Dechert established an office in San Francisco in 2003 to advise corporations and financial institutions on their most sophisticated, high-stakes corporate, financial and litigation matters.
Our San Francisco lawyers provide clients with practical, results-based solutions in the fields of finance and real estate, financial services, litigation and antitrust.
Areas of Focus
Finance and Real Estate
Dechert’s nationally recognized finance and real estate group represents major industry players in structuring, securitizing, managing and servicing complex and highly structured and securitized commercial real estate debt assets. Our San Francisco-based finance and real estate lawyers are recognized in Chambers USA, Legal 500 (U.S.) and other industry publications for their leadership and experience in the finance and real estate sectors. The team is particularly well known for their work in the following areas:
- Originating large and complex commercial real estate loans for balance sheet and securitization lenders across the U.S., including many significant transactions in California.
- Acquiring and disposing of large and complex commercial real estate loans and related tranches secured by commercial real estate across the U.S., including California.
- Advising balance sheet lenders and servicers, CMBS master servicers, CMBS special servicers, and borrowers in connection with performing, distressed and defaulted commercial real estate loans throughout the U.S., including large transactions involving California properties.
- Resolving issues relating to distressed commercial real estate assets including workout and restructuring transactions, bankruptcies, mortgage foreclosures, mezzanine foreclosures and other enforcement proceedings both nationally and within California.
- Forming and advising commercial real estate debt and equity investment funds in connection with commercial real estate across the U.S., including California.
Complex Commercial Litigation
Widely recognized as a ‘go-to’ team, our commercial litigators in San Francisco fight the biggest, toughest litigation matters, including class actions and multi-district cases. Companies across a broad range of industries see the benefits when seeking successful outcomes to disputes related to consumer fraud, false advertising, insurance and banking litigation, corporate governance, commercial agreements and mergers and acquisitions.
Our litigators are renowned for devising strategy, managing virtual law firms, facilitating pre-trial resolutions, defeating class certification, managing e-discovery, obtaining summary judgments or voluntary dismissal of claims, negotiating favorable settlements — and prevailing at trial.
Moreover, working with Dechert lawyers throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, we deliver multi-jurisdictional expertise to guide clients through disputes wherever they arise.
Product Liability and Mass Torts
Dechert helps clients avoid exposure to mass torts and offers skillful representation to mitigate exposure if litigation should occur. Our San Francisco lawyers draw on considerable experience in domestic and multinational cases, ranging from individual actions to the largest product liability class actions.
Our work is particularly focused on prescription drugs and devices, biologics, chemicals, toxic substances emissions, consumer products and durable goods. We also handle cases involving latent injuries and complex issues of medical causation.
Securities Litigation and Enforcement
Extensive litigation experience and a deep understanding of the securities laws inform Dechert’s creative, effective defense of clients in the securities industries. Our experienced lawyers, many of whom have held senior positions at the SEC, DOJ and other agencies, bring an invaluable credibility in having been key government decision makers.
We represent public and private corporations, private equity funds, officers and directors, special committees and professional service firms in securities litigation, securities enforcement matters, corporate governance, fiduciary, mergers and acquisitions, and banking and financial institution litigation.
Our team’s presence in the main U.S. financial hubs and in key global jurisdictions has made Dechert a go-to firm for high-profile clients in some of the most important securities litigation and regulatory enforcement matters, coast-to-coast and around the world.
Dechert’s trial lawyers have a strong track record defending the most significant, multiple class actions — and the claims by state and federal agencies and third-party suits that frequently follow.
We are adept at minimizing exposure to class action claims before they arise. Clients rely on us to identify risk factors and develop defensive steps in order to mitigate the threat of costly litigation.
Our experience covers every phase of class action practice, from defeating certification and achieving de-certification on appeal to securing defense jury verdicts in complex class action trials.
Financial Services and Investment Management Litigation and Enforcement
Dechert’s litigation and enforcement team possesses the multi-jurisdictional capabilities, experience, skills and judgment to assist clients through the most complex regulatory and litigation disputes — anywhere in the world.
Our fund litigators are involved in all strategic legal issues that currently affect the industry. We represent many of the leading fund complexes and boards, hedge funds and banking institutions, in addition to working closely with industry organizations.
Dechert’s global white collar practice defends clients facing government investigations. We frequently represent clients in criminal cases brought by the DOJ and defend clients in investigation and enforcement proceedings initiated by diverse federal agencies, as well as by state attorneys general, district attorneys and other government and regulatory bodies.
Dechert’s white collar defense team has particular expertise in handling simultaneous inquiries by multiple federal and state government agencies and in defending the companion civil cases that frequently follow.
In addition, we frequently direct the most complex and challenging internal investigations. In pursuing investigations to a successful conclusion, we help our clients resolve critical concerns such as whether to disclose findings, waive privileges or take remedial measures.
With lawyers in key global business and legal centers, Dechert’s antitrust/competition team is well-positioned to service clients wherever issues arise. We offer practical solutions and bring a strategic focus to high-stakes litigation, securing timely government agency review of complex business combinations, defending against sensitive criminal investigations and resolving government antitrust investigations.
Our areas of deep specialism make us a repository for the industry experience that supports our delivery of sound commercial advice to the world’s leading companies.
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. We are the only firm with lawyers in all of the EU’s leading investment fund jurisdictions as well as numerous others throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
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.