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Dechert Boosts Luxembourg and Pan-European Financial Services Practice with Partner Hire
November 12, 2012
Dechert News Release

International law firm Dechert LLP announced today that Patrick Goebel has joined the firm’s financial services and investment management group as a partner in Luxembourg. Goebel was previously with Allen & Overy LLP.

“We believe we have the leading financial services practice worldwide, with unrivalled strength and depth across the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. In Europe specifically, we remain unique among law firms in having a presence on the ground in London, Dublin and Luxembourg, Europe’s three key funds jurisdictions. Patrick joining us further strengthens our Luxembourg offering,” said Peter Astleford, co-head of Dechert’s global financial services practice.

Goebel advises on all types of retail and private Luxembourg investment vehicles including UCITS, private equity funds, hedge and other alternative investment funds, real estate funds and funds investing in a variety of non-financial assets. Before joining Allen & Overy Luxembourg, Goebel had been with Banque Générale du Luxembourg SA since 1999 (today BGL BNP Paribas) where his last position was as head of fund engineering within prime fund solutions.

“Patrick is a highly regarded and dynamic lawyer in the Luxembourg financial services investment funds space. I’m delighted to welcome him to the firm,” said Marc Seimetz, managing partner of Dechert Luxembourg.

His arrival is the latest in a series of partner additions and expansions for Dechert’s European financial services practice. In January 2012, the firm announced the opening of its Frankfurt office, which is headed by leading funds lawyer Achim Pütz. Two additional prominent financial services lawyers, Carsten Fischer and Benedikt Weiser, have since joined Dechert in Frankfurt.

“I am excited at the opportunity to join Dechert’s pre-eminent international investment funds practice and to be part of its growing presence in the Luxembourg market. No other firm comes close to offering a more compelling platform for my practice,” Goebel said.

Goebel has been recognized by Chambers Europe and The Legal 500 EMEA as one of Luxembourg’s best regarded lawyers for investment funds, with the former noting that he has “fantastic working relationships with the regulator and has a great appreciation of cross-border issues.”

A graduate of Université Paris IX Dauphine (Maîtrise), Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (Maîtrise in Private Law and DESS, Banking & Finance Law), Goebel is qualified to practice as a lawyer in Luxembourg. Goebel also passed level III of the CFA exam in 2006 and he is a member of the Luxembourg CFA Society.

He is fluent in English, French, German and Luxembourgish.