Dechert lawyers in San Francisco practice in the firm's finance and real estate, financial services, litigation, and intellectual property groups.
Finance and Real Estate
Dechert's nationally recognized finance and real estate group is consistently ranked at the top of the key industry league tables for the number and complexity of their deals. Dechert California finance and real estate lawyers are particularly well known for their work in: resolving issues relating to distressed commercial real estate assets including workout and restructuring transactions, bankruptcies and enforcement proceedings; advising CMBS master servicers and special servicers in connection with performing, distressed and defaulted securitized commercial real estate loans; forming investment funds to invest in commercial real estate debt and equity; originating, acquiring and disposing of the largest and most complex commercial real estate loans; financing commercial real estate debt purchases through warehouse facilities, repurchase agreements, secured credit facilities, and subscription lines as well as restructuring warehouse facilities, repurchase agreements, secured credit facilities, and subscription lines used to finance debt purchases; and advising senior executives on corporate strategy, including participating in, and the effect of, government programs to address the financial markets.
In each case these transactions are among the most complex financing structures in the market. Typically, the commercial real estate loans in our transactions are also some of the largest in the market. Workouts and restructurings of these complex transactions require special skills that are not widely held. These financial instruments include 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.
Few firms, if any, maintain top practices in servicing and workouts/restructuring, loan acquisition and disposition, loan origination, and rating agency representation – Dechert’s California finance and real estate group maintains a top practice in each of these areas.
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 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.
Dechert has one of the top antitrust practices in the United States, according to leading referral guides such as Chambers, The Legal 500, and Benchmark Litigation. Our commitment to client service is founded upon bringing a strategic focus to high stakes litigation, structuring and securing timely government agency review of complex business combinations, defending against sensitive criminal investigations, and resolving other government antitrust investigations. We make it a point to know the markets in which our clients operate and pride ourselves on pragmatic business resolutions to what others view as intractable legal problems. With a growing presence in Europe, and an acknowledged reputation for handling multijurisdictional cases, Dechert is the source for the most sophisticated antitrust representation.
Securities Litigation and Enforcement
Dechert's securities litigation lawyers defend clients in complex, high-risk litigation. We represent clients in securities litigation, securities enforcement matters, corporate governance, fiduciary, mergers and acquisitions, and banking and financial institution litigation. Our clients include public and private corporations, private equity funds, officers and directors, special committees, and professional service firms. Dechert is one of a handful of national law firms with a long-standing practice in securities enforcement. Many of our lawyers have held senior positions at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, U.S. Department of Justice, and other relevant agencies. Hence, when we advocate on behalf of our clients, we do so with the perspective and credibility that comes from having been in the shoes of the government decision-makers.
Product Liability and Mass Torts
Dechert is a national and international leader in product liability and mass tort defense. Our practice focuses both on helping clients avoid mass tort exposure and on defending them when litigation hits. Much of Dechert's work involves prescription drugs and devices, biologics, chemicals, and toxic substances emissions. Our lawyers also have significant experience with consumer products and durable goods. Whatever the origin of the claim, Dechert is experienced in handling cases involving latent injuries and complex issues of medical causation.
Dechert’s 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 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.