Opened in 1987, Dechert’s Boston office houses lawyers who advise corporations and financial institutions on financial services, private funds, structured finance, intellectual property, employee benefits, executive compensation, complex commercial litigation and tax.
Financial Services and Investment Management
Dechert is a leading adviser to financial services firms, asset managers, and investment funds. Our international team advises on regulatory and compliance matters; investigations by regulatory authorities; litigation; and assistance with the formation and management of open- and closed-end funds, insurance products, offshore funds, and hedge funds. We serve as transactional counsel and handle regulatory issues in mergers and acquisitions of financial services companies. We also advise on operational integration of diversified financial institutions, tax, ERISA, executive compensation, and employee benefits matters. Dechert is consistently recognized as a top law firm for investment funds by a number of U.S., European, and Asian publications, including Chambers, Legal 500, and Best Lawyers.
Dechert private fund lawyers represent private funds and their managers on a variety of transactions, ranging from advising start-up managers operating a limited number of strategies to representing publicly traded global financial institutions and their affiliates, all of which are engaged in a variety of financial services activities and manage a broad range of products and strategies. We also have extensive experience advising managers who wish to develop their strategies within more retail-based vehicles, including exchange traded funds and UCITS.
Structured Finance and Securitization
We are one of the most active firms in the United States in issuer and underwriter representation. Our experience, depth, and size enable us to see each new structure from all perspectives--those of the issuer, underwriter, insurer, rating agency, investor, and regulator--in a way that maximizes the returns to our client. Our CLO and CDO lawyers advise on securitization, financial services, investment advisory, real estate capital markets, private equity, hedge funds, banking, tax, and ERISA. We implement strategies for clients in the U.S. and Europe to achieve specific financial objectives using cash and synthetic ABS, CRE, and CLO transactions. Dechert lawyers have negotiated, documented, and closed some of the most significant lease finance transactions in the marketplace on behalf of lenders, equity investors, lessees, and investment banks. We provide comprehensive advice both domestically and for cross-border transactions on the business, legal, tax, and accounting issues that drive these transactions.
Dechert’s international intellectual property practice focuses on litigation, counseling and transactional IP matters. We protect and defend our clients’ rights in patent, trade secret, copyright, trademark, privacy, data protection and IP-antitrust disputes in jurisdictions around the world, including the International Trade Commission. We also provide trademark and copyright counseling and prosecution services, and negotiate licensing, development, joint venture, outsourcing, consulting, and other transactions involving IP issues. In addition, we handle strategic patent counseling and patent cross-licensing to help maximize value at every stage of the life cycle of our clients’ products and patents. Comprised of lawyers who combine decades of IP experience with training in science, technology, engineering, medicine and business, our fluency in sophisticated subject matter affords our clients an advantage in the courtroom and at the negotiating table. We have been hailed as a “go-to law firm” for IP by Corporate Counsel, and our IP partners and specialty groups have received accolades from Chambers USA, Chambers UK, Legal 500, Best Lawyers in America and Benchmark Litigation.
Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
Dechert lawyers advise on employee benefits, executive compensation, and retirement plans. We help clients design cost-efficient 401(k), ESOP, and defined benefit plans; employee stock purchase plans; health, life, and disability insurance plans; and severance plans. We represent clients in all stages of benefits-related disputes, including litigation, with the IRS and the Department of Labor. Our lawyers advise on the tax and golden parachute implications of executive compensation plans, as well as related federal and state securities law, employment law, and accounting considerations.
Complex Commercial Litigation
Our complex commercial litigation practice has the multi-jurisdictional capabilities, experience, skills, and judgment to successfully guide clients through disputes arising around the world. We represent companies in complex litigation and alternative dispute resolution proceedings across a broad range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, financial services, insurance, consumer products, and communications. We aggressively represent our clients’ interests in matters relating to the significant domestic and international resolution of disputes arising out of commercial agreements, and in consumer fraud, insurance and banking litigation, false advertising, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions related claims.
Dechert’s domestic and international tax lawyers combine in-depth knowledge of their own country’s tax regimes with an understanding of the business tax systems of the major trading nations and how international transactions and structures work. We help clients structure, negotiate, and execute taxable and tax-free transactions, including domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, liquidations, restructurings, bankruptcies and workouts, international financings, and recapitalizations. We also advise on the tax aspects of securitizations, real estate finance, project finance, as well as the formation of and investment in mutual funds and offshore funds. In addition, our attorneys provide advice in connection with taxation of regulated investment companies and financial sponsors and partnership taxation.