Dewey & LeBoeuf closes first deal post merger

The first deal to be completed by newly merged firm Dewey & LeBoeuf has been closed by a London-based legacy Dewey Ballantine partner.

Equity capital markets partner George Barboutis closed the deal two hours after the merger between Dewey and LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae went live on Monday (1 October).

As such, the deal included the first legal opinion issued by Dewey & LeBoeuf. Barboutis told The Lawyer: “We were scrambling around at 7 am to find the new Dewey & LeBoeuf letterhead. I had forewarned the client that he would be receiving a Dewey & LeBoeuf opinion even though he had instructed a Dewey Ballantine team last week.”

The deal saw Barboutis, who is qualified in Greece, New York and England, advise Credit Suisse as the underwriters of an €80m (£55.8m) equity offering by the National Bank of Greece, advised by local firm Bernitsas. It offered its 5 per cent interest in Hellenic Exchanges, the company that owns the Athens Stock Exchange.