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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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Senior Partner: Edward Braham
Managing Partner: Stephan Eilers
Asia Managing Partner: Georgia Dawson
Number of partners in Asia: 35
Number of lawyers in Asia: 220+
Languages: Members of the firm speak over 60 languages, including English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, German, Hindi, Malay, Indonesian, Spanish and Tamil.

Firm Overview:
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP (Freshfields) is a global law firm with a long-standing track record of successfully supporting the world’s leading national and multinational corporations, financial institutions and governments on groundbreaking and business-critical mandates. Freshfields’ 2,800 plus lawyers deliver results worldwide through its own offices and alongside leading local firms. Freshfields’ commitment, local and multi-national expertise and business know-how means Freshfields’ clients rely on the firm when it matters most.

Main Areas of Practice:

Antitrust, Competition & Trade:

Freshfields has an unrivalled market share of indepth Phase II merger investigations by the European Commission. It advises financial institutions, governments and other clients worldwide through complex remedy negotiations across all sectors on all competition issues, including:
■ Merger Control
■ Abuse of Dominance
■ Cartel Investigations
■ Follow-on and other antitrust litigation
■ Training & Compliance
Contacts: Alastair Mordaunt, Kaori Yamada

In the past few years, Freshfields has advised on more cross-border M&A deals than any other law firm in the world. It has also consistently topped the European, Asia-Pacific and UK league tables. Recent highlights include advising:
■ A consortium on the €4.6bn voluntary recommended public cash tender offer for Amer Sports (Winner of the Deal of the Year at the 2019 FinanceAsia China Awards)
■ A member of a Bain-led consortium on the US$18bn acquisition of Toshiba Memory Corporation
■ Rio Tinto on the US$3.5bn sale of its interest in the Grasberg mine in Indonesia
Contacts: Robert Ashworth, Simon Weller

Equity Capital Markets:
The firm has one of the world’s strongest international equity capital markets practices. Its global securities lawyers are renowned for their experience on some of the largest, most complex and novel securities transactions across all industries. Recent highlights include advising:
■ Budweiser Brewing Company APAC on the US$5bn Hong Kong IPO
■ China Tower on its US$6.9bn Hong Kong IPO (Winner of the Equity Market Deal of the Year at the 2019 ALB Hong Kong Law Awards)
Contacts: Stephen Revell, Teresa Ko

Dispute Resolution:
Freshfields has helped clients manage some of the most high-profile and business critical disputes, multi-jurisdictional investigations, competition claims, patent litigation and politically sensitive arbitrations in recent history. Freshfields is the market leader for arbitration, competition, intellectual property, investigations, regulation and complex commercial litigation. The firm has been particularly active in the technology, financial services, energy and consumer sectors.
Contacts: Georgia Dawson, William Robinson

People & Reward:
Freshfields works on all aspects of labour and employment law and advises global employers on everything from major projects (e.g. M&A transactions, cross border business restructuring), compliance and policies, whistleblowing and workplace investigations as well as hiring and firing. The team is equally expert in remuneration and reward matters and the design and implementation of bespoke incentive plans. It has significant experience advising on the most complex pensions projects, including liability management, funding and covenant support and scheme consolidations.
Contact: Kathleen Healy

The firm has finance lawyers worldwide, covering restructuring and insolvency, banking, structured finance, derivatives and capital markets, asset finance and project finance. Freshfields has recently advised:
■ NagaCorp’s US$300m bond due 2023
■ Permira on its acquisition financing for its purchase of Tricor
Contact: Andrew Heathcote

Freshfields is a market leader in proactively identifying risk arising from legislative changes, helping multinational businesses to minimise it and working closely with regulatory authorities in multiple jurisdictions. The firm’s regulatory lawyers are spread across several practice groups, including antitrust, competition and trade, data and IP, people and reward, tax and financial regulatory, with vast experience of working on strategic advisory, transactional, investigative and enforcement issues, including:
■ Anti-Bribery & Anti-Corruption
■ Whistle-Blower & White Collar Crime
■ Sanctions
■ Financial Regulations & Compliance
■ Data Protection & Security
Contacts: Georgia Dawson, William Robinson, Royce Miller, Richard Bird


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