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Dechert LLP
3000 El Camino Real
Five Palo Alto Square, Suite 650
Palo Alto, CA 94306-2112
United States

Mutual/registered/exchange-traded funds Tier 1

Dechert LLP remains one of the key firms in the registered funds space, with a client base that includes some of the market's biggest names, such as Morgan Stanley Mutual Funds, which the firm advises on the development and launch of new funds, in addition to compliance, regulatory, and restructuring issues relating to its existing products. Christopher Harvey leads the group, and is highly experienced in a wide range of regulatory matters, including registration and proxy statements, relief requests, fiduciary duty, and director liability. The firm is also highly active in the field of ETFs, with New York-based Allison Fumai taking the lead and representing a large number of ETF sponsors in new fund launches as well as ongoing operational matters and restructurings or liquidations of funds. Advice on the 1940 Investment Company Act is a key part of the firm's regulatory service, with lawyers such as Washington DC- based Megan Johnson standing out in this space. When it comes to dealing with the SEC, the firm can call upon the experience of Mark Perlow and John O’Hanlon, based in San Francisco and Boston, respectively, both of whom have previous experience working in regulation.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Harvey

Other key lawyers:

Geoff Kenyon; Chris Christian; Allison Fumai; Mark Perlow; John O’Hanlon; Doug Dick; Tom Bogle; Megan Johnson

Key clients

MainStay Funds

Morgan Stanley Mutual Funds

Real estate finance Tier 1

The real estate practice at Dechert LLP is exclusively focused on the finance space where it is frequently engaged in a broad range of multibillion-dollar transactions. Among its core fields of expertise are mortgage and mezzanine loan originations, sales and acquisitions of loan interests, distressed debt and restructuring, preferred equity transactions and CMBS issuances. David Forti is active across New York and Philadelphia, and caters to a client roster of leading issuers, master and special servicers, funds and b-piece buyers; he co-chairs the department and is supported by New York-based mortgage-backed securitization specialist, Laura Swihart, as well as Pennsylvania lawyer Jason Rozes, who is well versed in permanent and bridge loan originations, construction loans, syndications and workouts. Over in North Carolina, Stewart McQueen is particularly focused on CMBS and CRE CLO securitization transactions while in Philadelphia, Ken Hackman is an up-and-coming partner who is engaged by both lenders and borrowers on repurchase facilities, warehouse facilities and single-family rental financings.

Practice head(s):

David Forti; Richard Jones

Other key lawyers:

Ken Hackman; Stewart McQueen; Jason Rozes; Laura Swihart; Justin Gdula; Tim Stafford

Key clients

Bank of America/Merrill Lynch

Citigroup Global Markets Realty Corp.

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (“Freddie Mac”)

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts

MF1 Capital

Starwood Property Trust, Inc.

TPG RE Finance Trust, Inc.

Wells Fargo

Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 2

Dechert LLP's 'truly global' practice group welcomed former Goodwin partners Brenda Sharton and Karen Neuman in October 2020; the duo joined the team in joint leadership alongside Timothy Blank. The team is known for handling major breach responses arising both domestically and internationally, where it has particular overseas strength in EEA matters. Its impressive client portfolio includes financial services institutions, asset managers and investment funds, and life science, pharmaceuticals and senior care companies. Recent workflows have included advice on data management, analysis of vendor relationships, investment disclosures and gauging the risk landscape with respect to enforcement actions by the FTC, SEC, state attorneys general, and others. Hilary Bonaccorsi is a standout associate in the team.

Practice head(s):

Brenda Sharton; Karen Neuman; Timothy Blank

Other key lawyers:

Hilary Bonaccorsi

Testimonials

Dechert has assembled a truly global team of privacy and data security lawyers. The cross practice specialization ensures that clients have access to lawyers dedicated to solving a range of client’s legal issues both proactively and reactively during a data security related crisis. The privacy and security team collaborates seamlessly across the globe when advising clients. The firm is dedicated to hiring experienced lawyers that can parachute in, establish client rapport and trust and develop a multifaceted workflow to tackle any client challenge.

Brenda Sharton is an amazing senior lawyer who combines deep experience and knowledge with a calm and collected approach.

Brenda Sharton was my primary contact and she is an industry leader in this area. She was not only knowledgeable on the legal issues in our case, but gave practical advice as well on avoiding issues in the future. We have a unique business model where our litigation team will draft some of the memorandums and briefing. Many firms do not like to work this way. Brenda was a great partner and was respectful of what my team brought to the table. She was able to work with our team in a way that lent value to the process and kept our costs to a reasonable level.

Brenda Sharton is a brilliant lawyer and a great client advocate. She is the lawyer you want in your corner. As a seasoned litigator and an experienced data security lawyer, she manages crises with confidence, finesse and strategy. Brenda will get into the weeds with the technical team and in the same breath turn to the legal team to interpret the significance and how it aligns with the bigger picture. Few lawyers have her depth, acumen and empathy but none have the same level of sincerity.

Brenda was able to work with my team on an alternative fee arrangement. As noted above, my team does hands on litigation work so we were able to take the budget proposed by Brenda and decide if we could do part of the work to bring costs to what we felt was manageable. Brenda was great at working with us on this and made us feel like we were part of a team. It was a very enjoyable experience and we got a fantastic result due in large part to Brenda’s leadership and partnership.

Brenda Sharton is one of the most experienced privacy lawyers in the market today, with deep experience and the ability to translate complexity in a way that is actionable and understandable. She cuts through the noise and focuses everyone on what is critical.

Karen Neuman is very responsive and provides very pragmatic advice.

Key clients

Box, Inc.

Cano Health, LLC.

Macy’s, Inc.

General commercial disputes Tier 2

Dechert LLP made several significant hires in 2020: first, Kimberly Branscome and Jay Bhimani joined the Los Angeles team from Kirkland & Ellis LLP in April 2020, then, in September, Brenda Sharton and Karen Neuman joined from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in Boston and Washington DC, respectively. The litigation group has particular strengths in multi-district cases and class actions, and frequently defends large corporations in disputes relating to consumer fraud, commercial agreements, M&A, bankruptcy and product liability. Christina Sarchio in Washington DC, who previously worked as a prosecutor, is well known for representing clients in matters before regulatory agencies, such as the DOJ and the SEC. Sarchio jointly leads the group alongside Branscome, who has expertise in product liability and professional negligence.

Practice head(s):

Christina Sarchio; Kimberly Branscome

Other key lawyers:

Karen Neuman; Brenda Sharton; Jay Bhimani

Key clients

Quest Diagnostics Inc. and Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute

Rent-A-Center

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

Ulma Forja

Arbor Commercial Mortgage, LLC

JPMorgan Chase

Gater Assets Ltd.

BLOM Bank and Fransabank

Ferring

St. George Logistics

International tax Tier 2

Dechert LLP is a top choice for financial services institutions, assets managers and large-scale funds seeking advice on international tax planning. In New York, practice head Joshua Milgrim, Daniel Dunn and Steven Clemens advise private equity and sovereign wealth funds on tax planning issues relating to investments, holding company structuring, M&A and buyouts. Washington DC-based William Cejudo and Michael Rufkahr act for global asset managers on structured finance transactions, including distressed asset funds, mortgage securitizations and ABS. The team also has experience of REITs and offshore fund taxation. New York-based Ari Zak is a leader in the mutual funds space, as well as closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds and other complex fund products. Adrienne Baker in Boston also has expertise in fund formation mandates.

Practice head(s):

Joshua Milgrim

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Dunn; Steven Clemens; William Cejudo; Michael Rufkahr; Ari Zak; Adrienne Baker

Key clients

B&G Foods

Barings

Court Square Capital Partners

CVC

Fannie Mae

FS/KKR Advisor

GIC

LF Capital

One Equity Partners

Quest Diagnostics

Quilvest

Merger control Tier 2

Dechert LLP stands out for its successful record before regulatory agencies, with the team regularly securing approvals and quick resolutions to merger investigations and review processes by both the FTC and DOJ. Notable clients include PetroChem and Aetna. The team is led by Steven Bizar in Philadelphia alongside Washington DC's Mike Cowie, who is noted for his record in avoiding second requests and advocating before agencies to secure prompt clearances. Also in Washington DC, Craig Falls routinely advises on the antitrust elements of complex transactions, including carve-outs and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Steven Bizar; Mike Cowie

Other key lawyers:

Craig Falls

Key clients

PeroxyChem

Aetna

Ritchie Brothers Auctioneers Incorporated

TravelPort LP

DTE Energy

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

Dechert LLP has led the defense of clients in large MDLs and state court litigation, playing a key role in high profile disputes. As national defense counsel for Purdue Pharma, the firm spearheaded the first proposed comprehensive global resolution of all state and federal cases against a defendant in opioid litigation. Nationally respected New York-based litigators Sheila L. Birnbaum and Mark S. Cheffo lead the practice. The team has undergone some changes: While William W Oxley and Meghan Rohling Kelly left for Baker & Hostetler LLP, trial team Jay Bhimani, Kimberly Branscome and counsel Benjamin Sadun joined from Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Practice head(s):

Sheila L. Birnbaum; Mark S. Cheffo

Other key lawyers:

Kimberly Branscome; Mara Cusker Gonzalez

Key clients

AbbVie Inc.

GlaxoSmithKline

Johnson & Johnson

Pfizer

Purdue Pharma

Saint-Gobain Corporation

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company

The 3M Company

Securities litigation: defense Tier 2

Dechert LLP benefits from a large network of US offices stretching from the East Coast to the West Coast, as well as a strong global presence, that enables it to represent both domestic and international companies and their officers and directors in securities class actions, shareholder derivative suits, mutual fund litigation, internal investigations and regulatory enforcement proceedings. David Kistenbroker in Chicago and David Kelley in New York lead the trials, investigations and securities practice. Clients recognize the firm as having ‘partners with a depth of experience, including several former SEC staffers, who can provide an edge and expertise when dealing with securities claims and issues‘. Among them are New York-based Andrew Levander, who is defending the former CEO and Chairman of Hertz Corporation against allegations of fraud, and deputy chair for strategic growth Matthew Larrabee. Joni Jacobsen in Chicago handles both securities class action litigation and SEC investigations. Veteran securities litigator Michael Kichline joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in Philadelphia.

Practice head(s):

David Kistenbroker; David Kelley

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Larrabee; Andrew Levander; Joni Jacobsen; Anthony Kelly

Testimonials

‘Dechert has partners with a depth of experience, including several former SEC staffers, who can provide an edge and expertise when dealing with securities claims and issues. Their time commitment and availability for clients is unmatched.’

‘The addition of Anthony Kelly, former co-chief of the SEC’s Asset Management enforcement division, was an exceptional hire for clients in the financial services sector. He is able to provide insight into regulatory thinking and guidance in ways other partners cannot.’

‘The firm has deep knowledge of securities defense work.’

‘David Kistenbroker is the consummate professional and manages to keep me involved at exactly the right level.’

‘Extremely well-organized. Incredible talent. Able to deliver best results under pressure. Very strategic. Confident.’

‘For my case I worked with 2 law firms. Dechert was miles ahead in terms of talent. If I could go back in time, I would have worked exclusively with Dechert.’

‘We couldn’t be happier with the Dechert securities litigation defense team – not just in terms of results, but great sound judgment throughout as well as a great ability to work well with our in-house team and local counsel. The Dechert team cared only about getting the best result for our company and didn’t care where the best ideas came from and executed a flawless strategy to achieve a complete victory.’

‘The Dechert team knew that D&I is of critical importance to us and staffed our matter in a way that provided a very diverse team with major roles for the diverse attorneys. The Dechert team also came up with an Alternative Fee Arrangement that was quite fair for us and them, based on their extensive experience in class action matters.’

‘David Kistenbroker and Joni Jacobsen really stood out. They took the time to really understand our business which allowed them to better present a strong defense for us.’

‘The partners I worked closely with on various projects and across different areas of the law were very responsive, extremely knowledgeable in their area of expertise, and practical. I found the quality of advice and guidance I received very high and effective. The firm has high consistency in quality across the partners working there.’

‘I work with a number of large firms and Dechert is one of the very few firms that are very accommodating and generous in their billing especially to small private tech companies. They were willing to work with my company on a billing structure that recognized the small size of the company and its comparatively limited financial resources.’

Key clients

Molson Coors Beverage Company

Intelligent Systems, Matthew A. White, J. Leland Strange, A. Russell Chandler, III, Philip H. Moise

Mark Frissora

Antares Pharma Inc.

Ronald Winowiecki, former Chief Financial Officer of Perrigo Company plc

Digital Ally, Inc.

Mallinckrodt Public Limited Company, Mark C. Trudeau, Bryan M. Reasons, George A. Kegler, and Matthew K. Harbaugh

Former CFO Greg Rush of Syneos Health

Leslie Moonves, former Chairman and CEO of CBS Corporation

Lipocine, Inc.; Mahesh V. Patel; Morgan R. Brown

Molson Coors Beverage Company

PPG Industries, Inc. and its CEO Michael H. McGarry and CFO Vincent J. Morales

Qihoo 360 Technology and Eric X. Chen

Grand Slam Capital Master Fund, LTD.; Kevin Dotts and Keith Soldan

Eugene McQuade, former President and Chief Operating Officer of Freddie Mac

Joseph Taub

Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Structured finance: securitization Tier 2

Dechert LLP's securitization team is known for advising asset managers, investment banks and alternative lenders on a wide variety of securitization transactions, with a strong platform for CLOs and commercial and residential mortgage-backed securities. For ABS, the team advises issuers and underwriters on structuring traditional debt obligations and novel securities transactions, notably in relation to auto and vehicle financing. The team is co-headed from Philadelphia by Richard Jones, a seasoned real estate lawyer, and David Forti, both of whom are veterans of the MBS space. Malcolm Dorris in New York has experience in transactions involving number of asset types, including auto loans and leases, credit cards and trade receivables. John Timperio in Charlotte is the key figure for CLO work.

Practice head(s):

Richard Jones; David Forti

Other key lawyers:

Malcolm Dorris; John Timperio; Laura Swihart; Matthew Hays

Key clients

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

BlackRock

Golub Capital

Barings

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (“Freddie Mac”)

MF1 Capital

Starwood Property Trust

Wells Fargo

Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) Tier 2

The IP team at Dechert LLP is an attractive choice for multinationals seeking advice on trademark prosecution, enforcement, and licensing. In addition to its strong US coverage, the firm is also able to bring in experts from across its European office network, to advise on all aspects of US and European trademark law. Glenn Gundersen leads the practice in Philadelphia and is recognized here for his expertise in trademark clearance, enforcement and commercial deals and IP-driven corporate transactions. New York-based associate Jennifer Insley-Pruitt assists Gundersen with portfolio management, and is also developing a strong practice in enforcement and litigation in federal court and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Practice head(s):

Glenn Gundersen

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Insley-Pruitt

Key clients

Apple

Willis Towers Watson

LaFargeHolcim

The Ivy League

Zara

VF

The Cousteau Society

Uptime Institute

Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 3

Dechert LLP excels in antitrust class action and Sherman Act cases for large pharmaceutical and healthcare clients. Following the departure of former group co-chair Michael Weiner in September 2020 to Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Washington DC-based Mike Cowie now shares department leadership responsibilities with Philadelphia-based co-chair Steven Bizar. Also in Philadelphia, George Gordon plays a leading role in the firm’s life sciences group and regularly represents clients in litigation involving claims of monopolization, unlawful price discrimination, unlawful group boycotts, and predatory pricing. Another name to note in Washington DC is Shari Ross Lahlou, who has experience defending clients in the telecoms, hospitality and healthcare sectors, among others.

Practice head(s):

Steven Bizar; Mike Cowie

Other key lawyers:

George Gordon; Shari Ross Lahlou; John McClam

Key clients

PeroxyChem

Endo Pharmaceuticals

Lannett Company

Marriott International

CVS Health, Inc.

PDL Biopharma

Fresenius Medical Care

Citron Pharma

DTE Energy

Humana, Inc.

The Chemours Company

E-discovery Tier 3

Based in Philadelphia, Dechert LLP's strategic e-discovery and data management team sits within the firm's trial, investigations and securities group and boasts 24/7 availability for clients enmeshed in e-discovery emergencies. The team is well-versed in high-profile litigation and investigation matters, with a focus on antitrust, commercial disputes, criminal investigations, IP, international arbitration and mass torts. Practice head Ben Barnett is experienced in large multi-jurisdictional criminal investigations and is an accomplished trial attorney. Counsel Matt Tate is recommended for litigation matters and data privacy.

Practice head(s):

Ben Barnett

Other key lawyers:

Matt Tate

Testimonials

‘Ben Barnett’s practice is truly outstanding’.

‘Ben Barnett is a recognized industry expert and has defended us on many occasions’.

‘Ben Barnett takes the time and goes out of his way to understand the issues and to work collaboratively to come up with the best legal advice’.

‘Ben Barnett works extremely well with other law firms’.

Key clients

Airbus SE

GSK

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

New York-based Andrew Oringer and David Jones in Philadelphia head up Dechert LLP’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice, routinely assisting a solid client portfolio of financial institutions (spanning hedge funds, asset managers and global investment banks) with ERISA fiduciary matters and employee benefit issues arising from M&A mandates. New York-based Steven Rabitz has expertise in prohibited transaction matters and, along with Oringer, garners praise for his ERISA fiduciary knowledge. In Philadelphia, Eric Rubin regularly handles 409A compliance questions, golden parachute negotiations and severance package matters.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Oringer; David Jones

Other key lawyers:

Steven Rabitz; Eric Rubin

Key clients

Sterling Investment Partners

FS Investments

Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.

Covis Pharma BV

One Equity Partners

Quilvest Capital Partners

Ahead DB Holdings LLC

US Ecology, Inc

Medbio, LLC

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated

Healthcare: life sciences Tier 3

Dechert LLP is active across all areas of the life sciences market, leveraging a strong corporate team advising on capital markets transactions, M&A and commercialization deals. The team is recognized for its strengths in finance and its experience assisting pharmaceutical companies with fundraising for Covid-19 treatments. Of recent note, the team represented a US-based financial services client in BioNTech's $325m Series B financing round—one of the single largest private funding rounds for a biotech company in European history. Los Angeles-based Kimberly Branscome and Jay Bhimani joined from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, strengthening the product liability and mass torts practice. Co-chairs Andrea Reid and David Rosenthal are based in Boston and New York, respectively; product liability co-chair Mark Cheffo, patent litigator Katherine Helm and patent prosecutor Carl Morales are contacts in New York.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Reid; David Rosenthal; Mélanie Thill-Tayara; Mark Cheffo

Other key lawyers:

Kimberly Branscome; Jay Bhimani; Katherine Helm; Carl Morales; David Schulman; David Rosenthal

Testimonials

‘The team has a huge knowledge of the patent space and what sets them apart is the strategic view they can provide about putting together an integrated and comprehensive patent plan that maximises protection and cover.’

‘Andrea Reid has deep expertise in patent and patent strategy, collaborative approach to working with us and other patent houses we use, makes it feel like and in house patent team. Always makes time to consult and advise the team based on wide and deep rooted experience. Paul Fleming – deeply committed, rooted in strong scientific experience from a career in industry and training at MIT.’

‘Dechert and Andrea Reid do a really good job providing both strategic and tactical support to enabling growing companies build the right IP strategies in their business plans.’

‘Andrea is unique in this business. She understands the science well, she can support IP and business strategies not only for company internal activities abut also in financing and partnering discussions. She does this in an impeccable and productive manner.’

‘Dechert really is a team – amazing and seamless ability to bring deep expertise to bear, while also having a key relationship manager. They get client service right.’

‘Andrea Reid is an exemplary lawyer and leading light in IP thinking. Further, she is an amazing manager and developer of talent, as evidenced by the amazing associates and young partners she has groomed.’

Key clients

AbbVie

Antares Pharma Inc.

Aquestive Therapeutics

ArchiMed

Arrakis Therapeutics

Bayer

Bicycle Therapeutics

BioAtla

BioNTech

Cano Health

Centrexion Therapeutics

Cerberus Capital Management

Citron Pharma

CVS Health

Dicerna Pharmaceuticals

Diffusion Pharmaceuticals

Disc Medicine

DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences

Eli Lilly and Company

Endo Pharmaceuticals

Ferring Pharmaceuticals

Fresenius Medical Care

GlaxoSmithKline

Johnson & Johnson

Kymera Therapeutics

Kleo Pharmaceuticals

Lannett Company, Inc.

Merck KGaA

Navitor Pharmaceuticals

Norgine B.V.

OraSure Technologies Inc.

Oxford Biodynamics

PDL BioPharma, Inc.

Pfizer

PIC Therapeutics

Purdue Pharma

Quest Diagnostics Inc.

Roche

Royalty Pharma

Sunovion Pharmaceutical Inc.

Valneva

Zyla Life Sciences

Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

International litigation Tier 3

Dechert LLP’s international litigation practice is noted for its global reach and broad coverage. New York-based Gary Mennitt leads the practice and counts commercial and bankruptcy litigation among his areas of expertise. Michael McGinley, who splits his time between Philadelphia and Washington DC, is recommended for jurisdictional challenges and foreign sovereign immunity issues.

M&A litigation: defense Tier 3

Dechert LLP handles a varied mix of merger-related cases concerning change of control and transactional litigation for private equity funds, sovereign investors and major corporations. The firm has experienced trial lawyers capable of handling matters filed in federal or state courts across the US, including the main corporate litigation hub of Delaware. David Kistenbroker and David Kelley lead the trials, investigations and securities practice from Chicago and New York, respectively. Kistenbroker frequently representing public companies in securities class actions, derivative suits, merger cases, SEC investigations, internal investigations and corporate governance disputes. With Joni Jacobsen and up-and-coming partner Angela Liu—both in Chicago—Kistenbroker advised Molson Coors on matters arising from its $12bn acquisition of SABMiller’s interest in MillerCoors. In New York, key partner Neil Steiner has a similarly diverse practice, acting on behalf of hedge funds, investment advisers, corporations and  senior executives.

Practice head(s):

David Kistenbroker; David Kelley

Other key lawyers:

Joni Jacobsen; Neil Steiner; Angela Liu

Key clients

Molson Coors Beverage Company

Qihoo 360 Technology and Eric X. Chen

Cheyne Walk Pty. Ltd.

Neha Aggarwal

Alcentra Capital Corporation

CRE Niagara Holdings, LLC,

Intelligent Systems

Former CFO Greg Rush of Syneos Health

Sierra Income Corporation

Private equity buyouts Tier 3

Dechert LLP’s prolific private equity team is accomplished in major buyouts, strategic investments and exits, and portfolio company deals, regularly advising on cross-border transactions in line with the firm's broad multi-jurisdictional M&A capabilities. The team notably represented GIC in two large-scale transactions, including the client’s $27bn sale of Refinitiv to London Stock Exchange Group, and the $22bn merger of Ultimate Software and Kronos in collaboration with other major funds. Other notable fund clients include Cerberus, Blackstone, Morgan Stanley Capital Partners, and Court Square. In New York, practice head Mark Thierfelder is a key relationship partner for Cerberus, Centre Partners, and Quilvest, and works prolifically on private equity transactions, leading both the major GIC deals alongside up-and-coming partner Jonathan KimGareth Clark is an experienced private equity practitioner, working with a range of top funds, and also leads on many of the firm’s diversity initiatives. Markus Bolsinger is dual German and US-qualified, and specializes in complex cross-border transactions for a diverse range of fund clients. Pennsylvania’s Geraldine Sinatra advises funds, including relationship clients Court Square and MSD Partners, throughout the life-cycle of investments, and has a strong focus on securing successful exits.

Practice head(s):

Mark Thierfelder

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Kim; Gareth Clark; Markus Bolsinger; Geraldine Sinatra

Key clients

Blackstone Tactical Opportunities Fund

Cerberus Capital Management

Court Square Capital Partners

GIC

Graham Partners

MiddleGround Management, L.P

Morgan Stanley Capital Partners

One Equity Partners

PPC Enterprises

Quilvest

Ridgemont Equity Partners

Sterling Investment Partners

Tengram Capital Partners

Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort Tier 3

Dechert LLP represents several household names as national or co-national counsel in toxic tort matters ranging from asbestos to talcum powder litigation. The firm has defended the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics corporation in high-profile civil litigation and regulatory matters relating to perfluorooctanoic acid, and is representing Johnson & Johnson as trial counsel in connection with talcum powder products. New-York based Sheila L. Birnbaum and Mark S. Cheffo lead the practice. Kimberly Branscome  in Los Angeles, who regularly acts as trial counsel in complex litigation, is a name to note in the toxic torts space. She joined the firm from Kirkland & Ellis LLP  together with Jay Bhimani, while William W Oxley  and Meghan Rohling Kelly departed for Baker & Hostetler LLP.

Practice head(s):

Sheila L. Birnbaum; Mark S. Cheffo

Other key lawyers:

Douglas Fleming; Kimberley Branscome; Hayden Coleman

Key clients

Johnson & Johnson

Saint-Gobain Corporation

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 3

Dechert LLP's New York-based team has a proven track record of representing bondholders and creditors' committees in complex bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings and out-of-court restructurings. The group is also noted for its cross-border capabilities, and has particular experience in matters involving Latin America; a contact in this space is practice chair Allan Brilliant. On the debtor side, the team regularly advises on pre-arranged plans of reorganization, debt conversions, strategic mergers, venture capital financing, refinancing and exchange offers. The team has also seen several personnel changes of late: February 2020 saw the departure of Michael Sage, shortly followed by Brian Greer, who left for Dentons in April 2020; this was balanced by the arrival of counsel David Herman from Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in May 2020.

Practice head(s):

Allan Brilliant

Other key lawyers:

David Herman

Testimonials

‘Dechert’s restructuring team has an outstanding and comprehensive knowledge of the law and case law, together with a great ability to provide quick advice in complex situations.’

‘Allan Brilliant is, without any doubt, one of the most experienced lawyers in advising clients in restructuring cases not only in the US, but also internationally.’

‘Absolutely unparalleled experience in representing creditors in cross-border cases, including those involving litigation.’

‘Allan Brilliant is a top-notch strategist, communicator and team leader.’

‘The Dechert team is extraordinarily talented. They are truly top of the line.’

‘Allan Brilliant is a clear thought leader. He is smart and creative.’

‘They cover absolutely all the aspects of a restructuring. They know exactly where the weak points are in every transaction in order to improve the position of the client. You can feel that they have huge experience in similar situations, when they put their ideas into practice.’

‘Allan Brilliant is really outstanding. He knows not only the law, but all the practical situations that frequently arise in a restructuring. He has the ability to quickly learn even the law of other jurisdictions, which makes him a key player in multi-jurisdictional issues.’

‘Stephen Wolpert is a knowledgeable, responsive attorney, who knows the law and asks the right questions. Eric Hilmo is a responsive and efficient attorney.’

Key clients

Alden Global Capital

Citadel

Davidson Kempner

Elliott Associates

Grupo LALA

Monarch Alternative Capital LP

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company

The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of LATAM Airlines Group

Uniti Group

York Capital Management Global Advisors LLP

US taxes: non-contentious Tier 3

Dechert LLP’s reputation in the financial services sector sees it frequently acting for a range of banks, asset managers and investment funds in various corporate and commercial transactions. New York-based global tax group chair Joshua Milgrim leads a team, which acts not only for the majority of the top global asset management firms, but also for key life sciences corporations and middle-market private equity clients. Milgrim handles hedge-fund tax work, while Steven Clemens focuses on private equity mandates. Ari Zak and Joseph Riley are also experienced in tax structuring matters for financial services firms. Outside of New York, Philadelphia-based Edward Lemanowicz is well versed in structuring and executing taxable and tax-free transactions.

Practice head(s):

Joshua Milgrim

Other key lawyers:

Ari Zak; Joseph Riley; Steven Clemens; Edward Lemanowicz

Key clients

B&G Foods

Barings

Court Square Capital Partners

CVC

Fannie Mae

FS/KKR Advisor

GIC

LF Capital

One Equity Partners

Quest Diagnostics

Quilvest

Alternative/hedge funds Tier 4

The funds team at Dechert LLP remains highly active in cross-border fund formation, with a team that handles all aspects of such deals including regulatory and tax matters. Fund financing is another key area of work for the team, which acts for several of the market’s largest lenders in this space. The firm has undergone some personnel changes recently: in January 2020, New York-based Omoz Osayimwese joined the firm from Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP and Orange County’s Kenneth Rasamny was promoted to partner; though former practice head David Vaughan retired later that year, in June.

Capital markets: debt offerings Tier 4

Dechert LLP has core strengths in debt offerings by life sciences businesses, permanent capital vehicles and business development companies. The firm is also active in cross-border and global offerings, particularly those originating from Latin America. Boston managing partner Thomas Friedmann is co-head of corporate finance and capital markets, and has a solid record in permanent capital offerings, as does Jay Alicandri in New York. Howard Kleinman (also in New York) is recommended for Latin America debt offerings.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Friedmann; David Rosenthal

Other key lawyers:

Ian Hartman; Matthew Carter; Eric Siegel

Key clients

B&G Foods

Bain Capital Specialty Finance

Blackstone

Business Development Company of America

Diffusion Therapeutics

EaglePoint Credit Company

FS Investment Corporation

Golub Capital BDC, Inc.

Griffon Corporation

Hercules Capital

Horizon Technology Finance

Main Street Capital Corporation

PennantPark Investment Corporation/PennantPark Floating Rate Capital

Piper Sandler

Raymond James

Stifel

TriplePoint Capital

WhiteHorse Finance

Capital markets: equity offerings Tier 4

Dechert LLP maintains notable strengths in key areas such as life sciences and permanent capital vehicles, including business development companies. The team also has additional focus on cross-border offerings. Thomas Friedmann in Boston co-heads the capital markets team and specializes in permanent capital vehicles and business development company transactions, while New York-based practice co-head David Rosenthal is recommended for equity offerings in the life sciences sector. New York partner Howard Kleinman is noted for cross-border offerings, including those originating out of Latin America.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Friedmann; David Rosenthal

Other key lawyers:

Howard Kleinman

Key clients

Aquestive Therapeutics

B&G Foods

Bain Capital Specialty Finance

BC Partners

BioAtla

Blackstone

Business Development Company of America

Diffusion Therapeutics

EaglePoint Credit Company

FS Investment Corporation

Golub Capital BDC, Inc.

Griffon Corporation

Hercules Capital

Horizon Technology Finance

Main Street Capital Corporation

PennantPark Investment Corporation/PennantPark Floating Rate Capital

Piper Sandler

Raymond James

Stifel

TriplePoint Capital

Via Optronics

WhiteHorse Finance

Capital markets: global offerings Tier 4

Dechert LLP has a solid background in Latin America offerings thanks to the experience of key New York partner Howard Kleinman, who is noted for financial services deals in Chile and other jurisdictions. The capital markets team is especially noted for transactions in the life sciences, permanent capital and financial services sectors, where it frequently advises on Reg S and other global offerings for US-based issuers. Boston's Thomas Friedmann co-heads the corporate finance and capital markets team, alongside New York partner David Rosenthal.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Friedmann; David Rosenthal

Other key lawyers:

Howard Kleinman; Harry Pangas; Jay Alicandri

Testimonials

‘David Rosenthal, our lead partner at Dechert, is always available for us. He is extremely knowledgeable and takes a personal interest in our processes and outcomes. He is backed by a team of partners and associates who can be relied upon to give good and timely advice on many legal topics.’

‘David Rosenthal, in addition to be an excellent legal counsel, is also generous in sharing his biotech contacts in various areas and making unbiased recommendation.’

‘Dechert’s capital markets practice is outstanding. Great attorneys who know how to help their clients.’

‘Harry Pangas is always my first call on any securities or capital markets matter. He is extremely knowledgeable and is able to efficiently come up with practical solutions to any issue raised.’

‘Jay Alicandri is my go to debt financing attorney.’

‘Tom Friedmann is another outstanding securities and capital markets attorney.’

‘Full breadth of expertise across all forms of funding structures for financial services organizations and asset managers on both sides of the balance sheet. Direct knowledge and relations with regulatory bodies, including the SEC, to provide key insight and perspectives. Finally, they represent many of my peers, so they already know the issues and have suggested best practices based on actions of others.’

‘Available 24/7 and come with solutions. Not overly focused on legal pontification – always focused on solving the problem and getting a deal done. They also have the ability to bring in subject matter experts from the team when needed.’

‘Very good industrial know how. Very intense in communications. Very good working product.’

‘Always available. Very communicative. Deep understanding of the content. Good advisor skill set.’

Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings Tier 4

Dechert LLP's well-rounded corporate finance and capital markets practice brings in a steady flow of high-yield debt engagements, notably from its loyal repeat issuer client base. The team maintains a diversified client base, but is especially active for life sciences issuers and permanent capital vehicles (including business development companies). Global offerings, particularly those originating from Latin America, are another forte for the team. New York partner Jay Alicandri is a key player in the private debt space and is a prominent figure in permanent capital sector offerings. Boston's Thomas Friedmann co-chairs the global corporate finance and capital markets practice and also acts as co-head of the permanent capital group. Howard Kleinman has a extensive experience of Latin America debt offerings.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Friedmann; David Rosenthal

Other key lawyers:

Jay Alicandri; Howard Kleinman

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

At Dechert LLP, Andrew Oringer and Steven Rabitz advise a suite of global investment banks, mutual funds, broker-dealers and trust companies on an ongoing basis regarding the introduction and subsequent repeal of the DOL fiduciary rule. Oringer also has established expertise in advising financial institutions on ERISA fiduciary matters. Named individuals are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Oringer

Other key lawyers:

Steven Rabitz

Key clients

Sterling Investment Partners

FS Investments

Cerberus Capital Management

Covis Pharma

One Equity Partners

Quilvest Capital Partners

Ahead DB Holdings

US Ecology

Medbio

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated

Environment: transactional Tier 4

Working in close collaboration with the firm's offices around the globe, Dechert LLP's Philadelphia-based environmental group advises clients on the environmental implications of acquisitions and divestitures of businesses, real estate investments and financing transactions. Of particular note, the team has significant experience in relation to the environmental aspects of infrastructure projects, assisting with environmental site assessments and permitting matters. Leading practitioner Abbi Cohen heads up the practice that also includes John Ix; both bring to the table a blend of transactional and environmental regulatory compliance expertise.

Practice head(s):

Abbi Cohen

Other key lawyers:

John Ix

Key clients

Ahead Inc.

B&G Foods Inc.

Cerberus Capital Management

Court Square Capital Partners

Eurovia

Graham Partners

Medbio

One Equity Partners

Ridgemont Equity Partners

US Ecology

Fintech Tier 4

Dechert LLP is particularly active in the online investment and lending segments, and is also particularly strong in cryptocurrencies and blockchain, an area where Silicon Valley partner Timothy Spangler has developed a solid reputation. Other key partners include Chicago's Matthew Hays, who handles related structured finance and securitizations, and Washington DC's Susan Grafton and San Francisco's Mark Perlow, names to note for online investment advisers and marketplace lenders. Timothy Blank in Boston co-heads the firm's privacy and cybersecurity practice, which was boosted by the arrival of Washington DC-based Karen Neuman from Goodwin in October 2020.

Practice head(s):

Timothy Spangler; Matthew Hays; Mark Perlow; Susan Grafton

Other key lawyers:

Karen Neuman; Timothy Blank

Key clients

BlackBoard, Inc.

CommonBond, Inc.

Figure Technologies/Provenance Blockchain, Inc.

Morgan Stanley Investment Management

International arbitration Tier 4

Dechert LLP’s Washington DC-based multilingual team is described by clients as being ‘tactically and strategically flexible and effective’. The department’s main focus lies in the investment treaty arbitration realm, although it also has significant capabilities in commercial arbitration as well. The team’s varied client portfolio spans sovereign states and state-owned enterprises, companies, and high-net-worth individuals. Notably, a team led by global arbitration group co-chair Arif Ali is also increasingly active in internet governance matters; of recent note is its work as counsel on the first-ever arbitration initiated against the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Other key figures in the team include French speaker Alexandre de Gramont and Érica Franzetti, both of whom have experience of advising clients in the energy, life sciences, financial services, and hospitality sectors.

Practice head(s):

Arif Ali

Other key lawyers:

Alexandre de Gramont; Érica Franzetti; David Attanasio

Testimonials

‘The team works extremely well in international collaboration with lawyers from other nations and legal systems. They are tactically and strategically flexible and effective, deploying their internal and collaborative resources to great effect.’

‘The standouts are Arif Ali, Alex de Gramont, and associate Mike Losco.’

‘Dechert has a very diverse team in all possible aspects, which makes the firm especially well-positioned to handle arbitration in virtually every part of the globe. In addition, the firm’s long track record in representing both states and private companies reassures it as a go-to firm to any kind of complex disputes.’

‘Partner Érica Franzetti really stands out a star in the field. Mrs. Franzetti pairs a solid international legal education with an impressive experience in the both investment and commercial arbitrations. Her international outlook and commercial mindset render her a true business partner, going way beyond the ordinary role of outside counsel. Her ability to always spot the core issue at hand and propose very clear, pragmatic, and business-orientated is simply remarkable. Mrs. Franzetti is the go-to lawyer for any kind of complex disputes.’

Key clients

MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Plc

The Republic of Poland

The Plurinational State of Bolivia

DotConnectAfrica Trust

Afilias USA, Inc.

AAN Digital Services

Russian Arbitration Centre

International trade Tier 4

Dechert LLP has an established presence across the US, Asia and Europe; it provides ‘pragmatic, concrete and specific advice’ on sanctions compliance issues seamlessly, with Melissa Duffy being specifically singled out for her assistance to European clients. In addition, the group also often acts in conjunction with the firm’s financial services and corporate teams, especially on demanding due diligence assignments and transactions requiring clearance by the CFIUS. The team’s enviable client roster includes numerous multinational and Fortune 500 companies from sectors such as manufacturing, technology, financial services, aviation, and telecoms, among others. The 'simply excellentAmanda DeBusk has deep expertise in export controls, partially as a result of her former experience acting as the US Commerce Department Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement. DeBusk jointly acts as chair of the practice alongside sanctions expert Jeremy Zucker.

Practice head(s):

Amanda DeBusk; Jeremy Zucker

Other key lawyers:

Melissa Duffy; Darshak Dholakia; Michael Grant; Hrishikesh Hari

Testimonials

‘Amanda DeBusk is an outstanding lawyer – my go-to for all US sanctions and trade issues.’

‘Amanda DeBusk is simply excellent.’

‘Pragmatic, concrete and specific advice. If the risk is low or if there is no risk, the team will say so. Quick and reliable turnaround.’

‘Melissa Duffy – clear and easy language, explains US law to EU clients very well. Available at short notice, quick and reliable.’

‘They quickly understand our needs then devise and execute an effective plan to achieve our goals.’

‘Jeremy Zucker and Darshak Dholakia handle our matters. They are good because they don’t waste time, meet deadlines, and their efforts have been successful.’

‘Detailed but still very hands-on advice.’

Key clients

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.

Papierfabrik August Koehler SE

San Vicente Holdings

GIC

Kam Airlines / Aftrans Aero

Apollo Aviation Group

TRACE International, Inc.

Keysight Technologies

Hotelbeds Group

M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 4

Dechert LLP stands out for its focus on cross-border transactions, with the firm involved in large-scale international deals for clients including US Ecology Inc, Covis Pharma, and B&G Foods. The M&A team has a strong record in numerous focus industries, including life sciences, healthcare, financial services, and industrials. It regularly works with private equity investors and their portfolio companies on combinations, spin-offs, and disposals. Mark Thierfelder leads the team from New York, and is recognized as an accomplished dealmaker in public and private M&A, securities transactions, and private equity deals. He is leading the firm’s standout representation of GIC in its sale of Refinitiv to London Stock Exchange Group for an estimated $27bn. Also in New York, dual German and US-qualified Markus Bolsinger works on complex transactions and has deep cross-border expertise. In Pennsylvania, Geraldine Sinatra has a very strong record in private equity-related deals, where she is particularly active for portfolio companies; and Eric Siegel has a broad practice encompassing strategic acquisitions and sales, joint ventures, and cross-border M&A. New York’s Jonathan Kim is an up-and-coming younger partner who has been involved in several of the firm’s largest transactions, including the GIC-Refinitiv deal.

Practice head(s):

Mark Thierfelder

Other key lawyers:

Markus Bolsinger; Geraldine Sinatra; Eric S. Siegel; Jonathan Kim

Key clients

B&G Foods

Barings

Blackstone Tactical Opportunities

Cerberus Capital Management

Court Square Capital Partners

GIC

Graham Partners

Johnson & Johnson

Medbio

MiddleGround Management

Morgan Stanley Capital Partners

One Equity Partners

Quest Diagnostics

Ridgemont Equity Partners

StoneCastle Asset Management

Select Medical Corporation

UDG Healthcare

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

Dechert LLP packs a punch in the life sciences sector. Headed by Andrea Reid in Boston and Jeffrey Plies in Austin, the practice focuses on biotechnology and pharmaceutical clients, ranging from start-ups all the way to listed multinationals. The team comes highly recommended, with its clear sector focus and its well-rounded practice that also includes high-stakes and complex licensing work as well as disputes brought before the USPTO. It is integrated into the firm's international life sciences and patent group and is, therefore, well versed in matters with multi-jurisdictional aspects. Pharmaceutical expert and patent attorney Carl Morales is based in the New York office.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Reid; Jeffrey Plies

Other key lawyers:

Carl Morales

Key clients

Arrakis Therapeutics

Bicycle Therapeutics

Kymera Therapeutics

Navitor Pharmaceuticals

Pfizer

Pic Therapeutics

Royalty Pharma

Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 5

Dechert LLP offers Hatch-Waxman and life sciences litigators whose reputation and track record continues to attract some of the market's most renowned companies as clients. In addition to its strong US practice, including PTAB proceedings and ITC investigations, the group also assists with litigation conducted abroad, especially in Europe and Japan, providing strategic advice in the context of multi-jurisdictional disputes. The group is well versed in developing and implementing global patent enforcement campaigns. The complementary US appellate and licensing expertise are other assets. Philadelphia-based Martin Black and Austin-based Jeffrey Plies head the team. New York, Silicon Valley, Princeton are other key locations.

Practice head(s):

Martin Black; Jeffrey Plies

Other key lawyers:

Katherine Helm; Scott Warren; Robert Rhoad

Key clients

Microsoft

Mondis Technology, Ltd., Hitachi Maxell, Ltd.

Eli Lilly and Company

Norgine B.V.

Music Choice

Endo Pharmaceuticals

IOENGINE

GlaxoSmithKline

LinkedIn Corporation

Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 5

Dechert LLP has a strong global funds practice that advises clients on all aspects of fund formation, and represents the full range of fund types, investment strategies and asset classes. Among the team's recent highlights, Russel Perkins and Carl de Brito advised CVC Credit Partners in successfully raising $657m for its second US focused direct lending fund, CVC Credit Partners US Direct Lending Fund II.

Other key lawyers:

Russel Perkins; Carl de Brito

Key clients

Barings BDC, Inc.

CVC Credit Partners

Commercial lending

Dechert LLP's debt finance team, which operates across the New York and Philadelphia offices, is notable for the breadth of its expertise. The department handles leveraged and acquisition financing transactions involving both banks and alternative lenders, as well as restructuring and bankruptcy proceedings. Fund finance is one of the group's key strengths, as are transactions involving business development companies. The New York office houses most of the key practitioners; Scott Zimmerman leads the global leverage finance practice, while Jay Alicandri, co-chair of the global finance department alongside Richard Jones, does extensive work with clients in the private debt space. Sarah Gelb advises on middle-market private equity transactions from Philadelphia.

Practice head(s):

Jay Alicandri; Richard Jones; Scott Zimmerman

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Gelb; Samantha Koplik; Lindsay Flora; Edward Newlands

Key clients

BC Partners

B&G Foods

Blackstone/GSO Secured Lending Fund

Bregal Partners

Court Square Capital Partners

Crown Holdings

Graham Partners

FS/KKR

Hercules Capital

ING Capital

Morgan Stanley Capital Partners

PennantPark Investment Corporation

Prospect Capital Corporation

Sterling Investment Partners

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Dechert LLP’s integrated global team continues to grow, with the recent addition of partners Brenda Sharton in New York and Karen Neuman in Washington DC, both of whom joined from Goodwin in October 2020. Its deep bench includes former regulators and US prosecutors; skill sets which the team leverages in multi-jurisdictional investigations, white-collar criminal enforcement and litigation, and myriad compliance and regulatory issues. New York-based David Kelly heads the team, bringing over 30 years’ experience in commercial litigation and federal securities matters. Andrew Levander, also in New York, acts for entities and individuals in relation to securities fraud, and criminal and regulatory investigations. Washington DC’s Catherine Botticelli is experienced in the representation of financial service firms and corporations before a range of enforcement agencies, including the SEC, CFTC and FINRA.

Practice head(s):

David Kelley

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Levander; Catherine Botticelli; Jeffrey Brown; Andrew Boutros; Vincent Cohen; Jonathan Streeter; Brenda Sharton; Karen Neuman

Key clients

The Audit Committee of Wal-Mart, Inc.

Princess Cruise Lines and Carnival Corporation and plc

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. and its various and multiple subsidiaries

The Plaza Rehab and Nursing Center

Interactive Brokers

Dechert’s lawyers work together to understand their clients’ most complex legal and business problems and efficiently deliver practical and innovative solutions all over the world.

Our clients face increasingly challenging times, from geopolitical uncertainty and the increasing scope of compliance requirements, to a proliferation of commercial and regulatory risks. We partner with businesses to navigate these situations, supporting clients in achieving their commercial goals. Our method is agile and intuitive.

We have some of the world’s leading lawyers advising on both domestic and cross-border matters. The firm is frequently retained to work on the most challenging transactions and disputes, and prides itself on its ability to deliver premium legal services and sound business judgment to its clients. We create strategies that protect both commercial and private interests with discretion and sensitivity.

Dechert lawyers bring to all of their assignments a focus on quality, responsiveness and value for money. We are driven by one key principle: exceptional client service.

Our clients include corporations, financial institutions, sovereign states, quasi-sovereign entities and private and high-net-worth individuals all over the world. Dechert undertakes work for 40 of the “Fortune 100” companies, and represents more than 200 private equity and investment firms in some capacity. We also advise 24 of the top 25 global asset management firms, and 41 of the top 50 global private debt firms (as identified by PDI).

Technology and innovation are central to the future development of our business, both in terms of client-facing products and internal resources that enable more cost-effective operations, such as innovations in project management, eDiscovery and client-specific extranets.

Dechert has a longstanding tradition of providing pro bono legal services to individuals and organizations who cannot otherwise afford legal counsel. Lawyers in all our offices and in all our practice groups make a difference every day by contributing their talents to providing pro bono legal services. We approach pro bono efforts with the same energy, enthusiasm and resources as work for commercial clients, and associates receive billable hour credit for their pro bono work. We require all lawyers to perform at least 25 hours of pro bono work per year to ensure universal participation in our pro bono program.

Department Name Email Telephone
Financial services and Investment management Christopher Harvey
Corporate and securities Mark Thierfelder
Complex commercial litigation Christina Guerola Sarchio
Intellectual property Martin Black
Intellectual property Jeffrey Plies
Financial restructuring Allan Brilliant
Global finance Richard Jones
White collar defense and investigations David Kelley
White collar defense and investigations Hector Gonzalez
Securities litigation David Kistenbroker
Securities litigation Joni Jacobsen
Antitrust Steven Bizar
Employee benefits/executive compensation/tax Andrew Oringer
Employee benefits/executive compensation/tax David Jones
Employee benefits/executive compensation/tax Joshua Milgrim
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Scott Warren photo Mr Scott Warren Partner

Dechert is a leading global law firm with 25 offices around the world. We advise on matters and transactions of the greatest complexity, bringing energy, creativity and efficient management of legal issues to deliver commercial and practical advice for clients.

History of the firm: Founded in Philadelphia in 1875, Dechert has advised on matters involving Latin America for more than three decades. Its international network of trusted local counsel is bolstered by the firm’s foreign lawyer program, where lawyers from Latin American relationship firms are seconded to Dechert and vice versa.

Main areas of practice
Corporate and securities: Dechert’s corporate lawyers have advised companies seeking to expand their traction both within and outside Latin America for more than three decades. The firm represents buyers, sellers and advisers in connection with mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. Dechert also handles a full range of corporate finance transactions, including initial public offerings and follow-on equity offerings, Rule 144A and Regulation S offerings, rights offerings, tender and exchange offers, and sovereign debt offerings.

Financial restructuring: Dechert represents distressed companies, buyers of distressed assets, investors in debt, equity holders and creditors in every phase of the insolvency and corporate recovery lifecycle in Latin America. The firm focuses on achieving clients’ financial and business goals in the most expedient manner possible, including advocating on their behalf.

Financial services and asset management: Dechert offers a broad range of transactional and regulatory services to Latin American banks, broker-dealers, investment managers, insurance companies and other financial institutions. It works closely with local counsel to facilitate public and private offerings of foreign collective investment schemes across the region. The firm has assisted clients in listing exchange-traded funds on Latin American stock exchanges and facilitated the approval of shares/units of investment funds for sale to pension funds administrators in Chile and Peru.

Global investigations: Dechert has considerable experience investigating and advising on anti-corruption compliance issues in Latin America, as well as matters involving tax and accounting fraud, money laundering and insider trading. The firm brings particular expertise to bear on matters involving FCPA and UK Bribery Act compliance, and also advises on civil and cartel investigations.

International arbitration and litigation: Dechert lawyers have acted as counsel or arbitrator in landmark arbitration proceedings involving Latin American parties, acting for and against state parties, majority and minority shareholders in joint ventures, and independent contractors. The firm also advises clients regarding their rights and remedies under investment treaties and other international instruments.

Governments, global corporations, corporate and sovereign debt holders, hedge funds and other financial institutions rely on the firm’s international litigators to resolve their most intractable cross-border commercial disputes, whether before courts, administrative tribunals or regulatory bodies. Its recent experience includes handling cross-border insolvency, sovereign debt and other commercial disputes involving such countries as Argentina, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Nicaragua.

International trade: Dechert handles a wide range of international trade matters, including export controls, economic sanctions, trade embargoes, customs procedures, trade defense measures and national security reviews of foreign direct investment. The firm’s practitioners include former national and multinational officials, comprising regulators, compliance officers, enforcement agents, trade negotiators and public affairs experts.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chairman Andrew Levander
CEO Henry Nassau
Corporate and securities Mark Thierfelder E: mark.thierfelder@dechert.com
Financial restructuring Allan Brilliant E: allan.brilliant@dechert.com
Financial services and asset management Douglas Dick E: douglas.dick@dechert.com
Global investigations Hector Gonzalez E: hector.gonzalez@dechert.com
International arbitration Eduardo Silva Romero E: eduardo.silvaromero@ dechert.com
International arbitration Arif Ali E: arif.ali@dechert.com
International trade Amanda DeBusk E: amanda.debusk@dechert.com
International trade Jeremy Zucker E: jeremy.zucker@dechert.com

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

Contacts:
Corporate & Securities:
 Howard Kleinman
Financial Restructuring: Allan Brilliant
Financial Services & Asset Management: Douglas Dick
Global Investigations: Hector Gonzalez
International Arbitration:
 Eduardo Silva Romero, Arif Ali
International Litigation: Matthew Larrabee
International Trade: Amanda DeBusk, Jeremy Zucker

Firm Overview:
Dechert is a leading global law firm with 25 offices around the world. Dechert advises on matters and transactions of the greatest complexity, bringing energy, creativity and efficient management of legal issues to deliver commercial and practical advice for clients. Founded in Philadelphia in 1875, Dechert has advised on matters involving Latin America for more than three decades. The firm’s international network of trusted local counsel is bolstered by the firm’s Foreign Lawyer Program, where lawyers from Latin American relationship firms are seconded to Dechert and vice versa.

Main Areas of Practice:

Corporate & Securities:
For more than three decades, Dechert’s corporate lawyers have advised companies seeking to expand their traction both within and outside Latin America. The firm represents buyers, sellers and advisers in connection with mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. It also handles a full range of corporate finance transactions, including initial public offerings and follow-on equity offerings, Rule 144A and Regulation S offerings, rights offerings, tender and exchange offers, and sovereign debt offerings.

Financial Restructuring:
Dechert represents distressed companies, buyers of distressed assets, investors in debt, equity holders and creditors in every phase of the insolvency and corporate recovery lifecycle in Latin America. The firm focuses on achieving clients’ financial and business goals in the most expedient manner possible, including advocating on their behalf.

Financial Services & Asset Management:
Dechert offers a broad range of transactional and regulatory services to Latin American banks, broker-dealers, investment managers, insurance companies and other financial institutions. It works closely with local counsel to facilitate public and private offerings of foreign collective investment schemes across the region. The firm has assisted clients in listing exchange-traded funds on Latin American stock exchanges and has also facilitated the approval of shares/units of investment funds for sale to pension funds administrators in Chile and Peru.

Global Investigations:
Dechert has considerable experience investigating and advising on anti-corruption compliance issues in Latin America, as well as matters involving tax and accounting fraud, money laundering and insider trading. It brings particular expertise to bear on matters involving FCPA and UK Bribery Act compliance. The firm also advises on civil and cartel investigations.

International Arbitration & Litigation:
Dechert lawyers have acted as counsel or arbitrator in landmark arbitration proceedings involving Latin American parties, acting for and against state parties, majority and minority shareholders in joint ventures, and independent contractors. The firm also advises clients regarding their rights and remedies under investment treaties and other international instruments. Governments, global corporations, corporate and sovereign debt holders, hedge funds and other financial institutions rely on the firm’s international litigators to resolve their most intractable cross-border commercial disputes, whether before courts, administrative tribunals or regulatory bodies. Dechert’s recent experience includes handling cross-border insolvency, sovereign debt and other commercial disputes involving such countries as Argentina, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Nicaragua. 

International Trade:
Dechert handles a wide range of international trade matters, including export controls, economic sanctions, trade embargoes, customs procedures, trade defence measures and national security reviews of foreign direct investment. The firm’s practitioners include former national and multinational officials, comprising regulators, compliance officers, enforcement agents, trade negotiators and public affairs experts.

Languages:
40+ including Dutch, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish.

Department Name Email Telephone
International Arbitration Eduardo Silva Romero eduardo.silvaromero@dechert.com +33 1 57 57 80 14
International Arbitration Arif Ali arif.ali@dechert.com +1 202 261 3307
Corporate, Finance and Capital Markets Howard Kleinman howard.kleinman@dechert.com +1 212 698 3567
Financial Restructuring Allan Brilliant allan.brilliant@dechert.com +1 212 698 3600
English
French
Portuguese
Spanish

As a global law firm with 24 offices in 13 countries, 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.


COMPANY/FIRM: Citigroup
TESTIMONIAL: “Dechert consistently provides differentiating legal advice, particularly on large, complex transactions.”


COMPANY/FIRM: Sun Capital
TESTIMONIAL: “The firm did a great job throughout the entire process. They have been proactive and delivered quality advice. As always, a pleasure working with such a great team.”


COMPANY/FIRM: Credit Suisse
TESTIMONIAL: “We continually have the highest degree of confidence in the work product and coverage of the Dechert team, and they are always a pleasure to work with.”


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