Freshfields is a commercially savvy, innovative firm that helps clients navigate their most complex issues, wherever they want to do business.
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:
■Abuse of dominance
■Follow-on and other antitrust litigation
It has 294 competition lawyers, including 52 partners.
Contacts: David Broomhall, Martin Klusmann
In the last five years Freshfields has advised on more crossborder M&A deals than any other law firm in the world. It advised on more M&A than any other magic circle firm this year to date (September 2015) – 151 deals with a value of over $375bn globally. It also topped the European, Asia-Pacific and UK league tables in the same period. Freshfields is also a tier 1 legal adviser for ECM. Highlights for 2015 include the IPOs of Sophos, IDH, Shawbrook, DFS, HKBN, Deutsche Pfandbriefbank, John Laing, and HSS; and the UK government’s sale of shares in RBS and Royal Mail. One in three of its deals over US$1bn involved financial sponsors. Recent highlights include the sales of Center Parcs and Wood Mackenzie, and the acquisitions of Sky Bet for CVC, and Nordic Aviation Capital for EQT.
The firm has 890 corporate lawyers worldwide, including 150 partners.
Contact: Rick van Aerssen
Freshfields has over 750 disputes lawyers – including more than 100 partners – with lawyers from over 50 nationalities. The practice has advised on the most high-profile disputes, multi-jurisdictional investigations, competition claims, patent litigation and politically sensitive arbitrations in recent history. It is the market leader for arbitration, competition, intellectual property, investigations, regulation and complex commercial litigation. The technology, banking, energy and environmental sectors have been particularly active, with major mandates for clients including Anglo American, KPMG, Smith & Nephew and ConocoPhillips.
Contact: David Scott
Employment, Pensions and Benefits:
Landmark cases include:
■Advising DEMB on global employment and pension law aspects of its joint venture with Mondelez International creating one of the largest coffee companies with annual revenues of US$7bn
■Advising a leading investment bank on the global disciplinary process in relation to an ongoing investigation into market-wide manipulation allegations and improper conduct by FX traders in connection with benchmark FX rates. We assisted on the implementation of global disciplinary and performance management principles and on appropriate termination and settlement arrangements, while advising on global data protection issues arising from multi-jurisdictional data transfers
The practice has 21 partners and 95 associates.
Contact: Caroline Stroud
■CVC on the €1,420m cov-lite senior facilities, €300m senior secured notes and €335m senior notes supporting its acquisition of the Douglas group
■Lenders on the £600m financing for Mersey Gateway Bridge, that included the first public bond issuance to benefit from the IUK Guarantee Scheme
■Stratford City Shopping Centre LP on a £750m CMBS refinancing of the Westfield Stratford City Shopping Centre
■An ad-hoc group of noteholders on the €775m financial restructuring of the NWR Group
It has over 400 finance lawyers worldwide, including 71 partners, covering restructuring and insolvency, banking, structured finance, derivatives and capital markets, asset finance and project finance.
Clients: Rothschild, Blackstone, CVC, EBRD and Deloitte
Contact: David Trott
Advising on some of the largest and highest profile real estate transactions including:
■Ares on its acquisition of a pan-European portfolio of 30 office properties in six European countries from IVG for c.€400m
■Almacantar on the purchase of office developments One and Two Southbank Place from Braeburn Estates, a joint venture between Canary Wharf and Qatari Diar, for over £550m, the largest property deal ever completed on London’s South Bank
■Morgan Stanley and Madison on the sale of the ‘Trianon Tower’ in Frankfurt for €540m
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 advised:
■BG Group on the £47bn recommended cash and share offer by Royal Dutch Shell
■An ad-hoc group of high-yield noteholders on the €775m restructuring of New World Resources
■Bristol-Myers Squibb on the indirect tax aspects of the $4bn sale of its global diabetes business to AstraZeneca
■MTN on its landmark mobile tower sale and leaseback agreement with IHS Holding Limited in Nigeria
The firm has more than 130 tax lawyers worldwide, including 31 partners and counsel.
Contact: Silvia Paternain