Sheila L. Birnbaum
New York +1 212 698 3625
Dechert represents chemical industry clients globally in litigation, environmental regulatory compliance and permitting issues, business transactions, and antitrust matters.
Clients such as Dow Chemical rely on us to advance every facet of their business strategies. We help them comply with today’s regulatory requirements and plan for tomorrow’s, while advising on regulatory and management audits. Our lawyers assist with securing permits for air and water emissions, waste handling, and recycling and pollution prevention. We help to navigate the market and rules for buying air emission credits and allowances, a vital task for chemical companies siting or closing facilities.
On the merger and acquisition front, Dechert handles complex international transactions involving chemical companies, from deals encompassing entire companies to those focused on business lines or facilities. U.S. and European clients benefit from our antitrust capabilities, including pre-merger advice and representation in antitrust enforcement proceedings, civil and criminal investigations, and litigation. We also assist with finance matters, and handle bankruptcy, reorganization and dissolution scenarios.
We represent chemical industry clients in disputes ranging from breach of contract to securities litigation, from product liability and toxic-tort cases to employment discrimination claims and environmental enforcement proceedings. Our litigators have successfully guided many clients through class actions and other complex, multidistrict litigation, drawing on our international network of experts in toxicology, epidemiology, safety engineering and regulatory schemes.
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