Dechert has opened a Chicago office with the addition of securities litigation partners DAVID KISTENBROKER, JONI JACOBSEN, and CARL VOLZ from Katten Muchin Rosenman. 

The Chicago location is the fourth office Dechert has launched since the beginning of the year (the others are in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Almaty, Kazakhstan; and Frankfurt). In an interview with sibling publication The Legal Intelligencer, firm chairman Andrew Levander explained that establishing a physical presence in the Chicago market offers Dechert an opportunity to expand in some of its core practices areas, including private equity, commodities, financial services, real estate financing, and restructuring. Levander also told TLI that the firm expects to add more lawyers in Chicago in the future.
 
Kistenbroker, who had served as managing partner of Katten Muchin’s Chicago office and chairman of the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution practice, will head up the new Dechert office. He specializes in representing public companies in securities class actions, SEC investigations, and corporate governance matters. Jacobsen and Volz represent publicly traded companies in securities actions, directors’ and officers’ liability actions, SEC investigations, corporate governance disputes, and other commercial litigation.
 
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