Dechert expands PE and M&A practice with two new additions


Global law firm Dechert LLP has added corporate partner Christopher Field and tax partner Jane Scobie to its London office. Field’s practice focuses on private equity and M&A deals while Scobie’s practice focuses on tax aspects of commercial transactions, including private equity and M&A. Previously, both worked at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in London where they were partners.

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LONDON – Dechert LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that corporate partner Christopher Field and tax partner Jane Scobie have joined the firm in its London office. Field’s practice focuses on private equity and M&A transactions. Scobie’s practice focuses on tax aspects of commercial transactions, including private equity and M&A. Field and Scobie were previously partners at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in London.

“Chris has deep expertise in domestic and international private equity deals across multiple industries, which will directly benefit our clients in the UK and around the world,” said Mark Thierfelder, chair of the firm’s corporate practice. “Coupled with Jane’s significant experience developing tax strategies for complex transactions, the two will further strengthen our private equity practice in London and expand our global platform. We are thrilled to have them join us.”

Field advises clients on a broad range of domestic and international corporate and private equity matters, including disposals, equity capital markets, initial public offerings (IPOs) and M&A. He also represents both private and public companies in connection with reorganizations and recoveries. In addition, he has experience in advising on issues related to the Official List and AIM.

Scobie has extensive experience advising clients on a broad range of complex corporate and commercial tax matters, with particular emphasis on private equity transactions, including investments, private and public company takeovers, private fund formation and restructurings as well as other private funds issues. She also assists clients on employment taxation and share incentive arrangements.

“London remains a key center for global business and our continued growth bolsters our capabilities to serve our multinational clients,” said Camille Abousleiman, chair of the firm’s London office management committee. “Chris and Jane are great additions to our global private equity practice and we welcome them to the firm.”

Dechert’s corporate team has expanded significantly over the past year with strategic lateral hires across the globe, including in New York, London, Beijing, Hong Kong and Singapore. In London alone, recent additions in the private equity practice include John Markland and Rob Bradshaw from Kirkland & Ellis, Ross Allardice from White & Case, and in the finance practice, Philip Butler and David Miles from DLA Piper. The corporate practice, including the private equity practice, earns top rankings in the most prominent league tables and our practices have been recognized by leading legal directories, including Chambers and The Legal 500.

Clients also turn to Dechert’s multidisciplinary international and domestic tax group to provide transaction structures that maximize tax benefits and minimize tax liability. With lawyers in the United States and Europe, the firm is positioned to counsel clients on effective international tax planning strategies and provide integrated, global tax advice.

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