Dechert’s global team of litigators, arbitrators and mediators represent clients in a wide range of disputes, from cross-border matters occurring in multiple jurisdictions and international arbitrations to complex commercial litigation cases and criminal proceedings.
Areas of Focus
Our international antitrust/competition team handles contested mergers, cartel and criminal investigations, class action litigation, and cases at the intersection of intellectual property and antitrust law. We routinely defend against government and private party actions, advise on strategies for merger clearance and take offensive measures to challenge the actions of competitors.
Complex Commercial Litigation
Recognized as a go-to firm for the biggest, toughest cases, particularly multi-district cases and class actions, Dechert represents a range of industries in complex litigation proceedings related to commercial agreements, consumer fraud, insurance and banking, false advertising, corporate governance and M&A-related claims. Our litigators are renowned for devising litigation strategy, managing virtual law firms, facilitating pre-trial resolutions to commercial disputes, defeating class certification, managing e-discovery, obtaining summary judgments or voluntary dismissal of claims, negotiating favorable settlements and prevailing at trial.
Dechert’s intellectual property group combines innovative, practical advice with aggressive courtroom representation. Recognized as a global leader in IP litigation, we focus on large-scale patent, trade secret, trademark, copyright and IP-antitrust disputes. Our team’s high degree of technological and scientific sophistication helps clients protect and maximize the value of their IP assets.
International Litigation and Arbitration
When clients wish to avoid the cost and publicity associated with litigation, we readily employ alternative dispute resolution mechanisms to serve their best interests. Our international arbitration team has significant experience resolving contentious issues in both domestic and cross-border business. We have acted as counsel under all major arbitration rules and in proceedings with a vast range of governing laws and venues. Our lawyers advise clients on all sides of the table, representing states and state entities, majority and minority shareholders in joint ventures, multinational corporations, medium-sized companies and individuals.
Dechert’s multilingual team possesses detailed knowledge of arbitration institutions, rules, regulations and practices, drawing on extensive experience as both arbitrators and counsel. We regularly handle international disputes under the laws of dozens of different countries and are adept at evaluating the interplay of applicable laws, sovereign immunity, international treaties and their impact on the outcome of matters and the enforcement of awards. This understanding can provide a critical advantage when a firm grasp of the complex interplay between international treaties and regional arbitration laws, or a familiarity with local rules and practices, is required.
Labor and Employment
Dechert represents international and domestic corporations in virtually every industry in the full range of employment matters. We help develop global human resources policies, deal with the cross border aspects of corporate transactions, assist in the management of restructurings and handle complex disputes and litigation across multiple jurisdictions. We litigate matters in court, agency and arbitration forums in both the United States and Europe, and provide practical advice to avoid litigation and comply with the myriad of laws that impact the workplace.
Our global team works closely with human resources and in-house legal teams to ensure the effective management of all aspects of the employment relationship and related individual and collective employment issues. We provide support on non-contentious and contentious labor and employment matters to employers seeking to increase workplace efficiency, streamline operations, improve employee relations, and minimize the risks of employee litigation. Companies rely on us to review and develop policies, practices and documentation to prevent employment disputes from arising and to protect confidential information, intellectual property and client relationships.
White Collar and Securities Litigation
Dechert advises and defends companies and individuals facing allegations of financial and business-related misconduct, and facilitates the discreet handling of enforcement investigations originating either internally or from a regulatory or governmental entity. We are experienced in nearly all substantive areas, including accounting irregularities, antitrust, bank and financial fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and UK Bribery Act violations, government contract fraud, insider trading, money laundering, RICO, securities fraud, stock market manipulation and tax fraud. We also proactively assist companies in designing, implementing and enforcing effective regulatory compliance programs.
Our nationally recognized securities litigation team advises and represents companies, their officers and directors in securities litigation class actions, shareholder derivative suits, mutual fund litigation, M&A litigation, banking and financial institution litigation, broker-dealer disputes, internal investigations and SEC and other regulatory proceedings. Our extensive litigation experience and deep understanding of the securities laws allow us to provide creative and effective defenses for our clients, and we have an extremely high success rate in defeating such claims at the initial pleading stages.