Firm Profile > Dechert LLP > London, England

Dechert LLP

Fraud: white-collar crime Tier 1

Dechert LLP advises on civil and criminal enforcement matters, investigations, compliance and defence from its global network of offices. Areas of expertise include multinational investigations, allegations of fraud, bribery, corruption, export controls, sanctions and money laundering. The firm has particular expertise dealing with US regulatory and criminal enforcement issues, such as those before the DOJ, the SEC and Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Neil Gerrard heads the team and is particularly adept at handling high-profile investigations. Miriam Gonzalez left the firm for Cohen & Gresser in the US.


‘A go to firm for serious corporate financial crime investigations’.

‘Roger Burlingame is a seasoned and very experienced litigator in financial crime cases’.

‘Neil Gerrard has a huge reputation as one the hardest-working solicitors in the world’.

‘Roger Burlingame is the go to guy for UK cases with a US dimension; he has superb client skills and is excellent on extradition’.

‘Matthew Cowie is a pleasure to work with and his previous experience with the SFO informs his approach to cases’.

‘Tim Bowden is a thoughtful and collaborative lawyer with a specialism in money laundering’.

‘Caroline Black is a highly experienced investigations lawyer’.    

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime Tier 1

Dechert LLP represents clients internationally in relation to high profile civil, criminal, investigation, compliance, defence, and enforcement matters. Its areas of advisory expertise include multi-jurisdictional investigations, fraud, bribery, corruption, money laundering, export controls and sanctions. Well known partner Neil Gerrard heads the team and specialises in advising on regulatory investigations and prosecutions by the SFO, HMRC, FCA and DOJ. Matthew Cowie has broad sector experience that includes clients in the pharmaceutical, financial, defence, oil and gas, and telecoms sectors. Caroline Black focuses on cross-border regulatory and internal investigations matters. Roger Burlingame joined as partner from Kobre & Kim LLP. Miriam Gonzalez left for Cohen & Gresser LLP.


‘Dechert provide a service that is almost unique in its strength, depth and diversity’.

‘Quite exceptional pedigree and experience, with members of the team having worked for the independent bar and for the major prosecution agencies’.

‘Neil Gerrard is a brilliant litigator and handler of the most complex and demanding of cases’.

‘Caroline Black is very pragmatic and efficient. She is very capable, engaged, hard-working and widely respected.’

‘Matthew Banham has very good legal analysis skills’.

‘Roger Burlingame is a personable, creative, expert on US law and practice’.


Employment: senior executives Tier 2

The London labour and employment practice at Dechert LLP advises on the full range of non-contentious and contentious employment matters, displaying particular strength on matters with an international component, such as cross-border issues relating to covenant enforcement and the regulation of remuneration. Team head Charles Wynn-Evans is regarded as 'the very best at solving unusual problems with imagination'; he works alongside former London managing partner Jason Butwick , who has a focus on the financial services sector.


‘They work together seamlessly in a non-hierarchical fashion.’

‘Flexible, imaginative and clear thinking. Willing to give advice on shaping that outcome, able to listen to the client on what matters to them and work to deliver that.’

‘Hard working, quick responses, unambiguous in their advice.’

‘Charles Wynn-Evans is a great example of a lawyer with real skills to handle clients, understand their role as adviser to senior people and support the client to get a good outcome. He is always able to move quickly and the very best at solving unusual problems with imagination.’

Hedge funds Tier 2

Dechert LLP has had a specialist funds practice in London since 1997, and has become the first choice of many global and boutique hedge fund managers. In addition to advising clients on a standalone basis, the team works on a cross- office basis to deliver seamless advice on complex, cross-border fund structurings and launches of new products, as well as fund restructurings, regulatory and tax issues. Its highly regarded team includes Abigail Bell and associate Craig Borthwick, who were among the advisers to Soloda Investment Advisors on the establishment of a Cayman Islands domiciled macro hedge fund, which launched with over $100 million. This was one of the most significant fund launches seen in the London market in 2018. Also notable is that members of the team are sought out to anticipate the impact of Brexit on various aspects of fund management, including fund structuring, fundraising and distribution. Mikhaelle Schiappacasse, who made partner in 2017, is dual-qualified in New York and in England and Wales. Global co-chair Gus Black oversees the team, which saw Marianna Tothova join from Ashurst. Tothova's practice is split between London and Luxembourg. Stuart Martin now practises as a consultant.


Abigail Bell is super experienced. She  takes a pragmatic view and only pushes back on the points that she believes we can win – there is no point spending time and incurring fees on lost causes.

Good responsiveness and good product knowledge

Mikhaelle Schiappacasse is exceptional on all fronts.’

Craig Borthwick has a natural inclination to want to do the best job for the client

‘Abigail Bell, Craig Borthwick and the rest of the team are always thinking outside the box.’

The Dechert team cuts through complex legal issues to provide advice which is concise and business-friendly. The breadth of experience within the team and the global reach of the firm makes it an obvious choice for firms who are creating innovative products on a multi-jurisdictional basis.’

Key clients

Soloda Investment Advisors

Numen Capital

S.W. Mitchell Capital

Structured products and securitisation Tier 2

Dechert LLP's London structured finance and securitisation practices act for  financial institutions, investment banks and private equity and hedge fund groups. The firm's work encompasses all major asset classes and financing techniques in the securitisation market, including CMBS; RMBS, trade receivables, CLOs, CDOs, covered bonds, total return swaps, repackagings, whole loan sales and warehouse financing. The firm also provides regulatory advice on risk retention under the new EU Securitisation Regulation. It has a prominent role in the CLO market, representing issuers, placement agents, collateral managers and equity investors. It currently works with 50 CLO managers. The firm climbs the ranking this year having invested heavily in senior expertise. Head of finance and real estate in Europe Charles Malpass handles structured finance, CMBS and RMBS. Partner Cameron Mitcham, who handles CLOs and securitisation, joined from Allen & Overy LLP. In mid-2019, the firm hired senior structured finance expert John McGrath from Sidley Austin LLP and experienced partner Sarah Smith from Akin Gump LLP.


“The firm has a detailed knowledge of the products it covers and staffing levels that enable the team to spend the appropriate amount of time on each transaction.”

“James Waddington consistently makes himself available when required.”

Key clients

Ellington Management Group, L.L.C.

Apollo Management International LLP

Five Arrows Managers LLP (a Rothschild entity)

Sound Point Capital Management, L.P.

Redding Ridge (an entity of Apollo Management International LLP)

Credit Value Partners LLC


Anchorage Capital Group, L.L.

ACREFI Mortgage Lending LLC (an entity of Apollo Management International LLP)


Brexit Tier 3

The Brexit taskforce at Dechert LLP focuses on fund and financial services work, leveraging the firm’s European and global network to handle issues for UK-based and international clients. Other departments which contribute to the firm’s Brexit expertise include the international trade and government regulation practice, and the corporate, tax, IP, data protection and labour and employment teams. Competition specialist Alec Burnside, who divides his time between London and Brussels, leads the group, which also fields global co-chair of the financial services department Gus Black, private equity and corporate expert Christopher Field, tax specialist Mark Stapleton and Paul Kavanagh, who focuses on the IP issues arising as a consequence of Brexit. Senior director Richard Tauwhare is also recommended. The team saw some senior exits from its trade group with  Miriam Gonzalez now at Cohen & Gresser LLP, Andrew Hood joining Fieldfisher and Roger Matthews moving to Dentons.


Dechert is very diligent, professional in its approach and has a good understanding of its client’s requirements in terms of the business.

Dechert is far and away one of the best for Brexit advice – one of the only firms to have given real thought to the potential practical impacts and how to deal with them.

Richard Tauwhare  is supportive, helpful and provides immediate thoughtful and comprehensive responses, without exception. He  has superior industry knowledge and the ability to take apart complex concepts and explain them in simple language.

The group is courteous, diligent and extremely professional. ‘

Key clients

PRA Health Services


Commercial litigation Tier 3

Dechert LLP  'has good ability to think strategically and give clients sound advice, from a general commercial and strategic perspective as well as a legal one'. The London practice fields complex commercial litigators who are best known for handling high-stakes, multi-jurisdictional disputes on behalf of  financial institutions, global corporations, high-net-worth individuals, corporate and sovereign debtholders, and investment funds. Commercial disputes head Dorothy Cory-Wright and counsel John Bedford joined  in 2018 from Sidley Austin LLP, while the other names to note are Andrew HearnAdam Silver and Stephen Surgeoner, along with senior associate Daniel Natoff. Former commercial disputes head Bernard Caulfield retired from the firm.


‘Provide to-the-point accurate legal advice and  litigation strategy  in even the most  complex matters.’

Strength in depth as a result of an impressive series of lateral hires‘.

Dorothy Cory-Wright is very well connected, practical and commercial‘.

Stephen Surgeoner is fantastic for client management‘.

Adam Silver is forensic, tenacious and always spots killer points. He is also modest and understated, achieving results with quiet but ruthless efficiency‘.

Counsel John Bedford shows incredible commitment to clients. He  is a calming presence for clients and very approachable‘.

Senior associate Daniel Natoff is a rising star, who is assured, polished, and with a remarkable focus on clients and their needs‘.

Key clients

The joint liquidators of Webinvest

Axle Holdings and Centigon Security Group


Franklin Templeton

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

Dechert LLP is recommended for its work in the corporate occupiers field. The team is home to experience in tax-efficient real estate structuring, occupier and financing transactions, high-value acquisitions, international and domestic real estate finance and private equity along with UK retail and fund formation and regulation. Counsel David Gervais serves as practice head and tailors his practice towards investment-related acquisitions and disposals.


‘They are very knowledgeable about the conversion of commercial property to residential and fully understand the complexities of Grade 1 listings.’

‘David Gervais is always at the end of the phone and provides very sensible solutions to somewhat confusing and frustrating problems’

‘The professional we worked with were very professional, very responsive and always provided clear answers and solutions to problems’.

‘David Gervais always proves to be extremely competent and has the right advice and solutions’.

‘Freya Hocking continues to be a delight to work with. She has always been responsive to enquiries and offers qualified expert advice.’ 

Key clients

SAL Pension Fund

Hanson Asset Management Limited

Versace UK Plc

Apollo CREF

M1 Real Estate

GSA Capital Partners

Tenax Capital

Vantage Infrastructure

Ring Corporation and Ring Containers

Consumer’s Association (Which?)

Debt capital markets Tier 3

The London office of Dechert LLP plays a central role in the firm’s global capital markets practice and its lawyers advise on the full range of international debt and equity transactions, as well as liability management exercises. The 'highly competent and very dedicated team' acts for global investment banks, financial institutions and a wide range of issuers, including sovereigns, quasi-sovereigns, corporates and investment funds, often in debt issuance in emerging markets. It has notable experience in the Middle East and North Africa, the Mediterranean basin, the CIS and Caucasus regions and Central Asia. It also has a role in developing sectors such as green bonds. Of counsel Camille Abousleiman, the firm's former head of international capital markets, is now a minister in the government of Lebanon, though he retains an advisory role in the practice. Key partner Patrick Lyons is 'very knowledgeable and able to handle clients with great flexibility'.


The practice works efficiently and smartly‘.

The London team was able to deal extremely effectively with a multi-tranche transaction in foreign currencies with separate issuer and guarantors based in Asia. Time differences, different and complex regulatory environments and the demand of a multi-party transaction were not problems at all, and the team delivered on schedule and within budget‘.

The place the firm occupies in the Egyptian market has become really considerable over the years. Dechert has shown great flexibility to serve the Egyptian market, while maintaining its high international standard, as expected from a firm of its size and position‘.

Patrick Lyons is a ‘go-to’ partner. He is always easy to reach and enjoys a great sense of humour, which comes in very handy in complex transactions, as it puts everyone at ease and gets commercial and legal agreements done easily‘.

Jennifer Rees is a dedicated associate who is always available to handle any work required at short notice‘.

Camille Abousleiman was highly committed to our project; without his creative solutions it would have been difficult for the project to be completed‘.

Key clients

Arab Republic of Egypt

Banque Central de Tunisie

BLOM Bank s.a.l.

JSC Development Bank of Kazakhstan

JSC National Company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy

JSC National Company KazMunayGas

Kingdom of Bahrain

Lebanese Republic

Republic of Albania

Sindicatum Renewable Energy Company Pte Ltd

Emerging markets Tier 3

The London finance practice at Dechert LLP frequently handles international debt and equity transactions, including liability management exercises, involving emerging markets. It acts for global investment banks, financial institutions and a wide range of issuers, including sovereigns, quasi-sovereigns, corporates and investment funds, on public and private issuances of equity and debt securities, including high yield and investment grade notes, governed by both English and US law. The practice has notable experience in the Middle East and North Africa, the Mediterranean basin, the CIS and Caucasus and Central Asian regions, and works closely with capital markets teams across its global network of offices. Its work in innovative transactions continued in 2018 with the first ever green bonds issued in accordance with the International Capital Market Association Green Bond Principles 2017 and the ASEAN Green Bond Standard. Patrick Lyons is a key name in the debt market. Of counsel Camille Abousleiman retains a role in the practice but is currently a minister in the government of Lebanese Republic.

Key clients

Arab Republic of Egypt

Banque Central de Tunisie

BLOM Bank s.a.l.

JSC Development Bank of Kazakhstan

JSC National Company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy

JSC National Company KazMunayGas

Kingdom of Bahrain

Lebanese Republic

Republic of Albania

Sindicatum Renewable Energy Company Pte Ltd

Employment: employers Tier 3

Dechert LLP's London labour and employment practice, which boasts a strong reputation among its market peers, handles the full range of non-contentious and contentious employment matters, with an impressive client roster including global banking and asset management corporations, insurance firms, hospitality companies and other law firms. Practice head Charles Wynn-Evans is also a part-time employment judge and a deputy chair of the UK government's Central Arbitration Committee; he works alongside former London managing partner Jason Butwick and experienced senior associate Jennifer McGrandle, who leads the team’s work on GDPR.


‘They work together seamlessly in a non-hierarchical fashion.’

‘Flexible, imaginative and clear thinking. Willing to give advice on shaping that outcome, able to listen to the client on what matters to them and work to deliver that.’

‘Hard working, quick responses, unambiguous in their advice.’

‘Charles Wynn-Evans is a great example of a lawyer with real skills to handle clients, understand their role as adviser to senior people and support the client to get a good outcome. He is always able to move quickly and the very best at solving unusual problems with imagination.’

Key clients

Aspen Technology

Asta Management Services

Barbican Insurance

BNY Mellon

Cambridge Assessment


The Folio Society

Northill Capital

SAGA Group

Wyndham Worldwide Corporation

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 3

Dechert LLP fields a corporate team with strong nomad/broker relationships and ECM experience in the context of IPOs, M&A and take-private deals, and PE transactions. The team's placing work is primarily geared toward the London AIM market, where energy and life sciences are among the group's sector specialisms. Further, the practice group also has experience of cross-border listing mandates and instructions involving emerging market issuers. Douglas Getter heads the firm's US corporate practice in Europe in addition to its London corporate team, and Camille Abousleiman leads the international capital markets practice.


Good on response times and follow-ups.

They know how to consider the wider implications of difficult corporate transactions.

A very strong corporate team with excellent knowledge of the banking industry.

Key clients

Cantor Fitzgerald


Allenby Capital Limited

Cantor Fitzgerald

Cenkos Securities plc

Further Global Capital Management

InterQuest Group

Safestay plc

Spark Advisory Partners Limited

SQS Software Quality Systems AG

Zeus Capital

Partnership Tier 3

Dechert LLP's cross-departmental partnership group brings together lawyers specialising in employment law, financial services, corporate, tax, litigation and regulatory compliance. The group advises partnerships, LLPs, LPs and individuals on the spectrum of contentious and non-contentious issues, with a real focus on the fund and asset management sectors. The team is led by Jason Butwick and includes financial services experts Christopher Gardner and Gus Black, and Charles Wynn-Evans, who acts for a variety of individual partners and members in disputes.

Key clients

Cheyne Capital

Columna Capital

Retail funds Tier 3

Dechert LLP's retail funds work is a pillar of its diverse asset management practice. Its London team has experience acting for many of the largest global fund managers (across multiple strategies, asset classes and fund structures), which is combined with an ability to work across a larger international platform. In the retail funds space, the group works closely with the Luxembourg and Dublin offices to advise clients (including hedge fund managers) on their activities in the European UCITS market. In addition to assisting US-based financial services firms with obtaining European market access, Karen Anderberg advises US, UK and European fund clients with US regulatory issues. Other names to note include Richard L. Heffner, Jr.Monica GognaMikhaelle Schiappacasse, and associates Craig Borthwick and Alison CouchmanGus Black is a global co-chair of the financial services group.

Key clients

TT International

Acquisition finance Tier 4

Drawing upon the firm's overarching strength in the asset management industry, Dechert LLP continues to develop its leveraged finance offering, primarily on behalf of private equity sponsors or for debt funds in their capacity as lenders. The team is active across the capital structure, including senior, second lien, unitranche, mezzanine and PIK, and has particular expertise in relation to funding cross-border deals in the technology and healthcare sectors. John Markland provides 'superior technical advice' to private equity sponsor clients and investee portfolio companies, and alongside direct lending experts David Miles and Philip Butler has been the driving force behind the team's recent emergence as a significant player in the acquisition finance field.

Derivatives (including commodities) Tier 4

Dechert LLP has a core team of professionals within its financial services group who advise on the full range of matters relating to derivatives and structured products transactions. Its lawyers combine derivatives work with fund formation and regulatory advice, giving the firm a uniquely buy-side perspective. The practice is led by Gus Black, who is co-head of the global financial services practice, and lead London derivatives and funds partner Abigail Bell, who handles brokerage, custody and other trading and financing arrangements and structures including ISDAs, exchange-traded and clearing arrangements, repos, securities lending, and committed and uncommitted credit facilities. Bell's clients range from hedge fund start-ups to global asset managers, private equity funds and retail funds domiciled world-wide. Rising star associate Karen Stretch focuses exclusively on derivatives. The firm also advises on regulatory developments, including the impact of EMIR, SFTR, MiFID II, MiFIR and AIFMD.


“Dechert provides professional advices specifically tailored for client needs. The team we worked with has extensive experiences and was able to provide advice in complicated situations.”

“The team has always been on hand to assist with our legal requirements and has been very diligent in providing us the top quality advice.”

“The combination of funds and derivatives knowledge is useful for our practice.”

“Karen Stretch is very responsive and knowledgeable.”

Fraud: civil Tier 4

Dechert LLP 's London team advises on multi-jurisdictional litigation and investigations, with areas of expertise including bribery, corruption, money laundering and international recovery of assets. In the finance sector, the firm advises on issues of market abuse, insider dealing, internal policies and procedures, mis-selling of financial products and disclosure of confidential information. Clients include financial institutions, hedge funds, banks, insurance companies, technology companies, manufacturers, payment service providers, high-net worth-individuals, sovereign states and major corporates. Dorothy Cory-Wright joined as a partner from Sidley Austin LLP in mid-2018 and now co-heads the team alongside Neil Gerrard, while the practice was also boosted during the year by the addition of Roger Burlingame from Kobre & Kim LLP.


‘An excellent practice that is particularly strong in large-scale Russian/Ukrainian work.’

‘Daniel Natoff is smart, hard-working, warm, and glues many different parties together to deliver a coherent and powerful output to the client’.

‘Andrew Hearn is such an insightful and inspiring partner, he commends respect in all settings’.

‘The team is very commercial in its approach, and is well resourced with a good mix of partners and experienced and motivated associates’. 

‘They are a very strong litigation outfit and a pleasure to work with’.     

‘Adam Silver is very calm and measured and a cool head in contentious matters’. 

‘Adam Silver is tenacious and relentless in his pursuit of claims and leaves no stone unturned’.

Key clients

The Joint Liquidators of Webinvest Limited (in liquidation)

Axle Holdings Pte Ltd (“Axle”) and Centigon Security Group Limited (“Centigon”)

Hasim Bora Özerman and Fusun Gonen

The Joint Trustees in Bankruptcy of Mikhail Shlosberg

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology Tier 4

Dechert LLP is well regarded for its transactional and finance work in the life sciences sectors. It advises on acquisitions, sales, IPOs as well as commercial work such as licensing and collaborations. Corporate partner, Douglas Getter is team head and the 'brilliant and incisive' Robert Darwin handles corporate and private equity matters for clients in the life sciences sector - he  joined the team from Hogan Lovells International LLP in late 2018. US qualified Patrick Lyons is a capital markets lawyer with a strong focus on the life sciences sector.


They are very service minded, accessible, with deep industry knowledge.’

They are a great support to their clients. Fantastic service attitude, engagement and industry knowledge. They are also fun to work with.

Robert Darwin is very well connected for a partner his age. Highly engaged, and outstanding technical skills.’

Robert Darwin is an up-and-coming corporate/PE professional, with astonishing experience and industry knowledge. He is a very adept negotiator who knows when to be tough and when to be pragmatic.’

Key clients

Merck KGaA


PeproTech Inc

Judges Scientific plc

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

'Stellar lawyers with excellent availability, sector-specific knowledge and smooth deal execution' are the hallmark of the corporate and securities practice group  Dechert LLP, according to one satisfied client. Further Global Capital Management, One Equity Partners, Quilvest Private Equity and Trilantic Europe are just four of the new clients to have instructed the team for the first time.  Long serving partner Douglas Getter, Christopher Field , who joined from Kirkland & Ellis in late 2017, and Ross Allardice , who joined from White & Case in 2016, are joint heads of team.


The firm offers well-trained staff who are readily available, regardless of continent and time zones.‘.

The Dechert team continues to fulfil our needs across many complex legal areas and multiple business sectors with the highest degree of quality, commitment and responsiveness‘.

We have complete confidence in our lawyers, who uphold integrity and loyalty to clients in the highest possible manner. They are extremely knowledgeable and flexible and genuinely enjoyable to work with.’

Key clients

AGC Equity Partners



Further Global Capital Management

HPS Investment Partners

Itiviti AB

M1 Group

Mid Europa Partners

Nordic Capital

One Equity Partners LLC

Quilvest Private Equity

SK hynix Inc

Stripes Group

Sun Capital Partners, Inc.

Trilantic Europe

Wyndham Worldwide, Inc.

Private funds Tier 4

The financial services and investment management department at Dechert LLP has a clear focus on private debt and fund work. Thanks to additional practices in Luxembourg, Dublin, Munich and Paris, the group boasts a 'strong fund structuring knowledge when it comes to pan-European vehicles'. The practice receives further support from the firm's broader tax team, as well as from financial regulatory specialists who sit within the funds group itself. Gus Black, who leads the offering, represents both sponsors and cornerstone investors. Also recommended is Christopher Gardner, noted for his dual specialism in debt and credit funds and private equity buyout funds.


The funds team at Dechert is a great asset to any asset manager or investment company requiring legal advice across the full value chain of setting up and managing the life of a fund‘.

Highly commercial and client focused.  The team takes a flexible approach and is willing to think outside the box, with all partners willing to go the extra mile for their clients‘.

The firm’s strength lies in its expertise in market trends in as well as its strong connections to important market players‘.

The team has a deep understanding of regulation and utilises its knowledge to produce innovative and creative solutions‘.

Dechert’s breadth of experience in private funds launches, as well as its industry engagement, ensures that the client benefits from market insights‘.

The team is fantastically knowledgeable and uniquely experienced to help clients. They are always available and present all available solutions. They truly provide personalised advice and always remain objective‘.

Key clients

Apollo Global Management

AGC Equity Partners Limited

Amber Capital UK LLP

Columna Capital LLP

Pemberton Capital Advisors LLP

Steadfast Capital GmbH

Tyndaris LLP

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 5

Dechert LLP recently hired Sidley Austin LLP's former global litigation co-head Dorothy Cory-Wright  as its commercial disputes head. 'The team has a great deal of strength in terms of intellectual firepower and sector experience' and it frequently acts for commercial and investment banks and financial institutions before the English and international courts. Adam Silver is noted for financial litigation, fraud matters and contentious insolvency, while Stephen Surgeoner and Andrew Hearn  are also key advisers.


The Dechert team is very strong in the field of banking litigation. It is very commercial in its approach and well resourced, with a good mix of partners and experienced and motivated associates.

Andrew Hearn is a standout practitioner – one of the very best in the City.

Adam Silver is particularly impressive and he has great tactical instincts; he gets what the client is really looking for and anticipates issues before they arise.

Key clients

Franklin Templeton


Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 5

Dechert LLP is particularly well known for its work in the asset management industry, and is also notable for its Brexit-related work. Gus Black leads a team that includes financial services regulatory expert Monica Gogna, who has notable experience advising on issues affecting the provision of cross-border investment services. In a recent highlight, she led the firm's team advising Amun - a special purpose issuance vehicle of the fintech group Amun Technologies - on the establishment of its exchange traded products (ETPs) programme and issuance of the first series of products thereunder. The practice was strengthened by the 2019 arrivals of Marianna Tothova from Ashurst and Thiha Tun from Akin Gump LLP.

Key clients

Amun AG

Waypoint Capital


The Investment Association

Ares Management, L.P.


GIC Private Limited (formerly known as Government of Singapore Investment Corporation)

Generali Investments

Amber Capital

Intellectual property Tier 5

The 'proactive, friendly and knowledgeable' team at Dechert LLP provide 'a strong commercial view' and 'clear answers and solutions' to intellectual property matters. The 'commercially astute' Paul Kavanagh heads up the practice and has a breadth of experience in contentious and non-contentious matters, while 'first-rate associate' Nathan Smith focuses on litigation.


The IP team at Dechert is quick to respond, professional and personable.

Paul Kavanagh is a hugely experienced partner, calm under pressure and very focused.

Nathan Smith is extremely competent and has a proactive approach, which makes the decision-taking process much easier.

Property finance Tier 5

Dechert LLP‘s expertise covers acquisition and development finance; securitisation, including CMBS and RMBS; and advising large US and European financial institutions on originating loans secured against commercial real estate in the UK and Europe. The firm’s client base also includes alternative asset managers, private equity firms and financial services firms, and it is active in transactions involving shopping centres and mixed-use developments. Practice head Charles Malpass specialises in advising on complex international deals.

Key clients

Abu Dhabi Financial Group

Adderstone Group

Apollo Management LLP

Link Asset Services (previously Capita Asset Services)

Chenavari Investment Managers


Haymarket Media Group

Bain Capital

SAL Pension Fund

Corporate tax Tier 6

Dechert LLP's team really stands out for its work in the UK and cross-border private equity, funds and investment management spaces, but it is also instructed on M&A and executive incentives matters. Mark Stapleton leads the team, with substantial experience advising offshore funds and investment managers, in addition to offering structuring and tax advice on collateralised loan obligations (CLOs). Jane Scobie , who is  recommended for her expertise in  private equity taxation, left  the firm for Willkie Farr  & Gallagher in  2019.


Knowledgeable lawyers who are commercial in their approach

The tax department is well aligned to the special needs of asset managers. Being able to provide multi jurisdictional advice in this area is critical and is a well heralded success of the firm

Mark Stapleton understands all the nuances whether the matter relates to the taxation of the investment manager, its staff and partner remuneration schemes or the tax position of its investment funds both onshore and offshore

Key clients

Apollo Global Management



Coveris Holdings S.A.

Generali Investments

Northill Capital


Sun Capital Partners

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

Dechert LLP's corporate M&A department predominantly handles cross-border transactions for domestic and international clients in the upper and mid-market spaces. With a substantial offering also in the US, the City team, led by' formidable advocate' Douglas Getter, is able to provide high-quality advice on transatlantic deals, particularly in the financial services, life sciences, energy and TMT sectors. In addition, the firm benefits from a strong presence in emerging markets. New York-qualified Getter often leads on transatlantic matters, including M&A transactions, public offerings and joint ventures, acting for both public and private companies. The team has seen some change, with two partners leaving for the London arm of Goodwin - Graham Defries and Andrew Harrow - and Robert Darwin joining from Hogan Lovells International LLP . Darwin brings additional strength to the firm's life sciences group as well as private equity experience. Sean Geraghty is also recommended, as is Ross Allardice for private equity work.


A very capable and experienced team with some good strength among the more junior members

Fantastic service attitude, engagement and industry knowledge. They are also fun to work with

Strong transatlantic capabilities and good at spotting issues’

‘Proactive and ultra-responsive and never impersonal.’

Sean Geraghty has a deep understanding of AIM market transactions and is a calm and reassuring presence on any deal

Robert Darwin is committed, articulate and a good communicator, with astonishing experience and industry knowledge. He knows when to be tough and when to be pragmatic.’

Doug Getter can cut through the noise and press forward with real world solutions from his extensive experience. ‘

Key clients

Albea S.A.

Bentley Systems Inc

Centaur Media plc

Chyrysaor Holdings Ltd

CIT Group, Inc

Crown Holdings, Inc.

Encompass Digital Media Ltd

Further Global Capital Management

Generali Group

Hunt Companies, Inc.

Itiviti AB

One Equity Partners LLC

The Phoenix Insurance Company Ltd

Pradera Ltd

SK hynix Inc

Software Quality Systems AG

Sushil Wadhwani

Sun Capital Partners, Inc.

Travel Leaders Group, LLC

Wyndham Worldwide, Inc.

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 7

Led by the 'very experienced and ablePaul FlemingDechert LLP's three-partner team's sweet spot lies in its ability to represent funds clients as creditors on big-ticket multi-jurisdictional matters – where it is able to successfully leverage the firm's global network (which includes offices in the US, Europe and CIS). The team is 'particularly strong in the contentious arena', an area where the 'calm and measuredAdam Silver combines commercial litigation skills with a strong focus in restructuring and insolvency to provide 'very effective advice' to bondholders in seeking to assert their rights using litigation tools. Solomon Noh (one of the few lawyers based in London with Chapter 11 capability) joined from Shearman & Sterling LLP in early 2020.


They bring an extraordinary combination of legal knowledge, strategic thinking, commercial acumen and client care, and most importantly they are absolutely driven to secure the best outcome.

The team is well resourced and has a good mix of partners, and experienced and motivated associates.

It is a small team but has a way of getting involved in interesting assignments.

The massively experienced Paul Fleming is calm and very clear in his communications.

Adam Silver is a first-class litigator and very much someone you want on your side. He combines clear strategic thinking with mastery of detail, and is utterly tenacious.

Key clients

Funds managed by Franklin Templeton Investment Management Limited

Bondholders of PJSC Commercial Ban “PrivatBank”

Argentem Creek Partners

The Joint Liquidators of Webinvest

Lehman Brothers Limited (in administration)

The Founder of Abraaj Group

CERCL Mining

VTB Bank

United States > Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 4

Dechert LLP is noted for its 'international focus' and its 'excellent commercial approach, which enables the best results' for its clients. Washington DC-based department co-head Arif H. Ali has vast expertise in investor-state arbitration, particularly in the energy and oil and gas sectors; Ali is representing MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas against the Republic of Croatia as lead counsel under UNCITRAL arbitration rules. Further, 'superstar' Érica Franzetti stands out for her 'extremely well-versed' approach in high-stakes international disputes. In addition to its corporate client base, the 'diverse' practice group acts for a litany of sovereigns, including the Republic of Colombia, the Republic of Ecuador and the Republic of Poland.

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 U.S. corporate practice in London, which advises domestic and international clients on a broad spectrum of U.S. regulatory and transactional issues.

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Number of UK partners : 50
Number of other UK fee-earners : 118
More than 30 languages

The Lex 100 Verdict

Trainees at Dechert make up a modest intake, which in turn gives them 'greater exposure to clients and partners in smaller deal teams'. The US firm has 'strong corporate and finance departments' and offers an unusual six-seat training contract which affords recruits the 'opportunity to experience a diverse range of work'. The result is that trainees are able to 'sit in key practice areas, as well as more niche departments' and 'get to know more of the firm' during their training contract. Dechert has been awarded three Lex 100 Winner medals: one for its 'excellent vacation scheme', another for its 'pay, especially in relation to the hours usually worked' and the final one for its international secondments, which allowed trainees to 'develop skills at a faster pace' and 'build good working relationships with fee-earners outside of the London office'. The work is of a 'high quality for excellent clients' but there is 'no culture of arbitrarily putting hours in when it is unnecessary to do so'. Some trainees felt, however, that the 'work could sometimes be distributed more evenly among the trainees in certain departments'. There was also some concern over 'uncertainty regarding trainee retention'. But 'leading a client signing meeting for a deal on which I had worked solidly for four months' and 'advising a large sovereign wealth fund' were certainly moments to be proud of. Conversely, 'struggling with a complex bundling task' and a 'stressful deal closing around Christmas' were worst moments. If a firm which is 'big enough that you are exposed to exceptional work and clients, but small enough to feel like a family' sounds up your street, take a closer look at Dechert.