Corporate & Securities
Our global corporate and securities team helps clients achieve their goals because we understand business practicalities. We advise 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. Recognized for our deep expertise in the financial services and life sciences sectors, our clients include national and multinational corporations, sovereign entities, private funds and financial institutions.
Financial Services and Investment Management
Dechert is a leading advisor to asset managers, investment funds and other financial services firms worldwide. We represent most of the world's largest asset managers. We are the only firm with lawyers based in all of the EU’s leading investment fund jurisdictions as well as numerous others throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Our international team advises on registered and private fund formation across the full range of asset classes, management company issues, regulatory and compliance matters, and other fund and management company transactional matters.
Corporations and individuals turn to Dechert lawyers to resolve domestic and international legal disputes because we approach matters from the perspective of our clients’ strategic and commercial objectives, vigorously advocating for their claims and defending their interests and reputations in an efficient manner. With a long history of successful trials, appeals, motions, verdicts and strategic settlements, Dechert is recognized as the go-to firm for some of the most challenging litigation, administrative proceedings and regulatory investigations around the world, often involving interconnected matters occurring simultaneously in multiple jurisdictions.
Finance & Real Estate
Our finance and real estate lawyers represent major industry players in buying, selling, structuring, managing and enforcing complex and highly structured and securitized commercial real estate debt assets. We also advise issuers, underwriters, collateral managers and equity investors in collateralized loan obligation transactions and in offerings of both traditional and esoteric asset-backed securities. Our U.S., UK and European team members work closely with our tax, securities, ERISA, environmental, regulatory and restructuring lawyers around the world to provide clients with full service on all aspects of a transaction.
Dechert’s IP lawyers represent companies in every aspect of intellectual property. Our approach involves partnering with clients to find business solutions that will enable them to manage, leverage and enforce their IP. We regularly develop proactive risk mitigation, rights optimization and IP enforcement strategies and defend clients against charges of patent infringement. While we work in a wide variety of fields, we focus particularly on computers and electronics, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and in the special needs of financial services companies.
International and Domestic Tax
Dechert’s international and domestic tax practice is widely recognized for offering sophisticated, creative, results-oriented counseling and representation in virtually every area of tax law. Our lawyers combine in-depth knowledge of their own country’s tax regimes with a thorough understanding of the business tax systems of the major trading nations and the ramifications for international and domestic transactions and structures. We also advise our domestic clients in connection with the special federal income tax rules of cross-border transactions.
Dechert’s antitrust/competition lawyers are a go-to team for cutting-edge mergers as well as a destination practice for difficult antitrust litigation. We offer practical solutions and strategic counsel for derailing class actions, litigating monopolization and other complex cases, responding to criminal and civil investigations, and securing antitrust compliance. With lawyers in key global business and legal centers, Dechert is well positioned to service clients wherever their antitrust/competition issues arise. Our areas of deep specialism make us a repository for the industry experience that supports our delivery of sound commercial advice to the world’s leading companies.
Business Restructuring and Organization
Dechert is known for our ability to assess both the legal and economic challenges presented by complex restructuring and bankruptcy matters and craft creative solutions to achieve our clients’ goals. Our lawyers are adept at highly-sophisticated bankruptcy issues and often advise on precedent-setting matters. We serve all parties of interest in corporate restructuring transactions, distressed mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy planning and litigation. 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, as well as fraud and distressed financial products.
Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
Dechert provides comprehensive employee benefits and executive compensation services, including planning, designing and implementing programs for clients that range from large multinational corporations to high-technology start-ups. Our lawyers offer a broad range of services including advice on plan structure, implementation and administration, mergers and acquisitions, fringe benefit arrangements, stock-based incentive plans, health and welfare plans, equity-based compensation and employee retention. Additionally, our experience extends to a wide variety of complex regulatory compliance issues, which continue to proliferate in the U.S. and internationally.