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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP - New York
  • 919 Third Avenue
  • New York
  • New York
  • USA
  • NY 10022
  • Tel:+1 212 909 6000
  • Fax:+1 212 909 6836
  • Email:Contact Us
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  • Presiding Partner: Michael W Blair
  • Number of lawyers worldwide: Approximately 650 

Firm Overview:
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is a premier law firm with market-leading practices, a global perspective and strong New York roots. Clients look to the firm to bring a distinctively high degree of quality, intensity and creativity to resolve legal challenges effectively and cost efficiently. Deep partner commitment, industry expertise and a strategic approach enable the firm to bring clear commercial judgment to every matter. The firm draws on the strength of its culture and structure to deliver the best of its firm to every client through true collaboration.

Main Areas of Practice:
The Corporate Department’s work spans the full range of general corporate, transactional and regulatory representations. The 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. The firm has an exceptionally strong track record advising private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, as well as clients in the technology, media and telecommunications, banking, insurance, health care and life sciences and energy industries.
The 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. The Department includes Co-Chairs John S. Kiernan and Mary Beth Hogan; 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; a number of 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. Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 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 Tax Department works closely with the firm’s 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.

Global Presence:
United States:
New York is the largest of Debevoise’s offices and the headquarters for the firm’s multi-disciplinary, international practice. The office is home to more than 450 lawyers concentrating in corporate, litigation and tax law—often teaming with colleagues from our offices in Europe and Asia, and with local counsel in Latin America, India and the Middle East, on complex cross-border matters. The firm’s Washington, DC office has approximately 30 lawyers who concentrate on securities regulation and enforcement, white collar crime and commercial litigation, regulatory and transactional work for industrial and financial institutions, and international telecommunications and intellectual property matters.
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 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 Moscow office has more than 25 lawyers who focus on capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions, natural resource projects and financings, as well as general corporate and tax matters.
The Hong Kong and Shanghai offices, with over 20 lawyers, are active throughout China and the Asia- Pacific region. The corporate team in Asia handles cross-border investments, formation and deployment of private equity funds, telecommunications and other joint ventures, US securities offerings and general corporate counseling. The litigation and arbitration team in Asia handles international dispute resolution, litigation, white collar and internal investigations matters. The 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.
Latin America:
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. Our recent work in the Latin American private equity/fund formation, project finance, media and financial service sectors, as well as our litigation and arbitration practice in the region, has further solidified our 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.


  • 555 13th Street NW,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20004
  • Tel +1 202 383 8000
  • Fax +1 202 383 8118
  • Email : mailbox@debevoise.com
  • 22/F Jin Mao Tower,
  • 88 Century Boulevard,
  • Pudong New District,
  • Shanghai,
  • China
  • 200121
  • Tel +86 21 5047 1800
  • Fax +86 21 5047 1600
  • Email : mailbox@debevoise.com
  • 4 place de l'Opéra ,
  • Paris,
  • France
  • 75002
  • Tel +33 14 073 1212
  • Fax +33 14 720 5082
  • Taubenstrasse 7-9,
  • Frankfurt am Main,
  • Hessen
  • Germany
  • 60313
  • Tel +49 69 2097 5000
  • Fax +49 69 2097 5555
  • 21/F AIA Central,
  • 1 Connaught Road,
  • Central,
  • Hong Kong,
  • China
  • Tel +852 2160 9800
  • Fax +852 2810 9828
  • Business Center "Mokhovaya",
  • Ulitsa Vozdvizhenka,
  • 4/7 Stroyeniye 2,
  • Moscow,
  • Russia
  • 125009
  • Tel +7 495 956 3858
  • Fax +7 495 956 3868
  • Email : moscow@debevoise.com
  • 65 Gresham Street,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC2U 7NQ
  • Tel (020) 7786 9000
  • Fax (020) 7588 4180
  • Email : infouk@debevoise.com