Competition, Regulation & Trade:
Herbert Smith Freehills’ leading competition and antitrust practice is widely recognised by peers and the market. The team advises many of the world’s blue chip organisations, in a wide range of industries, across the full spectrum of competition work including investigations, litigation, merger clearance and advice on regulated sectors. The firm frequently advises on complex, multijurisdictional matters across different regions. Many of the firm’s lawyers have spent time working for regulatory authorities, enabling the team to provide unique insight. The firm has unrivalled experience in advising a complainant, defendant or regulator.
Contacts: James Quinney and Paul Hughes
Herbert Smith Freehills’ corporate team offers market leading capability on public and private M&As, JVs, corporate restructurings, corporate governance, capital markets fundraising, energy and infrastructure projects and tax. The practice has also advised on major restructurings and capital raisings. The firm works on complex domestic and cross-border transactions across industries, utilising its leading reputation for sectoral expertise in energy, mining and infrastructure, financial services and TMT. The firm’s clients include the world’s leading corporates and other commercial organisations, investment banks and other financial institutions, governments and public sector bodies.
Contact: Scott Cochrane
Dispute Resolution: Herbert Smith Freehills has a long established reputation for resolving large, complex and high value disputes and minimising clients’ exposure to contentious risk. The firm’s disputes practice provides a comprehensive dispute resolution service for domestic and international clients including cross-border and domestic commercial litigation, international arbitration, contentious financial services regulation, insurance, tax, trust, pharma, construction, IP, energy and banking disputes, internal investigations, sanctions, corporate crime, civil fraud, product liability and health and safety. The practice also specialises in providing advice on pre-litigation matters and works alongside non-contentious teams as risk managers. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is an integral part of the practice. The team regularly undertakes mediations, expert determinations, adjudications and bespoke processes to resolve disputes. The firm’s unique in-house advocacy unit provides a number of benefits for clients including ease of instruction and reduction in cost. The firm has a leading global e-Discovery and Alternative Legal Services business, which focuses on document review and offers clients an attractive combination of quality, efficiency and pricing.
Contact: Justin D’Agostino
Herbert Smith Freehills’ global practice covers all finance, capital markets and debt disciplines, meaning that the firm is able to provide clients with seamless advice when they require capital in multiple currencies and jurisdictions. The practice is equally adept at advising borrowers and lenders on a range of corporate, acquisition and event-driven financings, real estate finance, project and infrastructure finance, energy finance and Islamic Finance. The practice is recognised for its strong transaction management skill and ability to handle demanding structuring issues. The firm’s international capability enables it to excel within the emerging markets, particularly in the energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors.
Contacts: Gary Hommel and John Nestel
Herbert Smith Freehills’ market-leading practice encompasses the full range of commercial real estate transactions throughout the asset life cycle. In addition to real estate M&As, investment, development, leasing and JVs, the firm advises on the design and delivery of complex, tax-driven investment structures using a variety of onshore/offshore vehicles, large-scale regeneration, infrastructure and energy development projects and financings and restructurings. The team advises leading international investors, developers, funders, private equity houses, occupiers and corporates. It is recognised for combining in-depth commercial knowledge with coordinated property, corporate, tax and finance expertise.
Contacts: Donald Rowlands and David Sinn
Employment, Pensions & Incentives:
The Herbert Smith Freehills team resolves employment related issues at a national, regional and global level. The firm’s expertise includes employment, industrial relations, pensions/superannuation, incentives and employee benefits, discrimination and equal opportunity, work health and safety, board and executive matters and workplace training. Clients include multinational corporations, leading national businesses, financial institutions, public sector bodies and pension/superannuation trustees. The team is recognised for providing thoughtful, cost effective, and commercial advice.
Contacts: Alison Brown and Miles Bastick