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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Presiding Partner: Michael W Blair
Number of lawyers worldwide: Approximately 650
International Offices: Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Moscow, Paris, Shanghai, Tokyo

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 superior work to every client through true collaboration.

Main Areas of Practice:

Corporate:
■ Private Equity:

The Debevoise private equity group is one of the most respected in the field. The private equity practice includes specialised 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. Each group approaches its work with a distinctive private equity focus. The practice as a whole draws on the firm’s industry specialists to deliver efficient, commercial, cutting-edge results

■ Funds/Investment Management:
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 2000 private investment funds with committed capital of well over $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 organisation and economic arrangements for sponsors, fund formation, downstream transactions, exits, firm and fund restructurings, buy-side work, secondaries and wind downs

■ Insurance & Financial Institutions:
Debevoise’s financial institutions group regularly handles major compliance challenges, enforcement proceedings and litigation, as well as marquee M&A transactions, financings and an array of other complex transactions. A key strength of the practice lies in the group’s deep market knowledge of the insurance and banking sectors and its long experience counselling financial services clients on complex banking, insurance, securities, broker-dealer and investment management matters. Debevoise has more than 35 years of insurance experience, making it a top choice for big-ticket insurance industry M&A, complex litigation, intricate financings, restructurings and a host of other matters. The firm’s insurance lawyers advise a wide range of industry clients around the world, including major insurers, reinsurers, hedge funds, private equity funds and other capital providers, intermediaries and significant industry associations

■ 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 wider 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 law. The firm has an exceptionally strong track record advising clients in technology, media and telecommunications, banking, insurance, healthcare and life sciences, and energy

Litigation:
■ White Collar & Regulatory:
Debevoise brings unmatched government experience to client matters, boasting 14 former Assistant US Attorneys among its ranks, and a wide range of former government lawyers. Debevoise’s top-ranked white collar and regulatory defence team’s expertise includes defending against criminal prosecutions, civil enforcement actions and securities-related litigation; conducting internal investigations; negotiating complex global settlements; and facilitating cooperation with government regulators. The team routinely counsels clients regarding preventive measures, compliance programs and the collateral consequences of criminal proceedings

■ Commercial Litigation:
The commercial litigation practice is one of the strongest in the industry, consistently delivering outstanding results for its clients. In the last five years it has achieved a $25 billion dismissal for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; two trial defence wins — for Bristol-Myers Squibb and for American Airlines — totalling $7 billion; and victories, dismissals and resolutions at every stage of litigation

■ International Dispute Resolution:
Debevoise’s international dispute resolution group is a global leader with an extraordinary win record that has racked up some of the largest awards in the world for its clients. In the last year, the firm handled over 65 matters worth in excess of $60 billion. Lawyers in the practice handle a broad range of matters, including international commercial and treaty arbitration, public international law and complex commercial litigation

■ Intellectual Property:
The highly regarded IP group handles a wide variety of cases around the world, 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

■ Cybersecurity & Data Privacy:
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 counselling, 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, crisis management, securities litigation, antitrust, bankruptcy, insurance industry disputes, business integrity, products liability and professional services firms

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 organisations and includes an active executive compensation and employee benefits practice.

Industries:
Debevoise represents clients across a wide range of industries that include insurance, banking, asset management, aviation, consumer and retail, consumer finance, energy and natural resources, healthcare, industrials and manufacturing, infrastructure, mining, and technology, media and telecommunications

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