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Dechert LLP

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Douglas Getter

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Douglas Getter, head of Dechert’s US corporate practice in Europe and corporate team in London, has extensive experience in US and cross-border M&A transactions, private placements, public offerings and joint ventures, representing purchasers, sellers, issuers, financial advisors, joint venture partners , underwriters, placement agents and depositaries.


Partner 2005. Former editor of Fordham Law Review at Fordham Univeristy School of Law.


University of Pennsylvania (1981 BA); Fordham University School of Law (1984 JD).

London: Corporate and commercial

Equity capital markets

Within: Equity capital markets

The team at Dechert LLP has excellent cross-border capabilities, and acts on a range of equity capital markets matters. Patrick Lyons, who speaks French and Arabic, is the practice's US-qualified expert; he acted for Raya Contact Centre on a share offering on the Egyptian Exchange, and assisted Ferrexpo with a £150m share-sale via accelerated book-build. He also advised one French biotech company on a US private placement. Allenby Capital and Investec Bank are additional clients. Noted for his experience in the Middle East and North Africa, Camille Abousleiman heads the department jointly with Douglas Getter; Sean Geraghty is also recommended.

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Flotations: small and mid-cap

Within: Flotations: small and mid-cap

Dechert LLP's group has built up a first-rate practice under the leadership of its team head Sean Geraghty, with it handling listings (Official List/AIM/overseas), secondary transactions, and follow-on corporate M&A and governance issues. Its client roster includes corporate issuers, sovereign wealth funds and investment funds. It also advises NOMADs and brokers; in 2017, Geraghty and associate Jodie Valler-Feltham acted for Investec Bank in a £30m raising by ITM Power through a placing and open offer. In another matter, Geraghty, Patrick Lyons, Douglas Getter and others are advising Allenby Capital and Panmure Gordon as joint brokers and financial advisers on Audioboom Group Plc's £155m fundraising, the proceeds of which are primarily to enable the client to acquire Triton Digital from Vector Capital. On the issuer side, Lyons acted for Zealand Pharma (which was already listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen) on its $90m IPO on The NASDAQ Global Select Market; this matter represented the first-ever dual listing of a Danish biotechnology company.

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M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+

Within: M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+

The team at¬†Dechert LLP¬†is ‚Äėhighly responsive‚Äô, ‚Äėhighly knowledgeable in the support of M&A‚Äô and ‚Äėdisplays a deep bench of resources to help maintain comprehensive coverage‚Äô. The practice is active in a wide variety of sectors, including energy, telecoms, life sciences and insurance. Practice head¬†Douglas Getter¬†has led on a wide range of cross-border deals this year, including CIT Group‚Äôs sale of its European rail leasing business for ‚ā¨920m and the UK aspects of Crown Holding‚Äôs $3.9bn acquisition of Signode Industrial Group.¬†Sean Geraghty¬†acted for Columna Capital in connection with the sale by Identitag Secondary Opportunities of the share capital of the Datamars Group and advised SQS Software Quality Systems on its proposed acquisition by Assystem Services Deutschland. On the energy front, the ‚Äėfirm, thorough and pragmatic‚Äô¬†Jonathan Angell¬†advised Chrysaor Holdings on its $3bn purchase of a package of oil and gas in the North Sea from Shell UK.¬†Christopher Field¬†and¬†Robert Bradshaw¬†both joined the practice in 2017 from¬†Kirkland & Ellis International LLP.

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Private equity: transactions

Within: Private equity: transactions

Dechert LLP, whose global private equity platform expanded significantly in 2016 off the back of a number of key hires (including the arrivals of Ross Allardice and John Markland from White & Case LLP and Kirkland & Ellis International LLP respectively), has made further investments to build out its offering; corporate and debt finance expert Robert Bradshaw joined from Kirkland & Ellis International LLP in April 2017, with corporate/private equity partner Christopher Field and tax specialist Jane Scobie subsequently making the same move in September that year. The growth of the practice has also been reflected by the firm successfully winning work from a number of new clients, including Ares Capital Management, Astorg Partners and Nordic Capital. Markland, Bradshaw and finance partner Giles Belsey acted for South Korean memory chip manufacturer Sk hynix Inc as one of the members of a consortium (led by Bain Capital), which acquired Toshiba Corporation's NAND flash memory and solid state drive business for $18bn. In another matter, Field, Scobie and Markland were part of the team which advised an affiliate of Sun European Partners and other selling shareholders on the potential sale of Albéa SA to PAI Partners. Field and Allardice co-head the team with Douglas Getter and Jonathan Angell. Mark Evans and Tony Brown are notable associates.

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