Debevoise & Plimpton LLP Named Best Law Firm (Fund Formation) in Asia

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has been named Best Law Firm (Fund Formation) in Asia by the Private Equity International Awards 2008, presented by Private Equity International magazine and

….. based upon an annual global readers’ poll.

This marks the second time since 2005 that the firm received the top award in this category. Debevoise was also honored as the Best Law Firm (Fund Formation) in North America for 2007, 2005 and 2003, and as the Best Law Firm (Deals) in North America for 2006 and 2004.

In its award citation, Private Equity International notes that Debevoise “has carved a niche for itself [in Asia] to rank alongside the strong reputation of the New York practice” and that “[s]taying one step ahead of potential GP pitfalls is what helps a law firm like Debevoise stay top of its game.” The awards are listed in their entirety on and in Private Equity International’s 2008 Annual Review.

Debevoise’s private equity funds practice is one of the largest in the world, whether measured by the number of funds, total committed capital or resources devoted to private equity fund formation. Since 2000, Debevoise has acted as counsel for sponsors of or investors in nearly 1,100 private equity funds worldwide, with committed capital of over $1 trillion. During the past 25 years, Debevoise has advised private equity firms on the formation of, and represented investors in, private equity funds pursuing all major investment strategies, including buyouts, venture capital, mezzanine, workouts and distressed debt, real estate, infrastructure, media and telecommunications, healthcare, energy and other sector and regional funds, as well as funds of funds.

Debevoise’s private funds group operates globally; the firm has full-service fund formation teams in its New York, London and Hong Kong offices and represents funds investing in all corners of the globe.

Nine years ago, the firm introduced the Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report, which focuses on the ways in which legal and market developments impact private equity firms and their investors in their fundraising, investing, acquisitions, financing and monetization activities. In 2006, the firm published The Private Equity Primer: The Best of the Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report, a one-stop guide to the business, legal, tax and regulatory issues affecting private equity.