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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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London: Corporate and commercial

Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 1

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP's 'very good' tax group handles the spectrum of large corporate, funds, private equity and capital markets transactions, drawing on the firm's market-leading transactional capabilities across sectors. The department is led by David Haworth. Key individuals include finance tax head Paul Davison and transfer-pricing head Murray Clayson; Sarah Falk is recommended for corporate finance transactions and restructurings.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Simon Priddis heads the practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP , which advises clients on cartel investigations, competition compliance, merger control, public procurement and state aid concerns, among others. Recent projects which Priddis has advised upon include advising a major US pharmaceutical group on the European Commission’s enquiry into the pharmaceutical sector and advising Manchester United FC on a UK regulatory enquiry into its season ticket arrangements. Rod Carlton's sector focus spans financial services, telecoms, transport and retail; he acted for BT in achieving unconditional competition clearance for its acquisition of EE. Deirdre Trapp recently represented SSE in relation to the Competition Market Authority (CMA)’s investigation into the UK energy market. James Aitken handles obtaining regulatory clearances for mergers, and has particular experience of advising regulated utilities. John Davies divides his time between the firm’s London and Brussels offices; projects he has been involved with include advising Comcast on the competition and regulatory strategy for its bid for Sky TV and 21st Century Fox and advising ChemChina on the global merger control aspects of its $8bn bid for Pirelli. Alex Potter possesses considerable multijurisdictional experience, having worked out of the firm’s London, Brussels and Hong Kong offices. Michele Davis is noted for her experience in the regulated sectors, including energy and utilities, water and telecoms.

Leading individuals

Alex Potter - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Deirdre Trapp - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

James Aitken - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

John Davies - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Rod Carlton - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Simon Priddis - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Next generation lawyers

Michele Davis - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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Equity capital markets
Equity capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

With enviable experience in major IPOs, convertibles transactions, block trades and accelerated book-builds, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP's practice handles transactions involving numerous jurisdictions. Mark Austin and Piers Prichard Jones acted for ZPG on its £2.2bn acquisition by Silver Lake via a scheme of arrangement; Austin and Adrian Maguire assisted Bakkavor on its IPO on the LSE. On the underwriter side, Austin advised Barclays and Numis on Alfa's LSE IPO. Emma Rachmaninov made partner in May 2018.

Leading individuals

Mark Austin - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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Financial services
Financial services (non-contentious/ regulatory) - ranked: tier 1

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Financial services contentious - ranked: tier 1

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

'Market-leading in the financial services space', Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP 's 'broad-ranging practice' represents an eclectic mix of clients in the financial services industry,  including investment banks, market infrastructure entities and asset management firms across a range of advisory, transactional, investigative and enforcement matters. Able to leverage the expertise of lawyers out of London as well as globally, the firm excels at handling strategically important matters requiring consideration not only of domestic regulatory issues, but also global ones. In addition to advising on the impact of Brexit on the industry, as well as the team is providing guidance to some of the largest financial institutions on the implications of MiFID II. Leveraging the firm's reputation as an 'outstanding brand for global transactions', in addition to handling standalone regulatory mandates, a significant amount of the firm's non-contentious work relates to financial services M&A. James Smethurst has an excellent reputation in the market across a broad swathe of regulatory and transactional matters, including prudential standards and conduct matters. Other key practitioners on the non-contentious front include global financial services head Michael Raffan, whose prudential expertise regularly sees him advising on core issues relating to capital adequacy issues and resolution planning matters; David Rouch, who is noted in particular for his regulatory work in relation to asset management clients; and Mark Kalderon, who is noted for his regulatory expertise on behalf of commercial and investment banks. On the contentious front, the firm excels in representing clients that are the subject of multi-jurisdictional regulatory investigations (often involving parallel private litigation). David Scott, Simon Orton, Ian Taylor, Andrew Hart, Piers Reynolds and corporate crime expert Ali Sallaway are recommended.

Leading individuals

Ali Sallaway - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

David Scott - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Mark Kalderon - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Michael Raffan - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+
M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+ - ranked: tier 1

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP 's M&A practice is co-headed by Piers Prichard Jones and Jennifer Bethlehem. Jones is particularly well known for his work on transformational M&A transactions; his recent work includes the $90bn Glencore-Xstrata merger and Cheung Kong Infrastructure’s $6bn acquisition of Northumbrian Water. Bethlehem heads the firm’s healthcare practice, and has previously advised AstraZeneca on its defence of Pfizer’s $118bn bid. Stephen Hewes is an expert for technology-sector M&A. Natasha Good is also recommended for M&A in the TMT sector. Other names of note include managing partner Julian Long , Edward Braham and Alison Smith.

Leading individuals

Edward Braham - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Julian Long - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Stephen Hewes - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions ‚Äď high-value deals - ranked: tier 1

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP's longstanding track record in the private equity arena has enabled it to capture a sizeable portion of the market for strategically significant, multijursidictional large-cap transactions, where it acts for global private equity sponsors, financial institutions and corporates. The London team, which works closely with other offices across the global network, is widely acknowledged as one of the leading in this space. In 2018, Adrian Maguire and James Scott were the lead advisers to Montagu Private Equity on its acquisition of Wireless Logic from CVC. Maguire also worked with Victoria Sigeti, Christopher Davis and tax partner Helen Lethaby on Cinven's £475m sale of Northgate Public Services Limited to NEC Corporation. Tim Wilmot and Christopher Mort were part of the team advising CVC on the sale of Sky Betting & Gaming to The Stars Group Inc for $4.7bn. Charles Hayes and senior associate Rós Ní Dhubháin are also recommended. David Higgins departed for Kirkland & Ellis International LLP.

Leading individuals

Adrian Maguire - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Next generation lawyers

Charles Hayes - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 2

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP deals with multi-jurisdictional fraud cases. James Kennedy heads the team and handles commercial litigation proceedings, multi-jurisdictional investigations, public law and judicial review. Matthew Bruce is an experienced commercial litigator. Philip Croall focuses on multi-party disputes involving cross-border litigation.

Leading individuals

James Kennedy - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 1

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP  ’s practice is highly rated for the global defence of its financial institution clients, including high-profile investigations. Examples of highly significant work include leading the representation of the senior creditor group in the Lehman Brothers International (Europe) administration waterfall proceedings, which involved a series of complex and novel issues of banking and insolvency law relating to the effect of International Swaps and Derivatives Association and other transactional documents to determine the allocation of the £7bn surplus in the administration. Simon Orton, who leads the financial institutions disputes group, recently advised significant global financial institutions on multi-jurisdictional investigations concerning activities in various trading businesses; and David Scott, who heads the firm’s global dispute resolution practice, specialises in banking and financial services litigation and regulatory proceedings, and acts on a wide range of banking and commercial disputes for banks, asset managers, insurance companies and other financial institutions. Other recommended practitioners include Andrew Hart, whose recent experience includes advising Deutsche Bank on its successful defence of an $8bn claim by Sebastian Holdings arising out of its foreign exchange and prime brokerage operations; Christopher Robinson, who frequently works on cross-border investigations with a financial services or financial crime focus; and Ian Taylor, who recently acted for clients in multi-jurisdictional disputes that arose out of the credit crunch and sub-prime crisis, particularly claims involving derivatives and structured products. Sarah Parkes and Piers Reynolds are also key advisers.

Leading individuals

Andrew Hart - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Ian Taylor - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Simon Orton - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 1

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has a longstanding reputation for acting in the market's most complex, cross-border commercial disputes that frequently involve multi-jurisdictional issues. The 'meticulous litigator' Simon Orton, who heads up the financial institutions disputes group, acts for retail and investment banks and other financial institutions in high-value litigation; his representative experience includes advising significant global financial institutions on multi-jurisdictional investigations concerning activities in various trading businesses. Other widely respected advisers include Patrick Swain, whose practice includes advising clients on M&A-related and other shareholder disputes, commercial fraud claims, professional negligence litigation and contentious insolvency; Matthew Bruce, who has led a number of major corporate investigations for blue-chip clients arising from allegations such as bribery and corruption, fraud and mis-accounting, and whose recent matters have involved Asia, the Middle East, former CIS territories and Africa; Geoff Nicholas, whose work covers anti-bribery and corruption, fraud, anti-money laundering and sanctions; and James Kennedy, whose recent commercial litigation experience includes several cases involving multi-jurisdiction civil and arbitral proceedings concerning assets worth several billion dollars.

Leading individuals

Geoff Nicholas - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Simon Orton - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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Competition litigation
Competition litigation - ranked: tier 1

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is 'a polished outfit' and 'formidable adversary',  noted for its pedigree in handling high-profile competition litigation cases, including MasterCard's appeal before the Competition Appeal Tribunal. The key practitioners are Mark Sansom, Bea Tormey, Rod Carlton and Alastair Chapman. Telecoms competition litigation expert Deba Das was promoted to partner in April 2018, while former team leader, Jon Lawrence, took up a pupillage at Brick Court Chambers in July 2017.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 1

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP 'provides legal services of the highest degree; it assembles a steady team that is fully committed and involved during the process'. Recent work includes sector-specialist arbitrations in energy and natural resources, telecoms, and mining and minerals, among others. The team represented Anglo American, the UK and South Africa-based global mining company, in a BIT arbitration against the Venezuelan Government under the ICSID Additional Facility Rules; the dispute relates to the expropriation of a number of Anglo American’s mining assets. It also represented Deutsche Telekom (DT) in an UNCITRAL BIT arbitration against the Republic of India, which related to the expropriation of DT's investment in a hybrid satellite-terrestrial communications business in India. Nigel Rawding QC  is 'an excellent tactician, never loses sight of the wood for the trees and understands the client’s end-goal immediately'; Sylvia Noury specialises in treaty arbitrations with a focus on emerging markets, particularly Latin America and Africa; and Will Thomas 'has a unique view as to how things would be perceived by the arbitrator'. Another recommended practitioner is senior associate Evgeniya Rubinina, who 'impresses with her commitment and commercial insight'. Reza Mohtashami QC moved to Three Crowns LLP.

Leading individuals

Nigel Rawding QC - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Next generation lawyers

Evgeniya Rubinina - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

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Public international law
Public international law - ranked: tier 1

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP 'leaves clients feeling very satisfied with its performance; the availability and response times of the team are very good and the service is provided efficiently and effectively'. The practice has extensive experience of acting in both state-to-state and investor-state disputes; and its sanctions team advises clients on complex contentious issues globally. Recent sector-specialist work included energy and natural resources, telecoms and mining and minerals matters; and the team is experienced in geographies such as the Middle East, Latin America and Africa. It represented Anglo American (AA) in a bilateral investment treaty (BIT) arbitration against the Venezuelan Government, which relates to the expropriation of a number of Anglo American’s mining assets, as well as Venezuela’s refusal to issue tax credits and its prohibition on the export of mineral products; it also acted for Deutsche Telekom (DT) in an UNCITRAL BIT arbitration against the Republic of India, which related to the expropriation of DT's investment in a hybrid satellite-terrestrial communications business in India. Will Thomas is 'very familiar with company-side requirements and responds very well to clients' needs'; and Sylvia Noury is 'highly specialised in international arbitration and investment disputes as well as being absolutely convincing in her manner'.

Leading individuals

Sylvia Noury - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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Tax litigation and investigations
Tax litigation and investigations - ranked: tier 3

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Helen Buchanan leads the tax disputes team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, with expertise in diverted profits tax, transfer pricing, valuation disputes, controlled foreign company issues and VAT and tax fraud matters. Buchanan is supported by Murray Clayson who focuses on disputes and investigations arising within the European Union. Helen Lethaby is another key contact.

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 2

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Leveraging the firm's excellent corporate client base, as well as a strong roster of private equity clients, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP provides a 'very strong service' to a predominantly borrower focused client base across the spectrum of debt products including European and US Term Loan B and high yield bonds. Alex Mitchell and Denise Ryan recently handled several matters for CVC Capital Partners, including advising it on the debt financing arrangements associated with its respective acquisitions of Sweden-based online travel agency Etraveli and of UK-based provider of IT education and skills, QA Group. Christopher Davis is also recommended and handles a significant amount of acquisition financing work for Cinven. Sean Pierce recently retired.

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Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans - ranked: tier 2

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP regularly handles financing work on behalf of the firm's extensive roster of investment grade corporates. Alex Mitchell recently provided finance input to Jimmy Choo plc in relation to its £896m takeover by Michael Kors. David Trott regularly handles investment grade acquisition finance work as well as corporate treasury matters and is a key member of the team that also includes Simon Johnson, whose broad finance practice regularly encompasses acquisition finance and general corporate lending work as well as lender side real estate finance work. Sean Pierce recently retired.

Leading individuals

Alex Mitchell - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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Corporate restructuring and insolvency
Corporate restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 1

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

With eight partners based out of the firm's London headquarters and also able to leverage the expertise of practitioners spread out across Europe and the US, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has the 'strength-in-depth' to handle big-ticket cross-border financings on the creditor and debtor front. 'Very strong' team head Richard Tett has expertise across the capital structure, both in a contentious and non-contentious setting, and recently advised private equity owned German safety equipment manufacturer, Bartec Group, on its restructuring, as well as the ad-hoc group of noteholders as creditors of Cayman-registered Fairhold Securitisation (the issuer of two classes of notes backed by the income receivables from a complex portfolio of sheltered housing properties in England and Wales). As part of her broad array of work across various industry sectors, Catherine Balmond has acted for creditors and debtors in connection with the restructuring of a number of hotel and pub businesses. Adam Gallagher, Ken Baird, Ryan Beckwith and Neil Golding are also recommended. Nick Segal joined Erskine Chambers.

Leading individuals

Catherine Balmond - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Ken Baird - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Richard Tett - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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Debt capital markets
Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP handles a broad range of debt capital markets deals including sovereign bonds, equity-linked issuances, liability management deals, MTN programmes and regulatory capital matters. The firm has a prominent role in the issuer side of the market thanks to its stellar corporate client base, though it also acts for financial institutions in their role as bookrunners and managers. Peter Allen, who acts for both issuers and underwriters, is highly regarded for his long experience in debt capital markets, particularly in cross-border deals. His track record includes work for South African power utility Eskom on its global MTN programme. Duncan Kellaway is another leading light in the practice. He frequently acts for corporates, banks and sovereign entities in equity-linked issuance and transactions in emerging markets, for which his issuer clients include MDM, HCFB, Eurochem, Nedbank and Transnet. He also handles liability management for clients such as Arion Bank and Atlas Copco. Stuart Grider left the firm to become an independent legal consultant.

Leading individuals

Duncan Kellaway - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Peter Allen - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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Derivatives and structured products
Derivatives and structured products - ranked: tier 4

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is well-known for its work on innovative structured finance deals and it has respected partners such as Richard Hart. His structured products and derivatives practice handles cross-border deals for financial institutions and end-users, as well as investment managers and sovereign entities. His experience covers complex structured equity transactions, frequently in emerging markets, and he has helped to structure hedging solutions for securitisations, leveraged buyouts and project financings. The practice also provides advice on regulatory matters.

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High yield
High yield - ranked: tier 3

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

The high yield practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP handles transactions for private equity sponsors, investment banks and corporate issuers in Europe and in international markets. The firm's US high yield partners operate from the offices in London and Frankfurt, which are supported by a full-service US law securities practice that operates within its wider international capital markets group and which frequently advises on New York law-governed bonds issuance. Key partner Ward McKimm moved to Shearman & Sterling LLP, but the firm retains significant US law capability in leveraged finance partner Simone Bono, who handles high yield bond offerings, leveraged buy-outs, debt restructurings, IPOs and other corporate finance transactions in Europe and the US. Andrew Hagan, who advises issuers, sponsors, underwriters, investors and other parties on high yield and investment grade debt offerings, private placements and liability management transactions, is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Simone Bono - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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Securitisation
Securitisation - ranked: tier 3

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has a finance practice handles a broad range of securitisation, structured products and commodities work. The firm has developed significant experience in a broad range of products including corporate secured debt, infrastructure and transportation bond financings, CMBS, RMBS, pan-European trade receivables securitisations, auto loan ABS and CLOs. It is known for advising borrowers, lead arrangers and a range of other parties on complex structures. Key partner Marcus MacKenzie is 'a very talented lawyer who delivers to tight deadlines in a very user-friendly way'. He is best known for infrastructure and whole-business deals. Christopher Barratt is also recommended for a wide range of structured finance transactions involving infrastructure, transportation and real estate assets. Counsel Jenny McIvor handles the financing of infrastructure transactions, with a particular focus on project bonds, secured corporate debt platforms and acquisition finance.

Leading individuals

Marcus Mackenzie - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 2

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP handles the full range of incentives work including plan implementation and design, corporate governance issues, disputes and global share plans. The team includes Alice Greenwell, who handles the share scheme elements of corporate transactions and the creation of share plans, and Nicholas Squire, who covers contentious and non-contentious mandates. Simon Evans retired.

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Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers and senior executives - ranked: tier 2

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Litigator Caroline Stroud leads the people and reward practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, which handles domestic and global employment issues including corporate support, executive pay issues, redundancy procedures, employment disputes and investigations. Other key practitioners include Nicholas Squire, who regularly handles cross-border matters; and Kathleen Healy, who is noted for her expertise in the employment issues arising from acquisitions, disposals and restructurings.

Leading individuals

Caroline Stroud - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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Pensions
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 3

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP's pensions practice advises companies and trustees on occupational pension plans with expertise in cross-border transactions, product development, funding matters, scheme mergers, benefit changes, insolvency, liability reduction and restructuring work. Key names include Charles Magoffin, Andrew Murphy and Dawn Heath; Magoffin is regularly instructed by financial institutions to assist with derisking matters, Murphy focuses on transitional work and Heath specialises in DB pension schemes.

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London: Insurance

Product liability: defendant
Product liability: defendant - ranked: tier 1

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP's team is headed byJohn Blain and defends corporate clients across sectors including consumer goods, automotive, healthcare, aviation, chemicals, telecoms and tobacco. Key mandates included acting for VW Group group litigation action arising from the highly reported VW Emissions scandal. Other key figures include Jonathan Isted, who co-heads the retail and consumer goods practice, tobacco-sector expert Paul Bowden,  and Andrew Austin.

Leading individuals

John Blain - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Mining and minerals
Mining and minerals - ranked: tier 5

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Julian Makin heads the mining and minerals offering at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and focuses on equity and debt capital markets in the energy and natural resources space. Gabriel Mpubani is co-head of the firm's Africa focus group and leads the London energy, transport and infrastructure practice.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 4

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Graham Watson has experience in private and public M&A, capital markets and general commercial corporate advice and co-heads Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP 's oil and gas offering with the New York-based Elliot Friedman . The group regularly handles project financing mandates and energy disputes, especially with regards to LNG projects in emerging markets.

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 3

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Practitioners from across various practice areas at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP provide regulatory and public law expertise to clients in areas such as fintech, energy and consumer products. Advice can vary from licence applications to investigations and judicial reviews and also extends to human rights matters.  Litigator Paul Bowden has a focus on environmental, energy  and product liability matters and advises on class actions and judicial reviews. He is especially known for his expertise in nuclear law. Sally Roe is known for her UK and international construction, engineering and PPP expertise and head of the commercial disputes practice Tom Snelling takes on cross-border disputes, regulatory issues and EU matters. He advises extensively on Brexit issues. Its clients include an impressive range of corporates and  public bodies.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 4

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 3

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP‚Äôs London real estate group is regularly instructed by global investors in connection with multi-jurisdictional property portfolio deals. In one stand-out matter, Mark Wheelhouse¬†advised AXA Investment Managers on its ‚ā¨1bn acquisition of a logistics property portfolio from Gramercy Property Europe. Victoria Hills¬†acted for Almacantar in relation to the pre-let of Two Southbank Place, London to WeWork. Hills also assisted Pandox with the joint acquisition of the Jurys Inn hotel portfolio in partnership with The Fattal Group. Indeed, the team has extensive experience in pan-European hotel portfolio transactions and has been instructed by clients such as InterContinental Hotels Group and Carlson Hospitality Group. Alex Watt¬†heads the global real estate sector group and has particular expertise in acting for sovereign wealth funds.

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Construction
Construction (contentious) - ranked: tier 2

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Contruction (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 3

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

The construction team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is particularly strong in advising clients from the energy and infrastructure sectors. On the transactional side, infrastructure specialist Alex Carver advises on greenfield financings through to brownfield acquisitions, with a focus on aviation and transport and strong experience in CEE/CIS. On the disputes side, Sally Roe advises purchasers on a range of UK and international construction and engineering projects, PPP projects and procurements. Jane Jenkins represents both suppliers and buyers in procurement litigation, specialising in the defence, energy, infrastructure and real estate sectors.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

The team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP broadly focuses on the energy and infrastructure sectors. Paul Bowden specialises in major group actions and judicial reviews, particularly in the energy and consumer products sectors, as well as nuclear law. Senior counsel and nuclear law expert Vanessa Jakovich advises on the consenting and regulation of major energy and infrastructure projects, as well as new-build programmes, operating plants, fuel cycle facilities, nuclear transport, small modular reactors, component supply and defence facilities. Product liability specialist John Blain and environmental crime expert Jonathan Isted are also key contacts in the London office.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 3

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has a diverse client base, including lenders, sponsors, real estate investment funds and real estate private equity funds from the student accommodation, offices, logistics and shopping centre sectors. The team is led by Simon Johnson and David Trott; Maximilian Lang, who splits his time between London and Frankfurt, and structured finance specialists Flora McLean and Christopher Barratt are also noted.

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 2

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP handles cross-border strategic advisory, transactional, investigative and enforcement issues. It also deals with fraud, bribery, money-laundering and anti-competitive behaviour issues. Matthew Bruce and Geoff Nicholas head the team, supported by Paul Lomas and Ali Sallaway.

Leading individuals

Ali Sallaway - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

The intellectual property practice at¬†Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP¬†is particularly well-known for transactional and commercial advice.¬† Key names include¬†Giles Pratt¬†who led a team instructed by¬†Coty on matters relating to the exclusive licence of the Burberry brand for fragrances and make-up products.¬†There have been a few changes to the team with¬†patent litigators Justin Watts¬†and senior associate Matthew Shade¬†departing to join WilmerHale, and the arrivals of the 'sharp, knowledgeable' Christopher Stothers‚ÄĒwho¬†attracts praise for his 'complex technology'¬†expertise ‚ÄĒand¬†counsel Laura Whiting¬†from Arnold & Porter.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 4

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP's global healthcare team is led by¬† London-based Jennifer Bethlehem, who regularly advises on big-ticket M&A deals in this space. She recently advised¬†Merck KGaA on the ‚ā¨3.4bn sale of its global consumer health company to Procter & Gamble.¬†Also recommended are product liability specialists Jonathan Isted¬†and Andrew Austin. The firm hired a patent litigation team from Arnold & Porter¬† led by partner Christopher Stothers¬†and counsel Laura Whiting¬†.

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Latin America: International firms

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 1

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is a widely recognised market leader for complex investment treaty disputes and high-value commercial and construction arbitrations involving the majority of the jurisdictions in Latin America. Demonstrating its capability in handling high-stakes arbitrations, the team successfully represented Crystallex International in a $1.4bn investment treaty arbitration with Venezuela arising from the expropriation of an untapped gold mine; acted for ConocoPhillips’ subsidiary Burlington Resources in an expropriation claim against Ecuador arising from a dispute involving a tax on windfall profits; and assisted ConocoPhillips with an ICSID arbitration claim brought by a number of Dutch subsidiaries against Venezuela resulting from the latter’s expropriation of three oil-field investments. The highly regarded Nigel Blackaby leads the global international arbitration group from the firm’s Washington DC office and is particularly singled out for his expertise in the energy sector. Other names to note are New York-based Noiana Marigo, Elliot Friedman and Brian King, London-based Sylvia Noury, and Washington DC-based Caroline Richard, who focuses on investor-state matters.

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