Dechert beefs up private funds practice with new hire

Law firm Dechert LLP has named Omoz Osayimwese as a partner for its global private funds practice.

Law firm Dechert LLP has named Omoz Osayimwese as a partner for its global private funds practice. He will be based in New York.


NEW YORK, January 2, 2020—Dechert LLP announced today that Omoz Osayimwese has joined the firm’s global private funds practice as a partner in New York.

For two decades, Mr. Osayimwese has advised sponsors and investors in the formation and structuring of private equity funds, hedge funds and hybrid funds, and counseled investment managers on strategic transactions involving alternative asset management.

Christopher Harvey, global co-chair of Dechert’s financial services group, said, “Omoz is a terrific addition to our private funds practice. He operates at the cutting edge of the private equity funds world and has an outstanding reputation in the market. His sophisticated knowledge and depth of private funds experience will further strengthen our market-leading platform.”

Mr. Osayimwese commented, “I’m excited to be joining Dechert, which is the ideal place for my practice. I look forward to collaborating with my new colleagues in New York and across Dechert’s global platform to help our clients with their most complex legal and business challenges.”

Mr. Osayimwese received a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.A. from Michigan State University, with highest honors. Mr. Osayimwese was formerly a partner with another leading international law firm in New York.

Mr. Osayimwese is the fifth partner to join Dechert’s global financial services and investment management practice in the last year. He follows the addition of Dublin-based partner Ciara O’Leary who joined in September 2019, London-based partner Thiha Tun who joined in March 2019, and Dublin managing partner Carol Widger and London-based Luxembourg specialist Marianna Tothova who both joined in January 2019.

Dechert advises private fund sponsors on all aspects of the fundraising lifecycle. Our lawyers have extensive experience of raising funds in all major fund jurisdictions and all private asset classes. Dechert’s private fund formation team spans the U.S., as well as London, Dublin, Luxembourg, Frankfurt, Munich, Paris, Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore. The firm represents 24 of the world’s top 25 largest global asset management firms, more than 700 private funds and fund management groups, and 41 of the top 50 private debt firms.

Recognized as an international private equity powerhouse, Dechert’s private equity practice has been on a fast-track growth trajectory, advising more than 200 private equity and other private investment firms worldwide. Private equity is deeply rooted in Dechert’s history, as the firm has served as an active legal advisor to the industry for the past 35 years.

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