Dechert hires in San Francisco expansion

Dechert LLP announced Tuesday that Sonia Gioseffi has rejoined the firm as a private fund formation partner in the financial services group in San Francisco.

Gioseffi was an associate with Dechert from 2005 through 2007. Since then, she has worked with Morgan, Lewis, and Bockius, and she has been a partner at K & L Gates.

Christopher Harvey, global co-chair of Dechert’s financial services group, said in a statement, “We have known Sonia both through her time at Dechert and working alongside her through various projects over the years. She is highly regarded by clients and members of our financial services group, and we are excited to welcome her back to the firm.”

Gioseffi is the fifth partner to join Dechert’s San Francisco office this year. The new partnerships are part of a California expansion focused on corporate, litigation, and financial services capability. Joshua Hess and Jonathan Stott relocated to California earlier this year. A former federal prosecutor, Hartley West, and a corporate governance litigator, Rick Horvath, have also entered the Dechert partnership fold.

Last year, Dechert added a new product liability trial team in Los Angeles, led by Kimberly Branscome and Jay Bhimani, and took on an intellectual property litigator, Jennifer Swan, in its Silicon Valley office. 

Gioseffi, now back on the firm’s San Francisco team, will structure, form, and see to the compliance needs of private investment funds, including venture capital, private equity, and hedge funds as well as funds of funds.

Gioseffi has a J.D. and an LL.M. from Cornell Law School and a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Gioseffi praised Dechert’s “deep understanding of the environment in which private funds operate,” which is a major draw for her in her return.

“I’m excited to leverage our sophisticated platform to advise clients in all aspects of their private fund businesses,” she said.

Christopher Faille

Christopher Faille has written on a variety of legal, regulatory, and financial issues for decades. He is the author of "The Decline and Fall of the Supreme Court" (1995), for example, and the coauthor, with David O'Connor, of "Basic Economic Principles" (2000). He was an early reporter with Lipper HedgeWorld and has contributed to Forbes and to the Hedge Fund Law Report.
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