Debevoise is committed to serving its clients through excellence in lawyering, and has received numerous accolades recognizing this commitment and the firm’s market prominence. Below are some of the recent recognitions and awards we received.
The American Lawyer
A History of Dealmakers of the Year
- 2017: Erica Berthou for her role in advising GSO Capital Partners with the formation of its third mezzanine fund, GSO Capital Opportunities Fund III at $6.5 billion, making it one of the world’s largest mezzanine funds.
- 2016: Natasha Labovitz for her role in advising Altegrity Inc. in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
- 2014: Steven J. Slutzky for his role in advising Verizon Communications Inc. in its $49 nbsp;billion bond offering, the largest-ever corporate bond issue.
- 2011: John M. Vasily for his role in advising American International Group, Inc. (AIG) and AIA Group Limited (AIA) in AIG’s disposition of AIA, culminating in AIA’s initial public offering and listing on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited.
- 2009: Jeffrey J. Rosen for his role in advising Verizon Wireless Inc. in its $28.1 billion acquisition of Alltel Corporation.
- 2008: Paul S. Bird for his role in advising Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, The Carlyle Group and Bain Capital Partners in their $8.5 billion acquisition of HD Supply, The Home Depot’s wholesale distribution business.
- 2007: Jeffrey J. Rosen for his role in advising International Paper on the $6.6 billion sale of 5.7 million acres of U.S. timberland.
- 2006: Franci J. Blassberg for her role in advising Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, Inc., The Carlyle Group and Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity in their acquisition of The Hertz Corporation for $15 billion.
- 2004: Jeffrey J. Rosen for his role in advising General Electric and NBC in their $14 billion acquisition of Vivendi Universal Entertainment.
- 2004: James C. Scoville for his role in advising China Life Insurance Company on its $3 billion global initial public offering.
The American Lawyer Global Legal Award Winner
- For advising Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in its acquisition of GE Capital’s sponsor lending business for $12 billion.
- Obtaining payment in full for EM Ltd.—over $849 million—against Argentina in the long-running litigation over the country’s 2001 default.
- For advising Opportunity International in its sale of a majority stake in Kinshasa, a microfinance institution operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to VisionFund International.
In 2014, Debevoise was a first-prize winner in connection with the firm’s representation of Verizon, in its acquisition of Vodafone Group’s 45% stake in Verizon Wireless for $130 billion and a first prize winner in connection with the firm’s representation of Eutelsat Communications in its acquisition of Satélites Mexicanos for $1.1 billion.
#1 on the American Lawyer’s “10-Year A-List”
We have been named on the A-list every year since its inception and ranked #1 for pro bono. The A-list measures the performance of Am Law 200 firms in revenue per lawyer, pro bono, associate satisfaction, and diversity.
2014 American Lawyer Litigation Department of the Year
Identified as having demonstrated the most impressive litigation accomplishments of any U.S.-based law firm over the previous two years.
Chambers & Partners
Chambers USA Awards for Excellence
- 2015 winner for the “Intellectual Property Team of the Year.”
- 2014 winner for both “Insurance (Industry) Team of the Year” and “Tax Team of the Year.”
2015 Chambers Latin America Awards for Excellence
For the third time in four years, Debevoise received the “International Counsel in Latin America” Award for International Arbitration.
2015 Chambers USA Women in Law Awards
Mary Beth Hogan was named “Lawyer of the Year (Private Practice)” for gender diversity leadership in the profession by Chambers & Partners, as part of the 2015 Chambers USA Women in Law Awards.
2014 Chambers USA Women in Law Awards
Catherine M. Amirfar named “Pro Bono: Private Practice Lawyer of the Year.”
The Legal 500
2015 Corporate Crime Firm of the Year
Debevoise was named “Firm of the Year” by The Legal 500 UK for corporate crime (including fraud, bribery and corruption).
2015 and 2014 Financial Services Team of the Year
For the second consecutive year, Debevoise was selected for “cutting edge and innovative advice” as part of the inaugural The Legal 500 United States Awards.
Best of the Best - Expert Guides
In 2016, Debevoise partners Donald Francis Donovan, Michael P. Harrell and Andrew M. Ostrognai were all named in the biannual Best of the Best list, published by Expert Guides. The list showcases the top 30 lawyers around the world in 15 separate practice areas.
Benchmark Litigation International Arbitration Firm of the Year for 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Partner Mark W. Friedman Named 2017 and 2016 International Arbitration Attorney of the Year by Benchmark Litigation.
Managing Intellectual Property
Milestone Case of the Year: U.S. Supreme Court
Managing Intellectual Property recognized Debevoise in the 2015 “Milestone Case of the Year: U.S. Supreme Court” category for the firm’s work in American Broadcasting Cos. v. Aereo.
2017 Law Firm of the Year
Debevoise was named a 2017 Law Firm of the Year for Trademark Contentious in the Northeast.
Private Equity International
2016 Secondaries Deal of the Year EMEA
Debevoise advised HarbourVest Partners in its £806.6 million acquisition of the investment portfolio of SVG Capital, a publicly listed investment fund. The acquisition followed an initial £1,015 million takeover offer by HarbourVest Partners for SVG Capital.
2015 Law Firm of the Year
Debevoise was named “Law Firm of the Year (Transactions)” in North America.
2014 Law Firm of the Year
Debevoise was named “Law Firm of the Year (Transactions)” in North America and “Law Firm of the Year (Fund Formation)” in Asia at the Private Equity International Awards.
AVCI Private Equity and Venture Capital Awards
Debevoise advised on the “Fundraising of the Year–Large Cap” at the 2015 AVCJ Private Equity and Venture Capital Awards. Baring Asia Private Equity Fund VI, which was heavily oversubscribed, held its third and final close on February 24, 2015 with $3.98 billion in commitments. It is believed to be the largest private equity fund ever raised by an Asia-based manager.
Global Arbitration Review
Named among the GAR 30
A list recognizing the world’s busiest international arbitration practices.
2014 and 2015 World Trademark Review 1000
Debevoise received several top-tier (“gold”) rankings for 2014 and 2015: overall in the U.S. and in the “Enforcement and Litigation” category in New York. Partner David H. Bernstein and former partner Bruce P. Keller are ranked in the top tier nationally and in the top tier in New York in 2014 and 2015 for “Enforcement and Litigation.”
Two Debevoise Practices Named "Practice Group of the Year" by Law360 in 2016
Law360 named Debevoise’s Private Equity and Insurance Groups among Law360’s “Practice Groups of the Year.”
Four Debevoise Partners Recognized as 2016 MVPs by Law360
Law360 named Erica Berthou, Shannon Selden, Greg Lyons and Kevin Rinker as “2016 MVPs.” Erica Berthou and Shannon Selden won in the asset management category; Greg Lyons was selected in the banking category; and Kevin Rinker was chosen in the private equity category.
Five-Time Pro Bono Firm of the Year
Debevoise was named one of Law360’s “Pro Bono Firms of the Year” for the fifth consecutive year in 2016.
Four Debevoise Practices Named "Practice Group of the Year" by Law360 in 2015
Law360 named Debevoise’s Business Restructuring & Workouts, Healthcare, Intellectual Property and Mergers & Acquisitions Groups among Law360’s “Practice Groups of the Year.”
Four Debevoise Partners Recognized as 2015 MVPs by Law360
Law360 named Michael Diz, Jeremy Feigelson, Peter Furci and Natasha Labovitz as “2015 MVPs” in the Telecommunications, Privacy, Tax and Bankruptcy categories, respectively.
Five Debevoise Partners Named "Rising Stars" by Law360 in 2014 and 2015
Alexander R. Cochran, Sally Gibson and Alyona N. Kucher were named “2015 Rising Stars” in the insurance, private equity and real estate categories, respectively. Erica Berthou and Michael A. Diz were named “2014 Rising Stars” in the Private Equity, Mergers & Acquisitions and Energy categories, respectively.
National Law Journal
Intellectual Property Hot List 2015 and 2016
Debevoise was named to The National Law Journal’s 2015 and 2016 “Intellectual Property Hot List.”
ADR Champions Trailblazer 2015
David W. Rivkin was named an ADR Champions “Trailblazer” in 2015.
Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Trailblazer 2015
Jeremy Feigelson was named a Cybersecurity & Data Privacy “Trailblazer” in 2015.
Litigation Trailblazer 2015
David W. Rivkin was named a Litigation “Trailblazer” in 2015.
White Collar Trailblazer 2015
Bruce E. Yannett was named a White Collar “Trailblazer” in 2015.
Intellectual Property Trailblazer & Pioneer 2014
David H. Bernstein was named as an Intellectual Property “Trailblazer.”
New York Law Journal
Lawyers Who Lead by Example
Counsel Wendy B. Reilly was among the 2015 “Lawyers Who Lead” in the Pro Bono category for her “outstanding record of providing crucial legal services to poor or nearly poor New Yorkers.”
Partner John S. Kiernan, Co-Chair of the Litigation department and former Chair of Debevoise’s Pro Bono Committee, was honored as one of the 2014 “Lawyers Who Lead by Example” for pro bono work.
David Grosgold and Natalie L. Reid were named “Rising Stars” for 2015, Michael A. Diz was named a 2014 “Rising Star,” and Erica Berthou, Andrew M. Levine, and Catherine M. Amirfar were also named “Rising Stars” in the inaugural 2013 feature.
Turnarounds & Workouts
Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyer 2016
Counsel Christopher Updike has been named an “Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyer” for 2016 by Turnarounds & Workouts.
Most Successful Restructurings of 2015
Debevoise was recognized for its role as debtor’s counsel to Altegrity, Inc. in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which Turnarounds & Workouts has named a “Successful Restructuring – 2015,” as well as one of the “Largest Bankruptcy Filings–2015."
Outstanding Restructuring Lawyer 2015
For the second consecutive year, M. Natasha Labovitz, corporate partner and Co-Chair of Debevoise’s Business Restructuring & Workouts Group, was named an “Outstanding Restructuring Lawyer” by Turnarounds & Workouts.
Financial News’ 40 Under 40
Sally Gibson was named by Financial News to its annual 2016 “40 Under 40” list, recognizing the stars of the financial legal profession.
Project Finance International
A Debevoise financing transaction, in which the firm represented Footprint Power in the debt and equity financing of the Salem Harbor Power Station development project, won the Project Finance International 2015 Power Deal of the Year of the Americas.
Asian Legal Business Hong Kong Law Award
Debevoise was named 2015 Investment Funds Law Firm of the Year in the Asian Legal Business Hong Kong Law Awards.
Sanctuary for Families
Debevoise was recognized by Sanctuary for Families with a 2015 “Above & Beyond Pro Bono Achievement Award.
One of the 50 Best Law Firms for Women
Named one of the 2016 Working Mother & Flex-Time Lawyers’ “50 Best Law Firms for Women.” Debevoise is one of only five New York firms listed and is the only New York firm to have made the list in each of the nine years it has been compiled.
Named One of the Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality
In 2016, Debevoise was awarded a perfect score once again by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI) in its annual ranking of LGBT employment policies, designating the firm one of the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality” for the eighth consecutive year.
Euromoney’s Women in Business Law Awards
Partner Erica Berthou was named “Rising Star: Corporate” and Debevoise was named “Best National Firm for Work-Life Balance” in 2015.
Profiles in Diversity Journal’s Women Worth Watching
Partners Erica Berthou and Mary Beth Hogan were featured in Profiles in Diversity Journal’s “Women Worth Watching” issue in 2014 and 2013, respectively.
The Lawyer’s Hot 100
Sally Gibson, a London-based partner at Debevoise, was named to the “Hot 100,” 2016 by The Lawyer magazine.
Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business
Jasmine Ball was named a 2015 recipient of the “Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business” awards.
Global Investigations Review’s 2014 40 Under 40
Andrew M. Levine was named to GIR’s first-ever list of the world’s leading investigations lawyers under the age of 40.
The Asian Lawyer All-Stars
Two partners from Debevoise’s Hong Kong office, Andrew M. Ostrognai and Drew Dutton, currently in our New York office, were named “Individual All-Stars” by The Asian Lawyer as part of its inaugural All-Star Awards feature.
Most Influential Private Equity Lawyers Under 40
Jonathan Adler and Sally Gibson were named among the most influential private equity lawyers under 40 by Private Funds Management.
Securities Docket’s Enforcement 40
Partner Jonathan R. Tuttle was named to Securities Docket’s inaugural “Enforcement 40,” a list of the 40 leading securities enforcement defense attorneys in the industry.