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Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

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Work 020 7374 8000
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Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Beijing, Belfast, Berlin, Brisbane and 22 more

The firm: Operating from 26 offices across Asia Pacific, EMEA and the US, Herbert Smith Freehills is at the heart of the new global business landscape providing premium quality, full-service legal advice. The firm provides many of the world's most important organisations with access to market-leading dispute resolution, projects and transactional legal advice, combined with expertise in a number of global industry sectors, including banks, consumer products, energy, financial buyers, infrastructure and transport, mining, pharma and healthcare, real estate and TMT.

Types of work undertaken: Corporate and commercial: Herbert Smith Freehills' corporate practice provides clients with market-leading legal advice on their most important commercial transactions, including significant cross-border mergers and acquisitions, ground-breaking projects, complex capital markets fundraisings, financial regulation, inward investment, governance and risk management for companies' boards and corporate tax advice. Clients include the world's leading corporates, banks, financial buyers, governments and public sector bodies and the firm's role frequently puts it at the heart of industries that are reshaping, restructuring and expanding into the world's emerging markets. The diversity of the group allows it to advise on transactions across a wide range of industry sectors and it is acknowledged as providing world-class legal advice to energy and infrastructure, technology, media and telecoms, and financial services clients.

Banking and finance: the firm's growing finance practice is known for the distinctive quality of its debt finance capability, advising on international and domestic deals in the bank lending (including acquisition finance and property finance), securitisation and capital markets, asset finance and project finance markets, as well as on corporate recovery matters. Its experience of acting for parties on all sides of transactions and its reputation for innovation give the firm a broad and original perspective when approaching deals, particularly those that are complex. With a focus on service delivery, it has a full finance offering in London, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Madrid, Moscow, Paris, Singapore and Australia.

Dispute resolution: the firm has a formidable reputation for domestic and international litigation, international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution – a pre-eminent position it has held for decades. It is the breadth of the firm's practice and the experience and quality of its practitioners that distinguish it from its competitors.

Areas of specialism include: commercial litigation, international arbitration, advocacy, ADR, banking and regulatory disputes, intellectual property, cyber security, insurance litigation, private wealth and charities, international public law, competition litigation, fraud and investigations, health and safety, professional negligence and trusts litigation. Herbert Smith Freehills has a leading global advocacy practice. The firm's unique in-house advocacy unit provides a number of benefits for clients, including ease of instruction and reduction in cost.

Real estate: the firm has a reputation for executing the largest and most complex real estate deals with accuracy and at speed. Its broad practice covers finance, development, investment, infrastructure/projects, corporate occupier, planning, construction and property litigation.

Clients: the firm represents many of the world's leading corporations and investment banks. Its client base includes a growing number of the Middle East's and Asia's blue-chip multinationals.

In 2012 the firm expanded into America by opening an office in New York, which now comprises seasoned litigators, international arbitration specialists and projects and infrastructure practitioners. The firm expanded into Germany in 2013 with the opening of two offices (Frankfurt and Berlin) and opened a further office in South Korea (Seoul). 2015 saw the firm strengthening its presence across the EMEA region with its expansion into South Africa with an office in Johannesburg; Saudi Arabia with the launch of an exclusive association with the Law Office of Nasser Al-Hamdan in Riyadh; and Singapore with its Formal Law Alliance with Singapore law firm Prolegis LLC; the firm opened in DĂĽsseldorf, its third office in Germany, in 2016. The firm opened its Kuala Lumpur office in May 2017, following the approval of its Qualified Foreign Law Firm licence by Bar Council Malaysia.

Other offices: Bangkok, Beijing, Belfast, Berlin, Brisbane, Brussels, Dubai, DĂĽsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Jakarta (associated firm), Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, Madrid, Melbourne, Moscow, New York, Paris, Perth, Saudi Arabia (associated firm), Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore (associated firm), Sydney, Tokyo.

  • UK: 
  • Number of partners: 161
  • Number of other fee-earners: 465
  • Global: 
  • Number of partners: 469
  • Number of other fee-earners: 2,478

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