Chairman: Andrew J. Levander
CEO: Henry N. Nassau
Number of lawyers: Approximately 1000
Dechert is a leading global law firm with 27 offices around the world. Dechert advises on matters and transactions of the greatest complexity, bringing energy, creativity and efficient management of legal issues to deliver commercial and practical advice for clients.
Main Areas of Practice:
Leading companies depend on Dechert’s guidance on the most difficult antitrust/competition issues in merger clearance, litigation and business planning. Dechert offers practical solutions and strategic counsel for derailing class actions, litigating monopolisation and other complex cases, responding to criminal and civil investigations, and securing antitrust compliance.
Dechert’s corporate and securities team advises clients on domestic and international mergers, acquisitions and disposals; private equity, including fund formation, investments and portfolio company transactions; corporate finance and capital markets; leveraged finance transactions and debt restructurings; securities compliance and corporate governance; and general corporate matters.
Data Privacy & Cybersecurity:
Dechert lawyers work with companies to design and implement global privacy and cybersecurity programs for lawful collection and transfer of data across borders. Dechert prepares clients for adverse events and helps them handle specific security and privacy issues raised by data breaches including government or regulatory enforcement actions and litigation.
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation:
Dechert provides comprehensive services, including designing and implementing retirement, welfare, equity-based and other benefit and compensation plans and programs for public and private companies, including advising on complex fiduciary questions that arise under ERISA and other laws.
The choice of market makers for innovative deal structures, creative financing strategies and complex transactions, Dechert advises clients on corporate finance, leveraged finance, real estate finance, structured finance and securitisation matters. Combining the firm’s global reach with a breadth of experience (including tax, ERISA, investment company matters, securities, derivatives and bank regulatory matters), Dechert provides comprehensive representation for all clients’ finance needs wherever they do business.
Dechert’s financial restructuring group represents clients in highly sophisticated, precedent-setting bankruptcy and insolvency matters. Dechert serves all parties of interest in corporate restructuring transactions, distressed mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy planning and related litigation.
Financial Services & Investment Management:
Dechert is a leading advisor to asset managers, investment funds and other financial services firms. Dechert represents most of the world’s largest asset managers as well as smaller and emerging managers. Dechert is the only full-service law firm with a funds practice that spans the key European investment fund centres — Dublin, Frankfurt/Munich, London, Luxembourg, Munich and Paris — as well as throughout the US, Middle East and Asia.
Dechert partners with clients to find business solutions that will enable them to manage, leverage and enforce their IP. Dechert regularly develops proactive risk mitigation, rights optimisation and IP enforcement strategies and defends clients against charges of patent infringement.
Dechert’s multicultural, multilingual and multijurisdictional arbitration group is recognised as a global leader in the field. The group represents sovereign states and state-owned enterprises, investors and businesses of every size, and high net worth individuals in treaty and contract arbitrations around the world.
Dechert advises major companies, governments and financial institutions on the requirements and enforcement of international trade regulations affecting their operations worldwide.
Businesses and individuals turn to Dechert to resolve high-stakes domestic and international disputes. With a long history of successful trials, appeals, motions and strategic settlements, Dechert is recognised as the go-to firm for some of the most challenging litigation, arbitrations and administrative and regulatory proceedings.
Mergers & Acquisitions:
Dechert has been distinguished by Chambers and other market commentators for its M&A capabilities thanks to its work across the Americas, EMEA and Asia. Dechert represents buyers, sellers and advisers in sophisticated, complex mergers and acquisitions around the globe, advising on the legal and technical aspects of complex transactions as well as on financial and market implications.
Private clients rely on Dechert for personal estate planning advice and financial and tax planning services, including those related to closely-held businesses, interests in private equity and hedge funds, and charitable interests.
Product Liability & Mass Torts:
Dechert has a well-established, nationally-recognised product liability and mass torts practice, complemented by broad commercial litigation capabilities. With deep experience in the most challenging jurisdictions, Dechert has achieved favourable outcomes for leading consumer goods, chemical, pharmaceutical and manufacturing companies.
Dechert lawyers devise solutions for all aspects of commercial property matters, drawing on an understanding of the marketplace and rapidly evolving regulatory challenges, plus global experience and a commercially-minded approach.
Dechert is widely recognised for offering sophisticated, results-oriented representation in virtually every area of tax law. Lawyers combine in-depth knowledge of local tax regimes with a thorough understanding of the business tax systems of the major trading nations as well as cross-border income tax rules.
White Collar Defence & Investigations:
A leader in managing large, complex, high-stakes investigations, Dechert has successfully represented clients in virtually all substantive areas of white collar defence. Dechert provides guidance in both single- and multijurisdictional matters — criminal cases, internal investigations and enforcement. Clients include public and private businesses; executives, officers and other individuals; and boards of directors and audit committees