Chairman: Andrew J Levander
Chief Executive Officer: 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:
Data Privacy & Cybersecurity
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Financial Services & Investment Management
International Trade & Regulation
Labor & Employment
Product Liability & Mass Torts
White Collar, Compliance & Investigations
Leading companies depend on Dechert’s antitrust/competition lawyers for guidance on the most difficult issues in merger clearance, litigation and business planning. The firm offers practical solutions and strategic counsel for derailing class actions, litigating monopolization and other complex cases and responding to criminal and civil investigations.
Dechert’s corporate and securities team advises 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. It is recognized for deep experience in the financial services sector. The firm’s clients include national and multinational corporations, sovereign entities, private funds and financial institutions.
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. The firm prepares clients for adverse events by advising them on incident response plans and strategies. It also helps companies 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 employee benefits and executive compensation support to public and private companies on a wide range of transactions, including M&A, private equity acquisitions and dispositions, and initial public offerings. The firm has extensive experience with complex fiduciary issues that arise under ERISA, including in the representation of plan sponsors and plan fiduciaries, investment managers, investment funds and other financial services organizations.
Dechert advises clients on corporate finance, leveraged finance, real estate finance, structured finance and securitization matters. It is the choice of market makers for innovative deal structures, creative financing strategies and complex transactions. Thanks to the firm’s global reach and broad experience (including tax, ERISA, investment company matters, securities, derivatives and bank regulatory matters), it provides comprehensive representation for all client finance needs.
Dechert’s financial restructuring group represents clients in highly sophisticated, precedent-setting bankruptcy and insolvency matters. The firm serves all parties of interest in corporate restructuring transactions, distressed M&A, bankruptcy planning and related litigation. Its clients include creditors, distressed companies, private equity funds, hedge funds and investors in distressed assets in all types of in-court and out-of-court restructuring matters.
Financial Services & Investment Management:
Dechert is a leading advisor to asset managers, investment funds and other financial services firms. It represents most of the world’s largest asset managers, as well as smaller and emerging managers. The firm remains the only law firm with a funds practice in every key European fund jurisdiction — London, Luxembourg, Dublin, Frankfurt/Munich and Paris — as well as the US, Middle East and Asia.
Dechert partners with clients to manage, leverage and enforce their IP. The firm regularly develops proactive risk mitigation, rights optimization and IP enforcement strategies and defend clients against charges of patent infringement. It works in a wide variety of fields but focuses in particular on computers and electronics, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and financial services.