Martin Black

Other key lawyers:

Katherine Helm; Kevin Flannery; Robert Rhoad; Jonathan Loeb; Christopher Ruhland; Noah Leibowitz

Key clients

Daiichi Sankyo

Eli Lilly and Company

Endo Pharmaceuticals

GlaxoSmithKline

Intellectual Ventures

IOENGINE

Hitachi Maxell Holdings, Ltd./Mondis Limited

Music Choice

Norgine

Quest Diagnostics Inc. and Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute

Samsung

Sberbank

Financial services regulation Tier 7

Based in Washington DC, the team at Dechert LLP has acted for bank holding companies and investment funds, in issues relating to compliance with the Volcker Rule. The firm also has a strong focus on the fintech sector. David Harris and William Bielefeld are key figures in the team. Former practice co-head David Ansell retired, and senior partners Thomas Vartanian and Robert Ledig left the practice for positions at a US law school.

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Dechert LLP's practice group expanded in 2019 with the addition of Andrew Boutros, who significantly increases its presence in Chicago, bringing with him experience in FCA litigation, FCPA, crisis management and internal investigations. Also in 2019, Sozi Pedro Tulante joined the Philadelphia office after serving as the city's solicitor. As a whole, the team is able to draw on an international office network, including practitioners in the UK, France and China, which enables the US team to handle a variety of multi-jurisdictional cases. It is regularly called upon to defend corporations and individuals in cases brought by US regulatory agencies, state attorneys general and other governmental bodies. Veteran trial lawyer Andrew Levander is a key member of the group in New York, which is also home to practice co-head David Kelley. The other co-head, David Kistenbroker, is based out of Chicago and is a specialist in securities matters. In Washington DC, the go-to name for securities work is Catherine Botticelli, while New York's Jeffrey Brown is developing a name for himself in spoofing cases, as well as his representation of high-profile individuals.

Practice head(s):

David Kelley; David Kistenbroker

Key clients

The Audit Committee of Wal-Mart, Inc.

Symphony CP (Park Lane) LLC

Carnival

Alpha Capital Anstalt

Ian Dibb

Joseph Taub

Arif Naqvi

Mark Frissora

Telemaque Lavidas

Andre Bernard

Dechert’s lawyers work together to understand their clients’ most complex legal and business problems and efficiently deliver practical and innovative solutions all over the world.

Our clients face increasingly challenging times, from geopolitical uncertainty and the increasing scope of compliance requirements, to a proliferation of commercial and regulatory risks. We partner with businesses to navigate these situations, supporting clients in achieving their commercial goals. Our method is agile and intuitive.

We have some of the world’s leading lawyers advising on both domestic and cross-border matters. The firm is frequently retained to work on the most challenging transactions and disputes, and prides itself on its ability to deliver premium legal services and sound business judgment to its clients. We create strategies that protect both commercial and private interests with discretion and sensitivity.

Dechert lawyers bring to all of their assignments a focus on quality, responsiveness and value for money. We are driven by one key principle: exceptional client service.

Our clients include corporations, financial institutions, sovereign states, quasi-sovereign entities and private and high-net-worth individuals all over the world. Dechert undertakes work for 40 of the “Fortune 100” companies, and represents more than 200 private equity and investment firms in some capacity. We also advise 24 of the top 25 global asset management firms, and 41 of the top 50 global private debt firms (as identified by PDI).

Technology and innovation are central to the future development of our business, both in terms of client-facing products and internal resources that enable more cost-effective operations, such as innovations in project management, eDiscovery and client-specific extranets.

Dechert has a longstanding tradition of providing pro bono legal services to individuals and organizations who cannot otherwise afford legal counsel. Lawyers in all our offices and in all our practice groups make a difference every day by contributing their talents to providing pro bono legal services. We approach pro bono efforts with the same energy, enthusiasm and resources as work for commercial clients, and associates receive billable hour credit for their pro bono work. We require all lawyers to perform at least 25 hours of pro bono work per year to ensure universal participation in our pro bono program.

Department Name Email Telephone
Financial services and Investment management Christopher Harvey
Financial services and Investment management Robert Helm
Corporate and securities Mark Thierfelder
Complex commercial litigation Christina Guerola Sarchio
Intellectual property Martin Black
Intellectual property Jeffrey Plies
Financial restructuring Allan Brilliant
Global finance Richard Jones
White collar defense and investigations David Kelley
White collar defense and investigations Hector Gonzalez
Securities litigation David Kistenbroker
Securities litigation Joni Jacobsen
Securities litigation Michael Kichline
Antitrust Steven Bizar
Antitrust Michael Weiner
Employee benefits/executive compensation/tax Andrew Oringer
Employee benefits/executive compensation/tax David Jones
Employee benefits/executive compensation/tax Joshua Milgrim
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr William Bielefeld  photo Mr William Bielefeld
Mr Thomas C. Bogle  photo Mr Thomas C. Bogle
Ms Catherine Botticelli  photo Ms Catherine Botticelli
Mr Brenden P. Carroll  photo Mr Brenden P. Carroll
Mr William Cejudo  photo Mr William Cejudo
Mr Vincent H Cohen, Jr  photo Mr Vincent H Cohen, Jr
Ms F. Amanda DeBusk  photo Ms F. Amanda DeBusk
Ms Melissa L. Duffy  photo Ms Melissa L. Duffy
Mr Craig Falls  photo Mr Craig Falls
Mr James A Fishkin  photo Mr James A Fishkin
Mr Rani Habash  photo Mr Rani Habash
Mr David J. Harris  photo Mr David J. Harris
Mr Robert Helm  photo Mr Robert Helm
Mr Sean Kane  photo Mr Sean Kane
Mr Harry S. Pangas  photo Mr Harry S. Pangas
Mr Bernardo L. Piereck  photo Mr Bernardo L. Piereck
Ms Shari Ross Lahlou  photo Ms Shari Ross Lahlou
Mr Jeremy B. Zucker  photo Mr Jeremy B. Zucker

Dechert is a leading global law firm with 27 offices around the world. We advise on matters and transactions of the greatest complexity, bringing energy, creativity and efficient management of legal issues to deliver commercial and practical advice for clients.

History of the firm: Founded in Philadelphia in 1875, Dechert has advised on matters involving Latin America for more than three decades. Its international network of trusted local counsel is bolstered by the firm’s foreign lawyer program, where lawyers from Latin American relationship firms are seconded to Dechert and vice versa.

Main areas of practice: Corporate and securities: Dechert’s corporate lawyers have advised companies seeking to expand their traction both within and outside Latin America for more than three decades. The firm represents buyers, sellers and advisers in connection with mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. Dechert also handles a full range of corporate finance transactions, including initial public offerings and follow-on equity offerings, Rule 144A and Regulation S offerings, rights offerings, tender and exchange offers, and sovereign debt offerings.

Financial restructuring: Dechert represents distressed companies, buyers of distressed assets, investors in debt, equity holders and creditors in every phase of the insolvency and corporate recovery lifecycle in Latin America. The firm focuses on achieving clients’ financial and business goals in the most expedient manner possible, including advocating on their behalf.

Financial services and asset management: Dechert offers a broad range of transactional and regulatory services to Latin American banks, broker-dealers, investment managers, insurance companies and other financial institutions. It works closely with local counsel to facilitate public and private offerings of foreign collective investment schemes across the region. The firm has assisted clients in listing exchange-traded funds on Latin American stock exchanges and facilitated the approval of shares/units of investment funds for sale to pension funds administrators in Chile and Peru.

Global investigations: Dechert has considerable experience investigating and advising on anti-corruption compliance issues in Latin America, as well as matters involving tax and accounting fraud, money laundering and insider trading. The firm brings particular expertise to bear on matters involving FCPA and UK Bribery Act compliance, and also advises on civil and cartel investigations.

International arbitration and litigation: Dechert lawyers have acted as counsel or arbitrator in landmark arbitration proceedings involving Latin American parties, acting for and against state parties, majority and minority shareholders in joint ventures, and independent contractors. The firm also advises clients regarding their rights and remedies under investment treaties and other international instruments.

Governments, global corporations, corporate and sovereign debt holders, hedge funds and other financial institutions rely on the firm’s international litigators to resolve their most intractable cross-border commercial disputes, whether before courts, administrative tribunals or regulatory bodies. Its recent experience includes handling cross-border insolvency, sovereign debt and other commercial disputes involving such countries as Argentina, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Nicaragua.

International trade: Dechert handles a wide range of international trade matters, including export controls, economic sanctions, trade embargoes, customs procedures, trade defense measures and national security reviews of foreign direct investment. The firm’s practitioners include former national and multinational officials, comprising regulators, compliance officers, enforcement agents, trade negotiators and public affairs experts.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chairman Andrew Levander
CEO Henry Nassau
Corporate and securities Howard Kleinman E: howard.kleinman@dechert.com
Financial restructuring Allan Brilliant E: allan.brilliant@dechert.com
Financial services and asset management Douglas Dick E: douglas.dick@dechert.com
Global investigations Neil Gerrard E: neil.gerrard@dechert.com
International arbitration Eduardo Silva Romero E: eduardo.silvaromero@ dechert.com
International arbitration Arif Ali E: arif.ali@dechert.com
International litigation Dennis Hranitzky E: dennis.hranitzky@dechert.com
International trade Amanda DeBusk E: amanda.debusk@dechert.com
International trade Miriam Gonzalez E: miriam.gonzalez@dechert.com
International trade Jeremy Zucker E: jeremy.zucker@dechert.com

Chairman: Andrew J Levander
CEO: Henry N Nassau
Number of partners: 306
Number of other lawyers: 700
International Offices: Almaty, Austin, Beijing, Boston, Brussels, Charlotte, Chicago, Dubai, Dublin, Frankfurt, Hartford, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Moscow, Munich, New York, Orange County, Paris, Philadelphia, Princeton, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Washington, DC

Contacts:
Corporate & Securities:
 Howard Kleinman
Financial Restructuring: Allan Brilliant
Financial Services & Asset Management: Douglas Dick
Global Investigations: Hector Gonzalez
International Arbitration:
 Eduardo Silva Romero, Arif Ali
International Litigation: Dennis Hranitzky
International Trade: Amanda DeBusk, Jeremy Zucker

Firm Overview:
Dechert is a leading global law firm with 26 offices around the world. Dechert advises on matters and transactions of the greatest complexity, bringing energy, creativity and efficient management of legal issues to deliver commercial and practical advice for clients. Founded in Philadelphia in 1875, Dechert has advised on matters involving Latin America for more than three decades. The firm’s international network of trusted local counsel is bolstered by the firm’s Foreign Lawyer Program, where lawyers from Latin American relationship firms are seconded to Dechert and vice versa.

Main Areas of Practice:

Corporate & Securities:
For more than three decades, Dechert’s corporate lawyers have advised companies seeking to expand their traction both within and outside Latin America. The firm represents buyers, sellers and advisers in connection with mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. It also handles a full range of corporate finance transactions, including initial public offerings and follow-on equity offerings, Rule 144A and Regulation S offerings, rights offerings, tender and exchange offers, and sovereign debt offerings.

Financial Restructuring:
Dechert represents distressed companies, buyers of distressed assets, investors in debt, equity holders and creditors in every phase of the insolvency and corporate recovery lifecycle in Latin America. The firm focuses on achieving clients’ financial and business goals in the most expedient manner possible, including advocating on their behalf.

Financial Services & Asset Management:
Dechert offers a broad range of transactional and regulatory services to Latin American banks, broker-dealers, investment managers, insurance companies and other financial institutions. It works closely with local counsel to facilitate public and private offerings of foreign collective investment schemes across the region. The firm has assisted clients in listing exchange-traded funds on Latin American stock exchanges and has also facilitated the approval of shares/units of investment funds for sale to pension funds administrators in Chile and Peru.

Global Investigations:
Dechert has considerable experience investigating and advising on anti-corruption compliance issues in Latin America, as well as matters involving tax and accounting fraud, money laundering and insider trading. It brings particular expertise to bear on matters involving FCPA and UK Bribery Act compliance. The firm also advises on civil and cartel investigations.

International Arbitration & Litigation:
Dechert lawyers have acted as counsel or arbitrator in landmark arbitration proceedings involving Latin American parties, acting for and against state parties, majority and minority shareholders in joint ventures, and independent contractors. The firm also advises clients regarding their rights and remedies under investment treaties and other international instruments. Governments, global corporations, corporate and sovereign debt holders, hedge funds and other financial institutions rely on the firm’s international litigators to resolve their most intractable cross-border commercial disputes, whether before courts, administrative tribunals or regulatory bodies. Dechert’s recent experience includes handling cross-border insolvency, sovereign debt and other commercial disputes involving such countries as Argentina, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Nicaragua. 

International Trade:
Dechert handles a wide range of international trade matters, including export controls, economic sanctions, trade embargoes, customs procedures, trade defence measures and national security reviews of foreign direct investment. The firm’s practitioners include former national and multinational officials, comprising regulators, compliance officers, enforcement agents, trade negotiators and public affairs experts.

Languages:
40+ including Dutch, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish.


Championing diversity is part of Dechert’s DNA – a culture where respecting and valuing everyone’s voice and creating a shared enjoyment in all we do empowers people from different backgrounds, experiences and points of view to be fully themselves and bring their very best.

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). 2018/2019 marks the third successful year of Dechert’s sponsorship of AS’s national Commercial Awareness Competition. Over 1,500 candidates entered the competition annually, with the winners offered a one week vacation scheme at Dechert.

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.

Diversity Dashboards
To increase transparency, goal-setting and follow-through, Dechert designed and launched a diversity dashboard that helps firm leaders see where things are working effectively, and where more attention is needed.

Diversity Liaison Partners
Selected to oversee the diversity and inclusion efforts of their respective practice groups, diversity liaison partners monitor assignments for equitable distribution of opportunities and workflow and ensure that diverse individuals are being mentored/sponsored.

Diversity Symposium
Dechert holds a two-day Diversity Symposium for diverse associates, designed to help associates cultivate a wider professional and support network and to connect directly with firm leaders.

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
At the 2018 Partner Retreat firm leaders dedicated several hours to an intense, interactive session on inclusive leadership. Topics included affinity bias, attribution bias, covering, in and out groups, priming and unconscious bias. This program continued throughout 2018 and 2019, with regular partner meetings devoted to further building inclusive leadership skills. In 2020 this program is being expanded to everyone.

InterLaw Diversity Forum
Dechert is an active sponsor of the InterLaw Diversity Forum, which has a proven track record of driving change and equality in the legal sector through networking, research, collaboration, and sharing best practices.

The Law Collective
Dechert partnered with The Law Collective, an initiative for young black lawyers in the UK, both already in the profession and those seeking to secure a training contract.


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


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.”


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.”