Dechert adds experienced PE attorney to its San Francisco Group

Dechert LLP announced this week the addition of an experienced private equity mergers-and-acquisitions attorney as a partner in its San Francisco corporate and securities group.

The new partner, Nicole Macarchuk, is the former general counsel and chief operating officer of Angel Island Capital, a multi-strategy credit boutique, also in San Francisco. She has had plenty of experience with the alternative asset management industry. Before Angel Island she was managing director and general counsel for public markets for KKR.

“I am thrilled to join Dechert and work side by side with attorneys I came to know and respect during my time at KKR and Angel Island,” she said. “These relationships, along with the firm’s ability to provide high quality legal, regulatory, and industry counsel on a global scale, is what drew me to Dechert.”

Dechert’s CEO, Henry Nassau, observed: “Nicole’s exceptional client-side experience and business sense, and her deep expertise in private equity and credit investing across multiple industries and geographies, and unique and invaluable additions to our practice, especially as alternative asset managers are launching new products and strategies at a record pace.” 

Macarchuk is also a member of the board of Heluna Health, a California based nonprofit devoted to empowering health researchers and organizations to “become the best at what they do.” 

She is the sixth partner in the last year to join Dechert’s San Francisco office, because the firm has decided to beef up its corporate, litigation, and financial services in California.  The other five new partners to arise from that beefing-up are: corporate governance litigator Rick Horvath, litigation partner Joshua Hess, private equity M&A partner Jonathan Stott, private fund formation partner Sonia Gioseffi, and former federal prosecutor Hartley West.

Two years ago, Dechert welcomed a product liability trial team led by Kimberly Branscome and Jay Bhimani to the Los Angeles office, and it brought in an intellectual property litigator, Jennifer Swan, to Silicon Valley.

Dechert has 22 offices around the world. Its private equity practice advises 300 PE and other private investment clients.

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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