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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

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Senior Partner: Georgia Dawson

Managing Partners: Alan Mason, Rick van Aerssen and Rafique Bachour.

Number of partners: circa 400

Number of lawyers: 2,800 plus

Languages: Members of the firm speak over 70 languages


Firm Overview:

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (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’ competition practice offers unrivalled expertise in international, EU and national competition law matters. 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

■ Compliance

■ State aid

■ Public procurement

Contact: Thomas Janssens


Corporate:

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:

  • AstraZeneca PLC on its $39bn acquisition of Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc.
  •  Cazoo on its £7bn business combination with SPAC AJAX and subsequent listing on the NYSE
  •  Aon on the sale of Willis Towers Watson assets to Gallagher for approx. $3.57bn
  • Comcast Corporation on its £30.6 billion cash offer to acquire the entire share capital of Sky plc 

Contact: Julian Pritchard


Disputes 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.

Contact: Andrew Hart


People & Reward:

Freshfields work on all aspects of labour and employment law and advise 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: Boris Dzida


Finance:

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:

Malaysia Airlines on its global restructuring, which included the pioneering use of a U.K. scheme of arrangement for its aircraft leases

Retailers House of Fraser, Debenhams and Arcadia on their respective financial restructurings

■ CVC and Messer Group on the acquisition financing for the $3.3bn purchase of gas businesses in North and South America from Linde

■ The lenders on the €12bn project financing of Gazprom’s gas processing plant in Amur, eastern Russia 


Real Estate:

Freshfields’ real estate practice advises on investment transactions, development projects, coinvestment structures, such as joint ventures, and all aspects of corporate real estate. The firm works for some of the largest, most high-profile organisations in the sector: private equity, sovereign wealth and pension funds, real estate investment trusts, and property developers and financiers.

Contact: Johannes Conradi


Regulatory:

Freshfields are market leaders 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:

■ State aid

■ Cartel investigations

■ Merger control

■ Pricing and sales strategies

■ Data protection and security

■ Workplace investigations

Contact: Michael Raffan


Tax:

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:

  • Advised AB InBev on the tax aspects of its acquisition of SABMiller, including the divestiture of SABMiller’s central and eastern European business, and the disposal of the Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime brands.
  • 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 

Contact: David Haworth

Ranked Offices

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UK - Head office
Austria
Bahrain
  • Manama
    Bahrain World Trade Centre, 37st Floor, East Tower, PO Box 20184, Manama, Bahrain, Bahrain
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Belgium
  • Brussels
    Bastion Tower, Place du Champ de Mars/Marsveldplein 5, Brussels, Brussels Capital Region, Belgium, B-1050
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China
  • Beijing
    3705 China World Tower Two, 1 Jianguomenwai Avenue, Beijing, Beijing, China, 100004
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    Hong Kong
    55 Floor, One Island East, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
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France
Germany
Italy
Japan
  • Tokyo
    Akasaka Biz Tower 36F, 5-3-1 Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to, Japan, 107-6336
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Netherlands
  • Amsterdam
    Strawinskylaan 10, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands, 1077 XZ
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Singapore
  • Singapore
    10 Collyer Quay 42-01, Ocean Financial Centre, Singapore, Singapore Island, Singapore, 049315
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Spain
  • Madrid
    Torre Europa, Paseo de la Castellana, 95, Madrid, Madrid, Spain, 28046
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United Arab Emirates
  • Abu Dhabi
    The Makeen Building, Office 202, PO Box 129817, Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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    Dubai
    Al Fattan Currency Tower, 20th Floor, Dubai International Financial Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, PO Box 506 569, Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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USA
  • New York
    601 Lexington Avenue, 31st Floor, New York, New York, USA, NY 10022
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    New York
    601 Lexington Avenue, 31st Floor, New York, New York, USA, NY 10022
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    Redwood City
    855 Main Street, Redwood City, California, USA, 94063
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    Washington, DC
    700 13th Street NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC, District of Columbia, USA, 20005-3960
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Vietnam
  • Hanoi
    Suite 1602 16th Floor Hanoi Central Office, Building, 44B Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Ha Noi, Vietnam
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    Ho Chi Minh City
    1101-1103, Saigon Tower, 29 Le Duan Boulevard, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer rankings

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