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Mergers & Acquisitions

Debevoise’s mergers and acquisitions lawyers consistently lead transactions for some of the world’s most prominent corporations, financial services institutions and private equity firms. We have particularly strong experience with complex leveraged acquisitions and cross-border transactions across a wide range of industries. In 2013, we worked on approximately 100 announced or completed M&A deals with a total transaction value of more than $200 billion.

Debevoise clients receive the hands-on, personal attention of sophisticated M&A partners and ready access to the specialists required to deliver legal services efficiently. Our M&A partners have broad experience in public and private M&A and specialize in complex, multifaceted transactions. These elements — intense partner focus, a blend of practice breadth, specialization and teamwork, and a rigorous dedication to quality — define the way we handle M&A assignments.

We have more than 30 partners who focus primarily on M&A work, supported by approximately 100 counsel and associates. Our M&A lawyers have outstanding support in core related areas such as finance, tax, antitrust, intellectual property, real estate, benefits, environmental law and litigation risk management. The firm’s international presence — with offices in New York, Washington D.C., London, Frankfurt, Paris, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Moscow — gives Debevoise exceptional cross-border capabilities, as well as local law capacity in key markets.

Key Contact(s):
Paul S. Bird
Partner, New York T: +1 212 909 6435
F: +1 212 521 7435
Jeffrey J. Rosen
Partner, New York T: +1 212 909 6281
F: +1 212 909 6836
Margaret Andrews Davenport
Partner, New York T: +1 212 909 6667
F: +1 212 521 7667
Gregory V. Gooding
Partner, New York T: +1 212 909 6870
F: +1 212 521 7870
William D. Regner
Partner, New York T: +1 212 909 6698
F: +1 212 521 7698
E. Raman Bet-Mansour
Partner, London T: +33 1 40 73 12 12
F: +44 20 7588 4180
Paris T: +33 1 40 73 12 75
David Innes
Partner, London T: +44 20 7786 3003
F: +44 20 7588 4180
Antoine F. Kirry
Partner, Paris T: +33 1 40 73 12 35
F: +33 1 47 20 50 82
Dmitri V. Nikiforov
Partner, Moscow T: +7 495 139 4002
F: +7 495 956 3868
T: +7 495 956 3858
E. Drew Dutton
Partner, Hong Kong T: +852 2160 9818
F: +852 2810 9828
F: +86 21 5047 1600


“They have your back, will go the extra mile and will do everything to make you succeed.” They are “[e]xtraordinarily helpful, very knowledgeable and very creative.”


Paul S. Bird (HD Supply), Jeffrey J. Rosen (Alltel, International Paper Timberlands, NBC – Vivendi Universal), James C. Scoville (China Life Insurance) and John M. Vasily (AIG dispositions) named “Dealmakers of the Year”


“The firm has a deep understanding of our business and values. It’s full-service and creative and has global presence.”


“The team is absolutely aware of our firm and its culture. It has a heavy focus on my sector and is very, very knowledgeable.” “The team knows its clients’ objectives and knows the job is to get the clients what they want and understand their risks, and to find solutions to challenging situations and tough negotiations.”
“What we really like about Debevoise is that all the lawyers tend to be very commercial. They drive the corporate transaction by shaping the question and the dialogue.”

CHAMBERS USA 2012-2014

Clients “could not be more complimentary of the level of service.” "Its attorneys 'have deep M&A and cross-border experience and it shows on deals. They cover all their bases, and anticipate your needs before you do. Their approach to problem-solving is creative, thorough and elegant. They also staff leanly, making them excellent value for the level of service provided'.”

LEGAL 500 US 2012-2013

Ranked among the top 10 legal advisors for M&A worldwide in 2013


Ranked # 1 overall in the “10-Year A-List” survey


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