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Dechert Names 12 to Partnership
December 19, 2012
Dechert News Release

Dechert LLP announced today that 12 attorneys have accepted invitations to join the firm’s partnership effective January 1, 2013. The newly elected partners are Abigail Bell, Mauricio A. España, José-Manuel García Represa, Christopher Gardner, Joshua D.N. Hess, Donald C. Le Gower, Timothy Lindsay, Stewart McQueen, John Eric Podgore, Thomas A. Rayski, Amy L. Rudd and William J. Tuttle.

“We are so extraordinarily pleased to welcome 12 such dedicated attorneys into our partnership,” said Andrew J. Levander, chair of Dechert’s policy committee. “We believe in their talent and look forward to seeing their continued development not only as lawyers but also as firm leaders.”

The new partners span the firm’s international network of offices and represent the Corporate, Finance & Real Estate, Financial Services, Intellectual Property, International Dispute Resolution and Litigation groups.

“The diversity of practice areas and locations represented by this partnership class reflects our dedication to serving clients across an expanding global network,” said Dechert CEO Daniel O’Donnell. “We welcome them and are proud to call them ‘partners’ in this effort.”

Dechert’s new partners are:

Abigail Bell – Financial Services, London
Bell focuses her practice on alternative investment funds, both regulated and unregulated, including structuring and formation, restructuring, regulatory work and general corporate matters. She also advises investment funds on the use of derivatives, securities lending and repurchase arrangements, give-up arrangements, custody, brokerage and prime brokerage documentation and financing arrangements. Bell is a graduate of Newcastle University (B.A., Law with French, 1999) and Nottingham Law School (2000).

Mauricio A. España – Litigation, New York
España focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and has significant experience in white collar and securities litigation matters, including counseling clients on the FCPA, bankruptcy-related litigation, and accountant liability actions. He also advises on internal corporate investigations as well as regulatory and state attorneys general investigations and on obtaining discovery in the United States for use in foreign litigations. España is a graduate of New York University (B.A., 2000) and Fordham University School of Law (J.D., 2003).

José-Manuel García Represa – International Dispute Resolution, Paris
García Represa concentrates his practice on international commercial and investment arbitration, with a particular focus on cases involving Latin America and Spain, representing parties in contractual and treaty-based disputes involving post-M&A purchase price adjustments, joint ventures, insurance coverage, sales and distribution contracts, telecommunications, construction contracts (civil engineering) mining and oil & gas. He is a graduate of Complutense University of Madrid (2000), Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, (Law degree, 2000 and LL.M. in International Commercial Law, 2001) and Columbia Law School (LL.M., 2003 and Parker School Certificate in International Law, 2003). He is admitted to the Madrid, Paris and New York Bars.

Christopher Gardner – Financial Services, London
Gardner focuses his practice on the structuring and counseling of alternative funds across a range of strategies and asset classes, including private equity, hedge and hybrid funds (including debt funds). He also advises on the establishment of asset managers and on portfolio company corporate and commercial matters. He is a graduate of the University of Exeter (Law Degree, 1997), The College of Law, York (LPC, 1998) and the Universität des Saarlandes (1999).

Joshua D. N. Hess – Litigation, San Francisco
Hess focuses his practice on white collar and securities litigation and antitrust matters, with a particular emphasis on class action defense, internal investigations, shareholder litigation, as well as defense of civil and criminal price-fixing cases. He is a graduate of Columbia University (B.A., 1998) and Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 2001).

Donald C. Le Gower – Litigation, Philadelphia
Le Gower’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, with a particular focus on class action defense, product liability, and mass torts. His experience includes representing pharmaceutical, biotechnology, dietary supplement, tobacco, building products, and paper companies in antitrust, product liability, and consumer fraud litigation. He is a graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges (B.A., 1998) and University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 2001).

Timothy Lindsay – International Dispute Resolution, London
Lindsay represents multinational corporations, states and individuals in international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations before the leading arbitration institutions, including the ICC, LCIA, ICSID and the Permanent Court of Arbitration. He has a particular focus on BRIC and emerging markets, and has acted on disputes across a variety of industries, including telecommunications, energy, infrastructure, banking and financial services, technology, airlines, defense, primary sector, food and beverage, and construction. He is a graduate of the University of Otago (LL.B 2002).

Stewart McQueen – Finance and Real Estate, Charlotte
Stewart focuses his practice on securitization transactions, complex real estate finance and capital markets. His experience includes representing issuers, underwriters, servicers, collateral managers, b-piece buyers and investors in connection with securitization transactions, particularly CMBS and CRE CDOs; borrowers and lenders in connection with repurchase facilities, warehouse facilities and revolving credit facilities; and lenders, purchasers and sellers in connection with mortgage and mezzanine financings and loan sales. He is a graduate of Clemson University (B.S., 1996) and University of South Carolina School of Law (J.D., 2002).

John Eric Podgore – Corporate and Securities, Dubai
Podgore advises on a range of corporate transactions, focusing on energy sector and project-financed infrastructure matters in the Middle East, Africa and the former Soviet Union. He is also experienced in navigating issues of political risk associated with projects in emerging markets. He is a graduate of Princeton University (A.B., 1993) and Duke University School of Law (J.D., 1997), and he has studied at the faculties of law of both Damascus University in Syria (1993/1994) and Saint Petersburg State University in Russia (1996). He speaks fluent Arabic, Russian and French – and is currently the President of the American Business Council of Dubai & the Northern Emirates.

Thomas A. Rayski – Intellectual Property, New York
Rayski’s practice entails structuring and negotiating complex domestic and foreign transactions involving intellectual property and technology assets, including strategic collaborations, acquisitions, licenses, research and development arrangements, joint ventures, financings, and manufacturing and distribution agreements, with a particular focus on the life sciences, information technology and financial services industries. He is a graduate of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (B.S., 1992) and Rutgers School of Law – Newark (J.D., 1999).

Amy L. Rudd – Litigation, Austin
Rudd’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation matters, including general business litigation, class action defense, product liability and mass torts, and trademark and copyright matters. She also has an active appellate practice, representing clients on appellate matters in both state and federal courts. She is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin (Bachelor of Journalism, 1997) and The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 2000).

William J. Tuttle – Corporate and Securities, Washington
Tuttle focuses his practice on capital markets matters, including the representation of issuers and investment banks in public and private securities transactions. He advises clients on a range of corporate and securities issues, including corporate governance and reporting obligations and strategic mergers and acquisitions. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia (B.A., 2000) and Vanderbilt University (J.D., 2003).

About Dechert LLP
With 26 offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, Dechert LLP is an international law firm focused on corporate and securities, complex litigation and international arbitration, financial services and asset management, antitrust/competition, energy, life sciences, labor and employment, business restructuring and reorganization, intellectual property, trade and government affairs, real estate finance and tax law.