Debevoise Expands London Private Equity Practice

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP today announced that David Innes will join the firm as a Partner in its London office, expanding the firm’s private equity transactional practice. David joins Debevoise from Travers Smith, where he has been a partner since 2000 specializing in private equity and M&A.

At Debevoise, David will continue to focus on private equity transactional work in the UK and Europe. He is a recognized leader in private equity, having represented clients in some of the most prominent transactions over recent years, including one of the largest buyouts in the UK thus far in 2010.

Martin Frederic Evans, Presiding Partner of Debevoise, said: “We are thrilled to have one of Europe’s leading private equity lawyers join our firm. David will be a strong complement to our internationally recognized practice group, which has been involved in some of the largest and most complex cross-border transactions in the industry. In the years ahead, we expect David will play a leading role in the long-term growth of our private equity M&A practice and help expand our presence in the London market.”

“We are delighted that David is joining us,” said James C. Scoville, head of Debevoise’s London office. “He will add significant depth to our team and enhance our ability to offer the full range of services out of London that our fund clients and their portfolio companies require. We already have leading U.S. and English mergers and acquisitions, funds formation, leveraged finance and tax practices here. David’s arrival provides us with added strength specifically in private equity M&A. In addition to building out this core practice in London, we expect his expertise will significantly strengthen our firm’s ability to meet the needs of our clients throughout Europe and globally.”

David Innes said: “I have had 10 fulfilling years at Travers Smith but the opportunity to join Debevoise and to help expand and develop its London private equity practice, as part of its global platform, was too good to miss.”

Debevoise has been a pioneer in private equity mergers and acquisitions for over 25 years, crafting innovative solutions for some of the largest and most complex transactions in the industry, many of which are cross-border in nature. With over 200 lawyers in the U.S., Europe and Asia devoted to and experienced in serving private equity firms and investors in every region of the world, Debevoise is among a handful of firms with a truly global private equity practice.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is a leading international law firm, representing a wide range of clients in transactions and disputes around the world. Founded in 1931, the firm has offices in New York, Washington, D.C., London, Paris, Frankfurt, Moscow, Hong Kong and Shanghai.