Dechert wields considerable antitrust capabilities in the US, where it boasts impressive strength in Washington, DC, and is headquartered in the litigation hub of Philadelphia.
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|Global head||George C Gordon, Michael Weiner|
|Number of jurisdictions with a competition team||2|
|Counsel and consultants||3|
|Percentage of partners/counsel in Who's Who Legal||53|
|Lateral partner hires||3|
Its merger practice has captured headlines over the years, as DC partners Paul T Denis and James Fishkin helped guide major deals for clients in retail, healthcare and other industries. That work continued in 2016. The Dechert team acted for General Electric Appliances during the challenged Electrolux/GE merger, and the eventual sale of GE’s appliance business to China’s Haier. It also did major work for CVS Health, whose purchase of Target’s pharmacy business required an in-depth review in the US but was approved without conditions. And the firm’s impressive pre-filing work for CVS in its deal with Omnicare helped to stave off a second request from the US Federal Trade Commission and allowed the acquisition to close without incident. Otherwise, the firm helped longtime client American Airlines navigate agreements with partner airlines around the world. Litigation work continues apace in DC, Chicago, Philadelphia and elsewhere for clients including Dean Foods, American Airlines, Dow Chemical and Endo pharmaceutical company. Internationally, Dechert added Who’s Who Legal nominee Mélanie Thill-Tayara to its Paris office, and is defending Deutsche Bahn in proceedings in France and Crown Holdings in Germany. Meanwhile, Roche is a major client in France, where it is defending against allegations related to its drug practices.