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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
2710 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park
California, 94025
United States

International arbitration Tier 1

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has extensive experience handling international commercial and investor-state disputes across key lines of expertise, including sectors such as energy, mining, sovereign debt, telecoms, and aviation. Based in Washington DC, Nigel Blackaby serves as global co-head of the global arbitration group and also has a strong reputation among Latin American clients. In New York, Noiana Marigo is a key contact for arbitration conducted in Spanish, and Elliot Friedman stands out for his experience in enforcement matters.

Corporate governance Tier 2

The ‘technically adept and very client-focused’ cross-practice service group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is highly experienced in disclosure and reporting matters. The team also has a notable strength in handling the corporate governance aspects of capital markets transactions; in this space, it adjusted well to the 2020 resurgence of special-purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) in the market, acting on multiple mandates involving SPAC transactions and counting names such as CarLotz among its clients. Silicon Valley-based capital markets practice head Sarah Solum heads up the service group alongside New York-based duo Pamela Marcogliese and Ethan Klingsberg. Also based in New York, counsel Elizabeth Bieber is a key contact for takeover defense preparedness.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Solum; Pamela Marcogliese; Ethan Klingsberg

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Bieber

Testimonials

‘Freshfields’ corporate governance group is technically adept and very client-focused. Their advice is practical and actionable.’

‘Pam Marcogliese is our go-to counsel on complex SEC public reporting questions. Her advice is timely and very practical, and she strives to put herself in the client’s shoes in thinking through solutions and providing sound advice.’

Key clients

Google / Alphabet

Marriott

Special Committee of Emerald Holdings

The Special Litigation Committee of Sinclair Broadcast Group

UN PRI

Clever Leaves

CarLotz

Citi

Financial products Tier 2

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP's New York-based practice group is highly rated by peers in the this space. Robert Scarborough is the name to note for financial institutions seeking advice on creative tax structures, while counsel Dennis Caracristi focuses on the tax aspects of structured equity and debt transactions and derivative instruments.

International litigation Tier 2

Headed up by Washington DC-based Eric BruceFreshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP's disputes team excels in white-collar criminal defense, global investigations and crisis management. Contacts in New York include Olivia Radin and Kimberly Zelnick, who focus on white-collar crime defense and financial services litigation, respectively.

International tax Tier 3

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP's international tax partners advise financial institutions, private funds, and corporates on a variety of complex cross-border corporate and financing transactions. Key contacts in the team are Robert Scarborough and Claude Stansbury, based in New York and Washington DC, respectively.

M&A litigation: defense Tier 3

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has invested heavily in expanding its securities and shareholder litigation practice and now has a strong bench of experienced partners. In New York, Meredith Kotler, who joined from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in 2019, leads the practice with Mary Eaton, who moved over from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in 2020. At the same time, Boris Feldman and Doru Gavril joined from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati to build the group's presence in Silicon Valley. The new team has quickly built up a strong portfolio of work, a prime example being Kotler's and Gavril's representation for SourceHOV in the Delaware Supreme Court challenging a judgment in a post-merger appraisal action before the Court of Chancery.

Practice head(s):

Meredith Kotler; Mary Eaton

Other key lawyers:

Boris Feldman; Doru Gavril

Key clients

SourceHOV, Inc.

The Special Litigation Committee of Sinclair Broadcast Group

Board of Directors of Ambac Financial Group

Special Committee of Board of Directors of Emerald Holding, Inc.

KLX Energy Services and its Board of Directors

TIAA

Forescout Technologies

Citigroup Global Markets Ltd.

Stitch Fix and Roku, Inc. (Sciabacucchi v. Salzberg)

M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 3

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP continued its expansion into the US M&A space, opening its Silicon Valley office in July 2020 and adding notable senior expertise in the form of tech and life sciences specialist John Fisher, who arrived from Sidley Austin LLP as head of the firm's M&A teams in those industries. A standout highlight for the team was its representation of AstraZeneca in its blockbuster $39bn acquisition of Alexion, a deal led by practice head Ethan Klingsberg, who has a top-shelf reputation in the US M&A market. The practice has been active in tech and healthcare transactions, as well as complex SPAC and de-SPAC deals. It has also been kept busy on the private equity front, including a number of combined portfolio merger and take-public deals. Other key players in the team include Paul Tiger, an active dealmaker and corporate adviser who has led a number of deals for Stanley Black & Decker; Sebastian Fain, a versatile transactional attorney who represented Universal Music Group in the $3.4bn sale of 10% of its equity to Tencent; and Paul Humphreys, who is noted for his capabilities in cross-border M&A, particularly involving Asian markets. The practice was further bolstered by the addition of life sciences specialist Adam Golden from Hogan Lovells US LLP in May 2021. Named lawyers are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Ethan Klingsberg

Other key lawyers:

Paul Tiger; Sebastian Fain; Paul Humphreys

Testimonials

‘I’ve known and worked closely with John Fisher for years. He brings superb analytical and organizational skills along with an easy, constructive manner that he couples with a willingness to take very firm positions when he needs to. Truly an iron fist in a velvet glove.’

‘John Fisher is an excellent M&A practitioner with strong negotiating, drafting, and deal management skills. He works super hard for his clients and he provides practical advice based on experience and good judgment. He is a real asset to have on your side when you need to get a deal done.’

‘We appreciate the team for its business-oriented advice and particularly like their balancing of where and when to take the initiative to get things over the hump. They have a wealth of experience on public companies and SPAC business combinations.’

‘Paul Tiger never loses his cool and knows what matters and when to put his foot down to resolve commercially sensitive issues.’

Key clients

Google

Volkswagen

Americold

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Universal Music Group

CarLotz, Inc

Clever Leaves

Stagwell Media

Special Committee of Emerald Holdings

Stanley Black & Decker

KLX Energy Services

One Equity Partners

Royal Caribbean

Goldfinch Partners

New Mountain Capital

PepsiCo

Mast-Jagermeister

London Stock Exchange

Alpek

Securities litigation: defense Tier 3

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has 'outstanding personnel with excellent command of the issues and the law', thanks largely to an intense process of investment in its US litigation capability. The vastly experienced Meredith Kotler and new hire Mary Eaton (formerly at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP) are co-heads of securities and shareholder litigation. Kotler and Eaton are currently handling a 10b5 class action for 3M, which is accused of failing to disclose adequate and accurate reserves for environmental liabilities. In addition to the hire of Eaton, the firm also welcomed veteran litigator Boris Feldman in its new Silicon Valley office to lead its US technology practice; he is handling securities cases and regulatory enforcement matters for some of the biggest names in that sector. Feldman and up-and-coming partner Doru Gavril are currently acting for Royal Caribbean Cruises in a new securities class action relating to alleged false statements relating to Covid-19. Gavril and Feldman both joined from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

Practice head(s):

Meredith Kotler; Mary Eaton

Other key lawyers:

Boris Feldman; Doru Gavril; Scott Eisman

Testimonials

‘Excellent command of the issues and law. Outstanding personnel. The firm listens, understands and explains well. Meredith Kotler is a great professional.’

‘Boris Feldman is highly ethical and his teams are consummately professional. He also is a leader in thought development about securities litigation issues.’

‘A small but mighty team. They are dedicated, creative, and work extremely hard.’

‘Meredith Kotler, Mary Eaton and Scott Eisman have all been excellent.’

‘Meredith Kotler is a leading subject matter expert in securities litigation. She is also very practical and gets to the heart of the issues.’

‘Meredith Kotler is easy to work with and is a valuable partner to lead you to favorable resolutions. She is a strong advocate who supports her positions with her substantial knowledge and experience.’

Key clients

The 3M Company and several officers and directors

Alphabet, Inc., its current and former directors and executives

Citigroup Inc.

Pinterest

Snap, Inc.

Energy Recovery, Inc.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Apyx Medical Corp. and Charles Goodwin

Air Products and Chemicals

Tokai Pharmaceuticals

Parker Petit, former CEO of MiMedx Group and former director of Intelligent Systems

CBS Corporation

Synchrony Financial, its Board of Directors, and several officers

Nutanix, Inc.

Tintri, Inc.

Shareholder activism Tier 3

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP brings together experts in shareholder engagement and activism defense, with experience across a wide range of sectors, including technology, media, and life sciences. In the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, the practice placed an emphasis on instructions by boards and senior management relating to the adoption of poison pills, among other matters. Following her arrival to the firm in the autumn of 2019, counsel Elizabeth Bieber took over leadership of the practice; US corporate and M&A department head Ethan Klingsberg is also a go-to adviser for numerous public companies. The group is primarily based in New York, but also has a presence in Silicon Valley, where Sarah Solum manages the firm’s newly opened office. Solum joined from Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in July 2020, thereby bolstering the team’s offering to clients in the financial services industry.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Bieber

Other key lawyers:

Ethan Klingsberg; Sarah Solum

Capital markets: debt offerings Tier 4

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has made a bold play for greater credibility in the US, including serious investments in the capital markets group. It launched a Silicon Valley office in July 2020 with the hire of several lawyers, including former Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP partner Sarah Solum, who now heads the US capital markets practice. This follows the recruitment of Pamela Marcogliese from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in 2019. Linking up with highly experienced and prominent Valerie Ford Jacob in New York, who co-heads the global capital markets group, the firm now provides a well-rounded capital markets service, acting both for underwriters and issuers. Michael Levitt is another key partner in New York.

Practice head(s):

Valerie Ford Jacob; Sarah Solum

Other key lawyers:

Pamela Marcogliese; Michael Levitt 

Key clients

Penske Automotive

International General Insurance

Bank of America

Credit Suisse

Morgan Stanley

JP Morgan

KLX Energy Services

Goldman Sachs

Barings Funds

Clever Leaves

CarLotz

Capital markets: equity offerings Tier 4

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has made a series of bold strategic moves in several practice areas in the US market, which has recently included strengthening its already solid capital markets practice. In July 2020, it launched a Silicon Valley office with the hire of Sarah Solum  from Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP , who now acts as managing partner of the office and head of US capital markets; she is an experienced tech and life sciences sector specialist. Solum has been joined there by Pamela Marcogliese , who now splits her time between the East and West coast, having joined the firm from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton  toward the end of 2019. The US team remains active in Nasdaq listings, capital markets offerings connected to SPAC mergers, and global offerings by big-name Asian issuers. New York-based Valerie Ford Jacob  co-heads the global capital markets practice.

Practice head(s):

Valerie Ford Jacob; Sarah Solum

Other key lawyers:

Pamela Marcogliese; Michael Levitt 

Testimonials

‘Freshfields has a deep bench of talent and a global reputation for quality legal representation. The firm is well known and has added a number of high profile partners who specialize in tech IPOs and in complicated equity transactions.’

‘Sarah Solum is top notch. She is practical yet thorough, collaborative and is able to focus on what is important. She represented the underwriters in an IPO that I was part of and she showed great judgment and the ability to deliver value to her client.’

Key clients

Penske Automotive

International General Insurance

Bank of America

Credit Suisse

Morgan Stanley

JP Morgan

KLX Energy Services

Goldman Sachs

Barings Funds

Clever Leaves

CarLotz

Cartel Tier 4

The antitrust practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP specializes in investigations with international elements, coordinating internationally with colleagues from across the globe. It has particular expertise in abuse of dominance and unilateral conduct allegations. Eric Mahr and Paul Yde, both of whom are based in Washington DC, are the key names to note.

International trade Tier 4

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is a destination preferred by clients for advice on US economic sanctions and export controls. The team is adept at acting on the defense side of enforcement investigations and also advises on potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Kimberley Zelnick in New York leads the global sanctions and trade group.

Practice head(s):

Kimberley Zelnick

Other key lawyers:

Nabeel Yousef; Christine Laciak; Stephanie Brown Cripps

Merger control Tier 4

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP represents major corporate clients in merger review proceedings, including defending transactions before the DOJ, FTC, and state attorneys general, as well as handling Hart-Scott-Rodino filings. Washington DC's Mary Lehner is a key name for US merger control work, and previously served as an advisor to two FTC chairs. Paul Yde is a leading name in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Mary Lehner

Other key lawyers:

Paul Yde

Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 5

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has a solid track record in follow-on claims and standalone litigation, including cross-border cases. Based in Washington DC, Paul Yde and Eric Mahr (the latter of whom jointly heads the firm's global antitrust litigation group) regularly represent clients in complex cases at trial and on appeal in federal district and appellate courts throughout the US.

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP handles a wide range of global investigations and related civil litigation. New York’s Adam Siegel heads the practice and is experienced in enforcement actions brought by the DOJ and SEC, as well as in internal investigations for businesses. Aaron Marcu is another contact in New York.

Practice head(s):

Adam Siegel

Other key lawyers:

Aaron Marcu; Olivia Radin; Kimberly Zelnick

Freshfields is a leader among international law firms, providing business law advice of the highest quality throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. With more than 2,800 lawyers in 26 key business centers around the world, the firm provides a comprehensive service to national and multinational corporations, financial institutions and governments.

In the United States, Freshfields provides integrated and proactive legal counsel to clients seeking local or international advice. The firm’s US practice is a key part of its international network, with nearly 200 lawyers based in the United States and more than 350 US-qualified lawyers working in its offices around the world.

US capabilities:

  • Antitrust, competition and trade
  • Capital markets
  • Finance (project, leveraged, structured)
  • Global investigations
  • IP
  • International arbitration
  • Litigation
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • People and reward
  • Restructuring and insolvency
  • Sanctions
  • Tax
  • White-collar
Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust, competition and trade Eric Mahr
Mergers and acquisitions Matthew Herman
Capital markets and securities Valerie Ford Jacob
Litigation Adam Siegel
International arbitration Nigel Blackaby
Tax Robert Scarborough
Tax Claude Stansbury
Senior Partner : Georgia Dawson
Managing Partner : Alan Mason
US Managing Partner : Matt Herman
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