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Dechert LLP

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Mark E Thierfelder

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Mark E. Thierfelder is chair of the firm's corporate and securities group and chair of the global private equity practice. He concentrates his practice on private equity transactions and domestic and international mergers and acquisitions throughout the U.S., Europe, and Canada. In particular, Mr. Thierfelder represents leading private equity funds and their portfolio companies in a full range of corporate transactions.


Private Equity Editorial Advisory Board, Law360; Advisory Board, YaLa Academy; Advisory Board, The Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina


Duke University, B.A., 1986; Rutgers School of Law - Newark, J.D., 1992, with Honors, Order of the Coif

United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

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

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

Dechert LLP has continued to expand its team in the US and globally. In 2017, partners Nazim Zilkha, Gareth Clark and Jeff Norton joined the New York office from White & Case LLP, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and Linklaters LLP respectively. London, Hong Kong and Singapore have also recently benefited from lateral hires. The firm advised GMéxico Transportes, a subsidiary of Grupo México, on its acquisition of the Florida East Coast Railway from Fortress Investment Group and individual shareholders. It also advised H&E Equipment Services on its proposed $1.2bn acquisition of Neff Corporation. The firm continues to make an impression in financial services and healthcare deals and is a growing force in technology. Other clients include ECN Capital, MSD Partners, Select Medical Corporation, Lazada, Lexmark, Ipsen and GIC. Mark Thierfelder is chair of the firm's corporate and securities group, while experienced Philadelphia partner Henry Nassau has ‘spectacular judgment’ and is recommended for board and company representation. Jonathan Kim, Derek Winokur, Christian Matarese and Markus Bolsinger are also key members of the team, along with Latin America expert Howard Kleinman. Former chairman of the firm Barton Winokur is a ‘brilliant lawyer and negotiator’. Attorneys are based in New York unless stated otherwise. Former partner Carmen Romano has retired.

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Private equity buyouts

Within: Private equity buyouts

Dechert LLP’s bold global investment into its private equity practice is certainly earning recognition. Having achieved real traction in New York with a number of important hires, it has turned its sights to building its platforms in London and Asia. Clients now include Bregal Partners, Centre Partners Management, One Equity Partners, Court Square Capital Partners, GIC, Graham Partners, Quilvest Private Equity and Blackstone Tactical Opportunities Advisors. It maintains a solid middle-market footing and is gaining further ground in big-ticket deals. Healthcare and financial services are two key sectors for the team, which provides ‘good value for money’ and a ‘good overall service’. The firm advised new client MSD Partners on its acquisition, alongside CCMP Capital Advisors and Alberta Investment Management, of Hayward Industries. It also represented GIC, as part of a private equity consortium led by Blackstone, in the acquisition of a majority stake in Thomson Reuters. Mark Thierfelder is chair of the global private equity practice and has an outstanding reputation. Philadelphia partner Geraldine Sinatra is ‘great with strategy and high-level business advice’ and is ‘good at applying her broad knowledge to the situation at hand’. Jonathan Kim and Christian Matarese are both up-and-coming names, and Markus Bolsinger has helped elevate the team in New York. Derek Winokur and Philadelphia-based CEO Henry Nassau are also recommended. Named lawyers are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

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