Dechert lawyers in our Hartford office represent institutional real estate clients, including lenders, pension fund advisers, and loan servicers relating to the real estate aspects of corporate transactions.
Dechert appellate lawyers routinely represent clients before the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Courts of Appeals, and state appellate courts and bring distinguished experience and skills to the particular challenges of appellate advocacy. Our attorneys and alumni include a former Assistant Solicitor General of the United States, a former Assistant Attorney General and a Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel, and a former Chief of the Appellate Unit for the U.S. Attorney’s Office the Southern District of New York. More than 30 Dechert lawyers have served as law clerks for federal and state appellate judges, including three former United States Supreme Court clerks and clerks from many federal courts of appeals and state supreme courts.
Bankruptcy, Business Restructuring and Reorganization
Our attorneys represent distressed companies, buyers of distressed assets, investors in debt, equity holders, and creditors and provides guidance to enable clients to obtain maximum value in the context of corporate restructuring and insolvency. Our lawyers help clients with diverse interests in the insolvency process to achieve their specific financial and business goals, including preserving value, capitalizing on investment opportunities, managing complex restructurings, and protecting their rights. We serve as powerful advocates at every phase of the insolvency and corporate recovery lifecycle, from the early stages where preventing bankruptcy is the primary objective, through negotiations among stakeholders with competing interests, to the strategic use of litigation as necessary. We respond to our clients’ needs for expediency while maximizing their recovery during the restructuring.
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.
Structured Finance and Securitization
Lawyers in our Hartford office represent institutional real estate clients, including lenders, pension fund advisers, and loan servicers relating to the real estate aspects of corporate transactions. Historically, the commercial real estate loans we originated for our clients were some of the largest in the marketplace and were structured to be split and sold to dozens of investors. These financial instruments included whole mortgage loans; senior, subordinate and pari passu notes and participations; mezzanine loans (including senior/subordinate/pari passu mezzanine notes and participations); preferred equity; syndicated loans; commercial mortgage backed securities and commercial real estate collateralized debt obligations. As the real estate market has deteriorated, our clients depend on our deep knowledge of these complex transactions to workout and restructure complicated deals. Dechert is one of the world’s leading firms in securitization and investment management. We are well positioned to guide our clients through the business considerations, regulatory constraints, and tax implications of the structures that best meet their needs.