THE FIRM This experienced and high-quality team has a stellar reputation for its advice to clients on matters including regulatory issues, fund formation and the management of hedge funds. Clients range from boutique startups to significant US and international financial institutions. Sources are impressed by the breadth of the group and the accuracy of the advice.
Sources say: "Dechert is one of the top asset management law firms and I receive high-quality legal services from them."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Christopher Harvey has "a comprehensive knowledge of mutual funds," clients say. He frequently advises clients on regulatory and transactional matters. Recent highlights include representing a number of large financial institutions in exempted applications for active and passive exchange traded funds.
The "highly thorough" Geoffrey Kenyon is commended for his tactful and effective manner, and for "keeping his eye on the ball." He is fund counsel for a broad sweep of funds, including open-end, closed-end, retail and insurance-dedicated funds.
John O'Hanlon advises an array of investment funds, managers and boards of directors on regulatory and enforcement issues. Sources describe him as "a terrific lawyer."
Cochair of the firm's financial services group Joseph Fleming is highly rated by clients, one of whom said: "He is experienced, knowledgeable and client service-oriented." Fleming advises substantial clients including mutual fund companies, investment managers, banks and hedge funds.