Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

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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
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, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Tokyo, Vienna and Washington, DC.

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

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.


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

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:
■ London Stock Exchange on its acquisition of Refinitiv
■ DAZN Group and Access Industries on the combination of Perform Content with STATS LLC
■ Berry Global Group, Inc. on its recommended all-cash offer for RPC Group plc

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.

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:
■ Debenhams and Nyrstar NV on their respective financial restructurings
■ A consortium of bidders including FountainVest Partners, ANTA Sports Products Limited, Anamered Investments Inc and Mount Jiuhua Investment Limited on the financing of their acquisition of Amer Sports Corporation
■ The lenders on a multi-source €11.4bn project financing in relation to the construction and development of the Amur Gas Processing Plant

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.

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

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 on several of the most significant cross-border M&A mandates, including the London Stock Exchange Group’s proposed acquisition of Refinitiv, AB InBev’s sale of its Australian business to Asahi Group Holdings Ltd, and Flutter Entertainment plc’s agreed merger with The Stars Group Inc.


This firm is also ranked in:

Global 2021 USA 2020 Europe 2021 Asia-Pacific 2021 Latin America 2021 High Net Worth 2020 FinTech 2021


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