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Duane Morris LLP

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Managing Partners: Alexander M Geisler Susan A Laws
Number of partners: 12
International Offices: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boca Raton, Boston, Cherry Hill, Chicago, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Houston, Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Myanmar, New York, Newark, Oman, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Taiwan, Washington DC, Wilmington

Banking, Financial Services & Corporate Finance:
Ute Mueller
Commercial: Susan A Laws
Corporate: Susan A Laws
Employment: Elena Cooper
Finance & Commercial Property: Milan A Patel
Infrastructure & Oil & Gas: Jeffrey V Rodwell
Insurance & Reinsurance: Alexander M Geisler
International (Oman): Jeffrey V Rodwell
Litigation: Alexander M Geisler
Mergers & Acquisitions & IPOs: Linda J. Crow
Private Equity: Ray B Smyth
Real Estate: Milan A Patel
Technology (Litigation): Jonathan Cohen

THE FIRM Duane Morris LLP, a law firm with more than 800 attorneys in offices across the United States and internationally, is asked by a broad array of clients to provide innovative solutions to today’s legal and business challenges. In London, Duane Morris offers a full range of legal services to clients in the United Kingdom and throughout the world, with an emphasis on pan-European litigation, transactional and regulatory matters for clients in diverse industries.


Corporate, Securities, M&A & Private Equity:

Duane Morris regularly represents UK and European clients in a wide variety of corporate, securities and transactional matters. The firm advises early-stage and mature companies on corporate and commercial matters, including mergers and acquisitions; negotiated acquisitions and divestitures; hostile acquisitions; and defense against takeover attempts. With a strategic firm-wide focus on private equity, broad experience in major industry sectors and an innovative culture deeply committed to client service, the firm is regularly called upon to work with the most sophisticated and demanding players in the private equity marketplace. The firm works with private companies on strategic planning, equity incentives and succession planning. Additionally, the firm represents companies in public offerings, securities law compliance, ongoing reporting obligations and corporate governance issues.

Fund Formation:
Duane Morris has wide experience in structuring private equity, hedge, debt, infrastructure and real estate funds. The firm assists both first-time and experienced fund sponsors in the establishment of funds suited to their needs and those of their investors. The firm’s fund formation lawyers understand the latest developments in key areas—such as suitable holding company jurisdictions, regulatory matters and tax planning— that affect its clients.

Capital Markets:
Duane Morris advises companies at all stages of the company life-cycle (e.g., early-stage, growing and mature companies) on a wide variety of strategies and initiatives for raising funds and exit. The firm advises and represents companies in relation to private placements, accessing venture capital or private equity and ‘grooming’ for and making public offerings of securities (AIM IPOs and secondary fundraisings), as well as advising them on applicable UK/EU securities law compliance, ongoing reporting obligations and corporate governance issues.

The tax department offers practical commercial judgment while distilling complex provisions into a manageable form so that the law, risks and issues are conveyed in the clear, concise manner required by clients.

Litigation, Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution:
Duane Morris litigators are experienced in an array of areas—including automotive, engineering, intellectual property, information technology, insurance and employment disputes—commonly with a cross-border element. The firm has represented numerous international and national manufacturers in all forms of products liability and toxic tort litigation, including defence of product class actions, serving as coordinating counsel, lead counsel, regional counsel or local counsel.

Real Estate:
Duane Morris’ real estate solicitors represent a broad range of corporate, developer, investor and individual clients in all aspects of real estate transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, real estate-backed financings, development and related planning, environmental and construction issues.

Banking & Financial Services:
Duane Morris has represented banks, financial institutions and holding companies in the UK, US and around the world in a broad range of regulatory, legislative and business law areas.

Information Technology & Telecommunications:
Duane Morris has assembled a dedicated group of experienced lawyers possessing specific industry knowledge and interdisciplinary skills to address the transactional, finance, regulatory and dispute resolution aspects of structuring and implementing a wide range of information technology and telecommunications projects.

Employment Law:
Duane Morris represents large institutional clients, medium- and smaller- sized companies, startups and high net worth individuals in a broad spectrum of employment matters, including mergers and acquisitions, refinancing, TUPE transfers, large-scale re-organisations, Employment Tribunal and High Court claims, implementation of employment contracts and benefits, regulatory matters, share option and profit-related pay, employee severance, layoffs and downsizing, confidentiality and non-compete issues. Duane Morris also provides day-to-day HR advisory services to clients together with formal annual employment training via the DMi London programme and bespoke, in-house training for all clients.

Insurance & Reinsurance:
Duane Morris is one of the leading providers of comprehensive business and litigation services to the insurance and reinsurance industry. The firm’s lawyers provide the full range of insurance legal services from coverage opinions involving a single policy to litigation regarding complex insurance programs with billion-dollar exposures. The firm represents the gamut of insurers and reinsurers, both in the US and internationally, from property, casualty, life, disability, health and professional liability to financial institution insurance providers, captive insurers offshore, alternative market entities and guaranty associations.

With offices in London, Singapore, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Myanmar, Oman, Shanghai, Taiwan and major cities throughout the US, Duane Morris offers a global infrastructure of experienced advisors who represent clients in all types of cross-border and international matters.


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