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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
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NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 1

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP‘s international arbitration group strikes the right note with its ‘experienced, responsive and dedicated lawyers‘, who are capable of ‘distilling very complex matters with international and national implications‘. The group’s strong skill set in Latin America-related cases is a recurring theme among sources, with its attorneys considered ‘market leaders for investment arbitration involving Latin American states’. That being said, the practice is active across all key jurisdictions and handles the full scope of commercial and investment treaty disputes. The global firm’s close relationships with major multinational corporates is a key feeder of arbitration cases and it counts ConocoPhillips, Glencore and Anglo American among its longstanding clients — it also acts for sovereign states. The group’s diverse expertise sees it frequently handle cases across all key industry sectors but it stands out as a particularly popular choice for energy and natural resources-related matters. In a high-profile example, Glencore engaged the firm to represent it on an ICSID arbitration claim against the Republic of Colombia stemming from state measures that adversely affected Glencore’s investments in a coal mine. Global practice co-head Nigel Blackaby, noted as the ‘star of the team‘, co-led the Glencore work, together with Washington DC-based Caroline Richard, who is ‘100% hands-on in every single matter‘, and Elliot Friedman. US international arbitration lead Noiana Marigo enjoys a strong profile for Latin America-related cases and is representing BBVA in a dispute concerning Bolivia’s nationalization of the country’s pension fund administration industry. Named partners are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

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Testimonials

Market leaders for investment arbitration involving Latin American states, with a high level of technical expertise. Bilingual team capable of working in English and Spanish.’

Thoughtful, intelligent and calm, unexaggerated approach; New York team with very convincing presentation and exceptionally well prepared in hearings with outstanding skills in cross examination.’

The firm has well-established understanding of issues in the global and Nigerian oil and gas sector. Thus they always provide required legal advice and opinions that protect our rights and proffer much needed solutions in support of our business in Nigeria.’

‘They have a holistic understanding and expertise in the energy industry and are always a reliable ally in drafting diverse contracts, exceptional legal advisory/opinions, well pitched and articulated correspondences.’

‘Freshfields showcases a team of highly skilled, experienced, responsive and dedicated lawyers capable of distilling very complex matters with international and national implications. Also noteworthy, all of these lawyers (or most of them) have a high fluency in various languages, including Spanish, which makes communication with the client in many cases a lot easier.’

‘Nigel Blackaby QC is the leader and star of the team with an unparalleled experience and handling of the client’s needs.

Caroline Richard is Blackaby’s second in command. She’s 100% hands-on in every single matter and is capable of showcasing the same level of expertise as Blackaby. Richard is a highly responsive partner with perfect fluency in Spanish.’

‘Nigel Blackaby QC and Caroline Richards have excellent insights and knowledge in international arbitration relating to Latin America.’

Key clients

ConocoPhillips Company

The Glencore Group

VINCI Airports

Anglo American

Grupo Agroinsumos

South32

Occidental

Eco Oro Minerals

Smurfit Kappa Packaging

BBVA

Latin American Regional Aviation Holding

IC Power

Kenon Holdings

Abertis Infraestructuras

Fernando Fraiz Trapote

The AES Corporation

ADP

América Móvil

Espiritu Santo Holdings

J&F Investimentos

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented ConocoPhillips In a series of ground-breaking cases relating to the 2007 expropriation of three major oil investments in Venezuela.
  • Selected to represent Eco Oro Minerals in its claim against Colombia under the Canada-Colombia Fair Trade Agreement relating to measures that put an end to its Angostura gold mining project.
  • Advised Espiritu Santo Holdings on a dispute arising out of a concession contract that its subsidiary held with the government of Mexico City to install and maintain taximeters across Mexico City’s fleet of taxis, and to develop a ride-hailing app alongside the taximeters.

M&A/corporate and commercial > Corporate governance Tier 1

The ‘very smart and engaged’ team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP operates within a rapidly expanding corporate advisory practice at the firm. Notable highlights included assisting Zymergen with its $575m Nasdaq IPO and conversion to a public benefit corporation.  Capital markets head Sarah Solum leads the group from Silicon Valley together with New York-based partners Pamela Marcogliese and Ethan Klingsberg. They are supported by New York-based pair Elizabeth Bieber, a key contact for crisis management and noted as ‘outstanding in her knowledge and ability to apply that knowledge,‘ and corporate governance and securities law expert Maj Vaseghi.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Solum; Pamela Marcogliese; Ethan Klingsberg

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Testimonials

‘Very smart and engaged team who look for practical applications for the legal theory.’

‘Elizabeth Bieber is outstanding in her knowledge and ability to apply that knowledge. Pamela Marcogliese is a great corporate and securities lawyer in addition to her amazing abilities to provide corporate governance advice.’

Key clients

Alphabet

Brightview

CarLotz

Cazoo

CEO and Co-Founder of Airbnb

Ciena

Citigroup

Clever Leaves

Li-Cycle

Pinterest

SiteOne

Sonoco

Stanley Black and Decker

The Special Litigation Committee of Sinclair Broadcast Group

United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment

Zymergen

Work highlights

  • Advised Zymergen on its $575 million IPO and conversion to a public benefit corporation.
  • Advised the founder and CEO of Airbnb in connection with the company’s dual class stock arrangements in connection with his company’s $3.5 billion IPO.
  • Advised Palantir on its defense against business tort claims in litigation arising from Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Tax > International tax Tier 1

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP advises investment funds and financial institutions in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East on tax structuring and tax-related issues involving major M&A transactions, carve-outs and demergers, and SPAC formations. Its client base includes major players in the life sciences, fintech, and tech industries. Notably, the team leads on tax-related matters concerning AstraZeneca’s $39bn acquisition of Alexion. Based in New York, practice co-chair Robert Scarborough is an expert in cross-border corporate and financial transactions, and led on the AstraZeneca acquisition, and is noted for his work on SPAC deals. Claude Stansbury operates out of Washington DC and focuses on domestic and cross-border acquisitions, restructurings, disposals, and financings, as well as tax optimization. In New York, Dennis Caracristi deals with complex international tax mandates for leading players in technology and finance.

Practice head(s):

Robert Scarborough; Claude Stansbury

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Key clients

Honeywell

Cargill

Stagwell Media

Continental AG

PepsiCo

Hellman & Friedman

Advent International

Fresenius

Goldfinch Partners

Sandvik AB

CompuGroup

Americold Realty Trust

Emerald Holdings

Flint Group

Zymergen

AstraZeneca plc

Google

CVC Capital Partners

London Stock Exchange

Li-Cycle

Royal Caribbean Cruises

British Telecommunications

Oracle Corporation

Flutter Entertainment

Cazoo

Western Union

Clever Leaves

One Equity Partners

CarLotz, Inc.

Prodigy Finance, Ltd.

Beiersdorf

HPE

Axel Springer

Siemens

America Movil

Honeywell

Cargill

Stagwell Media

Continental AG

PepsiCo

Hellman & Friedman

Advent International

Fresenius

Goldfinch Partners

Sandvik AB

CompuGroup

Americold Realty Trust

Emerald Holdings

Flint Group

Zymergen

AstraZeneca plc

Google

CVC Capital Partners

London Stock Exchange

Li-Cycle

Royal Caribbean Cruises

British Telecommunications

Oracle Corporation

Flutter Entertainment

Cazoo

Western Union

Clever Leaves

One Equity Partners

CarLotz, Inc.

Prodigy Finance, Ltd.

Beiersdorf

HPE

Axel Springer

Siemens

America Movil

Work highlights

  • Advised on tax implications for AstraZeneca during their successful $39bn acquisition of Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc.
  • Advised London Stock Exchange Group plc on the $27bn acquisition of Refinitiv, including structuring to achieve tax efficient exit for Refinitiv shareholders and tax efficient integration of acquired US and UK groups within LSEG’s worldwide structure.
  • Represented Western Union, the global leader in cross-border, cross-currency money movement and payments, on the tax aspects of the sale of Western Union Business Solutions for $910m in cash to a private equity consortium of Goldfinch Partners and Baupost Group.

Dispute resolution > International litigation Tier 2

With a global reach, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP‘s disputes department excels in coordinating cross-border disputes with parallel proceedings in multiple jurisdictions. Washington DC-based practice head Eric Bruce combines criminal and corporate disputes and investigations expertise while in New York Timothy Harkness is the name to note for allegations of fraud, breach of contract, malpractice and veil piercing. The team counts s.1782 applications among its areas of specialisms, in which Harkness and the ‘tremendousDavid Livshiz are experienced. For disputes with a regulatory angle, it benefits from a strong bench of former government lawyers including Aaron Marcu and Adam Siegel in New York and cybersecurity disputes expert and head of fintech Brock Dahl who joined from the National Security Agency in May 2021 and splits his time between Washington DC and Silicon Valley. Other contacts in New York include Linda Martin, Kimberly Zelnick and Olivia Radin.

Practice head(s):

Eric Bruce

Other key lawyers:

Timothy Harkness; Linda Martin; Kimberly Zelnick; David Livshiz; Aaron Marcu; Brock Dahl; Olivia Radin; Elliot Friedman; Paige Von Mehren; Scott Eisman

Testimonials

Freshfields is our go-to firm for all litigation-related questions.  When we have a critical litigation issue, Freshfields is the first place we call, and they have never let us down. We recently used them for a bet-the-company case, and Freshfields was spectacular: they were aggressive, were always thinking several steps ahead, and never took their eye off the goal.  It was a pleasure to work with that team in every way, and we are thrilled with the result they obtained.’

Pragmatic approach to handling disputes, responsiveness, industry knowledge, legal expertise.

David Livshiz and international arbitration expert Elliot Friedman are tremendous. They are responsive and practical and are highly committed to their clients. Associate Paige Von Mehren is excellent and performs at a level well beyond her years of practice.

David Livshiz:  David is our go-to lawyer for anything litigation related. He is smart, strategic, and aggressive.  Definitely one of the best litigators in New York; we feel safe when we are in his hands.’

Scott Eisman: responsive, strategic and a brilliant writer. Above all, a pleasure to work with.’

David Livshiz:  far and away the rock star of that group, and the future of their commercial litigation practice.  He is brilliant, tenacious and a great strategic thinker.  Always thinking several steps ahead.  Most importantly, he gets the job done.  He’s creative, yet very sensitive to commercial realities and keeps our goals front of mind.  A true trusted advisor.  I would trust the bet-the-company litigation to him without hesitation.  He has my unqualified recommendation.

Scott Eisman: is a pleasure to work with.  On a strong team, he is perhaps the best writer, and does a fabulous job of updating people in the right way at the right times.  Scott also makes it a point to incorporate the junior members of the team so they grow and develop, which is important to us. I would seek out working with him in the future, and if he is not on your “up and coming” or “to watch” list, he should be.

Tim Harkness: Is a thoughtful and compelling advocate, with extensive experience in commercial cases.  He is a great writer and focuses on the bottom line, getting results.’

Key clients

Parker H. ‘Pete’ Petit

Michael Kipp

Current and former employees of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

MTN Group

DAZN

Clairvest Group

PepsiCo and Bottling Group

Novartis

Air Products and Chemicals

Texaco Nigeria Outer Shelf

Statoil (Nigeria)

VEB

OIM Capital

Palantir

LSEG

FTSE

Refinitiv

Republic of Latvia

Government of Trinidad and Tobago

Exxon Mobil Corporation

US Chamber of Commerce

N.M. Rothschild & Sons

VTB Bank

Marriott International

The Special Litigation Committee for Sinclair Broadcasting Group

IFF

Work highlights

  • Representing Marriott International on its multijurisdictional response to regulatory inquiries regarding the high-profile Starwood data incident.
  • Representing MTN Group, Africa’s largest mobile-service provider, and two of its subsidiaries, in challenging the jurisdiction of a US court in a lawsuit alleging that MTN and numerous other large companies violated the Anti-Terrorism Act by committing intentional torts against US service members and government contractors.
  • Represented Air Products and Chemicals in breach of contract, tortious interference, conversion, and breach of fiduciary duty claims arising from a dispute over an $8bn joint venture in Saudi Arabia.

Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense Tier 2

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP ‘has made a huge investment in this US market and it shows – they have captured an immense amount of legal talent in a short time‘, remarks one client. The firm has continued to carve out a prominent position in complex, multi-location cases, and has attracted new clients for deal-related litigation, among them AstraZeneca, Carlotz and Cazoo. ‘Incredibly smart litigator‘ Meredith Kotler and Mary Eaton in New York are co-heads of securities and shareholder litigation, and they acted on challenges to AstraZeneca’s $39bn acquisition of Alexion and Carlotz’ $827mn de-SPAC transaction, among others. Boris Feldman, who leads the US technology practice from Silicon Valley, has defended more than 240 shareholder class actions in his lengthy career. With emerging talent Doru Gavril, also based in Silicon Valley, Feldman is acting for new client Mandiant, a cybersecurity company based on the West Coast, in a shareholder challenge to the $1.2bn sale of its products business to a private equity buyer.

Practice head(s):

Meredith Kotler; Mary Eaton

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Testimonials

‘Meredith Kotler and Mary Eaton are proactive, hands on partners.’

‘Freshfields has made a huge investment in this US market and it shows. They have captured an immense amount of legal talent in a short time and I expect them to continue to grow by leaps and bounds’

‘Meredith Kotler is an incredibly smart litigator who is relentless on behalf of her clients. Boris Feldman is a wonderful litigator and has deep contacts in the business. Doru Gavril is an up-and-coming talent with boundless energy tempered by excellent judgment.’

‘It was a coup for the firm to attract Meredith Kotler to the practice and enhance the firm’s M&A litigation practice.’

‘Meredith Kotler has an excellent depth of knowledge in the corporate and M&A litigation space. She is well known and respected among the Delaware Court of Chancery Bar and judiciary! She’s smart, practical and great on her feet.’

Key clients

Air Products and Chemicals

AstraZeneca

Cargill

CarLotz, its CEO, CFO and Board of Directors

Cazoo

Clever Leaves

FireEye (k/n/a Mandiant, Inc.)

Li-Cycle

Palantir Technologies Inc.

Sitel Group

SourceHOV, Inc.

Special Litigation Committee (SLC) of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.’s (Sinclair) Board of Directors

Stagwell Media

Work highlights

  • Representing Mandiant, a preeminent cybersecurity company based in Silicon Valley, in a shareholder challenge to the $1.2 billion sale of its products business to a private equity buyer. Previously represented the company in a shareholder action for books and records pertaining to the deal.
  • Represented the Special Litigation Committee in investigating and defending against allegations that Sinclair officers and directors misled federal regulators in connection with Sinclair’s failed US$6 billion merger with Tribune Media Company.
  • Represented SourceHOV in an appeal to the Delaware Supreme Court from an adverse judgment in an appraisal action after its merger with Novitex to become Exela Technologies.

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 2

The New York office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has ‘a very strong team that is proactive, hands on, and creative‘. The firm has quickly blazed a trail in the market, thanks largely to the efforts of co-heads Meredith Kotler and Mary Eaton. While a recently established group, it offers a strong bench of experienced partners, among them Boris Feldman, who in his lengthy career has defended more than 240 shareholder class actions, derivative suits, and merger challenges. Up-and-coming partner Doru Gavril in Silicon Valley has played a key role in high-profile matters for major technology companies. Feldman, Eaton and Gavril secured a complete victory in a putative class action for Pinterest, its CEO and CFO in which plaintiffs alleged the company made false and misleading statements in the first and second quarters of 2019 about its future growth. Kotler represented 3M in a federal securities class action concerning the company’s alleged failure to adequately reserve funds to cover potential liability in environmental, mass tort, and other litigation based on its prior production of certain chemicals.

Practice head(s):

Meredith Kotler; Mary Eaton

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Testimonials

‘Very strong team. Proactive, hands on, and creative, particularly Meredith Kotler and Mary Eaton.’

Key clients

3M Company and several current and former officers and directors

ACM Research

Alphabet

Amarin Corp. PLC

Apyx Medical

AstraZeneca PLC, its CEO, and several other executives

Carlotz, its CEO, CFO and Board of Directors

Citigroup Inc. and the Independent Directors of the Citigroup Board

Energy Recovery, Inc.and its current and former CEO and CFO

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

ParkerPetit, former CEO of MiMedx and former Director of Intelligent Systems

Pinterest, Inc. and several officers and directors

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., and its CEO and CFO

Tyson Foods, its current and former CEO, its CFO, and its Board of Directors

Work highlights

  • Represented 3M Company and its officers and directors in a securities class action challenging disclosures regarding, and accounting reserves for, allegedly billions of US dollars in potential liability in pending mass tort and environmental litigation.
  • Represented Pinterest, its CEO, and its CFO in a putative securities class action in the Northern District of California in a suit that alleged the company made false and misleading statements regarding Pinterest’s future growth.
  • Representing the board of directors of Citigroup in shareholder derivative suits and a related securities class action based on Citi’s widely reported error in writing $900 million to Revlon’s creditors and associated claims alleging that the board knowingly allowed Citi to maintain insufficient operational controls and to violate the terms of regulatory settlements.

Tax > Financial products Tier 2

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 3

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP continues to develop its profile within the US merger control market, working with its active West Coast and New York-based M&A teams, alongside its global antitrust offering, on a wide range of major global deals, most notably advising LSE on the final approval of its $27bn acquisition of Refinitiv. The team is also strong on domestic deals, working with major clients including Cargill and Verizon on merger control filings, and supporting them through government investigations and regulatory reviews of transactions, as well as conducting risk assessments for non-public transactions. The team offers a number of former DOJ and FTC officials, with practice head Julie Elmer a former DOJ prosecutor, while Mary Lehner has counseled two FTC Chairs, and played a key role in the unconditional approval of AstraZeneca’s $39 billion acquisition of Alexion. Meghan Rissmiller is a prolific merger control counsel, currently working with Aerojet Rocketdyne on its sale to Lockheed Martin, while counsel Jan Rybnicek is noted for his strategic advice on the antitrust implications of proposed mergers. All lawyers mentioned are in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Julie Elmer

Other key lawyers:

Mary Lehner; Meghan Rissmiller; Jan Rybincek; Justin Stewart-Teitelbaum

Testimonials

‘A very strong team in the US which is seamlessly integrated into Freshfield’s leading international practice makes this the “go-to” choice for complex international transactions.’

‘With Meghan Rissmiller, Freshfields has added impressive talent to an already outstanding team of rising professionals, including Justin Stewart-Teitelbaum.’

‘Highly strategic team with also very strong technical skills.’

‘Mary Lehner is a highly strategic antitrust lawyer that thinks through creative ways to get the deal done.’

‘Our experience with Freshfields showed a lot of hands on experience with the matter we were dealing with along with an understanding of the practical business concerns. They worked well with our local firm to manage costs and divisions of labor.’

‘Justin Stewart-Teitelbaum was highly knowledgeable about antitrust legal matters as well as the processes and procedures of government agencies overseeing these areas. His previous experience within the federal government was invaluable. In addition, his soft skills and clear communications were helpful with outside parties and our internal stakeholders.’

‘Mary Lehner is knowledgeable and responsive. She also has good knowledge of how the agencies in Washington work.’

‘The team has a lot of practical experience from within FTC/DOJ and is able to advise on likely approach from the government institutions. They have a really deep knowledge of our business and are commercial in their outlook.’

Key clients

BASF

eBay

Google

Johnson & Johnson

United Airlines

Verizon Communications

Aerojet Rocketdyne

Cargill

Cargotec

HP

ProAssurance

Novartis

AstraZeneca

Holcim

Work highlights

  • Advised AstraZeneca on its $39 billion acquisition of Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Advised LSEG on its US$27 billion acquisition of Refinitiv.
  • Advised Verizon on the global antitrust and foreign investment aspects of the $5 billion sale of Verizon Media Group to Apollo Global Management.

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

The government investigations team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is led by Eric Bruce in Washington DC and Adam Siegel in New York. With a strong international network, the practice handles a range of global white-collar defense matters and government investigations with ease. Bruce acts for multinational corporations and high-profile executives caught up in criminal trials, investigations and litigation, while Siegel is a name to note for both criminal and regulatory matters and has particular experience in SEC and DOJ inquiries. Also based in New York is Aaron Marcu, a former federal prosecutor for SDNY, who is well versed in corruption and money laundering cases. Daniel Braun left the firm in August 2021.

Practice head(s):

Adam Siegel; Eric Bruce

Other key lawyers:

Aaron Marcu; Olivia Radin; Kimberly Zelnick

Key clients

MTN Group

VTB Bank

Marriott International

The Special Litigation Committee for Sinclair Broadcasting Group

IFF

Zurich Insurance Group

Work highlights

  • Obtained a favorable settlement for VTB Capital plc (VTB) after a four-year investigation by the US Department of Justice, the SEC, and multiple other global regulators into the $2 billion Mozambique “hidden debt” and massive bribery scandal.

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has made rapid progress in the market, having developed a largely female-led team over the last few years. With strength on both East and West coasts, the firm’s tech and healthcare client base has delivered a string of convertible debt engagements. The team is also active in investment grade debt offerings, while Michael Levitt provides further expertise in high-yield debt; he also led the team that advised AstraZeneca on its $7bn debt financing as part of its $39bn acquisition of Alexion Pharmaceuticals. Thanks to the efforts of Pamela Marcogliese, the team has landed a number of ESG-related deals, including green bonds. Valerie Ford Jacob has virtually unrivalled capital markets experience and continues to represent issuers and underwriters in high-value debt offerings. Silicon Valley’s Sarah Solum has an outstanding record in representing big-name tech and healthcare businesses, and underwriters, in headline debt issuances; she recently advised Oracle on a series of high-value SEC-registered debt offerings. Named individuals are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Valerie Ford Jacob; Sarah Solum

Key clients

AstraZeneca

Oracle

Team Inc.

Penske Automotive Group

TriNet

3D Systems Corp

Bank of America

Morgan Stanley

Work highlights

  • Advised AstraZeneca on its $7bn debt financing in connection with its $39bn acquisition of Alexion Pharmaceuticals.
  • Advised Oracle Corporation on its SEC-registered debt offering of $15bn aggregate principal amount of senior debt securities.
  • Advised the underwriters of Ares Capital on various debt offerings of $3.5bn aggregate principal amount notes.

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP stands out for its women-led team in both New York and Silicon Valley. Thanks to the success of its Silicon Valley team led by Sarah Solum, which has a major focus on pre-IPO companies, it has achieved a series of headline engagements in the tech and life sciences fields. The capital markets team has also made a further impression in SPAC offerings and de-SPAC transactions, and has solid connections to both issuers and underwriters. Valerie Ford Jacob is hugely experienced across the capital markets sphere, most recently advising on a number of headline de-SPAC transactions. Michael Levitt is also noted for de-SPAC expertise and Pamela Marcogliese is at the forefront of taking businesses public as public benefit corporations; she and Solum advised Zymergen on its IPO as a public benefit corporation on the Nasdaq Global Select Market. Named individuals are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Valerie Ford Jacob; Sarah Solum

Testimonials

‘Excellent support for clients outside the US. Exceptional partner dedication. Valerie Jacob works brilliantly with senior lawyers, C-suite members and Board directors alike. Valerie also has the rare skill in a negotiation of knowing instinctively when to insist on a point and when to drop it.’

 

Key clients

Cazoo

Universal Music Group

JPMorgan

Zymergen

Bank of America

Goldman Sachs

Charterhouse Capital

Li-Cycle

CarLotz

PepperLime Health Acquisition Corporation

Bleuacacia Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Zymergen on its $575m IPO and listing on Nasdaq and conversion to a public benefit corporation —among the first companies to go public as a PBC.
  • Advised Cazoo on its $7bn NYSE listing through a business combination with SPAC AJAX I, including a concurrent $800m PIPE—the largest de-SPAC of a UK company.
  • Advised Universal Music Group on its spin-off from Vivendi SE and listing of 60% of its share capital on Euronext Amsterdam at a $53bn valuation and concurrent sale of 10% of Vivendi’s holding in UMG to Pershing Square.

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 3

Magic circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has continued to ramp up its presence in the US in recent months, taking lead roles on a series of eye-catching deals. The ‘highly collaborative and solutions-oriented’ practice, which advises on a wide range of public and private M&A, joint ventures and capital investment deals, is co-led by Ethan Klingsberg, who has accelerated the department’s growth since his arrival in 2019, alongside Damien Zoubek, a September 2021 arrival from Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP who has a track record in distressed M&A and bankruptcy auctions, as well as matters concerning corporate governance and shareholder activism. The pair operate from the New York office, which is also home to Sebastian Fain, a more junior partner who has handled a number of blockbuster deals over the past 12 months. The team is supported by flourishing antitrust, tax, finance, disputes, employment and IP practice and is particularly active on the cross-border front, bolstered by the firm’s 28 offices across the globe.

Practice head(s):

Ethan Klingsberg; Damien Zoubek

Other key lawyers:

Paul Tiger; John Fisher; Sebastian Fain; Paul Humphreys

Testimonials

‘Freshfields have really enhanced their US team and practice in the last few years and is now a credible top tier transatlantic public deal firm.’

‘Commercially aware and technically faultless: the senior M&A team at Freshfields are superb and defended our interests with aplomb. Matter management was excellent.’

‘Sebastian Fain is a star: excellent mastery of the detail and relentless drive to reach the best outcome for his clients. On top of it all, Sebastian is a brilliant client lawyer and a delight to work with.’

‘First rate service in the US and globally. Responsive and practical. User friendly. Problem solvers.’

‘Paul Tiger is a stand-out partner.’

‘The quality of service stands out as does the legal technical savviness. We trust their capabilities across the various areas involved in an M&A transaction, including corporate, tax, competition, regulatory, employment.’

‘The team was extraordinarily committed in what was a very complicated and labor intensive, multi-party transaction. They understand all the legal ins and outs associated with public company transactions and deal with tax and employee benefits/compensation issues in the context of the deal.’

‘All the lawyers on the team were true partners who worked hand in hand to get the deal across the finish line. It wouldn’t have been possible without them.’

Key clients

AstraZeneca

Cazoo

Google

Cargill

Universal Music Group

SITEL Group

LANXESS

Li-Cycle

Charterhouse Capital Partners

Western Union

Siemens

Agilent

Helios Health

Royal Caribbean Group

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Stagwell Media

Ericsson

Belden

Honeywell

3M

The Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

Axel Springer

Zymergen

3D Systems

ams OSRAM Group

Work highlights

  • Represented AstraZeneca in its $39bn acquisition of Alexion Pharmaceuticals—the largest announced acquisition of a US company in 2020, the largest healthcare M&A deal globally in 2020, the largest acquisition financing of 2020, and AstraZeneca’s largest-ever acquisition.
  • Represented Universal Music Group (UMG) in connection with the acquisition by Pershing Square Tontine Holdings, Ltd. (PSTH) of 10% of UMG from Vivendi S.E. for approximately US$4bn, representing an enterprise value of UMG of over $35bn.
  • Represented Google on its US$4.5bn transaction with Jio Platforms and in a separate $1bn transaction with CME Group.

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

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP's global reach makes it well-positioned to advise clients from around the world on shareholder activism matters, particularly as US activists and US-style activism tactics spread across Europe and Asia. In the US, the firm fields a deep bench of experts in shareholder engagement and activism defense, who often advise public companies and their boards. The head of shareholder engagement and activism defense is Elizabeth Bieber, who works with M&A department head Ethan Klingsberg. Another key individual is Damien Zoubek, who joined the team in September 2021 from Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and is experienced in advising on transactions and shareholder activism defense scenarios across different industries.

Practice head(s):

Ethan Klingsberg; Elizabeth Bieber

Other key lawyers:

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 4

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 4

With many of its team members having formerly worked at the DOJ and FTC, the antitrust litigation practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is involved in numerous high-profile matters, particularly in the technology space. Eric Mahr spearheads the team with strong expertise in multi-district litigation and is described by a client as a ‘truly excellent antitrust litigator and counselor’. Julie Elmer for whom ‘no case is too daunting’, routinely defends clients in class actions and commercial litigation, while Andrew Ewalt has recently handled matters pertaining to monopolization claims and unfair competition. All mentioned attorneys are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Eric Mahr

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very diligent, efficient, service-minded with a good commercial understanding.’

‘Eric Mahr – exquisite understanding and depth of knowledge regarding antitrust litigation combined with terrific interpersonal skills and commercial understanding.

‘The team is extremely collaborative, working well in a large joint defense group consisting of many firms.’

‘Eric Mahr is a truly excellent antitrust litigator and counselor, and he has a good team working with him. Eric has a great courtroom demeanor and a calm, steady hand through crises. Andrew Ewalt has a deep knowledge of antitrust law and a measured, considerate, and deliberate approach.’

‘Seasoned, fearless, and confident litigators who can tackle an immense project and effectively, methodically cut it down into organized tasks, develop the most effective strategies, and execute efficiently and with a minimum of drama. First class professionals in every respect.’

‘Eric Mahr is the consummate professional -thoughtful, focused, and creative -yet with a fearlessness that is all too rare among high-stakes commercial litigators. His government experience gives him credibility and an edge in court and over his adversaries.

Julie Elmer is a can-do, relentless, and effective litigator who draws on her government experience to craft effective strategies and provide sound client advice. No case is too daunting for her to organize and set on course for a successful resolution.’

Key clients

Google

Cengage

Hachette

Evonik

PepsiCo

United Airlines

Cargill

Facebook

Universal Music

Work highlights

  • Defending Google in In re Google Digital Advertising Antitrust Litigation, a massive multidistrict litigation involving antitrust and deceptive trade practice claims related to the company’s online advertising practices, as well as putative classes of publishers and advertisers, and individual opt-out publishers.
  • Secured victories for Cengage at multiple stages during the course of litigation for In re Inclusive Access Course Materials Antitrust Litigation, including successfully staying discovery, achieving consolidation and transfer to the Southern District of New York, and culminating in us winning dismissal of all claims so resoundingly that plaintiffs chose not to appeal.
  • Representing Cargill, one of the largest privately held companies in the US, in numerous US class actions stemming from a Canadian Competition Bureau investigation into alleged anticompetitive activity related to the sale of Crop Inputs.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 4

Dispute resolution > International trade Tier 4

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP‘s focus on economic sanctions, export controls and CFIUS issues pays dividends and the firm is regularly engaged by major global clients to advise on US national security issues. Particularly well-positioned to handle China and Russia-related matters, the group is noted for its experience in the energy, telecoms and financial services spheres. In Washington DC, Nabeel Yousef spearheads the US sanctions and export controls group and is increasingly sought after for his experience in civil and criminal cross-border compliance, investigations and enforcement matters. Aimen Mir heads up the CFIUS practice and leverages experience in shaping national security policy on the government side, gained during a four-year stint as Deputy Assistant Secretary for investment security at the US Department of the Treasury. Kimberley Zelnick and counsel Stephanie Brown Cripps are recommended in New York.

Testimonials

‘Collaborative and clear cross-jurisdictional working.’

‘Pragmatic, translates complex issues into digestible content, very responsive, particularly Stephanie Brown Cripps.’

Key clients

CDPQ

Amur/International Financing Syndicate

Japan Arctic LNG B.V.

Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

BT Group plc

Honeywell International Inc.

Volkswagen AG

Infineon Technologies AG

Zymergen Inc.

AstraZeneca plc

Cargotec Corporation

Charterhouse Capital Partners

CompuGroup Medical SE & KGaA

London Stock Exchange Group plc

Universal Music Group

CDPQ

Amur/International Financing Syndicate

Japan Arctic LNG B.V.

Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

BT Group plc

Honeywell International Inc.

Volkswagen AG

Infineon Technologies AG

Zymergen Inc.

AstraZeneca plc

Cargotec Corporation

Charterhouse Capital Partners

CompuGroup Medical SE & KGaA

London Stock Exchange Group plc

Universal Music Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Honeywell International on the CFIUS review of the proposed combination of Honeywell Quantum Computing and Cambridge Quantum Computing to form a new full-service quantum computing business.
  • Advising a syndicate of 22 global financial institutions and three export credit agencies on US and EU sanctions and export controls issues relating to the $13bn project financing of the Amur Gas Processing Plant, the largest gas processing plant in Russia.
  • Advising Germany’s Infineon Technologies on the CFIUS review of its $10bn acquisition of California-based Cypress Semiconductor Corporation.

Finance > Commercial lending Tier 4

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP‘s New York commercial lending practice regularly assists with multi-jurisdictions financings alongside its offices in the UK, Canada and mainland Europe. Primarily focusing on the borrower space, the group’s undoubted highlight for 2021 was its work with AstraZeneca, which involved negotiating a new $17.5bn bridge-financing facility. David Almroth leads the practice and works closely with borrowers from a variety of industries including TMT, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and sport.

Practice head(s):

David Almroth

Other key lawyers:

Kyle Lakin

Key clients

TriNet Group, Inc.

WorldRemit

Team, Inc.

Cargill, Incorporated

One Equity Partners

AstraZeneca

CPP Investments

Paine Schwartz Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised AstraZeneca on a new committed $17.5bn bridge-financing facility to support the financing of the offer consideration.
  • Advised Cargill on negotiating the debt commitment papers and term sheet for the take-private acquisition of Sanderson Farms Inc. and its merger with Wayne Farms.
  • Advised a customer service company on a $1.4bn term loan, a €1bn term loan, and a $250m revolving credit facility to support its acquisition of Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated.

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 4

Praised for its ‘extraordinary knowledge combined with a great attitude’, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP acts for public and private companies, as well as individual executives, on employee benefits and executive compensations issues arising out of high value M&A, such as advising AstraZeneca in its $39bn acquisition of Alexion Pharmaceuticals, led by New York-based practice head Lori Goodman. New York-based associate Jordan Salzman is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Lori Goodman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Extraordinary knowledge combined with a great attitude. Service-orientated, great availability and capability to break down the complexity of an issue to the client for a better understanding.’ 

‘Associate Jordan Salzman is excellent.’ 

‘I worked with Lori Goodman in a very complex situation, in connection with an IPO. She was very competent, with high availability and responsiveness.’ 

‘Practical minded, super-responsive and team members are among the best at the firm.’ 

Key clients

América Móvil

Universal Music Group

Cargill

Western Union

AstraZeneca

Axel Springer

Honeywell

Siemens

Cazoo

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Li-Cycle

Royal Caribbean Group

Ovation Travel Group

Spartronics

LANXESS

Stagwell Media

Zymergen

Sitel

Agilent

Work highlights

  • Advised AstraZeneca in its acquisition of Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Advised Universal Music Group in its separation from Vivendi SE and the listing of its share capital on Euronext Amsterdam.
  • Advised Cargill on its take-private of Nasdaq-listed Sanderson Farms and the concurrent combination of Sanderson Farms with privately-held Wayne Farms.

Industry focus > Healthcare: life sciences

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has aggressively expanded its life sciences team this year, bringing in New York-based transactional and IP expert Adam Golden from Hogan Lovells and Silicon Valley-based digital health expert Vinita Kailasanath from Arnold & Porter.

Industry focus > Transport: aviation and air travel - litigation and regulation

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP's Washington DC-based special counsel Amna Arshad has notable experience in representing major US and foreign passenger and cargo air carriers, as well as aviation-related entities, in federal regulatory and litigation matters.

Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy Tier 4

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is a recognised force in power, renewables, and transport and telecoms infrastructure projects in Latin America. Much of this is led by New York partner Melissa Raciti-Knapp, who is co-head of the Latin America group and head of the US energy and infrastructure team. She and the Latin America group represent a number of commercial banks and multilateral agencies such as KfW IPEX-Bank and OPIC (now DFC).

Practice head(s):

Melissa Raciti-Knapp

Key clients

KfW IPEX-Bank

OPIC (Now DFC)

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration

The Latin American international arbitration group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP stands out for its work on high-profile, high-value and frequently politically sensitive disputes. The practice advises both multinationals and sovereign states on complex arbitrations and has acted in more Latin American ICSID cases than any other firm. The team operates across a number of countries in the region and has broad sector expertise, acting on matters in power, oil and gas, mining, financial services, manufacturing and food among others. The practice is co-lead by highly experienced arbitration practitioner Noiana Marigo in New York and Washington DC-based Nigel Blackaby, who garners huge respect from his peer group and has built up a formidable reputation, amassing an impressive list of victories in a decorated career. Also in Washington DC, Caroline Richard is an investor-state specialist and undoubtedly one-to-watch, having secured a string of successful outcomes for key client Glencore and miner Crystallex. Appointed partner in May 2020, New York-based Lee Rovinescu is another key name, leading on cases in the energy and oil and gas sectors. Up-and-coming talent Natalia Zibibbo, who has a commercial and investment arbitration focus, has been active on a number of matters for the firm.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Blackaby; Noiana Marigo

Key clients

ConocoPhillips

Exxon Mobil

Glencore Group

América Móvil

Republic of Guatemala

Grupo Agroinsumos

South32

Occidental

García Armas Family

Eco Oro Minerals

Smurfit Kappa

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria  (BBVA)

Latin American Regional Aviation Holding

IC Power

Kenon Holdings

Abertis Infraestructuras

Fernando Fraiz Trapote

Vinci

AES Corporation

Anglo American

Work highlights

  • Representing Spain-based global financial services entity, BBVA, in an ICSID Additional Facility arbitration against Bolivia under the Spain-Bolivia BIT; the dispute relates to Bolivia’s nationalisation of the country’s pension fund administration industry.
  • Representing global commodity trading and mining company, Glencore Group in arbitration against Colombia arising from a dispute over governmental measures that affected investments by Glencore and its Colombian subsidiary in one of the region’s largest coal mines.
  • Representing IC Power and Kenon Holdings in an investment arbitration against Peru, brought under the Peru-Singapore Free Trade Agreement; the dispute relates to the pair’s former investments in the power generation sector in Peru.

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
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Tax Robert Scarborough
Tax Claude Stansbury
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At Freshfields, we are working to create a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone is empowered to achieve their potential and where the unique differences we all bring to the workplace are valued. We believe that diversity and inclusion are integral to the success of the firm. Diversity brings fresh perspectives, and different ways of thinking and approaching problems, resulting in new ideas that set Freshfields apart and enables us to deliver better outcomes for our clients. We work collaboratively with clients and external organizations to drive progress in our industry and communities.

We have set ambitious goals for ourselves and are making good progress. We acknowledge that diversity and inclusion is a perpetual, ever-evolving commitment. We also recognize that it’s not just about us. Collaboration is a force-multiplier for delivering real, lasting and wide-reaching change.

Our dedicated in-house global diversity and inclusion team is championed by our senior leadership to ensure the D&I is a key priority within the firm and is regularly included on the agenda of senior committee meetings and leading initiatives. Specifically, our diverse talent pipeline is discussed at our global Leadership Committee every month.

We also encourage grassroots initiatives led by our employees, such as our network groups. Our networks empower our people to bring their full selves to work, and we encourage everyone to participate as members to strengthen the communities or as allies to build empathy, learn and show up for their colleagues. Our networks help attract and retain diverse talent and support the firm’s values of equality and inclusiveness through pro bono work, community projects and work with the wider business community.

  • Global Women’s Network
  • Halo (LGBTQ+) and Halo Champions (Global with US chapters)
  • Global Black Affinity Network (Global)
  • Black Employee Resource Group (US)
  • APSAA Network – Asian/Pacific/South Asian/American Network (US)
  • Campos Frescos – Latin American & Hispanic Employee Resource Group (US)
  • Women’s Initiative Network (US)
  • Valor (military and veterans) and Valor Champions (US)
  • Freshfields Enabled (UK)
  • Mental Health Affinity Network (UK)
  • Social Mobility Network (UK)

We are committed to building a firm where everyone feels valued and is given the opportunity to thrive. The following list includes numerous examples of our efforts to promote diversity and progression in our global firm.

Reverse Mentoring: This innovative global program provides opportunities for senior leaders to be mentored by colleagues in our networks and fosters open dialogues around diversity and inclusion.

Global Sponsorship Program: Aimed to increase the number of women in our global partnership and support the development and retention of women lawyers, GSP is a one-year program for high-performing mid- and senior-level women associates; five cohorts comprising 130+ women have participated. 55% of our 2020 promotions to partner and counsel were GSP graduates (50% of counsel; 75% of partner promotes).

Recruitment Efforts Expansion: We partner with the National Black Law Students Association and the National LGBT Bar Association and are increasing our recruitment at state and historically black colleges and universities.

Legal Outreach: For the past thirteen years, we have been a proud supporter of Legal Outreach. Our New York office has sponsored student interns from underserved communities in New York City and provided supplemental education and training to help better prepare participants for college and beyond.

Mansfield Rule: The firm participates in Diversity Lab’s Mansfield Rule Certification 4.0. This 12-month program aims to increase diversity in law firm leadership and governance roles, partner promotions, senior lateral positions and formal client pitch opportunities.

US D&I Fellowship: In March 2021, we announced the recipients of our inaugural Diversity Fellowship Program in which three second-year law students were selected to receive up to $20,000 in monetary benefits and mentorship opportunities throughout their fellowship. The program is tailored each year to ensure that it remains substantive, relevant and rewarding.

Racial Equality/Social Justice: We have taken a number of actions to promote dialogue and action focused on racial equality and social justice within our firm and across the legal industry. The firm committed to an initial donation of $100,000 to US national and local organizations on the frontline battling racial injustice. We joined the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance and a charter member of the Alliance for Asian American Justice. Additionally, Freshfields observes Juneteenth as a holiday in the US firm.

International Rescue Committee: A community investment partner of Freshfields, Rescue is a non-profit founded by Albert Einstein to help refugees assimilate to new countries; as a sponsor of their Leaders in Training (LIT) program, we hosts 12 LIT students annually for a career day to explore careers in law.

Freshfields Targets: Freshfields has launched new five-year global commitments to diversity and inclusion and targets for gender, race and ethnicity, and LGBTQ+ representation reflecting a refreshed focus across the firm on action and progress in this area.

The new global targets for 2021 – 2026 include:

  • New partners will be at least 40% women and 40% men (20% men, women or non-binary)
  • All key global leadership functions will have ethnic diversity and at least 40% women and 40% men (20% men, women or non-binary) by 2023
  • Doubling the number of black associates at the firm by 2026
  • A LGBTQ+ global partnership target of at least 5% by 2026

The firm will also have location specific race and ethnicity goals.

The commitments are designed to support the targets and focus on the central importance of diversity and inclusion to our people and our business, and are driven by leadership, accountability and data. Some of the first actions include:

  • Launching Future Leaders – a new global talent program for black and minority ethnic colleagues
  • Requiring leaders to make measurable individual commitments to diversity and inclusion each year
  • Greater recognition of contributions to diversity and inclusion in appraisals at all levels of the organization
  • Building on and investing in external partnerships and community efforts through our pro bono and volunteering opportunities for colleagues globally.

Freshfields US was recognized by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) and achieved the highest level US Gold Standard Certification for 2020, which is awarded to law firms meeting objective criteria based on women among equity partners, firm leadership positions and in the ranks of the most highly compensated partners at the firm.