Private Equity

At the Cutting Edge in Private Equity


The Debevoise Private Equity Group continues to lead the field, in an industry it has helped shape for decades.

By any measure, the Debevoise Private Equity Group is one of the most respected in the field, in the U.S. and throughout the world. It brings a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to deal after deal – an approach that addresses each facet and each issue with sharp focus, specialized technology and deep industry experience. With consistently high rankings from Chambers Global, Chambers USA, The Legal 500 and PEI year after year, the group has been a recognized leader for more than 35 years.

The Private Equity practice includes specialized groups skilled in fund formation and investment management, buyouts and other equity and debt investments, finance, securities and capital markets, tax, and management compensation and employee benefits. Each group approaches its work with a distinctive private equity focus. And the practice as a whole also draws on the firm’s industry specialists to deliver efficient, commercial, cutting-edge results.

The practice’s scope and focus make it extraordinarily market wise. A proprietary database assembled over decades of sponsor-side and buy-side fund formation work allows Debevoise lawyers to track fund terms and investors’ records and requirements. And a constantly updated global survey of securities and investment management laws that affect private equity funds in over 60 jurisdictions keeps Debevoise funds lawyers on top of the global regulatory environment.

Similarly, systematic surveys of key deal terms and documents help the firm’s M&A and finance teams pinpoint market moves and ensure clients have the best and most up-to-date advice.

In addition, the team is constantly innovating – numerous practices now commonplace in fund documents, private equity financing arrangements and M&A agreements were pioneered by Debevoise private equity lawyers.

More than 200 lawyers work within the Group in Debevoise offices around the world, making it one of the few truly global private equity practices. Teams are lean and efficient, and can be tailored to the culture, strategy and risk profile of individual clients.

The Debevoise Private Equity Group brings together the full experience and resources of all relevant practices, and those of the entire firm. A unique culture of collaboration enables a seamless presence at every stage of the private equity lifecycle, for clients in any location.