Managing Partners: Susan A Laws
Number of partners: 10
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, Seattle, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Taiwan, Washington DC, Wilmington
Capital Markets: Linda J Crow
Corporate & Commercial: Susan A Laws
Dispute Resolution: Alexander M Geisler
Employment: Nic Hart
IP, IT & Data Privacy: John Benjamin
M&A/Private Equity: Ute Mueller
Real Estate and Construction: Milan A Patel
Duane Morris LLP, a law firm with more than 800 lawyers in 30 offices across the US, UK and Asia provides innovative solutions to today’s legal and business challenges. In London Duane Morris represents a wide array of clients from start-ups to multinationals in almost every industry and commercial area, including automotive, manufacturing, fashion, financial services, commodities, construction, hotels, healthcare, science, technology, heavy engineering, retail, mining and natural resources. The London-based partners have specific industry knowledge and interdisciplinary skills and are admitted as solicitors in England, Wales and other jurisdictions, advising on UK, EU and international matters.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK
Capital Markets: Duane Morris’ Capital Markets Group advises companies at all stages of the company lifecycle (e.g., early-stage, growing and mature companies) on strategies and initiatives for raising funds and exit. Duane Morris represents companies in connection to private placements, accessing venture capital and private equity, and preparing for and making public offerings of securities (e.g., AIM IPO’s and secondary fundraisings) and counsel them on applicable UK/EU securities law compliance, ongoing reporting obligations and corporate governance issues.
Corporate & Commercial: Duane Morris assists companies, shareholders, investors and funders at all stages of the corporate life cycle with a wide variety of corporate and commercial matters. The firm represents clients in connection with critical commercial contracts, such as joint ventures, licensing, distribution, franchising, research and development, contract manufacturing, partnering, logistics, sponsorship and branding — everything needed to leverage business value. Duane Morris’ team regularly advises private companies on shareholder agreements, succession planning, equity incentives and return of value strategies, and proactively supports clients daily on corporate governance matters. Duane Morris represents banks, financial institutions and other providers of financial services, including investment banking and brokerage firms, commercial finance companies and insurance companies, around the world.
Employment Law: Duane Morris’ ELBI team represents large institutional clients, medium- and smaller-sized companies, Venture Capital and Private Equity Funds, start-ups and high-net-worth individuals on employment matters in connection with mergers and acquisitions, refinancing, TUPE transfers, large scale re-organisations, Employment Tribunal and High Court claims, Trade Union and organised labour disputes, 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 human resources advisory services to clients, together with formal annual employment training, and bespoke, in-house training for all clients via the Duane Morris Institute (DMi) London.
Intellectual Property, Information Technology & Data Privacy: Globally, Duane Morris has one of the largest intellectual property and technology practices of any firm, with a strong reputation across a variety of sectors. Duane Morris London deals with the transactional, finance, regulatory and dispute resolution aspects of a variety of information technology and intellectual property rich matters. In a world where information management is crucial for many businesses, the firm also advises on the full range of international data privacy and cyber security issues. For example, Duane Morris have a strong track record in supporting clients in handling major data breaches. Duane Morris can count some of the largest technology companies in the world as its clients and assist the financial services, retail and hospitality sectors with the adoption of new technologies as they change their business practices to meet evolving needs.
Litigation, Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution: Duane Morris’ Dispute Resolution Practice Group represents clients in all aspects of complex commercial litigation, including risk audit, litigation avoidance strategies and, when settlement proves impossible, litigation, arbitration and mediation of disputes. Duane Morris litigators have considerable industry knowledge in automotive, engineering, finance, professional partnerships, insurance and real estate. They handle disputes involving product liability, consumer law, intellectual property, information technology, insurance, employment, banking, real property, injunctive relief and letters of request (letters rogatory), often with cross-border elements.
M&A & Private Equity: The firm assists clients in all aspects of mergers and acquisitions, including negotiated acquisitions and divestitures, hostile acquisitions, defense against takeover attempts, management buy-ins and buy-outs and joint ventures. Duane Morris develops and implements creative strategies to help its entrepreneurial clients accomplish their objectives, whether they are a buyer, seller, lender or intermediary. Duane Morris regularly works on complex cross-border transactions and represents UK companies in acquisitions abroad, as well as foreign companies in connection with acquisitions in the United Kingdom and elsewhere around the globe.
Real Estate & Construction: Duane Morris’ real estate team represent a broad range of corporate, developer, investor and individual clients in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, real estate backed financings, development and related planning, environmental and construction issues.