John Rife Named to Future 40 List

2 May 2019

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP partner John Rife has been named by Private Equity International to its “Future 40”, a list of private equity professionals set to shape the industry over the next decade.

The list is the result of an exhaustive process by the Private Equity International team, including well over 100 nominations and suggestions from around the industry. The final list recognizes those professionals who will be at the forefront of the sector over the next ten years, playing prominent roles in shaping private equity as it continues to grow and develop.

In describing Mr. Rife, the Future 40 list quotes one peer as saying he has “a real grasp for how to make the complex legal intricacies understandable and penetrable”.

Mr. Rife is partner in Debevoise’s London office, where he advises institutional and independent sponsors of buyout, debt, secondaries, real estate, emerging markets, infrastructure and energy funds, as well as funds of funds, on a broad range of matters, including fund formation and ongoing operational matters, co-investments, carried interest arrangements and internal reorganizations. In addition, Mr. Rife regularly advises sponsors and investors on secondary transactions, including fund restructurings and other sponsor-led liquidity solutions.

Debevoise’s Private Equity Group is one of the most respected in the field. 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. It includes lawyers 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, drawing on their industry knowledge to deliver efficient, commercial, cutting-edge results. With consistently high rankings from Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500 and PEI year after year, the group has been a recognized leader for more than 35 years.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is a premier law firm with market-leading practices, a global perspective and strong New York roots. We deliver effective solutions to our clients’ most important legal challenges, applying clear commercial judgment and a distinctively collaborative approach.