Established in 1987, Dechert’s Boston office advises corporations and financial institutions on their most sophisticated, high-stakes financial and litigation matters.
Our Boston lawyers focus on financial services, structured finance, intellectual property, complex litigation, employee benefits and executive compensation, and tax matters.
Areas of Focus
Financial Services and Investment Management
Dechert is a leading advisor to asset managers, investment funds and other financial services firms, representing most of the world’s largest asset managers as well as smaller and emerging managers. Our lawyers advise on fund formation across the full range of asset classes, management company issues, regulatory and compliance matters, fund and management company transactional matters, commodities and derivatives law, and financial institutions regulation.
Finance and Real Estate
Our finance lawyers represent major industry players in structuring, securitizing, managing and servicing complex and highly structured and securitized commercial real estate debt assets. We advise commercial banks, investment banks, institutional investors, funds and other capital sources on the acquisition, structuring, financing, sale and syndication or securitization of financial and other assets, including large complex loans, portfolios of real estate and asset-back loans, and equipment (including aviation, rail and other big-ticket equipment). Our finance lawyers are leaders in specialty markets such as lease finance and collateralized loan obligations.
Dechert has been hailed as a “go-to law firm” for intellectual property by Corporate Counsel. Our Boston team focuses on IP litigation matters, defending our clients’ rights around the world in patent, trade secret, copyright, trademark, privacy, data protection and IP-antitrust disputes. We provide trademark and copyright counseling and prosecution services, strategic patent counseling and patent cross-licensing to help maximize the value of our clients’ products and patents.
We represent a range of industries in commercial agreements, consumer fraud, insurance and banking, false advertising, corporate governance and M&A-related claims. Recognized for our multi-jurisdictional capabilities and deep expertise, we devise litigation strategy, manage virtual law firms, facilitate pre-trial resolutions to commercial disputes, defeat class certification, manage e-discovery, obtain summary judgments or voluntary dismissal of claims, negotiate favorable settlements and prevail at trial.
Cybersecurity and Data Protection
Dechert helps clients comply with the many, often inconsistent, rules and regulations established to protect the privacy of customer and employee information while minimizing the cost and time for compliance. We have particular expertise advising clients on cybersecurity and data protection in the financial services, consumer marketing, healthcare and life sciences sectors.
Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
Dechert advises investment management and other financial services industry clients on the ERISA aspects of numerous projects, including private funds and other pooled investment vehicles, various retirement plan services, separate account management and other investment advisory and brokerage services provided to retirement plans. This includes ERISA fiduciary duty and prohibited transaction issues.
We handle benefits-related inquiries, audits and disputes, including with the IRS and Department of Labor, as well as ERISA-related litigation. Our lawyers have sought and been granted administrative guidance and exemptive relief on behalf of clients. We have helped design defined contribution, defined benefit and welfare benefit plans, and employment, severance and transition arrangements, as well as nonqualified deferred compensation and other executive compensation plans. Our experience also extends to securitization and private equity projects.
Dechert’s tax practice combines in-depth knowledge of our 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 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. Our Boston lawyers advise on tax aspects relating to private and regulated investment companies (including hedge funds and private equity funds), financial products, investment managers, partnership taxation, international taxation (including use of treaty structures) and FATCA compliance.