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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 ‚Äď small-mid cap

Within: Equity capital markets ‚Äď small-mid cap

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.

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

Within: Leading individuals

Douglas Getter - Dechert LLP

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

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.

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Private equity: transactions ‚Äď high-value deals (¬£250m+)

Within: Private equity: transactions ‚Äď high-value deals (¬£250m+)

'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.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Within: Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

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.

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