Mr Scott M Zimmerman > 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

Work Department

Global Finance




Scott M. Zimmerman, head of the firm’s leveraged finance practice, has over 30 years of experience advising his clients on hundreds of finance transactions. Mr . Zimmerman represents public and private companies, private equity firms, alternative capital providers, and other commercial and institutional providers of senior debt and mezzanine capital on a broad range of financing transactions, including public and private equity and debt offerings, secured lending, recapitalizations, and restructurings.

As a result of these diverse representations, he sees a wide range of transactions and is relied upon for his commercial knowledge of market terms and conditions. His lender clients include business development companies, such as Prospect Capital Corporation and Alcentra Capital Corporation, mezzanine debt funds, including Norwest Mezzanine Partners and GarMark Partners, and financial institutions, such as Prudential Insurance Company of America. In addition, he represents leading private equity firms, such as affiliates of Bregal Partners, Court Square Capital Partners, Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co., Centre Partners, MSD Partners, One Equity Partners, Sterling Investment Partners, Tengram Capital Partners, Versa Capital Management and their portfolio companies, in acquisition financings and recapitalization transactions. He also has represented numerous strategics across a variety of industry sectors in domestic and cross-border transactions, including, most recently, BioScrip, Inc., Differential Brands Group and H&E Equipment.


  • University at Albany, State University of New York, B.A., 1981, cum laude
  • University at Buffalo Law School, J.D., 1984

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Finance > Commercial lending

Straddling the lender and borrower sides of the market, Dechert LLP has a solid debt finance practice that the has an identifiable presence in the middle market, advising on senior credit facilities, first lien/second lien financings, mezzanine debt, and restructurings. The group operates on a cross office basis: Scott M Zimmerman and Jay Alicandri  act from New York;  David Forti and Sarah Gelb operate from the Philadelphia office; and Richard Jones splits his time across both locations. The practice grew further in 2021 with the May arrival of Soo-ah Nah and the addition of Ani Ravi, who joined in September. The pair formerly worked at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP respectively.