Firm Profile > Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP > Silicon Valley, United States

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

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 1

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP acts for clients both in commercial and investment arbitral proceedings, either instituted under the rules of any of the leading arbitral institutions or initiated on an ad hoc basis. The US team is an important part of the firm's global arbitration strength and is able to draw on the expertise of arbitration specialists spread across 18 offices worldwide. Washington DC-based Nigel Blackaby heads the global arbitration group. The US arbitration group is led out of New York by Noiana Marigo.

Dispute resolution > International litigation Tier 2

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP's New York team has a strong reputation for defending institutions and individuals in enforcement investigations. The team handles claims alleging fraud, bribery, money laundering, and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA), among other matters. Olivia Radin and Kimberly Zelnick are contacts.

Tax > Financial products Tier 2

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP's Robert Scarborough has a strong track record of tax work both in heavyweight M&A deals and more exotic tax matters. Counsel Dennis Caracristi is another contact in the team.

Tax > International tax Tier 2

The team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP advises financial institutions, private funds, and corporates on a variety of complex cross-border corporate and financing transactions. Robert Scarborough is a key figure in the New York office, while Claude Stansbury is a name to note in Washington DC.

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 3

The antitrust team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is concentrated in Washington DC, with Eric Mahr as co-chair of the global antitrust litigation group leading the department. Andrew Ewalt and Paul Yde are further key figures involved in assisting clients with regard to cartel investigations.

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense Tier 3

At Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, New York's Adam Siegel, head of the US dispute resolution practice, coordinates the global investigations group. The New York office also houses seasoned white-collar defense lawyer Aaron Marcu, who has a strong track record in internal and government investigations, along with financial and securities crime experts Olivia Radin and Kimberly Zelnick.

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M&A/corporate and commercial > Corporate governance Tier 3

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP's New York-based corporate governance practice was significantly strengthened in 2019 by the additions of Pamela Marcogliese and Elizabeth Bieber from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Marcogliese and Bieber have strong experience in succession planning work, and have advised some of the country's largest public companies on the governance aspects of major corporate and securities transactions, including IPOs and M&A.

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M&A/corporate and commercial > Shareholder activism Tier 3

In October 2019, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP massively bolstered its New York corporate practice with the hires of Ethan Klingsberg, Paul Tiger, Pamela Marcogliese and Elizabeth Bieber from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. At their previous firm, this group was routinely engaged by high-profile public companies involved in campaigns by some of the most prominent activist shareholders. Marcogliese in particular is a standout figure in this space; she specializes in advising company boards on shareholder relations, activism campaigns and strategic governance matters. All lawyers are based in New York.

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 4

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP defends clients in antitrust cases in the US and across the globe, combining antitrust expertise with commercial litigation, public law and white-collar know-how. Paul Yde in Washington DC is of particular note. He litigates before federal as well as state courts, representing clients from a wide variety of industries.

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 4

The merger control practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP assists with the clearance of cross-border and domestic transactions. Co-chair of the global antitrust litigation group Eric Mahr operates a notable practice out of Washington DC, guiding clients through second phase merger proceedings and transactions challenges on both sides of the Atlantic. Paul Yde is of particular note to the merger practice in Washington DC.

Dispute resolution > International trade Tier 4

Led out of New York by Kimberly Zelnick, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP's sanctions and trade group specializes in US economic sanctions and export controls. Counsels Stephanie Brown Cripps and Nabeel Yousef, based in New York and Washington DC, respectively, are also standout sanctions practitioners. DC-based special counsel Christine Laciak is a contact for CFIUS matters.

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings Tier 4

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s compact underwriter-focused group benefits from its ability to plug into the wider firm’s comprehensive international practice. New York-based global capital markets co-head Valerie Ford Jacob is recommended for her strong experience in the area. Pamela Marcogliese recently joined from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.

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Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings Tier 4

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s New York-based team may be smaller than many of its competitors but its ability to leverage its global finance firepower marks it as a safe choice for major underwriters. Valerie Ford Jacob co-heads the global capital markets practice and regularly advises underwriters, issuers and selling stockholders on equity transactions. The group was recently boosted by the arrival of Pamela Marcogliese from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, who brings strong experience in high-profile IPOs.

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M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 4

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has made a major splash in the market with the high-profile arrival of new US head of corporate Ethan Klingsberg from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, a move tipped to have major ramifications for the wider M&A market. Klingsberg has retained high-profile clients since the move, bringing to the firm household names such as Google, Stanley Black & Decker, and Goldman Sachs. The firm also welcomed the highly rated Paul Tiger as part of the same lateral hire, alongside Jonathan ZhouAndrew Basham, and Meredith Kotler, who bolster the firm's full-service corporate offering, covering securities transactions, regulatory issues, and M&A-related litigation. The move marks the next step in a promising a joined-up international practice that is expected to make a significant impact in 2020.

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Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 5

The commercial litigation department at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is fully integrated into the firm's international practice, and able to draw on cross-border expertise for complex business disputes involving high-profile, multinational clients. A major team development in October 2019 was the arrival of securities and M&A litigation expert Meredith Kotler from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Already highly active for major clients, she is representing 3M in MDL securities class action and shareholder derivative litigation which alleges failure to disclose reserves for environmental liabilities. Other leading practitioners include Linda Martin, co-head of the global financial institutions disputes group. In 2019, she led the team which successfully defended Abdul Latif Jameel Transportation against FedEx before the Sixth Circuit. Also a leading commercial litigator, Timothy Harkness is the co-head of the global commercial disputes group, and regularly advises international financial services and accounting firms. Among recent highlights, he represented a leading US tech company in a dispute with an early investor, including executing a cross-border litigation strategy to seek injunctive relief.

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Key clients


Exxon Mobil



Jimmy Choo



Sinclair Broadcasting Group

AMBAC Financial Group


Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 5

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP joins the ranking, its fledgling practice having been built around the recruitment of highly respected partner Meredith Kotler from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Kotler is spearheading the development of the practice, which works closely with the firm's highly regarde arbitration, anti-trust and white-collar groups. She combines M&A and securities litigation in her new role, acting for a blue-chip client roster of corporate clients and financial institutions.

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Finance > Project finance

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has a strong team of lawyers based in New York with good experience advising sponsors and lenders, including multilaterals, on energy and infrastructure projects. The firm is especially active in Latin America-related renewables and oil and gas projects. Melissa Raciti-Knapp co-heads the firm's Latin America practice and heads its US energy and infrastructure group.

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Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense


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


International arbitration


Mergers and acquisitions

People and reward

Restructuring and insolvency



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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