Wealth of Experience
Our London office first opened its doors in 1972, though Dechert’s roots here stretch back to the 1930s. With more than 150 lawyers and other legal professionals, it is now one of the largest London offices of any global law firm.
Our lawyers help clients from all major business and financing sectors to achieve their commercial aims with practical advice grounded in thorough research and industry knowledge.
International Legal Expertise
Reflecting London’s role as a global business hub, our lawyers are qualified to practise in a wide array of jurisdictions. In addition to our English law practice, we have lawyers qualified to practise in Australia, France, Lebanon, New Zealand, Russia and the United States.
We are also one of the few law firms equipped with a full-service U.S. corporate practice in London, with the capability to advise domestic and international clients on a broad spectrum of U.S. regulatory and transactional issues.
Areas of Focus
From funds and financial institutions to high net worth individuals, privately owned companies and multinationals, our clients value Dechert’s creative approach to planning and executing complex transactions. We provide timely, best-in-class advice on M&A and private equity deals, capital markets and financing transactions and on commercial and regulatory matters.
Purchasers, sellers and advisers understand that we consistently earn a top-tier ranking for M&A deals by being one of the most active law firms in the field. Issuers, investment banks and financial sponsors routinely come to us when planning a UK or cross-border offering or listing. In the emerging markets, sovereigns, banks and multinationals trust us with their highest-value transactions.
Moreover, our London-based team constitutes an invaluable cross-border resource for U.S. companies operating in an international sphere and for international companies looking to invest or raise capital in the United States.
Labour and Employment
Employers from a wide variety of sectors rely on us for assistance with all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law. Working closely with our clients’ in-house legal and human resources teams, our lawyers:
- represent clients in relation to all forms of employment litigation before the Employment Tribunals and the High Court
- advise on drafting and enforcing confidentiality and restrictive covenant obligations
- advise on new legislation and case law
- assist in handling disciplinary and grievance investigations and in negotiating severance arrangements
- devise and draft comprehensive, up–to-date employment contracts and human resources policies
- advise on the employment aspects of corporate transactions
- assist in managing redundancy exercises, restructurings and TUPE transfers
- advise on remuneration and incentive arrangements
Financial Services and Investment Management
Dechert operates one of the largest financial services practices in London. Our top-ranked team forms a critical part of the firm’s global Financial Services Group, which spans the leading financial hubs of Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the United States.
Investment management boutiques and financial-services giants benefit from our “jurisdiction-neutral” advice that blends local experience with know-how on a global scale. Our advice covers retail and institutional products for all asset classes, strategies and structures, from equity and fixed income to credit, commodities and derivatives.
At the forefront of regulatory changes, our advice on global legislative initiatives is always forward-looking and results-focused. Our “one-stop shop” for investment funds is consistently top-tiered in the hedge funds space.
Moreover, while our English and U.S.-qualified lawyers provide on-the-spot advice on English and U.S. matters from a single platform, we are the only law firm able to source in-house advice in every leading investment fund jurisdiction in Europe.
Our team includes partners with more than 20 years of experience and expertise in leveraged finance, operating across all elements of the capital structure and investing through different cycles of the market. With one of the most active leveraged finance teams in London, we regularly advise banks, debt funds, sponsors and corporates on all aspects of leveraged finance transactions as well as cross-border leveraged finance, acquisition finance and corporate lending transactions. Our experience includes senior, second lien, unitranche, mezzanine and PIK structures.
We offer comprehensive, practical and business-oriented advice that combines our tax, restructuring and private equity knowledge with our deep understanding of the full range of debt and equity capital structures.
Finance and Restructuring
Market sources regularly endorse Dechert’s proactive approach to all types of financing transactions and restructurings. Our lawyers in London know how to get deals done in both the U.S. and European markets.
Lenders and investors, agents and borrowers, servicers and special servicers come to us for help with out-of-court loan restructurings, workouts and recapitalisations, focused particularly on resolving stressed and distressed structured finance vehicles and products.
In real estate finance and real estate capital markets, we excel at developing innovative structures based on our deep experience with ABS, CMBS and CDOs. With a proven ability to master complex deals, we have the resources required to manage the crucial areas that can affect the creditworthiness and attractiveness of our clients’ offerings.
Clients in IP-heavy industries call on our London intellectual property team when facing complex litigation, counselling and transactional IP matters.
With years of experience in managing high-profile matters related to the complete range of intellectual property, we aim to solve, settle and assert our clients’ IP rights in the UK and around the world in order to maximise their business objectives.
Our lawyers devise strategies to assert, protect and defend clients’ rights in relation to IP-related matters such as:
- trade marks
- database rights
- trade secrets
- distribution and license agreements
- passing off
- unfair competition
- breach of confidence and covenant
Our team also advises providers and users of technology, often of a cutting-edge nature.
Clients of Dechert’s London office are routinely served by experienced tax lawyers at the heart of our integrated, multi-disciplinary teams. Our primary focus on all transactions is to achieve a tax-efficient structure that generates optimum returns for our clients and limits tax risk on audits.
Our leading market position in the funds industry has enabled us to build particular expertise in advising investment funds and their managers on tax and VAT issues. We also have a proven track record in relation to financial services taxation.
The tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity, and finance and real estate transactions figure highly among the client concerns we regularly solve, along with general assistance on all aspects of corporate tax, including UK and international taxation.
International Litigation and Arbitration
We have a proven record of developing effective global strategies to help clients resolve the most complex, highest-profile disputes in global commerce—and for achieving spectacular results on our clients’ behalf.
Governments, global corporations, corporate and sovereign debt holders, hedge funds and other financial institutions regularly engage us to help resolve their most intractable commercial disputes, many of which span multiple jurisdictions, cultures and legal systems.
Our team of litigation, commercial arbitration and investment treaty arbitration lawyers advocates client interests in a powerful manner. The team works seamlessly across jurisdictions and datelines and has particular experience in Europe, Russia and the CIS, the Caucasus, the Middle East and Latin America.
International Trade and Government Regulation
A complex network of regulation, legislation and standards governs global policy making. Our lawyers blend legal, strategic and public affairs expertise to advocate your interests effectively, assisting with solutions to your regulatory and trade challenges even before regulations have been conceived and adopted.
Unlike other law firms, Dechert’s team includes international trade and investment lawyers and public affairs experts, many of whom are former EU Commission officials, national regulators or World Trade Organization trade negotiators. With vast on-the-ground experience, we provide invaluable insider insight on trade regulatory requirements to companies operating in Europe or trading with European counterparts.
Working in close cooperation with our counterparts in the United States, our London team also counsels clients on matters concerning financial sanctions, trade embargoes and export controls.
Investigations, White Collar and Compliance
Unlike many other global law firms in London, Dechert has substantial experience in defending companies facing criminal investigation. We pass this knowledge on to our clients. Our first-hand, practical experience of how enforcement is actually carried out by the world’s law enforcement agencies underpins our approach to compliance.
Our team is particularly noted for its expert handling of the most sensitive cross-border corporate investigations. We support companies’ compliance efforts in areas such as anticorruption, accounting restatements and insider trading, money laundering, asset-tracing and recovery, tax and cartel investigations.
In addition, audit committees, boards of directors, companies and senior officers call on us for crucial, timely advice on matters surrounding internal and regulatory investigations.
Buyers, sellers and advisers come to Dechert’s real estate team for useable, commercially minded advice on planning, negotiating and executing complex real estate transactions.
Major developers rely on us at all stages of the development process, from inception through planning, acquisition, funding and forward funding, construction, pre-letting and letting. Landlords call us to help manage portfolios of all sizes.
We pass all our experience on to clients, whether involved in property acquisition, real estate management or realising the value of an asset. At every stage, Dechert’s real estate team works closely with our international tax lawyers to devise a tax-efficient structure that generates optimum returns. It is this close collaboration that brings real estate clients back to Dechert time and time again.
Our partnership team in London is drawn from a number of practice areas (including tax, employment, regulation, litigation, corporate and financial services) and is deeply experienced in all aspects of partnership law, particularly in the financial services sector. We regularly advise on limited partnership (LP) and limited liability partnership (LLP) structures and prepare LP and LLP agreements. We are also very experienced at handling and resolving LP, LLP and member disputes.
Clients frequently turn to us for help with all aspects of partnership law, from the design of governance arrangements and profit waterfalls through complex spin out exercises to member removals and enforcement of restrictive covenants.
Dechert LLP in the UK (“Dechert LLP UK”) is a limited liability partnership registered in England & Wales (Registered No. OC306029) and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority of England and Wales. The registered address is 160 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V 4QQ, UK. A list of names of the members of Dechert LLP UK (who are referred to as “partners”) is available for inspection at the above address. The partners are solicitors or registered foreign lawyers. The use of the term “partners” should not be construed as indicating that the members of Dechert LLP UK are carrying on business in partnership for the purpose of the Partnership Act 1890.