WHO WE ARE
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP was founded in 1931. We maintain a tradition of excellence in a comprehensive, modern practice that spans the Americas, Europe and Asia. Our lawyers are responsive, thoughtful, ethical and vigorous advocates with a substantive understanding of our clients’ business needs and the many marketplaces in which they compete. We have leading practices that often have a cross-border focus due to the firm’s international approach to the practice of law. Debevoise places the highest value on collaboration and interdisciplinary cooperation in order to provide clients with seamless representation across practice areas and across continents. We represent multinational, U.S. and non-U.S. industrial and commercial companies, private equity sponsors, financial institutions including insurance companies, investment companies, banks and broker-dealers, and individuals in a comprehensive range of assignments.
Our Corporate Department’s work spans the full range of general corporate, transactional and regulatory representations. Our practice includes private equity, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, leveraged finance, business restructuring and workouts, real estate, project finance, equipment finance, structured finance, asset management, intellectual property and environmental law.
We have an exceptionally strong track record advising private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, as well as clients in the technology, media and telecommunications, banking, insurance, health care and life sciences and energy industries.
Our Litigation Department handles complex matters in courts in the United States, the United Kingdom, France and elsewhere, as well as before arbitration tribunals, agencies and administrative bodies worldwide.
The Department includes Co-Chairs John S. Kiernan and Mary Beth Hogan; Michael B. Mukasey, former United States Attorney General and Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York; Lord Goldsmith QC, PC, Chair of European and Asian Litigation who served as the UK’s Attorney General; eight former Assistant U.S. Attorneys, including a former Under Secretary of the U.S. Treasury for Enforcement and a former Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; and a former Associate Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement.
We are the only law firm to have former Attorneys General of both the U.S. and the UK, as well as a Queen’s Counsel. Areas of concentration include white collar criminal defense, investigations, international dispute resolution, general commercial litigation, intellectual property, antitrust, bankruptcy, insurance industry disputes, securities litigation and products liability.
TAX & EMPLOYEE BENEFITS
Our Tax Department works closely with the firm’s corporate lawyers in structuring complex transactions. The department also focuses on tax planning and advice for business entities, high net worth individuals and exempt organizations and includes an active executive compensation and employee benefits practice.