“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.”
—CHAMBERS USA, 2013
WHO WE ARE
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP was founded in 1931 with the goal of offering sophisticated legal services. We maintain this tradition of seeking excellence in a comprehensive, modern practice that spans the Americas, Europe and Asia. Our lawyers are responsive, thoughtful, ethical and vigorous advocates with a substantive understanding of our clients’ business needs and the many marketplaces in which they compete. We have leading practices that often have a cross border focus due to the firm’s international approach to the practice of law. Debevoise places the highest value on collaboration and interdisciplinary cooperation in order to provide clients with seamless representation across practice areas and across continents. We represent multinational, U.S. and non-U.S. industrial and commercial companies, private equity sponsors, financial institutions including insurance companies, investment companies, banks and broker-dealers, and individuals in a comprehensive range of assignments.
Our Corporate Department’s work spans the full range of general corporate, transactional and regulatory representations. Our 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.
We have an exceptionally strong track record advising private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, as well as clients in the media and telecommunications, banking, insurance, health care and life sciences and energy industries.
Our Litigation Department handles complex matters in courts in the United States, the United Kingdom, France and elsewhere, as well as before arbitration tribunals, agencies and administrative bodies worldwide.
The Department includes Co-Chairs John S. Kiernan and Mary Beth Hogan; Michael B. Mukasey, former United States Attorney General and Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York; Lord (Peter) Goldsmith QC, PC, the European and Asian Chair of Litigation who served as the UK’s Attorney General; eight former Assistant U.S. Attorneys, including a former Under Secretary of the U.S. Treasury for Enforcement and a former Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; and a former Associate Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement.
We are the only law firm to include former Attorneys General of both the U.S. and the UK, as well as a Queen’s Counsel. Areas of concentration include securities litigation, white collar crime, investigations, antitrust, bankruptcy, general commercial litigation, international dispute resolution, insurance industry disputes, intellectual property and media, and products liability.
TAX & EMPLOYEE BENEFITS
Our 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.
OUR GLOBAL PRESENCE
New York is the largest of Debevoise’s offices and the headquarters for the firm’s multi-disciplined, international practice. The office is home to more than 450 lawyers concentrating in corporate, litigation and tax law—often teaming with colleagues from our offices in Europe and Asia, and with our local counsel in Latin America, India and the Middle East, on complex cross-border matters.
Our Washington, DC office has approximately 30 lawyers who concentrate on securities regulation and enforcement, white collar crime and commercial litigation, regulatory and transactional work for industrial and financial institutions, and international telecommunications and intellectual property matters.
Debevoise has been active in Latin America for nearly 50 years and over the past decade has worked on hundreds of completed transactions in the region, including some of the largest and most challenging projects. The firm is a recognized leader among international law firms active in Latin America. Our recent work in the Latin American private equity/fund formation, project finance, media and financial service sectors, as well as our litigation and arbitration practice in the region, has further solidified our reputation. The firm’s client base includes many of the most prominent companies and families in Latin America as well as multinational corporations and private equity funds investing in the region.
Debevoise’s London office has approximately 90 lawyers. Its practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, financings and private equity, as well as general corporate and tax matters. It has a strong international arbitration and litigation team.
Our Paris office has approximately 25 lawyers. Its practice includes domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, financings and private equity, as well as EU competition law, general corporate and tax matters and international arbitration.
Our Frankfurt office has more than 10 lawyers. The practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, capital markets transactions, financings and private equity, as well as general corporate and tax matters.
Our Moscow office has more than 25 lawyers who focus on capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions, natural resource projects, financings, as well as general corporate and tax matters.
Our Hong Kong and Shanghai offices, with over 20 lawyers, are active throughout China and the Asia-Pacific region.
Our corporate team in Asia handles cross-border investments, formation and deployment of private equity funds, telecommunications and other joint ventures, US securities offerings and general corporate counseling.
Our litigation and arbitration team in Asia handles international dispute resolution, litigation, white collar and internal investigations matters.
Our lawyers in Asia represent multi-national companies, private equity sponsors and other investment funds in a broad range of strategic and financial investments throughout Asia.
WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT US
“The firm has a deep understanding of our business and values. It's full-service and creative and has global presence.”
—CHAMBERS GLOBAL, 2012
“The firm inspires nothing but respect - it’s hard to point to any weaknesses.”
—CHAMBERS LATIN AMERICA, 2012
Named Best Law Firm (Transactions) in Asia.
—PRIVATE EQUITY INTERNATIONAL, 2011
“They really are a true partnership; they really believe that a client of the firm is a client of the whole firm, so other partners are able to step in and handle the matter in a seamless way.”
—CHAMBERS USA, 2013
Ranked # 1 overall in the “10-Year A-List” survey
—THE AMERICAN LAWYER, 2013
American International Group
Bank of New York Mellon
The Capital Group
The Carlyle Group
The Coca-Cola Company
Central European Media Enterprises
Clayton Dubilier & Rice
Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineração
Companhia de Bebidas das Américas - AmBev
Delta Air Lines
Dolan Family/Cablevision Systems/Madison Square Garden/AMC Networks
Gaz de France
General Electric Company
Johnson & Johnson
Kelso & Company
LVMH Moët Hennessy - Louis Vuitton
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
The National Football League
The National Hockey League
New York Life Insurance Company
Oaktree Capital Management
Providence Equity Partners
Stone Point Capital
Universal Music Group
Warner Music Group
Yves Saint Laurent