Managing Partner: Michael W Blair
Number of partners (worldwide): 142
Number of other lawyers (worldwide): 500
Languages: Aramaic, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin and Shanghainese), Czech, Dutch, English, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malayalam, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Ukrainian, Urdu
INTERNATIONAL OFFICES Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Moscow, Paris, Shanghai
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP was founded in 1931 with the goal of offering sophisticated legal services. They maintain this tradition of seeking excellence in a comprehensive, modern practice that spans the Americas, Europe and Asia. The firm’s lawyers are responsive, thoughtful, ethical and vigorous advocates with a substantive understanding of their clients’ business needs and the many market places in which they compete. Debevoise has leading practices that often have a cross border focus due to the firm’s international approach to the practice of law. Debevoise places the highest value on collaboration and interdisciplinary cooperation in order to provide clients with seamless representation across practice areas and across continents. They represent multinational, US and non-US industrial and commercial companies, private equity sponsors, financial institutions including insurance companies, investment companies, banks and broker-dealers, and individuals in a comprehensive range of assignments.
Main Areas of Practice:
The firm’s Corporate Department’s work spans the full range of general corporate, transactional and regulatory representations. Their practice includes mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, leveraged finance, business restructuring and workouts, real estate, project finance, equipment finance, structured finance, asset management, intellectual property and environmental law. They have an exceptionally strong track record advising private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, as well as clients in the media and telecommunications, banking, insurance and energy industries.
The firm’s Litigation Department handles complex matters in courts in the United States, the United Kingdom, France and elsewhere, as well as before arbitration tribunals, agencies and administrative bodies worldwide.T he Department includes the Chair, Mary Jo White, the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York; John S Kiernan, Co-Chair of the Department; Michael B Mukasey, former United States Attorney General and Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York; Lord (Peter) Goldsmith QC, PC, the European and Asian Chair of Litigation who served as the UK’s Attorney General; 8 former Assistant U.S. Attorneys, including a former Under Secretary of the U.S. Treasury for Enforcement and a former Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; and a former Associate Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement. Debeviose is the only law firm to include former Attorneys General of both the U.S. and the UK, as well as a Queen’s Counsel. Areas of concentration include securities litigation, white collar crime, investigations, antitrust, bankruptcy, general commercial litigation, international dispute resolution, insurance industry disputes, intellectual property and media, and products liability.
Tax & Employee Benefits:
The firm’s Tax Department works closely with their corporate lawyers in structuring complex transactions. The department also focuses on tax planning and advice for business entities, high net worth individuals and exempt organizations and includes an active executive compensation and employee benefits practice.
Asia: Debevoise’s Hong Kong and Shanghai offices, with over 20 lawyers, are active throughout China and the Asia- Pacific region. Their corporate team in Asia handles in cross-border investments, formation and deployment of private equity funds, telecommunications and other joint ventures, US securities offerings, general corporate counseling. The firm’s litigation and arbitration team in Asia handles international dispute resolution, litigation, white collar and internal investigations matters. Their lawyers in Asia represent multi-national companies, private equity sponsors and other investment funds in a broad range of strategic and financial investments throughout Asia.
Debevoise’s London office has approximately 90 lawyers. Its practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, financings and private equity, as well as general corporate and tax matters. It has a strong international arbitration and litigation team. The firm’s Paris office has approximately 25 lawyers. Its practice includes domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, financings and private equity, as well as EU competition law, general corporate and tax matters and international arbitration. The Frankfurt office has more than 10 lawyers. The practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, capital markets transactions, financings and private equity, as well as general corporate and tax matters. The firm’s Moscow office has more than 25 lawyers who focus on capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions, natural resource projects, financings, as well as general corporate and tax matters.
Debevoise has been active in Latin America for nearly 50 years and over the past decade has worked on hundreds of completed transactions in the region, including some of the largest and most challenging projects. The firm is a recognized leader among international law firms active in Latin America. Their recent work in the Latin American private equity/fund formation, project finance, media and financial service sectors, as well as their litigation and arbitration practice in the region, has further solidified the firm’s reputation. The firm’s client base includes many of the most prominent companies and families in Latin America as well as multinational corporations and private equity funds investing in the region.
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