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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Managing Partner: Michael W Blair
Number of partners worldwide: 136
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 717

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

Main Areas of Practice:

■ 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, market-wise teams in both public and private M&A. Attorneys regularly develop innovative structures and approaches, deal smoothly and effectively with associated shareholder and governance issues, activist challenges and related litigation
Private Equity:
The group is one of the most respected in the field. It 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
Funds/Investment Management:
The group is one of the largest, most diverse and most successful practices of its kind in the world. It 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, IP and environmental

■ White Collar & Regulatory Defense:

Debevoise’s top-ranked 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 15 former Assistant US 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
Strategic Crisis Response & Solutions:
The group brings together rapid response crisis teams from a range of disciplines, aligning experience and expertise to be matched to a specific challenge
International Dispute Resolution:
Debevoise’s 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
■ Intellectual Property:
The highly regarded IP 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 
■ Commercial Litigation:
The 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
Cybersecurity & Data Privacy:
The 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:
■ Tax:
The 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 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 
■ Banking:
The group advises banks and other financial institutions on the gamut of regulatory, litigation and transactional matters
■ Healthcare:
The group employs an integrated, cross practice approach covering healthcare and life sciences matters
Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT):
The group advises major media, telecommunications and technology companies on some of the most significant commercial matters
■ Other industries in which the firm is prominent include: aviation, consumer and retail, consumer finance, energy and natural resources, industrials and manufacturing and mining

Leadership in the Profession:
Debevoise has four lawyers who have served as 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 served as President of the New York City Bar Association. Donald Francis Donovan is the immediate past 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, was the Chair of the House of Delegates (2016-2018), the policy-making body of the American Bar Association.


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