Firm Profile > Dechert LLP > London, England

Dechert LLP
160 QUEEN VICTORIA STREET
LONDON
EC4V 4QQ
England

Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 1

Dechert LLP 's London team is able to draw on the firm’s global resources in legal centres such as New York, Washington DC, Hong Kong and Paris. The firm is a preferred destination for high-profile investigations involving the SFO, the FCA and the HMRC, but is also well-equipped to handle matters involving multiple national authorities across Europe and overseas. Matthew Cowie has extensive experience of SFO investigations, including a former position as a lead SFO prosecutor in multiple bribery and corruption matters. In addition to its strength in government investigations and enforcement work, the team is also highly experienced in regulatory issues and compliance, as well as in conducting internal investigations involving allegations of money laundering, fraud, tax fraud and corruption. Former DOJ prosecutor and US-qualified practitioner Roger Burlingame and Caroline Black jointly lead the department. Neil Gerrard retired at the end of 2020. Matthew Banham and recently promoted partner John Bedford are also key figures in the team.

Practice head(s):

Roger Burlingame; Caroline Black

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Cowie; Matthew Banham; Dorothy Cory-Wright; Tim Bowden; Matthew Mazur; John Bedford

Testimonials

‘The team has deep expertise in white-collar crime investigations, including a number of highly experienced personnel who have worked for regulatory bodies, such as the SFO, as well as experience in industry. The partners on the team ensure they’re fully immersed on all projects and have a very keen eye for detail.’

‘I have always been impressed with their SME experience from working on major corruption cases. The firm recruits and retains quality people from law enforcement and other relevant backgrounds. Dechert’s lawyers are able to level with clients on the issues they face. They provide practical options and look for pragmatic outcomes as they work tirelessly on the side of their client. I have been impressed by the way Dechert’s lawyers look to engage professionals from other/relevant disciplines and their knowledgeable of digital technology in investigations.’  

‘Dechert’s London team is top-class for regulatory investigations and corporate crime, with unique experience of SFO investigations and international investigations involving multiple authorities. They provide both legal and strategic advice, understand and strive to mitigate consequences of investigations on company activities. Definitely a top choice for any company facing investigation or criminal risk.’

‘Matthew Cowie has a track record in corruption cases. He brings practical expertise, intellectual rigour and a longstanding knowledge of the main regulators to achieve the best result. Matt is user friendly, balanced, but won’t shy away from being forthright when needed.’

‘Matthew Banham constantly displayed ingenuity and creativity when designing investigation strategies. He also had an uncanny eye for detail whilst not losing sight of the big picture and overall investigation strategy.’

‘Caroline Black is a star defence litigator who will, I am confident, be an even more dominant figure in the area in the future. She is mentally sharp, tactically astute, totally attuned to the client’s needs and fights her corner with great tenacity. At the same time, she manages to be an approachable and understanding team player whose role in guiding the team forwards is critical.’

‘Timothy Bowden brings calm professionalism and intellectual rigour to his cases; he is incredibly industrious, with a deep sense of client care that ensures he is responsive to the needs of the client whenever they arise.  Clare Barnard is one to watch: clever, attuned to the client, hardworking and able to conduct excellent factual and legal analysis for the client. Two further associates really stand out and are already stars, but their influence will only grow. Richard Hodge is as sharp as they come, professional and hardworking, with a mastery of his cases. Thomas Stroud has a real flair for criminal litigation; he was extremely hardworking.’

‘Caroline Black is just impressive; Tim Bowden is a subtle, pragmatic and very convincing criminal lawyer.’

Key clients

Airbus SE

Financial Conduct Authority

Knight Assets & Co.

Investment fund formation and management > Hedge funds Tier 2

Dechert LLP advises boutique and institutional hedge fund managers on seed deals, fund structuring and formation, as well as an array of regulatory matters across key jurisdictions. The team has strong capabilities in EU downstream work, including reporting and documentation as well as investment strategy. The team is overseen by Gus Black, with Abigail Bell also a key figure, working with a variety of long-standing funds clients on deals and regulatory matters. Mikhaelle Schiappacasse is noted for her work on complex mandates for institutional fund managers, while Craig Borthwick advises on large-scale fund launches. Karen Stretch was promoted to partner in early 2021.

Practice head(s):

Gus Black

Other key lawyers:

Abigail Bell; Mikhaelle Schiappacasse; Craig Borthwick; Karen Stretch

Testimonials

Available, straight to the point, solution oriented.

Great knowledge, always quick and efficient responses. Assisted us from start to finish when setting up a number of different financial products.

Mikhaelle Schiappacasse is outstanding to work with. Extremely efficient and knowledgeable. Very commercial. Knows how to leverage the breadth of skills within Dechert to suit our needs as a client.

Key clients

BlueCove

Cheyne Capital Management (UK) LLP

Infusive

Kairos Group

Numen Capital LLP

Palmerston

Palm Lane Capital

Sloane Robinson LLP

Soloda Investment Advisors LLP

S.W. Mitchell Capital LLP

TT International

Finance > Acquisition finance Tier 3

Dechert LLP's 'commercial and hardworking' four-partner London team has quickly risen in prominence in the market, primarily as a result of its work for private credit funds on their leveraged finance activity. Spearheaded by very experienced practitioners David Miles and Philip Butler, the team has a 'good understanding of market best practice' and adds particular value to debt funds on complex deals involving sophisticated debt structures. While the bulk of the team's instructions are on the lender front, John Markland is well-versed at handling borrower mandates, including for private equity sponsors such as Mid Europa Partners, which he regularly advises on its leveraged finance activity throughout Europe.

Other key lawyers:

Philip Butler; John Markland; David Miles; Smridhi Gulati; Sarah Moffat; Bishoy Eskander

Testimonials

The team is highly experienced, commercial and hard working.’

‘A well informed team and plugged into the market. Advise well on complex deals.’

Even working from home, the team were joined up and communicated well throughout the engagement. They have a good understanding of market best practice in relation to banking covenants and agreements, and provided clear advice from their extensive experience on this subject.’

The very knowledgeable Smridhi Gulati is fantastic to work with and explains issues well.’ 

Philip Butler is one of the most senior experienced lawyers in the City.’

Key clients

Ares Management Limited

Baring Asset Management

CVC Credit Partners

Blackstone Credit (formerly known as GSO Capital Partners)

BlackRock

Mid Europa Partners

Endless

Further Global

Shawbrook Bank

Kartesia

Alcentra

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 3

Dechert LLP‘s commercial disputes team is popular among financial institutions, sovereign states as well as multinational corporations in cross-border disputes. Practice head Dorothy Cory-Wright has impressive experience across complex commercial litigation and contentious regulatory issues, while Andrew Hearn is noted for disputes with cross-border enforcement issues. For financial services sector disputes and contentious insolvency issues, Adam Silver is key contact, while  Stephen Surgeoner advises across the financial services, insurance, energy and telecommunications industries. Recently promoted partner John Bedford and ‘switched-on and hard-working‘ senior associate Daniel Natoff are other key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Dorothy Cory-Wright

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Surgeoner; Andrew Hearn; Adam Silver; John Bedford; Daniel Natoff; Julie Witham; Suzi Cocksedge; Simon Fawell

Testimonials

Dechert has a good and experienced team of commercial litigators all of high calibre.

Andrew Hearn  gives sensible strategic advice, is always on top of the detail, and a pleasure to deal with. Daniel Natoff is switched-on and hard-working.

Stephen Surgeoner: calm, not phased by pressure, good judgement and available round the clock. Julie Witham: extremely diligent and conscientious. Suzi Cocksedge – : up and coming associate, shows great leadership and promise.

The Dechert team handles high stake dispute, and everyone works in a collaborative and supportive way. The partners look out for junior lawyers, and junior lawyers go extra miles to deliver the best work product.

Experienced litigation team with a wide variety of work. Recommended as a high-level litigation firm. Excellent facilities and support for litigation in a pandemic.

The litigation team is perfectly organized and oriented in the case and capable of handling even the most complex of litigations. The members of the team have deep understanding of the facts of the case, quick to find legal arguments supported by facts and evidence and thus adapt quickly to how the litigation evolves.’

I have worked with John Bedford and Stephen Surgeoner on a complex fraud case . They were very attentive and did their best for the client. They are both hardworking, intelligent and experienced litigators who work well with the bar.

Key clients

Tyndaris SAM

Ministry of Defence of the Republic of China

Ad Hoc Committee of Noteholders of PJSC Commercial Bank “PrivatBank”

VTB Bank (PSJC)

Nikolay Falin

Fondazione Enasarco

Axle and Centigon

Hanging Gardens Ltd

Kevin Hellard and Emma Ward (Tuke proceedings)

Moore Freres & Company

Folgender

Finance > Debt capital markets Tier 3

The London capital markets group at Dechert LLP is highly regarded for its work in emerging markets, which has seen it handle debt offerings in Albania, Bahrain, India, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and many other jurisdictions during the last two years. Many of these deals were sovereign debt transactions, including an update to the Arab Republic of Egypt's $30bn GMTN programme, which included issuance of $1.25bn in notes due 2024. Practice head Patrick Lyons led that transaction and also assisted Kazakhstan Temir Zholy on a tender offer for its $1.1bn guaranteed notes. Its work on innovative deals includes the first green bond from the MENA region, the first US-dollar green bond in Africa, and the first sustainability bond in Africa. Key partner Jennifer Rees is highly active in the MENA region and the FSU, and associate Amy Rees is a key adviser on sovereign bonds.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Lyons

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Rees; Amy Rees

Key clients

Republic of Albania

The Kingdom of Bahrain

Banque Ouest Africaine de Développement

JSC Development Bank of Kazakhstan

Arab Republic of Egypt

Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

JSC “National Company “Kazakhstan Temir Zholy”

Manila Water Company

Sultanate of Oman

Finance > Derivatives and structured products Tier 3

They have a genuine team spirit and are helpful to their clients‘, say clients of the team at Dechert LLP. The firm has a pre-eminent funds practice and acts for the vast majority of world’s leading asset managers, giving it a prime role in the CLO market. It also has a strong global derivatives offering, and is involved in innovative structured products transactions, including repo-to-securitisation structures to facilitate the financing of large commercial real estate loans. Gus Black leads the financial services and investment management, in which the key practitioners sit. Securitisation and structured finance partner  Sarah Smith and newly promoted derivatives partner Karen Stretch play central roles in the practices, as does John McGrath, who represents funds and other buy-side parties on a wide range of performing and non-performing financial products often involving enforcement or restructuring of derivatives, securitisations and other structured financings. Abigail Bell stands out for her knowledge of derivatives in the hedge fund arena.

Practice head(s):

Gus Black

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Smith; Karen Stretch; John McGrath; Abigail Bell

Testimonials

‘One of the strongest suits of Dechert is that they are a comprehensive provider of services and never work at cross purposes with a client. Whatever issue is being addressed, there is always a question about the impact of other concerns. Those are posed to the client and if accepted are researched and deliverables are coordinated back to the partner. The client is always clear about where they stand at any particular moment. This is critical in the execution of derivative agreements with bank counterparties particularly with the changing nature of regulatory regimes in both Europe and the United States.’

‘Karen Stretch is by far one of the best attorneys I have worked with in my career. Her clarity of purpose and intellect are only surpassed by her ability to execute projects on budget and on time. Her probative questions always yield better knowledge and execution on our behalf. Over the years, Karen has deepened her understanding of us, which has allowed Dechert to broaden the scope of work for the firm. As we continue to grow globally, I look forward to continuing to work with Karen and the Dechert team.’

‘The team is very good at understanding the commercial drivers for the client and tailors its advice accordingly. They are responsive and you are always able to access the partner and senior members of the team. The team give them impression of trying to build long and sustainable work relationships and are receptive to feedback which better enables them to tailor their advice and approach to matters.’

‘Dechert has been our legal counsel for most of our CLOs, we work closely with them for each new transaction and for any requirement we have in between. The team is dedicated, always available, aware of fast-moving industry changes and works to a high standard. They are always proactive, have come up with tailored solutions many times over and have given us insights on recent transactions in the wider market.’

‘I believe in diversity and empowering women in this industry. With the acceleration of the ESG criteria, the institutional investors will need to pay attention to the law firms they will mandate and the team that will help them. It’s going to be a matter of credibility for investors, who can’t present themselves as ESG champions and mandate teams that do not show a gender and ethic diversity. So the strengthen of Dechert teams are its diversity and the ability to adapt to the ever changing regulatory environment. ESG is going to the cornerstone in this industry.’

‘They are very knowledgeable and experienced in this field.’

‘They have a genuine team spirit and are helpful to their clients.’

‘Karen Stretch is a technically gifted and detail orientated lawyer who is able to simply present complex matters in a commercial way while being attentive and client focussed.’

Key clients

Fondazione Enasarco

Athene

Cheyne Capital Management (UK) LLP

Palmer Square Capital Management

Industry focus > Emerging markets Tier 3

Dechert LLP focuses on debt capital markets transactions in emerging markets, with its recent work covering bond issuances and restructurings in the former Soviet Union, MENA, sub-Saharan Africa, the ASEAN region and Latin America. Among its standout transactions was the first green bond from the MENA region, and a US dollar-denominated green bond in Africa. Patrick Lyons, who is head of the international capital markets practice, co-ordinates the emerging markets group, which calls on the skills of bond restructuring expert Giles Belsey, up-and-coming capital markets specialist Jennifer Rees and associate Amy Rees, who an expert in US-style disclosure. Lyons recently acted for the Arab Republic of Egypt in connection with its $3.75bn triple-tranche Eurobond issuance, and advised the Kingdom of Bahrain on the update of its GMTN programme and $2bn triple-tranche note issuance.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Lyons

Other key lawyers:

Giles Belsey; Jennifer Rees; Amy Rees

Key clients

Arab Republic of Egypt

Kingdom of Bahrain

West African Development Bank

Manila Water Company

Ukrainian Railway

Sultanate of Oman

Bank Audi

VTB

Blom Bank

Barclays

BNP Paribas

Natixis

J.P Morgan

Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Byblos Bank

PrivatBank

Employment > Employers Tier 3

At Dechert LLP, the labour and employment team brings extensive experience in financial services to bear on a variety of employment mandates. In particular, it specialises in the employment and TUPE implications of cross-border transactions, as well as contentious employment matters, including dismissals, investigations and defending against various claims brought by employees. The group has a ‘calm and hugely experienced leader in Charles Wynn-Evans’, a TUPE expert who is ‘ably supported’ by Jason Butwick, who combines a robust contentious practice with proficiencies in complex regulatory issues, chiefly in relation to remuneration and covenant enforcement.

Practice head(s):

Charles Wynn-Evans

Other key lawyers:

Jason Butwick; Emma Byford

Testimonials

Charles Wynn Evans is my main contact and I have been working with him for over 20 years and so we have build up a very good working relationship. Charlie has a great insight into our business and the senior team and so knows exactly the level to pitch his responses. He is commercial and pragmatic and his opinion is greatly valued. His expertise is in TUPE and more complex terminations. He is also a tribunal judge which I think gives him the edge when advising us.’

Emma Byford is very calm and knowledgeable

Always thorough, very efficient, and helpful. Highly commercial with an excellent understanding of our business. Very trustworthy.’

Jason Butwick provides an excellent level of service – always responsive, makes sure we are happy, he will go above and beyond to ensure we have what we need.’

The team always demonstrates a professional, honest and pragmatic approach which is very helpful from an organisation’s perspective where a fair solution is the priority.’

Charles Wynn Evans takes a pragmatic and solution-focused approach which I have always found to be professional and accurate. He and his team will always make themselves available and offer support at different levels depending on the issue.’

They are excellent and a have a calm and hugely experienced leader in Charles Wynn Evans, ably supported by Jason Butwick.’

Charles Wynn-Evans has a wealth of experience, including a broad cross-section of employment situations that play out all the way to tribunal. He knows what is important/material and is invaluable in helping us plan accordingly. Emma Byford is also very personable and responsive, commercial in approach and great at getting the job done.’

Key clients

GSA Capital Partners LLP

Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 3

Dechert LLP's team is highly active in transactions spanning a number of key markets, including London, New York and Paris; it is also notably strong in deals connected with North Africa and the Middle East, particularly Lebanon and Egypt. Patrick Lyons and Sean Geraghty co-head the group in London, which delivers US and UK securities law advice. The life sciences sector is a key area of strength for the firm, as was evidenced in 2020, when Lyons worked with members of the Paris office to assist gene therapy platform company Lysogene with a €7.7m capital increase. Jennifer Rees made partner.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Lyons; Sean Geraghty

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Rees; Amy Rees

Testimonials

Dechert is able to provide a comprehensive skillset in equity capital markets across geographies. Dechert are able to effectively lead and solve issues from the top (strategic decisions) to the bottom (transaction details execution). They absolutely behave like they are company team members, internally as well as externally.’

Very knowledgeable team with a strong cross border practice. Strong ability to assist companies both on European and US markets.’

Patrick Lyons is an amazing professional. He is quick, always available and business-oriented.’

Key clients

Abivax

Canaccord Genuity Limited

Investec Bank plc

Lysogene

MedinCell

Numis Securities Limited

Citigroup Global Markets Limited

Tiziana Life Sciences Plc

Oxford BioDynamics Plc

Edward Le Bas Properties Limited

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 3

Combining commercial litigation and white-collar defence specialists, the Dechert LLP fraud practice is best known for handling complex multijurisdictional. The firm can draw from strengths in commercial disputes and multinational investigations into fraud, bribery, corruption and money laundering to provide ‘real depth and expertise in this area and also has experience on the criminal side’. Dorothy Cory-Wright leads the team and advises on commercial litigation and contentious regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Dorothy Cory-Wright

Other key lawyers:

Dick Frase; John Bedford; Daniel Natoff; Andrew Hearn

Testimonials

‘Andrew Hearn is one of the standout litigators in London. He has seen it and done it all. When a member of my family needed a solicitor for a major piece of fraud litigation for someone he represents, I sent him to Andrew Hearn. Excellent tactical judgment; good knowledge of the law; good understanding of his client’s business and needs. All in all, the perfect litigation solicitor’.

‘The Dechert team handles high stake dispute, and everyone works in a collaborative and supportive way. The partners look out for junior lawyers, and junior lawyers go extra miles to deliver the best work product’.

‘Daniel Natoff is a rising star! He has the trust and confidence of the clients, and gets things done in a seemingly effortless fashion! Dorothy Cory-Wright, tactically astute and very experienced. John Bedford – very forensic so very good at investigating possible irregularities. Dick Frase – excellent regulatory lawyer’.

‘Easy to work with, technically excellent, quality outfit’.

‘The firm has real depth and expertise in this area and is also has experience on the criminal side as well’.

‘One person worth following is John Bedford who has both a strong academic background as is full of common sense’.

Key clients

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

Axle and Centigon

Hasim Bora Özerman and Fusun Gonen

Nikolay Falin

Kevin Hellard and Amanda Wade (Tuke proceedings)

Knight Assets

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 3

Dechert LLP’s ‘diligent, hardworking and thorough’ group is adept at assisting both individuals and companies. The team handles complex multi-jurisdictional investigations and prosecutions involving allegations of corruption, fraud, money laundering, insider trading and violations of international sanctions regimes. The practice has undergone recent changes: following the retirement of former practice head Neil Gerrard at the end of 2020, Roger Burlingame (who ‘has excellent rapport with clients and is a great strategist’) took over the leadership role. Burlingame is a former prosecutor at the US Department of Justice; clients value his prior work experience and ‘exceptional’ knowledge of the US prosecutorial process. The group’s US authorities-facing work also benefits significantly from the firm’s strength at key locations in New York, Washington DC and Philadelphia. Other standout team members include US-qualified litigator Matthew Mazur and Timothy Bowden.

Practice head(s):

Roger Burlingame

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Mazur; Matthew Banham; Caroline Black; Matthew Cowie; John Bedford; Evan Flowers ; Timothy Bowden

Testimonials

‘Exemplary operation in every sense. Diligent, hardworking and thorough. Very well-rounded team from the partners to the junior associates.’

‘Dechert has a large London-based white-collar practice, with US-qualified lawyers able to give advice in cases with a transatlantic angle. It is a very good addition to their offer here.’

‘My experience is with Roger Burlingame who is a London-based US lawyer. He has excellent rapport with clients and is a great strategist. The firm as a whole has an excellent reputation as a go-to firm for corporate crime with vast experience of that area in terms of DPAs etc.’

‘They have a strong presence in the market and a clear understanding of the sector in which I was dealing with them.’

‘The partner assigned to my case was Roger Burlingame. Throughout the entire duration of an extremely stressful investigation, I found Roger to be a calm, reassuring and with a steady hand. His incredible knowledge, not only of US Law but also of the prosecutorial process was exceptional. He worked tirelessly with me in advance of interviews with the Department of Justice in the US. Despite hours of tough questioning by the DoJ, there were no surprises – he had ensured that I was fully prepared. In addition to that, Roger was completely flexible and accommodating with regard to meeting times/dates/locations and nothing was ever too much trouble. I could not recommend Roger highly enough to anyone looking for legal advice, support or representation.’

‘I dealt with this firm in relation to one case pertaining to a US government criminal and regulatory investigation; however, I found the team to be extremely efficient, knowledgeable and supportive. The individuals that I met were incredibly knowledgeable, accommodating, supportive and hardworking.’ 

‘The team is best known for its representation of corporates but certainly has experience representing individuals.’ 

Finance > Securitisation Tier 3

Dechert LLP has a three-partner securitisation and structured finance practice in London, where it sits in the firm's finance and real estate group. The 'competent, approachable and responsive' practice focuses on innovative and complex transactions rather than volume. It recently assisted bondholders of Breeze Finance with the restructuring of a transaction backed by revenues generated by wind farms. Sarah Smith, who has more than 15 years' experience in the market, and John McGrath, who predominantly represents funds and other buy-side parties, led that work. 'Clearly his knowledge of the evolving market trends makes the top of the list', remarks a client of Cameron Mitcham, who is an expert in European and US risk retention rules. One client believes that senior associate Jana Zupikova is 'the most talented individual in CLO structuring in Europe'.

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Smith; John McGrath; Cameron Mitcham; Jana Zupikova

Testimonials

‘What made Dechert’s practice unique was not only expertise but the global reach of the team. From the very beginning the US/UK teams worked together to craft our documents allowing us to move at an impressive speed. And once the handoff from US to UK was made (at an early stage in the launch process) we were still able to leverage both teams as both were always in the loop with progress. This partnership made counsel the easiest part of our firm’s international launch.’

‘Cameron Mitcham. Clearly his knowledge of the evolving market trends makes the top of the list. What’s more however, is that we launched our Euro platform as a hybrid ABS/CLO and the team was able to seamlessly bend the product to EU norms. And to be frank the time difference between GMT/CST can be difficult in the UK but Cameron has been accommodating.’

‘Great connectivity with CLO managers globally, the leading global practice for representing CLO managers.’

‘Jana Zupikova, associate – great client management, a fantastic person to work with!’

‘I believe in diversity and empowering women in this industry. With the acceleration of the ESG criteria, the institutional investors will need to pay attention to the law firms they will mandate and the team that will help them. It’s going to be a matter of credibility for investors, who can’t present themselves as ESG champions and mandate teams that do not show a gender and ethnic diversity. So the strengths of Dechert’s team are its diversity and the ability to adapt to the ever-changing regulatory environment. ESG is going to be the cornerstone in this industry.’

‘The key strength of this team is its ability to build a trustworthy relationship with its clients. I greatly appreciate Jana Zupikova who has been proactive in finding solutions, in maintaining the relationship and in connecting me with the right persons. Selecting a law firm is also selecting a person, a team that you trust because you know that they will use all their resources to support you. It’s what I mention when I recommend Dechert and Jana.’

‘A helpful team that is always available when needed.’

‘Cameron Mitcham leads the team we work with and provides good-quality advice in a helpful format.’

Key clients

Anchorage Capital Group

Redding Ridge Asset Management (UK) LLP

Rothschild/Five Arrows Managers LLP

Palmer Square Capital Management

Chenavari Credit Partners LLP

Employment > Senior executives Tier 3

At Dechert LLP, Charles Wynn-Evans is a 'stand-out individual' who can, according to one client, 'see around corners'. The team advises private equity houses and clients in a broad range of sectors ranging from the publishing and media sectors to the pharmaceuticals and energy industries. CEOs and directors make up the client roster that the team advises on negotiating exits, re-negotiating positions following major reorganisations and entries into new roles. Jason Butwick and associates Emma Byford and Jennifer McGrandle are other key team members.

Practice head(s):

Charles Wynn-Evans

Other key lawyers:

Jason Butwick; Emma Byford; Jennifer McGrandle

Testimonials

‘Charles Wynn Evans is a stand out individual. His knowledge of the law is exacting and comprehensive. As a strategist he is second to none effortlessly obtaining his clients’ objectives and literally seeing round corners.’  

‘The partner listened to the issue, considered the options, legal and other, and then provided advice as needed. Charles Wynn -Evans  – have known him for a number of years, and would always revert to him on personal employment matters. In short, I trust his advice.’

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 4

With ‘very significant expertise‘ and ‘a highly commercial outlook‘, Dechert LLP‘s commercial disputes team excels in cross-border finance disputes. The group is also increasingly active in finance market disputes involving issues of emerging technology, as well as in cryptocurrency disputes. ‘Tactically astute‘ practice head Dorothy Cory-Wright handles commercial litigation and contentious regulatory issues and Adam Silver who specialises in financial litigation, fraud and contentious insolvency. The ‘very forensic‘ recently promoted partner John Bedford is recommended for investigation-heavy litigation.

Practice head(s):

Dorothy Cory-Wright

Other key lawyers:

Adam Silver; Stephen Surgeoner; Andrew Hearn; John Bedford; Daniel Natoff; Simon Fawell

Testimonials

Very significant expertise, coupled with a highly commercial outlook and a very pleasant team to work with.

The Dechert dispute resolution/litigation team is a strong team with outstanding leadership from Adam Silver. We are currently working together in some strategically challenging litigation involving jurisdictional and cross-border issues, with which this team is very familiar.’

Understanding of the area and an approach to disputes which is both intelligent and commercial.’

Dorothy Cory-Wright, tactically astute and very experienced. John Bedford – very forensic so very good at investigating possible irregularities and/or working out complex issues of fact and law.

Adam Silver – one of the rare lawyers who is both outstandingly intelligent and very commercial.

Andrew Hearn gives sensible strategic advice, is always on top of the detail, and a pleasure to deal with. Daniel Natoff (senior associate) is switched-on and hard-working, and a nice guy.

Stephen Surgeoner is technically superb, highly intelligent, excellent on tactics, and a very pleasant person to deal with.

‘I had the privilege to work with Simon Fawell and John McGrath over the last couple of years in a complex derivative litigation case. Each of them contributes to a team of exceptional strength. They are real team players and very good to work with.’

Key clients

VTB Bank (PSJC)

Ad Hoc Committee of Noteholders of PJSC Commercial Bank “PrivatBank”

Various Lebanese Banks, including Blom Bank S.AL.

The Financial Conduct Authority

Fondazione Enasarco

Tyndaris SAM

Hasim Bora Özerman and Fusun Gonen

Folgender Holdings

Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 4

Dechert LLP's life sciences and healthcare practice has a longstanding background in transactional work, advising on private equity, M&A and venture capital deals. Under team lead Robert Darwin the firm has grown its breadth of work and clients substantially. It now advises on contentious and non-contentious IP, collaboration and licensing deals, tax structuring, regulatory and disputes, and can draw on the firm's US and European offices.

Practice head(s):

Robert Darwin

Testimonials

‘I was very impressed by the knowledge, responsiveness, quality of strategic thinking of the whole team but Robert Darwin in particular.’

‘Depth of knowledge in the pharma industry, a proactive and non-confrontational approach to negotiations and very responsive.’

‘Having dealt with a number legal practices during my career I have found Robert Darwin to be exceptional . He is professional , knowledgeable and service orientated.’

‘Strong team, with great breadth of expertise. Ability serve clients across a variety of needs and over a long period of time.’

‘I work with Robert Darwin, who has extensive experience in the life science industry. His knowledge of the industry, the key players, the norms and the trends allows him to provide advice that is pragmatic and grounded, and engage in creative problem solving.’

‘They are a top-tier team and are extremely responsive, efficient and commercial, as well as fun to work with.’

‘The team is well rounded and exceptionally knowledgeable and responsive.’

Key clients

Abivax S.A.

AKL Research & Development

ArchiMed SAS

BeiGene

Cerberus Capital Management

Crown Holdings Inc.

Direct Healthcare Group

Ferring International

GIC

Judges Scientific plc

Merck KGaA

Mid Europa Partners

Nordic Capital

Norgine B.V.

Peprotech Inc.

REAL Digital International Limited

Spark Advisory Partners

Theolytics Limited

Zoological Society of London

Corporate and commercial > Partnership Tier 4

Jason Butwick at Dechert LLP handles a broad range of contentious and non-contentious partnerships work. Typical instructions for the latter include change of partnership terms and M&A deals. Ongoing disputes relate to breach of contract claims and contentious partner exits. Clients are primarily sourced from the asset management and broader financial services sector.

Practice head(s):

Jason Butwick

Key clients

GSA Capital Partners LLP

Polar Capital LLP

Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions – high-value deals (£250m+) Tier 4

Dechert LLP advises private equity houses and investment managers on acquisitions and disposals, working with large and mid-market houses. The team is active across Europe, with many of its transactions involving multiple jurisdictions. In addition to  working with PE houses, the practice has strong links to sovereign wealth funds including Singapore’s GIC. The team is led by Christopher Field who regularly advises sponsors on cross-border transactions. Private equity partners Ross Allardice   and Mark Evans quit for White & Case LLP in London after publication of the rankings.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Field

Other key lawyers:

Mark Thompson; Sam Whittaker

Testimonials

‘Chris Field is outstanding and technically capable.’

‘They provide full dedication of the firm across different teams for the benefit of the client.’

Key clients

ArchiMed

Blackstone Credit (formerly GSO Capital Partners)

Cerberus Capital Management

Columna Capital

Endless LLP

Further Global Capital Management

GIC

Mid Europa Partners

Nordic Capital

Sun Capital Partners

Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe

Investment fund formation and management > Private funds Tier 4

With a strong focus on private equity and credit funds, Dechert LLP advises fund managers focused on the UK, US, EU, and Asia, handling major fund formation and capital raisings. The funds team is bolstered by in-house regulatory and tax capabilities and also advises on GP-led secondaries, restructurings, and downstream investments. The practice is headed by the ‘technically excellent‘ Gus BlackChristopher Gardner is noted for his strong European work, while the ‘standout’ Thiha Tun is praised for his work on behalf of sponsors and investors on major raisings.

Practice head(s):

Gus Black

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Gardner; Thiha Tun

Testimonials

The team is solutions orientated. It is very experienced and is always open to sharing practical experience and guidance. This assists us as a client in navigating a number of areas within our business across the globe.

The team is very accessible and responsive. Gus Black is able to direct us to specific subject matter experts across the spectrum of legal or tax services we require. We view Dechert as our preferred supplier of international law services because of these factors.’

Broad market insight and ability to connect with specialists across the globe.

Gus Black is our go-to lawyer for complex fund structuring in Luxembourg among other jurisdictions. Gus is extremely commercial with advice and tailors every aspect to the specific facts, time-frames and inherent potential risks – highly recommended.

Strong brand and an industry leading firm in the investment fund and financial service sector.

The partner that really stands out is Thiha Tun. His character, willingness to go the extra mile and expertise in private investment funds make him a fantastic partner.

‘Christopher Gardner has exceptional knowledge and dedication that he brings to private equity groups and funds.’

Key clients

Apollo Global Management

AGC Equity Partners Limited

Amber Capital UK LLP

Columna Capital LLP

Pemberton Capital Advisors LLP

StepStone Group

Warburg-Serres Investments

Real estate > Property finance Tier 4

The 'commercially minded' real estate finance team at Dechert LLP has undergone major expansion over the course of the past two years, with the addition of the 'brilliantAparna Sehgal, Sarah Smith and John McGrath strengthening the team's market position. The team predominantly acts for financial institutions and alternative lenders across the UK and Europe. Sehgal, who has particular expertise in multi-jurisdictional transactions, leads the team following the departure of former practice head Charles Malpass to Mayer Brown International LLP in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Aparna Sehgal

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Smith; John McGrath

Testimonials

‘Aparna Sehgal’s finance team at Dechert is quick and efficient, and provides advice to the point across multiple jurisdictions. They have a hands-on approach but are also commercially minded. It is also good fun to work with them.’

‘Aparna Sehgal is a brilliant lawyer, probably one of the best when it comes to highly complex structured financing situations. She is also good fun to work with and always reachable.’

‘It is a pleasure working with Aparna Sehgal: she is a legal professional who sorts the wheat from the chaff and remains focused on the bigger picture, without losing a grasp of the detail if that explodes into a more strategic point. She allows her team room to shine and it shows in their interactions with me as their client, which leads to an efficient allocation of legal resource to the task at hand. Her manner is calm under fire and patient when explaining complex points.’

Key clients

BAWAG PSK

Sculptor Capital

Wells Fargo

Zetland Capital

Blackstone

Citibank N.A.

Ellington Management Group

AGC Equity Partners

Cheyne Capital Management

Apollo Global Management

Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 5

Well-placed to tap into the wider firm's asset management client base, and benefiting from a rapidly growing restructuring offering, Dechert LLP is increasingly well-positioned to pick up creditor/investor side work, including on emerging markets mandates. Of recent hires, undoubtedly the most noteworthy was the arrival in March 2021 of the 'committed and practical' Adam Plainer  from Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP. Plainer now heads the team and,  given his 'unrivalled experience in formal insolvency work' and his reputation as a 'work generator', the signs are encouraging that the firm will continue to gain market share. Kay Morley  arrived in June 2021 from Jones Day and further underlines the firm's commitment and ambition in the space, in light of her strong credentials handling European special situations and complex cross-border restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Adam Plainer

Other key lawyers:

Solomon Noh; Adam Silver; Alastair Goldrein; Kay Morley

Testimonials

Dechert’s restructuring team does an outstanding job in delivering on the guidance and managing clients’ expectations. This comes from their deep expertise in restructuring transactions.’

Adam Plainer is a work generator and has unrivalled experience in formal insolvency work.’

Adam Plainer is one of the top five restructuring lawyers in London. He is committed, practical, available, clear with his advice and has a good understanding of appropriate billing and the value to the client.’

Solomon Noh and Alastair Goldrein are both exceptional lawyers. From start to finish, they remain highly engaged to provide the best possible outcome to their clients. I find both partners very creative and passionate about delivering the best result possible for their clients.’

Key clients

Noteholders of Public Joint-Stock Company Commercial Bank “PrivatBank”

Funds managed by Franklin Templeton Investment Management Limited

Davidson Kempner

Citadel

Elliott Associates

Alden Global Capital

Monarch Alternative Capital

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 5

Dechert LLP's financial services and investment management group is primarily focused on advising buy-side asset management clients on cross-border and international regulatory issues, working closely with colleagues overseas. Richard Frase is a key member of the team, whose expertise was utilised in Dame Elizabeth Gloster's investigation into the FCA, in relation to its regulation and supervision of London Capital & finance prior to its collapse. Karen Anderberg is notable for providing advice on US regulation from the London office, with a specialism in fixed-income investment management. Promoted to partner in January 2021, Karen Stretch has a specialism in transactional derivatives. The team is led by investment funds expert Gus Black.

Practice head(s):

Gus Black

Other key lawyers:

Richard Frase; Karen Anderberg; Karen Stretch; Simon Wright

Testimonials

‘Massive strength in depth; hugely innovative in shaping strategy; invariably makes the correct call.’

‘I find Dechert’s advice invaluable. Both our day-to-day contact, Simon Wright, and the partners with which I have worked (Gus Black and Richard Frase), are very strong regulatory lawyers. Their advice is concise and practical, and training seminars well organised and relevant.’

‘Overall the Dechert team is extraordinarily deep. There is not an issue that I encounter in my investment management practice where I cannot find a strong bench of lawyers who are able to help me through a myriad of regulatory and commercial legal matters.’

‘Richard Frase – a very thoughtful lawyer with a wealth of regulatory expertise.’

‘Richard Frase – extensive and deep expertise and experience in financial services law; a wonderful asset to have on one’s side; John Bedford  – hugely impressive in his ability to speedily to analyse complex and large amounts of factual materials and to turn around work product; a very good and reliable lawyer.’

‘We find the advice we receive to be comprehensive but practical, rather than just quoting the law and leaving us to interpret which other firms have done in the past.’

‘Karen Stretch is bright and has a very strong grasp of UK and EU related derivatives law and practice. Karen also has the ability to explain the opaque world of derivatives to both non-expert lawyers as well as business people in a way that strips away the technical jargon and gets to the practical advice.’

‘Extremely hardworking and easy to work with. This is a really quality outfit.’

Key clients

Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 6

Dechert LLP's tax team has a wide range of expertise in handling UK and cross-border tax matters, particularly for hedge funds and credit funds; it also handles investment management and private equity work. Practice head Mark Stapleton has extensive experience advising clients on offshore funds and investment management issues, while Daniel Hawthorne has a broad direct and indirect taxation practice. Clients praise the team for its 'pragmatic' and 'personable' approach.

Practice head(s):

Mark Stapleton

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Hawthorne

Testimonials

I have worked a lot with Dan Hawthorne over the last 4 or 5 years and I have always found him very knowledgeable, but also very commercial and pragmatic in his approach and thinking.’

Mark Stapleton is the tax partner that we generally work with. He is very knowledgeable and fairly practical.’

Deep knowledge and expertise in the asset management sector. The team has the ability to coordinate global projects.’

Mark Stapleton is a very experienced UK and international tax professional advising across a number of corporate specialisms including funds. He combines this with a very personable approach and fast response which is very important in high value time sensitive matters. Dan Hawthorne is similarly very approachable and his clients appreciate his very personal approach to all matters. His experience is similar to Mark’s and further he has particular expertise in employee taxation and incentivisation matters.’

Key clients

Apollo Global Management

Ares

Centaur Media plc

Gravis Capital Management Ltd

Hellenic Telecommunications Organization, S.A.

Polar Capital Holdings Plc

Precisely Incorporated

Swiss Capital

Corporate and commercial > M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+ Tier 6

The London office of Dechert LLP enjoys a sterling reputation in the financial services M&A space, advising on domestic and cross-border transactions for various  banks. Over the past year the team has been regularly engaged on fintech transactions, as well as handling deals for clients in the consumer, retail, life sciences, and TMT space. Practice head Douglas Getter regularly represents private and publicly-listed companies on international M&A deals, while Sean Geraghty is known for his deep expertise in the TMT sector.

Practice head(s):

Douglas Getter

Other key lawyers:

Sean Geraghty

Testimonials

‘The team are always personable and approachable and there is a good depth of skills with a willingness and ease to bring other colleagues to the table where they can add value on specific topics. The team have an in-depth understanding of all things financial services and an ability when looking at M&A to identify all aspects of the transaction which need considering – not just the obvious legal or FS elements. The relationship aspect is critical when handling boards and key shareholders and their skill, diplomacy and straight talking was particularly evident in our dealings with the firm.’

‘Very focused on providing the best advice and solutions to complex corporate structuring problems. Good knowledge of offshore regimes.’

‘Dechert’s M&A teams are true business partners. The teams are narrowly tailored so you build a true partnership and they bring in specialists as needed but do not over-staff a deal team. Their experience is broad and they bring a high level of expertise, creative solutions and tried & true experience to the table. The partner stays involved – unlike other firms, you are not dumped on an associate. Pricing is appropriate.’

‘The firm is more commercial than most firms and exceeds in terms of developing client relationships and networks.’

‘The individuals we dealt with were technically highly capable and combined that with a level of approachability and personal service which I believe is exceptional. They are always responsive and suitably pragmatic when needing to be. They always set out the risks associated with different courses of action where matters of executive judgement were involved and on more clear cut issues always gave a very clear and unambiguous steer.’

‘Doug Getter has very broad international experience and stays involved with all aspects of the deal team. He is creative in solving issues and brings a vast knowledge of prior solutions to the table. He is passionate about his work and can have frank conversations when needed. Very business oriented and practical. Remains focused. Staffs the team appropriately.’

‘Doug Getter – top notch all around. Works for his clients tirelessly.’

Key clients

Bank Audi s.a.l .

Bentley Systems

Branded E-Commerce Holding GmbH

BXR Group

Crown Holdings, Inc.

Ebro Foods S.A.

Hellenic Telecommunications Organization, S.A. (OTE)

Iconix Brand Group, Inc.

ICTS International N.V.

J.P. Morgan

Microblink d.o.o.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 7

In addition to its investment arbitration expertise, Dechert LLP's London practice is active in commercial arbitrations. Dorothy Cory-Wright's broad disputes practice includes arbitration work, and Simon Fawell acts in international arbitration before the LCIA, ICC and the SCC, as well as ad hoc arbitrations under the English Arbitration Act.

Other key lawyers:

Dorothy Cory-Wright; Simon Fawell

Testimonials

Dechert has a well-known and well-regarded international arbitration practice, and rightly so.

Dechert’s dispute resolution team has impressive individuals and the knowledge, experience and resources required to conduct heavy international arbitration. Those resources include an impressive IT capability, which has come into its own during the Covid pandemic.

They have a very high-quality practice.

Packed full of excellence.

Conducts disputes intelligently and efficiently.

Excellent strategic thinking.

Dechert is a leading global law firm.

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.

Our London office first opened its doors in 1972, though Dechert’s roots here stretch back to the 1930s. The office has grown to more than 160 lawyers and other legal professionals.

Our lawyers help clients from all major sectors achieve their commercial aims.

Reflecting London’s role as a global business hub, our lawyers are qualified to practise in a wide array of jurisdictions in addition to our core English law practice.

For example, we are one of the few law firms with a full-service US corporate practice in London, which advises domestic and international clients on a broad spectrum of US regulatory and transactional issues.

For additional information about our London office, please visit dechert.com/london.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chairman Andrew Levander andrew.levander@dechert.com
CEO Henry Nassau henry.nassau@dechert.com
London Management Committee Gus Black gus.black@dechert.com
London Management Committee Jason Butwick jason.butwick@dechert.com
London Management Committee Dorothy Cory-Wright dorothy.cory-wright@dechert.com
London Management Committee Christopher Field christopher.field@dechert.com
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 Jonathan Angell  photo Jonathan Angell Jonathan Angell represents both listed and unlisted companies, equity finance providers and…
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 Abigail Bell  photo Abigail Bell Abigail Bell advises on the structuring, establishment and listing of private funds…
 Giles Belsey  photo Giles Belsey Giles Belsey focuses his practice on financial services matters, with a particular…
 Caroline Black  photo Caroline Black Caroline Black is a criminal defense and investigations lawyer who focuses her…
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 Laura Brank photo Laura Brank Laura Brank, the head of Dechert’s Russia practice, has been acting for…
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 Richard Frase  photo Richard Frase Richard Frase advises on all aspects of financial services law. He has…
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 Adam Levin  photo Adam Levin Adam Levin focuses his practice on advising ultra high net worth individuals,…
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CLIENT:
COMPANY/FIRM: Citigroup
TESTIMONIAL: “Dechert consistently provides differentiating legal advice, particularly on large, complex transactions.”


CLIENT:
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.”


CLIENT:
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.”


CLIENT:
COMPANY/FIRM: Saint-Gobain
TESTIMONIAL: “Saint-Gobain frequently turns to Dechert to defend the company in its most consequential, high-stakes litigation in the United States. Their sophistication, depth of experience, and legal creativity – especially in the area of complex mass tort litigation, is simply unrivalled. When the case is unprecedented and alleged to be perilous, there is no better partner to have in the trenches than Dechert.”


Dechert has a multinational identity that is fundamentally diverse. The firm’s commitments to diversity and inclusion are not simply words written on a website – they are guiding principles that all those at Dechert should live by every day. The numbers speak for themselves – 43% of our Policy Committee (the senior management team) are women or diverse partners, 62% of the lawyers promoted to partner in January 2021 are women or diverse, and 77% of the most recent incoming class – Dechert’s future – are women or diverse.

The following are just some of the key measures that Dechert has undertaken to improve diversity and inclusion at the firm.
Affinity Groups

To effect change, affinity groups identify and address diversity and inclusion-related issues, and create new and recurring programming focused on the attainment of professional and business development skills. They offer enhanced mentoring opportunities, retreats and educational workshop for diverse attorneys. Our affinity groups include:

  • Asian Affinity Group
  • Black Lawyers Alliance
  • Dechert’s Family Network
  • Global Women’s Initiative
  • Latino Affinity Group
  • LGBTQ Affinity Group
  • Dechert Heroes (Veterans Affinity Group)

Aspiring Solicitors
Dechert is an Affiliate Partner of Aspiring Solicitors (AS). 2020/2021 marks the fifth successful year of Dechert’s sponsorship of the organization’s national Commercial Awareness Competition, with the winners offered a vacation scheme and opportunity to interview for a training contract at Dechert.

Diversity and Inclusion Week
As part of the firm’s inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Week (July 20-24, 2020), Dechert hosted journalist and filmmaker Afua Hirsch for a provocative conversation about race, identity and belonging, as well as how what we learn (or don’t learn) about our history has an impact on racism and inequality today.

The firm also held fast-paced virtual quizzes focused on diversity, inclusion and world culture, with a charitable donation made to the winning teams’ chosen charities focused on social justice.

Diversity Champions
Recognizing the individuals who serve as role models for the inclusive, open culture we value, Dechert offers the Diversity Champions award. In 2020, our people submitted 100 nominations. Four Diversity Champions were recognized at our annual all-hands event, with honorees each awarded a bonus.

Global Women’s Initiative
Members of Dechert’s Global Women’s Initiative (GWI) meet regularly with firm leadership to identify and implement initiatives that promote opportunities for women to advance and lead throughout the firm. Individual offices provide additional formal and informal support for women lawyers.

GWI initiatives include formal and informal mentoring, development training, meetings and events for summer associates, internal and external networking, special interest events, and leadership training. The GWI launched the Sponsorship and Sustained Support (SASS) program for senior women associates to help navigate the path to partnership.

Inclusive Leadership
Commitment to diversity and inclusion stems from the top. Our partners have been participating in quarterly, interactive sessions on inclusive leadership since 2018. Topics include affinity bias, attribution bias, covering, in and out groups, priming, unconscious bias, and inclusive leadership in times of crisis. Interactive sessions include dramatizations that prompt conversations long after the programming ends.

This program continues today, with the February 2021 session focused on actionable allyship. Inclusive leadership training has also been expanded to associates and business service professionals.

The Lex 100 Verdict

Dechert boasts ‘high-profile financial services and private equity departments’ and ‘sophisticated work of an international nature’. A six-seat training contract ‘offers exposure to a greater variety of practice areas’ and ‘there is training almost on a bi-weekly basis for trainees to expand their knowledge’. ‘Nice, approachable and supportive people’ make for a ‘warm and friendly culture’ where ‘everyone genuinely cares about their colleagues’, which is ‘important because the job can get very pressured’. Dechert is a four-time Lex 100 Winner for job satisfaction, quality of work, client contact and vacation scheme. According to its trainees, the worst things about the firm are the ‘overly cumbersome appraisal process’ and ‘the limited transparency as to decision-making’. It is also felt that ‘the work/life balance could be improved’, although it is definitely acknowledged that the ‘hours aren’t any longer than those of other US firms’. ‘Tough hours’ and ‘quiet spells’ frustrated trainees in equal measure. ‘Missing a court deadline due to the online system crashing’ and ‘dealing with a difficult personality’ were worst moments. Thankfully, ‘working on a private equity deal with the US office and being trusted to handle and project manage an important part of the deal’ and a ’12-day business trip to India’ were undoubted highlights. Whilst remote working due to the pandemic has meant ‘fewer opportunities to attend calls’ and ‘not being able to spend much time with our cohort or members of our teams’, the firm has ‘adopted a patchwork of initiatives to address this’. For ‘extremely high-level work’ without compromising on a collaborative culture, consider Dechert.