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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

New York

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP - New York
  • 919 Third Avenue
  • New York
  • New York
  • USA
  • NY 10022
  • Managing Partner: Michael W Blair
  • Number of partners worldwide: 134
  • Number of other lawyers worldwide: 534
  • Languages: Afrikaans, Arabic, Aramaic, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Burmese, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin and Shanghainese), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Irish Gaelic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Malay, Malayalam, Marathi, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, Wolof and Yoruba.
  • International offices: Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Moscow, Paris, Shanghai

Firm Overview:
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is a premier law firm with market-leading practices, a global perspective and strong New York roots. The firm’s clients look to it 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 the 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. Its 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, healthcare and life sciences 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. 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 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; a former Associate Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement; and a former Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division; and a former Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Fraud Section at the Department of Justice. The firm 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 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 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.

International Work:  

Debevoise first opened its doors in Asia more than 20 years ago. Today, the firm operates across the region from offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai. The team is led by a senior group of market-leading partners and international counsel, while many of the firm’s US and European partners also spend significant amounts of time in the region. The firm’s Hong Kong and Shanghai offices focus on private equity, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, arbitration and anti-corruption advice.

From offices in London, Paris and Frankfurt, Debevoise has some of the market’s most renowned lawyers in Europe, working closely with an international client base to deliver on their most critical projects. Debevoise’s European team encompasses English-, European- and US-qualified lawyers who advise clients throughout the world. It works closely with the firm’s teams in the US, Russia and Asia to lead and coordinate on mandates that cross continents, including into emerging markets such as India, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. This global perspective is brought to bear on all relevant matters, but where a matter has a distinctly local feel, Debevoise creates teams in Europe to provide the highest quality local insight and advice.

Latin America:
With a true understanding of markets and laws across the region, the Debevoise Latin America practice offers clients effective solutions for a range of challenges and opportunities. The Debevoise Latin America practice combines top-tier litigation and arbitration skills, broad transactional capabilities and a savvy understanding of the region. The practice works with some of the most sophisticated and respected conglomerates, corporations, investors and families in Latin America, with some relationships dating back as long as 50 years.

Debevoise’s Moscow office is one of the strongest in the region, regularly advising Russian companies and global corporations on a range of internationally significant matters. It is at the center of the firm’s work in Russia and the CIS. The office is led by a team of senior partners who are consistently recognized as among the most prominent and trusted advisors in the region. They advise on both corporate and contentious matters, and have particularly strong sector expertise.

Areas of Practice

  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Arbitration & International Disputes
  • Business Restructuring & Workouts
  • Capital Markets
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Governance
  • Cybersecurity & Data Privacy
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Environmental
  • Finance
  • Financial Institutions
  • Funds/Investment Management
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate
  • Tax
  • Trial Practice
  • White Collar & Regulatory Defense


  • 555 13th Street NW,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20004
  • Tel +1 202 383 8000
  • Fax +1 202 383 8118
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