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Debevoise Adds U.S. Litigation Partner to London Office
September 19, 2011

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP today announced the relocation of partner John B. Missing to the firm’s London office. His relocation to the UK will provide on-the-ground U.S. litigation capabilities, with particular emphasis on internal investigations and regulatory work such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) as well as representing European-based clients in US litigation and in arbitrations involving American law. The move reflects Debevoise’s expansion of its global litigation practice, and its ability to represent clients effectively in disputes wherever they may be located.

James C. Scoville, Managing Partner of the firm’s London office, said: “We are delighted to welcome John to our office and look forward to continuing to work together. John’s move continues the firm’s tradition of having a resident U.S. litigator in the London office to advise and to represent clients in real time on matters that affect their businesses around the world.”

Lord Goldsmith QC, PC, Chair of European and Asian Litigation and former UK Attorney General, said: “Our Litigation Department strives to provide service around the world to our clients. As with our expansion in Asia, having John in London will bring U.S. capabilities to a strong team of litigation partners and associates in London, and it will promote effective representation of clients based in Europe. John’s experience with the FCPA, in particular, will assist clients on what has become a hallmark of today’s regulatory environment: compliance with anti-corruption regulations. I am delighted to work with him.”

Mr. Missing said: “For years, I have represented clients in the U.S. but also in nearly every time zone with respect to US litigation and American regulatory issues. I am excited to take this unique opportunity to relocate to London so that I can continue this work on the ground in Europe and thus more closely in lock-step with my clients.”

Mr. Missing is relocating from the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, where he focused on internal investigations, often for board committees and often involving international venues, as well as SEC investigations for individuals and companies. He also has very substantial experience in securities and derivative litigation in federal and state courts and in the representation of issuers, officers, and directors in securities class actions. Among other major representations, he has represented EM Ltd, one of the largest private holders of Argentine bonds, in a series of actions to recover a $750 million judgment against Argentina, as well as the audit committee of Siemens AG, where he led the internal investigation of the company’s health care division.

Debevoise’s London office has one of the strongest and most diverse litigation and international arbitration practices in Europe. Chaired by Lord Goldsmith QC, it comprises experienced advocates with full rights of audience before the superior English courts and litigators qualified in the UK, Europe and the US. The London practice engages in complex commercial and investment treaty arbitration all over the world and has a leading practice in the field of regulation, white collar crime, securities related litigation and internal investigations, including advice on the UK Bribery Act. The strength of the London team, its ability to conduct and coordinate complex litigation across multiple jurisdictions, from initial client instructions through to advocacy before the highest appellate courts, enables it to manage and be actively involved in large scale matters and to represent some of the most prestigious clients in the world.

As further support of the firm’s global litigation strategy, Debevoise also announced today the expansion of the firm’s disputes and investigations capabilities in Asia. Partner Christopher K. Tahbaz will lead the initiative as Co-Chair of Asian Litigation from the firm’s Hong Kong and New York offices. Additionally, Lord Goldsmith QC, will regularly attend the Hong Kong office as Chair of European and Asian Litigation, so as to devote substantial time to matters in the region.

Debevoise's global litigation practice handles a broad range of complex matters in courts and before agencies, administrative bodies and arbitration tribunals worldwide. Over the last two years, Debevoise has represented approximately 850 clients in a variety of demanding engagements. In addition to Lord Goldsmith QC, Mr. Missing and Mr. Tahbaz, the Litigation Department includes the Chair, Mary Jo White, the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York; John S. Kiernan, Co-Chair of the Department; Michael B. Mukasey, former United States Attorney General and Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York; 11 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; a former Associate Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement; and a former New York State Superintendent of Insurance. Debevoise is the only law firm to have as partners former U.S. and UK Attorneys General.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is a leading international law firm, representing a wide range of clients in transactions and disputes around the world. Founded in 1931, the firm has offices in New York, Washington, D.C., London, Paris, Frankfurt, Moscow, Hong Kong and Shanghai.



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