Dechert lawyers in Washington, D.C., serve the legal needs of corporations, governments, and individuals in financial, business, litigation, and trade areas. Our Washington, D.C. office, which opened in 1969, includes several former federal regulators and government officials.
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.
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.
Banking and Financial Institutions
Dechert lawyers advise commercial banks, savings banks and their holding companies, mortgage related lenders, mutual funds, investment banks, private equity and hedge funds, housing-oriented government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs), broker-dealers, private equity investors, credit unions, technology companies, state governmental entities and financial trade associations. Our representations cover a wide range of complex legal issues related to mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, securities offerings, proxy contests, bank regulatory issues, internal and government investigations, enforcement and compliance issues, distressed bank investments and securities class action litigation. Dechert’s financial institutions attorneys are perennially highlighted by Chambers USA for being among the top-ranking lawyers in financial services.
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.
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.
Ranked among the top law firms for debt and equity offerings by Chambers and The Legal 500, our corporate finance lawyers represent U.S. , European , Latin American, and Asian issuers, sponsors, investors, underwriters, and placement agents in all types of public and private issuances of debt and equity securities. Dechert lawyers advise on all types of corporate finance transactions, such as initial and follow-on underwritten public offerings, Rule 144A debt and convertible note offerings, PIPEs, and Regulation S offerings. We advise on private placements of senior and mezzanine debt and equity securities, and venture capital investments. We also handle securities transactions in conjunction with mergers and acquisitions, including tender and exchange offers, spin-offs, recapitalizations, related debt and equity financings, stock splits, and other security holder distributions.
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.
Ranked among the top law firms for private equity buyouts by The American Lawyer Corporate Scorecard and Chambers, lawyers in our global private equity group advise on all phases of the investment life cycle. With a focus on accomplishing successful exits, we structure funds for market terms and tax efficiency, execute fund investments that maximize value, and handle transactions that enhance portfolio companies. In Washington, D.C., we represent leading private equity sponsors in their domestic and international investment activities. Our cross-functional team of lawyers understands issues unique to our clients, such as auction strategies, “club” deal arrangements, deal terms, and industry sector knowledge, and is committed to helping fund sponsor clients maximize the yields of their investments wherever they do business. We represent the portfolio companies of our fund sponsor clients, and focus on positioning them for optimum value through add-on acquisitions, joint ventures, and public and private financings.
Mergers and Acquisitions
Our M&A lawyers advise buyers, sellers, and advisers in complex commercial transactions, with a focus on structuring successful deals, ensuring speed-to-market execution, and protecting our clients’ interests in all phases of the transaction. Recognized as a leading adviser among M&A law firms by Mergerstat, Bloomberg, Thomson Financial, and mergermarket, we handle private and public, domestic and cross-border, and negotiated and hostile transactions in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. We leverage our industry knowledge and collaborate with our functional experts in areas such as antitrust, tax, environmental, bankruptcy, and employee benefits.
Dechert’s life sciences group is dedicated to providing quality, cost-effective legal services to the life sciences community. We recognize the complex business, legal, and regulatory issues that confront life sciences companies in all stages of growth. We know the challenges posed by the development and commercialization of a new technology in a highly competitive environment. We have dedicated our resources, experience, and knowledge base to serving life sciences companies located nationally and internationally. We have represented companies involved in all aspects of the life sciences industry, including biotechnology, bio-informatics, drug discovery, genomics, biopharmaceutical, diagnostic, and medical device companies.
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.
Dechert’s international arbitration team has the global resources and experience to handle the largest, most complex disputes confronting businesses and governments throughout the world. With a comprehensive network of offices worldwide and a formidable track record, Dechert lawyers seamlessly serve clients on a global basis in real time and around the clock. Our Washington, D.C. lawyers handle commercial and investor-state cases taking place all over the world.
Our international trade lawyers advise clients across industries and jurisdictions on a wide range of matters. Clients rely on us for advice on issues including export controls, economic sanctions, trade embargoes, anti-corruption, customs procedures, trade defense measures and national security reviews of foreign direct investment.