Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

United Kingdom

Review

Dispute resolution

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is part of the London’s ‘magic circle’ and is one of the largest and most respected corporate and M&A firms in the world. The firm has a strong base of casework in the commercial and transactions areas linked to its wider strengths and the firm also has a compelling competition offering. 

Some of the key names in the firm’s commercial, finance and corporate disputes team include Andrew Hart, Kames Kennedy, Paul Lomas, Simon Orton, David Scott and Ian Taylor. Lomas also advises on competition and white-collar crime matters. 

In the competition area the firm has a large team and the standout figures include the likes of James Aitken, David Aitman, Rod Carlton, John Davies and Deirdre Trapp. 

Sylvia Noury and William Thomas are recommended for their arbitration experience, with Thomas also picked out for his experience in the construction sector. 

Case highlights in the finance area includes work for MasterCard on a class action claim relating to interchange fees. The firm also acted for Deutsche Bank on a case related to the liquidation of Hellas Telecommunications and advised CarVal Investors in relation to the Waterfall I case related to the Lehman Brothers litigation. 

Elsewhere the firm acted for UCP Industrial Holdings on a case in the Cayman Islands relating to the value of shares in the context of a buyback. 

In the competition space the firm advised on the merger control elements of a number of substantial M&A deals including Liberty Media’s acquisition of Formula One Group and Coty’s acquisition of Procter & Gamble’s hair, perfume and colour cosmetics business.  

The firm has a notable presence in the international arbitration space and during the research period acted on matters including work for Anglo American on a case against the Venezuelan government relating to allegedly seized assets and the issue of tax credits. The firm also advised Anglo American on a case against the Republic of Yemen.