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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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United States: Antitrust

Cartel
Cartel - ranked: tier 3

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP demonstrates strong capabilities in DOJ and international civil and criminal behavior investigations, as was evident in 2017 when Bruce McCulloch and counsel Richard Snyder worked with members of the Frankfurt office to represent Kiekert in the DOJ’s price-fixing investigation in the auto parts industry. In the aviation sector, US antitrust practice head Paul Yde, Mary Lehner, Snyder and New York-based counsel Hiram Andrews are representing United Airlines in the DOJ’s investigation into alleged price-fixing and seating capacity co-ordination. Tom Ensign is another key figure, as are senior associates Justin Stewart-Teitelbaum, Jennifer Mellott and Jan Rybnicek.

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Civil litigation/class actions: defense
Civil litigation/class actions: defense - ranked: tier 4

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

In addition to acting for US companies, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s global platform makes it a strong choice for international clients; Bruce McCulloch and counsel Richard Snyder are working with members of the Dusseldorf office to represent German auto parts manufacturer Kiekert and its North American subsidiary in follow-on class action litigation connected with an alleged conspiracy to fix prices of side-door latches. Practice head Paul Yde, Mary Lehner, Snyder, New York-based Hiram Andrews and others are acting for United Airlines in the DOJ’s seating capacity and pricing co-ordination investigation, and also in the follow-on civil litigation. Other notable clients include Hachette Book Group, Continental AG and PepsiCo. Named individuals are based in Washington DC except where otherwise stated.

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Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 3

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s global footprint enables it to handle all types of antitrust-related complexities associated with high-profile transactions for US and international clients. Illustrative of the team’s breadth of experience, Richard Snyder has expertise in Latin American merger filings, while Hiram Andrews (New York) and Justin Stewart-Teitelbaum are particularly knowledgeable of European merger control matters. The team, which is led by Paul Yde, also represents clients before the FTC, DOJ and US state attorneys general. In 2017, Yde and Mary Lehner were part of a cross-border team that assisted Johnson & Johnson with obtaining global merger clearance for its $30bn acquisition of Swiss biotech company Actelion Pharmaceuticals. Bruce McCulloch, senior associate Jennifer Mellott and others acted as global antitrust counsel to Maersk Line in its $3.7bn acquisition of Hamburg Süd from the Dr Oetker Group. Other practitioners with significant merger control experience include Thomas Ensign, senior associates Jan Rybnicek and Laura Collins, and of counsel Terry Calvani. Special counsels Shawn Cooley and Christine Laciak have expertise in CFIUS-related reviews. Named individuals are based in Washington DC, except where otherwise stated.

Leading lawyers

Paul Yde - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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United States: Dispute resolution

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to corporates - ranked: tier 3

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

At Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, New York-based practice head Aaron Marcu acted alongside Linda Martin and Olivia Radin as global coordinating counsel to Volkswagen in criminal, environmental and other civil cases arising from the highly-publicized emissions scandal. Marcu is also acting as the DOJ’s AML compliance monitor for MoneyGram International following a high-profile deferred prosecution agreement. Adam Siegel is recommended for FCPA work alongside Kimberly Zelnick, who handles investigation work for a number of global banking clients. Brent Wible joined the Washington DC office from the Obama administration in March 2017.

Leading lawyers

Aaron Marcu - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 5

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

The ‘astute, highly responsive and knowledgeable’ team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP provides a ‘fantastic level of service’. Its US attorneys are based in New York and Washington DC, from where they handle a range of antitrust, M&A, bankruptcy and securities litigation, often with cross-border elements. Among Linda Martin’s extensive caseload in 2017 was her successful representation of KLX Inc and its CEO and CFO in a securities fraud class action in the Southern District of Florida; the court granted the motion to dismiss with prejudice. Timothy Harknessis exceptionally bright and a real expert in litigation strategy’. Senior associate David Livshiz also receives praise.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 1

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLPdelivers great value in an impeccable manner’ and represents clients in investment treaty and commercial arbitration cases. Global head of international arbitration Nigel Blackaby, who is also co-head of the firm’s Latin America group, Elliot Friedman and Noiana Marigo, who is praised for her ‘critical thinking and powerful mindset’, successfully represented Burlington Resources, a subsidiary of ConocoPhillips, in an expropriation claim against Ecuador arising out of a dispute involving a 99% tax on windfall profits. Friedman and Brian King are representing ConocoPhillips in an ICSID arbitration claim by several Dutch subsidiaries against Venezuela. Blackaby, Marigo, Friedman and Caroline Richard obtained a US$213m ICSID award for Tenaris against Venezuela in relation to the unlawful expropriation of their interest in a producer of steel pipes for the oil and gas industry, as well as a separate steel production plant. The team, which is based across the firm’s Washington DC and New York offices, also includes counsel Alexander Wilbraham and senior associate Natalia Zibibbo.

Leading lawyers

Brian King - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Elliot Friedman - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Nigel Blackaby - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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International litigation
International litigation - ranked: tier 2

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

At Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, ‘the team is astute, highly responsive and knowledgeable, as well as having a commercial approach’. The firm has ‘a relatively small presence in New York but punches above its weight in terms of its people and the quality of work it does’. Practice head Aaron Marcu, Linda Martin and rising star Olivia Radin represented Volkswagen Group in the settlement of criminal, environmental and civil claims relating to the diesel emissions scandal. Timothy Harkness, who is ‘exceptionally bright and is an expert in the field of financial services and securities litigation’, defended investment companies and structured investment vehicle Tensyr in a clawback action related to the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme. Kimberly Zelnick, who focuses on white-collar defense matters and multi-jurisdictional matters for major banks, is a key member of the financial institutions litigation group.

Next generation lawyers

Kimberly Zelnick - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Olivia Radin - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 4

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Led domestically out of New York and Washington DC and aided by a global presence that includes key offices in London and Beijing, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s interdisciplinary trade group excels in advising multinational corporates on sanctions matters, not just from a domestic perspective but also in a global context where it is able to assist clients with navigating challenges and conflicts between countries. Team head Kimberly Zelnick handles compliance and enforcement work for financial institution clients concerning sanctions matters. The team also excels at providing co-ordinated antitrust, security clearance and sanctions/export control advice regarding major cross-border M&A transactions including the firm’s recent work for global technology and engineering company Smiths Group on its $710m acquisition of US-based detection and security solutions company Morpho Detection business from Safran. Special counsel Christine Laciak led on the aforementioned matter and is noted for her ability to provide a co-ordinated service to clients engaged in cross-border M&A mandates involving the assessment of various foreign investment review regimes. The team was strengthened, particularly on the CFIUS front, by the arrival in March 2017, of Shawn Cooley from the Department of Homeland Security.

Next generation lawyers

Kimberly Zelnick - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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Securities litigation: defense
Securities litigation: defense - ranked: tier 5

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has 15 litigation partners in New York and Washington DC, among whom New York-based Tim Harkness and Linda Martin are the most prominent for securities matters. Harkness represented Kingate Trust Defendants and Tensyr in actions brought by a Madoff bankruptcy trustee in which the novel use of the extraterritoriality defense changed the course of the litigation. Martin’s highlights included securing a motion to dismiss for aerospace and energy services company KLX Inc in a federal securities fraud class action.

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United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt offerings
Capital markets: debt offerings - advice to underwriters - ranked: tier 4

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s three-partner New York-based team benefits from the ‘top-tier experience’ of seasoned specialist and global capital markets co-head Valerie Ford Jacob. Manager-side mandates comprise the bulk of work, such as Ford Jacob acting with key partner Michael Levitt to advise the underwriters on Kroger’s $1bn offering of senior notes. In another key headline Paul Tropp, who heads the New York capital markets group, acted for the underwriters on Dollar General Corporation’s $600m offering of senior notes. The firm has strong relationships with major national and global investment banks and clients include Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank.

Leading lawyers

Valerie Ford Jacob - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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Capital markets: equity offerings
Capital markets: equity offerings - advice to managers - ranked: tier 4

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Clients of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP assert ‘you’re in good hands with this team’. Among its key attributes, sources highlight its ‘prompt thoughtful analysis’ as well as its ability to ‘combine securities law knowledge with sound commercial judgment’. The New York-based group enjoys strong links with underwriters and it also occasionally acts for issuers, such as its advice to Formula One Group and the selling stockholders (including CVC Capital Partners) on a $660m public offering - global capital markets co-head Valerie Ford Jacob and Michael Levitt led that work. In a manager-side highlight Paul Tropp, who is singled out for his ‘deep understanding of the client’s business’, advised the underwriters on TCG BDC’s $166.5m IPO.

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Project finance
Project finance: advice to lender - ranked: tier 4

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Project finance: advice to sponsor - ranked: tier 4

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s ‘availability - virtually 24/7 - connection to different investors and banks, and deep knowledge of the subject’ make it a popular choice with lenders and sponsors alike. The practice is led from New York by Melissa Raciti-Knapp, who is ‘an excellent communicator, result-oriented, and has the ability to cool down emotions and remain focused’. Raciti-Knapp was particularly active on international work for key client OPIC; remits included advising on the financing of a 35MW geothermal power plant in western Honduras, and assisting with the bilateral limited recourse financing for the development of a network of cell phone towers and related power solutions across Myanmar. Another significant client of the practice is KfW Ipex-Bank, which Raciti-Knapp advised on the $1.2bn limited recourse financing of an ammonia fertilizer plant in Mexico. On the sponsor side, clients include Petroperú and various infrastructure funds and the team also features in the P3 space, most recently in a procurement role for the Colorado Department of Transportation. Senior associate Kyle Lakin is ‘very accurate in both due diligence and drafting’. Lisa O’Brien retired.

Leading lawyers

Melissa Raciti-Knapp - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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Structured finance: securitization
Structured finance: securitization - ranked: tier 2

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

The US structured finance team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has grown to become one of the most active groups in the CLO market. Headed by Brian Rance, the team has experience in highly structured transactions and has developed expertise in US and EU risk retention requirements. Jerome Ranawake is another leading figure. Additional clients include Deutsche Bank, Société Générale and Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi. Ryan Suda joined Mayer Brown.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: large deals ($1bn+)
M&A: large deals ($1bn+) - ranked: tier 6

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP continues to make an impression in inbound and outbound transactions, thanks in part to its high level of M&A expertise in multiple jurisdictions, especially in Europe and Asia. In the US, it has ‘very high quality across the board’, with one client saying it delivers ‘advice and expertise to rival any other firm’. This helps it to deliver ‘raw legal ability and commercial and strategic advice in equal measure’, which is reinforced by its ‘international strength’. It advised BASF, the German chemical company, on its $7bn acquisition of Bayer’s seed and non-selective herbicide business. It also advised Henderson Group on its $6bn all-stock merger of equals with Janus Capital Group. Peter Lyons, US regional managing partner, is ‘an extremely impressive heavy hitter’ and has ‘an ability to see the bigger picture’, allowing him to provide ‘strategic and tactical advice’. Matthew Herman and Mitchell Presser are also highly regarded, and Aly El Hamamsy’s ‘experience, ability and straightforward style make him a very good go-to lawyer for US M&A’. Omar Pringle was elevated to the partnership in 2017, and Doug Bacon joined Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s Houston office.

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United States: Tax

Financial products
Financial products - ranked: tier 2

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has a strong two-partner practice jointly led by Robert Scarborough in New York and Claude Stansbury in Washington DC. The group represents a variety of clients, including leading underwriters such as Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan Securities, UBS and RBC Capital Markets. Recent highlights include representing a special committee of the board of directors of Two Harbors Investment in a $1.4bn spin-off of assets into the newly formed REIT Granite Trust, which will do an IPO. On the underwriter front it advised Citigroup Global Markets on 10 new CLO transactions worth $10bn. In New York, recently promoted counsel Dennis Caracristi and Reed Carey also have good reputations.

Next generation lawyers

Dennis Caracristi - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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International tax
International tax - ranked: tier 3

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP advises clients on international corporate structuring, transfer pricing, M&A, joint ventures and partnerships, reorganizations, private equity matters, capital markets transactions and structured finance, among other matters. New York’s ‘very knowledgeableRobert Scarborough assisted SEC-registered investment adviser MSD with the tax aspects of the formation of a joint venture with private equity firm KKR to acquire German research firm GfK, while Washington DC’s Claude Stansbury advised London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) on its $685m acquisition of The Yield Book and Citi Fixed Income Indices from Citigroup. Washington DC’s Reed Carey is a rising star.

Leading lawyers

Robert Scarborough - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Next generation lawyers

Reed Carey - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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Latin America: International firms

Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 4

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has considerable Latin America expertise and experience within its ranks. New York partner and Spanish speaker Melissa Raciti-Knapp has a fine record in the region, notably advising OPIC on a regular basis. Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Peru and Brazil are key markets for the practice. Historically more lender oriented, the firm has brought in a number of sponsor engagements in recent years. Clients include IIC, Petroperú, KfW IPEX Bank, Mizuho Corporate Bank, Cintra Global, Rabobank, Banco Sabadell and Albertis Infraestructuras. Recent mandates include advising Mizuho and a syndicate of lenders on the restructuring of the project financing for La Murulla IV, an offshore oil-drilling rig located in Mexican territorial waters. The team also represented state-owned oil company Petroperú in the drafting and negotiation of the EPC contract for the expansion and modernisation of the Talara Refinery.

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