Debevoise and Plimpton
Headquarters: 919 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Presiding Partner: Michael Blair
Debevoise & Plimpton is an international law firm founded in 1931. The firm
offers a diverse range of legal services in corporate, international,
litigation, real estate, tax, and trusts and estates law to businesses and individuals.
Debevoise’s offices are located in New York, Washington, DC, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Moscow, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Clients include American Express, AIG, Bank of NY Mellon, Cablevision, ExxonMobil, General Electric, NFL, NHL, JPMorganChase, Yahoo.
Debevoise employs more than 1,400 worldwide with 670 lawyers.
The NY office is home to 475 lawyers and there are 33 lawyers in Washington DC. London has 80 lawyers and over 50 work in Paris.
Areas of Practice
CORPORATE - The Corporate Department is the firm's largest practice group. Its work spans the full range of general corporate, transactional and regulatory representations in the United States and throughout the world. Major corporate practice areas include mergers and acquisitions, private equity, capital markets, insurance industry transactions, banking, bankruptcy and restructuring, derivatives, structured finance, project finance, equipment and leveraged finance, real estate, investment fund and asset management, intellectual property, media and telecommunications, energy, and environmental law. The firm has a proven track record of handling innovative and complex US, international and cross-border transactions. Lawyers from the firm's offices around the world cooperate to provide integrated, seamless legal services to meet the needs of the firm's clients. Debevoise represents multinational, US and non-US industrial and commercial companies, and financial institutions including insurance companies, investment companies, banks and broker-dealers, individuals and non-profit organizations in a comprehensive range of assignments.
LITIGATION - The Litigation Department handles a broad range of complex matters in federal and state courts nationwide, and before agencies, administrative bodies and arbitration tribunals worldwide. Mary Jo White, the former US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, heads the Litigation Practice. Lord (Peter) Goldsmith QC, PC, former Attorney General for the United Kingdom, is European Chair of Litigation. The firm's litigators include ten former Assistant US Attorneys, a former Director of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition, a former Chief Assistant US Attorney in both the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, a former Assistant to the US Treasury for Enforcement and a former French Minister of European Affairs. Areas of concentration include securities litigation and enforcement proceedings, white collar crime, investigations, antitrust, bankruptcy, general commercial litigation, international dispute resolution, insurance industry disputes, intellectual property and media, and products liability.
TAX AND EMPLOYEE BENEFITS - The Tax Department works closely with the firm's corporate lawyers in structuring complex transactions. The department also focuses on tax planning and advice for business entities, high net worth individuals and exempt organizations and includes an active executive compensation and employee benefits practice.
TRUSTS AND ESTATES - The firm's diverse and highly sophisticated Trusts and
Estates Practice combines a significant tax orientation with frequent interdisciplinary
projects involving the litigation and corporate areas.