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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

London

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - London
  • 65 Fleet Street
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC4Y 1HS
  • Tel:(020) 7936 4000
  • Fax:(020) 7832 7001
  • Email:Contact Us
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  • Senior Partner: William Lawes
  • Managing Partner: David Aitman
  • Executive Partner: Stephan Eilers
  • Number of partners: 440
  • Number of lawyers: 2,500
  • Languages: Members of the firm speak over 60 languages

Firm Overview: Freshfields is a commercially savvy, innovative law firm that helps clients navigate their most complex business issues. It has over 2,500 lawyers in 28 offices around the world and works with a network of trusted local law firms. It was the official legal services provider to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, helping to deliver one of the world’s largest and multi-faceted events. In 2012 the firm expanded its Asia focus with a new office in Singapore.

Main Areas of Practice:
Antitrust, Competition & Trade:

Since 2010, Freshfields’ competition practice has advised on over half the in-depth merger investigations by the European Commission. It has over 230 competition lawyers in 12 countries, including 52 partners. It advises financial institutions, governments and clients across all sectors on all competition issues, including:
■Merger control
■Abuse of dominance
■Cartel investigations and damages claims
■Compliance
■State aid
■Public procurement
Contacts: John Davies, Martin Klusmann

Corporate:
Freshfields has worked on more cross-border M&A in the last five years than any other law firm. In 2012 alone it worked on almost 250 deals, with a value of $256 billion - more than any other magic circle firm. Freshfields is leading the market in international IPOs across Europe and Asia in the period from 2011 to date (September 2013). Its global financial investor practice advised on three of the seven buyouts worth over €1 billion in 2012 – the only law firm to have done more than one. The firm’s corporate practice has over 700 lawyers worldwide, including 156 partners.
Contact: Edward Braham

Disputes:
Freshfields is handling more high-value arbitration cases than any other firm, worth over $80 billion. It represented ConocoPhillips when Venezuela seized oil assets worth over $30 billion, in one of the largest treaty arbitration cases ever filed. The firm’s disputes practice has over 400 litigation lawyers in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the United States. This includes over 90 partners and 300 associates.
Contact: Christopher Pugh

Employment, Pensions & Benefits:
The practice has 20 partners and 95 associates in 12 countries. Landmark cases for Freshfields’ EPB practice include:
■Advising UPS on its proposed acquisition of TNT Express, which would create the global leader in the logistics industry, with over €45 billion in annual revenues
■Advising on Royal Mail’s restructuring. The deal transfers £37.5 billion of legacy pensions liabilities to the UK state and restructures Royal Mail’s balance sheet
Key Clients: AstraZeneca, Bloomberg, Bristol Myers Squibb, Continental, General Dynamics, Hugo Boss, Lafarge, Morgan Stanley, Merck, Smith & Nephew and UPS
Contact: Nicholas Squire

Finance:
Freshfields’ finance practice advised on:
■The largest leveraged buyout in Europe in 2011 – Com Hem
■The £4.5 billion Intercity express project, the UK’s largest-ever private public partnership
■Center Parcs’ first-of-a-kind £1.2 billion refinancing and development financing
■PLC restructurings, such as the Mouchel Group It has over 350 lawyers worldwide, including 71 partners, covering restructuring and insolvency, banking, structured asset finance and energy and infrastructure.
Key Clients: Rothschild, Blackstone, CVC, Lloyds TSB and Deloitte. Contact: David Trott

Real Estate:
Freshfields’ real estate group has advised on iconic buildings projects, such as Europe’s tallest building, ‘the Shard’, and the 160m ‘Walkie- Talkie’ in London. It also acted for the extensive developments undertaken by LOCOG for the London 2012 Olympic Games. It has over 250 lawyers worldwide advising on all aspects of commercial real estate.
Key Clients: Almacantar, Blackstone, Brookfield, Cerberus, Canada Pension Plan, Grosvenor, Perella Weinberg and the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation.
Contact: Johannes Conradi

Tax:
Freshfields’ tax and disputes teams have a market-leading reputation for resolving investigations and disputes. Freshfields is also one of the few law firms to offer a full transfer pricing service. The practice advised on the $13.7 billion sale of the pharmaceutical company Nycomed to Japan’s largest drugmaker Takeda. It also advised Berggruen on buying and reorganising Karstadt; a deal valued at over €3 billion, with negotiations with tax authorities in 90 municipalities. The firm has over 140 tax lawyers worldwide, including 46 partners and counsel.
Key Clients: Porsche, EMI, E.ON, Rolls-Royce and the London Stock Exchange.
Contact: Silvia Paternain

Branches

  • Bastion Tower,
  • Place du Champ de Mars/Marsveldplein 5,
  • Brussels,
  • Brussels Capital Region
  • Belgium
  • B-1050
  • Tel +32 2 504 7000
  • Fax +32 2 504 7200
  • Email : iris.debremaeker@freshfields.com
  • Potsdamer Platz 1,
  • Berlin,
  • Germany
  • 10785
  • Tel +49 30 20 28 3600
  • Fax +49 30 20 28 3766
  • Email : email@freshfields.com
  • Im Zollhafen 24,
  • Cologne,
  • North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Germany
  • 50678
  • Tel +49 221 20 50 70
  • Fax +49 221 20 50 79 0
  • Email : norbert.nolte@freshfields.com
  • Feldmühleplatz 1,
  • Düsseldorf,
  • North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Germany
  • 40545
  • Tel +49 211 49 79 0
  • Fax +49 211 49 79 10 3
  • Bockenheimer Anlage 44,
  • Frankfurt-am-Main,
  • Hessen
  • Germany
  • 60322
  • Tel +49 69 27 30 80
  • Fax +49 69 23 26 64
  • Hohe Bleichen 7,
  • Hamburg,
  • Germany
  • 20354
  • Tel +49 40 36 90 60
  • Fax +49 40 36 90 61 55
  • Email : email@freshfields.com
  • Prannerstrasse 10,
  • Munich,
  • Bavaria
  • Germany
  • 80333
  • Tel +49 89 20 70 20
  • Fax +49 89 20 70 21 00
  • Email : email@freshfields.com
  • Via dei Giardini 7,
  • Milan,
  • Lombardy
  • Italy
  • 20121
  • Tel +39 02 625 301
  • Fax +39 02 625 30800
  • Email : email@freshfields.com
  • Piazza del Popolo 18,
  • Rome,
  • Lazio
  • Italy
  • 00187
  • Tel +39 06 695 331
  • Fax +39 06 695 33800
  • Email : email@freshfields.com
  • Strawinskylaan 10,
  • Amsterdam,
  • North Holland
  • Netherlands
  • 1077 XZ
  • Tel +31 20 485 7000
  • Fax +31 20 485 7001
  • Email : email@freshfields.com
  • Kadashevskaya nab 14/2,
  • Moscow,
  • Russia
  • 119017
  • Tel +7 495 785 3000
  • Fax +7 495 785 3001
  • Email : email@freshfields.com
  • Mestre Nicolau 19,
  • Barcelona,
  • Catalonia
  • Spain
  • 08021
  • Tel +34 93 363 7400
  • Fax +34 93 419 7799