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Our corporate and securities team helps clients achieve their goals in the entire range of corporate and general business law matters. We advise on corporate finance and capital markets transactions, including initial and other public offerings and private placements of debt and equity; leveraged finance transactions and debt restructurings; domestic and international mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures; private equity, including fund formation, private equity investments, and portfolio company transactions; and securities compliance, corporate governance, and general corporate matters. Our clients include national and multinational corporations, financial sponsors, regulated investment companies, and investment banking firms.

Our team earns top rankings in the most prominent league tables, and our practices have been top-ranked by leading legal directories, including Chambers and The Legal 500. In a recent edition of Chambers USA, clients and peers recognized Dechert as a “’first-class law firm’ and a “leader in the corporate, M&A and private equity field, headlining cutting-edge, sophisticated transactions for a variety of high-profile clients.”

Corporate Finance and Capital Markets

Top ranked by Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg, Chambers, and The Legal 500, our corporate finance and capital markets group structures and implements complex financial transactions worldwide, including in the United States, Europe, the CIS region, the Middle East and North Africa, Latin America and Asia. We regularly represent corporate and sovereign issuers, underwriters, financial sponsors, investors and selling shareholders in all types of public and private debt, equity, equity-linked and other securities offerings. We advise clients across a wide range of industries and draw on the experience of lawyers in related practice groups throughout the firm to help clients achieve their business goals.

Leveraged Finance

With leveraged finance lawyers around the globe, Dechert advises clients in a wide range of leveraged finance transactions and debt restructurings. Recognized by The Legal 500 as one of the top law firms for Bank Lending in the United States and for Banking and Finance throughout Europe, we have significant experience advising borrowers, lenders, issuers, equity investors, sponsors, financial advisors, and agents in all layers of the capital structure, including senior credit facilities, first lien/second lien financings, subordinated/mezzanine debt, structured equity, workouts/restructurings, recapitalizations, Rule 144A and Regulation S offerings.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Ranked among the top M&A law firms in the most prominent league tables, we represent buyers, sellers, and advisers in planning, negotiating, and executing mergers and acquisitions around the globe. Whether the deal is domestic or international, public or private, negotiated or hostile, worth millions or billions of dollars, our M&A team’s commitment to achieving our clients’ business imperatives remains consistent: structure financeable deals, focus on speed-to-market execution, and protect our clients’ interests in all phases of the transaction.

Our lawyers advise clients engaged in mergers, tender and exchange offers, leveraged buyouts, cross-border transactions, going-private transactions, strategic alliances, collaborations and joint ventures, acquisitions, divestitures, proxy contests, and special committee assignments.

Private Equity

Dechert lawyers know the private equity business intimately, and advise clients at every phase of the investment lifecycle. Private equity investors around the world rely on our global team to provide creative solutions to the most complex issues in evaluating, structuring, negotiating, and consummating private equity transactions.

Our goal is to attain our clients’ objectives, which may mean speeding investments, handling risk allocation provisions, arranging optimal bid packages, conducting due diligence and contract negotiations, and getting the best terms for buyers and sellers in competitive auctions.

Our fund formation clients benefit from our knowledge of the current state of deal terms, conditions and other innovations; our advice on regulatory and governance issues and tax-efficient structures; and our contribution to capital raising techniques.

Dechert also has substantial experience representing the portfolio companies of our private equity clients in a variety of transactions, including add-on acquisitions, initial public offerings, recapitalizations, dispositions, spin-offs, and institutional and bank financings.

Securities Compliance and Corporate Governance

We are experienced in the complex regulatory environment critical to public companies and investment banks, and serve as outside general counsel to many public companies. We advise on regulatory and compliance matters regulated by the U.S. SEC, stock exchanges, and FINRA. We also advise on compliance matters involving the Financial Services Authority in the United Kingdom, the United Kingdom Listing Authority and the London Stock Exchange as well as the regulatory authorities in leading financial centers. Many Dechert partners are former SEC regulators, and accordingly, we are able to advise clients with the perspective and credibility that comes from having been in the shoes of government decision makers.

Our lawyers routinely counsel clients on both sensitive and routine disclosure matters in connection with their regular reporting obligations and securities offerings under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 and the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934. We also regularly advise investment companies, advisers, and broker-dealers on matters involving the Investment Company Act of 1940 and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. We develop, implement, and monitor regulatory compliance programs for clients and conduct mock regulatory inspections and examinations for regulated entities (e.g., investment companies, investment advisers, and broker-dealers). In addition, we assist clients in developing codes of ethics, and policies and procedures for issues such as managing records and insider trading, among others.