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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - London
  • 65 Fleet Street
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC4Y 1HS
  • Tel:(020) 7785 5554
  • 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: 429
  • Number of lawyers: over 2,500
  • Languages: Members of the firm speak over 60 languages

Firm Overview:
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:
Since 2010 Freshfields has advised on over half the in-depth merger investigations by the European Commission. 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
It has 255 competition lawyers, including 54 partners.
Contacts: David Broomhall, Martin Klusmann

Corporate:
In the last five years Freshfields has advised on more cross-border M&A deals than any other law firm in the world. It advised on more M&As than any other magic circle firm this year to date (September 2014) – 150 deals with a value of over $310bn globally. It also topped the European, Asia-Pacific and UK league tables in the same period.
Freshfields is the top legal adviser for global IPOs in the first half of 2014. Highlights include the IPOs of HK Electric, Merlin Properties and Saga. One in three of its deals over US$1bn involved financial sponsors. Recent highlights include the sales of Travelex and Pizza Express, and the acquisitions of Gas Natural Fenosa Telecomunicaciones for Cinven, and the Lombard Group for Blackstone.
The firm has over 680 corporate lawyers worldwide, including 166 partners.
Contact: Rick van Aerssen

Disputes:
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 America, KPMG, Smith & Nephew and ConocoPhillips.
Contact: David Scott

Employment, Pensions & Benefits:
Landmark cases include:
• Bristol-Myers Squibb on the worldwide employment, pensions and benefits aspects of the $4bn sale of its global diabetes business to AstraZeneca, including information and consultation processes and works council matters, employee transfer and pension issues
• A FTSE 100 company on defending a whistleblowing claim by a senior executive. This claim arose out of the allegations of fraud within the company’s east Asian operations and as a result of a well-publicised shareholder dispute.
The practice has 21 partners and 95 associates.
Clients: AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, UPS and Pearson
Contact: Caroline Stroud

Finance:
Freshfields advised on:
• The €325m cov-lite facilities supporting Cinven’s acquisition of Gas Natural Fenosa Telecomunicaciones, one of the first UK law-governed cov-lite financings
• The £2bn Thameslink rolling stock programme, recognised as the largest and most complex rolling stock procurement to date
• The £3bn bank and bond refinancing platform for the AA, including its inaugural high yield bond offering
• The financial restructuring of Waste Recycling Group – on a fully consensual basis among 27 lenders
It has over 400 finance lawyers worldwide, including 74 partners, covering restructuring and insolvency, banking, structured finance, derivatives and capital markets, asset finance and project finance.
Clients: Rothschild, Blackstone, CVC, Lloyds TSB and Deloitte
Contact: David Trott

Real Estate:
Freshfields has advised on the largest and most high-profile real estate deals, including:
• The largest acquisition in the European logistics market, involving 48 properties and a deal value of €800m on behalf of TPG and Ivanhoé Cambridge
• Simon Property on its joint venture with McArthurGlen on the acquisition of a pan-European portfolio of real outlet centres operating under the McArthurGlen brand
• Dalian Wanda, one of China’s largest development companies, on its first UK real estate acquisition of One Nine Elms, with planning permission for a hotel and residential complex
Clients: Almacantar, Blackstone, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Dalian Wanda, Land Securities and TPG
Contact: Johannes Conradi

Tax:
Freshfields advises clients across sectors on their most exacting deals, tax investigations and disputes, and consultancy tax matters. The tax practice advised:
• Rosneft Oil Company on the acquisition of the Global Oil Merchanting unit from Morgan Stanley’s commodities division
• A Warburg Pincus-led consortium on its $200m investment and strategic partnership with Vingroup Joint Stock Company, Vietnam’s largest private-sector real estate operator
• On the sale of shares of Hochtief AirPort to the Canadian pension fund Public Sector Pension Investment Board
The firm has over 130 tax lawyers worldwide, including 40 partners and counsel.
Contact: Silvia Paternain

    Contacts
  • Antitrust, Competition & Trade: John Davies, Martin Klusmann
  • Corporate: Edward Braham
  • Dispute Resolution: Chris Pugh
  • Employment, Pensions & Benefits: Klaus-Stefan Hohenstatt
  • Finance: Alan Newton, Dirk Schmalenbach
  • IP/IT:  Klaus Beucher
  • Real Estate: Chris Morris
  • Tax:  Murray Clayson
  • Associate Recruitment:  Richard McCabe, Megan Ascione
  • Graduate Recruitment:  Ben Staveley

Branches

  • The Makeen Building,
  • Office 202,
  • PO Box 129817,
  • Abu Dhabi,
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Tel +971 2 6521 700
  • Fax +971 2 6521 777
  • Strawinskylaan 10,
  • Amsterdam,
  • North Holland
  • Netherlands
  • 1077 XZ
  • Tel +31 20 485 7000
  • Fax +31 20 485 7001
  • Email : email@freshfields.com
  • Bahrain World Trade Centre ,
  • 37st Floor,
  • East Tower,
  • PO Box 20184,
  • Manama,
  • Bahrain
  • Bahrain
  • Tel +973 1 713 4333
  • Fax +973 1 713 4300
  • 3705 China World Tower Two,
  • 1 Jianguomenwai Avenue,
  • Beijing,
  • China
  • 100004
  • Tel +86 10 6505 3448
  • Fax +86 10 6505 7783
  • Email : asianewsletters@freshfields.com
  • Potsdamer Platz 1,
  • Berlin,
  • Germany
  • 10785
  • Tel +49 30 20 28 3600
  • Fax +49 30 20 28 3766
  • Email : email@freshfields.com
  • 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 : jennifer.kennedy@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
  • Al Fattan Currency Tower, 20th Floor,
  • Dubai International Financial Centre,
  • Sheikh Zayed Road,
  • PO Box 506 569,
  • Dubai,
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Tel +971 4 5099 100
  • Fax +971 4 5099 111
  • 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
  • #1108 Saigon Tower,
  • 29 Le Duan Boulevard,
  • District 1,
  • Ho Chi Minh City,
  • Vietnam
  • Tel +84 8 38226 680
  • Fax +84 8 38226 690
  • Email : asianewsletters@freshfields.com
  • 65 Fleet Street,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC4Y 1HS
  • Tel (020) 7936 4000
  • Fax (020) 7832 7001
  • DX 23 Chancery Lane, WC2
  • Email : enquiries@freshfields.com
  • Via dei Giardini 7,
  • Milan,
  • Lombardy
  • Italy
  • 20121
  • Tel +39 02 625 301
  • Fax +39 02 625 30800
  • 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
  • Prannerstrasse 10,
  • Munich,
  • Bavaria
  • Germany
  • 80333
  • Tel +49 89 20 70 20
  • Fax +49 89 20 70 21 00
  • Email : email@freshfields.com
  • 601 Lexington Avenue,
  • 31st Floor,
  • New York,
  • USA
  • NY 10022
  • Tel 212 277 4000
  • Fax 212 277 4001
  • Piazza del Popolo 18,
  • Rome,
  • Lazio
  • Italy
  • 00187
  • Tel +39 06 695 331
  • Fax +39 06 695 33800
  • Email : email@freshfields.com
  • 10 Collyer Quay 42-01,
  • Ocean Financial Centre,
  • Singapore,
  • Singapore Island
  • Singapore
  • 049315
  • Tel +65 6636 8000
  • Fax +65 6636 7000
  • Akasaka Biz Tower 36F,
  • 5-3-1 Akasaka Minato-ku ,
  • Tokyo,
  • Tokyo-to
  • Japan
  • 107-6336
  • Tel +81 3 3584 8500
  • Fax +81 3 3584 8501
  • Email : asianewsletters@freshfields.com
  • 700 13th Street NW,
  • 10th Floor,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20005-3960
  • Tel +1 202 777 4500
  • Fax +1 202 777 4555