Dechert LLP at a Glance


  • “Pro Bono commitment”
  • “Compensation and bonuses”
  • “Reasonably humane for BigLaw”


  • “Decentralized leadership”
  • “The IT support”
  • “Occasional long hours”

The Buzz

  • “The best firm in Philly”
  • “Great for IP litigation”
  • “Overrated”
  • “Provincial”

About Dechert LLP

Since its founding in 1875, Dechert has become international global legal force to be reckoned with. In the United States, the firm is particularly well-known for its corporate practice, especially in international M&A and securities. The firm also focuses on litigation and is recognized for this work.

Business Savvy

Dechert was originally formed under the name MacVeagh & Bispham (and later was known as Barnes, Myers & Price) by George Tucker Bispham and Wayne MacVeagh. MacVeagh would eventually leave the firm to become US Attorney General and then ambassador to Italy. During World War II, the firm saw many of its attorneys leave to join the war effort. In response, the firm merged with Dechert, Smith and Clark.

In the late 1990s, Barton Winokur became chairman and CEO of the firm and began reshaping the firm's business model. Winokur focused on becoming more specialized, and like any savvy businessman would, he made sure those specialties were high-revenue practice areas: private equity, intellectual property and white collar criminal defense. The new business model paid off, with the firm handling such matters as V&S Vin & Sprit's-producer of Absolut Vodka-sale to French beverage company Pernod for $8.9 billion and New World Resource's IPO, which listed on three different exchanges in London, Prague, and Warsaw and raised a staggering £1.3 billion-the largest European IPO at the time.

Dechert was also one of the first US firms to expand internationally, opening a European office in Brussels in 1968, followed by a London office four years later. The firm established a Paris office in 1995. In 2000, the firm undertook a major expansion in the UK through a merger with Titmuss Sainer & Webb, a leading London law firm. Since then, Dechert has opened offices in Luxembourg, Germany, Russia, China, Ireland, and most recently Kazakhstan, Dubai, Tbilisi, and Singapore.

A Range of Expertise

Dechert's litigators are consistently rated amongst the best in the country. Firm chairman Andrew Levander is a leading white-collar criminal defense lawyer, and is no stranger to defending prominent Wall Street executives including John Thain, the former chief executive at Merrill Lynch, in a government inquiry related to his role in Merrill's sale to Bank of America; Ezra Merkin, a hedge fund manager who invested with Bernard L. Madoff; and John Corzine, the former chief executive of securities firm MF Global Holdings Ltd.

In addition, Dechert has one of the world's premier financial services practices. The firm represents 18 of the top 20 global asset managers, drawing on both its far-reaching domestic and international presence and its practice leaders, who are considered some of the biggest players in the market.

Expectations of Efficiency

Dechert has undertaken a unique training program for its lawyers, giving every single attorney in the firm training in legal project management. Small groups of attorneys are taught how to better handle their client matters, with an emphasis on increasing communication with the client at the beginning of and throughout projects and creating visual roadmaps to organize and streamline the process. The new training program was driven largely by the firm's desire to provide more efficient service while managing client costs.


April 2016
Asia's answer to Amazon

Dechert advised Lazada, the largest eCommerce platform in Southeast Asia, on its agreement with Alibaba Group under which Alibaba will acquire a majority stake in Lazada for a total consideration of more than US$1 billion. In their joint press release, the companies stated that the transaction will immediately make Alibaba the leading eCommerce service provider in the region by enabling the company to further assist global businesses and local merchants in accessing the Southeast Asian consumer market.

January 2016
Orange You Glad You Called Dechert

Dechert advised Orange, a leading international telecom group, in connection with the signing of a share purchase agreement relating to the acquisition of 100% of Airtel's subsidiaries in Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone. In its press release, Orange stated that these acquisitions provided a clear illustration of the group's international development strategy, which places a priority on accelerating growth in high-potential, emerging markets where the group is not already present. In 2015, Dechert advised Ginko Ventures, Foxconn, Orange, KPN and Swisscom on their US$25 million investment in Actility, a leading provider of network solutions and information systems for the Internet of Things (IoT) market.

December 2015
At Your Service

Among the top 20 global law firms, Dechert earned the highest score in The Legal 500's 2015 Client Intelligence Report, which provides a comprehensive picture of the legal market, from in-house teams to private practice firms, investigating service delivery. The inaugural report contains feedback from more than 4,700 respondents, including both in-house lawyers and other non-legal clients. The research covered responses from 82% of the FTSE 100 and 80% of the Fortune 100 across a variety of industries.

November 2015
Four and Counting

Dechert received a perfect score of 100 in the Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for the fourth consecutive year and has been designated one of the "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality" by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The 2016 CEI evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices; based on this criteria the firm was among 95 law firms and 407 businesses earning top ratings this year.

September 2015
Eat Your Veggies

Dechert represented long-time client B&G Foods in their purchase of the iconic Jolly Green Giant and Le Sueur Brands, leaders in frozen and canned vegetables, from General Mills, Inc. for approximately US$765 million. Earlier in 2015, Dechert represented B&G Foods as it acquired Spartan Foods of America, Inc., including the Mama Mary's brands and related entities.

July 2015
Business Casual, Anyone?

Dechert advised M1 Fashion and L Capital Asia on their acquisition of Pepe Jeans Group. L Capital Asia, the Asian private equity fund of luxury brands group LVMH, and M1 Fashion, a subsidiary of Lebanese investment firm M1 Group, acquired a majority stake in Pepe Jeans Group, a Spanish headquartered international group of companies operating in the fashion industry, from Torreal SA, Artá Capital and L Capital Europe. 

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Dechert LLP

1095 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 698-3500


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: Andrew Levander
  • CEO: Daniel O'Donnell
  • Chair, Hiring Committee: James A. Lebovitz
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 952

  • Base Salary
    All Offices
    1st year:  $180,000
    2nd year: $190,000
    3rd year:  $210,000
    4th year:  $235,000
    5th year:  $260,000
    6th year:  $280,000
    7th year:  $300,000
    8th year:  $315,000
    Summer associate:  $3,462/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    66 out of 67 (2Ls) (2015)

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Banking & Financial Institutions
    Bankruptcy, Business Restructuring & Reorganization
    Corporate Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
    Energy & Natural Resources
    Finance & Real Estate
    Financial Services & Investment Management
    Intellectual Property
    International Arbitration
    International Tax & Private Client Services
    International trade & Government Regulation
    Life Sciences

    Pro bono

Major Office Locations

  • Austin, TX
  • Boston, MA
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Chicago, IL
  • Hartford, CT
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • New York, NY
  • Orange County, CA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Princeton, NJ
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Silicon Valley, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Almaty
  • Beijing
  • Brussels
  • Dubai
  • Dublin
  • Frankfurt
  • Hong Kong
  • London
  • Luxembourg
  • Moscow
  • Munich
  • Paris
  • Singapore
  • Tbilisi
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