Dechert LLP > Philadelphia, United States > Firm Profile

Dechert LLP
CIRCA CENTRE, 2929 ARCH STREET
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19104-2808
United States

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

The globally integrated trial, investigations and securities team at Dechert LLP has considerable experience in cross-border investigations and often leans on support from its international network when assisting multinational clients. Its deep bench includes former regulators and prosecutors, and the team is led by New York’s David N Kelley and Chicago’s David Kistenbroker. Kelly is recommended for white-collar crime, commercial litigation and federal securities matters, while Andrew Levander, who is also based in New York, is recommended for securities enforcement and regulation, specializing in the asset management industry. The team was recently strengthened by the arrival of Hartley West and Richard Horvath in San Francisco, who joined from Kobre & Kim and Paul Hastings LLP, respectively. Brenda Sharton and Karen Neuman both joined from Goodwin in Boston and Washington DC, respectively. Other team changes include the arrival of Steven Engel in Washington DC from the DOJ and Michael Gilbert‘s departure from the firm in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

David Kelley; David Kistenbroker

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Levander; Catherine Botticelli; Jeffrey Brown; Andrew Boutros; Vincent Cohen; Jonathan Streeter; Brenda Sharton; Karen Neuman; Hartley West; Richard Horvath; Steven Engel

Testimonials

‘Hartley West is extremely knowledgeable and brings in the necessary firm resources for areas where her expertise is not as strong.’

‘Hartley West is what makes this practice unique given her deep experience and hands on approach.’

‘Hartley West is competent, accomplished, and one of the top professionals in her field. She’s a clear and timely communicator, great strategist, has empathy, and works well within a limited budget.’

‘My firm has worked primarily with Jonathan Streeter; he is an excellent white-collar attorney.’

‘Jonathan Streeter is practical, commercial, knowledgeable and works passionately on behalf of his clients.’

‘The team we use has extensive knowledge of current market issues, current enforcement priorities, SEC staff thinking, and great collaboration.’

‘The team has depth of knowledge and experience, particularly time at the SEC, that provides invaluable insight in approaching regulatory exams and other matters that touch on the SEC and staff.’

‘Hartley West is extremely responsive and acts with her client in mind.’

Key clients

Princess Cruise Lines and Carnival Corporation and plc

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

Apollo Global Management

Melvin Capital

Energy Harbor

Melvin Capital

Interactive Brokers

A Latin America-based cryptocurrency exchange

Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit

Paul Giusti (former executive of Recology)

Craig Fossella (former executive of GMP Cars, Inc.)

Laurel Krzeminski (former Chief International Officer of Granite Construction Inc.) and other current and former executives of Granite Construction Inc.

Executive of multinational commodity training company

Current and former executives of Juul Labs, Inc.

An executive of ZTE (TX), a subsidiary of ZTE corporation

Mark Frissora

Murray Hubberfeld

James Vorley

Work highlights

  • Represented a large telecoms company in connection with criminal investigations and prosecutions by the DOJ and other agencies, in relation to allegations of RICO, fraud, conspiracy, and theft of trade secrets, among others.
  • Representing Carnival Corporation and its various subsidiary cruise lines, including Princess, in connection with a five-year probation following a guilty plea by one subsidiary to criminal violations of federal environmental laws related to the marine discharge of oily wastes.
  • Representing Interactive Brokers in parallel FINRA, SEC, CFTC, and DOJ investigations involving alleged failures to have adequate anti-money laundering procedures and alleged violations of the Bank Secrecy Act.

Investment fund formation and management > Mutual/registered/exchange-traded funds Tier 1

Dechert LLP‘s ‘long and broad tenure in the field offers insight‘ to funds, their advisers and other service providers, boards of directors and audit committees, independent directors, broker-dealers, insurance companies and banks; many of the industry’s leading names instruct the team. The offering has the advantage of being ‘deeply experienced and resourced on a global basis‘, and can leverage this to provide clients with innovative advice and in-depth market knowledge wherever they do business. Boston-based Christopher Harvey, who acts as the co-chair of the firm’s global financial services department, is lauded by clients for his ‘top notch technical knowledge and ability‘. The group’s significant national presence is cemented by the presence of recommended practitioners in the Washington DC, San Francisco and New York offices; the first of these locations fields Megan Johnson, who is known for advising mutual funds and ETFs on the full range of issues under the Investment Company Act of 1940, and Douglas Dick, who exemplifies the practice’s commitment to regulatory, transactional and litigious work in the registered funds space.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Harvey

Other key lawyers:

Megan Johnson; Geoffrey Kenyon; Christopher Christian; Allison Fumai; Mark Perlow; John O’Hanlon; Douglas Dick; Thomas Bogle; Stephanie Capistron

Testimonials

‘Our engagement and experience with Dechert has been through Christopher Harvey who has been the lead partner acting as counsel to the Independent Trustees for our fund group for many years now. Chris is a leading practitioner in this area, with top notch technical knowledge and ability, yet highly effective in practical problem solving. Notwithstanding his significant portfolio of other clients and management responsibilities within his firm, Chris remains readily accessible and responsive to our needs. And of course he is very personable, which makes for an enjoyable working relationship both professionally and personally. Chris is always supported by a team of very capable associates and we have worked with a few of them over the course of time. I can say that the associates perform to the same exacting standards set by Chris. Overall our working experience with Chris and his team has been excellent.’

‘Their practice is deeply experienced and resourced on a global basis. Long and broad tenure in the field offers insight and guidance on critical, but more standard issues, regulations and requirements, as well as with complex financial innovations that the board must master.’

‘The advice, insight and support that Christopher Harvey and Stephanie Capistron provide to the Board is superb. They manage seamless availability. And, while supremely professional, they are warm, calm professionals. This helps during the hours of prep and long, detail-rich meetings. They deliver advice in a manner that serves the most sophisticated and experienced board members well, all the while carefully educating the newest member.’

 

Key clients

MainStay Funds

Work highlights

  • Serving as counsel to all of the MainStay US mutual and closed-end funds, as well as the funds’ board and its independent trustees.
  • Serving as counsel to the 150 open-end funds and ETFs offered by one of the world’s largest asset management firms.

Real estate > Real estate finance Tier 1

Dechert LLP routinely represents major lenders in the market on their CMBS issuances, mortgage and mezzanine loans, and the acquisition and disposition of interests in such loans including through syndication, purchase and sale of participations and B-pieces. The practice also has a solid offering in distressed debt and restructuring. Co-chair David Forti, based in Philadelphia, is a leading figure, having held positions in the CRE Finance Council; he represents lenders, issuers and funds in mezzanine financing, loan sales and purchases, work-outs and foreclosures. Fellow co-chair Richard Jones is based in New York and specializes in capital markets and mortgage finance. In the same office, Laura Swihart acts for issuers, underwriters, mortgage loan sellers and subordinate bond buyers in connection with commercial mortgage backed securitization transactions. Other key attorneys include Stewart McQueen, managing partner in Charlotte, Ken Hackman, Matthew B Ginsburg, and Nitya Kumar Goyal in Philadelphia, who is experienced in loan participations, co-lender arrangements and credit tenant lease financing. Craig Brown joined the practice from Duval & Stachenfeld LLP in early 2021.

Practice head(s):

David Forti; Richard Jones; Laura Swihart

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

BlackRock

Bridge Debt Strategies

Cerberus Capital Management

Citi

Credit Suisse

Davidson Kempner Capital Management LP

Deutsche Bank

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (“Freddie Mac”)

J.P. Morgan

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts

MF1 Capital

Wells Fargo

Work highlights

  • Represented Citi as lead mortgage lender in connection with the origination of over $6.04 bn of floating-rate debt to finance the acquisition by special purpose entity subsidiaries of Blackstone of 19 data center properties through a take-private acquisition of QTS Realty Trust.
  • Advised a major agricultural lender in connection with a $302.7m securitization of agricultural mortgage loans.
  • Advised MF1 REIT II LLC and certain of its affiliates, as sponsor, issuer, co-issuer, retention holder and collateral manager, in connection with the issuance and offering of 6 classes of notes to investors, and the issuance of 3 classes of notes and 1 class of preferred shares to be retained by an affiliate of MF1 REIT II LLC. The MF1 2021-FL7 transaction is largest CRE CLO ever with a target principal balance of $2.25bn.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 2

Dechert LLP fields a team of specialised litigators who are regularly engaged to handle disputes arising out of commercial agreements, consumer fraud, insurance and banking, false advertising, corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions-related claims. The Washington DC-based Christina Sarchio is well versed in the consumer products, financial, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, sports and transportation industries. Sarchio leads the practice jointly with Kimberly Branscome in Los Angeles. Andrew Wong, also in LA, is active in putative class actions and contract disputes, while New York’s Linda Goldstein focuses on claims brought by institutional investors and customer arbitrations. Andrew Levander (New York) focuses on white-collar and securities litigation.

Practice head(s):

Christina Sarchio; Kimberly Branscome

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Apple

Blom Bank

Walmart, Inc.

JPMorgan Chase

St. George Logistics

National Basketball Players Association

Daniel Snyder

Rent-A-Center

Arbor Commercial Mortgage, LLC

Cammeby’s Realty Corp.

Public Financial Management, Inc.

United Fiber & Data, LLC; Louis J. Appell, III; The Powder Mill Foundation

Secure Energy, Inc.

Apollo Global Management

Interactive Brokers

Ulma Sociedad

Workspace Property Trust

Work highlights

  • Represented Apple in a putative nationwide class action involving one of its products.
  • Secured a decisive victory affirming the dismissal of claims brought against a BLOM bank for allegedly aiding and abetting terrorist attacks in Israel.
  • Represented JPMorgan Chase for alleged auto-dialer violations under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

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

With a strong East Coast presence and also continuing to strengthen its offering from California, the ‘engaging and responsive‘ team at Dechert LLP has the resources to handle a tremendous range and volume of major product liability disputes facing pharmaceutical/devices clients, irrespective of location. Much of the work the practice handles, however, is in the context of national counsel in large aggregated matters, where it adds real value, not only by dint of its strategic aptitude but also being ‘totally abreast of the underlying subject matter’. As well as their aptitude at trying cases, the attorneys are also very adept at securing excellent results for clients utilizing dispositive motions – including in the context of Daubert challenges. New York-based co-heads Mark S. Cheffo  and Sheila L. Birnbaum have amassed a huge amount of experience and success in the area, often in the role as national co-ordinating counsel and trial counsel. Managing partner of the Los Angeles office Kimberly Branscome also handles life sciences-related matters as part of her broad-based product liability skillset. ‘Calm and knowledgeable’ New York-based Rachel Passaretti-Wu is also recommended andgets great resultsfor clients.

Testimonials

‘They are engaging and responsive. I feel like I can count on them as my outside counsel and trust that they will go above and beyond to achieve the desired effort.’

‘I work closely with Rachel Passaretti-Wu. I enjoy her working style. She is calm and knowledgeable. She gets great results.’

 

Key clients

The 3M Company

AbbVie

Atrium Medical Corporation, Getinge AB, Maquet Cardiovascular US Sales, LLC, and related entities

Bayer

GlaxoSmithKline

Johnson & Johnson

Moderna

Pfizer/Viatris

Purdue

Saint-Gobain

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company

Washington Legal Foundation

Work highlights

  • Representing Moderna as US product liability counsel regarding its COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Representing GSK Consumer Healthcare Holdings (US) LLC in a putative class action, filed in the Northern District of California, regarding allegations that 26 Chapstick products that are “natural” or “naturally sourced” are false and misleading.
  • Representing GSK, as lead counsel, in connection with MDL and state-court litigation alleging that the heartburn medication Zantac causes cancer.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort Tier 2

Dechert LLP has strong market presence in the product liability and mass torts space from its East coast stronghold, as well as more recently from a burgeoning California-based offering – a corollary of which includes a significant amount of toxic tort work for consumer goods, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing companies. The well-known practice c0-head, Sheila L. Birnbaum is well-versed in the relevant science, the substantive law and litigation strategies relating to a range of product liability/mass tort matters and has, throughout her career, achieved many notable victories at both a trial and appellate level. ‘Calm and knowledgeable‘ in her approach, Rachel Passaretti-Wu ‘gets results‘ for clients in toxic tort and product liability matters; she recently played key role for Saint-Gobain in toxic tort-related matters regarding its use of materials containing perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). Managing partner of the firm’s Los Angeles office, Kimberly Branscome has been pivotal to the firm’s growth on the West Coast. Mark S. Cheffo co-heads the team alongside Birnbaum. All named practitioners are based in New York, unless otherwise noted.

Testimonials

I work closely with Rachel Passaretti-Wu. I enjoy her working style. She is calm and knowledgeable. She gets great results.’

Key clients

Johnson & Johnson

Saint-Gobain

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 2

Dechert LLP‘s trials, investigations and securities litigation group calls on lawyers in offices from East Coast to West Coast, as well as outside the US, to represent companies both domestic and cross-border securities litigation class actions, shareholder derivative suits, mutual fund litigation, broker-dealer disputes, internal investigations and SEC and other regulatory proceedings. The firm continued to expand its presence in California in 2021, with the hire of securities and corporate governance litigation partner Richard Horvath in San Francisco from Paul Hastings LLP. David N Kelley in New York and David Kistenbroker, who works from both New York and Chicago, are the lead partners. Kistenbroker and Chicago-based Joni S. Jacobsen defended recycling company PureCycle Technologies, Inc. and certain officers in separate class action alleging that they made materially false and misleading statements regarding the company’s business leading up to a reverse merger listing on NASDAQ. New York-based partners Andrew Levander and Matthew L Larrabee in also play key roles in the securities and M&A-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

David Kelley; David Kistenbroker

Other key lawyers:

Joni Jacobsen; Richard Horvath; Matthew Larrabee; Andrew Levander

Key clients

Qihoo 360 Technology

Antares Pharma

Purecycle and certain officers

Mallinckrodt Public Limited Company and certain officers and directors

Molson Coors Beverage Company and certain officers and directors

Zynerba Phamaceuticals, Inc, and current and former directors and officers

Intelligent Systems Corporation

Present and former officers of Fusion Connect, Inc.

Former CFO of Perrigo Co. plc.

Former board member of China Auto Logistics

Former CFO of Syneos Health

Lipocine, Inc. and certain officers

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

CorMedix Inc. and certain current and former officers and directors

Work highlights

  • Represented VTB in defeating an attempt by shareholders to enjoin a December 27, 2013 shareholder vote on the merger between VTB Holdings, Inc. (which does business as “Turtle Beach”) and Parametric Sound, Inc., a publicly traded audio technology company that is incorporated in Nevada and based in San Diego, California.

Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 2

Dechert LLP‘s asset finance securitization practice spans a variety of transaction types, including commercial real estate deals, CMBS, resi-securitizations, CLOs and ABS, with a strength in esoterics. Leading the team from New York is Laura Swihart, who is most noted for her abilities in the CMBS arena, as well as heading the firm’s relationship with Freddie Mac. In Philadelphia, David Forti also leads on real estate-related securitizations. New York’s Richard Jones heads the CMBS sub-group, also advising on LIBOR transition issues, while Ralph Mazzeo specialises in residential mortgage-backed products. In Charlotte, Christopher P. Duerden leads the global CLO group, supported by John M Timperio.

Practice head(s):

David Forti; Laura Swihart

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Top-tier counsel, reliable, responsive and client forward while being commercial and constructive during negotiations. Very deep bench’

‘Dechert has partnered with us on our securitizaton program for many year. They are great at providing quality service and creative solutions to complex issues.’

‘Ralph Mazzeo is our primary partner at Dechert. He is highly knowledgeable about structured finance matters and and is always cool under pressure.’

Key clients

Bain Capital, LP

Bridge Debt Strategies

Credit Suisse

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (“Freddie Mac”)

Golub Capital

MF1 Capital LLC

Palmer Square Capital Management LLC

Raymond James & Associates, Inc

Work highlights

  • Advised Farmer Mac on completing a US$302.7 million securitization of agricultural mortgage loans.
  • Advised Golub Capital as collateral manager on multiple significant CLO transactions, including a US$539 million refinancing of a CLO transaction, a US$518 million asset backed securitization and a US$407 million cash flow CLO backed by a static pool of middle market corporate loans.
  • Advised MF1 REIT II LLC and certain of its affiliates, as sponsor, issuer, co-issuer, retention holder and collateral manager, in connection with the issuance and offering of 6 classes of notes to investors, and the issuance of 3 classes of notes and 1 class of preferred shares to be retained by an affiliate of MF1 REIT II LLC.

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 3

Dechert LLP is praised by a client for having a ‘very strong antitrust team, with tremendous depth on the bench and a keen insight on how to deal with the most vexing issues’. The firm handles matters across the whole range of antitrust litigation, including price-fixing and supply-reduction conspiracies as well as monopolization claims and other unfair competition. Specialising in antitrust defense litigation, Philadelphia-based Steven Bizar leads the practice together with Mike Cowie in Washington DC, who is particularly experienced in representing clients from the health care and life sciences industries. Also specialized in life sciences is George G Gordon in Philadelphia, while Shari Ross Lahlou has secured significant wins in tying, exclusive dealing, and cartel matters from the firm’s DC hub. At the beginning of 2022, Philadelphia-based Julia Chapman was elected to partner; she focuses on antitrust and complex commercial litigation in industries such as life sciences, chemicals, and agriculture.

Practice head(s):

Steven Bizar; Mike Cowie

Testimonials

‘Dechert has a very strong antitrust team, with tremendous depth on the bench and a keen insight on how to deal with the most vexing issues clients face. They are particularly strong on the litigation side of antitrust class actions, demonstrating a depth of experience.’

‘Steve Bizar is one of the cornerstones of the practice- a brilliant litigator who gets his hands into the details and knows exactly how to proceed.’

‘George Gordon is a delight to work with- a steady hand with a measured approach and very wise counsel.’

‘Julia Chapman is an up and coming partner who demonstrates knowledge far beyond her years. She is a superstar.’

Key clients

Ascensus, LLC; Ascensus Broker Dealer Services, LLC; and Ascensus College Savings Recordkeeping Services, LLC

Citron Pharma, LLC

Clearon Corporation

Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Fresenius Medical Care

Humana Inc.

Interactive Brokers

Lannett Company, Inc.

Par Pharmaceuticals

Vortex Commercial Flooring

Marriott International, Inc.

Aetna Inc.

Ascensus, LLC; Ascensus Broker Dealer Services, LLC; and Ascensus College Savings Recordkeeping Services, LLC

Citron Pharma, LLC

Clearon Corporation

DTE Energy

Eli Lilly & Company

Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Fresenius Medical Care

Humana Inc.

Interactive Brokers

Lannett Company, Inc.

Occidental Petroleum Corporation/ Occidental Chemical Corporation

Par Pharmaceuticals

Vortex Commercial Flooring

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Marriott International against complaints alleging conspiracies related to keyword advertising bidding; after five days of an antitrust jury trial secured a public apology and highly favorable settlement.
  • Defending Occidental Petroleum in a direct and indirect purchaser class action cases alleging a price-fixing and supply-reduction conspiracy involving the major domestic producers of caustic soda.
  • Representing Fresenius Medical Care in its defense of claims that they monopolized the market for dialysis services.

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 3

Dechert LLP advises clients throughout complex merger review processes, including FTC and DOJ challenges and consent orders, as well as representing in merger litigation. Alongside its existing strength in healthcare, the firm also regularly advises clients in retail, energy, and private equity, as well as handling cross-border merger proceedings in collaboration with its global platform. Former FTC assistant director Mike Cowie specializes in government investigations and challenges in the health care and life sciences space, and now co-heads the team alongside Philadelphia-based Steven Bizar. James A Fishkin handles reviews and merger litigation, and is particularly strong in the retail sector, while up-and-coming Rani Habash advises clients throughout pre-merger risk assessments, negotiations with counterparties, and DOJ and FTC investigations, with notable clients including CVS Health and Aetna. Counsel Gregory Luib is also noted for his representation of clients in FTC and DOJ merger investigations. Lawyers are in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Steven Bizar; Mike Cowie

Other key lawyers:

James A Fishkin; Rani Habash; Gregory Luib

Key clients

CVS Health

Court Square Capital/Getaroom

DTE Energy

Henry Crown, Inc.

Jacksons Foods Stores

One Equity Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Jacksons Food Stores on its purchase of 63 fuel outlets and convenience stores required as part of a FTC consent decree resolving competitive concerns related to 7-Eleven, Inc.’s $21 billion acquisition of Speedway from Marathon Petroleum Corp.
  • Advising Court Square Capital Partners on its sale of Getaroom, a leading B2B hotel accommodations distributor, to Booking Holdings, the parent company of Priceline, Kayak, and other travel brands.
  • Representing Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers in its agreement to acquire Euro Auctions, a provider of heavy equipment auctions with onsite and online bidding under the brands Euro Auctions and Yoder & Frey globally.

Dispute resolution > E-discovery Tier 3

Dechert LLP provides ‘outstanding legal guidance’ to corporate clients from various industries on the data and e-discovery issues involved in commercial disputes, corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense, antitrust and product liability litigation. Philadelphia-based Ben Barnett is the key name in the US and sits within the firm’s trials, investigations and securities team. As an international firm, the US group is also able to call on the expertise of its overseas offices and has collaborated with lawyers in the London, Paris and Munich offices to advise on cross-border issues. Counsel Matt Tate, also in Philadelphia, combines his e-discovery expertise with a data privacy practice.

Practice head(s):

Ben Barnett

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘True expertise and the experience to show it!’

‘Ben Barnett is a genius in this space – top of the game in every way. Richard Hodge is one to watch – a true rising star.’

‘Dechert’s e-discovery practice headed by Ben Barnett has provided outstanding legal guidance in defense of the company. They constantly evaluate and adapt to changing conditions on the ground and foster a collaborative environment for all the various partners and vendors.’

‘Ben Barnett is truly an expert in this field and is a true partner. He goes out of his way to understand all aspects and values input and feedback from all. He makes things run smoothly despite all the competing priorities and multiple law firms engaged. His legal recommendations are well grounded, sound, and provide a logical path forward.’

Key clients

Airbus SE

GSK

Huawei Technologies

Flo Health Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Airbus on its coordinated settlement agreementwith the UK’s Serious Fraud Office, the French Parquet National Financier, the US Department of Justice and the US Department of State.
  • Representing of one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies in connection with criminal investigations and prosecutions by the DOJ and other agencies.
  • Serving as national counsel for GSK.

Dispute resolution > International litigation Tier 3

Dechert LLP‘s trials, investigations and securities disputes team has broad experience acting for corporations, creditor groups, sovereign states investment funds and other financial institutions in cross-border disputes. Hector Gonzalez , who combines expertise in securities disputes, criminal and SEC and CFTC enforcement proceedings in New York and Washington DC-based general commercial litigator Christina Sarchio lead the team alongside Kimberly Branscome in Los Angeles, who has product liability, environmental and toxic tort and securities litigation expertise. In August 2021, the group strengthened its West Coast practice with the additions of Hartley West, who specializes in government enforcement defense and asset forfeitures, and corporate governance and securities litigator Richard Horvath from Kobre & Kim and Paul Hastings LLP respectively. Other additions include Steven Engel, who joined in Washington DC from the Department of Justice in May 2021, and Philadelphia-based Clare Putnam Pozos, former First Assistant US Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Kimberly Branscome; Christina Sarchio; Hector Gonzalez

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Lavender; Linda Goldstein; Hartley West; Richard Horvath; Steven Engel; Clare Putnam Pozos

Key clients

OCI Solar Power LLC / OCI Company Ltd.

Viatris (formally Pfizer)

Flo Health, Inc. (“Flo Health”)

Ulma Sociedad

Chubb Limited

Secure Energy, Inc.

Blom Bank

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors

Executive of multinational commodity trading company

Work highlights

  • Representing Chubb Seguros Peru S.A. in possible litigation concerning international collections dispute against Odebrecht and Grupo Grana y Montero.
  • Representing the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, the fiduciary appointed to protect the interests of LATAM’s unsecured creditors in its Chapter 11 proceedings.
  • Acting for BLOM Bank in a series of lawsuits within which plaintiffs sought to extend the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (“JASTA”) liability to more than a dozen Lebanese banks. The defendant banks, accounting for nearly 80% of the Lebanese financial sector, were alleged to be liable on the basis that they had provided financial services to customers said to be connected to either Hamas or Hezbollah.

Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense Tier 3

Dechert LLP handles every kind of change of control and transactional litigation, representing bidders, acquirers, sellers, officers and directors, and special board committees. Active in both federal and state courts throughout the country, its has a strong bench of trial, investigations and securities partners who devote part of their practice to M&A-related cases. David Kelly in New York and David Kistenbroker, who works from both New York and Chicago, are the lead partners. Kistenbroker and Chicago’s Joni S. Jacobsen recently represented PureCycle Technologies in a class action alleging the company made materially false and misleading statements concerning its reverse merger with ROCH SPAC. For Turtle Beach Corporation, Josh Hess in San Francisco successfully represented the client in defeating an attempt by shareholders to enjoin a shareholder vote on the its merger with Parametric Sound, Inc. New York-based Neil A Steiner is recommended for his work for hedge funds, investment advisers and corporations in securities litigation and deal-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

David Kelly; David Kistenbroker

Key clients

Turtle Beach Corporation/VTB Holdings, Inc.

Sierra Income Corporation

ValueAct Capital Management, L.P.

Qihoo 360 Technology and Eric Chen

Purecycle and certain officers

Harvest Credit Capital Corporation and certain officers/directors

Versa Capital Management

Scopus Biopharma, Inc.

CRE Niagara Holdings, LLC, Club Exploria, LLC, CRE Niagara Participation Holdings, LLC, CRE Bushkill Group, LLC, and CRE Echo Group, LLC

Neha Aggarwal

Barings LLC & Shivani Khurana

Work highlights

  • Represented Turtle Beach in defeating an attempt by shareholders to enjoin a December 27, 2013 shareholder vote on the merger between  VTB Holdings, Inc. (which does business as “Turtle Beach”) and Parametric Sound, Inc., a publicly traded audio technology company that is incorporated in Nevada and based in San Diego, California.
  • Representing Versa and its affiliate, Domus, in a case brought in the Delaware Court of Chancery by a former director and stockholder of Bridgestreet Worldwide, a leading provider of corporate housing.
  • Representing Neha Aggarwal in proceedings against IQVIA RDS Inc. and IQVIA Inc, who filed an action in the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware, alleging, among other things, that Ms. Aggarwal used or converted confidential information belonging to IQVIA for the benefit of the ClinTech business.

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 3

Dechert LLP has a global restructuring practice advising both debtors and creditors in restructuring matters. Notable work includes its representation of the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 cases of LATAM Airlines and its affiliates. Allan Brilliant operates from the New York office, and is also the practices’ global co-chair. He played an active role in the firm’s advice to Citadel pertaining to the Chapter 11 cases of Colombian airline, Avianca Holdings. In August 2022, the team in New York gained Douglas Mannal and Stephen Zide from Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP.

Practice head(s):

Allan Brilliant

Other key lawyers:

Shmuel Vasser; Eric Brunstad; Jeffrey Katz; Gary Mennitt; Craig Druehl; David Herman; Stephen Wolpert; Eric Hilmo

Testimonials

‘Very bright and fast team.’

‘Allan Brilliant is a very clever and smart counsel. One of the best in the area.’

‘Allan Brilliant – forward thinking; strongly commercial and strategic; good understanding of cross-border issues, particularly with Latin America.

‘Shmuel Vasser – shrewd and cool headed; Highly perceptive; Efficient manager and economical with time and costs.’

‘They are simply the best in insolvency in NY Jurisdiction. They are very responsive and do not hesitate in their answers. They answer fast, which shows that they are knowledgeable and experienced.’

‘Eric Hilmo is outstanding, you really feel safe and sure that he is dealing with the matter, finding solutions for the complex problems that normally arise. Stephen Wolpert gives strong advice and is very responsive. Allan Brilliant has the experience to detect where the problems are and how to solve them.’

‘Dechert’s Restructuring Practice contains a deep bench of talented lawyers. We can count on them to provide quick, efficient and practical advice on issues that tend to be very complex.’

‘Shmuel Vasser stands out among the restructuring lawyers that I have worked with in terms of his knowledge, attention to detail, drive, and follow-up on matters under advisement.’

Key clients

The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of LATAM Airlines Group

Alden Global Capital

Citadel

Davidson Kempner

Elliott Associates

Grupo LALA

Monarch Alternative Capital LP

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company

Grupo LALA S.A.B. de C,V.

Work highlights

  • Advised The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of LATAM Airlines Group in connection with the chapter 11 cases of LATAM Airlines and its affiliates, totaling over $10bn.
  • Represented an ad hoc group of bondholders in connection with its chapter 11 case, implementing a plan where over $540m of the Debtors’ secured and unsecured notes were extinguished in exchange for approximately $360m of new secured and unsecured notes.
  • Advised Citadel in the out-of-court restructuring of Colombian airline Avianca Holdings and in connection with Avianca’s subsequent Chapter 11 cases.

Industry focus > Healthcare: life sciences Tier 3

With experience advising life sciences clients of all sizes, Dechert LLP acts on a mix of transactions, litigation and corporate financings. Its corporate arm has acted on numerous IPOs for clinical-stage biopharma teams, as well as follow on and early funding rounds. Other corporate work includes M&A, monetization agreements, and business immigration. Disputes are a key part of the team’s workload, advising on product liability cases, antitrust disputes, and IP litigation, with an emphasis on small molecules cases. The team is co-led by Boston-based IP advisor Andrea Reid and New York-based David S Rosenthal, who advises on financings. New York-based Katherine Helm is a key name for patent litigation. Boston-based Brenda Sharton is also noteworthy for her advice to Moderna on EU data privacy breaches.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Reid; David S Rosenthal

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Agenus Inc.

Antios Therapeutics

Aquestive Therapeutics

BioAtla

BioDelivery Sciences

Brickell Biotech

Conagen

Eli Lilly and Company

Endo Pharmaceuticals

Exo Therapeutics

Femasys

Forbion Capital Partners

GlaxoSmithKline

Homology Medicines

Johnson & Johnson

Kymera Therapeutics

Moderna

Nimbus Therapeutics

Norgine B.V.

Pfizer

Piper Sandler & Co.

Purdue Pharma

Quest Diagnostics

Tectonic Therapeutics

Tiziana Life Sciences

Vigil Neuroscience

Work highlights

  • Advised Brickell Biotech in its $320m acquisition of the worldwide rights to Voronoi’s DYRK1A inhibitor platform.
  • Representing Eli Lilly and Company in global patent litigations involving Novartis Pharma AG.
  • Advised Tiziana Life Sciences on its migration from the London Stock Exchange to NASDAQ by inserting a new Bermuda-incorporated company as its parent company.

Intellectual property > Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) Tier 3

Dechert LLP advises on the management, prosecution and enforcement of the trademark portfolios of major international corporates such as Willis Towers Watson, LaFargeHolcim and Zara. Headed by trademark searching and clearance authority Glenn A Gundersen at the Philadelphia office, the group’s client base spans the tech, food and beverages, apparel, and insurance sectors. The team is supported in New York by Jennifer Insley-Pruitt, who was promoted to partner in January 2022, and, in addition to trademark counselling, assists clients with right of publicity and advertising issues, and associate Gayle Denman, who represents clients in fashion, healthcare, professional sports, and media and entertainment.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Very responsive. High-quality advice. Innovative in their thinking.’

‘Glenn Gundersen: a star Gayle Denman: totally dependable for good advice Jennifer Insley-Pruitt: careful thinker, excellent strategy, very hard working.’

Key clients

Willis Towers Watson

LaFargeHolcim

The Ivy League

Zara

VF

The Cousteau Society

Work highlights

  • Representing VF in seeking U.S. trademark registration of the distinctive design of the Kipling backpack.

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

M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts Tier 3

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.

Practice head(s):

Mark E Thierfelder

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Kupferman; Jonathan Kim; Ken Young; Derek M Winokur

Key clients

CVC Capital Partners

Cerberus Capital Management

GIC

Centre Partners

One Equity Partners

Ridgemont Equity Partners

Blackstone Tactical Opportunities

Sterling Investment Partners

Bregal Investments

Quilvest Capital Partners

Court Square Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised GIC as part of an investor group with the acquisition of a majority stake in medical supply company Medline for a media reported enterprise value of approximately US$34 billion.
  • Advised CVC Capital Partners as leader of the investor consortium sponsoring the transaction to combine WorldWide Express, LLC and GlobalTranz.
  • Advised Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. in connection with the acquisition of Lighthouse Autism Center.

Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 3

Dechert LLP is able to attract high-profile clients dealing with significant data breaches and cyber-attacks as well as those seeking strategic advice especially in connection to M&A, financings and commercial transactions due diligence. Brenda Sharton and Karen Neuman head up the practice from Boston and Washington DC; respectively. Sharton is praised as ‘a fantastic partner to any business’ and an expert litigator, arbitrator and often acts on civil government, regulatory and enforcement matters. Neuman specializes, among other matters, in the collection, use, processing and protection of consumer and employee data. Associate Hilary Bonaccorsi in Boston is highlighted for her knowledge of global privacy and cybersecurity laws and frameworks.

Practice head(s):

Brenda Sharton; Karen Neuman

Other key lawyers:

Hilary Bonaccorsi; Timothy Blank

Testimonials

‘The lawyers are extremely knowledgeable on US as well as international laws and the application thereof; are incredibly responsive; are able to present business friendly advice to difficult problems; and have a deep breath of legal experience in the industry.’

‘Hilary Bonaccorsi and Timothy Blank are top-notch lawyers, with expertise on current legal issues, proactive and business-friendly in their advice, super responsive and have a great understanding of the needs of the business and how to seamlessly integrate legal requirements.’

‘Brenda Sharton and the entire Dechert cyber/privacy team is amazing and easy to work with. They are available 24/7, very responsive, and consistently offer insightful and practical guidance. Easy billing arrangements ensure one can tap Dechert’s expertise on minor matters without fear of being nickel-and-dimed.’

‘Brenda Sharton is a fantastic partner to any business. Her experience, pragmatism, and calm have served well for years. Unlike partners at other firms, Brenda genuinely cares about her clients and sees us as more than just a source of billable hours. Colleen Hespeler has been wonderful to work with as well.’

Key clients

Flo Health, Inc.

Moderna, Inc.

Global, Multi-Billion Dollar, Public Transportation Company

Pearson, plc

Macy’s, Inc.

Cano Health, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Flo Health in the high-profile FTC settlement relating to its data sharing practice.
  • Represented Moderna in connection with the publicized European Medicines Agency (“EMA”) data breach of Covid-19 vaccine information.
  • Representing Macy’s in a purported class action litigation in the aftermath of a data breach in October of 2019, involving malware that captured credit card information for retail customers.

Tax > International tax Tier 3

Working in close collaboration with its London, Luxembourg, and Paris offices, Dechert LLP provides tax advice to global asset management firms, financial services firms, and mutual and investment funds. The team is particularly strong in advising middle-market private equity firms on structuring of M&A transactions, holding companies, and financing. Additionally, it deals with tax aspects of structured finance and securitizations, as well as REITs and transfer pricing agreements. In New York, practice head Joshua Milgrim advises private equity firms and public and closely-held companies on corporate transactions, as well as the formation of investment management companies. He works alongside Ari M. Zak, a specialist in international taxation of investment funds. Structured finance transaction experts William Cejudo and Michael Rufkahr are based in Washington DC., while in Boston Adrienne M Baker covers FATCA compliance and tax for private and regulated investment companies. In November 2021, M&A tax specialist David Passey joined from Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP. Daniel M Dunn has retired, while Steven E Clemens departed in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Joshua Milgrim

Other key lawyers:

Ari Zak; William Cejudo; Michael Rufkahr; Adrienne Baker; David Passey

Key clients

B&G Foods

Harvest Capital Credit

Court Square Capital Partners

Crown Holdings

Fannie Mae

FS/KKR Advisor

GIC

JP Morgan

One Equity Partners

Quest Diagnostics

Work highlights

  • Advised GIC on the merging of the business of benefits administration company Alight Solutions LLC with a special purpose acquisition company, Foley Trasimene Acquisition Corp.
  • Advised J.P. Morgan in connection with the acquisitions of both Campbell Global and OpenInvest, adding to the company’s ESG offerings.
  • Advised GIC as part of an investor group in connection with the $34bn acquisition of a majority stake in medical supply company Medline.

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 3

Dechert LLP enjoys a stellar reputation in the funds space, routinely acting for many of the world’s largest asset management firms, mutual fund groups, and investment banks. Structured finance transactions and life sciences-sector M&A deals are also key workflows for the team. Global tax chair Joshua Milgrim assists numerous private equity firms and their portfolio companies with big-ticket acquisitions, divestitures, and IPOs, while Philadelphia-based Edward Lemanowicz is noted for his expertise in federal taxation and international restructuring mandates. Boston-based Adrienne M Baker‘s investment broad company-focused practice encompasses partnership taxation and hedge fund products. Joseph A. Riley and Ari M. Zak are regularly sought out by various financial services companies for assistance in high-value structuring and permanent capital issues. M&A tax specialist David Passey joined the team from Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP in November 2021. Steven E Clemens has left the practice. All named lawyers are based in New York unless noted otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Joshua Milgrim

Key clients

B&G Foods

Harvest Capital Credit

Court Square Capital Partners

Crown Holdings

Fannie Mae

FS/KKR Advisor

GIC

JP Morgan

One Equity Partners

Quest Diagnostics

Work highlights

  • Represented GIC in connection with the merging of the business of benefits administration company Alight Solutions LLC with a special purpose acquisition company, Foley Trasimene Acquisition Corp.
  • Represented J.P. Morgan in connection with the acquisitions of both Campbell Global and OpenInvest, adding to the company’s ESG offerings.
  • Represented GIC as part of an investor group in connection with the $34bn acquisition of a majority stake in medical supply company Medline, the largest buyout of 2021 to date, and one of the most significant leveraged buyouts since the Global Financial Crisis.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 4

Dechert LLP is well equipped to handle commercial and investor-state arbitrations on behalf of a mix of clients, including sovereign states, state-owned enterprises, corporations and high-net-worth individuals. The group’s sector experience is equally comprehensive, with recent strong showings in internet governance, energy, mining and telecoms-related matters. Based between Washington DC and London, global department co-chair Arif H. Ali is particularly recognized for his record in investor-state disputes. From Washington DC, Alexandre de Gramont strikes a balance between investor-state and commercial arbitration cases — he also acts on enforcement matters, such as his recent work for the Republic of Poland on recognition and enforcement proceedings in the US. Érica Franzetti left to join King & Spalding LLP.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas PLC (MOL)

Afilias USA, Inc.

Republic of Poland

DotConnectAfrica Trust

Russian Arbitration Centre (RAC)

The Plurinational State of Bolivia

Mariyam Mohamed, Former Head of Women’s Football at the Football Association of Maldives

The Czech Republic

Republic of Colombia

Work highlights

  • Represented MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas (MOL) in an ICSID arbitration against Croatia under the Energy Charter Treaty, in a dispute concerning Croatia’s treatment of MOL’s investment exceeding $1bn.
  • Secured a victory for Afilias USA in an ICDR arbitration against the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.
  • Successfully represented a global travel retailer against a luxury goods manufacturer and retailer in a JAMS commercial arbitration arising from a dispute over a share purchase agreement.

International Trade > International trade Tier 4

Dechert LLP garners praise for being ‘an expert in the field‘, on the back of its strong showings in the export controls and economic sanctions areas. The trade team also frequently acts alongside the firm’s financial services and corporate groups to assist clients in obtaining CFIUS clearances. Amanda DeBusk chairs the international trade and government regulation practice globally and is widely considered among the market leaders for export controls and economic sanctions. Department co-chair Jeremy B. Zucker is also well versed in export controls and sanctions; he additionally advises foreign investors and acquirers and domestic sellers and targets on CFIUS matters. Darshak Dholakia, who has an emphasis on economic sanctions, anti-bribery, export controls and CFIUS issues, is also noted. Melissa Duffy joined Fenwick & West LLP.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Dechert were exceptional in client management and resolving a number of complex business issues we had.’

‘The team is an expert in the field and responsive to requests. That is what matters most.’

‘Provides personal caring service.’

‘They try very hard to solve problems; we have the sense that they care.’

‘Jeremy Zucker, partner at Dechert was exceptional at negotiating with US government to resolve complex issues regarding debarment, I would highly recommend him to resolve any issues with US government.’

Key clients

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.

Papierfabrik August Koehler SE dba Koehler Paper Group

GIC (Singapore sovereign wealth fund)

Keysight Technologies

iFlight Technology Company Limited (“DJI”)

Eaton Corporation, Inc.

Etsy, Inc

Pacific Investment Management Company, LLC

Work highlights

  • Representing Huawei Technologies in multiple high-profile matters involving compliance with US export controls and economic sanctions as well as Entity List designation.
  • Representing Germany’s Papierfabrik August Koehler, a major global manufacturer of specialty paper, in an antidumping investigation involving countries in Europe and Asia.
  • Obtaining CFIUS clearances for GIC in connection with multiple recent transactions totaling more than $30bn, involving US businesses in high tech, energy and other sectors.

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings Tier 4

Dechert LLP is especially active in the permanent capital and business development company sphere, and has maintained a strong presence in the life sciences field. The firm is most active in the investment grade segment. Boston partner Thomas Friedmann is co-head of corporate finance and capital markets, and co-head of permanent capital with Washington DC’s Harry S. Pangas also active in the permanent capital space, along with Jay Alicandri in New York.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Friedmann; David Rosenthal

Other key lawyers:

Ian Hartman; Matthew Carter; Eric Siegel; Harry S. Pangas; Jay Alicandri

Key clients

B&G Foods

Bain Capital Specialty Finance

Blackstone

Business Development Company of America

Diffusion Therapeutics

EaglePoint Credit Company

FS Investment Corporation

Golub Capital BDC, Inc.

Griffon Corporation

Hercules Capital

Horizon Technology Finance

Main Street Capital Corporation

PennantPark Investment Corporation/PennantPark Floating Rate Capital

Piper Sandler

Raymond James

Stifel

TriplePoint Capital

WhiteHorse Finance

Work highlights

  • Advised Blackstone Private Credit Fund on its inaugural euro-dominated offering of €500m of 1.750% notes due 2026.
  • Advised FS KKR Capital Corp on its registered offering of $400m aggregate principal amount of 2.625% notes due 2027.
  • Advised the underwriters, led by RBC Capital Markets on the offering by Oaktree Specialty Lending Corporation of $350m aggregate principal amount of 2.70% notes due 2027.

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

Dechert LLP has maintained a strong presence in headline IPOs and other key engagements such as jurisdictional migrations; it represented Tiziana Life Sciences in its movement from listings on both the London Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, to a sole listing on NASDAQ. The life sciences, private credit and business development company sectors are particular key areas for the team. Thomas Friedmann, Boston managing partner and co-chair of the capital markets practice, is a prominent name in private credit and business development company offerings, and fellow co-chair of the team and New York partner David S Rosenthal is at the forefront of life sciences transactions.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Friedmann; David Rosenthal

Other key lawyers:

Howard Kleinman

Key clients

Aquestive Therapeutics

B&G Foods

Bain Capital Specialty Finance

BC Partners

BioAtla

Blackstone

Business Development Company of America

Diffusion Therapeutics

EaglePoint Credit Company

FS Investment Corporation

Golub Capital BDC, Inc.

Griffon Corporation

Hercules Capital

Horizon Technology Finance

Main Street Capital Corporation

PennantPark Investment Corporation/PennantPark Floating Rate Capital

Piper Sandler

Raymond James

Stifel

TriplePoint Capital

Via Optronics

WhiteHorse Finance

Work highlights

  • Advised GQG Partners on IPO on the Australian Stock Exchange.
  • Advised BioAtla, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, on its IPO.
  • Represented B&G Foods in an ATM equity offering sales agreement.

Finance > Capital markets: global offerings

Dechert LLP has a background in Latin America offerings, notably those originating from Chile and Mexico. New York partner Howard Kleinman  is a seasoned Latin America specialist with an extensive record in debt offerings. The firm is also active in global offerings by US issuers, including those in the life sciences and permanent capital fields. Boston’s Thomas Friedmann and New York partner David S Rosenthal lead the capital markets practice.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Friedmann; David Rosenthal

Other key lawyers:

Howard Kleinman; Harry Pangas; Jay Alicandri

Work highlights

    Finance > Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings Tier 4

    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.

    Practice head(s):

    Jay Alicandri; Richard Jones; Scott Zimmerman; David Forti

    Other key lawyers:

    Samantha Koplik; Lindsay Flora; Edward Newlands; Angelina Liang; Soo-ah Nah; Ani Ravi

    Testimonials

    ‘Understands our needs’

    ‘I work mainly with the fund finance lawyers, where we are entering into financings for our funds as borrowers. The key differentiator is the breadth of Dechert’s involvement in deals and their broader funds practice (regulatory, tax, etc).’

    ‘Jay Alicandri is excellent. He is practical and efficient and has a good command of the market.’

    Ed Newlands and Angelina Liang are good junior partners. They are very client-friendly and have a good breadth of market knowledge.’

    ‘They have the most robust, deep practice in leverage finance (asset-based lines, subscription lines, hybrids) for funds in the middle market credit asset manager space. They have good personal relationships with all the lending banks and bankers, are familiar with their credit document forms, know their trigger points. They also work on most of debt facilities for middle market credit general partners, so know what everyone in the market is doing. They have state-of-the-art expertise in this area.’

    ‘Jay Alicandri is a standout partner. He knows everyone on both sides of the table in the industry. He works non-stop and is available in the blink of an eye. He is commercial, good at herding cats, is unafraid to go to battle for his clients, but ultimately wants to get the deal done quickly so strikes a good balance between pushing on points and conceding and moving on. He understands the underlying business, and this informs his advice regarding the credit facilities he works on on behalf of asset manager/fund borrowers. He is familiar with all the fund forms/structures and how a fund structure will impact the needs of his client regarding the leverage facility.’

    Key clients

    FS/KKR

    Thoma Bravo

    Crown Holdings

    Deutsche Bank AG

    B&G Foods, Inc.

    ING Capital

    Bank of America

    Main Street Capital Corporation

    Wells Fargo

    Blackstone Secured Lending Fund/Blackstone Private Credit Fund

    Cerberus

    Court Square Capital Partners

    Crown Holdings

    CVC Capital Partners

    FS/KKR

    Thoma Bravo

    Crown Holdings

    Deutsche Bank AG

    B&G Foods, Inc.

    ING Capital

    Bank of America

    Main Street Capital Corporation

    Wells Fargo

    Blackstone Secured Lending Fund/Blackstone Private Credit Fund

    Cerberus

    Court Square Capital Partners

    Crown Holdings

    CVC Capital Partners

    Work highlights

    • Advised FS/KKR Advisor LLC on its $4bn multicurrency senior secured revolving credit facility
    • Advised Crown Holdings, Inc. on the financing matters related to the sale of its European tinplate business to an affiliate of KPS Capital Partners, LP for €2.25bn
    • Represented CVC Capital Partners as the leader of a consortium sponsoring the transaction to combine WorldWide Express LLP and GlobalTranz Enterprises, LLC

    Industry focus > Environment: transactional Tier 4

    Based in Philadelphia, Dechert LLP‘s practice routinely advises on the environmental implications of acquisitions and divestitures in the real estate and corporate spaces, and is also fairly active in real estate financing deals at the domestic and international levels. Working in close collaboration with the firm’s 26 offices around the globe, the team receives instructions involving the negotiation of environmental provisions in the structuring of transactions, environmental due diligence and development of mechanisms to mitigate environmental risks, including indemnities and reps and warranties policies. In addition to assessing the environmental liabilities associated with corporate, real estate and financing deals, department leader Abbi Cohen is also recommended for federal permitting and regulatory compliance advice. The latter is an area of focus for John Ix, who is also seasoned in environmental disputes.

    Practice head(s):

    Abbi Cohen

    Other key lawyers:

    Key clients

    Crown Holdings

    Sterling Investment Partners

    Resource Label Group

    One Equity Partners

    Seawall Capital

    Blue Torch Finance

    Cerberus Capital

    Quilvest Capital

    Berwind Group

    H&E Equipment

    Work highlights

    • Assisted Crown Holdings, Inc. in connection with the sale of its European Tinplate business to KPS Capital Partners, LP.
    • Advised J.P. Morgan Asset Management on its acquisition of Campbell Global from BrightSphere Investment Group, a transaction being done in an effort to directly impact the transition to a low-carbon economy and provide ESG-minded investment opportunities related to climate, conservation and biodiversity.
    • Advised Resource Label Group, a leading, full-service manufacturer of pressure sensitive labels, shrink sleeves and RFID/NFC technology, on its sale to the Private Equity Group of Ares Management Corporation.

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

    Recommended for being ‘diligent, comprehensive, collaborative, nimble, and resourceful’, Dechert LLP‘s practice is widely recognized as a highly-competitive player in the life sciences sector, regularly acting for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in a wide variety of matters, including patent portfolio development for pre-public and discovery stage clients, the management of international patent portfolios, multi-million dollar transactions, and disputes brought before the USPTO. Boston’s Andrea Reid and Andrew Wilkins, who joined the firm in February 2021 from Lathrop GPM, share the helm of the practice. Chad E. Davis, also in Boston, is another name to note. Carl Morales left the firm in October 2021.

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    Testimonials

    ‘They are creative in finding ways to patent new inventions. They understand the patent requirements of foreign jurisdictions and proactively take these into account when drafting new patent applications.’

    ‘The team members understand biotechnology in general and immunology in particular. They know the competitive landscape and alert us when something crosses their desk that is relevant to our business.’

    ‘They are very time flexible, understand our time pressures and provide an environment in which they appear as committed to the ‘project’ as the client.’

    Great at explaining complex subject matter as they have excellent communication skills. Understand the science, so you can have detailed conversations with counsel and they can provide valuable guidance. They are very responsive.’

    Andrew Wilkins is very smart, quick, offers excellent communication and guidance, and is responsive.’

    The Dechert team is diligent, comprehensive, collaborative, nimble, and resourceful. They’ve been flexible on billing and open to our financial needs. They work very well with other IP advisors we’ve engaged.’

    Key clients

    Atlas Venture

    Bicycle Therapeutics

    Brickell Biotech

    Exo Therapeutics

    Forbion Capital Partners

    Homology Medicines

    Ikena Oncology

    Kymera Therapeutics

    Nimbus Therapeutics

    Parthenon Therapeutics

    Rectify Pharmaceuticals

    ROME Therapeutics

    Tectonic Therapeutics

    Vigil Neuroscience

    Work highlights

    • Represented Brickell Biotech in its $320m acquisition of the worldwide rights to South Korean drug discovery company Voronoi’s DYRK1A inhibitor platform.
    • Represented Forbion Capital Partners in the $148m Series C investment in Gyroscope Therapeutics.
    • Handled the patent strategy and diligence on behalf of Ikena Oncology in its $143m initial public offering.

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

    M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 4

    At Dechert LLP, cross-border transactions form approximately two-thirds of the workload – the team is able to draw on support from a substantial global platform spread across more than 20 offices across the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. In New York, Mark Thierfelder, a veteran of over 200 transactions, leads the corporate and securities practice and also serves as global chair of the firm’s private equity department. Key sectors include life sciences, healthcare, industrials and financial services.

    Practice head(s):

    Mark Thierfelder

    Other key lawyers:

    Jonathan Kim; Ken Young; Derek Winokur; Sarah Kupferman

    Key clients

    GIC

    T. Rowe Price

    Crown Holdings

    CVC Capital

    B&G Foods

    Iconix Brands

    Berwind Group

    Quest Diagnostics

    FS/KKR

    Court Square Capital

    Work highlights

    • Advised GIC as part of an investor group with the acquisition of a majority stake in medical supply company Medline for a media reported enterprise value of approximately $34bn.
    • Advising T. Rowe Price Group in its $4.2bn acquisition  of Oak Hill Advisors.
    • Advised Crown Holdings, Inc. in connection with the $2.7bn sale of its European Tinplate business to affiliates of KPS Capital Partners, LP.

    Media, technology and telecoms > Fintech Tier 4

    Dechert LLP has a wide-ranging workload in the fintech space that includes cutting-edge cryptocurrency transactions, as well as more traditional transactional, cybersecurity and regulatory matters. Silicon Valley-based partner Timothy Spangler has experience of fund management, fintech and cryptocurrency issues, all of which intersected on his lead role assisting Franklin Templeton on the launch of its groundbreaking blockchain-based mutual fund. Philadelphia-based Ralph Mazzeo is also experienced in related securitizations and digital assets. The regulatory and compliance aspects are typically handled by Susan Grafton in Washington DC and San Francisco practice head Mark D Perlow, a former senior counsel in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement. Karen Neuman (Washington DC) and Boston’s Brenda Sharton are respectively on hand for non-contentious and contentious privacy and cybersecurity issues.

    Practice head(s):

    Mark Perlow

    Key clients

    J.P. Morgan

    GIC

    Franklin Templeton

    CommonBond

    Altruist

    Emles

    iTrustCapital

    ARK Investments

    Raymond James

    Work highlights

    • Advised J.P. Morgan on its acquisition of OpenInvest, a financial technology company that helps financial professionals customize and report on values-based investments.
    • Advised Franklin Templeton on the development of the world’s first blockchain-based mutual fund.
    • Represented Raymond James & Associates, as initial purchaser, in connection with a $308m private 144A asset backed securitization (blockchain HELOCs) and a $150m private 144a alternative mortgage loans securitization.

    Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers Tier 5

    Mark S. Cheffo Dechert LLP

    Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 5

    Dechert LLP‘s practice garners praise for being ‘technically sophisticated, smart, transparent, and ethical’. The group headed by Philadelphia’s Martin J Black , which is able to ‘identify strengths and weaknesses as cases mature’, regularly acting on the plaintiff’s side, has a particular strength in the life sciences sector with a dedicated Hatch-Waxman litigation team. The New York-based Katherine Helm has a focus on pharmaceutical and biotech patent litigation. In 2021 Howard Levine and Jennifer Swan joined from Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP. Silicon Valley’s Nisha Patel left the firm for an in-house position.

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    Testimonials

    ‘The Dechert IP team is technically sophisticated, and they understand how to put together a winning offensive patent case that brings maximum pressure to bear on a defendant as the case matures. They also understand how to lead settlement negotiations to optimize client recovery.’

    ‘The Dechert IP team is smart, transparent, and ethical. They identify strengths and weaknesses as cases mature and they provide candid guidance to lead their clients to good outcomes.’

    Key clients

    BioDelivery Sciences International (BDSI)

    Boston Scientific Corporation

    Conagen

    Eli Lilly and Company

    IOENGINE, LLC

    Kymera Therapeutics Inc.

    Microsoft

    Mondis Technology, Ltd., Hitachi Maxell, Ltd.

    Norgine B.V.

    Samsung

    Work highlights

    • Representing Eli Lilly and Company in global patent litigation and European Patent Office proceedings involving Novartis Pharma AG, which acquired and has been enforcing the Genentech patent portfolio against Lilly’s blockbuster antibody therapeutic Taltz® (ixekizumab).
    • Advising Hitachi and Mondis Technology on a licensing and litigation campaign that has led the major players in the computer display and television industries to take licenses of the patents formerly owned by Hitachi and now owned by Mondis.
    • Successfully represented Boston Scientific in a patent infringement suit involving multiple patents relating to endoscopic hemostasis clips.

    Investment fund formation and management > Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 5

    At Dechert LLP, a breadth of experience advising both private equity sponsors and institutional investors allows the team to provide clients with the most current knowledge regarding deal terms, innovations, regulatory issues, tax-efficient structures and capital raising techniques. The group has a particularly strong focus on debit/credit funds, and has a significant track record establishing such funds in jurisdictions ranging from Dublin to Luxembourg. The firm’s secondaries offering brings together fund formation and transactional experts, who work synergistically on a range of complex, cross-border deals. Practice head Omoz Osayimwese oversees matters from the New York office. Other recommended attorneys include Austin-based Tricia Lee – who is singled out by one client as a ‘lawyer of the highest caliber‘ – and Los Angeles-based Timothy Spangler, who is ‘able to “issue spot” like a fiend‘.

    Practice head(s):

    Omoz Osayimwese

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘The team has been very responsive to our needs and the primary partner we work with takes initiative to bring in the appropriate colleagues to address our needs. Their billing is transparent. We have been impressed with the work they have done for us globally and the US partner who oversees our account remains involved to ensure our needs are being addressed on work done outside the US.’

    ‘Tricia Lee is the primary partner we work with and her responsiveness, reasonableness and good business judgment stand out. We always know that if we have a business/legal judgment question she will give us a timely, well thought out answer. We have learned to trust her recommendations a great deal.’

    ‘The Dechert private equity team is exceptional. We have been very impressed with the way they work together to anticipate and resolve the many issues that arise in the offering of a private equity fund. Their experience in this area is top notch. Projects are appropriately staffed and they avoid overstaffing to boost billing. The team’s communication during projects has been excellent. Dechert also has a top of the line tool for assuring compliance with non-US offering issues in World Compass. World Compass is constantly being updated and has been a great source of information in our offerings.’

    ‘Tricia Lee is an exceptional lawyer, highly organized and with a wide breadth of knowledge which is imperative to a private equity practice. She knows when to bring in other partners to make sure the issues are being properly addressed and manages her team efficiently. She makes sure we are prepared with the information that we need to address issues as they arise. Her negotiation skills are excellent and, with a background that includes significant experience in the M&A practice, she has an instinct for commercial issues as well as legal issues.

    ‘The team is able to provide current market information.’

    ‘The individuals I’ve worked with are exceptionally responsive. Additionally, Tricia Lee is a lawyer of the highest caliber.’

    ‘In the middle market private credit space, Dechert ‘s fund formation group is interesting because their fund formation practice group is good and is supplemented by very strong parallel groups that a middle market private credit asset manager will inevitably also migrate to. These include the BDC and registered fund, leverage finance and CLO practices, all of which are top flight at Dechert.’

    ‘Timothy Spangler is creative and smart. He has an eclectic mix of expertise, which includes US and European funds, as well as strength in securities laws. He sees connections others may not and is able to “issue spot” like a fiend. He is also very good at delegating work to strong associates that he mentors well.’

    Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: consumer products (including tobacco)

    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.

    DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
    Financial services and Investment management Christopher Harvey
    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
    Antitrust Steven Bizar
    Employee benefits/executive compensation/tax Andrew Oringer
    Employee benefits/executive compensation/tax David Jones
    Employee benefits/executive compensation/tax Joshua Milgrim

    Dechert is a leading global law firm with 22 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.

    DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
    Chairman Andrew Levander
    CEO Henry Nassau
    Corporate and securities Mark Thierfeldermark.thierfelder@dechert.com
    Financial restructuring Allan Brilliantallan.brilliant@dechert.com
    Financial services and asset management Douglas Dickdouglas.dick@dechert.com
    Global investigations Hector Gonzalezhector.gonzalez@dechert.com
    International arbitration Eduardo Silva Romeroeduardo.silvaromero@dechert.com
    International arbitration Arif Aliarif.ali@dechert.com
    International trade Amanda DeBuskamanda.debusk@dechert.com
    International trade Jeremy Zuckerjeremy.zucker@dechert.com

    The firm: 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 and 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 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 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 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. 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.
    Chairman: Andrew J Levander
    CEO: Henry N Nassau
    Number of lawyers: Approximately 1000
    International offices: Austin, Beijing, Boston, Brussels, Charlotte, Chicago, Dubai, Dublin, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Moscow, Munich, New York, Orange County, Paris, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Washington, DC

    Contacts
    Corporate and securities:
     Howard Kleinman
    Financial restructuring: Allan Brilliant
    Financial services and asset management: Douglas Dick
    Global investigations: Hector Gonzalez
    International arbitration:
     Eduardo Silva Romero, Arif Ali
    International litigation: Matthew Larrabee
    International trade: Amanda DeBusk, Jeremy Zucker

    DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
    International Arbitration Eduardo Silva Romeroeduardo.silvaromero@dechert.com+33 1 57 57 80 14
    International Arbitration Arif Aliarif.ali@dechert.com+1 202 261 3307
    Corporate, Finance and Capital Markets Howard Kleinmanhoward.kleinman@dechert.com+1 212 698 3567
    Financial Restructuring Allan Brilliantallan.brilliant@dechert.com+1 212 698 3600
    English
    French
    Portuguese
    Spanish

    Leading from the Front

    “Actionable allyship moves beyond passive solidarity and requires speaking up or intervening during acts of marginalization, even at the risk of backlash or negative consequences. As catalysts for change, Dechert remains committed to doing our part in fighting systemic racism, social injustice and inequity.”
    Satra Sampson-Arokium, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

    • Using his voice to take a powerful stand, our Chief Executive Officer, Henry Nassau, published a Leaders at the Front Pledge. His pledge is a bold action plan to create meaningful and measurable changes at Dechert and within the legal industry. Read his pledge here on the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s website.
    • In 2021, Dechert became one of the first firms to pilot the Mansfield Rule in the UK. The Mansfield Rule, overseen by Diversity Lab, has become the standard by which U.S. law firms track and measure their diversity.
    • Dechert was the first law firm to sign the Business Statement Opposing Anti-LGBTQ State Legislation, taking a stance against discrimination of LGBTQ people in proposed U.S. legislation.

    By the Numbers

    • 43% of the Policy Committee [senior leadership team] are women or diverse partners.
    • 52% of the lawyers most recently promoted to partner [effective January 1, 2022] are women.
    • 44% of our global offices are managed by women or diverse partners.
    • 25% of partners globally are women.
    • 74% of our most recent Fall 2021 class of new associates in the U.S. are women or diverse.

    Key Initiatives

    Aspiring Solicitors
    Dechert is an Affiliate Partner of Aspiring Solicitors (AS). 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
    During the firm’s second annual DEI Week, Dechert hosted a conversation with Dr. Makaziwe Mandela, the eldest daughter of President Mandela, who shared insights on her family’s work to bring greater unity to the world. Our community also joined in to connect across differences and inspired each other to take a break by sharing their favorite vacation or staycation photo, making a difference with acts of kindness, and some other lighthearted and fun moments

    Sponsorship and Sustained Support (SASS) Program
    Through our Global Women’s Initiative, we continued to identify and implement initiatives that promote opportunities for women to advance and lead throughout the firm. We continued to organize our SASS women into several cohorts led by partner faculty. SASS cohorts are designed to provide support and actionable skills as women continue learning and networking together to navigate the path to partnership.

    Inclusive Leadership
    Commitment to diversity and inclusion stems from the top. Our partners have been participating in interactive sessions on inclusive leadership since 2018. In 2021, the training expanded to the entire Dechert community. We covered such issues as affinity bias, attribution bias, covering, in and out groups, actionable allyship, unconscious bias, and inclusive leadership in times of crisis. Individuals participate in interactive sessions that center around dramatizations that prompt conversations, challenge stereotypes, and inspire change.


    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.”