Derek M Winokur > Dechert LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Dechert LLP
Three Bryant Park, 1095 Avenue of the Americas
NEW YORK, NY 10036-6797
United States
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Derek M. Winokur, co-head of Dechert’s private equity practice, represents private equity sponsors, strategic buyers and sellers, special committees, majority shareholders, investment banks and company management in public and private mergers and acquisitions both domestically and internationally. As a result of Mr. Winokur’s diverse client base, he is familiar with the pressure points of all deal parties in negotiations and works with clients to help anticipate and resolve issues. In addition, Mr. Winokur represents companies in connection with more general corporate matters, including public reporting obligations, recapitalizations, buybacks, reforming corporate governance, and capital market transactions. Mr. Winokur’s experience spans a wide range of industries, including technology, telecom, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing.

Mr. Winokur also has extensive experience advising both corporations and dissident shareholders in contests for corporate control. For instance, he advised Special Situations Partners and the shareholder group of Iridian Asset Management and Franklin Mutual Advisers in their respective successful proxy fights for ICN Pharmaceuticals, and represented PeopleSoft in responding to Oracle’s unsolicited tender offer and threatened proxy fight. More recently, Mr. Winokur represented a group of shareholders of USA Technologies, Inc. (USAT), who called themselves the “Shareholder Advocates for Value Enhancement” (SAVE), in a proxy contest that settled and resulted in USAT agreeing to: seat two of SAVE’s three director nominees; seat a third nominee if certain metrics were not achieved; implement a number of shareholder-friendly governance changes; and cover all of SAVE’s out-of-pocket expenses.


  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Articles Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review
  • Cornell University, B.A.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts

Dechert LLP distinguishes itself with its strong global reach, acting for a wide range of private equity funds and other investors across key jurisdictions, and maintains its record in cross-border deals. The team works with its offices across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East on inbound and outbound work involving US investors or targets, and is able to provide lifecycle support to funds. The practice has continued to expand both in terms of clients, with Seawall Capital a standout client win, and at senior level, with Sarah Kupferman promoted to partner in January 2021 in recognition of her emerging role in buyouts and portfolio company M&A. Mark E Thierfelder  leads the team, and remains active on behalf of top clients including GIC, Cerberus, and CVC, representing GIC as part of a consortium in its landmark $34bn acquisition of Medline. Jonathan Kim continues to combine deal value and deal volume effectively, working with major funds on bulge-bracket and mid-market deals, while Ken Young divides his time between New York and Pennsylvania, co-heading the domestic PE team and handling complex, often cross-border deals in the technology, financial services and energy sectors, among others. Derek M Winokur  has closed a number of major strategic deals for One Equity Partners and portfolio companies during 2021, and also remains active on behalf of other strategic buyers and sellers Lawyers are in New York unless otherwise stated.