Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP (Europe)

**In May 2012, Dewey & LeBoeuf filed for bankruptcy protection.**

The Scoop

With over two dozen offices across the globe and more than 1,100 lawyers, Dewey & LeBoeuf is one of the largest law firms around. The firm is well known for its energy, insurance and M&A practices, and it fields one of the largest London outlets of any US law firm.

BigLaw in the Big Apple

With a New York flagship office of over 450 lawyers, Dewey & LeBoeuf is one of Manhattan's largest and most historic firms. The firm is the product of the merger of Dewey Ballantine and LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae. Both Dewey Ballantine and LeBoeuf Lamb date back to the early 20th century. Dewey's earliest predecessor firm was established in lower Manhattan in 1909 by a trio of Harvard Law graduates. LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae was a prominent firm that began in New York in 1929.

The 2007 merger represented a union of equals that combined Dewey's M&A prowess with LeBoeuf's litigation, energy and insurance expertise; and it has proven successful, as Dewey & LeBoeuf expands and builds on the foundations of its predecessors. Despite undergoing the kind of forced attrition and job losses experienced by many big firms, Dewey & LeBoeuf made it through the dark days of the early 21st century and continues to extend its international reach and standing among the top global firms. In 2011, Dewey & LeBoeuf landed for the first time on The American lawyer's "A-List", which ranks the top 20 firms according to their revenue per lawyer, pro bono activity and commitment to associate satisfaction and diversity.

Active around the world

Dewey made an early entrance into the emerging markets and has had an on-the-ground presence in Africa, Russia and the Middle East for more than two decades. The firm also has a strong Asia practice, with offices in Beijing and Hong Kong, as well as an active Japanese client base. Next stop is Latin America, where plans are already underway to open an office in Brazil. The firm's ambitious expansion strategy has earned it a top-10 ranking on Law360's first-annual Global 20 list.

Reflecting its historic industry focus, Dewey & LeBoeuf is a powerhouse in both the energy and insurance industries. The firm has also established a leading technology practice and a reputation in the renewable and clean energy sector, where it has advised on ground-breaking wind, solar, biodiesel, geothermal and hydroelectric projects. Dewey & LeBoeuf has been climbing up the M&A rankings in league tables produced by organisations such as Thomson Reuters, mergermerket and SNL Financial, where it now ranks among the top 10 firms in more than a dozen categories.

Large in London

Dewey & LeBoeuf's London office houses approximately 125 lawyers. The office offers a full-service English law practice, together with capabilities in US law and lawyers qualified in more than 15 other jurisdictions. The office also serves as the hub for the firm's offices across Europe and the Middle East. The UK presence boasts strong transactional and litigation practices, with skills in sectors like financial services, insurance, oil and gas, utilities, infrastructure, consumer goods, transportation and technology. Corporate lawyers handle capital markets, M&A, private equity, project finance and institutional bank lending, and structured finance, with a heavy load of cross-border work. Other work includes tax, employment, competition, environmental law and real estate.

Recent News

eBay's big bids

In June 2011, online auction giant eBay, a long-time Dewey & LeBoeuf client, acquired ecommerce/interactive marketing company GSI Commerce for $2.4 billion; the transaction represents eBay's second-largest acquisition. Other matters the firm has handled for eBay include its acquisition of Gitti Gidiyor Bilgi Teknolojileri Sanayi ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi, Turkey's largest online marketplace; the $200 million purchase of brands4friends, an online fashion shopping company based in Germany; the $1.9 billion sale of eBay's 65 percent stake in Skype; and the acquisition of mobile app developer Critical Path Software.

Deep sea diving

Dewey & LeBoeuf has been busy in one of its best-known areas of expertise: the energy sector. In April 2011, the firm helped ONGC Videsh Ltd, the international projects arm of India's national oil & gas company, conclude an agreement with Kazakhstan's national oil and gas company, KazMunayGas, to develop oil reserves in the Kazakhstan sector of the Caspian Sea. The strategic partnership, which follows more than four years of negotiations, will give India access to much-needed energy resources.

Georgia on my mind

As the Russian legal market and Eastern Europe continue to offer opportunities for foreign firms, Dewey's London office has emerged as the hot spot for Russian and CIS companies that want to go public, and its capital markets practices mushroomed under the IPO crush. In April 2011, capital markets lawyers in the firm's London office advised the republic of Georgia on the issuance of $500 million in notes to fund its public debt. This is the second time Dewey & LeBoeuf has advised Georgia on a Eurobond issuance.

It's Polska time

Dewey & LeBoeuf recently advised Austria's Raiffeisen Bank International on its €490 million acquisition of a controlling stake in Polbank, a Polish retail banking branch of Greek bank EFG Eurobank Ergasias. The deal is subject to a number of complex regulatory requirements under which Polbank is being reorganized as a stand-alone bank.

And in April 2011, the firm's Warsaw office represented Cyfrowy Polsat, Poland's biggest satellite company, in the acquisition of Telewizja Polsat, one of the largest Polish private TV broadcasters, for approximately EUR 1 billion-the Polish media industry's largest-ever M&A deal.

Mega media

Also on the media front, a team of Dewey lawyers in London and Moscow advised VTB Capital, the investment arm of Russian state-owned VTB Bank, on the RUB 6.5 billion financing in connection with its acquisition of a 79 per cent stake in News Outdoor Russia from Rupert Murdoch's News Corp in July 2011. The firm had previously represented Central European Media Enterprises (CME) in its 2010 deal to purchase Bulgarian bTV for $400 million from News Corp.

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Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP (Europe)


No.1 Minster Court
Mincing Lane
London EC3R 7YL
Phone: + 44 (0)20 7459 5000
www.dl.com

STATS


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: Steven H. Davis
  • Total No. Attorneys 2011: 1,100

Major Office Locations

  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Beijing, China
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Silicon Valley, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Chicago, IL
  • Boston, MA
  • New York, NY
  • Albany, NY
  • Houston, TX
  • Warsaw, Poland
  • Doha, Qatar
  • Moscow, Russia
  • Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Paris, France
  • Frankfurt, Germany
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Milan, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
  • Almaty, Kazakhstan
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