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444 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER LLP THE SCOOP For over 250 years, Freshfields has remained a constant at the top of the U.K. legal market. Known as one of the Magic Circle firms, Freshfields has developed a multifaceted practice encompassing antitrust, international corporate work, finance, dispute resolution, real estate, tax, and intellectual property. With 27 international offices, the firm has expanded its reach around the globe and has become a player in the United States thanks to the growing presence in the U.S. with offices in New York and Washington, DC. Established Name, Modern Growth Founded in 1743, Freshfields just might be the oldest international law firm in the world. For the bulk of its history, the firm remained relatively small, yet pedigreed. The firm’s modern evolution began with the deregulation of the London markets in the 1980s, placing an emphasis on corporate work, and the firm’s massive global expansion in the 1990s. In 2000, Freshfields merged with top German firms Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Löber and Deringer Tessin Herrmann & Sedemund, creating a pan-European behemoth. Freshfields was also one of the first western firms in Asia and now has a sizeable presence there. Today, Freshfields operates under what it labels a “comprehensive global approach to business.” Despite the firm’s London roots, over 70 percent of the firm’s 2,500+ attorneys work outside of the U.K. Not Born in the U.S.A. but Working Hard Here From scones to apples, Freshfields has settled into its U.S.- based practice. The New York office specializes in corporate, finance, tax, and litigation matters, offering services related to M&A (primarily of the cross-border variety), infrastructure and project finance, general banking transactions, white collar defense, international arbitration, civil litigation, and corporate tax. Its clients include banks and financial institutions, public companies, CEOs, foreign government agencies, private equity firms, and hedge funds. Meanwhile, inside the Beltway, Freshfields has built a powerful U.S. antitrust practice that outstrips those of other firms with European roots. Its recent headline-grabbing matters include advising Smiths Group on its acquisition of Morpho from Safran, Johnson & Johnson on its $30bn acquisition of Actelion Ltd (J&J’s largest-ever acquisition and the first pharma mega deal of 2017), Rexam on the $6.9bn takeover by US rival Ball Corporation, Anheuser-Busch InBev on its $108bn acquisition of SABMiller, and Intel on its $16.7bn acquisition of Altera. And Beyond Freshfields has been active in Asia for more than 30 years, and now offers the most extensive regional legal service network across Asia—with offices in Beijing, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo. The firm’s long- standing presence in Asia has enabled it to develop a deep knowledge of the political and regulatory context which, in turn, means better support on investments in the region. Asia-based
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