Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Corporate/M&A & Private Equity

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What the team is known for

Acclaimed public M&A platform complemented by a robust private equity offering. An established leader in China, winning headline transactional mandates, and also a sizeable presence in South-East Asia. Noted for a longstanding, much-admired presence in Vietnam, drawing on tax, antitrust and finance expertise to provide a one-stop-shop service. Additionally skilled in deals involving India and Japan. Offers private equity expertise in China, Japan, Vietnam and Singapore, acting for leading private equity houses, investment funds and sovereign wealth funds.


A client is quick to highlight that the practice carries a "really strong brand and a super impressive team" to deals, adding: "They are able to bring that international dimension and perspective, and they have a lot of really good market intelligence as well."

"The Freshfields team fully understands the fundamental commercial interests we want to achieve during the legal negotiation process and is very experienced with defending our positions against the counterparties. Freshfields is second to none in this respect," observes an impressed client.

"The partners spot issues by reading between the lines and grasp the grander scheme of deals, coming up with amenable solutions that appeal to all parties," reports another interviewee, adding: "We're very, very grateful for their assistance with document execution, but also for acute and accurate advice that fits our criteria."

"The core team is excellent," according to clients who further praise its ability to provide "round-the-clock service, careful, considered and practical advice," one noting: "They have very good commercial sense, so they not only can advise from a legal perspective, but also take commercial considerations into account."

A client notes: "Their communication is always excellent and they are extremely responsive. The service and information we have received has been of an excellent quality."

"The team are very knowledgeable and efficient in their work, but more importantly they are always readily available and quick in their responses," testifies another.

"The team made meticulous efforts in really thinking ahead and guiding us as the client," reports another source.

A satisfied client notes that "they work very efficiently and fast."

Clients compliment the team: "They are strong on corporate transactions, very strong on local implementation, and are easy to work with."

A source describes the team's "sweet spot as being on complicated M&A in the market."

Work highlights

Advised PayPal on its acquisition of a 70% controlling interest in GoPay from HNA.

Advised Tesco as international counsel on the proposed USD10.6 billion sale of its businesses in Thailand and Malaysia to Charoen Pokphand.

Advised the Blackstone Group on its acquisition of Anantara Maldives from RGR International and Signity Investments.

Represented Zentiva Group in its acquisition of a manufacturing site in the Indian city of Ankleshwar from Sanofi.

Advised General Atlantic as international counsel on its participation in the Series C funding round of technology-enabled education company Ruangguru.

Acted for Seiyo Food - Compass Group on the sale of its restaurants, cafes and shops as part of the client’s strategic plan to spin off its non-core businesses.

Acted for Temasek on its Series C investment in Scommerce.

Notable practitioners

Robert Ashworth and Simon Weller lead the firm's global M&A and Asia transactional practices respectively from their base in Hong Kong. Teresa Ko chairs the firm's China practice and Tony Foster is the team leader in Vietnam. Nigel Gleeson is a key contact in the Singapore office, while Takeshi Nakao is the main contact in Japan. Arun Balasubramanian is a key contact for the India practice.

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