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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 5

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is a strong choice for big-ticket, cross-border and business-critical matters. It covers the full spectrum of advice to clients, including outsourcing and procurement, licensing, distribution and franchising. Andrew Craig handles IP aspects of M&A, technology-related transactions and standalone outsourcing work.

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 1

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s sizeable team includes Colin Hargreaves, Sarah Falk and Helen Lethaby, who have handled high-profile transactions for key clients BG Group, Anheuser-Busch InBev and BT. Practice head David Haworth advises a number of prominent financial institutions on high-profile cross-border transactions, legislative changes and tax structuring. Also recommended are finance specialist Paul Davison and Murray Clayson, who leads on international transfer pricing.

Leading individuals

Colin Hargreaves - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

David Taylor - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Murray Clayson - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Sarah Falk - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s team has ‘vast experience and knowledge’, and is praised for its ‘excellent response times’. John Davies advised AB InBev on all antitrust aspects of its £71bn acquisition of SABMiller’s share capital; this included antitrust filings in over 30 jurisdictions. Simon Priddis heads the practice, in which Alastair Chapman is also recommended, and the ‘outstanding’ Martin McElwee is singled out for his impressive handling of Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) investigations. Senior associate Erika Rittenauer relocated from the Vienna office in December 2015.

Leading individuals

Alex Potter - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Deirdre Trapp - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

John Davies - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Rod Carlton - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Simon Priddis - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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Equity capital markets
Equity capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP acts for the majority of the bulge-bracket banks, and the ‘excellent’ Mark Austin has recently acted on the IPOs of McCarthy & Stone, Worldpay and Sophos. Additional key contacts include Christopher Mort and US-qualified partners Doug Smith and Sarah Murphy.

Leading individuals

Mark Austin - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Sarah Murphy - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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Financial services
Financial services (contentious) - ranked: tier 1

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Leveraging its global network, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has been at the forefront of the highest-profile market manipulation cases, where the ‘excellentSimon Orton has been particularly active. Piers Reynolds is ‘excellent at acting for large corporate clients facing lengthy and complex investigations’. Other recommended partners include ‘top contentious lawyer’ Andrew Hart, the ‘hugely intelligent and self-effacingIan Taylor, and David Scott. On the non-contentious side, Michael Raffan, James Smethurst, David Rouch and Mark Kalderon have handled numerous implementation projects for clients seeking to adapt to the changes ushered in by MiFID II and the Senior Managers Regime.

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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Investment funds
Listed funds - ranked: tier 2

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Private funds - ranked: tier 4

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Mark Watterson, David Rouch and Jonathan Baird are highly regarded at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, which assists sponsors with all aspects of their funds businesses. It also advises on institutional investments into funds. In addition to having a notable private funds capability, the practice also leverages its strong capital markets capabilities to undertake high-end listed fund mandates.

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M&A: mid-market, £50m-£250m
Leading individuals

Edward Braham - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Julian Long - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Mark Rawlinson - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Will Lawes - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
Leading individuals

Edward Braham - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Julian Long - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Mark Rawlinson - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Will Lawes - 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

Simon Marchant leads the highly regarded team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, in which Will Lawes, Edward Braham and London managing partner Julian Long are recommended. Graham Watson, India expert Pratap Amin and senior associate James Scott acted for First Reserve during its acquisition of a subset of Crompton Greaves’ international power transmission and distribution division. The department also assisted Canada Pension Plan Investment Board with its purchase of a 40% stake in Glencore Agricultural Products. Charles Hayes made partner in May 2016.

Leading individuals

Edward Braham - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Julian Long - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Mark Rawlinson - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Will Lawes - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions – Large-cap deal capability - ranked: tier 1

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is among the market leaders for large-cap private equity transactions, handling some of the market’s most high-profile deals. In 2015, David Higgins and senior associate James Scott led the advice to Blackstone on the sale of Center Parcs to Brookfield. Adrian Maguire recently assisted Warburg Pincus with its £230m acquisition of a majority stake in Reiss Holdings.

Leading individuals

Adrian Maguire - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Corporate crime (including fraud, bribery and corruption)
Corporate crime (including fraud, bribery and corruption) - ranked: tier 1

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Jointly led by Matthew Bruce and Geoff Nicholas, the team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP specialises in advising and representing corporates in large-scale international investigations. Ali Sallaway and Raj Parker are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Ali Sallaway - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Raj Parker - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 1

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

James Kennedy heads the practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, which focuses on high-value multi-jurisdictional cases and has gained a number of new clients of late. The team plays an integral role in the highly publicised Ablyazov 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 acted for Deutsche Bank on the enforcement of a $300m-plus judgment and costs award. David Scott and Simon Orton are recommended alongside Andrew Hart, Ian Taylor, Gillian Eastwood, Sarah Parkes and Christopher Robinson. Piers Reynolds is ‘top of the tree’.

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’s ‘responsive, insightful and commercial’ team defended Igor Kolomoisky in a claim involving an alleged agreement to purchase a Ukrainian ore processing company. Simon Orton and Patrick Swain are recommended alongside Matthew Bruce, Geoff Nicholas and James Kennedy, who has ‘deep commercial insight’. Ian Terry joined One Essex Court.

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 ‘an outstanding firm’ for competition matters, with clients singling out Jon Lawrence and Mark Sansom as ‘standout partners’. Lawrence led the team acting for Ericsson in patent infringement litigation brought by Unwired Planet against Samsung and Huawei, which has involved a counterclaim that the transfer of patents between Ericsson and Unwired Planet breached Chapter one of the Competition Act 1998. In another notable highlight, Rod Carlton and Alastair Chapman are leading the team representing HSBC in the Competition Market Authority (CMA)’s investigation into personal current account and SME banking services.

Leading individuals

Jon Lawrence - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 1

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s ‘outstanding’ team acted for Anglo American in a bilateral investment treaty (BIT) arbitration. Nigel Rawding QC heads the department, which includes respected practitioners Sylvia Noury (who ‘manages arbitration superbly’), Reza Mohtashami, Christopher Pugh and Jane Jenkins.

Leading individuals

Nigel Rawding QC - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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Public international law
Public international law - ranked: tier 1

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s practice head Sylvia Nourymanages work superbly’. The team advised Anglo American on a bilateral investment treaty (BIT) arbitration relating to the expropriation of mining assets.

Leading individuals

Sylvia Noury - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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Tax litigation and investigations
Tax litigation and investigations - ranked: tier 1

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Top-tier firmFreshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP stands out for the breadth of its litigation and pre-litigation expertise. Recent highlights for practice head Helen Buchanan include advising various international banks on tax and regulatory investigations into dividend as well as arbitrage transactions, and acting for a UK corporation in employment tax disputes. Murray Clayson is a key contact for contentious transfer pricing matters.

Leading individuals

Helen Buchanan - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 2

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP was strengthened on the high yield side by the recruitment in June 2015 of the ‘superb’ Ward McKimm from Kirkland & Ellis International LLP, giving the firm greater leverage to handle work for its sponsor client base – including CVC and Warburg Pincus – which frequently involves both bank and bond elements. Aided on the high yield front by US-qualified London-based partners Denise Ryan and Simone Bono, the ‘very commercialAlex Mitchell acted for CVC on the complex debt financing of its acquisition of Douglas from Advent International. Sean Pierce worked with the New York office to act for CVC on the acquisition financing of Linxus Group; this deal was notable as the terms of the financing migrated from English law to New York law to take advantage of better terms in the US market. Michael Steele joined Kirkland & Ellis International LLP in August 2015.

Leading individuals

Sean Pierce - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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Asset finance and leasing
Asset finance and leasing - ranked: tier 4

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s asset finance team frequently acts on big-ticket aviation finance mandates, and works alongside its strong capital markets and private equity practices. ‘Excellent’ team head Robert Murphy is well known in the aviation industry.

Leading individuals

Robert Murphy - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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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

For some, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is ‘a clear market leader’ for its work with borrowers on investment grade deals. Martin Hutchings has handled corporate treasury work for clients including BT and Hikma, and recently advised Intercontinental Hotels Group on its $1.27bn revolving working capital and acquisition facility provided by a club of 11 lenders. Alex Mitchell, Christopher Davis, Neil Falconer and Sean Lacey are also recommended.

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

The ‘vastly experiencedKen Baird heads Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s ‘talented’ ten-partner team, which provides ‘very creative advice’ to clients including KKR, Alcentra and PwC. The firm, which is ‘excellent at complex cross-border matters’, is a regular fixture on significant pan-European restructurings, and recently advised German-based global technology metals business H C Starck on its €700m restructuring. The ‘unflappableRichard Tett led on that matter and has ‘an excellent understanding of current trends and structures’. The recent hire of Ward McKimm from Kirkland & Ellis International LLP has strengthened the team’s ability to handle restructurings involving high yield debt. Nick Segal, Sean Lacey, Adam Gallagher and the ‘very strong’ Catherine Balmond are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Ken Baird - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Nick Segal - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Richard Tett - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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Debt capital markets
Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

At Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, the ‘innovative and highly commercialPeter Allen, who is ‘one of the leading lawyers in the DCM space’ and stands out for emerging markets deals, acted alongside liability management specialist Duncan Kellaway for the lead managers on Republic of Zambia’s $1.5bn notes issuance, and for Hikma Pharmaceuticals on a $500m guaranteed notes offering. Partner Stuart Grider, counsel Nick Hayday and senior associate Jamie Corner are also recommended.

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 3

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is ‘at the cutting edge of innovation in structured finance’, particularly in the fields of insurance and regulation. Simeon Rudin advised financial institutions and corporate clients including Tesco and Worldpay on EMIR and Dodd-Frank regulations. James Grand specialises in derivatives, structured products and interbank funding structures and is active in the CLO market. Dougall Molson transferred to London from Paris.

Leading individuals

James Grand - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Simeon Rudin - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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High yield
High yield - ranked: tier 3

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is ‘a one-stop-shop for corporate, bank, private equity and high yield transactions’. Andrew Hagan joined from Kirkland & Ellis International LLP, further strengthening the practice, which includes Ward McKimm, Simone Bono (‘a very strong practitioner’) and Denise Ryan. McKimm advised Worldpay Group on its inaugural €500m bond.

Leading individuals

Simone Bono - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Ward McKimm - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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Securitisation
Securitisation - ranked: tier 2

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLPadds value in complex transactions’. Marcus Mackenzie’s highlights included advising Center Parcs on issuances totalling more than £1bn from its secured financing platform. Christopher Barratt acted for Virgin Money on the £1.2bn Gosforth 2016-1 RMBS, and Ian Falconer handled the £1.39bn Gosforth 2015-1 deal for Citibank. Dougall Molson (who transferred from the Paris office) is recommended for trade receivables deals, and senior associates Helen Jones and Jenny McIvor stand out for WBS deals.

Leading individuals

Christopher Barratt - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Ian Falconer - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Marcus Mackenzie - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 1

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Simon Evans leads the practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, and led advice to Telecity Group on the impact of its acquisition by Equinix on its share arrangements. Other key names include Nicholas Squire, who is part of the team acting for Anheuser-Busch InBev on the share scheme elements of its takeover of SABMiller Group; and newly promoted partner Alice Greenwell. Jocelyn Mitchell retired in 2016.

Leading individuals

Simon Evans - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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Employment: employees/ unions
Leading individuals

Caroline Stroud - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s team of ‘consummate professionals’ is ‘in a word, superb’. The firm provides advice to clients including Novartis, Blackstone and Sports Direct International. Practice head and ‘go-to practitioner’ Caroline Stroud specialises in high-value disputes and investigations, while Kathleen Healy focuses on cross-border projects. Nicholas Squire, who is recommended for transactional matters, is assisting Anheuser-Busch Inbev with the employment aspects of its $100bn takeover of SABMiller.

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 excels in acting for clients on the pensions elements of corporate transactions; recent highlights include advising Boehringer Ingleheim on the pensions aspects of its proposed asset swap with Sanofi, and assisting Pearson with the pensions elements of its sale of the Financial Times Group to Nikkei. Charles Magoffin leads the department, which includes Dawn Heath, Nicholas Squire and the newly promoted Andrew Murphy.

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London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Insurance and reinsurance litigation - ranked: tier 3

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

At Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Raj Parker handles a broad range of insurance and reinsurance claims, and has also handled a significant amount of contentious regulatory work. Ali Sallaway and Chris Chapman are the other key figures in the group, which recently advised on an investigation into the sale of life insurance, annuities and other savings investment products.

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Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 4

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s George Swan acted for The Hartford Financial Services Group on the restructuring of businesses into a single runoff entity, and also advised Marsh on its acquisition of Jelf Group. The group’s regulatory expertise spans the antitrust, corruption, tax and consumer protection spheres.

Leading individuals

Philip Richards - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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Insurance: insolvency and restructuring
Leading individuals

Neil Golding - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s product liability practice acts for a blue-chip client base that includes Tesco, AB InBev, and Volkswagen, for which it regularly handles cross-border litigation and regulatory matters. It is also active in defending claims against manufacturing, chemical and biomedical companies, including Smith & Nephew. John Blain heads the practice, which includes Jonathan Isted, who is ‘the perfect all-rounder’.

Leading individuals

John Blain - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)
Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) - ranked: tier 3

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s practice includes finance partner Nicholas Bliss, whose clients range from infrastructure funds and banks, to governments and corporates. Alan Rae Smith is particularly noted for his handling of privatisation, PPP and project financing mandates in Turkey.

Leading individuals

Nicholas Bliss - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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Mining and minerals
Mining and minerals - ranked: tier 3

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP's mining and metals group comprises 15 partners dedicated to advising global mining and resources companies on the full range of matters, from large-scale developments to international disputes. Group head Julian Makin has a particular focus on mining-related private equity and fund formation matters.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 2

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s department is jointly led by Graham Watson, whose experience includes handling corporate transactions in Latin America and Africa, and Elliot Friedman, who specialises in energy disputes. Clients also recommend Tim Pick.

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Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) - ranked: tier 3

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP advises on the full spectrum of power matters, including regulatory issues, M&A, financings and disputes. Alex Carver, who heads the group, acts for sponsors and government authorities. The team includes project development and finance specialist Tim Pick and litigation expert Paul Bowden.

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London: Public sector

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

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has notable expertise in EU public law and is frequently instructed to advise the government on public law matters. Recent highlights include advising the Ministry of Defence on defence infrastructure and assisting the government with the EU public law aspects of the disposal of shares in Royal Mail and Eurostar. Paul Bowden leads the team, which includes Tom Snelling, who ‘goes above and beyond for his clients at every given opportunity and has a comprehensive understanding of complex legal issues’.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 4

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 4

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 3

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 5

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Emma Kendall heads the practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; her areas of expertise range from joint ventures to large developments and energy projects. Global head of real estate Mark Wheelhouse is active in the hotels and leisure space.

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Construction
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 2

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Construction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 2

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Practice head Jane Jenkins and Sally Roe at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP handle contentious and non-contentious mandates across a wide range of sectors, including transport, real estate, natural resources and power generation. In 2015, highlights included advising Almacantar on the construction of Centrepoint and the Marble Arch Tower and acting for various lenders on the building of the Thames Tideway Tunnel. Jenkins shows ‘a remarkable grasp of even the smallest detail’ and Roe ‘makes sure all risks are identified before decisions are made’. Also of note is senior associate Elizabeth Wilson, who ‘reads everything and comes up with useful angles’.

Leading individuals

Jane Jenkins - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Sally Roe - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is particularly noted for its strength in the nuclear sector, where counsel Vanessa Jakovich is advising NuGeneration on environmental issues relating to its decision to acquire the Moorside nuclear new-build site. The practice is also well versed in assisting with transactional work in the energy space. Jonathan Isted is defending Equion Energia in a substantial environmental damage claim in the High Court. Other names to note are practice head John Blain and Paul Bowden.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Isted - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 2

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

The key partners at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP are Jeffrey Rubinoff, Simon Johnson, Jonathan Birks and David Trott. Rubinoff acted for J.P. Morgan on the acquisition and part-sale of a €2.2bn portfolio of performing loans. Johnson advised Deutsche Bank on the €224m financing of Blackstone’s purchase of several Spanish NPL portfolios.

Leading individuals

Jeffrey Rubinoff - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Simon Johnson - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Data protection
Data protection - ranked: tier 4

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Avril Martindale leads the IP and IT department at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, which includes Justin Watts, Giles Pratt and Richard Lister. The team’s high-profile clients include Novartis, Deutsche Bank and the charity Women’s Aid.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is praised for its ‘deep appreciation of the business and science surrounding patent litigation’. The team handles a significant amount of IP-driven transactional work; recent highlights include advising The Blackstone Group on the sale of Center Parcs in a dual track negotiation, and London Stock Exchange Group on the sale of its Russell Investments asset management business. Within the team, Justin Watts is singled out for his ‘vast experience in patent litigation’; Giles Pratt has ‘an impressive knowledge of trade mark law’; and Matthew Shade combines ‘acute nous, commercial instinct, grasp of detail, and strategic insight’.

Leading individuals

Justin Watts - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 4

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s corporate department is active in the media sector. Key figures include global M&A group head Ben Spiers and Simon Marchant, who was involved in the 2013 combination of Penguin and Random House and heads the corporate team in London.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 3

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Notable lawyers at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP include Jennifer Bethlehem, who handles M&A and capital markets transactions, corporate lawyer and London managing partner Julian Long, and Jonathan Isted, who handles health and safety and product liability cases. Clients have included AstraZeneca, Novartis and Cancer Research UK.

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