Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP

**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, among others.

A Combination of Rich Histories

The law firm now known as Dewey & LeBoeuf came about through a merger of two BigLaw powerhouses in 2007: Dewey Ballantine and LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae. Dewey's earliest predecessor firm was Root, Clark & Bird, established in lower Manhattan in 1909 by a trio of Harvard Law grads. Some of the firm's notable early leaders include Arthur Ballentine-the first solicitor of the federal agency that became the IRS-and Thomas E. Dewey-former New York governor (and failed GOP presidential candidate). By the time Dewey passed away in 1971, the firm was New York City's second-largest. During the 80s, the firm saw its commercial litigation practice grow, and in the 90s, the firm became known for its dominance in mergers and acquisitions as it worked on the country's largest deals year after year.

LeBoeuf's history dates back to 1929 New York. Founder Randall LeBoeuf focused on corporate law, serving as general counsel to the Hudson Power Company and Alcoa. His partner Horace Lamb was a savvy litigator, who earned his stripes in the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division. Cameron F. MacRae, Jr. joined in the late 1950s, bringing with him his skills in public utility law matters. The firm also had carved out a niche in nuclear plant licensing via its Washington, DC office. LeBoeuf, Lamb grew rapidly through the 1970s and 1980s, and by the time of the Dewey merger, it had 19 offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

M&A Expertise

Dewey has an established M&A practice, garnering recognition from the likes of Chambers, Thomson Reuters and The American Lawyer. The firm's M&A experience spans industries, including energy, healthcare, insurance, pharmaceutical, telecommunications and more. Some of the firm's notable clients have included Adobe, CNET, Eli Lilly & Co., GE Energy Financial Services, GS Capital Partners, HCA Inc., MetLife, PSEG, and The Walt Disney Company.

Industry Focus

Reflecting its historic industry focus, Dewey & LeBoeuf serves the oil and gas, energy, life sciences, insurance, construction, utilities, telecommunications and Internet industries. The firm also focuses on the renewable and clean energy sector, where it has counseled on matters involving ground-breaking wind, solar, ethanol, biodiesel, biomass, geothermal and hydroelectric projects. Over the last several years, the firm has also established a technology practice, boasting such big-name clients as eBay, Dell and Applied Materials.

Going Abroad

Dewey is well-established around the globe with approximately one-third of its lawyers located in major commercial centers outside of the U.S. The firm is focused on emerging markets and has had a presence in Africa, Russia and the Middle East for decades. Dewey also has been active in Latin America for over 20 years and has extended its reach to Asia, with offices in Beijing and Hong Kong.

IN THE NEWS

Ongoing

eBay's Big Bid
Online auction giant eBay, a longtime Dewey & LeBoeuf client, sought representation in its $2.4 billion acquisition of ecommerce/interactive marketing company GSI Commerce. The cash and debt deal is slated to close in late 2011. Other matters the firm has handled for eBay include its $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.

It's Polska Time
Drawing on its expertise in M&A and European banking matters, the firm 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.

May 2011

Global Firm
Dewey was ranked among the top 20 firms in Law360's first ever Global 20 ranking, coming in at No. 9 on the list. According to Law360, the Global 20 highlights "firms that stand out as preeminent global outfits."

March 2011

Dealing in the Billions
In one of the largest follow-on transactions ever completed, Dewey & LeBoeuf represented MetLife in a $2.97 billion public offering and concurrent offerings of common stock and common equity units (worth $3.38 billion and $3.32 billion, respectively). Proceeds from the transactions were issued to underwriter AIG as partial payment for MetLife's $16.4 billion acquisition of its ALICO subsidiary.

February 2011

Ready to Take Off
Attorneys in New York, Hong Kong and Washington, DC teamed across borders to represent the state-owned China Aviation Industry General Aircraft in its acquisition of Cirrus Industries, a Minnesota-based personal aircraft manufacturer. In addition to regulatory matters, the firm advised on tax, due diligence, financing, employee benefits and intellectual property issues.

Kick Out the Jams
The EMI Music Group, which brought us Nat King Cole, the Beatles, the Beastie Boys and Lily Allen, has struggled financially in recent years. When its debt to Citibank totaled £3 billion, restructuring negotiations began. Dewey & LeBoeuf advised Citibank on the administration and sale of Maltby Investments Limited and Maltby Acquisition Limited, EMI's holding companies.

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Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP


1301 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 259-8000
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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