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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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Senior Partner: Edward Braham
Managing Partner: Stephan Eilers
Office Managing Partner, London: Claire Wills 
Number of partners: 400+
Number of lawyers: 2,800+
UK Offices: London, Manchester
International Offices: Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Bahrain, Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, Vienna and Washington, DC.

Contacts:
Finance:
Simon Johnson
Dispute Resolution: Sarah Parkes
Antitrust, Competition & Trade: Simon Priddis
Corporate: Julian Pritchard
People & Reward: Kathleen Healy
Real Estate: Alexander Watt
Tax: Helen Lethaby


THE FIRM 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 multi-national expertise and business know-how means its clients rely on the firm when it matters most.

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK

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 & Other Antitrust Litigation
■ Compliance
■ State Aid
■ Public Procurement

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:
■ Comcast Corporation on its £30.6 billion cash offer to acquire the entire share capital of Sky plc
■ Funding Circle on its IPO and premium listing in London
■ London Stock Exchange on its acquisition of Refinitiv

Disputes:
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.

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:
■ 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
■ Berry Global Group Inc on its all-debt funded all-cash public takeover of RPC Group plc, an international leader in the design and engineering of plastic products


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.


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.

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

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:
■ 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

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