Dechert

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Dechert LLP
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Headquarters Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
No. of offices 28 total (15 international)
No. of attorneys approximately 1000 (2017)
Major practice areas General practice
Key people CEO Henry Nassau,
Chairman Andrew J. Levander
Date founded 1875
Founder Wayne MacVeagh and George Tucker Bispham
Company type Limited liability partnership
Slogan Distinctively Dechert
Website dechert.com

Dechert LLP is an international law firm of more than 900 lawyers[1] with practices in corporate and securities, complex litigation, finance and real estate, and financial services and asset management[2]. Dechert has offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East[3]. It was founded in Philadelphia[4] and is registered as a limited liability partnership under Pennsylvania law[5].

History[edit]

The firm's first predecessor was formed in 1875[6] by Wayne MacVeagh and George Tucker Bispham. MacVeagh had previously served as United States Ambassador to Turkey, and went on to become United States Attorney General under President James Garfield and also United States Ambassador to Italy during the 1890s[7]. Bispham was made a professor at University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1884[8]. Another future U.S. Attorney General, Francis Biddle, also a professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, joined the firm in 1916. In its early years, the firm represented a number of banks, railroads, and coal companies.[9]

During World War II, the firm lost many of its attorneys to the war effort, and combined with another Philadelphia-based law firm, Dechert, Smith & Clark, which had been founded in 1930. The firm began creating specialized practice groups shortly after the war.[9] After a series of name changes in the early 1960s, the firm remained Dechert, Price & Rhoads for several decades thereafter[4].

International expansion[edit]

Dechert opened its first European office in Brussels in 1968.[10] Four years later, Dechert opened a London office.[10] The firm established a presence in Paris in 1995 and undertook a major expansion in the United Kingdom through a merger with Titmuss Sainer Dechert, a leading London law firm, in 2000.[11] Since then, Dechert has opened offices in Luxembourg (2001), Munich (2004),[12] Hong Kong (2007),[13] Beijing (2008),[14] Moscow (2009),[15] Dublin (2010),[16] Los Angeles (2011),[17] Frankfurt/Bonn (2012),[12] Almaty (2012),[18] Dubai (2012),[19] Tbilisi (2012), Chicago (2012)[20] and Singapore (2014).[21] Through an association with the Law Firm of Hassan Mahassni,[22] Dechert also has a presence in Jeddah (2015)[22] and Riyadh (2016).

Practice areas[edit]

The firm's core practices are corporate and securities, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and corporate finance; litigation, emphasizing antitrust, product liability, and white collar and securities defense; finance and real estate, with a focus on mortgage finance, structured finance, securitization, and investment; financial services, focusing on mutual funds, hedge funds, variable products, broker-dealer, commodities, derivatives, and investment advisers; and intellectual property, emphasizing patent litigation, IP prosecution and licensing, off-shoring and outsourcing, and privacy and data protection[23].

The firm also has practices in tax, bankruptcy, employment, health, energy and environmental law, and international trade. The firm also has a life sciences group[2].

Notable lawyers and alumni[edit]

Dechert's headquarters moved to Philadelphia's Cira Centre in 2005.

Pro bono activities[edit]

Dechert has been recognized among the top 10 U.S. law firms for pro bono work in The American Lawyer's Pro Bono Survey, an annual report which rates the nation's 200 highest grossing law firms based on their level of pro bono activity[39]. The report measures the average number of pro bono hours per lawyer as well as the percentage of lawyers who performed more than 20 hours of pro bono work[39]. In August 2014, Dechert received the American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award[40].

References[edit]

  1. ^ “Dechert LLP,” Law.com
  2. ^ a b “Services,” Dechert LLP
  3. ^ “Locations,” Dechert LLP
  4. ^ a b D. Parnell“Henry Nassau Of Dechert: 'We Have Set Our Sail To Being A Global Firm,'” Forbes, November 8, 2016
  5. ^ [https://www.corporations.pa.gov/search/corpsearch “Business Name History: Dechert LLP,” Pennsylvania Department of State
  6. ^ Dalton, Brian (2007). Vault Guide to the Top New York Law Firms. Vault Inc. ISBN 9781581315004. 
  7. ^ "Office of Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs, United States Department of State". 
  8. ^ Lewis, Wm. Draper (1906). "George Tucker Bispham". The American Law Register (1898-1907). 54 (12): 718–725. 
  9. ^ a b Dechert company profile by Gale Group, courtesy of Answers.com
  10. ^ a b D. Packel. “Pennsylvania Powerhouse: Dechert,” Law 360, June 19, 2014.
  11. ^ “Dechert: the low-key merger,” LegalWeek, July 12, 2000
  12. ^ a b C. Mondics. “Dechert expanding German presence with office in Frankfurt,” Philadelphia Inquirer, January 19, 2012
  13. ^ L. Wozniak. “Dechert opens office in Hong Kong,” Finance Asia, January 22, 2008
  14. ^ M. Neil. “Dechert to Open New Office in Beijing,” ABA Journal, August 15, 2008
  15. ^ G. Passarella. “Dechert Plans Moscow Office With Team From Chadbourne & Parke,” The Legal Intelligencer, August 15, 2008
  16. ^ “Dechert opens Dublin office,” HedgeWeek, August 2, 2010
  17. ^ T. Huddleston Jr. “Dechert, Gibson Dunn Add Four Partners Apiece from Orrick,” The AmLaw Daily, April 7, 2011
  18. ^ J. Blumenthal “Dechert opening law office in Kazakhstan,” Philadelphia Business Journal, April 5, 2012
  19. ^ F. Heine “Dewey exodus continues as Dubai team and London partner duo join Dechert,” LegalWeek, April 16, 2012
  20. ^ S. Strahler “Philadelphia law firm opens Chicago office,” Crain’s Chicago Business, May 23, 2012
  21. ^ Y. Kriegler “Dechert looks to open in Singapore with OMM lateral hire,” The Lawyer, February 24, 2014
  22. ^ a b “Dechert forms association with Law Firm of Hassan Mahassni,” Arab News, September 8, 2015
  23. ^ "Global 20: Dechert - Law360". www.law360.com. Retrieved 2018-07-31. 
  24. ^ United States District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Harvey Bartle III "Harvey Bartle III," June 2011.
  25. ^ G. Fowler. “Joseph S. Clark Is Dead at 88; Ex-Mayor and Reformist Senator,” New York Times, January 16, 1990.
  26. ^ “Our Experts: Q. Todd Dickinson Esq.,” Bloomberg BNA, 2018.
  27. ^ U.S. Department of Defense. “Glenn A. Fine,” January 10, 2016.
  28. ^ E. Day. “Miriam González Durántez on sexism, Brexit and what she cooked Nick Clegg on that 'devastating' night of political defeat,” The Telegraph, July 30, 2016.
  29. ^ “Paul G. Haaga, Jr.,” NPR.
  30. ^ S. Flaherty. “Dechert Lures Ex-Prosecutor David Kelley From Cahill,” The American Lawyer, January 23, 2017.
  31. ^ D. Slater. “A Q&A With “Goodfellas” Actor (and Dechert Lawyer) Ed McDonald,” The Wall Street Journal, May 21, 2008.
  32. ^ “Judge Profile: Mary A. McLaughlin,” The Legal Intelligencer
  33. ^ “Lisa Scottoline: A Legal Thriller!,” Penn Law Journal, Spring 2001
  34. ^ P. Wallner. “Encyclopedia: Norma Levy Shapiro,” Jewish Women’s Archive, March 1, 2009
  35. ^ “An Oral History of Arlen Specter,” Philadelphia Magazine, November 30, 2007
  36. ^ M. Leibovich. “In the Spotlight And on the Spot,” Washington Post, October 23, 2005
  37. ^ “President Obama Announces Intent to Nominate Cheryl Ann Krause to Serve on the United States Court of Appeals,” The White House Office of the Press Secretary, February 5, 2014
  38. ^ “Attorney General Sessions Welcomes Steven Engel As Assistant Attorney General for the Office Of Legal Counsel,” Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs, November 7, 2017
  39. ^ a b "The 2018 Pro Bono Scorecard | The American Lawyer". The American Lawyer. Retrieved 2018-07-31. 
  40. ^ "Past Recipients". www.americanbar.org. Retrieved 2018-07-31. 

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