Known for their exceptional judgment and strategic advice, Debevoise litigators regularly represent boards of directors, acquirers, target companies and special board committees in merger and acquisition litigation, partnership disputes, shareholder derivative demands and lawsuits, and in fiduciary duty litigation in state and federal courts around the country. Debevoise lawyers serve as trusted advisers to companies, individuals, boards and board committees on corporate governance matters of all kinds – and particularly for matters that require critical strategic decisions in the face of substantial economic risk or reputational exposure. Whether responding to a derivative demand, contesting a transaction or defending a deal, corporations and their boards routinely turn to Debevoise litigators for their judgment and business-savvy advice. Debevoise lawyers have an exceptional record of achieving early resolution of even the most complex and potentially costly cases – including obtaining dismissal of claims against the Federal Reserve Bank of New York challenging FRBNY’s historic $85 billion rescue of AIG in 2008, and representing the Special Committee and other independent directors of Dell in defeating requests for expedition and obtaining dismissal of 26 stockholder class actions challenging the company’s proposed $25 billion going-private transaction.
Debevoise litigators are collaborative at every level and work in close coordination with the firm's corporate lawyers to provide comprehensive, fully integrated strategic advice. Corporate governance litigation can be uniquely disruptive for companies and the individual officers and directors whose actions are challenged, but Debevoise litigators work with their clients at each step of the process to minimize that disruption and prioritize business objectives. With insight, experience, and substantive legal expertise, Debevoise’s litigators work with their colleagues and clients to achieve the best results on the full range of corporate governance matters.