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Law360 (February 19, 2019, 5:05 PM EST) -- Dechert LLP advised on the management of billions of dollars of private investments, including steering FS Investments in a partnership with KKR as joint advisers to funds with $18 billion in assets under management, earning it a spot as one of Law360's Asset Management Practice Groups of the Year.
The firm's asset management practice is made up of more than 200 lawyers across 17 offices — including lawyers from a handful of practice groups within the firm. The firm attributes its strong track record to its ability to handle all matters facing its clients, making Dechert a "one-stop shop" that can handle a myriad of financial matters.
"A big selling point is in most cases we don't need to refer to a local firm or hope we get the best partners assigned to [the client's] matter," Christopher P. Harvey, partner at Dechert and co-chair of the financial services group, told Law360. "We can be the one-stop shop and we put a pretty commercially practical view on the advice we give."
Harvey said the firm is jurisdiction-neutral, noting the practice maintains a database of approximately 150 jurisdictions in order to quickly advise clients on how to launch and manage funds, among other insights.
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