Debevoise litigators regularly represent clients in the investment management industry on their most complex and challenging matters, in the United States and internationally. Clients include many of the most recognized private equity and hedge funds and their principals and portfolio companies; the independent trustees of some of the world’s leading registered fund complexes; and a significant number of the largest multi-strategy alternative asset firms.
The Debevoise Litigation practice is one of the strongest and most diverse in the industry, and is stacked with broad-gauged litigators known for their judgment, business savvy and strategic advice. For investment management clients, Debevoise litigators bring a deep knowledge of the industry and substantive legal expertise to each matter – from complex commercial disputes, to internal investigations, to investigations and enforcement actions brought by DOJ, the SEC, the CFTC and State Attorneys General, to day-to-day challenges where litigation advice can make a strategic difference. On behalf of investment management clients the group handles disputes across a range of disciplines, including alleged securities fraud, insider trading and pay-to-play claims; contract disputes; derivative suits and class actions; employment disputes; corporate governance issues; and FCPA, UK Bribery Act and other anti-corruption compliance matters. They also frequently advise investment management firms on their pre-SEC examination preparation and compliance.
The team also acts as counsel to broker-dealers, finance companies, investment banks, pension funds, commercial banks and insurance companies – and to their officers and directors – in civil, regulatory and criminal cases and investigations relating to their investment management businesses. Litigators in the Investment Management practice group are highly collaborative and work closely with corporate and litigation colleagues across the firm, including in particular the firm’s market-leading private equity, funds, and white collar & regulatory defense practices. With rare discipline, insight and judgment, Debevoise litigators consistently work with and for clients in the investment management industry to achieve outstanding results on their toughest matters.