Dechert Ranked by Bloomberg as Top Firm for Private Equity in US, Europe and Asia

January 09, 2020

Dechert was ranked among the top 20 law firms in each of the four league tables below for full year 2019, according to data published by Bloomberg. Dechert is among a small number of elite firms ranked in all four tables.

  • Global Private Equity Deals (By Volume)
  • U.S. Private Equity Deals (By Volume)
  • Europe Private Equity Deals (By Volume)
  • Asia Pacific Private Equity Announced Deals (By Volume)

The firm handled a number of significant deals across the most active industries and sectors in 2019. Some highlights include advising: 

  • GIC in the proposed US$27 billion sale of Refinitiv by a consortium (consisting of Blackstone, an affiliate of GIC, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Thomson Reuters) to London Stock Exchange Group plc, representing the largest PE exit in 2019, according to Bloomberg.  
  • GIC as part of a Hellman & Friedman-led investor consortium (including GIC, Blackstone, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, JMI Equity and other investors) in the US$11 billion take-private acquisition of Nasdaq-listed Ultimate Software. 
  • AGC Equity Partners on one of the largest real estate deals in the UK in 2019, the sale of 25 Canada Square (Citi Tower), currently the largest office building in the United Kingdom.
  • Court Square Capital Partners in numerous buyouts and exit transactions, such as its sale of National Seating & Mobility (NSM) to Cinven Partners; its sale of an indirect minority interest in Conterra to an affiliate of Fiera Capital Corporation; its acquisition of Offen Petroleum Holdings, its acquisition of Virtium, and its acquisition of Data Blue.
  • Further Global Capital Management on its cross-border, take-private acquisition of the entire issued share capital of GBGI Limited, a Guernsey domiciled AIM-listed insurance company, as well as in the acquisition of U.S.-headquartered Payment Alliance International, the nation’s largest privately-held ATM provider. 
  • One Equity Partners (OEP) in several transactions, such as the acquisition of United Pipe and Steel Corp. by OEP affiliate Merfish Pipe Holdings, the acquisition of Swiss-based MERA group and combination of MERA with OEP affiliate Orion Business Innovation; and the merger of portfolio company Anvil International with Smith-Cooper International.

Recognized as an international private equity powerhouse, Dechert’s private equity practice has been on a fast-track growth trajectory, advising more than 200 private equity and other private investment firms worldwide. Private equity is deeply rooted in Dechert’s history, as the firm has served as an active legal advisor to the industry for the past 35 years.

About Dechert

Dechert is a leading global law firm with 26 offices around the world. We advise on matters and transactions of the greatest complexity, bringing energy, creativity and efficient management of legal issues to deliver commercial and practical advice for clients.