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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
  • Managing Partner: Michael W Blair
  • Number of partners (worldwide): 136
  • Number of other lawyers (worldwide): 515
  • Languages: Arabic, Bosnian, Burmese, Bulgarian, Chinese (Cantonese, Chiuchow, Mandarin and Shanghainese), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Farsi, French, Finnish, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malayalam, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu and Vietnamese.
  • INTERNATIONAL OFFICES Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Moscow, Paris, Shanghai

Firm Overview: Debevoise & Plimpton LLP was founded in 1931. The firm maintains a tradition of 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 marketplaces 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. The firm represents 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:

Debevoise’s Corporate Department’s work spans the full range of general corporate, transactional and regulatory representations. Areas of concentration include private equity, mergers and acquisitions, insurance, capital markets, investment funds, banking, leveraged finance, business restructuring and workouts, aviation, project finance, structured finance, asset management, intellectual property, real estate and environmental law. The Corporate Department 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.

Debevoise’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. The Department includes John S Kiernan and Mary Beth Hogan, Co-Chairs of the Department; Michael B Mukasey, former US Attorney General and Chief Judge of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York; Lord (Peter) Goldsmith QC, PC, Chair of European and Asian Litigation who formerly served as the UK’s Attorney General; eight former Assistant US Attorneys, including a former Under Secretary of the US Treasury for Enforcement and a former Chief Assistant US 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 is the only law firm to include former Attorneys General of both the US and the UK, as well as a Queen’s Counsel. Areas of concentration include white-collar crime/ internal investigations, general commercial litigation, international dispute resolution, intellectual property and media, insurance industry disputes, antitrust, bankruptcy, securities litigation and products liability.

Tax & Employee Benefits:
Debevoise’s Tax Department works closely with 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.

International Work:
Asia: Debevoise’s Hong Kong and Shanghai offices, with 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 firm’s litigation and arbitration team in Asia handles international dispute resolution, litigation, white-collar matters and internal investigations. Debevoise lawyers in Asia represent multinational companies, private equity sponsors and other investment funds in a broad range of strategic and financial investments throughout Asia.

Debevoise’s London office has more than 80 lawyers. It is home to a diversified corporate and financial practice, as well as an internationally focused tax practice. The London dispute resolution team also acts for some of the world’s most prominent cases in international arbitration, white-collar crime and investigations, litigation and public international law. 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. The firm’s Paris office has approximately 20 lawyers and a formidable reputation in domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, financings and private equity, general corporate and tax matters, international dispute resolution and internal investigations and corporate crime. Debevoise’s Frankfurt office focuses on mergers and acquisitions, financing, restructuring, investment management, tax, antitrust and the investigation of improper business practices.

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 and recent work in the Latin American private equity/fund formation, project finance, media and financial services sectors and in litigation and arbitration in the region, has further solidified its 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.

Areas of Practice

  • Business Restructuring & Workouts
  • Corporate
  • Executive Compensation
  • Finance
  • Financial Institutions
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Arbitration
  • Latin America
  • Litigation
  • Media & Technology
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Tax
  • White Collar Criminal Defense/Internal Investigations


  • 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