Senior Partner: Edward Braham
Managing Partner: Stephan Eilers
Number of partners: circa 400
Number of lawyers: 2,800 plus
Languages: Members of the firm speak over 60 languages
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 ground-breaking and business-critical mandates. The firm’s 2,800 plus lawyers deliver results worldwide through its own offices and alongside leading local firms. Freshfields’ commitment, local and multinational expertise and business know-how means its clients rely on the firm when it matters most.
Main Areas of Practice:
Antitrust, Competition & Trade:
Freshfields has an unrivalled market share of in-depth 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
■ State aid
■ Public procurement
Contact: Thomas Janssens
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:
■ Comcast Corporation on its £30.6 billion cash offer to acquire the entire share capital of Sky plc
■ Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest brewer and owner of the Budweiser, Stella Artois and Corona brands, on its acquisition of SABMiller plc, the world’s second largest brewer and owner of the Peroni, Grolsch, Pilsner and Castle brands, valuing SABMiller at £79bn
■ Merck KGaA on the sale of its global Consumer Health business to Procter & Gamble for approximately €3.4bn cash. The transaction will be executed through the sale of Merck’s shares in a number of legal entities as well as various asset sales
■ Worldpay on the disposal of its €21.2bn interest in Visa Europe Limited
Contact: Rick van Aerssen
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.
Contact: Andrew Hart
People & Reward:
Freshfields work on all aspects of labour and employment law and advise global employers on everything from major projects (eg 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: Caroline Stroud
Freshfields has recently advised:
■ The Monarch Group, a leading UK independent airline group, on its continued turnaround
■ HDFC on the first ever corporate issuance of Synthetic INR Notes, otherwise known as ‘Masala Bonds’
■ Zero Bypass Limited on construction of Slovakia’s D4 Highway and R7 Expressway The firm has finance lawyers worldwide, covering restructuring and insolvency, banking, structured finance, derivatives and capital markets, asset finance and project finance.
Clients: Rothschild, Blackstone, CVC, EBRD and Deloitte
Contact: Simon Johnson
The firm’s real estate practice has advised on some of the largest and highest profile real estate transactions including:
■ Brookfield on the acquisition of a controlling stake in International Campus Group, a Munich based operator, manager and developer of student housing, micro-living and co-working real estate in Europe
■ QuadReal on its €400m investment in a joint venture partnership, structured as an investment fund, alongside CPPIB and GLP, for acquiring land in continental Europe for development into hub and last mile logistics facilities Clients: AXA, Blackstone, CPP Investment Board, Deutsche AWM, KKR, Land Securities, Norges, TPG.
Contact: Johannes Conradi
Freshfields’ tax practice advises clients across all sectors on their most exacting deals, tax investigations and disputes, and consultancy tax matters, worldwide.
The tax practice has recently advised:
■ Liberty Global on the sale of its operations in Germany, Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic to Vodafone for a total enterprise value of approximately €19bn
■ RELX Group on the simplification of its UK/ Netherlands dual-listed company structure into a single parent company listed in London, Amsterdam and New York via a cross-border merger of RELX NV into RELX PLC
■ Ares Management Real Estate on its acquisition of a 240,000-square-metre office portfolio of 30 properties in six European countries for €400m, and on parallel and subsequent disposals of properties within the acquired portfolio Contact: Ulf Johannemann