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
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 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
■ BASF, a German chemical company and the largest chemical producer in the world, on its $6.7bn acquisition of significant components of Bayer’s seed and non-selective herbicide businesses
■ 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
Contact: Julian Pritchard
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
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
Contact: Simon Johnson
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
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:
■ 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
■ 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
Contact: David Haworth