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What is Debevoise’s London office Address and how do you get there?


65 Gresham Street

From St Pauls Tube, Go down Cheapside and then left onto Foster Lane, walk down Foster Lane until you reach a T junction, Then turn left onto Gresham Street.


Who are Debevoise’s contacts for recruitment?


Alex Barron 7786 9056 (ex Charles Russell) is new HR Manager and is sharing rec with Annmarie Grant (Ex A&O) 7786 9051

Amanda Runacres 7786 9050


Where are Debevoise’s offices apart from London?


New York, Washington D.C., Paris, Frankfurt, Moscow, Hong Kong, Shanghai


How many partners and fee earners does debevoise have in London and Globally?


21 partners in London (as of 15 Sept 2014)

139 ish globally (Sept 2014)

Number of Fee Earners: London / Globally

84 Non partner lawyers in London ( As of 15 September 2014) 14 Counsel and 70 Fee Earners

Globally Debevoise has around 600 Lawyers in total, so about 456 associates (Sept 2014)


Where were Debevoise & Plimpton founded?


Debevoise & Plimpton LLP (often shortened to Debevoise), founded in 1931, is a prominent international law firm based in New York City. The firm is widely regarded as the most prestigious and selective in the nation, and ranks among the most elite and successful firms globally.[3] Founded in 1931 by Harvard alumnus Eli Whitney Debevoise and Oxford-trained William Stevenson, Debevoise has been a long established leader in strategic and private equity, M&A, insurance and financial services transactions, private funds, complex litigation/investigations and international arbitration. In recent years, its practice has taken on an increasingly international component. The firm currently employs approximately 650 lawyers in eight offices throughout the world. Debevoise is the only law firm to have both a former US and UK Attorney General simultaneously as partners (Michael Mukasey in the US and Lord Goldsmith QC in the UK).[4]


Who are the London and global managing partners of Debevoise & Plimpton?


Debevoise & Plimpton has announced that Lord Goldsmith QC and Richard Ward will be the new co-managing partners for its London office, succeeding James C Scoville, who is stepping down after serving as Debevoise’s London managing partner for more than eight years.

US firm Debevoise & Plimpton has appointed corporate chair Michael Blair as its presiding partner, succeeding Martin Frederic ‘Rick’ Evans, who has held the post since 1998.

Evans is due to retire from the firm at the end of the year, when he reaches the firm’s mandatory retirement age of 65.

Blair has been at the firm for 30 years and his leadership term will last five years.


Who are the Disputes partners in London at Debevoise?


Litigation (accurate Sept 14)

Lord (Peter) Goldsmith (Former Attorney General)

Tony Dymond (ex Herbert Smith)

Kevin Lloyd (ex Herbert Smith)

Sophie Lamb (Litigation Partner) (Joined as International Counsel in 2008 from Bird & Bird where she has bden a partner) She was promoted to partnership internally and is now Partner.

Karolos Seeger (UK litigation Partner)

John Missing (US qual – internal investigations specialist)


Who are the Corporate Partners at Debevoise London?


Corporate Dept (Accurate Sept 2014)

David Innes (ex Travers Smith) Private Equity Corporate

Jeremy Hill (Ex Ashurst) UK Qualified

Jeremy Hill is Global Co-Head of the Financial Institutions Group at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. A graduate of Oxford University, he joined the firm in 2004 having been a senior corporate and M&A Partner at Ashurst. He has extensive experience in insurance/reinsurance and financial institutions work, where his practice at Ashurst focused since 1985, including a period of secondment at Lloyd’s.

Guy Lewin-Smith (Ex Linklaters – M&A, ECM Parnter) UK Qualified

Geoffrey Burgess (US Qualified - New York) is a partner with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and a member of the firm’s Corporate Department. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, finance and Russian/CIS matters.

Mr. Burgess joined Debevoise in 1997 and has been resident in the London office since 1999. Burgess

Jim Kiernan (New York and Paris Bar) (now of Counsel not Partner)

Jim Kiernan has played a key role in building the firm’s preeminent international Private Equity Group. He has advised on some of Europe’s largest and most innovative transactions, including the Rockefeller Group’s acquisition of a majority interest in Europa Capital, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice’s £1.4 billion sale of Brakes to Bain Capital, and the €3.7 billion acquisition of Rexel by the consortium of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, Eurazeo and Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity. From 1984 until 2011, Mr. Kiernan acted as Chair of Debevoise’s European Private Equity and Mergers & Acquisitions Groups.

James C. Scoville (New York Bar) Corporate partner specializing in capital markets

Kate Ashton (Restructuring and Corporate Securites mainly)

Katherine Ashton is a partner with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in our London office. She has been resident in Europe since 1991, following five years in our New York office. She is dual-qualified in New York and English law.
Ms. Ashton has extensive experience in international financing transactions. She has concentrated on corporate finance, debt and equity offerings, restructurings and general corporate work for European and U.S. clients. In addition to corporate borrowers, she has represented many of the leading investment banks and major institutional investors. Ms. Ashton regularly advises European clients on U.S. securities laws matters, in particular the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.


Who are the Tax partners at Debevoise London?


Tax (accurate sept 14)

Richard Ward joined Debevoise & Plimpton LLP as a partner in January 2004, resident in the London office, and leads its UK tax practice.
Prior to joining Debevoise, Mr Ward was a partner at Bird & Bird for 10 years, where he was head of the firm’s tax practice and member of its management committee. Previously, he had been at Freshfields for nine years.

Matthew Saronson (Tax) US qualified – Tax relating to private equity funds and also M&A / corporate transactions. Previously with New York office.


Who are the Funds Partners at Debevoise London?


Funds (Accurate Sept 2014)

Geoffrey Kittredge is a partner with the Investment Management and Private Equity practice groups at Debevoise & Plimpton. His practice focuses on advising institutional and boutique sponsors of private equity investment funds in Europe and the United States. Mr. Kittredge represents sponsors of and investors in a broad range of international investment funds, including funds of funds, leveraged buyout, venture capital and real estate funds, hedge funds and collateralized loan/bond obligation funds.

Marwan Al-Turki (Now Of Counsel) , resident in the firm’s London office. He is a member of the firm’s Investment Management Group. /he is listed on the web as Private Equity / Funds Lawyer.

Anthony McWhirter (Funds partner – ex Freshfields 2007) Especially the tax side of funds.


Who are the finance partners at Debevoise London?


Finance Department (Accurate Sept 2014)

Peter Hockless is a partner with Debevoise & Plimpton, resident in the London office. He is a member of the firm’s Finance Group and leads the English law financing practice in our London office.

Prior to joining the firm, he practiced for 24 years (15 years as a partner) with Allen & Overy in London and in Paris (where he established their office in 1989).

He has had a wide variety of experience in international financing transactions, including syndicated credits, acquisition financings, telecoms and project financings, restructurings, securitisations, structured financings and corporate finance transactions.

During his career, he has represented many of the leading US and European banks and other financial institutions as well as international corporations as borrowers.

Mr. Hockless is a graduate of Cambridge University (1978) and qualified as an English solicitor in 1981. He is also a member of the Paris bar. He speaks French and German.

Mr. Hockless can be reached in our London office by telephone at 44 20 7786 9180 or by email at

Allen Davies: With ten years experience of a broad range of financing transactions, London-based Alan Davies is a partner in Debevoise’s European Financing Practice. His experience covers most areas of financing work, although his particular focus is on acquisition, asset and project financings. In conjunction with advising investment banks on leveraged acquisitions, Mr. Davies was seconded to Goldman Sachs for a year. More recently his focus has been on advising private equity clients on leveraged acquisitions.

He has contributed to a number of publications, including an article for the Euromoney Syndicated Lending Handbook 2004 entitled “Recent structural developments in high-yield financings.”

Mr. Davies obtained his B.A. and M.A. in law from Peterhouse, Cambridge. He qualified as an English solicitor in 1995.


Who are some disputes clients of Debevoise?


Daewoo (dispute arising from GM acquisition of Daewoo)

Norilsk Nickel (in Nevis Courts)

Exxon Mobil Corp. (Debevoise represents Exxon Mobil Corp. and Murphy Oil in winning a NAFTA arbitration award that the imposition of research spending requirements by Newfoundland violated NAFTA)


Who are some corporate clients of Debevoise?


Helios Investment Partners in the acquisition by Helios Towers Africa of 3,100 telecom towers, located throughout Africa, from Bharti Airtel

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice as the majority shareholder of Exova in the company’s £220 million initial public offering

Johnson & Johnson in the sale of its worldwide intimate health business to Reckitt Benckiser, a UK-based consumer goods company

One of Deutsche Bank’s private equity platforms in its secondary acquisition of interests in four portfolio companies – Calastone, Graze, Secret Escapes and Zoopla Property Group – managed by Octopus, a leading specialist fund management company

Management of Vue Cinemas in the £935 million sale of the company by Doughty Hanson to OMERS Private Equity and Alberta Investment Management Corporation


Who are some finance clients of Debevoise?


Norilsk Nickel in its $1 billion offering of 5.55% Loan Participation notes due 2020 pursuant to Regulation S/Rule 144A

Norilsk Nickel in its $2.1 billion 5-year unsecured syndicated loan facility

Uralkali in its $1 billion pre-export facility agreement provided by a syndicate of 14 international banks

Debevoise advises on three Russian Eurobonds worth $2.15 billion
Itaú Unibanco in its $1.87 billion offering of 5.125% subordinated notes due 2023 under its $10 billion global medium-term note program


What do Debevoise pay in London?


NQ= 160 (£94,000)

1 = 170 (£100,000)

2= 185 (£108,000)

3 = 210 (£123,000)

4 = 230 (£135,300)

5 = 250 (£147,100)

6 = 265 (£155,000)

7 = 280(£164,000)

Exchange rate is capped at 1.7

in January 2012k Annmarie Grant said bonuses this year were £15,650 for a 4 PQE