The Legal 500

Private Practice Powerlist Launch US M&A Hybrid Roundtable 2024

6 March 2024, 9:30 AM PST - PACIFIC STANDARD TIME (UTC -8:00) 12.30 PM EST - Eastern Standard Time (UTC - 6.00)

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Private Practice Powerlist Launch US M&A Hybrid Roundtable 2024


This event will be a hybrid event, taking place in person, as well as online as a webinar.

Location No.1:

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer – Three World Trade Center, 175 Greenwich Street, 51st Floor, New York, New York 10007

ES Time: 12:30pm lunch, discussion 1pm, 2:30pm event concludes

Location No.2:

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer – 855 Main Street Redwood City, California 94063.

PT Time: 9:30am breakfast, 10am dicussion, 11:30am event concludes


The Legal 500, in partnership with Thomson Reuters, will host two roundtable discussions marking the release of the M&A Powerlist: USA 2024. A select group of private practitioners across the USA have been successfully included in this publication in a dynamic exploration of the ever-evolving landscape of mergers and acquisitions. Successfully selected lawyers along with corporate counsel are invited to participate in this roundtable discussion on how technology has impacted M&A practice.

The legal community is not only investing more in AI-based legal tech, but they are also paying more attention to M&A technology and committing more budget to its use. In an era where the digital realm shapes the future of business, understanding the latest trends in technology is paramount.

This discussion will look into:

1. How law firms are embracing technology in M&A practices, particularly regarding the due diligence process for acquisitions.

2. Examining new legislation on the horizon for 2024/2025, which could have a significant impact on due diligence.

3. A review of the current landscape of US M&A activity in the context of heightened regulatory scrutiny and shifting financial dynamics.

Featured attendees include:


John Fisher, Partner, Freshfields

John joined Freshfields as Head of US Technology and Life Sciences M&A and a founding partner in our Silicon Valley office in July 2020. In the past year he has advised on major matters for marquis clients and over the course of his career, has advised on significant M&A and joint venture matters for repeat clients such as Roche, Genentech, DaVita, Salesforce, Splunk, HP, and others.

John leverages his biochemical sciences background from Harvard University on his day-to-day work with life sciences clients, allowing him to serve as a strategic advisor due to his knowledge of the underlying science and commercial complexities of the transaction.

John is also deeply committed to diversity and inclusion, and among his reasons for coming to Freshfields includes the ability to build a diverse and vibrant office. Prior to his career in law, he was a civil rights activist, and is currently an active a member of Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF) which is the nation’s oldest and largest association of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons in the field of law.

Among his many accolades, John was named as a “Rising Star” for 2021 by Minority Corporate Counsel Association, and among the top 500 dealmakers in the US by Lawdragon 500.

Jenny Hochenberg, Partner, Freshfields

Jenny focuses her practice on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and shareholder activism defense. Jenny has worked on some of the biggest and most transformative M&A transactions of our time, both purely US as well as cross-border. Her clients have included Afterpay, Atlas Air Worldwide, bp, Cable One, Canadian National Railway, Cincinnati Bell, City Brewing, CommScope, Crown Castle, Exyte, GW Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson, Light & Wonder, Moda Operandi, NCR, Novartis, Pitney Bowes, Scientific Games, Time Warner, US Foods, Viatris and Yahoo.

Jenny has consistently been recognized as a leading advisor by numerous publications and legal directories. In 2023, she was ranked as “Up and Coming” for New York Corporate/M&A by Chambers USA and a “Next Generation Partner” by The Legal 500. She was named as a Rising Star: Mergers and Acquisitions by Law360 in 2022, recognizing her as one of six outstanding M&A lawyers in the nation under the age of 40. She is recognized for her work in M&A by Who’s Who Legal: M&A and Governance and IFLR1000, and was named one of the “500 Leading Dealmakers in America” by Lawdragon. In 2021 and 2022, she was shortlisted for the “M&A Lawyer of the Year” award at Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Americas Women in Business Law Awards. In 2022 and 2023, was named to Crain’s New York Business’ list of “Notable Women in Law” and The Deal’s “Top Woman in Deal Making.”

Jenny is a thought leader and frequent speaker on emerging trends in M&A and corporate governance law. She is currently Vice Chair of the American Bar Association’s Acquisition of Public Companies Subcommittee. In addition, Jenny was a contributing editor to The Legal 500’s 2022 M&A Country Comparative Guide, and in 2021, she was appointed to the Editorial Advisory Board (M&A) of Law360. She frequently speaks for the Practising Law Institute, The University of Texas M&A Institute and has taught deal classes at Columbia, NYU, Stanford, University of Iowa and UPenn. Jenny sits on the board of directors of DirectWomen, a national non‑profit organization dedicated to increasing the representation of women lawyers on corporate boards.

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