New York is the largest of Debevoise’s offices and the headquarters for the firm’s multidisciplinary, international practice. Located in midtown Manhattan, the office is home to approximately 500 lawyers concentrating in the areas of corporate, litigation and tax – often teaming with colleagues from offices in Europe and Asia, and with local counsel in Latin America, India and the Middle East, on complex cross-border matters.
Debevoise provides its clients with a deeply collaborative approach and a keen appreciation of their legal and business issues alike. As one client stated in Chambers USA, “Debevoise has a broad and deep understanding of our business. They help us manage risk, and they help us capitalize on the opportunities we develop. We view our relationship with Debevoise as a partnership between client and counsel.”
The Corporate Department’s work spans the full range of general corporate, transactional and regulatory representations. The practice includes mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, leveraged finance, business restructuring and workouts, real estate, project finance, equipment finance, structured finance, asset management, intellectual property and environmental law. The Department has an exceptionally strong track record advising private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, as well as clients in the technology, media and telecommunications, banking, insurance, health care and life sciences and energy industries.
The Litigation Department, which was named “Litigation Department of the Year” in 2014 by The American Lawyer, handles complex matters in courts in the United States and elsewhere, as well as before arbitration tribunals, agencies and administrative bodies worldwide. Areas of concentration include international dispute resolution, white collar crime and regulatory defense, internal investigations, intellectual property, general commercial litigation, securities and derivative actions, contract disputes, products liability and mass torts, antitrust, insurance disputes, bankruptcy, environmental litigation, M&A litigation, employment, professional liability, and matters involving corporate governance.
The Tax Department works closely with the firm’s corporate lawyers in structuring complex transactions. The department also focuses on tax planning and advice for business entities, high-net-worth individuals and exempt organizations and includes an active executive compensation and employee benefits practice.