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Dechert LLP Adds 65 Attorneys from Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman.

NEW YORK New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of
 & WASHINGTON -- Dechert LLP LLP - Lower Layer Protocol  is the new professional home of 57 lawyers from the New York office of Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman and eight lawyers from Swidler's Washington office, today announced Barton J. Winokur, Chair of Dechert.

The New York lawyers will join forces with Dechert's strong white collar and corporate investigations, securities litigation An action brought in court to enforce a particular right. The act or process of bringing a lawsuit in and of itself; a judicial contest; any dispute.

When a person begins a civil lawsuit, the person enters into a process called litigation.
 and enforcement, mergers and acquisitions and private equity practices. The Washington lawyers will join Dechert's top-ranked antitrust Antitrust

The antitrust laws apply to virtually all industries and to every level of business, including manufacturing, transportation, distribution, and marketing. They prohibit a variety of practices that restrain trade.
 and white collar practices.

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 sector and our new colleagues in New York cement that standing," Winokur stated. "The addition of this extraordinary group is a major step in our strategy to expand our portfolio of world class practices, especially in New York. In the antitrust area, we're now joined by one of the leading antitrust merger teams in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. . We believe that there is now no firm in the country better equipped to handle matters of the utmost importance to clients in these areas of practice."

Most of the lawyers joining Dechert from Swidler's New York office were earlier with Shereff Friedman Hoffman & Goodman Goodman was a polite term of address, used where Mister (Mr.) would be used today. Compare Goodwife.

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  • goodwife, Mississippi, USA
  • Goodman, Missouri, USA
  • Goodman, Wisconsin, USA
, a firm that merged with Washington's Swidler Berlin six years ago.

"If we could have designed a firm that would fit best with our practice, Dechert would be it," said Martin Nussbaum, a new Dechert partner formerly in Swidler's New York office. "Dechert already has a major national and international platform. We share a common strategy of creating top tier core practices in key areas in which Dechert already has great strength." He added, "At a time when there has been a dramatic increase in government scrutiny of businesses and every investigation creates the risk of criminal prosecution, SEC, state and NASD NASD

See: National Association of Securities Dealers


See National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD).
 enforcement, securities class actions and collateral litigation, clients want firms that can handle problems from beginning to end. That's the team we've put together by joining Dechert."

Robert Katz, formerly general counsel and now a senior director of the Goldman Sachs The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., or simply Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) is one of the world's largest global investment banks. Goldman Sachs was founded in 1869, and is headquartered in the Lower Manhattan area of New York City at 85 Broad Street.  Group, Inc., said that the teaming up of this group of lawyers is a terrific idea: "the sum is greater than the parts, and the parts were already great."

Commenting on the combination, Richard D. Weinberg, First Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of Merrill Lynch Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. (NYSE: MER TYO: 8675 ), through its subsidiaries and affiliates, provides capital markets services, investment banking and advisory services, wealth management, asset management, insurance, banking and related products and services on a global basis. , and a client of the former Swidler attorneys, said "They are wonderful lawyers who are great problem solvers and skilled trial lawyers. Their work for Merrill always has been outstanding. This is a great achievement for Dechert, and I am quite pleased."

With the addition of the former Swidler attorneys, Dechert now has more than 760 lawyers worldwide, including 170 in New York.
New partners joining Dechert are:

in New York:
   - Gerald Adler - corporate, M&A, private equity

   - Richard D. Belford - employee benefits, tax

   - Joseph F. Donley - securities and commercial litigation

   - Adam M. Fox - M&A

   - Robert M. Friedman - corporate, M&A, private equity

   - Richard A. Goldberg - corporate, M&A

   - Jeffry S. Hoffman - private equity, investment management

   - David S. Hoffner - white collar and securities litigation,
     corporate investigations

   - Shalom Jacob - bankruptcy

   - Les Jacobowitz - real estate and structured finance

   - Nicolle L Jacoby - white collar and commercial litigation,
     corporate investigations

   - Robert J. Jossen - white collar, securities and commercial
     litigation, corporate investigations, legal ethics

   - Andrew J. Levander - white collar, securities and commercial
     litigation, corporate investigations

   - Gary J. Mennitt - securities and commercial litigation

   - James H. Nix - tax, ERISA, investment management

   - Martin Nussbaum - corporate, M&A

   - Kevin J. O'Brien - white collar and commercial litigation,
     corporate investigations

   - Guy Petrillo - white collar, securities and commercial
     litigation, corporate investigations

   - Benjamin E. Rosenberg - white collar, securities and commercial
     litigation, corporate investigations

   - David S. Rosenthal - corporate, M&A

   - Louis M Solomon - securities and commercial litigation

   - Shari L. Steinberg - securities and commercial litigation

   - Claude M. Tusk - securities, commercial and employment

   - Charles I. Weissman - corporate, M&A

   - Scott M. Zimmerman - corporate, M&A

In Washington, DC
   - Paul T. Denis - antitrust/competition

   - Michael D. Farber - antitrust, white collar, corporate

Dechert facts

--17 global offices, three new ones in the past 18 months. In June 2003, the firm opened an office in Palo Alto Palo Alto, city, California
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, CA, focused on intellectual property, commercial and securities litigation. In January 2004, the firm opened an office in Charlotte, NC where it focuses on real estate and structured finance. In January 2004, Dechert opened an office in Munich, Germany, where it focuses on private equity and investment companies.

--In 2004, Dechert entered into the ranks of million-dollar profits-per-partner firms.

--Ranked as one of the top 50 law firms This list of the world's largest law firms by revenue is taken from The Lawyer and The American Lawyer and is ordered by 2006 revenue:[1]
  1. Clifford Chance, £1,030.2m – International law firm (headquartered in the UK);
  2. Linklaters, £935.
 in "The Global 50" by Legal Business, 2004.

--Ranked among the top 10 international law firms in London (by UK revenue) by The Lawyer, 2004.

--Finalist for top antitrust practice in the United States, Chambers Global, 2003.

--Consistently ranked among the top M&A law firms in the league tables of Mergerstat, Thomson Financial Thomson Financial

A major provider of information, analytical tools, and consulting services to the financial community. The firm, a division of Thomson Corporation, is best known to investors for its First Call segment, which publishes consensus earnings
, and Corporate Control Alert, 2004

--One of the most active law firms in private equity, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

 Private Equity Analyst, 2004.

--One of the top three products liability defense practices in the nation, The American Lawyer, 2004.

--Ranked as one of the top national products liability practices, Chambers USA, 2004.

--One the top investment management practices, Chambers USA, 2004.

--Ranked among the top two firms serving the mutual fund industry,, 2004.

--The firm's U.S. mutual fund practice ranked in the top three by The American Lawyer's "Corporate Scorecard," April 2004.

--Ranked as one of the top two firms in London for investment funds Noun 1. investment funds - money that is invested with an expectation of profit

assets - anything of material value or usefulness that is owned by a person or company
 by Chambers UK.

--Ranked second among leading counsel to the hedge fund hedge fund, in finance, a highly speculative, largely unregulated investment device. Originating in the 1950s, the funds "hedge" by offsetting "short" positions (borrowing a security and then selling it at a higher price before repaying the lender) against "long"  industry by CogentHedge, 2004.

--Ranked among the top ten issuer and manager legal advisors for U.S. Mortgage-backed Securities Mortgage-backed securities (MSBs)

Securities backed by a pool of mortgage loans.
 by Thomson Financial, 2004.

With more than 760 lawyers located in 17 cities around the world, Dechert LLP advises corporations and financial institutions on corporate, transactional, regulatory, and litigation matters. Visit Dechert on the web at
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