Margaret Andrews Davenport

Former Partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Margaret Andrews Davenport

Margaret Andrews Davenport

Former Partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Margaret (“Peggy”) Andrews Davenport, Co-Chair of the firm’s Corporate Department and former Co-Chair of the Private Equity Group, is one of the leading private equity lawyers in the United States. Ms. Davenport has a broad-based transactional practice advising private equity firms, portfolio companies and other corporate clients in structuring and negotiating mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, recapitalizations, financings and other transactions.

Ms. Davenport is ranked in the top tier for private equity buyouts and investments by Chambers Global (2013) and Chambers USA (2012-2013), where clients describe her as “extremely business-minded” and “excellent, with dexterity and an appreciation of all the subtleties.” Clients also note that “she knows what's important to us, and is an effective lawyer and negotiator.” The Legal 500 US (2012-2013) commends her “great ability to get to the heart of the commercial issues” and IFLR1000 (2014) recognizes Ms. Davenport as a leading M&A practitioner. Private Equity Manager ranks her as one of the top ten U.S. private equity lawyers in its “Legal Power 30,” describing Ms. Davenport as “very efficient, with fantastic judgment and people skills.” She has published articles in Buyouts, The Deal and The M&A Lawyer and is a contributing author of The Private Equity Primer: The Best of the Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report and the Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report.

Ms. Davenport joined Debevoise as an associate in 1987 and became a partner in 1995. She received her B.A. magna cum laude from Amherst College in 1983 and her J.D. from the University of Chicago in 1987.

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Former Partner at Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP is a full-service law firm. The firm offers services in the areas of finance, litigation, tax, banking, life sciences, private equity, real estate, government relations, employment law, and outsourcing. The firm practices in a spectrum of transactional, litigation, corporate, and regulatory areas. Latham & Watkins was established in 1934 and is based in New York, New York.

Education
J.D.
Class of 1987

University of Chicago Law School is the graduate school of law at the University of Chicago. It was founded in 1902 by a coalition of donors led by John D. Rockefeller, and is consistently one of the highest-rated law schools in the United States. The U.S. News & World Report ranks it fourth among U.S. law schools, and it is noted particularly for its influence on the economic analysis of law.

B.A., magna cum laude
Class of 1983

Amherst College educates men and women of exceptional potential from all backgrounds so that they may seek, value, and advance knowledge, engage the world around them, and lead principled lives of consequence. Amherst brings together the most promising students, whatever their financial need, in order to promote diversity of experience and ideas within a purposefully small residential community. Working with faculty, staff, and administrators dedicated to intellectual freedom and the highest standards of instruction in the liberal arts, Amherst undergraduates assume substantial responsibility for undertaking inquiry and for shaping their education within and beyond the curriculum. Amherst College is committed to learning through close colloquy and to expanding the realm of knowledge through scholarly research and artistic creation at the highest level. Its graduates link learning with leadership—in service to the College, to their communities, and to the world beyond.

Career History
Partner
1987 - Prior

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP provides legal services. Practice areas include: complex acquisition, financing transactions, litigation & arbitration, tax, employee benefits, and trusts & estates. The company was founded in 1931 by Eli Whitney Debevoise and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Political Donations
$400
2015

Former Senator from New York

$500
2010

Minority Leader at Office of the Senate Minority Leader, Charles Schumer

$500
2008

Former President of United States

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Clayton Dubilier & Rice LLC, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice Holdings LP purchase High Ridge Brands Co. from High Ridge Brands Holdings LLC, Brynwood Partners Management LLC

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Computer Sciences Corp., CSRA, Inc. purchase SRA International, Inc. from Providence Equity Partners LLC

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Kelso & Cos., Inc., Kelso & Co. LP purchase Rsc Insurance Brokerage, Inc. from Kohlberg & Company LLC

Awards & Honors
2012
Chambers Global
2010
PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook
The Legal 500 United States
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Contributing Author

Debevoise and Plimpton Private Equity Report

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