Mergers & Acquisitions:
Consistently ranked among the leading M&A firms, Debevoise is one of a handful of true advisors of choice to the world’s leading corporations, financial institutions and private equity firms. The practice offers clients sophisticated and market-wise teams in both public and private M&A, regularly develops innovative structures and approaches, and deals smoothly and effectively with associated shareholder and governance issues, activist challenges and related litigation.
The firm’s private equity group is one of the most respected in the field. The practice includes specialized groups that are experts in fund formation and investment management, buyouts and other equity and debt investments, finance, securities and capital markets, tax, and management compensation and employee benefits. The group approaches its work with a deep level of industry expertise, drawing on the firm’s myriad specialists to deliver efficient, commercial, cutting-edge results.
The funds/investment management group is one of the largest, most diverse and most successful practices of its kind in the world. The team has acted on behalf of sponsors of, or investors in, more than 2,000 private investment funds with committed capital exceeding $2.5 trillion. With a global regulatory network and deep international experience, the practice counsels across the entire life cycle of these complex products and vehicles—covering organization and economic arrangements for sponsors, fund formation, downstream transactions, exits, firm and fund restructurings, buy-side work, secondaries and wind downs.
The corporate department also includes highly active practices in capital markets, leveraged finance, business restructuring and workouts, real estate, project finance, equipment finance, structured finance, intellectual property and environmental.
Debevoise’s top-ranked white collar and regulatory defense team’s expertise includes defending against criminal prosecutions and civil enforcement actions, handling securities-related litigation, conducting internal investigations, negotiating complex global settlements, and facilitating cooperation with government regulators.
Debevoise brings unmatched government experience to client matters, boasting 16 former Assistant U.S. Attorneys, two former Attorneys General and a wide range of former government lawyers. The department also includes the former Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Mary Jo White, the former director of the Division of Enforcement at the SEC, Andrew Ceresney, and former leading federal district court judge, the Honorable John Gleeson.
Debevoise’s international dispute resolution group is a global leader that has racked up some of the largest awards in the world for its clients. Lawyers in the practice handle a broad range of matters, including international commercial and treaty arbitration, public international law and complex commercial litigation.
The highly regarded intellectual property group handles a wide variety of cases, including trademark, trade dress and advertising disputes; copyright matters in media and entertainment; right of publicity issues; and unfair competition, trade secret and patent cases. Many of its cases have cross-border components, and it has deep experience across a wide range of industries.
The commercial litigation practice is one of the strongest in the industry, consistently delivering outstanding results for its clients. The group is stacked with broad-gauged litigators known for their judgment, business savvy and strategic advice. The team handles cross-border and domestic disputes of every kind across a diverse range of industries.
The cybersecurity and data privacy practice has special expertise in helping clients navigate the forensic and legal aftermath of data breaches. The firm’s cross-border, interdisciplinary team also offers regulatory counseling, defends clients in government enforcement actions, litigates privacy-related class actions and other matters, and handles transactions where data protection and security issues arise.
Other areas of litigation concentration include trial practice, securities litigation, antitrust, bankruptcy, insurance industry disputes, business integrity, products liability, professional services liability, M&A litigation, employment litigation, environmental litigation, contract disputes, and sensitive litigation and advice.
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.
Debevoise handles complex transactions and litigation for clients in a wide range of industries. The insurance group brings more than 35 years of experience to the most complex insurance industry transactions, the highest-stakes disputes and the most challenging regulatory engagements. The banking group advises banks and other financial institutions on the gamut of regulatory, litigation and transactional matters. The healthcare group employs a highly coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to address transactional, litigation and intellectual property matters for leading healthcare companies and for private equity firms investing in the industry. Other industries in which the firm is prominent include technology, media and telecommunications; aviation; consumer and retail; consumer finance; energy and natural resources; industrials and manufacturing; and mining.
LEADERSHIP IN THE PROFESSION:
Debevoise has four lawyers who are current or immediate past leaders of prominent bar organizations globally. Partner David W. Rivkin, Co-Chair of Debevoise’s international dispute resolution group, is the immediate past President of the International Bar Association, the world’s leading organization of international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies. Litigation partner John S. Kiernan serves as President of the New York City Bar Association. Donald Francis Donovan serves as President of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), which has long played a leading role in the field of international commercial arbitration and, more recently, investor-state arbitration. Deborah Enix-Ross, Senior Advisor to Debevoise’s international dispute resolution group, is Chair of the House of Delegates, the policy-making body of the American Bar Association