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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Commercial and Corporate Litigation

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What the team is known for

Market-leading firm with a strong focus on high-stakes commercial and corporate litigation. Impressive ability to handle highly complex matters concerning multiple parties and jurisdictions. Known for acting on behalf of blue-chip clients including multinational corporations and ultra high net worth individuals. Regularly acts on big-ticket shareholder disputes in the Commercial Court, representing both corporations and minority shareholders.

Strengths

"They are really good at getting into the detail," says a source, adding: "The people I work with are really quite impressive and diligent."

One client notes: "They are unbelievably responsive and proactive in terms of anticipating the direction of litigation."

Interviewees state: "They have such global reach and are very comfortable dealing with jurisdictional issues - they are masters in that area."

Work highlights

Represented ultra high net worth Russian businessman Vasily Anisimov, along with four companies owned by him, in a USD200 million claim brought against him in the Commercial Court concerning a series of transactions relating to the sale of interests in a Kazakh metallurgy plant.

Notable practitioners

James Kennedy is experienced in handling litigation related to breaches of contract and shareholder agreements, as well as tortious interference. He is frequently instructed by blue-chip clients, including FTSE 100 companies and international conglomerates, on a range of high-stakes cases.
"He is a very smooth, clever lawyer, good at managing counsel and clients, and who can provide insight and strategic thinking." "An impressive lawyer who is very calm and sensible."

Patrick Swain is a leader in the field of commercial and corporate litigation, handling large-scale contractual, shareholder and company ownership disputes. He regularly represents leading corporates and financial institutions on complex litigation, often involving foreign jurisdictions.
"He has very good commercial and strategic judgement and makes difficult calls that turn out to be the right ones." "He is a very good lawyer who doesn't take bad points – he fights his client's side while still litigating in a sensible fashion."

Samantha Trevan has considerable experience handling litigation with cross-border elements, including high-value contractual and transactional disputes.
"She is very switched on and very willing to get into the detail on a case." "She's very invested in her cases and really cares about the final product." "Samantha suggested new ideas instead of just working on the inputs we gave her, which was especially valuable to us."

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Commercial and Corporate Litigation Department

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

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100 Bishopsgate

London

Greater London

UK

EC2P 2SR

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Commercial and Corporate Litigation


James M Kennedy
Band 2
Patrick Swain
Band 1
Samantha Trevan
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